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Voodoo Shivaya

June 21, 2018

 

 

Photo Credit © 2018 Nicholas Syracuse.

 

A deeply personal musical statement from Bobby BeauSoleil, a 2-disk concept album featuring a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks mapping the meandering path of his journey to spiritual understanding. The vocal tracks performed by BeauSoleil include both covers and original songs, with guest performances by Annabel Lee Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Robert Ferbrache, and Mike Behrenhausen. A lavish triple gatefold cover integrates evocative photographs by Nicholas Syracuse with calligraphy by Timo Ketola. Jacket layout and design by Bobby BeauSoleil and Beth Hall. This album was recorded at Oregon State Penitentiary between 2008 and 2015. Voodoo Shivaya LP - :AJNA:, Amazon, and CD Baby. Voodoo Shivaya CD - :AJNA:, Amazon, and CD Baby. Free Digital Download Card included with the LP version. Also on Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and other streaming sites.

 

Over the course of my long imprisonment, the opportunities to make personal music recordings have been few and far between. Such rare blessings are not to be taken for granted. When in 2008 such an opportunity presented itself I was determined to make the most of it. Serendipitously, I had just acquired a new electric guitar. My friends at Schecter Guitar Research performed some custom modifications I wanted made to the instrument prior to shipping it to me. With a modest recording setup and a small assortment of guitar pedals at my disposal, I began to explore the unique character of the guitar’s voice and soon found myself in a world of dark blues and haunted droning spaces. These inspired me to compose some song lyrics and to add my vocalizations into the mix for the first time on any of my recordings.

 

Perhaps drawing on my ancestral connections to New Orleans, the music began to take on a personal story aspect combined with the mystical dimensionality that informed much of my earlier work. I took to calling this gumbo ‘voodoo shivaya’, and the name stuck as the album gradually began to take shape. Not since the recordings on the Lucifer Rising soundtrack project four decades earlier had I produced such a collection of guitar-driven compositions, without relying on synthesizer electronics to generate complex timbres. Instead I relied mostly on prepared guitar processes and playing techniques to create timbral variation and an overall organic sound. Assisting me to achieve this result, on two of the tracks, are guest performances by members of the ethereal folk band Blood Axis, and, on one track, I was joined by two fellow prisoners at Oregon State Penitentiary, where the foundational tracks for the album were recorded. In 2015, seven years after I broke ground on the project, I had finished the nine long tracks that comprise Voodoo Shivaya. By this time I had entered an agreement with :AJNA: for release of the album to the public. It took an additional two years, with the help of some very talented artistic collaborators, to finalize the visual presentation and package for the album. Now, the only remaining element required to complete this endeavor is the listener, to whom I hereby submit this document of my efforts.

 

Bobby BeauSoleil

Summer Solstice, 2018

 

 

The Turbulent Fog of Profane History

May 11, 2018

 

 

Everyone once in awhile I make a foray into the abstract realm.  Here is a postcard from one such exploration.  It is entitled The Turbulent Fog of Profane History.

 

Lucifer Rising Tribute T-Shirt

April 15, 2018

 

 

 

Hellwood Outfitters has produced an attractive BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL/LUCIFER RISING tribute t-shirt.  You can get one HERE.

 

Nature Boy

March 20, 2018

 

 

It is with great pleasure that I announce the debut of a new short film by Shazzula Vultura Ridens.  The film is entitled Nature Boy, the same title as my interpretation of a song penned by Eden Ahbez that is on my forthcoming double album, Voodoo Shivaya, is the film’s soundtrack.  This collaboration is unveiled today in observance of the Vernal Equinox, and as a harbinger of things soon to come. Watch the film here.  And enjoy this preview of music from the new album.

 

The Garden

March 6, 2018

 

About a year ago my dear friend Dima, a respected artist of the Doping-Pong artist collective who lives in St Petersburg, Russia, sent me a photograph of his beloved city's Summer Garden in winter. I was not sure what I was looking at and asked Dima if it were a picture of a Gulag for trees. I was half-joking, and he thought my remark was pretty funny. Now I am sharing a photo of the Summer Garden from the same perspective taken this past summer. A study in contrasts!

 

-Bobby

 

 

 

My Adventures in the Bardo

February 13, 2018

 

 

Over recent months I have been participating in interviews with Niklas Göransson for Bardo Methodology, a printed magazine published on a, um, somewhat improvisational timetable in Sweden. If you are at all interested in knowing what makes me tick at the deepest levels of my being, particularly in relation to what inspires me in my creative work, this series of interviews may be of interest to you.

