I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson is a post-apocalyptic, last human alive, vampire story that is delightful and adds a couple deep new twists to the genre that are still fresh even after the intervening years since the original 1954 publication date. Somehow I hadn’t ever read this before, and I’m glad I finally did. Moreover, reading the story makes the 2007 big screen adaption with Will Smith even that much worse than it seemed at the time; gods, they really screwed that up, and how!

I made 39 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at I Am Legend

Vinea

 

Vinea
(Rance)

 

My name is Marc, I first encountered esoteric ideas when I was 15 years old in a book called The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish, It was not until I was 17 that I was introduced to the ideas in the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley (especially The Tarot and Animism) . I am now 45 and have related to various esoterica through music, art and personal practice during the intervening time. From Psychic TV and Coil to The shamen and Goa Trance via Throbbing gristle and everything in the Rave scene from the late eighties onwards. It seems impossible to fill this space with all my influences from the world of musick.

My process to create starts with words, I use keywords and expressions around an intention and cut up the ideas until they give birth to something that intuitively feels correct. I then paint the assemblage of language into a montage of symbolic images and colours. After this I charge the image through acoustic percussion and mantra (traditional or otherwise). Once I have obtained communication with my project and entered into a contract with it I move to my PC maintaining the state of trance and interaction in order to assemble a sonic tapestry of samples and sounds that reflect or are guided and informed to be representations of my communion with my work, I then edit and restructure. (Though not always) The sound has to be a reality of the contract/contact those are the terms and conditions.

I compose sound under three names Wolven Angel (Inspired by T.A.Z), M.A.R. and Children of Osiris, These personas/conditions/constructs serve different attitudes of purpose in order to guide certain aspects of my projects. Each set of conditions forms a set of temporary expressions recorded.

Odd Order Anthology Artist Children of Osiris

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Rigaroga’s Odd Order Anthology Album – GIT COMMIT GLITCH

Illing-kay ombies-zay n-iay Turned-Unay

Unturned by Nelson Sexton

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Little Boy Lost

The Librarian: Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs is a neat framing pastiche which sets up a premise where the Astoria Public Library (in nearby-ish to me Astoria, Oregon!) is magically connected to famous public domain fantasy worlds from other books, like Neverland, Wonderland, Oz. I couldn’t help but be interested in a story with a magical library. Definitely targeted at a younger audience, but it was still interesting enough as, mentioned already, a pastiche and a bit formulaic in places. I’m not likely to read the next installment, but it was good for a lark, and I’m sure it would be more fun for someone more in the directly intended audience.

There was one interesting thought I had while reading this that I’m not entirely sure was intended, but one of the themes is how the characters in the famous stories are trapped by the writing to repeat the same thing over and over forever. “It was the curse of living a life controlled by words on a page” was something I highlighted. They are trapped by the words in their books. This seemed an interesting allegory for me about people who let themselves be trapped in their lives by books, whether for escape or as sacred volumes. The thought I got from this was that people curse themselves by such things, and don’t let themselves live their own creative lives. To be sure, there’s a creative cosplay and fanfic way to engage with personally meaningful books, but there’s also a way to become small and narrow and diminished. The former seems fun and fine for everyone. The latter seems a true curse to not only themselves but the rest of us as well.

I made 6 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Little Boy Lost

hyPerSpACE


 

hyPerSpACE
(Lonshin)

The song hyPerSpACE was created for the Odd Order anthology “Git Commit Glitch.” It is a glitched out psyKaos track inspired by Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott. The song is a sonic version of Square being pulled up into space:

“An unspeakable horror seized me. There was a darkness ; then a dizzy, sickening sensation of sight that was not like seeing ; I saw a Line that was not a Line ; Space that was not Space ; I was myself, and not myself. When I could find voice, I shrieked aloud in agony, “Either this is madness or it is Hell.” “It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of
the Sphere, “it is Knowledge;” …

With the movement of a sonick sigil “nTo” the fourth dimension is created a new order of sound.

 

Vovin Lonshin describes himself as a Thelemic Luciferian Kaos Mystic. A lover and seeker of all ARTz. A creator of art&magick and magical art. He is designer of the magical board game Noar, creator of an Algoian sigil oracle card deck, and co-creator of the sonick sigil system of magick. He is a member of Ordo Templi Orientis(OTO), The Order of Phosphorus (TOPH), Ordo Algol (OA), and the APēs of ThOTh (Ath). He is also a long time practitioner of Enochian Tesseract magick. His musick he describes as psyKaos or TranSonic.

