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Melody for Erin

 

Melody for Erin
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

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One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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Bilateral

 

Bilateral
(Carbenia)

Structure, built alchemical. A shadow of the singular, just as Heaven reflects the Earth a mound of miracles to offer – a mind as deep as any water. Timid, I approach the other and I show her what I brought her, it’s a world inside another, surely a miracle.

Out of Mister Rogers Neighborhood a ruckus. consult a guide or blind your eyes – on a magic carpet ride from Walgreens aisles, good golden Atlas came from a dream of mine and said to come again when I can stay a little longer, and stick around for Mister Rogers.

And so we ride the buttock of Babalon into orgasm. Breathe deeply be free my lover.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

When faced with death my ego stands and shouts into an empty place I know that this is all there is and ever was. He hoped the world might come together if taken in and torn to pieces and fit into the shape of something better.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

To all lower high mammals, I utter a remark: to hold your head higher. your spine will be straightened, your wallowing days in the mud sink far behind you. Your brains grow in size and might make you some money.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Firmament

Firmament is a Progressive/Alternative Rock from Canton, Ohio with Eric Carbenia, Alex Herstine, Matt Spradling, and Brandon Carbenia.

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Harpy

 

Harpy
(Stibrany)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Chris Stibrany Terborgh my summer home

Raised for half of his life in The Netherlands and Germany, Chris also spent much time studying and working in Japan and Korea. After many various jobs and a short time in the Army, he currently resides with his wife in Colorado. Besides magick and meditation with a focus on Thelema, his hobbies are reading (fiction (horror, sci fi, classic lit), history, metaphysics/occult) playing the drums, and hiking and swimming.

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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 14

Magick, Music and Ritual 14, the one and only album in 2018, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 14 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2018

 

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 tracklist for the 2018 anthology album consists of 11 tracks by 9 artists:

  1. Chris Stibrany – Harpy 05:05
  2. Firmament – Bilateral 05:36
  3. Ace of Space – Melody for Erin 02:54
  4. Iterum Nata – The Principle of Rhythm 04:43
  5. Ace of Space – Moving Targets 02:31
  6. Robert Furtkamp – Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines 06:23
  7. Shams93 – The Revealing 02:49
  8. Children of Osiris – Parasiel 04:34
  9. Robert Furtkamp – Twin Pillars Crumble and Shake 06:07
  10. Chris Stibrany – The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss 03:13
  11. Jesús A Vergara – Corpo Elipsis 39:54

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 14, the one and only album release for 2018 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a playlist of 11 tracks by 8 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

Our cover and alternate includes artwork by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos for this current year in the Thelemic Calendar, An V:iv (2018 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of the Atu IV, The Emperor.

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.

The best way to add this anthology, as well as previous releases and future Hermetic Library albums, to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. New Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive. Further, active Patrons also receive an additional gratis download code for every new release as they become available. Patrons as of this release will have had the opportunity to receive at least two full anthology albums from the collection, and more in the future, as well as helping to support the Anthology Project and the work of the library. Consider becoming a Patron today!

The release of a new anthology album is one of the highlights of my year, and always feels like opening a gift for the holidays after all the hard work for all the prior months. Only, this is a gift that I get to share with everyone, and everyone gets to open!

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. The site itself was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. I encourage you to check out Hermetic Library and everything in the collection there, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Cover and alternate artwork by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

In conversation with Jesse Heikkinen

I recently had a chance to talk with musician Jesse Heikkinen about his music, which I think will appeal to the audience of the library quite a bit.

Jesse is a 30-year-old musician from Tampere, Finland. He has lived most of his life in the Northern part of the country, where the winters are fierce and dark, and in the summer the sun never sets. Jesse plays the guitar in such bands as Hexvessel, The Aeon, and King Satan. He has toured and made records with so many bands that he can’t even name all of them. But, he also has a solo project, Iterum Nata, with two recently released singles from his forthcoming second issue, due in December. All of these bands are heavily influenced by the occult, although from totally different perspectives. Besides being a musician, Jesse also teaches the guitar and works with the disabled.

 

John Griogair Bell, Librarian: Take a moment to introduce yourself! Who are you?

