ABST 025 M.GEDDES GENGRAS & PSYCHIC REALITY – The Encyclopedia of Civilizations Vol. 4: Zoroaster
Finally the 4th volume of “The Encyclopedia of Civilizations” is here! This time it is not a split LP, but a collaboration. Modular synth maestro M. Geddes Gengras and left-field pop priestess Leyna Noel aka Psychic Reality join forces to compose together their new project inspired by Zoroaster: M.Goddess.
An exquisite modern ambient record mixing leftfield, kosmische, new age, dub vibes… Very original and rich compositions with genius arrangements combining spacey synth sequences, dreamy guitars, modular sounds, weird rhythms… Along the lines of Craig Leon, Conrad Schnitzler, or the Mecánica Clásica’s contemporary approach to the kosmische masters.
“Zoroastrianism is an ancient religion that is still actively practiced today by a small population of people worldwide and has had a massive influence on western culture.
Many things that appear to be integral to western thinking (and thus “wholesome”) indeed have their roots in ancient Iran. Dualities such as good and evil, light and dark, heaven and hell—even paradise is an old Persian word.
For this project, we are exploring this Zoroaster moment—set in the bread basket of the Iranian plateau, six to seven millennia before the Common Era—that’s like a cross-fade.
The fading of goddess worship and the first strains of the patriarchy. Not the -ism of today’s still-living religion, but the moment when this man Zoroaster came along and created a new religion that centered one god instead of the many. Forcing the divine feminine underground, if not fully occulted, obscured and engulfed into the mainstream enough to be forgotten. Goddesses that before had their own dedicated cults were converted into lesser players.
We’re reviving those flames too.”