If there is one thing he would like people to remember is “All is fair in art and magick, and baby art IS magick”.

Odd Order Anthology Artist Vovin Lonshin

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Cthulhu Christmas Cards

Cthulhu Christmas Cards is a crowdfunding effort by Auroch Digital.

Christmas is fast approaching; so what better way to share festivities than blasphemous, eldritch cards that scream, ‘Happy Holidays!’

As the evenings draw in and the seasons turn towards the end of the year, looming on the horizon is the ghost of Christmas future. We thought that this year we’d like to send an assortment of Mythos themed Christmas Cards to the special (and not so special) people in our lives. Then we thought; let’s print them up and let others send these blasphemous greetings, too. Then we remembered we live in a market-based economy and we need a bunch of monies to do just that. Then we thought; hey we found a bunch of like-minded crazy-but-fun peoples on the Internets last year – let ask them if they want to go in and help us print off these amazing designs!

Ah, Christmas! Whether for you it is a time for celebration with friends and family or a bah humbug chore to be endured, what we can all agree on this festive season is the inevitability of death. So with the nameless void that awaits us all in mind, we thought what better way to blow a raspberry at oblivion than with humorous images and text printed on pulped dead tree! Our crack team of artists have created six amazing designs and we’re champing at the bit to click ‘send’ and whizz them off to the printers. That’s where you fellow cultists come in; with your support we can make this modest yet not-modest goal of eldritch greetings cards flying through the post a reality.

Pines

Pines by Blake Crouch is the first installment in the Wayward Pines series and inspiration for both the Wayward Pines television series and many additional Kindle Worlds Novellas. I read this in conjunction with the audiobook read by Paul Michael Garcia.

I enjoyed the first season of the television series. Were there additional seasons? I’m not sure what was happening in my life, but I stopped paying attention. But, the first season was good. I think, if what everyone else says about themselves is true, one of the few fans of M Night Shyamalan stories; I really dig how he subverts expectation through creative narrative. The Wayward Pines series seems extremely well aligned to that style and perfect for his stewardship in bringing the book to a live action series.

But, I wish I’d not seen the live action adaptation before reading this, as I really had a difficult time feeling like I wasn’t just repeating the same ground with which I’d become already familiar. The story and twists were just not repeatable experiences for me, and reading the same story didn’t reveal any new depth or any surprises. Perhaps that speaks well for the way the series was developed, but I’m afraid it may just be that the story was too thin and shallow, in spite of the wild premise, to provide joy when experienced more than once.

And, if truth be told, I’m not really a fan of how this was written. I think the audio narration by Paul Michael Garcia did a yeoman’s job adding emotional depth and emotional changes to the written word otherwise missing. Overall, the writing seemed unemotional and formal, almost like an episode of Dragnet. Not only was that awkward, but there were some writing choices that were just bizarre, and jarring; for example, at one point, a dangerous and deadly creature is described as leaping like a ballerina, and I can be pretty damned sure the image that appeared in my brain was not intended by the author, and was not in service to the story and destroyed my immersion in it at that moment. Sometimes words are used just to use them, without really being in service to the story.

However, the idea of the story is still compelling. If you’ve not worn out the novelty it would provide, by seeing the series, this could be worth reading. It’s a cool premise.

Also, I have a hard time being so tough on the writing as the back material in the book makes it clear how this was the culmination of 20 years of inspiration provided by the revolutionary phenomena of David Lynch’s original Twin Peaks. That’s a worthy progenitor that lends gravitas to the book that is missing in and of itself. Oddly, that’s a bit like how much more I liked M Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water after watching the bonus materials, revealing a warmth of heart I didn’t get from just the feature, but that provided a welcome halo effect after, making the whole better.

I made no highlights at all.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Pines

So beat it, just beat it …

… you better run, you better do what you can. Don’t want to see no Beat Cop, don’t be a donut and coffee man.

Beat Cop by Pixel Crow, from 11 bit studios.

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

The Odd Order is a place for Rigaroga, friends and acquaintances to gather online.

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