HÄXAN is six audio-visual tracks using the 1922 Häxan – Witchcraft Through the Ages Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen as a starting point to examine the persecution of women and the suppression of the Divine Feminine. The footage has been cut up, reversed, inverted, time shifted and looped, which doesn’t undo the damages but releases the energy back to the Source, a transmutation of intention, beauty from the ugliness of mankind, restoring the balance in some small way.
The titles come from the english translation subtitles from key points in the movie.
The audio is improvised on a eurorack modular synthesiser processed through Native Instruments Guitar Rig and Maschine. The videos were edited in After Effects and extra animations were created with Quartz Composer. The audio and visuals were performed and recorded live in the studio.
66.6 minutes of morphing mandalas and electronic drones ranging from noise to warm tones that wrap you like a blanket.
The DVD includes a DVD-ROM section where there are FLAC audio versions of the tracks and also links on the cover to download high quality MP3’s and iPad video of each track.
The DVD is a limited edition of 50 copies all hand numbered and every disc comes with an Abre Ojos sticker. They are $20AUD each including shipping to wherever you are in the world. Purchase below via Paypal.
HÄXAN DVD $20AUD inc WW Postage
“Let us look into the history of mysticism and try to explain the mysterious chapter known as the Witch.”
“A potion that has power over a pious man of the church”.
“Is it from the eternal fright of the pyre that you get drunk every night, you poor old woman of the Middle Ages?”
“The power of lead will soon reveal it!”
“And many a woman, who had not accomplished enough evil deeds, was treated miserably by the Devil.”
“And so they fetch you too, young maiden, giving you their unfailing test.”