after reading KAOS #14 i was curious about the KAOS-BABALON Working (by then, familiar with Crowley & Parsons); emailed Joel Biroco & asked for a copy. no digital version available; i'd type it up if he'd send it to me. so that's where i first heard about COIL digitizing KAOS #13. image above is cover artwork for Hellraiser. at the time, never bothered to investigate further until The Ape of Naples (mp3s). hmm. throbbing gristle? coum transmissions (must be a white thang).
here's the COIL mention in KAOS #13:
COIL :: Two releases came out back in the summer but KAOS was otherwise occupied. First there's the Hellraiser EP, the unreleased themes, the music box theme has a real on the edge of the abyss feel to it, a sort of almost over the edge but not quiteness which keeps on coming & coming & coming. Sort of diabolic near-orgasm. If it was on a continuous loop it would undoubtedly be dangerous, and that probably says something about what Geff & Sleazy have running through their minds. Is this why COIL's score wasn't used on Hellraiser in the end? Would it have been just a little too evocative?
The other COIL release is Gold is the Metal, intended as a stop-gap album, remnants. Liked the Thai boy in the hotel bedroom, that was novel. Both well worth getting. COIL are certainly one of the very few bands I can think of whose work could be described as occult in itself, as opposed to "being inspired by the occult", no this isn't a band clinging to the shirt-tails of the occult, it is right in there. Dunno how much this stuff costs. COIL's address is: BCM Codex, London, WC1N 3XX.
electricity went out for over an hour (1:30pm to 2:45pm) — went off just as i was folding clothes in the laundry room & in the middle of writing this. finally met Jimmy, my new #4 neighbor. driving from nashville to memphis during autumn, at our left running parallel with the freeway, was a bank of clouds. leading edge finally reached us, then passed overhead. blimey! what a fright. looked like a huge white fluffy quilted blanket had fallen over the sky. drove along that thing for awhile. actually, can't quite remember how long that thing was up there. seemed like forever.
Performed by COIL on 19||84.
Ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy.
Duration: 17 minutes
Throughout history man has made and used music for two distinct and separate purposes.
In recent years, particularly since the advent of sound recording, the most popular use of music has been for entertainment -- the temporary amusement and distraction of as large a number as possible. As a consequence many people tend to overlook its more fundamental and ancient use as a tool for affecting man's body and spirit.
The many varieties of religious music from around the world contain a vast quantity of clues to the way in which sound can affect the physical and mental state of the serious listener, yet many find their associations with the religion itself — the dogmatism of the churches and the obvious shortsightedness of many cult leaders and their followers — too difficult a stigma to overlook in their appreciation of the sound and its potential, for its own sake.
Over the past few years, we have been involved with a number of contemporary music groups that have tried to some extent to investigate this aspect of sound but only with varying success.
On this record, hopefully the first in a series, we have tried to produce sound which has a real, practical and beneficial power in this modern Era. Specifically, it is intended as an accumulator of male sexual energy.
Although we make neither claims nor rules for its use, we do suggest that for maiximum potency it should only be played in circumstances that are exclusively male and/or onanistic in nature. What these are is entirely up to you.
Obviously, the execution of the piece was structured around concepts that we felt would work for us, in this case magickal and numerological rather than conventionally musical in form, but detailed information about the recording process, much of which was personal and relevant only to us, might well confuse and distract from the purpose.
One image or symbol which we drew upon that may be useful to bear in mind is that of Mars, often indicated by the male ♂
Mars is the Roman god of Spring and Warfare. His qualities are dynamic energy combined with a vital stabilising discipline; when self-control is missing the unbalanced force results in cruelty and wanton destruction.
Mars is a deification of forces within Man which can be found in every culture in one form or another, even to this day. Finally, since predjudice and fear of the unknown seem so far to have been unaffected by civilisation, we would like to state one again that, should this music have any power, over and above the banal and transitory titilation achieved by most records available now, it is a postiive and beneficial power to be used and controlled by the listener as he desires.
COIL, London 17th March 1984.
Write to COIL c/o LAYLAH, 68 rue J. Bassem, 1160 BXL, BELGIUM.
"The price of existence is eternal warfare."