In conversation with Jesse Heikkinen photo by Antti Haapapuro

Jesse Heikkinen, photo by Antti Haapapuro

Jesse Heikkinen: The boring answer would be, I am a musician from Finland, lately focused on more or less occult-themed music. On the other hand, aren’t we all just a divine manifestation of eternal Gnosis, consisted of ancient stardust?

L: Sure. Infinite sparkly dust. That’s everything. Done. No need to keep going with the interview, as we’re all one! Or, you know, at least that’s one way to think about it, from one mote of dust to another.

J: Yes, you could’ve just checked this stuff out from the Akashic records – the Wikipedia of collective consciousness!

L: Ugh! Homework? Pshaw! Other than music and dusting, what are you up to in the world?

J: Not much, I work as a social counsellor and occasionally worship the Devil – just like all decent Finns do. That’s why we have one of the best social security systems in the world!

L: You’ve got an upcoming solo release! This is your second solo album? Tell me a little about that.

Iterum Nata The Course of Empire

J: Yes! I’ve been in the music business for years now, but my first solo album was released just last December. Now the second album, The Course of Empire, is ready and will be released a year after the debut. I’ve been writing music since I was a kid but I never really got the time to express myself through my own songs until last year. My solo project, Iterum Nata, was born as I moved to Tampere on July 2017.

L: And, you’ve been in a number of other projects, I understand. What have those been? Are they ongoing?

J: In the last ten years I’ve been doing stuff from children’s music to jazz to black metal. Maybe my next solo project should be a mixture of these three! Nowadays, I have three main bands besides Iterum Nata; Hexvessel plays beautiful psych folk/rock, The Aeon’s musical path is dark acoustic folk, and King Satan is loud and provocative industrial metal. There are also few other projects which shouldn’t be discussed here.

L: I’m wondering if you’ve have any realizations or breakthroughs in the time since, or if the change is continued growth on the same path. What’s changed for you since your last solo release?

J: Well, yes — so much has happened! It never stops surprising me, how we seem to be unlimited in our potential of growing and learning. There really is a huge gap between the first and this album, in many levels. The first record was kind of an experiment, where I tried out different kinds of sounds and studio tricks. It wasn’t so much about playing songs, it was more about just creating soundscapes. The lyrical themes were about gazing inside and trying to find the Godhead within. It was written in an enchanted state, where I felt that I really connected with the true nature of being; “Wake up, You are Nothing and All”. That’s actually pretty nihilistic approach, but with a positive twist! To be honest, I never actually thought that my weird solo music would interest anyone. After the first album was released I got tons of great feedback. Shortly after that I joined King Satan and Hexvessel. There was also lots of stuff going on in my spiritual growth and I absorbed lots of metaphysical ideas from many different schools. I started to record The Course of Empire last May. I wanted to make it more aggressive and darker album than the debut, again to mach my own thoughts during that time. I also let go of the idea that I should do everything on my own, so there are some featuring musicians on the album as well.

L: Aggressive and dark? From Finland?! How can this be?! I mean, really, what is it about Finland? Are you near Lemi, the Capital of Metal?

J: We Finns like our music as we like our humour.

L: And there’s a single that’s out now from this upcoming album that people can check out. I understand you put a lot of thought into each track, with ideas and symbolism you’ve got in mind for each. What’s this track about for you as the artist?

J: I think this was the first track I wrote for the album. The whole writing process is covered in a haze, but I do remember having serious Kingston Wall vibes as I wrote this song. I have always felt a certain attraction to number seven and in this song that number plays a huge role. In Hebrew the number seven means a sword or “to arm”, so this song can be seen as a battle cry. On the other hand it is an ode to the never-ending dance of birth and death and it describes the message of the whole album pretty comprehensive way. There’s also another single that came out on Nov 8th!

L: Tell me a bit about this second track!

J: “Sacrificial Light” is a song about self-sacrifice, whatever that may mean. I got Anna-Kaisa from The Aeon to sing this song and Kimmo from Hexvessel to play the string ensemble. The classical four elements are hidden in the lyrics to form a certain alchemic formula.

