Curious Matters 2014

15 Jan

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MWBDI reviewed

6 Dec

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Lovely review of Raagnagrok‘s Man Woman Birth Death Infinity over at Freq.org

“Raagnagrok have been described as “kosmische exotica”, “Euclidean Dronemusic For Algorithmic Lovers” and “Mesopotamian Grokmusic For The End Of Days”. This sense of humor mixed with awesomeness makes me think that Iwould like these people, and they are worthy of adulation.

Man Woman Birth Death Infinity will appeal to classic drone heads, to fans of Cluster, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, as well as recent psych masters like Expo 70 and Gnod. If you’re looking for a shamanic journey into past lives, look no further.”

You can get your copy from Lotushouse Records

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28 Nov

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Implicate Explicate 12″

1 Nov

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Implicate Explicate, a synthesiser collaboration with film maker and musician Rose Kallal is now available on 12″ vinyl and download from We Can Elude Control. The EP includes reversionings by Ekoplekz, TVO and Paul Purgas.

Says The Quietus’ Rory Gibb: it’s ‘impressively dense and mind-altering stuff, piling on textural material into a thick harmonic stew that gives the contradictory impression of being simultaneously totally still and in continual inward motion’.

You can buy the 12″ or Mp3s from Boomkat.

Meanwhile, here’s an earlier version of the track with Rose’s visuals.

Altered Consciousness : 16-17 November

10 Oct

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There’s a fantastic line-up of speakers for the first Altered Consciousness Conference, taking place  16-17 November at Queen Mary’s University, London.

I’m honoured to be talking about Antonio Vilas Boas, aka Abductee Zero. Amongst the other presenters are Jeffrey Kripal from the USA, Mike Jay, Christina Harrington and Gary Lachman.

The full programme can be found here:  Altered Consciousness Conference

Arktau Eos / MOP / MU

1 Oct

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An English Vampire in New York

6 Sep

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Last year’s attempt to do a presentation at Brooklyn’s famed Observatory was foiled by hurricane Sandy, which left the venue out of action for over a month. So I’m really happy to get another chance to speak there almost exactly a year later…

The Vampires of London, a Cinematic Survey
Illustrated lecture with Mark Pilkington, Strange Attractor Press
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $10
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

In late 1969, as Swinging London entered its terminal phase, reports began to emerge of a tall, malevolent entity prowling the decaying gothic splendor of London’s Highgate Cemetery. Wielding stakes, crucifixes, garlic bulbs and a lot of crushed velvet, a group of local youths invaded the cemetery in search of the supernatural; newspapers quickly picked up on the story and so the legend of Highgate Vampire was born.

In this heavily illustrated presentation, Mark Pilkington looks at the many themes and influences – cultural, social and geographical – that made the appearance of The Vampire an eerie inevitability. Armed with a wealth of stories, photographs and film clips – from Hammer classics and Pathe newsreels to period television and Mondo obscurities – Mark will add flesh to the bones of this undying monster.

More info here

 

Occult Humanities Conference NYU

21 Aug

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I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Occult Humanities conference to be held at New York University, Manhattan, USA, between 18 and 20 October.

The impressive line up of contributors includes: Susan Aberth, Acep Hale, Robert Ansell, Elijah Burgher, Laurent Ferri, Mitch Horowitz, Amy Hale, William Kiesel, Gary Lachman, The Parlour Trick and Shannon Taggart.

You can find out more about the event and book tickets here

Raagnagrok: Man Woman Birth Death Infinity

20 Aug

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The first Raagnagrok album, Man Woman Birth Death Infinity, is released on Lotushouse Records in early September 2013. Zali Krisha plays electric sitar and guitar, Mark Pilkington plays synthesisers and electronics.

The album features an hour of exotica kosmische, and cover art by Leila Dear.
Several of the tracks are live jams recorded on one afternoon in 2008, others are studio creations pieced together between 201o and 2013. The music was later mastered by Daniel O’Sullivan.

From the press release:

“In July 2005, a small package was delivered to an address in Stamford Hill, London, for the attention of Mr Otto Amon and Mr Solomon Kirchner. The gentlemen who recieved the package have never revealed who sent it to them or what was inside it but a body of urban myth has grown up around the Lapis or Ovoid that was rumoured to have been seen in various locations around London, from Frognal to Fitzrovia.

“We are told that Amon and Kirchner subjected the Lapis to broad and narrow range frequencies in Pythagorean clusters which caused the object to “sing” or “recite”. We are also told that for five or six years, in spite of their efforts, the lustreless surface of the Ovoid could not be broken.

“The object, whatever it was, has never surfaced in the collectors’ market, and its recipients have maintained their silence. Whether their newly released recorded collaboration, Man Woman Birth Death Infinity, affords any clues, we cannot honestly say.”

Man Woman Birth Death Infinity is available early September from Lotushouse Records or here:


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More at Raagnagrok

Asterism Live 12 May 2013

8 Aug

The Asterism’s first live show –  at London’s happening Cafe OTO.

The event was Sunk Season II with Tidal, Modulator ESP and Inner City.
Thanks to Jimmy Billingham for putting me on, and to  Jez Creek for the video.