Infidel Interview #22: A Most Accursed & Druhá Smrt

First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Greetings from Silesian mountains ( Czech republic ), which is north-west part of Carpathian mountains. We are Jindrich & Lucie, married couple for 16 years. We live in our house on the edge of the woods at wonderful place between two rivers amongst mountains with our three kids and many animals. I am 50 years old and I have played the violin since I was 6 years, so 44 years of music. Of course now I am playing mostly on synths, samplers, guitars etc. Our projects are Druhá Smrt ( fifth album on Sombre Soniks Studios label from England will be released this spring ) and A Most Accursed ( just recording second album , also Sombre Soniks Studios ).

Your music often comes from a deeply spiritual and esoteric place. When you hear the term "magick" what does that mean to you?

When I hear the term „magick“. Aleister Crowley defined magick as the „art of causing change to occur in conformity with will“, but he also defined it as „energy tending to change“. So I thought about this energy. It's art, like Crowley wrote. Magick is for me intentional act, which via transferring energy is able to create change in mundane world. Manifestation. But I don' t see „magickal act“ ( also ritual ) as isolated ceremony, rather more integrally like natural part of life-flowing. More like „tendency“. Way of life.

What sort of philosophical and magickal currents do you guys follow? What sort of impact does mysticism have on the actual physical composition and sound of your tracks, not just your image?

Current 93, current 23, current Sombre Soniks magick mainly, philosophically phenomenology, psychologically archetypal psychology... and our own current of course... we perceive reality to be imaginal, so the process in which in the consciousness emerges creates musical soundscapes like a stream in which can be explained through the process of attunement (Stimmung), which is related to what exactly the conditions of where we live, what rituals we are doing, and what psychological content just come from unconsciousness (from psyche better), via dreaming, active imagination, invocation etc. … musically more spontaneously in practice... when time comes we recording... always, musick already sounds in imagination... just now we finished short film ( video ) with A Most Accursed and it contains a specific ritual on the specific place, which was fundamental in this case...

Magick and Spirtualism are often seen as superstitious and unscientific to the uneducated. However, contrary to the popular opinion, there is actually deep current of Physicists, Philosophers, and Psychologists who have had deep interst, or even impact, on the fields of modern magick. What are your thoughts on the parallels between art, mysticism, and science?

For me, there is a fundamental connection ( fýsis and psýché ). I can not ignore the roots of culture, which is „composed“ from all of this complementary parts. I think the misunderstanding that occurred and occurs is caused only by superficial approach. Separation of art, psychology, philosophy and science. I see the "heroic" influence of Christianity and the Enlightenment. Hybris. Loss of holistic perception, which is primary aesthetical and ethical ( in Heraclitus - „ethos anthropoi daimon“ ) but that I think was always just a personal ego failure. Ambitions etc. Gnosis always remains, although sometimes like a „undercurrent“ in the „underground“ in hermeticism, alchemy, and mythology. For me especially all psychology traditions from Freud, C.G.Jung to James Hillman and also philosophy from Nietzsche, Heidegger to Derrida are the true renaissance of gnostic approach to life and death. There was important collaboration between C.G.Jung and Wolfgang Pauli for example also. Archetypal psychology from this point of view is really magickal. Archeology of culture. Resurgence of aesthetic, metaphorical, poetical thinking about man in the world. Return of the soul of world to us and ensoul our world now again. I read amazing scientific book recently, „Endless Universe : Beyond the Big Bang“ from theoretical physicists Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, and I perceive very similar point of view like „eternal recurrence“ of Nietzsche philosophically and Hillman's „ the realm of Hades“ psychologically. So I think that there are possibilities for people who want to see wholeness.

Obviously mysticism has a huge impact on your musical creative life. What other aspects of your life would you say your path to peruse magick and mysticism have evolved?

All aspects of life. Life-flow is the process of evolving, and at the same time „deepening“. Musick like creative current which is expression of all what we are doing, what we are dreaming, all of our obsessions and possessions. Every next album is like a ritual, a step further into both depth and beyond the horizon. Overcoming self again and again. We like weight-lifting and hiking for example. We don't believe in a goal. In a sense we don't believe at all, but living, loving and creating is what we knows.

Are there any good resources, books, or websites in particular that you would suggest to someone interested in perusing a path of occult discovery?