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All things hidden and alight

 

All things hidden and alight
(Furtkamp)

This year’s contribution, written and performed as part of my leadup to the total eclipse of August 21st.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Robert Furtkamp

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

Follow Robert Furtkamp via
Website
and
Anthology profile

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 13

Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the one and only album in 2017, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 13 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2017

 

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 2017 anthology album consists of 12 tracks by 12 artists:

  1. Velvawhip – What’s Next 03:31
  2. Blasting Rod – Faded Green 04:30
  3. Black Lesbian Fishermen – To Sic A Goddess 08:48
  4. Scholar – Magick with a K 03:59
  5. Robert Furtkamp – All things hidden and alight 04:37
  6. Nada Baba – Flesh Light 02:38
  7. Akoustik Timbre Frekeuncy – Thee Vision of Dakini 08:19
  8. Shams93 – Tiny Lantern 03:09
  9. Children of Osiris – Marchosias 05:22
  10. Sonick Templars – SONICK 08:04
  11. Skunky Beaumont – Madame Pele 04:48
  12. Sun Duel – For the Convening of a Sexual Congress 10:04

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the one and only album release for 2017 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December birthday of the Hermetic Library, with 12 tracks by 12 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

Our cover includes the image “Graces”, as well as an alternate cover featuring the image “Snow”, by Laura Dear for this surreal current year in the Thelemic Calendar, Anno V:iii (2017 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of the Atu III, The Empress.

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!

As this thirteenth Anthology Album from the Anthology Project joins its illustrious fellows, Hermetic Library begins its third decade online.

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 Laura Dear

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

A rose cross at dawn

 

A rose cross at dawn
(Furtkamp)

Written and performed during my yearly re-examination of “The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz”, this piece is an exclusive for the 20th Anniversary Compilation.

Stairs upon stairs, and universes upon universes always await me within.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

Follow Robert Furtkamp via
Website
and
Anthology profile

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 12

Magick, Music and Ritual 12, the one and only album in 2016, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick, Music and Ritual 12, the 2016 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 tracklist for the 2016 anthology album consists of 45 tracks by 21 artists:

  1. Primitive Knot – Manifestations of the Outer Gods 07:16
  2. Mold Omen – Space 05:06
  3. M.A.R. – Torturetron 05:06
  4. Wolven Angel – Babalond 05:37
  5. Children of Osiris – Rub Words Out 04:40
  6. Cthulhu and the Weeds – Booze 05:40
  7. Audiothrillseeker & Dave Migman – The Heart of Every Avalanche 03:25
  8. Huhuva – We’re Almost There 02:08
  9. Johann FW Hasler – HaShem Pt 1 28:15
  10. Johann FW Hasler – HaShem Pt 2 39:33
  11. Captive Audience – Medicine Bag 05:14
  12. Black Church – Collect Yourself Start Praying 02:19
  13. Michael Idehall – Parokethian Radiation Pt 1 54:08
  14. Alka – Multiple 04:02
  15. OLD WVLF – Palace of Benevolence 03:53
  16. Ophwurld – Apollo 22 05:21
  17. P Emerson Williams – Prana 04:30
  18. OrosKhaos – Dispelling the Difference (II Supraterranean) 08:07
  19. Kim Logan – Western Medication 05:18
  20. Ace of Space – Day One 02:18
  21. Kieran Mahon – Everything is forever running and returning 07:48
  22. Troy Schafer – Tinisland 02:00
  23. Firmament – As One Watches The Rain 06:21
  24. Utopia Eleison – Ursa 09:21
  25. Robert Furtkamp – A rose cross at dawn 04:19
  26. Dr. Frank – Andromeda Klein 02:28
  27. Radio Free Clear Light – ITFC 04:04
  28. Kieran Mahon – Mirrors 08:29
  29. Shams93 – The Old Man of the Mountain 06:00
  30. Leah Bee – Sancta Mater, Musa #2 04:04
  31. Khan Kurra – Strange Tides 04:29
  32. (m) – seelenreise 03:36
  33. Somnolent – Corridors 05:19
  34. Doleful Lions – I Had Mythology 02:39
  35. Exomène – Byzantium 07:03
  36. The Message – The Cross of Christ 04:55
  37. Sun Duel – Lunar Pisces Temple Expansion 09:31
  38. Thomas Jude Barclay Morrison – Choronzon 18:51
  39. United Gods – Dreams of Awakening 06:35
  40. Anantakara – Translucent Grows 08:27
  41. Kim Cascone – Landing Lights on the Psychic Plane 05:38
  42. Antibarbarus (Transmissions from Radio Libra) – Celebration (Autumnal Equinox) 04:29
  43. Kim Logan – Better Way 04:04
  44. Utopia Eleison – Around the Strophalos 03:33
  45. Ace of Space – Broken Fire 03:28
  46. The Implicit Order – Will You Take Me All The Way 04:25

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 12, the one and only album release for 2016 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the 20th anniversary of the December birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a giant playlist of 45 tracks by 41 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hermetic Library’s birth on December 3, 1996!

