Tag Archives: David B Metcalfe

Cry Before Your Lord – On Ancestral Prayer & Communion with the Dead

Cry Before Your Lord – On Ancestral Prayer & Communion with the Dead” is a track added by David B Metcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

“An Interview with Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke on the topic of ancestral prayer and communion with the dead.”

“I recently had the opportunity to talk to Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke regarding his experience with ancestral spirits and communion with the dead. Coleman’s insights are interesting in that Killing Joke has been extremely open and vocal about their participation in contemporary esoteric traditions.

This interview was an opportunity to follow up after interviewing Coleman and Martin Glover prior to one of the Killing Joke performances in Chicago in 2010.

While transcribing and editing the audio I decided to play around with turning a portion of it into a spoken word track with a soundscape. It’s amazing what sounds you can get out of a tenor banjo.”

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the audio pool, head over to the Hermetic Library audio pool or contact the librarian.

Summerland

Summerland” is a track added by David B Metcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the audio pool, head over to the Hermetic Library audio pool or contact the librarian.

Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum

 

Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum
(Metcalfe)

“The philosophical mercury can only be made the dry way.” — E. Canseliet

“For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself: but when men fall to framing conclusions out of their knowledge, applying it to their particular, and ministering to themselves thereby weak fears or vast desires, there groweth that carefulness and trouble of mind which is spoken of: for then knowledge is no more Lumen siccum, whereof Heraclitus the profound said, Lumen siccum optima anima; but it becometh Lumen madidum or maceratum, being steeped and infused in the humours of the affections.” — Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning

Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum presents an aural administration of chymical procedure. Digested fragments of light, moments of inspiration and experimentation, separated, dissolved, sublimated, and fixed through the application of digital spagyria.

Sounds assembled 2010-2012, Processed & Fixed 2012

David Metcalfe is a Contributing Editor for Reality Sandwich, and acting Books Editor for The Revealer, the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. Focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness, his writing has been featured in The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized 2011) and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness (North Atlantic/Evolver Editions 2012).

Writing and scrawling for The Eyeless Owl, his illustrations were brought to life in the animated collaborative grotesquery A Serious Enquiry Into the Vulgar Notion of Nature featured at select venues in downtown Chicago during the Spring and Fall of 2010. He also writes regularly for Modern Mythology, Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, Evolutionary Landscapes, Disinfo.com, The Teeming Brain and co-hosts The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild.

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Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 5

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 5

The Fall 2012 album from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 5 for immediate download! Physical CDs of this Fall 2012 issue are also available as a pre-order.

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 previous issues of the Hermetic Library Anthology and look for a call for submissions to the Winter 2013 anthology album on Dec 15th!

 

 

The full track list for this Fall 2012 anthology album consists of 16 tracks with over 2 hours of music:

Part I – Arrival

  1. Shams93 – Wahabibi (Part 1) 04:21
  2. Shams93 – Wahabibi (Part 2) 04:00
  3. Anantakara – Unlock an Immortal Seal 09:20
  4. Apollon – Juxtaposition of the Shadow Traveller 06:25
  5. Troy Schafer – Blue Death 01:22
  6. Ophwurld – Spontaneous Involuntary Feeling 07:18
  7. y3mk – Shalicu 07:16
  8. Mahatma Dalí – Elephant Graveyard 11:21
  9. Exomène – Doom 04:49
  10. Dr J Cephei – Mystic Prophecy 04:27
  11. (m) – Izmir 02:24

Part II – Departure

  1. Ikipr – Orbits (Reprise) 03:41
  2. Machabray – Empty Room (Part V) 04:25
  3. (m) – Dark Liquid Replicating 02:38
  4. David B Metcalfe – Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum 24:50
  5. Kim Cascone – Ros Crux – Alchemisphere Zero 34:09

 

This fifth album from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Samhain in Fall 2012, at 15° Scorpio. This fifth issue completes the first full year of releases, one on all four quarters in 2012. Magick, Music and Ritual 5 brings together 16 tracks by 14 artists with over 2 hours of music which spans 2 physical CDs.

