On June 3, 2017, the day after his WGT concert at the Volkspalast, Nikolas gave a lecture entitled Sonic Magic In Theory & Praxis – A Lecture on Music and Magic at the Black Whitsun event hosted by Monopol Leipzig. For those of you were not there, we have translated this perceptive review by Der schwarze Planet’s Shan Dark: see original German article here http://der-schwarze-planet.de/mein-schreckliches-wgt-2017/
” Maybe a few words in advance to Nikolas Schreck and to his background for this lecture. You can find more about him in this very readable portrait (in German – here you also learn why an ear is missing) http://www.evolver.at/stories/Nikolas_Schreck_Portraet_01_1592014 . Nikolas has always been a very spiritual person who moved in pagan satanic circles during the ’80s, and during the Satanic Panic, with his wife, Zeena Schreck, daughter of Anton La Vey, defended the freedom of religious faith against the Christian-inspired media theories in the USA. After spending years in the depths of ritual-diabolic occultism, he and Zeena realized that there is much better in life than to be absorbed by destructive, negative powers. Since 2003 he is now a practicing tantric Buddhist. In this current of Buddhism, magic is not necessarily associated with a ritual, but rather a deeply conscious everyday occurrence.
”Magic is a very pragmatic and practical thing.”
Nikolas Schreck began his lecture in a humorously pragmatic manner, saying: ”First sonic magic is: we will see if the microphone works.” It worked.
Sonic Magic – „Akustische Magie“ – what did it mean?
First of all Nikolas made it clear that a sound is only an expression of silence. Every sound is, so to speak, a proof for the silence.
”Sound only exists as a manifestation in silence.”
Then, right at the beginning, he asked us to observe three minutes of silence. That’s quite a long time. And the silence was not necessarily “silence”, because different sounds flowed from the outside or they could only be perceived in the silence of the room.. Just like the zoom drive-in noise of my camera, which makes a hellish noise when surrounded by silence. After these 3 minutes, which we all experienced differently, Nikolas Schreck asked us what we felt or noticed. I found one listener’s answer very apt: silence is also only a sound (like other noises).
Nikolas recommended to us for the WGT that we should more often listen and consciously perceive the silence in between the sounds in the songs being played, between the pieces and in different locations. That became a buzzword between firstname.lastname@example.org and me, especially in the case of noisy Elektro stuff: “You have to listen to the silence.” Is not easy, but in itself a good practical tip that helps us sharpen the awareness of sounds.
”With every sound you pay attention to you, you change your consciousness.”
”Language is a system of music. It would be only sounds if you do not understand the language. Then it’s just like music to you.”
According to Nikolas, every human being practices acoustic magic every day, in that we all communicate with internal or external sounds (with ourselves or others) or when playing music. But only very few are aware of the associated magical powers involved with this process. Most of us walk through the world like sleepwalkers. I fully share this view with regard to the consciousness of many people regarding themselves. They live, we sleep – so to speak …
‘‘Most artists in ritual or esoteric music are just like children playing house, but they do not make magic happen, they only use magic as decoration.”
Blunt words, but I can also agree with that. Many bands simply set up a “mask”, giving themselves an image to please the public or because it is expected in a certain audience target group. Or because it is “evil”. It does not come from within, it is not an expression of their inner selves. Then it would sound different, possibly more intense, maladjusted, dissonant. There was also a cool practical sound exercise with two people from the audience, who let us bravely listen to their interior (I found that great!).
Nikolas Schreck ended with 3 recommendations to discover our sonic magic:
If you believe in gods and work with them so you are oriented towards them, feel their power, your magic will be 3,000x more effective because they have already reached a state that we are still looking for. (This is not the best tip for atheists like me �� but I can understand it.)
Drugs, Nikolas said, are more of an obstacle than a tool. They can help to penetrate certain spheres and thus to expand the state of consciousness, but in case of constant / too frequent use they lead rather to anesthesia and blockade of your own creation. (My personal comment: F ** k Drugs!)
Nikolas also recommended: To be yourself, not to copy the magic of someone else, but to discover your own magic. (I do not copy anyway, but to discover my own magic – I am still working on it.)
On the last point, for whose explanation Nikolas Schreck turned to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album by the Beatles as an example, on which they portrayed Aleister Crowley he came to speak of Satan. Nikolas, and you can believe him without doubt, since he has dealt extensively and intensively with Satan, denounced Satan as a “lawyer of God,” as his representative assigned to test people to make them believe in the Abrahamic God . I always say that the devil and God are part of the same faith (system), they can not be separated. To believe in the devil, one must also believe in God.
To think that paying homage to the devil somehow harms Christians or others, therefore makes no sense. It would be like worshiping Mars for a love charm and not Venus. Nikolas’s next example was even more practical: Satanism is like you want to order a pizza and you indiscriminately call anyone from the phone book (the man does not really do much on the internet, I think :)). The probability of getting a pizza delivered is extremely low. Sorry, wrong number!
I’d say there’s not much left of the old occultist in Nikolas. Perhaps a bit of a pity, because the gloomy / Abysmal/ Diabolic does exude a certain fascination. But he remains just as interesting, only in another way.. I think, however, that these new topics need a certain maturity. I do not know if I had personally found it as useful 5 years ago. As one girlfriend of mind said: the session has given her strength. It did us good. We felt magically excited.
Afterwards, Nikolas Schreck gave autograms on the upper floor (as a precaution, we had taken a few RW recordings for signing) and I took the opportunity to talk briefly with him about Bruce Lee’s philosophy (of which I am very impressed since this year and which Nikolas Schreck’s words often reminded me of) … �� I very much hope that he and his band return to perform and that he gives another lecture soon at WGT.”
Thanks to Shan Dark for permission to reprint her article and photos.