On this first full moon of the year, on this day of the moon, the members of Descried would like to announce that our album Snake Oil is available for download. Click the here to download your copy and once again, thanks to all the fans and supporters. 93/93.
Austin Osman Spare is acclaimed by art historians to have been the first surrealist. His work is mind-boggling, to say the least, considering that some of his drawings were done in the dark. Spare was influential because he was not only an incredible artist, but also an esoteric philosopher. Spare practiced the pseudosciences of automatic writing and drawing. He even published books on the subject. Some Descried songs such as "Malleus" and "Distractor" ( from this release anyway) were channeled into being by means of automatic writing.
Spare's artworks have anomalous qualities noted by those who own his pieces such as the story of the artwork that Psychic TV's Genesis P. Orridge purchased from Blondie's Chris Stein:
"It got so predictable and incontrovertible that I took to putting it in a cupboard, facing the wall... The last phenomenon was particularly odd. Before travelling abroad I arranged for two people to caretake my house in Brighton. I warned them, almost like in a fable like Hansel and Gretel, that they must not touch, move, or hang up the Spare painting "The Ids". Which was in the loft space of the house, facing the wall. I told them it may sound superstitious or stupid, but please trust me on this one. I guess, inevitably, they felt this as a challenge and chose to not only turn the picture facing outwards in the loft, but to spend a night staring at it and sleeping in the same space. Apparently, as they tell it, after an hour or so, the picture seemed to fill the room. Spare argued with himself, as usual. Then a new thing happened. The central face of a one woman (there were three women's faces above Spare's heads) came alive too. The picture seemed to grow into a huge mirror, filling the visual perception of one whole end of the loft. The room seemed to fill with green mist, and then holding her hand out, this woman walked out of the "painting" and came towards them..."
Interestingly, Spare was a favourite artist of Adolf Hitler. When comissioned to do a painting of the feurher, the artist flatly refuse and, in a letter replied :
"If you are a superman, let me be forever animal."
Spare was content to live a humble life and stay out of the limelight, which is probably the contributing factor to his obscurity. But he was a real treasure of a human being nonetheless and a great source of inspiration to me.
Below is a snippet of a documentary which includes someone who is certain to show up on this thread.
Alan Moore on Austin Osman Spare.avi: http://youtu.be/NXOt215GCWI
Some of AOS's work:
It is sleeting like mad here. And in Dallas Texas sleet (known in this neck of the woods as “snow”), can create something of a post apocalyptic environment. Therefore, I barricade my family indoors in fear of the hordes of bloodthirsty snowmen. Maybe that’s an exaggeration of what I’m really up to, but it’s eerily close. This actually brings me to another muse seen in the writing for Descried.
No I’m not talking about the relation of time and atoms of a nuclear substance; I’m talking about the video game. Yes, certain games can be nerdy, but I feel some do portray cultural events and shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked from a literary or social standpoint. I mention Half-Life mainly because it has a certain depth to it that has stuck with me. For those who haven’t played the game, it is set in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere wherein all of mankind had been enslaved (cheery). It has it all: mad scientists, alien control, political corruption, and tons of blood. There is still a lost chapter, but overall I feel it is one of the most thought out game series to date.
In the very beginning sessions of Descried, we were actually considering some of the pieces we wrote to be soundtracks for games. We still may go down that road at some point.
Half-Life 2 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID1dWN3n7q4
Half-Life 2 Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt2sbtvBuk8
As a musician I find it particularly hard to recommend music. Firstly, I don’t listen to a lot of obscure stuff. In fact most music fans turn me on to new music. I’m usually way behind the curve when it comes to discovering something new and amazing. Another reason lies with the inspiration side. A common question is what inspires you? That’s such a simple question, but the answer is quite complex. A short answer would be “life", but that is just a gross over simplification because it’s only a small slice of the life pie that brings one out of the mundane and into that wanderlust place that we never want to leave from again, but I digress.
This week I’d like to bring a now defunct band named Seemless into focus. In particular their second and “last” album “What Have We Become”. I discovered this band in 2009 or so after a long dry spell of not hearing any new rock bands whose albums I could leave on repeat and just explore the new sounds. The vocalist is Jesse Leach from Kill Switch Engage and Seemless’s entire history was during his absence from that band. I hate throwing that out there before you listen to the band, because if you don’t like KSE, you’ll probably still love Seemless. Who knew the guy had such an amazing melodic singing voice? The range of topics on the album are incredible. Most of the album feels like an introspective look at what it means to be a modern human both on the self level and on the global level. These songs are easy to digest, but also resonate on a much higher level. This is a band Jack and I had just discovered right before the birth of Descried, and I think had a bit of an influence into what type of music we wanted to end up making. I’ve always felt artists have an artistic responsibility and Seemless definitely helped us hone in on ours.
The weird thing about this album is I feel like it gets better the further you get into it. Usually albums taper off after the first handful of tracks, but I feel this one really comes into it’s full light toward the end of the album.
Here are some tracks to check out with a link to the full album stream below.
Descried is beginning a weekly installment in which each member will discuss their influences. This isn't being done with a "look at us" kind of mentality. We just want to engage you, the fans, and hopefully generate some dialogue. We will be discussing personalities, books, bands, music, artists, thinkers, etc. whom we find interesting and who have played a role in energizing the ambience of Descried. Perhaps we can introduce you to new sources of artistic influence and new vistas of perception. These installments will occur every Monday and be archived on the site under the Horror Vacui tab.
We drew straws and since my crazy straw inked in cat urine had the best aesthetic quality, I go first.
I have been heavily influenced by artist and director David Lynch. My first encounter with his work was his 1977 film Eraserhead. Since then I have become enamored by some of his great works like the films Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway and Blue Velvet as well as the short-lived but very imaginitive Twin Peaks TV series. Stanley Kubrick once mentioned that Lynch was his favourite director and Kubrick was notoriously hard to please. David Lynch employs dream logic in most of his films. This is especially true in the scenes that take place in the Black Lodge in Twin peaks. Dream logic leaves the interpretation open to the viewer. We all have dreams, yet their language is rarely employed as a means of storytelling. Perhaps because dreams are so subjective. If 9 of us had the same dream, odds are we'd each have our own unique conclusions. There are certain seemingly archetypal recurring images and themes which would lead one to believe they were viewing Lynch's own cerebronocturnal cinema. Lynch is also the father of some incredibly odd and characteristically disturbing short films like "Six Men Getting Sick" and "The Grandmother." His artwork is fascinating, too. He's been known to use rotten meat and insects to add texture to his work. Comedian Russell Brand , who is friends with Lynch, mentioned the artist was letting a pigeon decompose in his studio so he could study the discolouration of the various stages of decay.
Lynch is also a musician, an author, and a philanthropist. He walks in to a bar...jk. He runs the David Lynch Foundation which teaches Transcendental Meditation and has been helping soldiers with PTSD and school children with emotional disturbances. He wrote a book to promote his belief in TM called "Catching the Big Fish." It's a great book for artists and it's what got me meditating. If anyone knows where to get artistic inspiration, I'd say it's this man. Thanks for helping me stay weird, sir. 93/93.
David Lynch short:
David Lynch The Alphabet 1968: http://youtu.be/_2ZN9cgAFkM
David Lynch music:
David Lynch 'Good Day Today' (Official Video): http://youtu.be/IugOfDBWcGc
David Lynch artwork: