Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead
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Tracklist

  1. She called this place Avalon (Closed part 2) 9:06
  2. Hermaphrodite 10:29
  3. Generate 2:59
  4. Victory (Like being on the shores of ecstasy) 7:46
  5. Beauty (The Big Walkers) 3:42
  6. Obedience (Law of Netjer) 3:33
  7. Severity (Vitriol) 2:00
  8. Amnesia (Xotzolotl / Snow Piece) 14:32
  9. GoldFish (A Shaman’s Death) 5:11
  10. Destiny’s Natural Amusement 20:23

TRT (79:41)

The Isle of the Dead is the soundtrack to the Avalonian Book of the Dead. Originally released in 1992 as part of a performance piece on the subject of death and dying, the material was remixed and remastered in 2000, including some previously unreleased material.

The pieces are based on Matthew (Dr Strange) Sleigh‘s word collages, which represented the pages of the Book of the Dead. The album follows the journey of the soul from the point of death to its dissolution into the limitless divine light.

The material was originally recorded on 4-track cassette tape at some point in 1991. The whole collection was remixed in September 2000 including radical reworkings of tracks 1,6 & 9 introducing some previously unreleased material. The whole piece was finally digitally remastered with JAMin on 23rd September 2004.

Although the greatest of efforts have been taken in the presentation of this material, there is a certain amount of noise, hiss and random clicks, the removal of which would have destroyed the integrity and ambience of the original music. It is a great pleasure to be able to present the piece in its entirity in its current form. Thanks to all who have helped along the way.

Musicians

  • Treppur Slim: 3 & 4 Lead Guitar
  • Greg “Willow” Seeger: 1 Drum kit 2 Percussion and Acoustic guitar
  • Stevie Potier: 1 Lead Guitar
  • Moses Kingsbury: 1 Trumpet
  • Adrian Hopper: 1 Sax
  • Matthew Sleigh: 7 drum programming
  • Claire Jones: additional vocals

Reading the ‘Avalonian Book of the Dead’: Sally PullingerDr. StrangeClaire JonesLissy FreewomanCharley Barley & tim hall.

Additional material

Lowlands – traditional
Jerusalem – Hubert Parry
excerpt from Nick Harrison‘s 1973 version
She moved through the Fair – trad.
Death March – Chopin
Dig my Grave – traditional

Original concept for The Avalonian Book of the Dead – Matthew Sleigh.
Theological corrections and spiritual guidance – Rev. Boris Gestetner.

Music & Arrangements except where otherwise stated – tim hall


Original introduction to:

The Avalonian Book of the Dead

The Avalonian Book of the Dead is a mystical text, which was found imprinted, as the result of psychoradioactive forces, on the inside of a brown paper wrapper. The paper had been used to parcel up the legendary Holy Grail. the strange glyphs and jumbled text, which appear to bear a direct relationship to 20th Century English, have fascinated scholars and antiquarians for centuries. The original is now preserved in a vacuum sealed hyper-frame at the Avalonian National Museum of Theological Artefacts, which recently celebrated its 529th anniversary with a special exhibition featuring large-scale facsimiles of the eleven imprinted sections or pages, of the book itself.

The Book is called the Book of the Dead because of its apparent similarity in theme and overall structure to the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead. Interpretations vary widely, however; some commentators believe it to be the rules for a highly complex board game, and at least one has suggested that it is a blueprint for Creation, which malfunctioned and had to be replaced by a better model.

There have also been arguments concerning the origins of the Book, some claiming it to be a 23rd century forgery, created to raise flagging interest in the New Age Jerusalem of Glastonbury, which relied for its income on pilgrims and tourists. The first stories of miracles connected with the Book date from a time of economic crisis when the 10th generation hippies, who then inhabited the town, were to have their hereditary unemployment benefit cut off.

This theory may contain some truth, but it does not reduce the interest of the book itself to the general reader. The authenticity of the Reverend Boris Gestetner, founder of the Museum in 1986 and according to legend the discoverer of the Avalonian Book of the Dead, can be verified. His name appears in the court rolls for Shepton Mallet in the year 1991, when he was arraigned before the Justices for not paying his Poll Tax. It is said that his journey to the East, and his subsequent life devoted entirely to contemplative prayer, were both motivated partly by his desire to avoid the infamous Community Charge.

The text that accompanies the book is the story of the Book’s discovery by the Reverend Boris Gestetner. The story was preserved by the immortalist Edgar Bone, who died in a tragic teleportation accident at the age of 602. His effects included the present manuscript, which has been specially edited for inclusion in this volume. It is presented simply as the Reverend Boris Gestetner’s own words.

William B. Gestetner, Glastonbury, Avalonia, 23rd September 2525

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