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spike418
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19/01/2012 9:33 pm  

Just seen this on the dangerousminds website and thought it deserved an airing here,

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/union_of_opposites_aleister_crowley_meets_performance_art

From the press release:

    Union of Opposites is an experiment in ritual magick, combining the use of sound and light with the intent of creating a collective out-of-body experience. A film screening will transform into a live performance in which the artist and his team execute an occult rite inspired by Aleister Crowley’s mysterious Ritual of the Mark of the Beast. In this incantation, Butler explores ideas of reversal and the use of geometric figures as channels of occult power. The work will feature a spontaneously improvised soundtrack that experiments with the effects of sound frequencies and rhythmic chanting on our chakras and mental state.

    Butler’s interest in expanded cinema will fold the performance space into the work. He views the film, performance and musical accompaniment as a singular entity, where the performers will “expand from two dimensional screen to three dimensional existence” as themes of astral projection and projective geometry interplay with the auditory and visual stimuli.

    Butler—who has communed and consulted with occultists and magicians from Europe to South America—explains that “magick is an art unto itself. In a sense, is the art of living in a creative and free way.” Influenced by the work of British arch-occultist Aleister Crowley, Butler believes that magick is conducive to and “complements” all manner of creativity, helping practitioners access different parts of the mind as well as spiritual realms. Butler explains: “The occult is defined as the hidden levels of the mind or the hidden information about how things work…A really intense performance is like hypnosis. You go to a certain state of mind and your presence brings those around you to the same place.”


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20/01/2012 1:32 am  

"British arch-occultist."

That's a much more acceptable title - compared to those normally seen in public.


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michaelclarke18
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20/01/2012 7:43 am  

Looks like the work of some uni drama course.


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amadan-De
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20/01/2012 3:01 pm  

Does a bit.
I'd worry about the "spontaneously improvised soundtrack that experiments with the effects of sound frequencies and rhythmic chanting on our chakras and mental state."  Having worked with bands that used to play with subsonics that sort of thing can back-fire rather impressively.  Giving sections of the audience 'whiteys' doesn't always go down too well...


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20/01/2012 10:09 pm  

Brian Butler is a good friend of K. Anger and they play music together as 'Technicolour Skull' in which Butler plays guitar and Anger theramin.

For what it is worth I posted a review of their (debut?) gig in L.A. late last year along with a few photos. The performance was part of the opening event of Angers show at MOCA. I dare say you can see some footage of the event via Youtube. Here is my link:

http://siderealpressblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/ajna-anger-and-techicolour-skull-los.html

REGARDS!

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20/01/2012 10:26 pm  
"amadan-De" wrote:
Does a bit.
I'd worry about the "spontaneously improvised soundtrack that experiments with the effects of sound frequencies and rhythmic chanting on our chakras and mental state."  Having worked with bands that used to play with subsonics that sort of thing can back-fire rather impressively.  Giving sections of the audience 'whiteys' doesn't always go down too well...

Lol.  It could have been worse.  Some frequencies (especially if you take the limiter of a very good sub woofer), can make the audience loose control of their bowel functions.  The specific resonance for that is known...   


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amadan-De
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21/01/2012 6:54 pm  

I know  😉
One of the people I worked with was quite keen to try it in performance without warning.  Thankfully the idea was vetoed.


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21/01/2012 7:18 pm  

i think this is a bit of an urban legend, propagated by the work of the estimable William Burroughs- the research literature doesn't seem to include this phenomenon, at least insofar as a PubMed seach for infrasound and eg bowel, defecation, colon, intestine produce zero hits. Also, to produce noticeable effects requires very very high SPL, well beyond rave/Led Zep sound levels & specialized equipment, as loudspeakers are of course designed to reproduce audible frequencies and seldom can reproduce below 25-30 hz.
See also here
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/Chem_Background/ExSumPdf/Infrasound.pdf
Any contrary data would be very welcome, as I believed this for years.
Also, what is a "whitey"?


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21/01/2012 8:14 pm  

A 'whitey' is slang (mainly in the UK) for the nausea and disorientation that can result from over indulging in drink/drugs, usually in combination.
This gives some fairly good descriptions of the range of possible symptoms.  It's also termed "the whirly pits" for reasons that are obvious if you've ever suffered..

I'm no longer in contact with the person who proposed making the audience 'soil themselves' so I can't ask him if he was relying on Burroughs as a source (it's possible).  However he was both a qualified physicist and sound engineer and did use specially built transmitters for sub-sonics.  Maybe he simply wanted to test the 'urban myth' for himself having succesfully made several people feel very nauseous indeed (not the entire audience though, possibly due to the creation of 'hot spots' of resonance by the use of more than one transmitter and the rooms own resonant qualities - not really my department though).


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21/01/2012 8:42 pm  

There's a BBC doc with Hawkwind where Del Detmar says  his VCS3 (synthesizer) "could stun a badger at 20 paces" and that he would use it to annoy audience members.
Certainly, several of my bands had the power to cause audiences discomfort, nausea & an intense desire to leave, but sadly not through infrasound- an old art rock muso's in-joke is "that band can rally clear a room!" [said as praise].
The wikipedia article on "brown note" discusses a Mythbusters effort to test this phenomenon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_note
I'd still love to be proven wrong here, though.

amadan-De: Thanx, never heard that one before & thought I was well up on my UK slang. Strikes me as having potential as a name a for a band, as does Whirly Pits. Round my way, it's a kind of dated uncomplimentary term for a Caucasian, but context made clear that wasn't it.
Due to Burroughs talking about this topic (I recall (?) most clearly in The Job), I'm sure some have tried it out, given the high percentage of likely Burroughs readers among persons in a position to own gear capable of testing this.


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22/01/2012 12:17 am  
"ignant666" wrote:
i think this is a bit of an urban legend, propagated by the work of the estimable William Burroughs- the research literature doesn't seem to include this phenomenon, at least insofar as a PubMed seach for infrasound and eg bowel, defecation, colon, intestine produce zero hits. Also, to produce noticeable effects requires very very high SPL, well beyond rave/Led Zep sound levels & specialized equipment, as loudspeakers are of course designed to reproduce audible frequencies and seldom can reproduce below 25-30 hz.
See also here
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/Chem_Background/ExSumPdf/Infrasound.pdf
Any contrary data would be very welcome, as I believed this for years.
Also, what is a "whitey"?

I've never heard first hand testimony about experiments on the resonant frequencies of the bowel, but your consciousness rolls in at 8.085, and my uncle (in the S.A.S) used to blow up walls with speakers as part of experimental tests... so bowels should be pretty easy.  And all with everyday accessible electronics too!  [don't bother PMing me for details though.]

 


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