30 12 2009

Alejandro G.


...."i´ve made this illustration for sunn o))) just because.. a little childish-black-magic-ritualistic-noisy satanic-fairy" —Alejandro G.


30 12 2009

BURZUM "Belus" CD & 2LP available now for preorder


As we estimated, it seems like PHD is behind Vikernes's own Byelobog Productions. So... expect a flimsy GZ sleeve on the vinyl.

View here.

"It’s been 11 long years and now the world will finally see the return of Burzum. The highly anticipated new album is entitled Belus after the name of the ancient European solar deity of light and innocence. Belus is Burzum’s 8th studio album, and the sound and music of the new album can best be compared to the music of some of the old Burzum albums; in particular the ground breaking Hvis Lyset tar Oss and the atmospheric brilliances of Filosofem, only the ambient parts present on these albums has been almost completely left out on Belus. Belus is a hard hitting and melodic guitar driven album and will firmly keep Burzum at the helm of the metal / black metal scene and arguably his best album to date.
Burzum says of the new album and his style of music:
"My ambition with Belus is to create something I -- and hopefully others too -- can listen to for years and years to come without ever growing tired of it, and at the same time to share with my audience the experience of getting to know Belus, as he might have been perceived by the ancient Europeans”.
“I am aware of the black metal association with the name Burzum, and I have no real and serious problem with that, but I personally see no reason to place Belus in any category. I think Belus musically transcends all existing categories, but if I have to choose one -- and for the sake of simplicity -- I will simply place it in the metal category".
i. Lukans Renkespill
ii. Belus' Doed
iii. Glemselens Elv
iv. Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning
v. Besoek til Kelio
vi. Alvenes Dans
vii. Alvegavene
viii. Sverddans
ix. Keliohesten
x. Morgenroede
xi. Belus' Tilbakekomst "

30 12 2009

Strange Attractor Salon 7-31 January 2010


Come one and all to the first Strange Attractor Salon, a collection of artworks, images, ideas and devices drawn from Strange Attractor's first nine years.

The Salon takes place at Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc, 11 Mare Street, London, UK, E8 4RP, between 7 and 31 January 2010.

Here you will find paintings, sculptures, sounds, chemical reactions, photographs, films, discussions and constructions from Strange Attractor's contributors, friends, allies and inspirations, all sharing a fascination with inner space, craft, science and the imagination.

Salon contributors include:

Phil Baker * Joel Biroco * Richard Brown * Ossian Brown * John Coulthart * Rod Dickinson * Disinformation * English Heretic * Tessa Farmer * Blue Firth * Alison Gill * Doug Harvey * Josephine Harvatt * Ken Hollings * Stewart Home * Julian House * Ali Hutchinson * Alyssa Joye * Maud Larsson * Gary Lachman * John Lundberg * Man From Uranus * Eleanor Morgan * Frances Morgan * Drew Mulholland * Bridget Nicholls * Oscillatorial Binnage * Katie Owens * Edwin Pouncey * Arik Roper * Gavin Semple * Martin Sexton * USURP * Robert Wallis * Catharyne Ward * Eric Wright *

The Salon opens on 7 January, with an open viewing from 6.30 - 9.30pm.

The gallery's basement houses an eye-popping collection of curiosities drawn from the natural and unnatural worlds that will be open for the launch.

More info can be found at these web sites:



[The above image is a detail from The Electrochemical Glass (1997- ) by Richard Brown, a living artwork featured on the cover of SAJ3 that will be on display during the Salon.]


A series of discussions, screenings and performances are also scheduled as part of the residency.

Tickets must be booked in advance via http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

**14th January - Salon Discussion**

Mind, Art and Magic: Visions of Inhabited Worlds
with Phil Baker, Blue Firth, Gavin Semple, Robert Wallis

Phil Baker is the author of The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley , William S Burroughs and the forthcoming Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist .

Artist Blue Firth has a long-standing interest in the nature of local communities and how their histories are recorded through vernacular crafts and practices. Through research of local history and customs, she seeks out arcane and often neglected information with which she aims to rediscover the forgotten character of a place. She is currently studying at the Royal Academy.

Gavin Semple is a writer, artist and musician with a deep understanding of magical practice. He is the author of Zos Kia: An Introductory Essay on the Art and Sorcery of Austin Osman Spare (Fulgur 1995) and other texts on Spare, and is a co-founder of magical publishing house Fulgur.

Robert Wallis is Associate Professor of Visual Culture at Richmond University in London and a Research Fellow in Archaeology of Southampton University. He is the author of a number books on shamanism, 'sacred sites' and heathen magic, including Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans, Galdrbok: Practical Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism and Magic (with Nathan Johnson) and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (with Jenny Blain).


**15th January: Luminous Pleasures**

Short films from contributing artists including:

Richard Brown, Disinformation, Tessa Farmer and Sean Daniels, Blue Firth, Stewart Home, Julian House, John Lundberg, Eleanor Morgan, Drew Mulholland, Martin Sexton, Cathy Ward & Eric Wright.


**20th January - Salon Discussion**

Man, Myth and Music: Occult Traditions in Popular Music from Mozart to Mayhem
with Gary Lachman, Frances Morgan, Edwin Pouncey

Gary Lachman is the author of several books of esoteric cultural history including Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; The Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse and The Dedalus Occult Reader: The Garden of Hermetic Dreams. As a musician Gary was a founder member of Blondie and played guitar with Iggy Pop, a period described in his book New York Rocker. Gary was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Frances Morgan is the former editor and publisher of independent music magazine Plan B and has written for publications including The New Statemsan, Frieze, Loops and The Quietus. As a musician she performs in underground experimental groups including Morgen und Nite, Macroprosopus Dancehall Band and Time.

