Last night about 9:30 p.m., I checked my email and came across the message below. I checked out their music and art and both are beautifully dark and eerie. The music impressed me as something you might hear in the background of a Blade Runner cyberpunk world, where Dekard might be prowling the halls of an abandoned building hunting for replicants or something you might hear in the soundtrack of a sci-fi movie about the first human exploration of Mars or Enceladus or, for that matter, Arrakis.
Abisso describe themselves as “…an italian artistic duo with a dark mood, composed of: EryaV & D’avy. The “Son Of the Abyss” project goes beyond the dimension of mere collaboration, translating itself in an authentic artistic symbiosis. Beauty and elegance intertwine with cinematic atmospheres and intense sounds dark ambient type, supported by textual and photographic elements with a strong poetic, alien and mystical vocation. “
Although this is not advertised as “dark”, this work by Erik Satie definitely has a dark, brooding air. Imagine yourself walking for hours along a dark, Parisian boulevard at night, your breath stinking of strong tobacco and Absinthe, during a thick fog sometime during the Second or early Third Republic, mulling over the tragic news of the day or of the tragic events of your life, mustering the resolve to find a way into a better, if not brighter, future. This is how this piece speaks to me.
Sometimes in my YouTube account, I create playlists of music to help inspire my writing of one work or another. Below is my playlist “Diegaro”. “Diegaro” is Esperanto for Gathering of the Great Gods (Esperanto is the artificial language I use as the alien language). I listen to this sometimes to inspire or accompany work on my sci-fi novel Shadows and Stars, sometimes just to start the morning.
In the novel, the two main characters, the astrophysicist Daryn Jacob and his bodyguard/guide, Baslo Sero, are traveling by foot on a long journey across the planet Zaigosh. On Zaigosh, religion is outlawed. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of worshippers of many gods meet in secret and away from the government’s eyes in a remote canyon. Daryn and Sero happen into this celebration and see many odd and wild things. This playlist is a soundtrack for what they experience in the Diegaro.
This playlist contains 17 videos. All are dark, mystical, and pagan in nature. All are either mystical or visceral. Some have a haunting beauty. Groups/performers include: Anilah, Trobar de Morte, Skald, Faun, The Hu, Danheim, Ozgur Baba, Eivor, and Sagason among many others (some of these videos are playlists of their own).
This video will play only in a set sequence. If you would like to skip around within it, go to my YouTube page: Diegaro.