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Requiem

 

Requiem
(Exomène)

In memoriam SPB (1988-2012), requiescat in pace. The lyrics are out of a requiem mass.

French artist Exomène is a soundsmith and digital apothecary.

A soundsmith because he works sounds like a potter his clay, or a blacksmith his metal: hammering, stretching, twisting sounds until they fit all together into a coherent piece of music.

As a digital apothecary, his approach is quite the same: playing with an abstract material as if it was physical in a more experimental way. The sound in itself is no longer triturated but what generates it is subjected to several techniques: data-bending, generativity, algorithm, glitch…

These two approaches stem from the same mysticism that holds abstract and physical materials are the same thing in different realms.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Head of a Pin

 

Head of a Pin
(Simpson)

“The Head Of A Pin” was an attempt to re-create a magickal working, and became a sound-collage ritual all its own, in the making. It’s part of an on-going series (first started here at the occult anthology with “Strange Angels”, under a different name) of rituals, that have spanned recordings, live performances, and private investigation. It’s a refining fire; the bones peek through the skin. It’s getting thin…

Dessicant uses analog and electronic devices to conduct sonic rituals, a portable portal into strange, grey realms with twitching blurred outlines. Its like peering into a dirty fishbowl, with a human head in it. Inspired by anyone who has ever aspired to blend magick and art.

“Come Away: but not yr noises” — dessicant, 2013

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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12Lilitu7

 

12Lilitu7
(Pulicano/Lintunen)

Adoration to the spirit of infinite creation, and used as such. The draw illustrated above initiated the ceremony.

KaosMind is the collaborative effort of two beings with an intention to explore the realms of music, ritual, and improvisation. The project was formed in September 2012 within the medium known as Abrahadabra.

The ritual used to create this music originates in a focus of Will upon an inspired date and idea. The process of improvisation, recording, and mixing has evolved with each ceremony; the concept however remains unchanged.

Across times zones we synchronize ourselves by entering a space which allows the sound to manifest. We then improvise a variety of tracks, recording each one only once. Next, we individually mix our own tracks into one and send them to each other. The final track is produced by each of us mixing each others track with our own.

Not this music be heard, but a river of manifestation.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Void 13

 

Void 13
(Amason)

“Void 13” is one installment of the ongoing Void Series, a project inspired by the concept of Bardo found in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. This track shall be the first track on the next album, Void Series Three.

///Δ (Michael Amason) is an American noise artist who composes harsh drone soundscapes, with an emphasis on low frequencies and sheer volume.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Luna’s Dogma

 

Luna’s Dogma
(Exomène/Wotton)

Lyrics were written and spoken by the French image slayer Dorianne Wotton.

Tension. Tension is the leitmotif of Luna’s Dogma.

Firstly, the way the track is built reflects tension with harsh words interspersed with naive music. Then the sound itself tries to render tension by the use of static as background noise. This reduces the violence of words by giving them a ghostly and ethereal feeling while giving a disturbing aspect to the music. That aspect contrasts with its simplicity, as if it came from the background of a nightmare. Finally, the tension is also created by the juxtaposition of several spoken elements spatialized so that the listener is trying to follow all of them at the same time which dissolves the meaning of each of them into une bouillie de mots, or word porridge. This tension is also that of an ascetic mystic, an anchorite, which seeks to achieve a celestial spirituality while feeling trapped in his earthly body.

The text, written and spoken by Dorianne Wotton, is an illustration of the “æsthetic of desolation”, as defined later by Dorianne Wotton and Exomène, that underlies both their respective individual and collaborative works since 2004.

The sampled spoken word of Dorianne Wotton from this track translated to English:

I am a heretic.
What enjoyment heresy can give us.
I am the ascetic of another mysticism, the priestess of another dogma.
What happiness, what sublimation, what transcendental moments my dogma gives me.
Behind the apparent barbarity of the acts that my almighty cult makes me do, there are short, too short moments that bring me closer to an impenetrable and indefinable ideal. The ascent to another spirituality far from pain, greed, emptiness. Agony for the common man, an orgasm for my emotional being.
[…]
I dream of another reality and perfection before I leave.
I want to live before I die.
Exalting my soul, I desert my body and especially the passing of time that ravages everything.
Like an anchorite, I hate my body and try to take refuge where no one can reach me.
Torn between inner violence and contemplation that brings me peace and serenity I chose to denigrate my body to feel the purity of my soul,
As required by my own religion.

The entire August 2003 essay by Dorianne Wotton is available in full on Exomène’s anthology profile page.

French artist Exomène is a soundsmith and digital apothecary.

A soundsmith because he works sounds like a potter his clay, or a blacksmith his metal: hammering, stretching, twisting sounds until they fit all together into a coherent piece of music.

As a digital apothecary, his approach is quite the same: playing with an abstract material as if it was physical in a more experimental way. The sound in itself is no longer triturated but what generates it is subjected to several techniques: data-bending, generativity, algorithm, glitch…

These two approaches stem from the same mysticism that holds abstract and physical materials are the same thing in different realms.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 6

 

 

Sending Anubis

 

Sending Anubis
(Schafer)


Sending Anubis drawing by Troy Schafer

This is a reworking of a segment from Anubis Come In, a 2010 ritual work released on Earjerk Records. Original sound and accompanying image by Troy Schafer.

