Category Archives: Hermetic Library anthology

Faded Green

 

Faded Green (Viii Hermetic Remaster)
(Shah, Miyoshi, Suzuki)

Originally released on the Low&Slow.Disk, limited edition EP, “Blasting Rod” (BSR-012). Produced by Shah, Miyoshi, Suzuki. Mixed by Yukito Okazaki, Shah, Miyoshi, Suzuki. Engineered and Mastered by Okazaki at Studio ZEN, Nagoya, Japan

S. Shah: guitar/vocal/etc., (Mercury)
Shunji Miyoshi: bass guitar (Sol)
Chihiro Suzuki: drums/percussion (Mars)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Blasting Rod

Blasting Rod has been active in various guises since July 2006 e.v. The current lineup began performing together in 2013 e.v. when Shah and Chihiro (ex desert rock girls band, Stone Edge) met hermit-like bassist and musical instrument dealer/repairman from the back woods of Toyota City, Shunji Miyoshi (Crowley/ Mee’kawa Heavy Metal Jamboree) at a “Session Day” event where the three were matched up over a period of several months to perform one-off unrehearsed renditions of J.A. Seazer, Flower Traveling Band, Black Sabbath, Primus, The Doors, and so on. After beginning to work together as an improvisational trio later that year, they began to mix Shah’s original compositions with improvisation and assumed the mantle of Blasting Rod in 2014 e.v. In 2016 e.v. Chihiro was consecrated as The Office of Babalon with Shah at the Feast of the Gods, and Blasting Rod’s first limited edition CD was released on their own Low&Slow.Disk label. The trio has since been performing regularly in central Japan, Osaka, and Tokyo.

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What’s Next

 

What’s Next
(Pierich)

“What’s Next” was written after six months of performing a deep meditative weekly 4 hour ritual on the subject of renewal and desire. The song is the culmination of the stilling process that begins after trivial personalities are stripped away and only pure desire and interaction of energetic polarity remains. It is a song of longing for union and annihilation into the zero hour beyond the veil of the temporal theater.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Velvawhip

Velvawhip is a solo project by singer/songwriter/producer Ruth Pierich. A practicing ritual magician and occultist currently living in the heart of Babalon, Los Angeles, California. A complete deviant and hopeless cause, she aspires to create music that makes people want to take their clothes off and writhe.

All songs, instruments, recordings and production mistakes attributed.

Her vinyl 7-inch 45 is available for purchase at the band’s website.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 13 cover artwork

The “Graces” cover for this 2017 issue includes “The Three Graces, minus one” by Laura Dear, for this current year count Anno Viii, which can be represented by, and thus can be seen as having correspondence to, a combination of both Atu V, the Hierophant, and Atu III, the Empress. For me this is a compelling cover with both digital and classical themes, reflecting the nature of the library; but also brings to mind thoughts about identity, gender, disappearing, glitching, and graces as archetypes.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Graces cover

I once had an instructor during my college years who told me something to the affect of “An artist’s job is not to create something new, but to take what’s already there and find new ways to look it over.” When considering several different sculptures of the Three Graces, I started to notice the common form of groupings. Two of the three always seemed to end up just a bit closer, just a bit more intimate than the third individual. Considering this, I wanted to create something that explored the gap that forms between the two and the one. I wanted to consider the breadth of distance and words that might exist within that space and what story it could possibly tell.

With the digital aspects of the work, I wanted to contrast the idea of the Graces as a modern relevant concept as opposed to an ancient artifact. My work has been heavily influenced by its digital qualities and I have strove to highlight them rather than attempt to hide them. It was my hope that this portrayal would give the impression of a loss or corruption of data, of the missing sister in the group, or the artifacts of a lost connection.

 

For the first time, there’s also an alternate cover, included in the digital download. The “Snow” cover includes “The Circle” by Laura Dear. This alternate cover has a kind of Stranger Things / Witch, with maybe a little bit of Let The Right One In, vibe for me.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Snow alternate cover

The woods have always been a very personal place to me. It’s where I had adventures with friends as a child, and where I first had the chance to really explore any part of the world on my own. Years later as an adult, the woods were where I went to find myself, to reflect internally and grow.

