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Beelzebub - excerpt

Tobias R. Kirstein

Beelzebub (LP)

Label: Topos

Format: LP

Genre: Sound Art

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**Edition of 100 copies** A text and sound work released on 12” vinyl based on near-field recordings of febrile flies combined with texts by both Tobias R. Kirstein and Kasper Opstrup who researches on the occult, magic and radical countercultural movements. Originally a Philistine god, Beelzebub became a major demon in the Abrahamic religions. In Christianity, he is often portrayed as one of the seven princes of Hell, commonly representing Gluttony. Literally, the name translates according to the Dictionnaire Infernal as “Lord of the Flies” where the zvuv of the name’s Hebrew and Arabic transliterations refers onomatopoetically to the fizzing and droning aural noise of the fly. Maybe it is these demonic connotations combined with the utter meaninglessness of the fly and its anal-erotic attraction, our fascination with what repels us, that has attracted artists from the Cramps to Yoko Ono to the fly and its maddening triviality. But as they move through our world in negative, flies are not only connected to noise, evil, the formless, and all kinds of rot. They are also a source of healing.

Cat. number: TOPOS03
Year: 2019