Our cover includes the collage “Dark Night of the Soul” by Eugenia Loli for this deadly current year in the Thelemic Calendar, Anno V:ii (2016 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of the Atu II, High Priestess.

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. Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice each year 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 in 2016 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 Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema. 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.

Hermetic Library
Anthology Project
Become a Patron

Production by John Griogair Bell
Cover artwork by Eugenia Loli

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Follow the Moon

 

Follow the Moon
(Furtkamp)

“Follow the Moon” is an outgrowth of recent work. Every year around this time, I take stock in what I’ve done, where I’m going, and what I’m doing, and listen to the Voice in the Void.

This was a song in my head after a particularly grueling session of self-analysis, conjuring, and lucid dreaming — I woke with it and got it out before it hand a chance to change into something else.

It is a moment in time, born of the fragments where it was best to leap off the cliff, to take an oath, to follow the whispers in the woods to the place from whence they came.

This track is exclusive to the Hermetic Library compilation for Fall Equinox 2014.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

Follow Robert Furtkamp via anthology profile

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 10, the 2014 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick Music and Ritual 10

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 10

Magick, Music and Ritual 10, the one and only album in 2014, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick, Music and Ritual 10, the 2014 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 tracklist for the 2014 anthology album consists of 26 tracks by 21 artists in two parts:

Part I

  1. Black Lesbian Fishermen – LIL 05:06
  2. Ophwurld with Alan Sitar Brown – Nibiru Zombie Apocalypse 07:55
  3. Ace of Space – Lording it up in a World Full of Weirdos 03:00
  4. Robert Furtkamp – Follow the Moon 04:18
  5. Ex Astra – Aqva Caelestis 09:05
  6. Esperantoland – Vagueness is the Key 02:50
  7. Dave Migman and Audiothrillseeker – These Are Not Tears 03:16
  8. OrosKhaos – The Great Descent 16:55
  9. December Luna – Samhain Set 03:50
  10. frogtoboggan with Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang – Sketch of an Ancestral Dream 03:40
  11. Karyæ – Glad That I Live Am I 04:55
  12. Somnolent – Dreaming Green 04:32
  13. J Flash – Dying Gods 03:44

Part II

  1. MVNIHVD – Silence is Mine 03:14
  2. Shams93 – Doomsday 04:56
  3. December Luna – Kepler 22b 04:06
  4. Ace of Space – Heugh Lighthouse 02:28
  5. Twelve Hides – Ghayat al-Hakim 06:09
  6. Somnolent – Wooden Wombs 06:17
  7. DulT – BlackNature [Dusk] 01:42
  8. Viginti Tres Sæcula – Karthago-Cefalù 05:00
  9. MVNIHVD – Language of Wounds 06:57
  10. United Gods – At the Outer Rim of Xiazhoung 03:13
  11. Salem:1976 – Hymn of the Bog Hag 06:21
  12. Audiothrillseeker – Riding Cygnus 04:54
  13. Dave Migman – The Magnificent Accord 03:54

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 10, the one and only album release for 2014 from the Anthology Project, is being released around Autumnal Equinox, Sun in Libra, 2014, with 26 tracks and over 2 hours of music by 21 artists, new and returning voices, and some tracks exclusive to the Hermetic Library and this anthology.

The artwork for this issue was created by Terra Bosart and is an interpretation of Atu 0, the Fool, in Tarot. One way of counting years is to use a cycle of Tarot cards. The current year count is Anno V 0 which can be represented by, and thus can be seen as having correspondence to, a combination of both Atu V, the Hierophant, and Atu 0, the Fool.

In addition to the cover, for the first time, this anthology release includes two bonus images. The first is an illustration that accompanies the OrosKhaos track “The Great Descent”. The second image is a visual word play on “Magick Music Ritual” by Craig Conley, who appears on this release as part of the group Esperantoland. These bonus images are part of the download and are intended to offer an additional surface on which to reflect the feelings and thoughts developed by listening and deepened in relationship to this playlist.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema. 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
Cover artwork by Terra Bosart

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.