Abraxas and the Occult Humanitarians

On the evening of October 10, 2013 I was joined by artist and alchemical mystic Ken Henson in the studio and at the crossroads halfway through show curatorial Witch, Pam Grossmanjoined us over the wires.

During the first hour Ken and I talked about his alchemical research as the current Curtis G. Lloyd fellow at the Lloyd Library where he is working on a new treatise titled Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition. We also dug into his work with the Philosophical Research Society in reissuing the Manly P. Hall and Augustus J. Knapp Tarot deck, alongside other Cincinnati occult curiosities. Ken’s investigation of the Hall/Knapp tarot is the subject of an article forthcoming in issue 5 of Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies.

In the second hour Pam joined us for a wide ranging discussion on the role of occultism in the humanities, a subject dear to her heart as one of the organizers of the Occult Humanities Conference taking place at New York University on the weekend of October 19, 2013. Pam is also Associate Editor of Abraxas, and a co-founder of the Brooklyn arts and lecture space, Obersvatory. With my own article, The Library Angel & Her Oracle, now out in issue number 4 of Abraxas, I asked her to tell us about what goes on behind the scenes in putting these awesome tomes out into the world. You’ll have to listen to find out her other dirty little secrets.

The three of us also gush about esoteric art, the number 13, astral projection, and the films of David Lynch.  It was a true honor to have such wonderful guests on the airwaves!

Bibliomancy -S. Alexander Reed (Interview on On the way to the Peak of Normal)
Geronimo- Language of Shapes- from For Tom Carter (an awesome 99 song benefit album)
Group Improvisation 1 from Reindeer Luck concert, 28.02.2013, Krakow, Poland -The Magic Carpathians & Tundra- from Reindeer Luck

Ken Henson:
Pam Grossman:
Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies:
Occult Humanities Conference:


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Is This It

Joey Versoza, an artist from the hills of Northern Kentucky, joined me in the studio on October 3, 2013 to discuss his current exhibition Is This It now up at the Contemporary Arts Center until February 2, 2014. The show was curated Justine Ludwig who also was present in the studio and assisted in interrogating Joey. In between and after our gabbing I played some material relative to his show.

Songs played:

1. I Hear A New World -Joe Meek / On the Way to the Peak of Normal -Holger Czukay
2. A Hard Day’s Night -Mrs. Miller
3. Nothing Compares 2 U -Sinead O’Connor
4.  Original Soundtrack (3) -Brian Joseph Davis
5. Giant Love Ball Song -People Like Us & Wobbly
6. The Day Is Dark – Freddy McGuire, Wobbly & Don Joyce
7. Voice Over -Brian Joseph Davis
8. excerpt from field recording I made of Is This It.
9. a bit of Downtown -Mrs. Miller

Norm Holloway made a guest appearance.

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The M Word(s)

What M Words are we talking about? Only you can decide! Plus Chuck Byrd calls in to talk about a new Chapbook from Aurore Press and the reading that accompanied it.

1. I Hear A New World – Joe Meek
2. Raga Kut Todi  -Pandit Pran Nath vocals, with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, Tambouras, & Terry Riley, Tablas -from Raga Cycle, Paris 1972
3. Tymbral for Pran Nath (1970) – Charlemagne Palestine- from In Mid-Air
4. An Unprofessional Phone Call with Chuck Byrd
5.  Sonata for Microtonal Piano -Ben Johnston, composer / Robert Miller, piano- from Sound Forms For Piano
6. All Blue -Emil Richards and the Microtonal Blues Band- from Spirit of 1976
7. excerpt from Aleph Part I -Terry Riley
8.  Music on A Long Thin Wire -Alvin Lucier

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The Antlers of Autumn

Hoof and horn, Hoof and Horn, all that dies shall be reborn!
Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain, all that falls shall rise again!
-Ian Corrigan

This show celebrating the Autumnal Equinox and the return of darkness was originally broadcast on September 19, 2013.

1. I Hear A New World – Joe Meek
2. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, played on Penny Whistle (background music throughout show also…Smilie: ;)
3. Antlered Crown and Standing Stone -Damh the Bard- from Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
4. The Royal Forester -Steeleye Span- A Rare Collection 1972-1996
5.  Leafmask -Seabear- from We Built A Fire
6. Hunter -Andrea Dale- from A Step Out of Time
7. Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow -The Carter Family
8.  Ars Moriendi -Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson- from Invocation comp
9. Autumn -Joanna Newsom- from Have One On Me
10. We Speak of Deep Autumn -Roger Kleier- from Deep Night, Deep Autumn
11. Like A Forest -Low- from Things We Lost In the Fire
12. Been on the Road So Long -Alex Campbell- from Anthems in Eden comp
13. Three Is  A Green Crown -The Incredible String Band- from The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter
14. God Has Three Faces and the Wood Has No Name -Current 93- from Earth Covers Earth
15. Geordie -Shirley Collins- from Love, Death and The Lady
16. Job (Watcher of Men) -Sinead O’Connor- from Theology
17. Lord Randall -Martin Carthy- from Anthems In Eden comp
18. Autumn Sweater -Yo La Tengo- from I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
19. Autumn Almanac -The Kinks
20. Autumn Legend -William Alwyn
21.  Rain, Calling Autumn for Piano -Akemi Naito- from Strings & Time

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An Evening in the Psychoprogtronic Nursery

See you in the Nursery!

