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Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music

 

Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music
(Larwick)

This is a completely live (and in no way planned) recording of spontaneous music created by the crowd at our EXIT:LIFE event (on 12/21/2012). After destroying a piano and summoning Kali the creative energy of the room was electrifying. Glass mandalas had been destroyed as well as a piano earlier in the night. There was live ammunition, dead frogs, meat, blood and glass everywhere. The room looked like a warzone.

Out of that chaos came these recordings.

These sounds were made by strangers. Using splinters of wood and the remaining components of our broken piano, it was neither planned for or expected that this might happen. The “musicians” involved did not seem to be in collaboration, nor were they necessarily even acquainted with each other.

From EXIT : LIFE (LIVE RECORDINGS), track released 21 December 2012

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.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7

 

 

Father of Chaos

 

Father of Chaos
(Redfern)

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 guard.

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.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7

 

 

Mother of Abominations

 

Mother of Abominations
(Redfern)

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 guard.

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.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7

 

 

Most Powerful Mother

 

Most Powerful Mother
(Larwick)

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.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7

 

 

A Backdoor to Heaven

 

A Backdoor to Heaven
(Bernard)

Androgynous ritualistic experiment in sound for communicating with the umbral multiverse.

Salem:1976 is the recorded transmissions of Kristopher Bernard. The name is derived from two separate but synonymous entities. A) The year and location of Kristopher’s birth and B) the year and location of Kristopher’s father Patrick’s death. The sounds recorded are meant to channel extra sensory beings and feelings, some scary, some melancholy, some strange, but overall emotional and spiritual. This project began as an idea in 1999, but has never been crystallized until now.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7

 

 

Void Elusion

 

Void Elusion
(Thompson)

Void Elusion. In short, the cunning nature of the void, at fingertips reach, so close to gnosis, yet so far from revelation. It is the bones of the infinite mind, and a portal to a dark nerve in our equine nervous systems. This track, is also modeled on distinct physiological models, and carries a small risk of creating heart arrhythmias. This is part of the upcoming album from Dr.Hans. A working title being How To Navigate A Void. The album is split into two halves. One side comprised of heavy bass experiments based around ethnic sounds considered to have occult effects. The second side is composed of ambient works and auditory experiments into phenomena.

Dr.Hans, from the UK, is the manifestation of the darkest recesses of your mind. It is the clawing entity. Dr.Hans is its signal processor. Some pieces are devised as creative explorations of instrumentation and environments of gnosis. The goal of the ‘scape’ which it produces it to turn mechanical ideas of aural perception into an ethereal space I can reside in emotively, usually in a darker catharsis. Many of my tracks include sigil launches and the listener must take responsibility in the contextual use of this music. I create dark albums that warp your being, but they are followed with an E.P, or antidote. You will find Dr.Hans in the fog, you may call it ‘keket’.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 7