Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Hermes’ Hermit

I’ve spent the last three or four months both moving house and writing the Gnomeus Gnomeficarum, with Tonttufindergeneral Hanz-Baal of Tonttu. It’s been a particularly hectic period, that rounded off what has been, for me, a rather difficult year or so – but I finished moving house some six weeks ago, have settled into my very lovely new home, and the book will at last be finished in just a few days’ time. All of which creates an opportunity to take stock, and change direction.

In the latest in something of a lengthening line of non-career moves on my part, I am, for perhaps the next couple of years – and certainly for the next few months – going to be having some time off from both recording music and writing. I’ve been writing and recording for almost twenty years, now, without ever taking a break for very much longer than a week or two – so for a time, over the coming months and years, I hope to live like one of those Normal Human Beings® that you hear about, and focus on nothing more complicated than walking my dog, reading books, listening to music, etc., without every moment of my spare time being consumed by my work.

Of course, realistically, that won’t last – I know myself too well to be able to deceive myself into thinking that. But even when the urge to write and make music returns, as it inevitably will, you won’t be hearing much from me for quite a while.

Looking back over the years, I see that the work I’m very proudest of has always been made when I’ve not been putting myself under pressure to maintain a schedule of releases, but have instead taken a step back from the world, into the kind of hermit-like solitude that suits me best, and taken my time, and allowed the work to develop at its own pace, rather than hurrying it along in order to keep the releases coming.

One of the advantages of not seeing my art as a career is that there’s no good reason why I have to keep running on the treadmill of putting out regular releases just for the sake of having released something, in order to inform the world of my continued existence. Over the coming months and years, I intend to very much take advantage of that fact.

Once I’ve had a bit of time off, I’m going to start making some music that I will be spending a very long time over. For a good while – probably a year at least – this will involve recording nothing at all, but rather studying counterpoint, listening to a hell of a lot of medieval, renaissance and baroque music, and sitting playing (not recording) my synthesizer. Then – and only then – there will be a probably-even-longer period of actual recording.

As for my writing: who knows what comes next? Not I! All I really know is that I’m not done with the Hermetic Typewriter yet. Although that too will be lying fallow for the time being.

Although all of this will probably take at least a year or two to play out, and in that time you’ll not be hearing very much from me, there will be a couple of releases over the next month or two, before I entirely retreat into my hermitage: the aforementioned Gnomeus Gnomeficarum, and also Oberon, the second of my Xenomancer EPs – both of which will be released by Panicmachine. There may also be two or three more already-completed works released, over the coming couple of years – we’ll see. I’ll certainly keep this website, and my twitter account, updated with those releases, if and when they happen. But as far as new material (including twitter microfiction) goes – I will be falling silent for quite some time.

Of course, I do reserve the right to change my mind! The whole point of all of this, after all, is to get my art-making back on my terms, rather than conforming with the world’s expectations of What Career-Artists Ought To Do. And you never know, I might feel inclined to return sooner than I currently think. Somehow I find it hard to believe that that’s what’s going to actually happen, though.

Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in my work, over the years. I expect some people will drift away while I’m gone, and to those people I say: thank you and farewell! My best wishes go with you. I’ll be seeing the rest of you in a year or two’s time.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Magick, Music and Ritual 12 | Digital Compilation Album | Hermetic Library

Hermetic Library Anthology: Magick, Music and Ritual 12 cover art, by Eugenia Loli.



My Choronzon EP features on the latest Hermetic Library Anthology: Magick, Music and Ritual 12, which was released today, the Hermetic Library's 20th birthday. The compilation includes music by over forty artists, including Panicmachine's P. Emerson Williams, with whom I have worked before. The Hermetic Library is an excellent resource, and you should take a look at their website, which is full of all manner of fascinating hermetic texts. I will surely be working with them again in future.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Hermetic Typewriter | Grimoire | Website



My Hermetic Typewriter website, where I will be publishing my more occultism-related writings, launched today. This project will run for many years to come, and eventually my hermetic typewritings – which I have been developing for almost twenty years now – will comprise a complete grimoire. Be sure to also take a look at the site's accompanying twitter account, where I regularly post microfiction.