It was also here that I was first introduced to Magic with a K, and had my eyes opened to a part of the world I had no idea was there. In the woods I first felt energy as a present thing, and learned to quiet myself and allow myself to exist as one part of the unified whole around me.

As it is, the woods are something of a place of the soul for me, of the subconscious. In this piece I wanted to show those woods in the winter of their life, with the individual, the explorer, coming across a jarring vision of the past. Amidst a snowstorm there is an abrupt emerald glade, where a circle of witches are seen mid-ritual. I wanted this piece to be about self reflection, like a flashlight in the dark illuminating an old box of keepsakes, memories from greener times.

 

Laura Dear is a fairly new occultist living quietly in the bible belt state of Arkansas. Before this chapter of her life, she has been working as a digital artist. Dabbling into everything from illustration to video editing and production. With her work as a practitioner, she’s explored sigils, psionics, crystal and other earth based craft.

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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 13

Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the one and only album in 2017, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2017

 

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, all the previous releases; and consider picking up the digital download of this album and any other that strikes your fancy to help support the work of the library!

 

 

The full tracklist for the 2017 anthology album consists of 12 tracks by 12 artists:

  1. Velvawhip – What’s Next 03:31
  2. Blasting Rod – Faded Green 04:30
  3. Black Lesbian Fishermen – To Sic A Goddess 08:48
  4. Scholar – Magick with a K 03:59
  5. Robert Furtkamp – All things hidden and alight 04:37
  6. Nada Baba – Flesh Light 02:38
  7. Akoustik Timbre Frekeuncy – Thee Vision of Dakini 08:19
  8. Shams93 – Tiny Lantern 03:09
  9. Children of Osiris – Marchosias 05:22
  10. Sonick Templars – SONICK 08:04
  11. Skunky Beaumont – Madame Pele 04:48
  12. Sun Duel – For the Convening of a Sexual Congress 10:04

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the one and only album release for 2017 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December birthday of the Hermetic Library, with 12 tracks by 12 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

Our cover includes the image “Graces”, as well as an alternate cover featuring the image “Snow”, by Laura Dear for this surreal current year in the Thelemic Calendar, Anno V:iii (2017 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of the Atu III, The Empress.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

The best way to add this anthology, as well as previous releases and future Hermetic Library albums, to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. New Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive. Further, active Patrons also receive an additional gratis download code for every new release as they become available. Patrons as of this release will have had the opportunity to receive at least two full anthology albums from the collection, and more in the future, as well as helping to support the Anthology Project and the work of the library. Consider becoming a Patron today!

As this thirteenth Anthology Album from the Anthology Project joins its illustrious fellows, Hermetic Library begins its third decade online.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual. The site itself was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. I encourage you to check out Hermetic Library and everything in the collection there, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Cover and alternate artwork by Laura Dear

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Hermetic Library album call for 2017 submissions

Today I am announcing the 2017 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, music and magick. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.

Magick, Music and Ritual 13 will be the one and only album release for 2017 from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to the 2017 anthology album is September 30th, 2017. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

Call for Submissions for Magick Music and Ritual 13

 

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2017. Release is planned around the anniversary of the Hermetic Library’s birth on Dec 3rd, 1996.

Be sure to read through the terms and conditions for artist submissions to an anthology album (which includes some new and more specific information about acceptable file formats), and after that if you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.

Please consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs, materials acquisitions, and other expenses.

 

Check out all the previously released anthology albums, help spread the word about the Hermetic Library anthology project, and let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.

 

Cover Artwork and Design

If you would like to make a proposal for the artwork and design of this anthology, please get in touch! Take a gander at all the other covers and consider joining the illustrious artists who have participated with their work on those anthologies.

Bonus Download Submissions

If you are creating something else, and would like to be included in the anthology download as a bonus, let me know. I’m open to bonus artwork, essay, articles and … well, anything that can be included in a digital download!

