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Ilya and Beyond​.​.​.

by Dark Muse



Haunting Ethereal Ritual Dark Ambient experimental tinkerings and concept flows.

This whole album, was leading up to my Ilya Faire performance in 2008. I opened the event, that hosted a lot of awesome performers like:
Kris Force and Jarboe collaboration
Tara Vanflower (it was her event promoting her 1st book release)
a Lycia performance (first one in years at that point)
Eva O (of Christian Death)
A Siouxsie Cover band of Veronika Sorrow's.
& Monica Richards (of Faith & the Muse)

It was an interesting performance and trip. I had driven up to the event from SF with Kris Force and Jarboe (my first time meeting her in person), though not sure I made an impression.

It was in a club just outside of LA. Funny enough, I've had some audience members approach me even years later, to tell me that they were there for the event. Which is pretty shocking. It is awesome when people remember you and enjoy your work, especially during such an intense night. The most intense performance night I think I've ever had. This was pretty much the last Dark Muse performance (I mean, How could I top it?)... until I performed at the end of 2011 for IAMINDUST exactly a month after my mother had passed away. I have not performed live since.

'Ilya Faire Live 08', is the full recording of that performance, the last track 'Disorder' Live FX Remix, is an effected version of the beginning of that performance. Which is also the cover of the last track of the first album I ever officially released 'Sounds from beyond the Silver Wheel'. The other tracks off this mix, were recorded just prior to the live performance, to sort of warm myself up to playing.

SPECIAL NOTE: Most of my work over the years was IMPROVISED, with the exception of a few lyrical tracks that I may have used early writings of & possibly some tones that may have been stuck in my head.



released September 9, 2009


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Dark Muse Oakland, California

Dark Muse came into being as the gutter wail of the howling banshee at the night sky, back in 2000. I spew forth improvised sounds of Ritual Ambient whilst speaking in tongues and lay surrounded by bones in a macabre dank tomb, all the while reveling in natures lucid dark shadowy decay. ~X~ ... more

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