During early 2020 - isolation, anxiety, pandemic sci-fi, post-apocalyptic landscapes, creativity, aphanasis

The isolation times of 2020 gave a lot actually, especially to *already* not so social people. In this positive aspect, I can think of a lot of artists - one downside was the lack of live performances but on the other side there was an opportunity to stay with themselves more...

I spent some more time with the guitars and my tunes and also had some streaming live sessions on twitch platform. Things evolved shortly and a new album took form. A special album that marks the special times of isolation during first pandemic wave and also is a special kind, a live in studio album, mixed accordingly, without much editing nor mastering.

Was some excellent time, had to mention that two other things converged to the album creation: 

1. the Artwork

there were some photos sent to me by a friend of mine (thanks "Bebe"), some excellent photos from the same isolation days, of an old block in Bucharest. That kind of building that withstood the test of time not so well (remember the 1977 Earthquake). 

2. the Title

finding a title for the album was challenging in a way (the working title was "isolation" a much too used one) but that changed just in time.

"Aphanasis" has a deeper meaning actually, maybe a more general one than of 'fading away.' A meaning in the context of any thing, an intrinsic meaning within all things (coming from psychoanalysis). It is even a definitory meaning, precisely of disappearance, the one that makes things existing.

The final artwork (complete on the CD version) contains elements of the concept, and some other subtle ones, to be discovered. Also asking what is there a black metal sign on it? For one thing, this is a special one not randomly selected and second, the album contains some hints at that genre. Also as just let here for others to be discovered. Also this is more and more in connection with some Essentia Mundi releases that will be presented in the next months.

So this could be in the end the most interesting year so far for the label and me. This is my second album this year after "Braahia" which was as part of "the other dreamers" series and "Aphanasis" as a testament of the isolation times. Stay close to find out more also about Essentia Mundi new releases.

Promo clip 




L. Wittgenstein, S. Žižek and the anti-intuitive philosophy

What a daunting mission a philosopher has. In a pursue for truths, models, original line of thoughts if one is to be convincing has to read all there what was written in the domain. Just a thought, what if Slavoj Žižek did not seriously read Wittgenstein? I can argue that after some time studying his works, his mindset is in much the same anti-intuitive "world" of ideas. He can be seen as a capable philosopher that puts forward an instance of Wittgenstein and more - it shows how things are with the same tools: the language and world representation that finally is leading towards the end of philosophy. He is much more close to Wittgenstein than he may think. Still I do not know if he dedicated to much to really get deeper into his works (not only what he has directly published) so the questions remains.

It is interesting that the language games are beginning to take more attention, in that what Wittgenstein thought, and from my point of view, reached the ultimate model of human meaning, through language and analyzing how it functions in human culture. I dare to say that Slavoj is one of the philosophers these years able to untie the knots, in a more practical way, and successfully exposes how it all functions also related to today's issues. Much like Chomsky and other notable - a few philosophers these days - are language critics and practicing anti-philosophy, just like how Wittgenstein paved the way.

In today's crisis induced by the COVID-19 virus (and by what all the countries' heads imposed measures in order to tackle the problem - we see the state taking power from the people already by some of the measures) we could well land into a new recession and there is expected sooner or later also a shift in the worlds affairs. Maybe a schism that can turn very bad, into anarchy and great depression, or the one that will move towards a left-oriented capitalism model. With the rise of the ones to set our priorities as a whole and set the actions with total responsibility: with regard to pandemics, health care, nature, AI, money, true anti-monopoly, products manufacturing, etc.

In this regard, I can see that this makes even more interesting to look after some things in Slavoj saying - as it is giving maybe a glimpse of what should or would be put in place after the CORONA-19 crisis.
And this man can even get what he is preaching, one of the rare cases in which the philosopher gets - in his lifetime - the ways he wrote about.

From the US philosophers though, Richard Rorty was the closest I could find that in a true sense is a Wittgensteinian. In that we should throw the ladder, and renounce the ancient thinking perspective of ontotheology / Platonist tradition.

Rorty and pragmatism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nTRunosX8w
Chomsky on capitalism and democracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9HWMX40T8
Zizek on totality of capitalism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ShqVDyFhG8
Wittgenstein and the illusion of progress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEPcQ6sIOTY


Anniversary 15 years of Essentia Mundi Records, CD Bundles

Another retrospective post, this time we were looking back at the pressed CDs we made during the years. There seems to be a round nice number: 8! And that is quite something thinking the investment required for a pressed edition and vs. hobby approach. Proud of that number!
As there are still a few copies left from each releases, we decided to make some anniversary bundles with them, for you. If you do not own them, now is the time (if you want to have the complete collection of pressed CDs, you can save some money this way).

CD Bundle 1: the first period:


CD Bundle 2: the second period:


All 8 CDs, Complete Collection [15 years anniversary 2005-2019]:


The beauty of the collection, apart from the music it contains (dark ambient mostly, but also with that very niche music flavor which reflects a distinct Essentia Mundi Records, that combines sound art, experimental elements, musique concrete, ritual, drone doom, post rock, dark jazz even), all the pressed CDs have a CD face distinct design, meant to differentiate them from the CDR editions.

That design is for you to discover, you can check it if you own at least 2 of them. It was a design decision right from the start and till now we kept the promise, and it looks well...nice...we think.

Check it out, drop us a line if you spot it :)