Odd Order anthology

Please also consider the Odd Order anthology, currently in its 2nd year, which is also being announced today with the same deadline. Odd Order Albums are annual compilations of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate geekery and nerdy mishegoss in their work, an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by technology and geek culture. These benefit anthology albums help Rigaroga and Odd Order promote artists to the audience of the not only the Odd Order, but also the Hermetic Library and beyond.

 

Also, the best way to add anthology releases and this upcoming Hermetic Library album to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each be offered a gratis download code for the 2017 release in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!

Write an article, review, or story for Hermetic Library

Interested in writing for Hermetic Library? Now you can!

I am announcing an open and rolling call for you to pitch ideas for submissions to Hermetic Library’s blog, site, private publication for subscription Patrons, or, possibly-maybe-once-and-future, journal!

(If you want to post to the Hrmtc Underground BBS or submit something to the wild & wooly Zine instead, go ahead! There’s no formal submissions process for either of those. What I’m describing here is specifically for publishing to the blog, site, and/or journal.)

I recently created an online form which you can use to submit a pitch for your submission idea. I’d mentioned it in a couple of places, and have it linked on the website and in the sidebar of the library blog, but wanted to make sure I more formally announce it to you here.

You’re probably already familiar with the library and the blog, but if not you should be sure to get an idea of what the library is all about before making a pitch. Consider taking a gander at the submissions guidelines for the Anthology Journal for some general idea of what I thought submissions to that might have looked like. Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s also the contributors’ guidelines in the Caduceus archive you can consider as well.

But, once you’ve got an idea that you feel is right for the library audience, you’re ready to start. You should pitch your idea for a submission!

What happens next, you ask? What’s the process of moving from making a pitch, developing a submission, compensating you, and, finally, publishing your work for the public audience of the library to read? Well, I’m so excited you asked! Let me tell you!

The Pitch

When a pitch comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think, and if they’re interested in reading the proposed submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with the idea as a submission.

If the pitch idea is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting the submission as topic for Discussion on the BBS.

If the pitch is accepted, then I’ll ask the author to submit the article, review or story for consideration.

The Submission

When a submission comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think about the various merits of the submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with compensation for the author and then posting the submission to one of Hermetic Library’s projects.

If the submission is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting to their work as a topic for Discussion on the BBS, or submitting to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

If the submission is accepted, I’ll move forward with paying the author. Once I’ve successfully compensated the author for their work, I will then post the the article, review or story for the public to read one of the variety of places I publish.

Compensation

For submissions that are accepted for publication, I happily offer thanks. I’m also delighted to send a gratis download code for any one of the released anthology albums.

For work accepted to the blog, I currently offer an honorarium of $15/article. If you’re pitching a review, I offer and honorarium of $5/review or I am happy to see about getting a reviewer’s copy sent to you as your compensation instead.

For work that is accepted for publication in a journal or privately for Patrons who have the Subscription Publication perk, you will be offered ¢13/word.

Finally, if there’s something else you’ve got in mind, or an idea I’ve not mentioned, let me know!

Places Where Submissions Will Be Published

As already mentioned, rejected pitches can still be developed and posted to Discussion on the BBS, while rejected submissions can be re-submitted to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

Accepted article, review or story submissions may be posted to the Hermetic Library blog, added to the Hermetic Library itself, privately printed as a booklet sent to Patrons who have selected the Publication Subscription perk, and/or collected for publication in an Hermetic Library Journal, which could then be actually launched!

But, to set expectations, the most likely place of publication will be as a guest post on the Hermetic Library blog.

 

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, do get in touch. Also, if the process seems daunting or there’s some aspect of it that creates difficulty for you in some way, let me know so we can find a way forward that works better for you. Finally, if you’re thinking of something that doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve described here, get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking so we can figure out whether and how we can consider your cool out-of-the-box idea. Go ahead and use the form and fill out as much as you can and I’ll get back to you, or contact me directly.

Current contact information should always be up on Hermetic Library, so you can reach me via email or post.