The blackbirds of the previous weeks episode have now been baked into a pie.

1. I Hear A New World – Joe Meek- fade into On the Way to the Peak of Normal -Holger Czukay
2. Her Sisters They Were Weak – Witchcraft
3. Necromancer -Antonius Rex
4. Visione Della Morte -L’Uvo Di Colombo
5. Jessamine -Jessamine- from Harmony of the Spheres comp
6. Evil Oversahdows Joe -The Poppy Family
7. Garbage Man -The Deviants -from Ptooff!
8. He Who Walks Alone – Orchid- from Capricorn
9.  Found My Home -Nosferatu
10. I Nearly Married A Human -Tubeway Army
11.  Krollspell – Zoltan- from First Stage
12. Hashish Master -Matmos feat. Terry Riley- bonus track from The Supreme Balloon
13. Biofuture -Noise to Silence

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Calling the Flock of Shadows

Image by Alexei Bednij http://bednij.livejournal.com/

Not quite yet trippin’ with the birds.

1. I Hear A New World – Joe Meek
2. Harmoniehlehre Part III: Meister Eckhardt and Quackie -John Adams- San Francisco Symphony, Edo De Waart, Conductor
3. A Flock Descending into the Pentagonal Garden -Toru Takemitsu- Boston Symphony Orchestra
4. #2 -Strings of Consciousness & Angel
5. B side of Calling the Rain -Rapoon
6. The Ghost Ship (excerpt) -Aloof Proof- from Swarm of Drones comp
7.  The Preacher -Cousin Cleetus
8. tracks 5 & 6 from Face the Wound -Z’ev
9.  track 2 from Zero Mix -Nurse With Wound
10.  Space Train -Allan Bryant- from Space Guitars
11. Adagio Ma Non Troppo -Alvin Curran & Cenk Ergun- from The Art of the Fluke

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Threshing the Red Moon

Moon in Aries opp Venus app square Mars.

My time lines are still askew.

1. The Death of the Corn -Current 93- from All Dolled Up Like Christ, Live In New York 1996
2. Hawthorne -Venereum Arvum- from Infernal Proteus
3. Belladonna -Legendary Pink Dots- from The Maria Dimension
4. Kivlemoyane -Kare Nordstoga: Pipe Organ, Steinar Ofsdal: Seljefloyte -from Nordisk Sang
5. Sun Symphonica -Jan Dukes de Grey- from Mice and Rats in the Loft
6. Kinship from Afar -Anna Nacher & Marek Stycynski- from Cetacean Project
7. Imaginary Friend -The Hela Cell- from No Comfort
8. Do What You Gotta Do -Meg Baird- from Dear Companion
9. Where I Like To Stand -Vashti Bunyan- from Just Another Diamond Day
10. Birdseed -The Happy Maladies- from Sun Shines The Little Children (Cincinnati Heroes!)
11. Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear -Shirley Collins- from Anthems In Eden & Amaranth
12. Swallowed -Jessica Bailiff
13. Monstre Sacre -Stereolab- from Emperor Tomato Ketchup
14. Misirlou -Sirba Octet-Yiddish Rhapsody
15. Genderan -Gamelan Gong- frm Music For the Gods
16. Sudurgata -Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
17. Helium -Einsturzende Neubauten
18. Threshing the Millett -from Minoy/North Korean Folk Songs
19. Inside the Keepers Pantry -Bill Fay- from The Time of the Last Persecution
20. Lullaby -Little Annie- From Brain In the Wire Disc A


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Dreams, Time Travel & Spiders

This episode sees a number of different time delayed phone lines crossing connections into a tangled web of fate, space, and dream records from the inner libraries, all spooled on the spindle of a spider. esotErik reveals the secrets of vacationing in the Bermuda Triangle, Adam Smietana spits a web on the fly, Mojokong (aka B. Clifton Burke) drops some beats, all while Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule does his best to arrive at 23.23, the beginning of the show. Elliott Beal chanted with the rain, speaking in the weathered tongues of our eight legged friends, and my sister Jean Anne calls up from the sacred city of Memphis. Meanwhile other calls come in from around Queen City, friends, strangers, and friendly strangers. Monster Syd tells of the Frog Men who haunt his sleep. All in celebration of the launch of issue 8 of the Dyslexicon. This episode was orginally broadcast on 8-8-13.

