TITLE: VOICES FROM THELEMA | THE ABBEY
GENRE: noise music / doom / musique concrete / esoteric / radionoise / abstractism / minimalism / avant-garde / electroacoustic / sound art / experimental / dark ambient / industrial music / drone music
ARTWORK: 7 inch gatefold / insert
EDITION: concept album / collector edition
K11 "VOICES FROM THELEMA | THE ABBEY"
THE ABBEY 07:00
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"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.
K11 is a project of Italian sound/installation artist Pietro Riparbelli that deals with the world of radio signals, trans-communication and other invisible phenomena, to create a dimension where the only sound sources are signals from shortwave radio receivers. When constructing works under the K 11 project, Riparbelli uses only sounds from the atmosphere and from invisible, unknown sources. In this way, Riparbelli creates more esoteric works than his field recording based material as PT-R, and 'Voices From Thelema' is perhaps the logical conclusion of such an enterprise.
'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.
K11 now revisits this site and seeks to uncover the genius loci, the very essence of the building itself, to reach out into the ether and construct meaning and reality from that which is beyond our grasp. The three tracks are the result of this work and, each bearing titles of Thelemic significance, can be said to hold the essence of all that remains at Cefalu, like the background radiation that tells of the Big Bang.
DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW
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Published: 2008 / 2021
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