INTERVIEW mit CLAY RUBY
(BURIAL HEX, HORRID RED, WORMSBLOOD)
In several interviews, you said that you intend to dissolve BURIAL HEX soon. Since then you have obviously released new material. Have you changed your mind about dissolving BURIAL HEX or do you feel the need to complete additional projects before finally giving it a rest? Would you mind explaining which aspects of the project cannot be continued and why?
The project is nearly finished. No plans have changed or deadlines extended. The idea was that the project would be over as soon as I finished the “Final Mysteries” 3LP/2CD. At this very moment, I have completed over half of “Final Mysteries,” and I estimate that it will be finished by this summer. Between now and then, you will see a 7” called “Fantasie” on REUE UM REUE, a full length LP called “The Hierophant” on HANDMADE BIRDS, and two more c60 installments of the “Eschatology: Nightfall” series on BRAVE MYSTERIES... all music for which has been finished and sent to their respective labels for release. Now I only have to put the finishing touches on Final Mysteries and then the Burial Hex composition cycle is finished.
In an interview with HEATHEN HARVEST you say that initially as a kid you learned playing the piano and later synthesizers, but for some time, were more into punk and metal. The last few years there was kind of a reversed development. More and more people seem to get a bit tired of their scenes and start experimenting more. I'm thinking of people who rather have a hardcore background getting more into doom and black metal for instance. But also black metal bands experimenting with industrial or dark ambient. Do you think extreme / experimental forms of music will benefit from this development or do you see the danger of genuine expression being watered down?
The symbolism that I employ is a direct reflection of my spiritual experiences and research. My research is not academic at all, but personal, emotional, intuitive and private. The only way to elaborate on my spiritual experience in conversation is to list some of my influences or to tell more about my personal journey, but that still does not do much to describe how my mind and soul have processed and synthesized these influences into an everyday spiritual reality. In fact, my art projects, especially BURIAL HEX, are the closest thing to a depiction of my spiritual environment that I can offer the public.
As for the overall increase in occult imagery in music and pop culture at the moment, I have mostly given up trying to understand or sympathize with the motivations behind other artists’ exploration of these themes in their art. The gods, the occult and the forces which its symbols represent are going to manifest themselves in this world however they need to, like a flower growing out of a crack in the concrete; we do not know how or when these seeds will take root. Some artists have certainly made superficial, careless and even dangerous usages of occult symbols in pop culture, however who is to say exactly what effect those symbols have as they are seen and processed by each individual who may be exposed to it? In an attempt to remain optimistic about this topic, I will maintain that this increase of interest in the outside appearance of occult and spiritual concepts is the result of an increasingly cynical and nihilistic culture's desire for meaning, even if that desire does not compel the masses to explore much beyond Google image search, it may still be a push in the right direction.
I do not see these works as “secondary”, perhaps “supplemental” would be a better word. The “primary” works are there to provide guideposts for the arch of the overall composition cycle, but each release, no matter how seemingly secondary, is designed to stand as a work of art on its own. The limited edition releases that come out in between the major albums are made for myself and my most intimate listeners to enjoy. Often they are to expose or celebrate a particular detail from a greater work, or they are to indulge in some aspect or new development of the overall body of work, any of which might be distracting to have on a proper album, but are highly entertaining on a supplemental cassette or CD-R.
I have known her since she was 19 years old, saw all of her first concerts and shared many stages together with her, in the early days. It has been amazing to see her progression from the very first shows she ever played to tiny crowds in the underground warehouses, coops, and music clubs of Madison; because the last time I saw her live, she was rocking a crowd of 1,000's at an outdoor theater in Milan. In both environments, she is awesome. We keep in contact; to this day I count her as a dear friend.
Often it is in the same ways, just natural life path working. There are some artists I do make a point to seek out simply because of a passion for their music. Plus we do get many demos and some of them have resulted in beautiful releases. Of course there are many more considerations when it comes to what we can afford to release as a micro-business, but there is really no set of rules or criteria. We often say whether we think a piece of music is "brave" or not, but we have never bothered to put what that means into certain terms.
They are beautiful people with a super cool record label. They asked me to contribute, and I was compelled by my love for BACH. I am a bit of a fanatic of his organ works in general, and an utter fool for his music as manipulated by GLENN GOULD. I have visited his church and museum in Leipzig, seen many pieces of BACH performed live and own an extensive collection of his music on vinyl and CD. There was also a period of two months where I would only listen to BACH first before any other music, every single day. It really has an amazing effect on how you hear all other music, once your ears and mind have been tuned by JS BACH.
I thought maybe there would be a simplification or definitive singular development in my artistic life after BURIAL HEX, but it seems that my muse is only working to further splinter my time into so many fragments. Expect to hear much more from my label Brave Mysteries, as well as my involvement with HORRID RED, ROSE CROIX, FERAL LOVE, WORMSBLOOD, THE FAR, WEDDING, SECOND FAMILY BAND, FINAL FRONT, and many more projects, collaborations and actions happening both anonymously and otherwise…
» BURIAL HEX: In Psychic Defense
» BURIAL HEX: Bach Eingeschaltet (5)
» BURIAL HEX mit neuer Kassette
» Weitere Wiederauflage von BURIAL HEX-Songs
» Neue BURIAL HEX-Collection auf COLD SPRING
» Neue Tapes von BURIAL HEX und HAXAN CLOAK
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