Back Story for ‘The Mist Hardships’
A1 Perennial Selaphobia
Every generation is terrorized by possible futures. There is an ancient fear of sudden bright flashing lights.
The church attenuated the spread of information and empowerment of the individual.
erhu as panic, percussion as myopia.
A2 Adumbrate The Uprising
Southern Iceland June 8 1783: The eruption of the Laki fissure was a catalyst and foreshadowing of political and social upheaval in Europe.
The up-swell of molten lava is the overthrow of the monarchy by the peasantry. The volcanic storm pushes over the Atlantic.
reversed lap steel guitar as Reign Of Terror.
A3 Ordo Templi Occidentalis
The French Revolution was propelled by small groups of free-thinkers.
muted upright grand piano as written word, effected and bowed dulcimer as Gnosis.
A4 The Rogue To Stockholm
The first report of the storm is in Bergen, Sweden. As it migrates the toxic cloud lays waste to livestock and crops and obscures the sun, changing the weather for years to come. The trickster Laki then moves south to Europe- Prague and Berlin are next...
ring modulator as poisonous gas, electric guitar as persistence.
A5 Eldmessa In Situ
In the small Icelandic settlement of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, parish priest Jón Steingrímsson gave an Eldmessa or 'fire sermon' that reportedly held off the encroaching lava.
This victory of faith was to be short lived.
distorted cello as a burning church.
A6 Le Hauer Of Arrival
Landfall at Le Havre, France on June 22 and moves southeast heading for Paris. Hydrogen flouride and sulfur dioxide descend.
melodica as Parisian street busker, cimbalon as sorrow.
B1 Flood Basalt And The Guillotine
The molten basalt raining down on the plains of Southern Iceland is a knife cutting off the control of the French nobility over
the streaming oceans of molten lava turned into hardened basalt-the past is sealed.
processed upright grand piano as basalt magma, chamber orchestra as the heads roll.
B2 Promethean Massive
Sometimes it takes a huge fucking volcano to wake us up and propel us towards light and reason.
monophonic synth as a torch, celesta as reason.
B3 Alas, There Is No Brioche
Enfin je me rappelai le pis-aller d’une grande princesse à qui l’on disait que les paysans n’avaient pas de pain, et qui répondit : Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.
sandpaper on vibraphone as a flint being lit.
B4 A List Of Last Resort
The guillotine is rolled out to the Place de la Révolution and readied for a hard days work.
To Immanentize the Eschaton a list is drawn up of those that must be terminated with Maximum Prejudice.
drums as boots on scaffolding, piano as citizenship.
B5 The King Fissure
Louis XVI is executed .
viola as regicide, woodwinds as 64°03′53″N 18°13′34″W.