Interviews

Over the years I’ve had the blessing to conduct a number of interviews with artists, dreamers, and other visionaries, both in writing and on the radio. This page is dedicated to archiving & providing links to the interviews in question. I hope to update it as the interviews happen. If you have a suggestion or a connection for an interview (especially on the radio) feel free to drop an email to: sothismedias [at] gmail [dot] com.

  My interview with Josephine McCarthy, around her book The Magic of the North Gate, appeared in issue #28  (Summer 2014) of Witches and Pagans Magazine, alongside a slew of great articles exploring the element of Earth.
On the evening of October 10, 2013 I was joined by artist and alchemical mystic Ken Henson in the studio and at the crossroads halfway through show curatorial Witch, Pam Grossmanjoined us over the wires. During the first hour Ken and I talked about his alchemical research as the current Curtis G. Lloyd fellow at the Lloyd Library where he is working on a new treatise titled Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition. We also dug into his work with the Philosophical Research Society in reissuing the Manly P. Hall and Augustus J. KnappTarot deck, alongside other Cincinnati occult curiosities. Ken’s investigation of the Hall/Knapp tarot is the subject of an article forthcoming in issue 5 ofAbraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies. In the second hour Pam joined us for a wide ranging discussion on the role of occultism in the humanities, a subject dear to her heart as one of the organizers of the Occult Humanities Conference taking place at New York University on the weekend of October 19, 2013. Pam is also Associate Editor of Abraxas, and a co-founder of the Brooklyn arts and lecture space, Obersvatory. With my own article, The Library Angel & Her Oracle, now out in issue number 4 of Abraxas, I asked her to tell us about what goes on behind the scenes in putting these awesome tomes out into the world. You’ll have to listen to find out her other dirty little secrets.

Joey Versoza, an artist from the hills of Northern Kentucky, joined me in the studio on October 3, 2013 to discuss his current exhibition Is This It now up at the Contemporary Arts Center until February 2, 2014. The show was curatedJustine Ludwig who also was present in the studio and assisted in interrogating Joey. In between and after our gabbing I played some material relative to his show.

 

 S. Alexander Reed is a musician and professor who has taught at New York University, the University of Florida, and the College of William Mary. His publications range from research on minimalism to a forthcoming 33 1/3title on the album Flood by They Might Be Giants with author and Doctor Who enthusiast Philip Sandifer. Alex is a long time veteran of industrial music DJing, promoting and reviewing,  as well as releasing five albums with his own band ThouShaltNot… Alex is the author of Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Musicpublished by the prestigious Oxford University Press. This interview originally aired on Thursday, July 18.

 

Preserving Modern Architecture with Paul Muller : On April 18, 2013 I had the distinct honor of having architect Paul Muller in the studio to talk about his work as executive director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association. We start with the bedrock of the area, the foundation of the Cincinnati Arch, to Fort Ancient Culture and then a massive leap forward on up to the Art Deco and Modern Architecure periods. We also talked about the symposium on “Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest” held on April 24th & 25th, 2013.

Inside the Collapse Gap with Dmitry Orlov On Pi day Dmitry Orlov joined me over the wires to talk about his forthcoming book, The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors Toolkit.  From his firsthand experiences witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union Dmitry has drawn amazing parallels from the Soviet example and the possible prospects for America as our own imperialist superpower teeters over the edge. Orginally broadcast on March

Violence Girl with Alice Bag  -a really sweet feminist punk chicana- was kind enough to join Betsy Young (of Aurore Press fame) and I on the radio, calling in from her home in Arizona, to talk about her book Violence Girl: From East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story. Originally aired on September 7, 2012

Conversation with Owen Knight and Louis Martinie: Celebration of a Friendship
Owen Knight, Bard, and servant of the Goddess Arianrhod, and Lou Martinie, Drummer, and servant of theAncestors and Loa. Owen in the studio with me, and Lou calling up from Nola. Before I ever met Owen or Lou I had been influenced by their work, because together with Nema, and a number of other esoteric workers in the Cincinnati area, and other magicians passing through, they had worked to create a pocket of occulture in Cincinnati, the Queen of the West. The foundations they laid were well in place when I stumbled into Aquarius bookstore as a seeker in the late 1990′s.

Catamara Rosarium on the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference 
Catamara Rosarium calls in from her abode outside the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington to talk about the lineup for the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference.

Aion 131 and the Book of the Horned One
Get Horny with Aion 131 and Satyr Oz as they discuss ALL things horned, hoofed, and cloven. The Great Horned One is beckoning and soon you’ll beHOWLING with PANic and Glee. Aion has given the magickal and occult communities a wonderful present in his grimoire The Book of the Horned One now available from Concrescent Press.

Literary Cincinnati: The Missing Chapter with Dale Patrick Brown
On May 24 Dale Patrick Brown, author of Literary Cincinnati: The Missing Chapter, joined Justin Patrick Moore to discuss her book and the colorful characters from the Queen City’s past who inhabit its pages. From Patrick Lafcadio Hearn to the Elliston Poets, Dale rescues writers whose pages have long gone unread and places them alongside well remembered names from the American cannon. Along the way the reader is filled in on a vast array of local lore, all put into a historical context, well versed in the poetry of place.

EARTH BLOOD with John Michael Greer
In this interview John Michael Greer discusses his recent books Blood of the Earth out from Scarlet Imprint, and The Mystery Teachings of the Living Earth from Red Wheel/Weiser.We also talk about how the practice of magic can help people prepare themselves for the long emergency of energy descent and the collapse of the U.S. empire alongside the larger collapse of industrial culture. We also discuss the Seven laws of spiritual ecology Greer elucidates in Mystery Teachings, these being modeled off the Seven laws of The Kybalion and other such teachings, but with a focus on ecology.

Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule chimes in via Skype from down under in Oz with poetry, metamorphosis and very keen insights into the myths of Orpheus and Dionysius. He discusses his recent Orphic ritual theater piece Solve et Coagula and how this relates to the ongoing Global Chakra Workings, with the Ajna Working imminent in Bulgaria -ancient Thrace- around the Summer Solstice this June. Further explication reveals how his current magickal work with Orpheus has been ground with a mortar and pestle into the pages of Solve, the forthcoming third book in his Tela Quadrivium series released by Fulgur Ltd.

Taylor Ellwood talks about his forthcoming book Magical Identity. Taylor Ellwood is the Managing Non-Fiction Editor of Immanion Press, which publishes cutting edge esoteric and occult books. He’s also the author of Pop Culture Magick, Space/Time Magic, Inner Alchemy and Multi-Media Magic, and Magical Identity. Visit him online at http://www.magicalexperiments.com

 

Nigel Ayers has long been an agent provocateur in the realm of experimental music. In the late 1970s he formed a group called The Pump with his brother Daniel Ayers and the late Caroline K. After a string of cassette releases a new project was formed by Nigel. Since 1981 Nocturnal Emissions has been releasing a steady stream of deconstructed music. The broad range of styles he has delved into can be bewildering. There are those made from abrasive noise, to an album made up of entirely remixed bagpipes, to another utilizing recordings made with vocal sounds from children under the age of 18 months, to another that samples cell phone conversations picked up on a police scanner, and a whole slew of titles which could be considered drone music before that kind of thing was as popular. He has also delved into electro and teeth-gnashing techno, and recently a dub album. And those are just the musical expressions of his curiosity. Nigel is a writer, poet, creator of viral art and digital ritual. He was kind enough to take the time and do an email interview with me to talk about his various explorations. (This interview was  done for Brainwashed.com)


 

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