Thoughts about darkness and mysticism in modern electronic music


#1

I’m a huge fan of darkness. I read things on esoterism, mysticism, Lovecraft, I listen to some weird pagan, dark ambient (Lustmord etc), black metal, creepy noise (Camecrude & other Cioran Records releases)…

It seems I never find this kind of darkness in electronic music. It feels like… I dunno, light darkness.

I would like to listen some electronic music really inspired by darkness, old myths, and stuff.

If you have ideas, feel free to give links :slight_smile:


#2

Maybe you should listen to Dark Techno? :smiley_cat:


#3

Anytime the idea of mystical kind of ritual dark ambient stuff comes up, this album is my immediate go-to. haha.


#4

#5

I assume you know Cryo Chamber…?

Or Phantasma Disques? If not, you’re sorted for a long time!

Other random thoughts: Sopor Aeternus, Offermose, The Thing with Five Eyes, Den Sorte DØd, etc.


#6

Heilung and witch house


#7

You could check out the Dungeon Synth scene, lots of mysticism there. Maybe not musically what you are looking for though. There is definitely a lot of Dark Ambient and other electronicy off-shoots of the black metal scene, though there also tends to be a lot of unironic nazi sympathy as a result of the links to BM.

Unrelated to all that though: Zaliva-D, definitely one of my fave Chinese electronic acts. Very dark, evil industrial sound, but they come at the evil/occult angle from a Tibbetan Buddhist angle. Lots of prayer chant and musical references to funeral rites. They used to have a lot more lyrical content specifically about Buddhist folklore deamons coming into the modern world through electronic music, but I can’t find any of that stuff online anymore


#8

Was it with you that I was discussing Heilung not too long ago? Their live show is absolutely mind-blowing. Haven’t witnessed something that powerful in a long, long time. 10/10 would recommend etc.


#9

@saltmarket Holy Moses Batman, this is VERY cool. I shall investigate them further :smiley:


#10

Hey!

Yeah I’m a fan of dark sounding stuff, too. Though, I’ve not actively searched for it, but I like it when it comes along in a form I can connect to.

Though, I do know there’s a lot of it if you look for it.

In terms of electronic music, here are a few I can name that have a darkness or dark mysticism to them - though some of them through a more psychedelic lens. Though you might have heard of most of these:

  • Shpongle - Walking Backwards Through The Cosmic Mirror (one of my friends couldn’t quite handle this one when we were getting trippy, too edgy for some in that mindset)
  • Squarepusher - The Metallurgist
  • Squarepusher - F-Train
  • Dr. Bastardo - Mocne - Original Mix
  • Burial - Ghost Hardware

I know I’ve got other dark sounding tracks somewhere in my mazelists - if I find them I’ll post them.