VOICES FROM THELEMA (DIGITAL EDITION)
DIGITAL EDITION / WAV FORMAT 44.1 mHz 16 Bit.
“Voices From Thelema” is an action of instrumental transcommunication with short wave receivers. It was realised inside the ruins of Thelema Abbey, Cefalù, Sicily. Each sound that you hear was produced by short wave radio receivers. The composition was recorded inside the Abbey in 2007.
‘Voices from Thelema’ is an instrumental trans-communication action with short wave radio receivers realized inside Thelema Abbey in Cefalù, October 14, 2007. The ruined building stands derelict and on the verge of collapse, though still holds many secrets and has been a focus for much counter cultural activity since its foundation by Aleister Crowley in 1920 as a religious centre and commune where he could instruct disciples in his emerging Thelemic religion and systems of magick in a rural atmosphere, far from the overpowering prevailing morality of England. Activities included meditation and ritual magick, as well as the sensationalised drug taking and sex magick. The wall of many of the rooms were painted with fantastic murals by Crowley himself, depicting many of the elementals and demons encountered in his magickal exercises, and the remains of many of these adorn the accompanying booklet. After being ejected from Italy following scandal and outcry over the goings on at the Abbey, the walls were whitewashed and destroyed. Filmmaker Kenneth Anger, himself a devotee of Crowley, later uncovered and filmed some of its murals in his film ‘Thelema Abbey’ (1955), now considered lost, and the Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage for many ever since.