Edwin Pouncey is an artist, writer and musician. As Savage Pencil, Edwin's unmistakable illustrations have been a mainstay of the underground UK music scene for over three decades, adorning album sleeves for bands including The Fall, Sonic Youth and Sunn O))) while his writing has appeared in music magazines from Sounds to The Wire. Edwin has lectured on the role of magick in black metal and also performs in the improvising noise band Pestrepeller and duo, with Sharon Gal, Meltaot.


**22nd January: Astounding Stories**

Live performances from English Heretic and Welcome to Mars

English Heretic creates verdant, darkly humorous soundscapes for the darkest recesses of the English imagination. The magical texts of Kenneth Grant and the occult fictions of Sax Rohmer form an uneasy alliance, accompanied by a musical backdrop that glides effortlessly from Motown to 70s progressive horror rock.

Ken Hollings reads from his book Welcome to Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century with a live, improvised soundtrack of 1950s electronica for analogue synthesisers, reel-to-reel tapes and theremin from Simon James and Bruce Woolley.


**28th January - Salon Discussion**

Natural Allies: Art and Other Lifeforms
with Tessa Farmer, Alison Gill, Eleanor Morgan, Bridget Nicholls

Tessa Farmer's fantastical, often disturbing sculptures, films, installations and drawings depict an inhabited world that exists just out of sight of our own. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Saatchi Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and The Natural History Museum.

Alison Gill studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. She has shown widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and internationally including: Brink, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Brussels; Alison Gill, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; In the Society of London Ladies, Dispari & Dispari Project, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Dream Machines, [Hayward Gallery National Touring Exhibition curated by Susan Hiller].

Eleanor Morgan has exhibited in Europe and North America. Using video, sculpture, performance and drawing she explores the relationship between nature and culture and attempts to create art that hovers between the two. This has included sculpting with spider's silk, encouraging ants to draw self-portraits and a close encounter with a giant green sea anemone.

Bridget Nicholls is a writer, naturalist and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC radio, Discovery Channel and The Ecologist. She is a founder and director of Pestival, an international arts festival dedicated to 'Insects in the arts and the art of being an insect'.


**29th January: Voltage Control**

Sounds from Man From Uranus, Disinformation vs USURP, Oscillatorial Binnage

Three unique, very different explorations of electronic sound and music:

Electroacoustic neo-primitivists Oscillatorial Binnage tease and torment home-made and circuit-bent electronic devices.

Disinformation vs USURP mutate and subvert natural and man-made acoustic phenomena from microwave recordings of tube trains to ancient Indian observatories.

Man From Uranus brings his warped, electronic jazz rock from Outer Space to you.


To book tickets for any of these events visit The Last Tuesday Society web site: http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

"A Flintlock Ridge Road man said he saw a bear in his backyard. Police could not find a bear when the officer arrived. Police said it was possible the man saw two turtles."

Lewisboro (N.Y.) Ledger, Jan 2006

Mark Pilkington

30 12 2009

SUNN O))) vs most excellent fanmail



Hello There Stephen.

Here are some shots taken on 35mm film with an Old russain Lomo LCA of firstly the Sunn O))) monoliths performance at Islington Mill Manchester Dec 09 and the Monoliths show at ATP 10 Years. They are by no means professional and the results are pretty wierd, but thats why I like suing that camera... I hope they are of some interest.

I must say as if the Islington Mill wasnt transcendial enough, the ATP performances litterly blew my mind. The reason there are few pics of the ATP show...well as many folk battled to get to the front to fully aurally and visually experience the performance, myself and some freinds found the option of sitting at the back of the room against a wooden barrier much more appealing, mostly due to our intake of recreational smoke which made us oh so weary. Well i found this was the optimum position to FULLY exprience Sunn O))) as the wooden barrier acted as another amplifier to the vibrations. It was like having a massage chair ALL OVER my body. The sound litterally resonated through my body, bones vibrating, teeth rattling, and im sure my brain it's self was being vibrated. this sent me into a complete trance like state and soon I could no longer move, my arms and legs numb from the power of the vibrations. My mind wondered through plains deep in my subconcious, shapes, colours, clouds all racing through my mind, neither awake nor asleep. Truly amazing physical state. And the most deafening point of all was the point where the amplifiers were turned off and my ears were hit with the equivilent of throwing my body in an ice water plunge pool after time stewing in a hot steamy sauna...


Alex Maccarte

29 12 2009

SUNN O))) vs Lille


Nagikawa strikes again, as usual amusing, astute and accurate... I do have a beard now though.
This poster will e available for sale at the Lille concert. Bearded and Valnoir will also provide posters for the French dates... French SUNN O))) poster series 2010!

28 12 2009

Sunn O))) on NPR Music's Best of 2009

Good news! My top ten has turned into an episode of All Songs Considered (http://www.npr.org/allsongs). Bob Boilen and I only had time to talk about 7 of my 10 picks, but Monoliths & Dimensions was included in the show. Instead of going up today as originally planned, the show will go live and out into podcast land on Dec. 28.

Happy holidays!

Lars Gotrich

27 12 2009

SUNN O))) vs Portugal


"Best Records of 2009" in "Público" newspaper arts supplement (Ípsilon). Sunn O))) is in number 10.

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