I look forward to hearing from you, so pitch your idea today! (Besides, you read this far, right? You might as well follow through with a pitch too!)

Will You Take Me All The Way

 

Will You Take Me All The Way
(Washburn)

The Implicit Order is not involved in any wave, stream, genre or scene. I/O started in 1989 as a Mail Art project and by the early 1990’s it developed into a full time musical project incorporating many of the Industrial/Experimental ideas of the late 1970’s, 1980’s and beyond. The band always tried to inject a sense of the Occult, humor and an off-kilter view into the image and recordings. The Implicit Order was active in the Cassette Culture of the 1990’s up to 2001. In 2002 the band took a break from recording and resumed in 2008. Some labels of note that I/O has appeared on: Wholeness Recordings, AIN23, Phantasma Disques, Classwar Karaoke, Vuzh Music, SuRRism Phonoethics, Black Circle Records, Clinical Archives, EE Tapes, Cohort Records

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Broken Fire

 

Broken Fire
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

This is a solemn dedication to a dear beloved sister who quietly passed away in 2016 after a long illness. Also to the people involved in her palliative care, her family and friends who helped her on her journey. The distance between us never stopped us talking to each other about what was happening to her, we made check lists, issued directions, recalled the happy and sad events in our lives. I learned new things and re-learned things I’d forgotten about. On my visits we packed books and art works to be given away, added to those check lists, made food from our youth, reminisced some more, I became the artist’s assistant and we walked on shorelines and footpaths of her favourite places without fuss or complications. These simple things were her signals of reassurance.

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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Around the Strophalos

 

Around the Strophalos
(Ortega)

Around the Strophalos is the opening track of my recent debut EP Pagan Anthology. Thematically it is inspired by a fantastic cross between blues history and the ancient Hecate’s worship. Some year ago, I fantasized if in that famous mythical episode in the history of blues, bluesman Robert Johnson hadn’t sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads but, instead, invoked Hecate, Greek goddess of the crossroads. With this fantasy in mind, I lit a candle in the darkness of my home studio and, on a drum loop, I began to improvise the melody that would become this track. Its title comes from a fragment of the Chaldean Oracles. My friend Leonardo Reyes has recorded some guitar parts.

Utopia Eleison is a project by Israel Ortega (Caracas, Venezuela) who started on the grounds of prog and classic rock to later embrace electronic, ambient and world music. Today he is making computer-based music inspired by both multiple musical genres daily frequents and his love for books and literature. With his moniker Synth Avesta, he is also producing a more electronic/pop-oriented music.

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Better Way

 

Better Way
(Logan)

Written by Kim Logan
Produced + Engineered by Brett Orrison
Recorded at Century Recordings in Dripping Springs TX
Kim Logan (vocals, electric guitar)
Ricky Dover Jr. (electric guitar)
Gyasi Heus (electric guitar) Cody Reid (electric bass)
Amaia Agirre (keys)
Houston Mathews (drums)
Brendan Lazar (percussion)

Kim Logan arose from the swamps and beaches of Sarasota, Florida after a decade in the opera industry, to write songs and make records in Nashville.

With her education from the Berklee College of Music, and years of the kind of hands-on learning you can only get in honky-tonks and on highways, Kim flexes her artistic muscles in every medium of art possible. In addition to the release of her debut self-titled album, Kim has penned published poetry and essays, consulted on and served as muse for a fashion designers and vintage curators, and collaborated with everyone from filmmakers, to burlesque and hoop dancers, to portrait artists, in interdisciplinary displays of performance art.

The second oeuvre of Kim’s work will be released in late Summer 2016. The first two chapters are produced and developed by the formidable sonic wizards Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton), and Brett Orrison (The Black Angels). Kim continues to innovate, reinvent, and create from nothing. Kim is also an ensemble/comprimario singer with the Nashville Opera company, and can be seen in productions throughout their festival season.

A classic, craftsman’s songwriting sensibility, paired with sonic homage to each unique sub-genre in history which has influenced her, makes for Kim’s gap-bridging, line-blurring, time-traveling sound.

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