Tiny Lantern

 

Tiny Lantern
(Redfern)

Jupiter in Leo, the indwelling fires of the Sun that cannot be seen, blazing in complete balance as the adept is a lattice of energy, neither created nor destroyed, every particle transmutes to a wave, reverberating through the illusion of time and old Chronos scowls upon his throne of skyscrapers and 9 99 cent tacos. Blistering anger but he cannot touch the perfected balance as the illusion of time itself falls away in the presence of the eternal Now.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Shams93

Shams93 is the brainchild of composer/performer Brian Redfern. Brian graduated from CalArts in 1998, having studied composition with Nyoman Wenten, Kobla Ladzepko and Wadada Leo Smith. In 2005 Brian switched from guitar to the ancient middle eastern instrument, the oud, studying with virtuoso Yuval Ron.

Previously Brian had been the guitarist for Los Hermanos de Jazz who had opened up for bands such as the Stone Temple Pilots and performed sessions for Death Row Records, back in the wild and crazy early 1990s. Back then he also created a project called “Aleister’s Bastards” inspired by the work 777 by Aleister Crowley. However at the time, he had no idea he lived right down the street from the famous occult author, Lon Milo DuQuette.

Shams93 runs the gamut from purely acoustic solo oud to electronic music and live electric performance. Brian plays both acoustic and electric oud and uses the ancient system of “Maqam music” from the middle east to compose new material based on ancient patterns.

He is greatly inspired by recent John Zorn projects such as the Crowley String quartet, which explore occult concepts with instrumental music inspired by western classical and avant-garde.

Besides having earned an MFA from CalArts Brian is an initiated Freemason, 3○, 32○, Thelemite and self-initiated Sufi/Ishmaeli. He’s also a 3○ in the OTO and a probationer of the A∴A∴, so occult practice and meditation are massive influences on the music of Shams93.

Follow Shams93 via
Soundcloud
Website
and
Anthology profile

 

The actual Devil. In a limo with Jenna Steele, a bag of Mexican weed, and six bullets in him. He was an American, too. The fans and blogs were right about that. He had been an American for a very long time.

Michael Poore, Up Jumps the Devil

Summary for the week ending Dec 10, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending December 10th, 2017.

The big news this last week is that Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2017, was just released. So please check that out, and add that to your music collection by either buying it at Bandcamp or become an ongoing Patron of the library so I can send you a gratis download code!

Magick Music and Ritual 13 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2017

In less happy news, I spent a lot of time this last week trying to figure out new options to replace Patreon, which has, like so many popular platforms before it, gone the way of not-in-a-good-way-evil. So, in addition to all the previous ways I’ve created to support the work, which I detail on the library site, I’ve added new options to subscribe to the library’s Bandcamp and a new profile at Liberapay.

I could always have set up my own private membership system, but I didn’t do that before and I still actively want to participate in a space with others around patronage. Not only does a larger pool of creators and patrons, beyond what I’d have alone, create the potential for an economy of scale, but it also creates the potential for synergy. I want to participate with others so that we each help each other out even if we’re not directly supporting each other. I want to participate in a patronage system that helps to surface other creators that people interested in my work will also find worth supporting, and, of course, visa versa.

I’ve always hoped that part of what I’d be doing with my work on the library is helping to create interest and support for the work others are doing as well as for the library itself. Well, that work continues, and continues to change over time. And, as annoying as it has been this week to have to deal with the extra work caused by responding to Patreon disrupting itself, that things continue to change is really no surprise, in the long run. Platforms like Patreon are never my friend, nor yours. They are useful for as long as they are aligned with our goals, and only that long. Sometimes things change or quit being what they were, and it is time to move on.

Well, I hope to keep the library going and growing. Consider joining me in that work. Consider supporting others doing that work as well. I feel like we’re on the right path if we’re helping each other be the best of ourselves that we can be. So, I will keep trying to support others doing that work, and hope that I can find others who will try to help support me doing that work. And, I hope that others are also seeking others. As has been said, “find the others.”

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron!.

Consider also checking out what I’m up to on my personal blog and at Odd Order.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Thee Vision of Dakini

 

Thee Vision of Dakini
(Akoustik Timbre Frekuency)

This is an exklusive komposition kreated for thee ‘Magic, Music & Ritual’ kompilation put together by thee Hermetic Library.It is dedikated to thee Dakinis, a wrathful Spirit spoken of within thee Tibetan Buddhist system. These kan be seen as meditational Deities that bestow a Vision of thee ‘true nature of reality’ upon thee Praktitioner.This is one of thee final stages on thee Path to Enlightenment.

Instrumentation for this inkludes Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Bells, Seed Shakers, Shamanik Rattle and Vokal Chanting.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Akoustik Timbre Frekuency

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency is a Shamanik Ritual akt that was founded in 2001. Since then ATF has produced over 20 releases and has featured on over 70 kompilations for various labels. ATF has also performed live Blood Rituals in thee Netherlands, France, Germany and thee UK during many events over thee years.

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency mainly fokuses on kreating elektro-akoustik kompositions that are designed for Ritual usage, no matter what path thee praktitioner may follow.These have been labelled as ‘General Ritual Intensifiers’ and are designed to augment thee Gnostik experience. Various Ritual Instruments from around thee world are utilised within these rekordings inkluding Singing Bowls, Horns, Aura Chimes, Rain Stiks, Flutes and Bamboo Perkussion to name a few.Field rekordings are also inkorporated within thee kompositions which kan range from graveyards to nature parks, from sewers to tree tops. These akoustik rekordings are interwoven with synthesised and sampled material to kreate an evokative environment for thee listener to use as they see fit. It is a Sonik Tool…

Follow Akoustik Timbre Frekuency via
Website
Facebook
Bandcamp
and
Anthology profile

 

Flesh Light

 

Flesh Light
(Barrett)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Nada Baba

Nada Baba is Dr. James G. Barrett born 1969 in Australia.

Born and grows in the eucalypti forests on the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range in land of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair peoples.

Studied language and writing in Australia and in Sweden BA, MA, PhD. Traveled in Thailand, India, North Africa and Europe.

Lives in Stockholm.

Music is reality. Language is a doorway.

Follow Nada Baba via
Website
Twitter
YouTube
Soundcloud
and
Anthology profile

 

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).

Follow Robert Furtkamp via
Website
and
Anthology profile

 

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”.

Follow Scholar via
Twitter
YouTube
and
Anthology profile