This song was originally intended to play along side an accomplished and very talented veil dancer, spinning and twirling under the light of a high power video projector. Instead this became a chance to bless the audience with sacred ash, oils, and water as a cleansing preparation for the final stages of this epic performance. Audience members were splashed lightly with rose, frankincense, myrrh and water while sacred words and mantras were spoken here as well.
Shadowcaster is the collaborative work of many different artists working with the producer, artist and filmmaker known as Aleph.Null. It is the amalgamation of different artistic directions combined with a central focus on occultism, ritual magic and myth. Stage performances are often intense and possibly involve bodily fluids, nudity, or imagery which some may take offense.
Regarding performance as a sacred art sometimes months of preparation is needed meditatively, ritually and physically to fully immerse ourselves into these events. Songs are created specifically for each performance and are intended never to be performed again. Custom tailored interactive multimedia/video is created for each event and can sometimes involve unusual means of production and presentation and is often sound reactive. Other “live” elements are sometimes included.
All music is provided free of charge as often as is possible. Shadowcaster offers hand made reprints of rare occult books for the cost of reproduction and binding at some events as well as other unusual tokens of thanks to those who attend (bones, sacred objects, stones, etc). This is the closest thing to “merchandising” you will find.
Each work is similar to a sand mandala in that it only exists for the length of the event. Nothing remains but the rare recordings which are distributed in limited edition (hand packaged and numbered up to 108). Certain albums/events are provided digitally but never live recorded. One short film does exist depicting part of a live show but key elements of the performance were edited from it as to prevent them from being reproduced and to respect the overall tradition of secrecy which Shadowcaster holds dear. Simply titled The Alchemical Visions of Zosimos, it was recognized by the Denver Underground Film Festival and was awarded “Best Documentary” in 2011.
The full track list for this Summer 2012 anthology album consists of 23 tracks, including the bonus download, and over 3 hours of music:
Part I — Voice of the Sun
- Eyes of Wood – The Challenge 04:11
- The Transmutations – Highgoat Ponds 04:10
- Paranoia Department – Invocation 07:00
- Black Church – Dakota 02:15
- Shadowcaster – The Drowning 05:03
- Galen Wade – Two Moons 03:52
- Ophwurld – All Creatures 10:36
- Shams93 – Power of the Sphinx 02:57
- December Luna – The Golden Rule (Lo-Fi Mix) 03:13
- Ralph Buckley – Mary Magdalene 04:42
- Johann Heyss – A voz do falcão 03:56
- Worms of the Earth – Luciferian Sabbat 06:57
- (The Hermetic Order of the) Al Qaeda – Call of the 30th Aethyr 10:04
- Mahatma Dalí – Dignitas Supremus 05:13
Part II — Vision of the Moon
- Exomène – Migration 03:56
- Zavier Krall – Grievance 1 & 2 14:58
- StrykninY – Outro into 07:46
- i AM esper – Swept Beneath The Black Waters Part 3 12:48
- Michael Idehall – Belzebuth (Hermetic Library Mix) 12:31
- Astral Bloodletter – When The Sun Speaks 09:20
- PhiMinD – Choronzon 02:34
- Apollon – The Angel falls. Begin. 09:16
Bonus Track — Silence of the Stars
- Kim Cascone – Alchemisphere One 34:02
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.
This Summer 2012 issue of from the anthology project is the fourth release but also the penultimate album in the first full cycle of seasons for the anthology project. Magick, Music and Ritual 4 brings together over 3 hours of music which span 2 physical CDs plus a bonus track for digital downloads.
I’ve given somewhat poetical names to the several parts of this issue based on how each part of the overall playlist felt to me as I was putting it together. The first part of this issue seems to me carries the feeling of Summer during the day, that gives the gift of the Voice of the Sun. The second part seems like a darker journey reminiscent of the Summer at night, offering a Vision of the Moon. The bonus track is a binaural meditation that could be taken as that liminality in the very dark before the light returns when consciousness is altered, a dream time when is heard the Silence of the Stars. These three parts are each distinct, in that they have each a character of their own, but they also participate in a complete and contiguous playlist.
The artists who have participated on this anthology album span continents, languages, countries, and regions. There are a variety of ages, experience levels, styles here as well. Some artists have participated before on anthology albums or in the Hermetic Library sound pool, while some have not been heard before in either.
The ongoing visual theme of the anthology covers has past the bright promise of Spring, represented in the previous, and now smolders in the crazy-making heat of Summer. The Sun has conquered the sky and this brings the leisurely joy of wealth, the ecstatic exertion of work and also the weary climax of both.
Summer to me is a union of many opposites that transcends the abyss of differences. This issue of the anthology seems to be an exploration of that idea and feeling.
I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.
Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.