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Current 93 are a Britain|British folk music|folk-based, neo-medieval music|medieval music group founded in 1982 by David Tibet (né David Michael Bunting, renamed 'Tibet' by Genesis P-Orridge sometime prior to forming the group).

Tibet has been the only constant in the group, though Steven Stapleton (of Nurse With Wound) has appeared on nearly every Current 93 release. Michael Cashmore is another frequent collaborator. Douglas P. of Death In June has played on well over a dozen Current 93 releases, and, Steve Ignorant of Crass (using the name Stephen Intelligent), Boyd Rice, runes|runologist Freya Aeswynn [1], Nick Cave, Rose McDowall, Tiny Tim, and Ian Read of Fire and Ice (band)|Fire + Ice have also lent their talents over the years. Tibet is fond of the works of American writer Thomas Ligotti, and invited him to collaborate with Current 93.

Current 93 have released some twenty albums, and many singles, as well as having been a guest on many of the above listed artists' records, and others' such as Magic Lantern Cycle, Nature and Organization and The Hafler Trio.

Much of Current 93's early work was similar to late 1970s and early 1980s industrial music: abrasive tape loops, droning synthesizer noises and Tibet's distorted, ranting vocals. Later works found Tibet mostly casting off such trappings in favor of a more organic sound, labeled by some as "apocalyptic folk" music, occasionally featuring his sinister nursery rhyme-influenced singing and primarily acoustic folk music|folk-styled music.

Tibet's lyrics have been fairly consistent, regardless of delivery: The earlier recordings reflect his preoccupation with death, Christ, mysticism, Aleister Crowley (Tibet borrowed the term "93 Current" from Crowley - the 93 Current [2] being the current of Thelema or Agape), Tibetan Buddhism, Gnosticism, runes, swastika|swastikas, Noddy, The Wicker Man, and a variety of occult notions. The later to present-day period of Current 93's recordings increasingly reflect Tibet's interest in Christian mysticism.

Literary influences include Lautreamont's Les Chants de Maldoror, The Bible, The Poetic Eddas, Francis Parker Yockey's Imperium (book)|Imperium, Hildegard von Bingen, John Dee, Heptarchia Mystica, The Thunder, Perfect Mind, William Blake, Louis Wain, James Joyce (esp. Finnegan's Wake), writer Thomas Ligotti, M.R. James's various ghost story|ghost stories, The Cloud of Unknowing, and Count Eric Stenbock.

Musical influences include religious chants, traditional folk music, The Tam Lin ballad, The Incredible String Band, Sand, Comus (band)|Comus, Blue Öyster Cult, Love (band)|Love, Shirley Collins, and the Parsi composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

Recommended further reading: England's Hidden Reverse - A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground by David Keenan (SAF Publishing 2003)

DiscographyEdit

Year Title Format and special notes
1983 Mi-Mort cassette Split with Nurse With Wound
1984 LAShTAL 12"
1984 No Hiding from the Blackbird 7" split w/ Nurse With Wound
1984 Nature Unveiled 1992)
1984 Dogs Blood Rising 1988 and 1995 in music|1995)
1985 Live at Bar Maldoror 1990 and 1994 in music|1994)
1985 Nightmare Culture EP split with Sickness of Snakes (Coil/Boyd Rice)
1986 In Menstrual Night 1994)
1986 NL Centrum-Amsterdam live cassette split w/ Nurse With Wound
1987 Happy Birthday 12"
1987 Dawn 1994)
1987 Imperium 1992, 2001 in music|2001)
1987 Crowleymass (with HÖH) 1997)
1988 Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow 19891994 in music|1994)
1988 Swastikas for Noddy 1988,1993 in music|1993)
1988 Faith's Favourites 12"
1988 Earth Covers Earth 1992) (limited LP reissue, 2005 in music|2005)
1989 Rome/Hourglass for Diana/Fields of Rape 7" (live)
1989 She Is Dead and All Fall Down limited edition 7"
1989 Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God CD
1990 Looney Runes 1990, 1992 in music|1992
1990 1888 EP split with Death In June
1990 Horsey Horse (1987 in music|1987), with extra/reworked tracks.
1991 Island (with HÖH) LP/CD
1991 As the World Disappears (live) CD
1992 Thunder Perfect Mind 1994)
1992 Current 93/Death In June/Sol Invictus (live) 1991. Originally a bootleg called Day of Dawn, officially reissued on CD.
1993 Emblems: The Menstrual Years LP, issued as 2XCD retrospective
1994 Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre LP/CD
1994 Lucifer Over London EP/CD
1994 The Fire of the Mind CD
1994 Tamlin 12"/CDS
1995 Where the Long Shadows Fall 12"/CDS
1996 All the Pretty Little Horses LP/CD
1996 The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home 12"/CDS
1996 Untitled CD with Tiny Tim, Nurse with Wound and Nature and Organization
1997 In a Foreign Town, in a Foreign Land limited CD, accompanied Thomas Ligotti book of same name
1998 Soft Black Stars 2005)
1999 Calling for Vanished Faces 2XCD retrospective
1999 An Introduction to Suffering Current 93/Michael Cashmore/Christoph Heemann LP/CD
1999 Misery Farm CDS
1999 All Dolled Up Like Christ 2X Live CD
2000 I Have a Special Plan for This World 12"/CD, Thomas Ligotti prose poem read by Tibet, treated by Current 93
2000 Sleep Has His House LP/CD
2000 Faust LP/CD
2001 The Great in the Small LP/CD
2001 Cats Drunk on Copper CD (Live at the Union Chapel, London, May 3 1997)
2001 Bright Yellow Moon 2X 12"/CD Current 93/Nurse with Wound
2001 Purtle CD Split w/ Nurse with Wound
2001 This Degenerate Little Town CD with Thomas Ligotti
2002 The Seahorse Rears to Oblivion 12"/CD
2002 Music for the Horse Hospital 2XCD Current 93/Nurse with Wound
2003 A Little Menstrual Night Music CD
2004 Halo CD
2004 SixSixSix: SickSickSick CD compilation of Tamlin, Lucifer over London, Misery Farm, and two pieces from Looney Runes
2005 How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon 2XCD (Live at St. George The Martyr Anglican Church, Toronto, June 18-19 2004)
2005 ⲛⲧⲛⲁⲩ ⲛϩⲱⲧⲡ ⲙⲡⲣⲏ ⲁϩⲉⲛⲉϫⲏⲩ ⲉⲩⲕⲏⲙ ⲟⲩⲉⲙ ⲧⲡⲉ Coptic title reads "At Sunset Black Ships Ate The Sky")
2005 Judas as Black Moth (Hallucinatory Patripassianist Song) 2XCD "best of"/introduction to C93's works

Current 93 Presents releasesEdit

  • 1986 Aleister Crowley - The Hastings Archives/The World As Power LP
  • 1988 The Venerable 'Chi.med Rig. 'dzin Lama, Rinpoche - Tantric rNying.ma Chant of Tibet LP/CD
  • 1990 Harry Oldfield - Crystal LP/CD
  • 1990 Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson - Edda (album)|Edda LP/CD
  • 1992 Shirley Collins - Fountain of Snow CD
  • 1995 Tiny Tim - Songs of an Impotent Troubadour CD
  • 1997 The Aryan Aquarians - Meet Their Waterloo LP/CD

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