 

Bardo Methodology is an English-language magazine featuring interviews with artists, musicians, philosophers, mystics, scholars, scientific researchers, and weirdos like me who are given to mixing disciplines. The magazine explores a broad range of unusual topics, with emphasis on the strange and esoteric. It is aimed at seekers of a deepening understanding of reality, and examines techniques that may be an aid to them in their search. The visual design of the magazine is facilitated by artist Timo Ketola, and leans to the shadow side of the visual art spectrum.

 

A somewhat abridged version of my first interview with Niklas as can be read HERE. The full version is published in Bardo Methodology #2, and the second interview in the series will appear in issue #3. The physical magazine is distributed in North America by The Ajna Offensive. Elsewhere the magazine can be ordered from BardoMethodology.com, where you can also read highlights of past articles and see images of some fascinating art.

 

-Bobby (yes it's really me) BeauSoleil

 

 

Lucifer Rising Soundtrack Infiltrates Pop Culture

December 19, 2017

 

 

Now on Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two is a new documentary film about Lady Gaga by filmmaker Chris Moukarbel. Especially noteworthy as a Newsroom blurb because a few sections from my original soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's underground film Lucifer Rising have been used in the production to support several significant scenes.

 

Moukarbel's production company sought and was granted a license to use the music in the film, so this is all legit, in case you wonder. This was also the case when Gaspar Noe used a portion of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack to support an erotic love scene in his film Love a couple of years ago. A few years earlier Moukarbel's company licensed a bit of the soundtrack for his film Me at the Zoo — appropriately enough, to go under a sweeping aerial shot over Los Angeles. At this rate my underground film soundtrack may become the most movied score in history!

 

If you would like to check out Gaga: Five Foot Two you can find it listed among the new movie releases on Netflix. If, like me, you don't get Netflix you can view the trailer here:

 

https://youtu.be/IxI1iOi0t-c

 

If the Lucifer Rising soundtrack album slipped under your radar and you would like to give it a listen visit the music page on my website. There are still some copies of the recent vinyl reissue and The Lucifer Rising Suite boxed set on CD available. Either would fit nicely beneath your Yuletide tree.

 

 

DJ Mag Russia, Autumn Edition

December 13, 2017

 

 

DJ Mag Russia features a two page spread on the Lucifer Rising LP with a nod to Doping-Pong's cover art.

 

Thanks Dima!

 

 

The Ride Out Of Bardo

May 5, 2017

 

 

A bit of play on the concept of bardo, described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead as a "place" or conditional phase that the transmigratory soul passes into at the end of an incarnate life. Some souls are said to become disoriented upon death of the body and may become stalled in the bardo for a while; others want to get the hell out of there as fast as they can!

— Bobby BeauSoleil

 

The original of this painting is 14 x 17 inches, mixed media on bristol board. Professional prints are available in a variety of sizes, framed or unframed, from The Bobby BeauSoleil Gallery.

 

 

Global Fulfillment from our Gallery

April 8, 2017

 

 

What you may already know is that superior quality reproductions of all paintings and drawings by Bobby BeauSoleil currently in publication are available via Fine Art America fulfillment. This US based company produces and distributes archival quality framed prints, as well as unframed prints and greeting cards, and ships them worldwide.

 

What you may not already know is that Fine Art America has been expanding globally, and now has 15 production and fulfillment centers in 5 countries! What does this mean? It means that all orders for framed and unframed prints and cards will ship to any address in the US, Europe, UK, Canada and Mexico within 2-5 business days! It also means low local shipping rates and no import taxes!

 

Visit the Gallery to browse the available art and use the viewing tools to zoom in and see details in the individual paintings, and to see what prints will look like in a wide variety of framing options.

 

The BeauSoleil Gallery

 

 

REVIEW - Dancing Hearts Afire

March 10, 2017

 

Peter Thelen, editor of the online rock music magazine Exposé, has recently reviewed my album, Dancing Hearts Afire, reissued on CD last year.  You can read it here:

 

http://expose.org/index.php/articles/display/bobby-beausoleil-dancing-hearts-afire-3.html

 

Feels good to see this deeply personal recording get some attention from the music press.

 

Bobby

 

Dancing Hearts Afire CD available on Amazon.

 

 

 

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