R’lyeh in the Hermetic Library audio pool

2012-07-29 14:04:52

R'lyeh by Exomène has been added in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a curated participatory place for sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

R'lyeh is the sound depiction of an aborted invocation of Cthulhu, a deity from the Cthulhu mythos by H. P. Lovecraft.

The dark universe drawn by Lovecraft has always been a huge source of inspiration to me, especially because he is one of the rare (and maybe the first) fantastic authors that really wrote on the "otherness".  It's seems really difficult to imagine something totally new for example, when we try to think about a new animal, we usually build chimeras: centaurs, mermaids and so on. Even the extraterrestrials are often anthropomorphic. But Lovecraft wrote on entities totally non-apprehensible entities in their forms, goals and deeds.

R'lyeh is a fictionnal prehistoric sunken city in south pacific where Cthulhu is in a state of sleep beyound death. The city emerges when the stars are in the correct configuration for Cthulhu's awakening ritual to be proceeded. In my track, the ritual is started but it is aborted because of an external intervention.

Here is the text of the ritual and counter ritual.

“Cthuluh fhtagn.
Iä-R’lyeh ! Cthulhu fhtagn ! Iä ! Iä !
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
Iä ! Iä ! Chtulhu fhtagn ! Ph’nglui nglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgahnagl fhtagn.

Malitia vetus / Malitia vetus est… / venit… / tandem venit…

Ya-R’lyeh ! Ya-R’lyeh ! Cthulhu fhtaghn ! Nigurat-Yig ! Yog-Sothoth
Tibi Magnum Innominandum, signa stellarum nigrarum et bufaniformis sadoquae sigillum
Ya-R’lyeh ! Ya-R’lyeh ! Cthulhu fhtaghn ! Nigurat-Yig ! Yog-Sothoth

Malitia vetus / Malitia vetus est… / venit… / tandem venit…

Iä ! Iä ! Chtulhu fhtagn ! Ph’nglui nglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgahnagl fhtagn.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
Iä-R’lyeh ! Cthulhu fhtagn ! Iä ! Iä !

Cthuluh fhtagn.”

Artwork for R'lyeh by Dorianne Wotton

R'lyeh was the main inspiration for Froid by the Spoken Worms project with Marianne (texts) and Dorianne Wotton

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