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Pärnämäeltä Pajamäen juoksuhautoihin

 

Pärnämäeltä Pajamäen juoksuhautoihin
(Utu Lautturi)

The track revolves around a sauna session. Lighting it up, throwing steam, and in the end resting on the pier. It’s also a mental trip into a place where I spent some of the most frightening moments of my life, Pajamäki. In the abandoned trenches used in the last Finnish war, something crept inside. It is released in this soundscape. The title is translated as “From Pärnämäki to the trenches of Pajamäki” (mäki = hill).

From Utu Lautturi’s Korpinkorva EP

In a desperate attempt to transform flesh into sound, Utu Lautturi was born. To force the shattered shards of a broken mind into audible reflective surfaces and summon guides in the endeavor of hermetic re-creation. Produced by whatever means, when and wherever, unrestrained by genre or method, Utu Lautturi’s sounds and words are a second skin. All of his work relies on improvisation, snipping shadows off moments gone, and arduously attempting to compile them again into something vaguely familiar. Something to rest on and reach inside from. For if there is something sacred to Utu Lautturi, be it muddy and foul or gleaming pure, it must be imagination.

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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

 

 

Rites of Dissonance

 

Rites of Dissonance
(Stephenson)

Apollon is an abstract electronic outfit involving Martin Lee-Stephenson. Apollon makes use of tape-looping, mantras and analogue manipulation, mixed with harsh, World music rhythms and sounds from various percussion instruments such as Arabic Dumbek and Punjabi tombe; and also utilises found sound, mantra and occasional EVP recordings within these occult inspired works. Themes normally feature Thelema, the Gnostic Christian current and the Hermetic tradition. Apollon has released 10 full length albums with labels: DOR, EMP, Vuzh and many compilation appearances.

Stephenson has been working in the experimental genre for many years under different pseudonyms. He has been credited in some way, either as producer and/or artist with over 100 releases to date. He also works within the visual field making short, experimental films.

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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

 

 

Phoenix Light Brigade

 

Phoenix Light Brigade
(Rodgers/Nuckler)

In 1997 the then governor of Phoenix, AZ Fife Symington witnessed the mysterious lights he describes in this testimony. Another U.F.O. disclosure themed rocker from the Ophwurld files. The music was taken from a spontaneous live looping jam session. All instruments and parts were played live and unrehearsed. The dialog sections were later added to the final arrangement.

Ophwurld is Roger Rodgers & Kevlar Nuckler teaming up to create Aural Sculpture. They assemble tunes by looping parts of their own spontaneous, instrumental jams using standard and non-standard instrumentation including guitar, bass, slide guitar, toy sound effects, the Korg Kaosillator Pro, and a DJ setup. The recordings were all done in a kind of live multi-track session using foot-petal looping technology. They first record a spontaneous, un-rehearsed jam session, loop the parts they want, then arrange them into a song. Their music captures the live energy of on-the-spot creation and improvisation which gives their music an honest quality found lacking in much of todays hyper-produced music. Primarily instrumentals, their songs range in genre from trip-hop and reggae, to hard rock & roll. They incorporate many different genres in the mix including: Rock, Pop, Funk, Reggae, Electronica, Blues, Hip-Hop and Trip-Hop. Their music can be described as Experimental Science Fiction Rock, SpaceShip-Hop, & Roots Rocket Reggae, and all of it is very SCI-cadelic!

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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

 

 

Moments of Knowing

 

Moments of Knowing

The Januariez are
J-kNee: vocals, guitars, hammond M-2
Reno: drums, percussion
Tony: bass

There is a wisdom
that exists
sometimes
I have a part of it
I have
Moments of knowing
Something I don’t know
How it goes away.

I know it
For a little while.
Listen for it
A little while.

Because I think
For a little while
I have it all figured out
And I stop thinking.
There is a wisdom
that exists

because sometimes
I have a part of it
I have
Moments of knowing

Something
I don’t know
How it goes away.
I know it
For a little while.
Listen for it
A little while.
Because I think
For a little while
I have it all
figured out
And I stop thinking,
Thinking.

The Januariez is a Seattle-based rock band that mixes punk, funk and blues to create an eclectic sound with the standout Little Rock-laced voice of vocalist, guitarist, and song-writer J-kNee, bassist Tony Rivera, and drummer Reno. The three passionate and long-time musicians came together in 2011 with a goal to deliver something real; a female-led rock band with meaning and depth.

Their debut album Authentic (Epochalyptic Media, 2012) is produced by Jack Endino and will be released on October 27, 2012. A collection of work with substance and meaning, Authentic has something to say. It’s a rock manifesto of personal evolution and resolution. “There is intention behind this album. Much of the lyrical themes and graphic imagery have roots in the Occult and Hermetic traditions, which I practice in my everyday life. The unifying element between all songs is conflict… The album title and title track is a mantra I used to balance the conflicts explored throughout the rest of the album,” explains vocalist and song-writer, J-kNee. “One tune may be upbeat and fun, while the next is slow, grimy and intense,” says Reno. Innocent Words Magazine describes them as “painting with an abstract of influences including 1970-80s punk, straightforward rock with down and dirty blues, The Januariez have made it work and work well…think T. Rex with a little Thin Lizzy and Veruca Salt fronted by Ani DiFranco.”

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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

 

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 7 artwork and design

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the second of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the lower right quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The lower right quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Spring season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

 

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

 

“This is part of a series of covers for 2013 EV which can be put together in the form of a quadripartite mandala signifying a variation of the classic “Wheel of the Year”. Each of these offerings contains elements of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim symbolism as a means of addressing the fact that each of the Abrahamic traditions has been affected/used by Hermeticism and/or the Western Esoteric Tradition, and, conversely, that each of these faiths in turn has also been affected by the magical or occult practitioners within its own ranks.

The Islamic tiles for instance were picked in order to communicate a vibrancy and motion to the piece with its harmoniously structured patterning while throughout the image is embedded the texture of various types of woods which imparts notions of stability and organicity.

A spectral wash of color (as in “related to the colors of the rainbow”, but also perhaps denoting a supernatural component) has been overlaid on the cover and set to a very low opacity. This in part refers to the Atziluthic root of color as used in the “King Scale” and is a technique I’ve used often even though the results are extremely subtle.

Also, the zodiacal bestiary that relates to the cardinal signs (and thus the solstices and equinoxes) will be included on each. In this instance the goat for Capricorn. Additionally, each cover will include (set into some object) a magical weapon appropriate to the element of the sign involved. In [Winter] the disk with a radiant Earth Hexagram is embedded into a wooden door. The Spring edition will have a Wand, the Summer – a Cup, and Fall the dagger/sword.” [via]

 

Mustafa al-Laylah (Fr. NRSYH) is an experimental, ceremonial magician who has lived in and loved the city of Dallas since the late eighties. Since that time he has colluded with a number of unusual groups that have been instrumental in shaping the cultural underground of that city. Some of these include the Hot Tub Mystery Religion, the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Illuminates of the Order of Thanateros, the Holy Moorish Orthodox Church of America, the Hazy Daze Collectif, and the Invisible College of Esoteric Disc Jockeys to name a few. He currently serves as the master of Bubastis Oasis and member of the Baphomet Rose+Croix Chapter (OTO-USGL), an ordained and active priest of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, as well as a co-founder of the Khalwat-i-Khidr Lodge of the Moorish Orthodox Church of America/Moorish League. It is advisable that you should avoid prolonged contact with him if you value an overdeveloped sense of self-importance or have any suspiciously good-looking friends.

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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

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 7

Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the Spring 2013 album, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download!

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

 

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 track list for this Spring 2013 anthology album consists of 15 tracks with over an hour of music:

  1. Januariez – Moments of Knowing 03:38
  2. Ophwurld – Phoenix Light Brigade 09:10
  3. Apollon – Rites of Dissonance 05:33
  4. Utu Lautturi – Pärnämäeltä Pajamäen juoksuhautoihin 09:04
  5. Dr.Hans – Void Elusion 05:00
  6. Salem:1976 – A Backdoor to Heaven 05:53
  7. Shadowcaster – Most Powerful Mother 06:36
  8. Shams93 – Mother of Abominations 11:09
  9. Shams93 – Father of Chaos 03:05
  10. Shadowcaster – Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music 02:03

 

The seventh issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Beltane in Spring 2013, at 15° Taurus. This is the next album in the second full year of releases, planned for all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 7 brings together 10 tracks, from new and returning artists, with over an hour of music in this ongoing series.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the second of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the lower right quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The lower right quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Spring season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

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.

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.

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.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project

Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Mustafa al-Laylah

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Less than two weeks left for submissions to Spring 2013’s Hermetic Library Album

There are less than two weeks left until the Spring 2013 deadline for people to submit tracks for participation on Magick, Music and Ritual 7, the next Hermetic Library Album.

Deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2013. Release planned for May, 2013 around Beltane, or May Day.

Check out the Hermetic Library Album call for Spring 2013 submissions for more, if you like. However, 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 this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the previous release for Winter 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 6, and the previous Spring release, Magick, Music and Ritual 3.

 

 

Hermetic Library Album call for Spring 2013 submissions

I am announcing the Spring 2013 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 7, 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, magick and music.

Spring 2013 marks the second album in the new calendar year, the second year of quarterly album releases, for the anthology project. The cover for this issue will also be the second in the series of covers by Mustafa al-Laylah, which will combine into a larger poster through the year. The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2013 anthology album is Apr 15th. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

 

Deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2013. Release planned for May, 2013 around Beltane, or May Day.

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 this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested. Especially, check out the previous release for Winter 2013, Magick, Music and Ritual 6, and the previous Spring release, Magick, Music and Ritual 3.

 

 

Beltane Fortune and Favor

Beltane Fortune and Favor is a Quadrivium Oil newly available online only from Bkwyrm‘s Quadrivium Supplies.

Quadrivium Supplies' Beltane Fortune and Favor Quadrivium Oil

“BELTANE FORTUNE AND FAVOR oil was made in the second hour of Beltane in 2012, the Hour of Jupiter, Day of the Moon. This is an oil designed to assist the user in beginning projects that will be finished, achieving long-term goals, and providing focus and energy to the tasks at hand. The ingredients in FORTUNE AND FAVOR include oils that are considered effective for promoting long-term luck, initiative, good fortune in business and love, and health in body and mind. Additional ingredients are included to repel evil, increase focus, assist in spiritual development, and gain personal mastery. Each bottle of FORTUNE AND FAVOR also contains a small lodestone, to attract power and luck.

Beltane is considered one of the eight solar holidays of the year, and is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on May 1. It celebrates the beginning of summer, the planting time, and is largely considered a festival of fertility and planning for long-term results. This oil was designed and made with these goals in mind.” [via]

Witch Eye submissions deadline for Beltane 2013

Witch Eye: a Journal of the Feri Uprising has a submissions deadline on Mar 15th for contributions to their Beltane issue.

Witch Eye: a Journal of the Feri Uprising

“Witch Eye: A Journal of Feri Uprising is a quality print journal with full color covers published once a year, full or art, articles, spells and lore inspired by the F(a)eri(e) Tradition, meaning various permutations of the branch of witchcraft passed on from the teachings of Victor & Cora Anderson and Gwydion Pendderwen.

While much of our focus is rooted in the Feri (Faery) Tradition, we also offer many items of interest to the modern Pagan, Witch and Warlock.” [via]