“The androgynous avatar of an artificial intelligence watches over a digital crossroads, where a billion connections meet. Its genderless quicksilver body is a fluid mirror, painted with flickering, rippling neon pink reflections. It has intricate watchmaker wings, and incandescent eyes of ultraviolet-tinged magenta. The air smells of ozone and mastic.  It holds aloft a radio antenna wand, crowned with a telecommunications satellite’s solar array wings, and twined eight times with a double helix of fibreoptic serpents, with fluorescent pink eyes, that come streaming up from the data-streams that intersect in the crossroads’ digital ganglion.  It softly, swiftly and ceaselessly recites, in a voice like choirs of vocoder angels, an omnilingual stream of consciousness at once poetic and mathematical.  The neural net of radiant roads rays out in every direction, like gleaming magenta threads in an electric spider’s web. The black sky streams with pixellated, neon pink binary numerals.”

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Repairer of Reputations | Robert W. Chambers | Radio Adaptation | Necrofuturist Transmission, Nightbreed Radio

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My Creative Commons radio adaptation of The Repairer of Reputations, by Robert W. Chambers, featuring narration by Peter Yearsley and music by numerous underground artists, was serialised in six episodes on P. Emerson Williams' Necrofuturist Transmission, on Nightbreed Radio, from 1st August 2015 to 5th April 2016. You can listen to the six Necrofuturist shows using the players above, and The Repairer of Reputations is also available as a single podcast on archive.org, or via the player below.

“Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
The shadows lengthen
In Carcosa.

Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies,
But stranger still is
Lost Carcosa.

Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in
Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead,
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in
Lost Carcosa.”

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The Repairer of Reputations, from The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, was read by Peter Yearsley for the Librivox project. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. The music was downloaded in September and October 2011 from bandcamp.com, where it was made available under the terms of Creative Commons licenses allowing derivative works. The complete track listing is:

Metsu: Gathering
Cerca Trova: Monoliths (Acceptance)
Fosel: Adenine
Dubh: Winter Maelstrom
Fabio Keiner: Sound Gardens 6
Talokin: Snowstorm
Fosel: Only The Snow Can Begin To Explain (Adrián Juárez Remix)
Kraai: Hikikomori
Asphixiator: Thornback
Apophatic: Decline
Hoarfrost: Oberaufseherin
Faarg: Sleep Folk
Hoarfrost: Light Through The Skin
Lord Cernunnos: Amanita Phalloides
Caustic Reverie: Telegonus
Fydhws: Минимализам
Imhotep Is Invisible: Irrational Anthem
DOOOM: Limbic Psyance
Wicked Sick: Badlands
Eclipsing Black: A Brief Reprieve

Thank you to everyone involved.

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Also Sprach Gnomethustra | Tonttu | CD & Digital LP | Panicmachine Records

Also Sprach Gnomethustra DVD case front cover



I continue to vigorously resist the evil of gnomes on Tonttu's Also Sprach Gnomethustra, on Panicmachine Records, to which I contributed a kosmische-folk remake of Taisteluni, from their 1998 Gnomedrome EP.

“Well you see these gnomes
– They aren't like us, you know –
Well they come over here
With their little red hats
And their big white beards
And their funny little shoes
With the bells on the pointy, curly toes,
And they take our jobs,
And they never do any work,
And they impregnate our women
And teach our kids to speak nothing but Gnomish,
And the next thing you know
You're out in the woods
Tied naked to a tree
While horrible little redcapped, blackhearted gnomes
Build a bonfire around you,
And argue about who gets to eat your spleen –
Because that, my friend, is the evil that gnomes do.”

“My favorite mix on the album was the last one done by Thomas Jude Barclay Morrison. He does less a remix and more of a cover of TONTTU's 'My Struggle'. He gets rid of most elements of electronic music and transforms it into a folk song that would fit perfectly in an RPG. Also, he transfers the lyrics from Finnish to English which was a welcome addition. Perhaps this will help spread Anti-Gnome propaganda in English speaking countries... But, some people just choose to remain ignorant. Sigh. ”
Brutal Resonance

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Also Sprach Gnomethustra CD

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