L: Tell me about your esoteric studies and influences. What path are you on? What’s being on that path done for you?

J: There are many paths with different names, different gods and different ideals, but in the end all of that is just semantics. I believe we all create our own paths, but after all all these paths are united. I could say the main influence is my own inner knowledge, which is dynamic and all-developing. I have adopted the Thelemic philosophy (which is a nexus of many mystical and cultural schools) and I enjoy the main concepts of Daoism. These systems have helped me to conceptualise some metaphysical phenomena that I have always known they’re there, but never had the right names for. At this point I’d like to bring up Atheism. I know so many smart and nice atheists, but for some reason they can’t stand if one speaks about being on an esoteric path. I guess that’s because they forget that these paths can be (and often are) symbolic. The Gods, prophets and rituals may be symbols and thus could fit even the atheistic world view flawlessly. I believe we all are capable of finding our own paths, but at first we need to know who we truly are. And that’s where the symbols help us.

L: How have these occult influences informed your music? How have they influenced your ideas of music and have they had an influence on your technical music making as well?

J: In general I trust my intuition more and try not to be too hard on myself. When it comes to the writing, all of my lyrics are very much inspired by various occult themes and there are loads of known symbols and esoteric principles to be found.

L: What do you know now about your particular esoteric path and study that you wish you’d known before?

J: I really do believe that everything happens exactly at the right moment – that’s the only possibility. The Universe goes on exactly as it should, but we tend to forget that. And that’s mainly because we get so easily stuck in our human viewpoints.

In conversation with Jesse Heikkinen photo by Denis Charmot

Jesse Heikkinen, photo by Denis Charmot

L: How does this thinking affect you as you go about doing things in your life? Do you have a personal practice informed by these ideas?

J: I have had to learn to accept things as they come. For me it doesn’t mean that one should be passive and submissive, but rather humble and ready to move on. I try to practice what I preach!

L: What do you suspect is true, but can’t prove, about your particular esoteric path of study?

J: What a question! I can’t even prove to myself that I am true!

L: Well, let’s continue as if we are true, for some value of true that helps us make it through this interview!

J: Wow, maybe you can write the lyrics for my next album? The jazzy satanic children’s music record?

L: I’m down. Hit me up!

 

Thanks to Jesse Heikkinen for taking the time to talk with me about his work. Be sure to check out the two released singles and the self-titled Iterum Nata on Bandcamp, watch for the second solo upcoming release, and then head down the rabbit hole to find out about his other projects while you’re waiting.

Hermetic Library album call for 2018 submissions

Today I am announcing the 2018 call for submissions for Magick, Music and Ritual 14, 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, music and magick. And, they are a mass of awesome fun.

Magick, Music and Ritual 14 will be the 2018 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to the 2018 anthology album is September 30th, 2018. Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and the pages for the Hermetic Library anthology project for reminders and updates along the way.

Hermetic Library Anthology 2018 Magick Music Ritual Call for Submissions

 

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2018. Release is planned around the anniversary of the Hermetic Library’s birth on Dec 3rd, 1996.

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 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 let those you think may be interested know about this new opportunity to participate.

 

Cover Artwork and Design

If you would like to make a proposal for the artwork and design of this anthology, please get in touch! Take a gander at all the other covers and consider joining the illustrious artists who have participated with their work on those anthologies.

Subscriber-Only EP

This year I’d like to create a subscriber-only EP as a special additional perk for those people who have subscribed to Hermetic Library on Bandcamp. This will be a few tracks on an exclusive release just for subscribers that will be released in addition to the 2018 anthology.

Bonus Download Submissions

If you are creating something else, and would like to be included in the anthology download as a bonus, let me know. I’m open to bonus artwork, essay, articles and … well, anything that can be included in a digital download!

Odd Order anthology

Please also consider the Odd Order anthology, currently in its 3rd year, which is also being announced today with the same deadline. Odd Order Albums are annual compilations of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate geekery and nerdy mishegoss in their work, an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by technology and geek culture. These benefit anthology albums help Rigaroga and Odd Order promote artists to the audience of the not only Odd Order, but also Hermetic Library and beyond.

