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“REVEL” by REVELATOR ROSZ

KAMEN ROSS sketched the portrait.

KAMEN ROSS sketched the portrait.

This was my first major foray into writing, performing, producing, and distributing an E.P. in 4 days through the intense use of sigilism (as evidenced in the cover art) and culling sonically-astral “automatic” compositions from a basement meditation. What birthed? “REVEL:” the 5 song E.P. and my first release under the REVELATOR name. It totally utilized what I refer to as “PRAGMAGICK” or magick, through means of focus and execution (like practice or rehearsal) for practical means such as an honest piece of work to help ends meet – and hopefully mend.
The songs vary in style and vibe. Thing is, for every song there were hundreds of invocations and conjurations, I only chose to follow five of them.
The 4 days were damp and desolate, mixed with teeth gnawing integrity – I am ,actually, building a home studio and  an editing bay in the “terror-firma” known as our basement. Through the dreaded webs and rat rollicking I managed to detune and calibrate THIS piece of art:

It may or may not help boost my forever – ramshackle ways, but I gotta girl to impress. A love. I got friends  I mean to never distress. I got love. More so now, that I had to be productive in pragmatically producing an instantaneous artifact.  An artifact that may somehow sell to those who care to hear my 4 day triumph over writing, production, performing, and editing but also my madness and synapse lapsed moon shivers and shakes recorded on tape.

The five songs adequately represent my thought process if a millisecond were represented as exactly 20 minutes in song.
Whie SPARE∆SPELLS continues to perform visually and musically ambitious sets while rounding out a collection of demos (for a very conceptual plan) and DAKOTA SLIM stays quiet for just a little longer – I figured my role in WE, THE HALLOWED and in the soon to be posted show, WAYWARD WORSHIP, as REVELATOR (more a lavishing lingerer than a revealer) would enact the responsibility of measuring my most obscure work.
It’s getting frosty here in the Oregon perma-dusk. I manifested through magikal means a product that might help keep me warm. And keep that love confident. And friends not stressed.

From the Basement,
REV. KEATS ROSZ

UPDATED C.V. AND PERSONAL SITE HERE:

REVROSZ.me

ALSO, UPDATED C.V. AND PERSONAL SITE.

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PRAGMAGIK #3 (IT BEGINS)

PRAGMAGIK started principle tracking with co-producer RYAN STIVELY at his SAUCESOME STUDIOS here in Portland, OR.

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

We began by making a library of junk percussion.  Recording small samples of STIVELY and I hitting various found items.  I then took those samples and sequenced the album’s accompanying rhythms using RECYCLE and REASON. Taking a track of sequenced percussion, we re-amped through a MARANTZ PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDER to utilize the tape’s saturation and adjustable speed.

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SAUCESOME STUDIOS (re-amping digitally sequencing through cassette)

I then went on to track some fuzz bass.

FUZZ BASS

FUZZ BASS

I laid down a soft electric, accompanied by a bright acoustic:

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Followed by minimal drums to accompany the sequencing

The found tape I was using for saturation provided some ghostly samples

SOMNAMBULIST VIDEO JOURNAL #1

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PRAGMAGIK #2 (Halloween)

HERE IS A DEMO FOR THE NEW ALBUM “PRAGMAGIK”. IT IS WITHOUT VOCALS.  THIS IS AN INSTRUMENTAL PREVIEW.

HALLOWEEN:

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Performing Halloween Night At Good Neighbor in NE PORTLAND, 2013

 

The Halloween show was wrought with technical difficulties.  Mainly my live sequencing with a 4-track cassette player. The night conjured epic weirdness.  It caused me to go back to the drawing board and invest in some new musical artifacts.  I picked up a MARANTZ PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDER (seen below) to perform my sequenced junk percussion live.  The process of found sound samples that are sequenced digitally, yet, performed through cassette has finally been manifested:

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I was able to give the new set-up some performance practice at The Habesha Lounge, here, in Portland, Oregon, a couple weeks later.  It was not as exercised as I would’ve liked, but was a success all around. Much adoration for my old OAKLAND wizards, SAFEWORD, for performing with me for a second time on their second tour of PDX.

11/10/12

11/10/12

 

“PRAGMAGICK” has now become PRAGMAGIK” to customize the title borrowed from Marilyn Ferguson’s Book.  It is emphasized that these songs correlate to autobiographical revelations rather than topics from the text.

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