I've been a devoted listener of Greg Kaminsky's Occult of Personality podcast for quite a while now, but there are still so many episodes I've been meaning to catch up on.
I stumbled upon a nice surprise while reviewing the archives and found a fantastic interview with David Beth, which was recorded years back. If you are unfamiliar with his work, please do yourself a favor and read up on the history of LaSociété Voudon Gnostique, an organization of which he is one of the chief adepts and teachers. It turned out to be one of my favorite guest interviews so far with a very rich, dynamic and enlightening conversation with Beth.
Being a Chicagoan on the Voudon Gnostic path and having personally met with Michael Bertiaux (and hopefully will continue to speak with and learn from him at his lectures/film series here in town), I was greatly surprised to hear how relevant Beth's words were to my own particular experience and the richness and depth I found in my own work after hearing him speak. A crucial interview, follow the link to listen.
Now if only Greg can lock down an interview with Daniel Schulke of Xoanon/Three Hands press!
Check out Sounds of the Dawn for an amazing cache of great obscure private press new age tapes. Ranging from blissed-out synth and electronics excursions to intimate, but out-there, flute and harp explorations. Incredible graphics on these tapes as well. There's something to please everyone willing to take the trip deep into the spiritual stratosphere of the 1980's new age underground!
"We are orbiting into a new space-zone, which is causing an acceleration of the vibratory rate of the nucleus of every atom."
- Iasos from the sleeve notes of the "Inter-Dimensional Music" LP
I can't seem to get enough of the intense and incredible new sounds from power electronics innovator William Bennett (Whitehouse). He's been brewing up a potent and hypnotic blend of African tribal grooves and darkly esoteric Vodun-inflected ambience in his newest project, Cut Hands.
Although quite different from Whitehouse's dense sonic excursions into noise terrorism, Cut Hands is perhaps as confrontational as it's musical predecessor. One is forced into rhythmic copulation with the trance-inducing beats. Like the imagery surrounding Cut Hands suggests, listening to these tracks feels like an initiation into some primal Vodun cult.
I highly recommend any of Cut Hands' releases. As a bit of a primer, here is a video of a live DJ set from William Bennett performing as Cut Hands at Berlin's Boiler Room:
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