Become a Patron

One of the best ways to add anthology releases and this upcoming Hermetic Library album to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. Patrons will each be offered a gratis download code for each new release while they are active in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive, and that ends up being the most cost effective way to get these albums. Consider becoming a Patron today!

For the Convening of a Sexual Congress

 

For the Convening of a Sexual Congress
(Triefenbach/Day)

Ambient adornment for solitary or group rituals celebrating a birthday, half moon, or changing of the seasons. This track can be incorporated into numerous ceremonial circumstances involving the passage from one state into another.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Sun Duel 1

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Sun Duel 2

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Sun Duel 3

Sun Duel is an open-ended esoteric musical project of the Universal Love Upload, creating inspirational sounds for use by its members as well as the general public.

Over-arching thematic concerns include an existential examination of Self in its processes, such as the nature of Time as biological function and social construct, “Otherness” in gender and sexuality, and the co-opting of public spaces as sites of trance and transgression. We emerge in works of instability and hybridity. Through storytelling and the performative application of ceremonial and archetypal signifiers, we confront and inhabit Mystery, Cruelty, Joy, and the Uncanny.

This structuring of duration on site is achieved through theatricality, prayer/ focused intention, and the internalization of collage processes so that the resulting sounds, images and actions come to function somewhat as marks on a map, and the primacy of individual works is subsumed into conceptual clusters to be read in whole or in part- a system in continual growth and collapse.

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Madame Pele

 

Madame Pele
(Beaumont)

Madame Pele is a simple offering spell to the magnificent goddess Pele to ask for pure creation to come from her wise and purposeful destruction, the ending of this song mimics the eruption of her glory.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Skunky Beaumont

My name is Skunky Beaumont, I am a sound wizard currently residing in Los Angeles. I’ve been active under this moniker for about 5 years and have released 8 records. In this time I’ve played all over Los Angeles and Socal including Whiskey A-Go-Go on Sunset Blvd and East Jesus in Slab City.

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SONICK

 

SONICK
(Lonshin)

SONICK is the first sigil in the Sonick Templars first album “Orders of Service: Birth of a FOOL.” Orders of Service is a eight part ritual used to give birth to and initiate a spirit into the Great Work.

Sonick Templars, lead by Vovin Lonshin, are Knightz ov Khaos dedicated to the work of creating Sonick Sigils.

The system of making Sonick Sigils was created by Vovin and Dr. Louie Martinié as way to create drum beats for New Orleans loa and other western spirits.

The Sonick Templars first album “Orders of Service: Birth of a FOOL” is a eight part ritual giving birth to the spirit of The Fool. The Orders of Service was performed as part of a workshop at Babalon Rising and one of the Sigil (songs) was used for two rituals lead by Bill Duvendack.

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Marchosias

 

Marchosias
(Rance)

Magick Music and Ritual 13 Marchosias

My name is Marc, I first encountered esoteric ideas when I was 15 years old in a book called The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish, It was not until I was 17 that I was introduced to the ideas in the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley (especially The Tarot and Animism) . I am now 45 and have related to various esoterica through music, art and personal practice during the intervening time. From Psychic TV and Coil to The shamen and Goa Trance via Throbbing gristle and everything in the Rave scene from the late eighties onwards. It seems impossible to fill this space with all my influences from the world of musick.

My process to create starts with words, I use keywords and expressions around an intention and cut up the ideas until they give birth to something that intuitively feels correct. I then paint the assemblage of language into a montage of symbolic images and colours. After this I charge the image through acoustic percussion and mantra (traditional or otherwise). Once I have obtained communication with my project and entered into a contract with it I move to my PC maintaining the state of trance and interaction in order to assemble a sonic tapestry of samples and sounds that reflect or are guided and informed to be representations of my communion with my work, I then edit and restructure. (Though not always) The sound has to be a reality of the contract/contact those are the terms and conditions.

I compose sound under three names Wolven Angel (Inspired by T.A.Z), M.A.R. and Children of Osiris, These personas/conditions/constructs serve different attitudes of purpose in order to guide certain aspects of my projects. Each set of conditions forms a set of temporary expressions recorded.

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