Troy Schafer is a Wisconsinite composer, performer and recording artist whose work is primarily engaged with violin, voice and displaced sounds. He is recognized for his modern classical music as well as collaborations with Kinit Her, Wreathes, Burial Hex, Wormsblood, Rain Drinkers, Devotion, Spiral Joy Band and the Chagas Schafer duo. He studied orchestra education at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Schafer describes his current solo works as “A distant echo of anti-cerebral ballad casting, psychic and free association, sonic rhetoric becoming notion of future past, organic subjectivities through pneumatic escape, vengeance tympanum and continuity.”

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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The Art of Magick

 

The Art of Magick
(Buckley)

In the midst of ‘Economic madness’…what once ‘was’ is “no more”…
but still….
We are ‘here’.
The Totalitarian Tiptoe continues as always…giving rise to more wars and other unspeakable monstrosities.
Painful to those of us who are aware.
But yet we are aware!
…and what is more…we are aware of our awareness.
This is the magick of the Lucid Dream…
What a time to be alive.
Ah and we are of the divine spark…!
We are gods…all of us.
We are the children of Enki.
Though some think we have the signature of the slave…now is the time to rise above.
Now we can turn the baser metals & transform them into the alchemical gold.
Alchemy
Transformation…
Bliss is only a second away.
What are you waiting for.
Use your breath, for it is spirit.
You will ascend.
This is not a question or a supposition.
It is a fact!
Let us not fear death…for without death there is no rebirth.
When the time has come…The mirror will be put in front of U.
What will you bring to the mirror?
What will you reflect?

Bring hate to the mirror…
The mirror will reflect hate.

Bring love…and ascension is yours.
You are the mirror – and the reflection.

Fear is the mind killer.

Ralph Buckley is a singer/songwriter, musician, magician, and artist who is “originally from Oz (just outside of Seattle…dimensionally speaking).”

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Initium Novum

 

Initium Novum
(Dalí)

The last segment to the Lux Lucis album, this piece of the Occult Sonicart release is entitled, “Initium Novum”. This final fragment is not meant so much to be conclusive as it is meant to relay one back into the first segment, “Terminus ut Vetus”. What this sonic atmosphere is intended to convey is the internal battle between the Light and Dark — the Self and Ego. It is not a war that can necessarily be won by either side, but oftentimes we find ourselves feeding one side more than the other — providing that part of ourselves a momentary instant of more influence. The composition of this track includes vocal parts contributed by Mahatma Dalí’s id, The Masterless. The inclusion of The Masterless practically felt necessary, considering Mahatma Dalí has been referred to as the ‘egoless alter’ and The Masterless, the ‘alter ego’. It is a haunting registry indeed, whether it is the tail of the serpent or its head is irrelevant. For with the Ouroboros, everything comes full circle.

Mahatma Dalí, a composer of vanishing-point music, strives to provide the masses with a unique listening experience. While the sustained tone branch of minimalist music is about as far away from music as it can get before it ceases to be musical, there is something undeniably rhythmic and hypnotic about it — the very things M. Dalí accentuates on.

The harmonic (and quasi-harmonic) tone-clusters that culminate M. Dalí’s brand of dronology are riveting in a way that becomes increasingly difficult to describe as it plays out. When you couple this with the conceptual soundscapes that they articulate within, you’ll find what the ear would otherwise dismiss as tumultuous becomes a sonic scenery wherein which your imagination is the only limiting factor in this auditory experience.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Trance Induction

 

Trance Induction
(Washburn)

This track was recorded while in a state of trance induced by chemical & spiritual tools.

The Implicit Order is not involved in any wave, stream, genre or scene. I/O started in 1989 as a Mail Art project and by the early 1990’s it developed into a full time musical project incorporating many of the Industrial/Experimental ideas of the late 1970’s, 1980’s and beyond. The band always tried to inject a sense of the Occult, humor and an off-kilter view into the image and recordings. The Implicit Order was active in the Cassette Culture of the 1990’s up to 2001. In 2002 the band took a break from recording and resumed in 2008. Some labels of note that I/O has appeared on: Wholeness Recordings, AIN23, Phantasma Disques, Classwar Karaoke, Vuzh Music, SuRRism Phonoethics, Black Circle Records, Clinical Archives, EE Tapes, Cohort Records

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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Walking with Omega

 

Walking with Omega is the final track from the album Patient Zero.

The album attempts to portray the mind of a Patient Zero wandering through their urban surroundings infected with the dying sun at the Summer Solstice. It tracks the advancement of symptoms as the sun goes from the height of its earthly power to its astronomical nadir just before dawn on the Winter Solstice. Each track was written during the six month period at times of lunar or solar significance, with each song portraying a thought, experience or mood of the time and place of its conception.

The entire album Patient Zero and others are available on the free to download via Urban Psychetecture

The Psychogeographical Commission was formed at the start of 2008 to explore the many interfaces between the built environment and the people who inhabit it through dérive, magick and sonic experimentation.

After a wandering the back streets of London and other large cities looking for the spirits which now dwell within them, they came to the conclusion that the psychological make-up of cities are at odds with the population’s inherent rural based mythology. People simply aren’t evolving to cope with cities fast enough to keep up with the constantly shifting cityscape.

They then set about creating music which blurs the line between the real and imagined landscapes in order to allow individuals to revaluate their own mythologies and provide new ideas to bring them closer to harmony with their urban surroundings.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
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