Magickal Box.

Magickal Box by Sheer Zed cover art

My new track Magickal Box was released on Friday 4th September on Bandcamp for Bandcamp Friday.

Magickal Box is a piece inspired by a Thai Lanna Buddhist magickal antique wax box made by Phra Ajarn O and Luang Phor Tim. Inside are takruts (scrolls of sacred geometrical designs which are empowered with magickal qualities and purposes). The sacred inscriptions made upon the takrut are based in the Thai Buddhist, ancient Vedic and animist traditions. Two amulets also reside inside the magickal wax box. The amulets are called Phra Somdej amulets and are known as the “king of amulets”. Most Phra Somdej amulets do not have eyes, nose or a mouth.

The Buddha on the Phra Somdej amulets is seated on a three-level throne representing the three worlds system of Buddhist cosmology. Like other Thai amulets, Phra Somdej is usually made of various elements such as temple dirt, pollen, spiritually meaningful and significant ingredients, monk’s hair as well as other relics from famous monks or indeed the very holy robe “cīvara” as worn by the monk.

The functions of Phra Somdej amulets range from protection to enhanced relationships, improved health, strong protection from black magic, blocking disasters, and also to strengthen careers as well as adjusting and realigning the aura. It can help bring peace. The takruts and the amulets plus other esoteric ingredients placed inside this magickal wax box deliver a robust and highly potent combination of active magick which can be carried anywhere or kept on your shrine or sacred space.

Cover photograph and design by Sheer Zed.

Audio production and mastering by Sheer Zed.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Writer • Carer • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

Categories Ambient, Bandcamp, Buddhism, Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronic Music, Experimental, Magick, New Music, New Single, Ritual, Shamanism, Sound, Takrut, Thai Lanna Buddhism, Underground MusicLeave a comment

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