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Choronzon

 

Choronzon
(Morrison)

The Choronzon EP, released on Panicmachine Records, is the first part of Xenomancer trilogy – the second and third EPs, entitled Oberon and Metatron, will follow on Panicmachine in due course.

“The name of the Dweller in the Abyss is Choronzon, but he is not really an individual. The Abyss is empty of being; it is filled with all possible forms, each equally inane, each therefore evil in the only true sense of the word – that is, meaningless but malignant, in so far as it craves to become real. These forms swirl senselessly into haphazard heaps like dust devils, and each such chance aggregation asserts itself to be an individual and shrieks, ‘I am I!’ though aware all the time that its elements have no true bond; so that the slightest disturbance dissipates the delusion just as a horseman, meeting a dust devil, brings it in showers of sand to the earth.”
– The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 66

“I must speak, speak, speak, millions of mad voices in my brain.”
– Choronzon, in the 10th Aethyr of Crowley’s The Vision and the Voice

Thomas Jude Barclay Morrison is a musician and writer from high in the north Pennines, in County Durham, in the north of England. He was born at dawn in 1975, and is named after Thomas Hardy and Jude the Obscure.

Thomas makes Cosmic Music. He plays electric, acoustic and bass guitar, synthesizer, recorder, violin, and various other instruments – and also produces, mixes and masters all of his recordings. He has been recording since 1998, and has released music under his real name, as Tomb Zero, and as The Soviet Space Programme. His music has been released by Trilithon Records and Panicmachine Records, amongst other labels. He has collaborated with various musicians, including on releases with Finnish anti-gnome band Tonttu and Dutch industrial electronic noise outfit Dead Skull. His musical influences include kosmische musik, Japanese noise rock and psychedelia, space rock, doom metal, drone, noise, neofolk, Baroque-era fugue, and Javanese gamelan music.

Thomas writes Weird Tales – and the occasional essay or Godzilla haiku. His writing has been published by Panicmachine Records, the Lovecraft News Network, Esoterica Zine and Nightbreed Radio’s Necrofuturist Transmission. He runs the Hermetic Typewriter website, where he publishes his more occultism-related writings, and regularly posts microfiction on twitter. His stories tell of – amongst other things – flying saucers, extraterrestrial monoliths, ancient androids, clockwork gardens, doppelgängers, demonic parasites, blood sacrifice, black magic, and a variety of labyrinths, underworlds and alien planets. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, H. P. Lovecraft, Philip K. Dick, Jorge Luis Borges, and medieval and renaissance grimoires and alchemical writings.

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Lunar Pisces Temple Expansion

 

Lunar Pisces Temple Expansion
(Triefenbach/Day)

In this track ULU’s Lunar Pisces Temple session is layered, spliced, and overdubbed to compress the experience into a prismatic aural hyper-sigil. Analog effects and digital filters further ornament the sonic circle, and hymns and narration have been embedded for the home practitioner.

Sun Duel is an open-ended esoteric musical project of the Universal Love Upload, creating inspirational sounds for use by its members as well as the general public.

Over-arching thematic concerns include an existential examination of Self in its processes, such as the nature of Time as biological function and social construct, “Otherness” in gender and sexuality, and the co-opting of public spaces as sites of trance and transgression. We emerge in works of instability and hybridity. Through storytelling and the performative application of ceremonial and archetypal signifiers, we confront and inhabit Mystery, Cruelty, Joy, and the Uncanny.

This structuring of duration on site is achieved through theatricality, prayer/ focused intention, and the internalization of collage processes so that the resulting sounds, images and actions come to function somewhat as marks on a map, and the primacy of individual works is subsumed into conceptual clusters to be read in whole or in part- a system in continual growth and collapse.

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The Cross of Christ

 

The Cross of Christ
(Metcalfe/Bradley)

A benediction for and against all enemies – Mr. Cal Bradley of Oglethorpe County, Georgia with a short excerpt from the Long Lost Friend.

Rural American eschatology – soft southern sound experiments carefully contrived, delivered to the multitudes for contemplation and action.

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Byzantium

 

Byzantium
(Exomène)

Byzantium was inspired by reading W B Yeats, one of the poets suggested by the librarian in private conversation.

French artist Exomène is a soundsmith and digital apothecary.

A soundsmith because he works sounds like a potter his clay, or a blacksmith his metal: hammering, stretching, twisting sounds until they fit all together into a coherent piece of music.

As a digital apothecary, his approach is quite the same: playing with an abstract material as if it was physical in a more experimental way. The sound in itself is no longer triturated but what generates it is subjected to several techniques: data-bending, generativity, algorithm, glitch…

These two approaches stem from the same mysticism that holds abstract and physical materials are the same thing in different realms.

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I Had Mythology

 

I Had Mythology
(Scott)

Written, recorded and performed by Jonathan Scott

The Doleful Lions is the brainchild of Jonathan Scott who started the project in 1996 in Chicago. Along with his brother Robert Scott, they recorded their first demo in 1997. Doleful Lions signed to Urbana IL’s Parasol Records, formed a full band and moved to Chapel Hill to record their debut album called Motel Swim, produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Wilco). Scott’s own lyrical progression mirrors his own involvement with Magick and the occult. The early albums were chock full of monsters, sasquatches, UFO’s and other Fortean phenomena, but the lyrical content became much more focused with the 2005 album Shaded Lodge And Mausoleum, with songs about the Knights Templar (Satanic Blood), The Emerald Tablets Of Thoth (O Martyr Atlantis), and life after death (Slip Inside This Gateway). Jonathan’s brother Robert joined him again in 2007 to start working on the follow up to Shaded Lodge And Mausoleum. 2008’s 7 was nearly a concept album based on the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and other Theosophic writers, Scott became a card carrying member of the Theosophical Society in 2005 but has since left the group. 2016 has already proven to be the most prolific year in the Doleful Lions 20 year career, with 2 albums and 14 EP’s already released, available on iTunes, Spotify and all major music platforms.

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Corridors


 

Corridors
(Piccirillo/Irena)

Written by Aaron Piccirillo and Vanessa Irena. Remix by Aaron Piccirillo.

Somnolent is the musical moniker for Aaron Piccirillo, a musician and writer from Connecticut in the United States. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Manchester in England, where he completed an interdisciplinary program entitled “Constructions of the Sacred, the Holy, and the Supernatural.” He also holds a B.A. in literature from the State University of New York at Purchase, and has been active in musical composition, recording, and performance for over fifteen years. He has written for Clavis Journal, Aeon Sophia Press, and Appalachia Journal, and is a contributing writer to Ultraculture.org. His creative work can be viewed at forgottenforms.com.

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seelenreise


 

seelenreise
(m)

To celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary. In a wedding anniversary, the 20th year is China gift themed. Perhaps on the soul’s journey, there is occasion for drinking fine tea from china cups in astral libraries. Composed by (m)

Bio-chrome

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