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Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #35 (Party like it's 2011!)

Hermetic Library Newsletter - Issue #35 (Party like it's 2011!)
By John Bell the Librarian • Issue #68 • View online
This week was equinox! Also I’ve got Magick, Music and Ritual 1 now available in all the places; follower milestone watch (still and again), equinox, Hey!, Richard Francis Burton, Hargrave Jennings, Ida Craddock, Mary Anne Atwood, Friedrich Nietzsche, reminders, quotes, reviews, and more!
And, as always, I worked on various other things on website, blog, and more … Enjoy!

Magick, Music and Ritual 1
It was 10 years ago this December, for the 15th anniversary of the birth of the library in 1996, I released Magick, Music and Ritual 1 in 2011. This was the first album from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project!
Aside from having all of them on Bandcamp, I had always planned on having these on all the various and sundry digital platforms, but never got around to it. Also, as a historical note, I actually did have physical CDs available of MMR1, but, though they were super nifty, not many people actually wanted them? But, they sure looked awesome!
This was the only issue that has seen a physical release. For a long time I tried to keep each issue within the limits of what could be put on a disc. And for the first few issues, I even designed all the images for a physical CD, had them on the ready, not just the cover alone, just in case. I think I’ve got at least the first four, maybe more. After that I only did covers, but sometimes I do include alternates for fun as bonus downloads with the album on Bandcamp.
But the actual disc surface I designed for MMR1 looked pretty groovy as it spun up or spun down, if you had a player with some kind of window.
Then, I had playlists that were designed for 2 discs, sometimes. Finally, after I realized I probably wasn’t going to to physical discs again, I just let each issue’s playlist be as large as it wanted! (I mean, just look at MMR12!)
By the by, as an aside, the best quality audio is always on Bandcamp. The downloads there are actually better sources than I’m allowed to use for the other streaming services and shops! Wild but true. Frankly, I don’t know if the difference is actually noticeable in practice, but it is actually there natheless.
But, I’m burying the lede!
Magick, Music and Ritual 1 cover for digital distribution
Magick, Music and Ritual 1 cover for digital distribution
The other day I might, possibly maybe, have pulled the trigger on digital distribution of Magick, Music and Ritual 1 hoping that it would start showing up in all the digital shops in plenty of time for the 10 year anniversary in December.
Today, just this morning, it has started to appear on all the digital streaming platforms and shops. So far I’ve noticed it on iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon, and I’m sure there’s others. It doesn’t appear to be on Spotify or Tidal yet. I don’t really check any of the others, but if there’s a popular one you use and notice it available, let me know.
Until today, Magick, Music and Ritual 12, which was a super duper special issue, having 4 hours of content, for the 20th anniversary of the library, was the only issue that I’d released to all the platforms.
So, why now? Well, pretty much a confluence of things: I’m coming to the deadline for submissions for MMR16, and recently I’d noticed that this December will be the 10th year of doing these anthologies! Wild! Also, it’s the 25th year of the library being online, so it’s, you know, the silver anniversary year for the site!
As another aside, you’ll notice I had to create a cover for distribution without the library’s domain name. Including URLs on covers is one of the verboten things, so I just removed it. I had to dig through actual storage boxes to find a backup hard drive which had the original cover art I created, because, I, um, was keeping it in a safe place, apparently. In hindsight, as it’s already too late to make changes, I might have put in “Yule 2011” or something instead, but it is what it is now.
Also, part of what made this happen is that a rare event occurred: I just randomly got paid a whole $50 which took 2 years to accumulate from all the services streaming and selling MMR12. Welp, that’s pretty much exactly what it costs to pay to get an album distributed … with a buck left over for video games, or something.
Convenient! Kismet! Party like it’s 2011!
Follower milestone watch (still and again)
Yeah, so I’m still on follower milestone watch over on Twitter, which is still just shy of 18k. But, even though I was pretty late to the game with both, I think either Pinterest (already at 3.2k) and Instagram (so close to 3666) are right around to corner racing each other to 4k. Who will win?
Haha. Instagram has dropped 1 since I took that image. ::sad trombone::
I’m also still holding out, fainter but still there, hope of reaching 1k subscribers to this free weekly newsletter by the end of this year. 1k would be a neat round number right around 1% of my total existing social media following. So, you know, consider sharing this newsletter with others you know who might be interested!
The fact that I actually reach so vanishingly few of my own followers on social media means you’ll probably reach more people than I do when I talk about it, so every bit of word of mouth helps!
Equinox
Equinox happened this week, as☉ reached 0° ♎️ (Sun at 0° Libra), Fall for the Northern Hemisphere, Spring for Southern; this year that happened on September 22, 2021 at 19:21 UTC.
Pretty much like clockwork, where I am, there was a massive thunderstorm and the daily high temperatures dropped 20 degrees just like that, overnight; so, essentially it is apparently indeed fall now from here on out.
“I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide."—Gandalf
It’ll mostly be really darned pleasant until November 1st. Probably at that exact point, it will suddenly turn damned cold overnight. It’s really striking how sudden and sharp these changes have been here.
Hey!
Hey! Stop kicking microchips in our faces!
Hey! Stop kicking microchips in our faces!
Inspired by news about flying grain of sand sized surveillance microchips, and a tweet by Lilith Saintcrow, I made this grungy bit of silliness in, you know, a whole couple of minutes, as one does.
I have the other frames of this comic, just in case. Don’t you make me do them too, creeping cyber dystopia!
Reminders
Call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2021 - The Hermetic Library Blog
Pitch an Idea
Send something for the Zine
Brimstone Apparel 100% off special offer collaboration
Things at Hermetic Library to check out
And on the blog
The Limits of Vision
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