Two parts of this playlist seem to have developed for me a ritual structure, or at least a passage through liminality. The first part is an arrival which is also the departure from normal place and time and the second part is a departure from a place of imagination but also a return to world, having perhaps changed ourselves and world in the meantime. Beginning with a two-part track that develops from a mostly unadorned oud playing a lament and then unfolds in the second track to reveal a heavily processed and altered dirge; thus the circle of the ritual is cast. We move further into liminal place and time with a series of tracks leading deeper into the unknown, offering a self-reflection with mysterious overtones. This is an unfolding descent into a metaphorical and allegorical darkness that paradoxically reveals us to ourselves. The ritual progresses to a lacuna between parts, a space where in ritual one might do a specific working. You may decide each time you listen to take advantage of this place and time between parts to interact with this playlist by enacting your own work here in the space prepared by you and these artists. The second part of the playlist lifts us back through an ascent that returns us, not ourselves the same nor to the same world from which we departed but to see with new eyes a place slightly different than before. We have polished our vessel through travel into the self and have become better prepared to share our specific gifts with the world. Like the long delayed return of Odysseus, we are entering a season of increasing darkness from which light is inevitably liberated.

This cover for this issue was designed and illustrated by Valerie Herron. When I think of the top heaviness of antlers, I actually think of the looming ominous canopy of fall trees in the dark with their skeleton arms and fingers sloughing off leafy skin. I also think of the way that the tree of life looms large above the single point at Malkuth, such a long, tall and precarious spectral ladder to the stars … a place, perhaps, where the dark romance of both old school esotericism and new American Gothic meet.

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.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Valerie Herron
Mastering by SickTanicK of SKR

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Mapping the Occult City includes M Dionysius Rogers, David B Metcalfe and Rik Garrett

I’ve previously mentioned the Mapping the Occult City pre-conference, but now that the speakers list has been finalized I thought I’d mention there’s involvement from a number of people you may be already familiar with from the library including Hermetic Library fellow M Dionysius Rogers, anthology artist David B Metcalfe, and frequent contributor to the visual pool Rik Garrett. So, not only is the conference itself sounding pretty interesting in and of itself, there’s a lot of great people involved as well. If you’re in Chicago or can get there, the pre-conference is Friday, Nov 16th, and does not require AAR membership to attend or participate.

Lumen Siccum – Digested Fragments of Light

Lumen Siccum – Digested Fragments of Light” is a track added by davidbmetcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

“dry light is the best soul.”

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition. Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing, music and other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the audio pool, head over to the Hermetic Library audio pool or contact the librarian.

Her Shrines Sit Shining in the Borderland

Her Shrines Sit Shining in the Borderland” is a track added by davidbmetcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing, music and other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.

Sales Meeting

 

The Eyeless Owl presents a brief animation in which an executive decides against omens and portents, during ‘A Serious Inquiry into the Vulgar Notion of Nature…’

2010 – Terry Hahin – Movement, David Metcalfe – Scrawling, Sean Mills – Aural Accompaniment, Jessica Danjieri – Touch Ups, Zac Odin – Poetics, D. Du’pre – Muse and Succulent Beats.”

St James of the Butchery – Voices of the Other Order

St James of the Butchery – Voices of the Other Order” is a track added by David B Metcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

“St. James of the Butchery, sat sick, and sad, and silent, looking ’round he saw nothing but fruit picked early from the tender tree. What could have been ripe when ready, left to rot in the grayish green light of an ever present evening.
Finding no companion to share his morbid revery, he turned to the voices of the Other Order and sought council in ancient wine.”

—from St. James & the Voices of the Other Order – A Hallucination (1933), by Lawrence Granier

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is an auditory scavenger hunt for sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing, music and other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.

The Devil Said Ok It’s A Deal

The Devil Said Ok It’s A Deal” is a track added by davidbmetcalfe in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is an experimental auditory scavenger hunt for sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing, music and other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.