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A Chest of Viols: A Brief Introduction to English Viol Consort Music

As a cellist and guitarist I have always thought the perfect instrument to be the Viola da Gama, a gut-fretted instrument tuned like a guitar but played like a cello. As with most aficionados my introduction to the instrument came … Continue reading

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Dead Can Dance and the Neoclassical Darkwave Legacy

Thank heavens they’re back! After a 16 year hiatus Dead Can Dance reformed to put out a new album called Anastasis, which although does not quite reach the heights of Spleen and Ideal, The Serpent’s Egg, or Aion, is still … Continue reading

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A Review of Dr. Dee: An English Opera

I have always been fascinated by the Welsh mathematician, scientist, astrologer, occultist, astronomer, navigator, and angelologist – Dr. John Dee – and finally got around to listening to Dr. Dee: An English Opera by former Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the … Continue reading

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Tarot & Magic: The Treasure House of Images by Gareth Knight

In recent commentary and conjecture the Tarot is so often presented solely, or at least principally, as a means for fortune-telling and psychic readings.  One glance at Gareth Knight’s Tarot & Magic will expose that approach is a gross reduction of what the … Continue reading

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A History of White Magic by Gareth Knight

Originally published by Mowbrays of Oxford, then reissued as Magic of the Western Mind by Llewellyn, A History of White Magic was an attempt by a then up-and-coming author (in his words) to “explain to the intelligent layperson that an interest … Continue reading

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