Shadowcaster is the collaborative work of many different artists working with the producer, artist and filmmaker known as Aleph.Null. It is the amalgamation of different artistic directions combined with a central focus on occultism, ritual magic and myth. Stage performances are often intense and possibly involve bodily fluids, nudity, or imagery which some may take offense.
Regarding performance as a sacred art sometimes months of preparation is needed meditatively, ritually and physically to fully immerse ourselves into these events. Songs are created specifically for each performance and are intended never to be performed again. Custom tailored interactive multimedia/video is created for each event and can sometimes involve unusual means of production and presentation and is often sound reactive. Other “live” elements are sometimes included.
All music is provided free of charge as often as is possible. Shadowcaster offers hand made reprints of rare occult books for the cost of reproduction and binding at some events as well as other unusual tokens of thanks to those who attend (bones, sacred objects, stones, etc). This is the closest thing to “merchandising” you will find.
Each work is similar to a sand mandala in that it only exists for the length of the event. Nothing remains but the rare recordings which are distributed in limited edition (hand packaged and numbered up to 108). Certain albums/events are provided digitally but never live recorded. One short film does exist depicting part of a live show but key elements of the performance were edited from it as to prevent them from being reproduced and to respect the overall tradition of secrecy which Shadowcaster holds dear. Simply titled The Alchemical Visions of Zosimos, it was recognized by the Denver Underground Film Festival and was awarded “Best Documentary” in 2011.
- Magick, Music and Ritual 7 - Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music 02:03
Spontaneous Crowd Generated Music
This is a completely live (and in no way planned) recording of spontaneous music created by the crowd at our EXIT:LIFE event (on 12/21/2012). After destroying a piano and summoning Kali the creative energy of the room was electrifying. Glass mandalas had been destroyed as well as a piano earlier in the night. There was live ammunition, dead frogs, meat, blood and glass everywhere. The room looked like a warzone.
Out of that chaos came these recordings.
These sounds were made by strangers. Using splinters of wood and the remaining components of our broken piano, it was neither planned for or expected that this might happen. The "musicians" involved did not seem to be in collaboration, nor were they necessarily even acquainted with each other.
From EXIT : LIFE (LIVE RECORDINGS), track released 21 December 2012
- Magick, Music and Ritual 7 - Most Powerful Mother 06:36
Most Powerful Mother
- Magick, Music and Ritual 4 - The Drowning 05:03
This song was originally intended to play along side an accomplished and very talented veil dancer, spinning and twirling under the light of a high power video projector. Instead this became a chance to bless the audience with sacred ash, oils, and water as a cleansing preparation for the final stages of this epic performance. Audience members were splashed lightly with rose, frankincense, myrrh and water while sacred words and mantras were spoken here as well.
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