“The spider spreads her webs, whether she be
in poets tower, cellar, or barn, or tree”
-P.B. Shelley



The 200 young spider magi-zines of the standard edition are now emerging from the cocoons of the oneiromancers. Available now, on 8-8-13, the magi-zine is a mixture of literary and esoteric writing exploring themes of dreams, time travel and spiders. This edition of the journal of hypnagogic revelations, flotsam and jetsam is Clocked at 76 pages and each individualized numbered issue comes with exclusive vocabulary words, found art inserts and a chapbook of eight poems. The glossy cover was designed by Kazim Azylum.














Seventeen Years on Baybel by Justin Patrick Moore
Tangled by Veronica Sorcher
Louis Martine’s Irish Journal
They Walked the Tracks Without Complaint by Mark Flanigan
Eight Enigmatic Tarantula Postcards (Mexican Figuritas) from Elliot Beal
Dream Number 8 by Nemus Irradiatusnath
Roman Holiday by B. Clifton Burke
Rules of the Road by Christopher Maier
My Encounters With the Spider-Queen of Time by Taylor Ellwood
Current 13 by Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Being the Dreamer, No Rest for the Wicked by Soror Iris E.
Appendix 1: Notes Towards A Web Net of the Adepts by Justin Patrick Moore
Secretions from A Spiders Sac by Justin Patrick Moore
The Purple Hills by Mark Flanigan
Liberte Extract by Dr. David Luke
Of Spiders and Spinning by Chakra 37
Lyrical Trilogy by Betsy Young
The Cloth Is Spun In Eight Directions by Justin Patrick Moore
Between Grandma Spiders Legs by Dharma Buford
Stranded Is The Road by Adama Smietana
Pan Magick of Dream by Aion 131
A Nightmare by Chuck Byrd

+ A Small Chapbook of 8 Poems: Poexic Dysletry 
Cronoslogos by Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Spider, Spider , Dionysian Wine & Blazes In the Bone by Justin Patrick Moore
Discordial Babel by Lavid Duke
Dead Crow In the Green Grass by Owen Knight
and The Secret Place by Nemus Irradiatusnath
& one more awaiting realization.

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Please Post Parcels of Psalms

The archival musicologists and librarians at On the Way to Peak of Normal’s Central Office’s, inside the vaster complex of Sothis Medias non-corporeal headquarters, have in their most recent annual report, commented on the affect America’s economy is having on their budget for new recordings.  As such they thought it would be timely to put out a call to the worlds independent audio alchemists to send in their latest findings and discoveries for possible airplay. Please Post Parcels of Psalms, and music in generalis to:

On the Way to the Peak of Normal Box # 49
c/o Real Stepchild Radio One
1434 E. McMillan Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45206

If you have music available for the download in your own corner of the net, please direct links to such repositories to: sothismedias [at] gmail [dot] com. We also invite other correspondence on the show: criticisms, dislikes, things your happy about, special dedication requests, thoughts, and opinions.

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Autonomous Annihilation

Iron furnaces in ‘the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’. Detail from oil painting Afternoon View of Coalbrookdale by William Williams 1777

Agony profusely stains the inner thinking of the brain. Accusations clang against chthonic chains and we groan against the human built environment. Yet as magicians we interact with quicksilver and plutonium. Deviation is a tonic mess prolonged by every accident. Like a foul fruit put in our mouth by animals, we spew the newborn mutterings of death. Remove the oil in our homes, in ourselves, the radiation vapor, which if left untouched, is unassimilated. We need to devour it to affect significant change in our consciousness. This is the constant process.

1. I Hear A New World -Joe Meek jump cut to Ode to Perfume -Holger Czukay
2.  Sien Influence -Download- from The Eyes of Stanley Pain
3. Music Gate  -Stockholm, SE October 1981 -Z’ev- from My Favorite Things
4. Music Gate -Stockholm, SE October 1981 -Z’ev- from My Favorite Things
5. The Anal Staircase -Coil- from Horse Rotorvator
6. Cold (Miss Ticker Mix) -Nurse With Wound- from Thunder Perfect Mind
7. Dear Mary -Negativland -from Points
8. track by Esplendor Geometrico
9. Warsaw Ghetto -Nitzer Ebb- full 12″ version
10. Go Away -Strawberry Switchblade- from the Korova 1985 vinyl
11. Center Bullet -The Tear Garden- from Tired Eyes Slowly Burning
12. Her Imagination -Soft Cell- from Soul Inside
13.  Just Drifting (for Caresse) -Psychic TV-from Force the Hand of Chance
14. Stolen Kisses -Chris & Cosey- from Techno Primitiv
15. Resist -Front Line Assembly- from Caustic Grip
16. Spasmolytic -Skinny Puppy- from Too Dark Park
17. Du Hast -Rammstein- from Sehnsuct
18. Screaming Slave -Nine Inch Nails- from Fixed
18.  Stammheim Torturkammer -SPK- from Information Overload
19. The Soul That Creates -Skinny Puppy- from Back and Forth

Where do you stand in The Aggression Cycle?

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