As The Vessel Burns
“As The Vessel Burns” was inspired by the woodcuts, engravings and paintings by Athanasius Kircher, Robert Fludd, William Blake and others reproduced in Alexander Roob’s Alchemy & Mysticism.
Jersey Petroleum are currently wildcatting around the multiverse in this particular instance of their Y – 1 variant traversals of N +/- X-dimensional space. Ron Bass is the author of The Velveeta Underground, a collection of short stories published as part of the EAA Signature Series. John Stanford records as Modchik. He also wrote, directed, and produced the film Firofyfe, which was screened at the Queens (NY) Film Festival and the Takoma Park Film Festival. Jersey Petroleum’s musical influences range from David Bowie to Sun Ra to J. S. Bach to Terry Riley.
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Abhorrent love retains a festive air
in hindsight’s shadowed glow. But once the glare
intrudes too far to ever be concealed,
a second skin of wisdom can get sealed
too tightly, unless penances are made.
In essence, memory becomes a trade-
off in this exchange of dreams: Cheating death,
while keeping their psyches crossed, their twinned breath
discharges fragrant spoor into the ground.
Rain whips the conjoined lovers; a hell hound
growls nearby. The music of the spheres turns
dissonant, as the vessel slowly burns:
Tracing this mystery back to its sources
requires tact, and a knowledge of corpses.
The full track list for this Spring 2012 anthology album consists of 10 tracks and 47 minutes of fantastic music:
- Modchik – In Sight of my God
- Doleful Lions – Underground Werewolf Scribe Agape
- Ego and the Ids – Knight in the Abyss
- Khan Kurra – Sumeria
- Josh Howell – Infinite Mind
- Hyle – In and Out of Consensus Reality
- LVX1313 & Ikipr – Ω ש
- Kim Cascone – Metals, Nebulae & Stars
- Jersey Petroleum – As The Vessel Burns
- Dark Mother Dub – Loa Crisis
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.
This Spring 2012 issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released in mid-June. There’s 10 tracks on this anthology album from a number of new and returning artists. This is a playlist that makes me want to dance, makes me want to laugh, makes me want more. It’s got an itch that wants to be scratched, and that’s what Spring is all about. This release starts out with a strong rock beat with a glitchy guitar riff then moves to a moody melody with attitude. From there, an impromptu rap collaboration that leads to a strong electronica beat. A distorted electronica beat accelerates into an extended set of different raw glitched audio energy from several artists. The penultimate track is a fantastically awkward, lyrical and poetic piece that pretty much is exactly everything about how Spring feels to me, and then ultimately full circle to a final catchy and glitchy guitar riff that I think strongly and authoritatively announces an abrupt crossing of the sun into the coming Summer.
There’s a lot of itchy glitchy sounds to this playlist that seem to me just perfect for the feeling of the warm spring sun. You also know this feeling of everything stretching Winter-sore muscles and just aching to start running or climbing through the sudden sunshine. The cover image for this anthology builds on the sequential narrative, the progression from the previous anthology visuals and is meant to evoke the same Spring-like tension developing, an explosive potential just barely managing to hold itself in.
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. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.
Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.
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