It's a normal day for the apprentice. She arrives at the Rectory at the appointed time where she prepares for the daily chores, meditating, before collecting her lamp and proceeding down into the natural chambers within the rock beneath the building. Some are so deep that you could drop a stone into them and and never hear it hit the bottom. To follow would be to plunge endlessly. One chamber contains an artefact that negates gravity so that you need to effectively 'swim' from entryway to exit, and which fills the space with pulsing beats and chants. Listen for too long to its hypnotic convolutions and you will sacrifice your existence to its never-ending devotions.
Beyond lies a cavern of stark, aggressive contrast - choirs glorifying swathes of destruction, a sinister voice revelling in the carnage, the inexorable beat of drums relentlessly driving the agressors forward until nothing appears to be left but a torn, ravaged wasteland. The blighted souls, ripped from their bodies, reside within a black consecrated realm. They are so traumatised they are unable to move on.
Quickly passing on, the apprentice decends. Some of the deeper chambers contain vast lakes, within which reside creatures from the earliest times, their lives so strange they defy explanation. The apprentice pauses at one of these, holding her lamp over the surface of the black water and is rewarded with a glimpse of an evil looking creatue with long sharp teeth. It's baleful glance passes over her and leaves her cold and trembling. It stops moving and fixes her with its stare, probing her thoughts, and instigates a flow of knowledge between them. The flux is tinged with mental representations so alien the apprentice must break the connection or risk drowing in concepts so vast they would break her mind.
Progressing up again the air becomes thicker, denser, like a fog that can be held and molded. She loses all sense of time and negotiates her way by connecting perceptions of the hear and now, distinguishing them from what has come before and what may follow, walking a narrow path until she arrives in the next cavern where thick red dust coats everything. Small globules of muted colour struggle to break through the film. Each contains images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that yearn to possess any living entity, to live and be experienced. They cry out for release, to be free. She has been warned that to succumb to their temptations is to lose all sense of identity, that her life and everything she has learnt and experienced will be washed away, forgotton, forever lost.
At the end of the journey, near her destination, there is one last space to negotiate. She has done this many times. Without pausing she walks forward and fearlessly steps into the abyss... and I leave it to your own mind's eye, guided by the music of IOK-1 to imagine what happens next.
Thanks are due to all the artists whose work is used in this mix. Much of the music is available for free or pay-what-you-like. I hope that those of you into dark ambient will take the time to follow the links and and explore the artists' work further. These albums and the works they are taken from are superb.
Extra Special Thanks are due to the following for giving permission to use their work in this mix:
★ The A.M. Experiment for permission to use Borley Manor, 2 a.m. from the Æons Of Silence series available on Souncloud and Bandcamp.
★ Halgrath Project for permission to use Consecration from the album The Whole Path of War and Acceptance available via Cryochamber on Bandcamp.
Time Artist ~ Track [Album] >>Listen/Buy/Download<<
00:00 The A.M. Experiment ~ Borley Rectory, Sunday 2 a.m. [Æons Of Silence] >>https://soundcloud.com/theamexperiment/aeons-of-silence-18-borley<<
06:17 PhiMinD ~ Degree Of The Abyss [Ascisco] >>http://eg0cide.com/2014/03/08/eg0_110-phimind-ascisco/<<
18:14 White Grizzly ~ Endless..... [Soundcloud Portfolio] >>https://soundcloud.com/whitegrizzly/endless<<
26:28 Red Clouds ~ A Walk In Space [Space Trip] >>http://redclouds.bandcamp.com/<<
32:26 45:KO ∞ Utu Lautturi ~ DEVOOTIO [Soundcloud Portfolio] >>https://soundcloud.com/utu-lautturi/45-ko-utu-lautturi-devootio<<
38:11 Close Encounters Of The Holocaust ~ God's Holocaust [Church Of Noise] >>http://korvustronik.bandcamp.com/track/gods-holocaust<<
49:49 Halgrath ~ Consecration [The Whole Path of War and Acceptance] >>http://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/track/consecreation<< **
1:00:42 Audraulic ~ Benthic Inconnu [Planned Obsolescence] >>https://montfortrecords.bandcamp.com/album/planned-obsolescence<<
1:14:22 Neur(o)n ~ Flux [Isolated Drones] >>http://petroglyphmusic.com/2013/05/18/petroglyph119-neuron-isolated-drones/<<
1:24:29 DigitalSimplyWorld ~ Time Travel [Tout Devient La Musique] >>http://digitalsimplyworld.bandcamp.com/album/tout-devient-la-musique<<
1:31:52 Argyre Planitia ~ Beyond Mars: Dr. Bowman's Dream [The X-Mas Compilation 2013] >>http://petroglyphmusic.com/2013/12/24/petroglyph185-petroglyph-music-the-x-mas-compilation-2013/<<
1:35:42 DigitalSimplyWorld ~ Amnesia [Tout Devient La Musique] >>http://digitalsimplyworld.bandcamp.com/album/tout-devient-la-musique<<
1:43:35 IOK-1 ~ Stig In I Avgrunden [Soundcloud Portfolio] >>https://soundcloud.com/tarmskrap<<