Category Archives: Hermetic Library anthology

All things hidden and alight

 

All things hidden and alight
(Furtkamp)

This year’s contribution, written and performed as part of my leadup to the total eclipse of August 21st.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Robert Furtkamp

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

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Magick with a K

 

Magick with a K
(Fitzharris)

Magick with a “K” is rhythmic invocation of Aleister Crowley’s classic eponymous book.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Scholar

SCHOLAR the Rapping Occultist has been delivering bizarre, existential, eccentric hip hop since 1997. Topics usually revolve around the occult, metaphysics, and Aleister Crowley. He is best known for his anthems; “Freedom 2 Fight”, “Krampus”, “LJ”, “Thelema is Dead”, “Learn to Merge”, and “Last Days”.

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To Sic A Goddess

 

To Sic A Goddess
(Black Lesbian Fishermen)

In ancient Greece the hierophant was the priest of the Eleusinian cult who interpreted sacred objects. The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiations and celebrations held every year to honor Demeter and Persephone (associated with the Empress in tarot). As there are no actual spells and magical rights from the Eleusinian mysteries, we had to find something similar to what may have been performed. So we looked to the Papyri Graecae Magicae which contains magical spells, formulae, hymns and rituals from ancient Greece. “To Sic a Goddess” is part of a coercive spell to anger the goddess Selene and get her to destroy another person. It contains a disgusting litany of ingredients for a truly dreadful incense. While most likely not something that was performed at the Eleusinian celebration, we liked it’s playful decietfulness and absurd recipe for disaster. I like to imagine it could have been performed, in private, by a jealous woman who may just have been an initiate into the Eleusinian Mysteries…

To Sic a Goddess by Black Lesbian Fishermen

She is burning for you some dreadful incense
Dappled goat’s fat, blood, and filth
the heart of one untimely death of a dog
a woman’s embryo, skin of a doe
sour wheat husks, salt, and a single onion
mastic and myrtle, bay and barley
dog-faced baboon shit, crab claws, fig, and fruit pits

sage and the egg of a young ibis…
she’s placed them on your altar!
then set fire to juniper
sacrificed a mouse, a seahawk, and a vulture!

Black Lesbian Fishermen are an ambient/drone/experimental collective immersed in the teachings of the hidden masters and the exploration of tsipouro and tsipoura. They are:

NIKOS FOKAS (Gr)
Keyboards, Treatments
Wants to die like Giordano Bruno; with his tongue imprisoned for his wicked words

R LOFTISS (USA)
Bowed Guitar, Vox, Glass Flute, Synth
Believes that, in the end, talking animals will lead us home by the light of the moon

STRATIS SGOURELIS (Gr)
Bass, Treatments
Has been on a Jazz Odyssey and sacrificed a bull to Charalambos

ALAN TRENCH (UK)
Guitar, fx, Vox
Is an active member of the Astral Underground Drainage System

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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.