We are really proud of this triple-track premiere from the, -due for release on 17th March 2nd volume of ‘black series’, ‘The Great Architect‘ via Eighth Tower Records (a sublabel of Unexplained Sounds Group).
Mulm, Nubiferous & Sonologyst are the featured artists for this unique Last Day Deaf exclusive thanks to Raffaele Pezzella, label owner and curator of Eighth Tower Records, with whom we had the following Q & A:
Q & A with Raffaele Pezzella
What’s the concept behind ‘The Great Architect’?
All productions from Eighth Tower Records try to build a bridge between music and obscure philosophic visions of reality. In ‘The Great Architect’ case, I tried to highlight how ancient Christian heresies and different forms of religious philosophies like the Gnosis, are still alive and topical in our age. The concept was also try to bring dark ambient music out of usual clichés of the genre. There are many people who love dark sound, but in the same time are deep in matters like philosophy, ancient history, and mysteries science can’t solve. For those people an imagery made of skulls, ghosts, and ruins, without a high cultural content, doesn’t mean a lot.
Which were the reasons you chose these 13 artists/projects for the release?
Number 13 is a number with many esoteric meanings, and every ETR release will have always 13 projects on board. In most cases, musicians of this project were already in touch with me for Unexplained Sounds Group projects or because I broadcasted their music in The Recognition Test streaming radio program. So, on one hand, I chose them for the high quality music they make, and probably on the other hand they chose this project because their sound is perfect to reveal the atmospheres behind the theme.
In what way does ‘The Great Architect’ differ from ‘Superspectrum’?
I think these two projects are very homogeneous, the second a natural consequence of the first, with the same idea behind. Just ‘Superspectrum’ contains some minimal noise attitude more than ‘The Great Architect’, maybe because of the different theme I worked that case (the Superspectrum theory of paranormal phenomenons by John Keel). Projects like vÄäristymä, Vesicatoria and Heliocentrism can demonstrate that. Maybe we could say that ‘The Great Architect’ is more ritual ambient oriented, being the representation, or if you like a documentary in music, of something we perceive very distant in time and space from the imaginary point of view. Making music for documentaries has been always a desire of mine. So what better soundtrack than Monocube, Nubiferous, Empty Chalice and all the others music to depict an evil God while building a strange and malignant reality?
Questions by Christos Doukakis
Mulm – ‘Leave Unseen’
Nubiferous – ‘Alraun’
Sonologyst – ‘Illusions – Secret Dialogues With Deep Inner Self’
Monocube – Sehnsucht
Empty Chalice – Sidereal
Mulm – Leave Unseen
DeepDark – The Sewer
Instinct Primal – Resonance
Nubiferous – Alraun
dB-Mz – Untitled
Sonologyst – Illusions- Secret dialogues with deep inner self
Idft – KH
Phantom Ship – Infinite Horizon
Damballah – Appel au Simbi d’l’eau
Vacant Stations – Theory
Saturn Form Essence – Structure 11-93-19
Gnostic tradition boils down to the notion of a God creator as a malicious being, an evil Demiurge responsible for the creation of existence. It follows that all material existence is evil, and this accounts for the anticosmism in Gnosticism. According to a number of Gnostic traditions, and later in Manichean theology, an extra-worldly supreme deity existed above the inferior creator God. Much like Plato’s Demiurge in the Timaeus, the creator did not create matter ex nihilo, out of nothing, because matter was already present. The Demiurge merely re-formed it to his purposes, and imprisoned souls from the higher planes of reality in the corporeal forms of human beings.
Gnosticism and Psychology
The Creation in Cioran philosophy
The Cathar Heresy
The Name of the Rose
© Eighth Tower Records
– black series # 2
– curated by Raffaele Pezzella
Cover picture: Paradise Lost by John Martin
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