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Dieter Müh & Lon Milo DuQuette - The Call

Following Atomyriades, an exemplary reworking of source material from Mnem, Dieter Müh the much-underrated UK underground electronic outfit return with their own material on The Call. The Call is perhaps the most significant work from Dieter Muh, as it features eminent occult author and Grand Master of the O.T.O. Lon Milo DuQuette reciting Enochian texts, a series of calls in the language of the angels. 'The Call' is based on the work of Dr John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, and the texts recorded by his scyrer Edward Kelley, who he said were dictated to him in the angel's own language.

'The Call' enters to an atmospheric build up of chiming metal bowls and quietly understated howls of ambient electronics shifting to passages of ringing metal bowls. Its slow pace providing an unmistakeable ritual setting for the poised tones of Lon Milo DuQuette, as he effortlessly wrestles with the intricacies of the Enochian tongue over the shimmer of singing bowls.

As DuQuette relates in the sleevenotes, "The Call is a shuttle that waves high magick and high art - an incantation of transcendent sound and angelic language chanted to the guardians of the Aythers so they might awaken and one by one peel away the thirty membranes of consciousness that, like cerements of the tomb, separate us from the pure consciousness of the divine." Heavy stuff, you're unlikely to encounter elsewhere.

The flipside, 'Sutreworde' is a live recording of Dieter Müh from Augsburg, Germany in 2003. It captures an improvisary performance of Dieter Muh's murky industrial and occult electronics. Skittery electronics are woven with pulses, rattling tones with an assortment of taped voices fed through the mix. With a mass of electronic devices and sampled sources Dave Uden and Steve Cammack, once again, keep firm control of their textured output, even including elements of 'The Call' before bowing out with some ambient droning to taped strains from their 'We're Not Happy…' single.

This recording of 'The Call' has been long promised ever since Dieter Müh and Lon Milo DuQuette performed this live at The Salon music event as part of the Information Wants To Be Free festival at the October Gallery, London, in 2003, a performance I was fortunate to witness. This recorded version does not disappoint and I really can't see this being available for much longer. It's perhaps the closest you'll ever come to communing with the angels.

The Call is released on heavyweight white vinyl in an edition of 230 copies on Dieter Müh's own HaemOccult Recordings imprint. For more information go to