An exhibition of original paintings by Minneapolis artist Roger Williamson set to live music by Comets Ov Cupid. Saturday August 3rd 2013. Exhibit runs through Sunday August 25th. 2013
A few years ago Magus Books used some of Comets Ov Cupid’s music for a video commercial of sorts. The track is “Starship” and the books were by the Occultist Austin Osman Spare.
This is a trailer for She: The Flowering of Ishtar, COMING SOON
A Video in Two Parts Featuring a painting by Roger Williamson set to music by Comets Ov Cupid.
In the first decade of the 21st century a transmission from the zodiacal sign of Scorpio drew three individuals together to create what would come to known as “The Circle”. It was from within “The Circle” that an aspect of Ishtar was to be reborn.
“The Circle” or cell, as we referred to ourselves, conducted an intercourse with the entity lasting several years using the languages of art, geometry and mathematics.
At the end of the transmission we each received a gift and were sent on a journey.
“She” is my crystallization of the experience which I am unable to express in any other way.
Over the last 5 years my friend painter/occultist/ author Roger Williamson and I have been collaborating artistically. I have done soundtrack to some of his films as well as played at many of his art openings. His painting “The Sun At Night” is featured on the CD face of my Comets Ov Cupid release “Western Lands” and his “High Priestess” painting will be on the CD face of the newest Comets release. The video below shows my performance with Erik Wivinus playing electric sitar at Roger’s “God Factory” opening.(OCT 8 2011) Also I included a copy of the flier from that show.
Comets Ov Cupid with Erik Wivinus calling up the spirits in The God Factory
Over a year ago Magus Books (an occult bookstore) in Dinkytown Mn used my track (Comets Ov Cupid) “Moonshot” for their video on the Transparent Tarot. An innovative tarot deck they offered that they offered at their shop. Magus books has also host many Kosmische music events (The Sonic Seance being the longest running) that I have played at over the years and they have always been very supportive all the arts community in the area. Check them out if you are ever in town!
Reading the Transparent Tarot with Annie at Magus Books. Soundtrack by Comets ov Cupid from the album Western Lands
Comets Ov Cupid is a spacerock project created by former Skye Klad, Satyrswitch, and Blitzen guitarist/vocalist Jason Kesselring. Song is “Ever So Slowly” by Comets Ov Cupid. Footage is taken from NASA camera connected to a rocket as it falls back to earth. This track is available on the Comets Ov Cupid CD release “Western Lands.” Which you can purchase here
Cupid – “Metalgazer”
(Magusmusic 2006, #001, ltd. ed. CD-EP)
From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)
Cupid is the solo project of Jason Kesselring, the former guitarist/vocalist of Minneapolis psych/space-rockers Skye Klad (later Satyrswitch). “Metalgazer” is a single-take recording of just over 20 minutes, an instrumental textural drone piece loosely constructed in three movements. Kesselring employs only a single guitar, colored with a myriad of delay and echo effects, and in the middle section, an actual violin bow (as opposed to the so-popular, and non-destructive, e-bow). In lieu of an actual recording studio, Kesselring chose to record in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth, MN, which offered (in his words) “transcendent acoustic properties.”
The piece opens with a somewhat dissonant wailing drone, but then quickly charges into a layered heavy stoner riff, that repeats (MIDI-fied echo-playback unit obviously in use here) as Kesselring then adds in additional counterpoint statements on the off-beats, and eventually a fuzzy soaring lead break over the top. I remember a Swedish (?) guy named Bond Berglund doing this sort of on-the-fly composition technique live (ironically also in a former Catholic church in Pittsburgh, PA) as an opening act for The Brain (Farflung electronic alter-ego) and Cluster (Moebius & Roedelius), and it was very effective and I’d always wanted to hear more of this kind of thing. Anyway, by the time we’re six minutes in, Kesselring has ramped up the energy full blast and he’s shredding on the strings, and then stomping on the wah and delay pedals for the initial denoument. Movement Two is the eerie minimalist drone segment, with just some incidental sounds as the backdrop for the bowed guitar statements. Kesselring really teases you here, letting the various tones and chords bleed out of the instrument and echo through the cathedral a bit more slowly than the listener would normally expect, and the sense of anticipation for the next stroke keeps you involved.
Finally, at fifteen minutes in, the heavier fuzz-echo riffs return and we get into some heavy echo drone that is a bit reminiscent of the kind of thing that Sunn O))) does. Frankly, the hooded Sunn-gods rather much bore me to death, but applied in moderation and mixed in with a number of different textures as Kesselring does here, the end effect is anything but boring. By the time the final strands of reverb-guitar come slowly to the landing, crisscrossing the runway in waves of sonic disturbance and fuzzy echo, “Metalgazer” has proven itself to be really quite a nice affair indeed. Check it out.
Metalgazer has been released in a simple paper-sleeve packaging as a very limited edition of 75, each individually numbered, and can be obtained from http://www.magusbooks.com.
Reviewed by Keith Henderson