San Francisco is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This week also marks the dark-side of the city's history. On May 23, 1967 Zeena made her international debut as performance-artist at the first public satanic baptism, orchestrated by her parents' in-house carnival show. She has commemorated the event by creating a personally charged meditative ritual in the form of a soundscape and video collage.
An Excerpt from a 1992 film by Zeena Schreck originally titled "GERMANIA: The Theory of Ruins". Filmed 25 years ago today at crossover from Walpurgisnacht to May Day, at the top of the Harz Mountains in Germany, home of the original Walpurgisnacht.
In this clip, the personification of the May Queen ushers in Springtime with a speech of rejuvenation for the Pagan New Year, the day after Walpurgisnacht.
The raw footage of "GERMANIA: The Theory of Ruins" is being digitally rescued from old VHS master tapes for re-release in a series of theme-oriented short films and sound art recordings by Zeena Schreck.
The subject matter will focus on the history of German music, cinema, art, pagan lore, natural landscapes and architecture.
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Zeena Schreck performing Kali Invocation at Neurotitan Schwarzenberg Gallery Berlin, January 14, 2017
Presented by Viviana Druga for Urban Witches not Bitches#2 Exhibit.
Percussion and shruti box: Brandon Rosenbluth
Background Artwork: Shaltmira
Filmed & edited by
Thorium Heavy Industries
Audio/video engineering by
The Man with the Green Gloves.
ZEENA SCHRECK will be the very speical Mistress of Ceremonies who will open the exhibition URBAN WITCHES NOT BITCHES #2: A PAGAN WHEEL OF THE SEASONS in Berlin, Germany at the Neurotitan Gallery.
Description: Undamaged by the rational mind, the New Feminine inhabits a new realm of uncivilized norms in which the Dark Feminine, so feared by patriarchy, emerges transformed.
Conceived by Vivana Druga, Urban Witches is composed of an exhibition and calendar. Eight women artists have been invited to create installation, performance and sound-based work for the exhibition.
The printed calendar, featuring eight photographic portraits of eight artists (performance artists, sculptors, costume designers and illustrators), forms the basis of the exhibition.
Each portrait symbolizes a festival or 'sabbath' in the Urban Witches 2017 Calendar / A Pagan Wheel of the Seasons, and is represented by an artist fitting the transformative energy of that season. Each portrait was created as part of a ritual during the year 2016.
The Urban Witches 2017 Calendar / A Pagan Wheel of the Seasons is based on the eight seasons of the neo-pagan 'wheel of the year' and its cycles of birth, death and renewal. The wheel of the year developed out of cross-cultural awareness in early modern Europe, influenced by Celtic traditions.
The exhibition runs from Jan. 14-28, 2017.
For more info go to http://www.neurotitan.de/EN/archive/2017/170114_urbanwitches2_en.html
Twenty-five years ago today, Radio Werewolf ceremonially concluded its seven year sonic-magic cycle with The Zürich Experiment, held at the historic Kaufleuten concert hall, Zurich, Switzerland at Midnight, December 30, 1991. The live track in this post is from that event, digitally remastered in 2012, for The Vinyl Solution - Analog Artifacts: Ritual Instrumentals and Undercover Versions. Video collage by Tony Sokol.
Text to "Prologue: Turn Off, Tune In, Drop Out" :
[Voice: Master of Ceremonies Wolfgang]
Willkommen beim Zürich Experiment.
Sie sind hier zusammengerufen worden, um an einem historischen Experiment in akustischer Magie teilzunehmen. Während der nächsten Minuten wird Ihr Verstand von vielen Jahren Programmierung, Fehlinformationen und gesellschaftlicher Kontrollmechanismen gesäubert und befreit werden.
Heute nacht haben Sie aus freiem Willen eine andere Dimension des Denkens betreten. Am Ende des Experiments werden Sie nicht mehr dieselbe Person sein wie bei Ihrer Ankunft an diesem Ort.
Welcome to the Zurich experiment.
You have been summoned here to participate in a historic experiment in acoustic magic. During the next few minutes, your minds will be cleansed and freed from many years of programming, misinformation and social control mechanisms.
Tonight you have voluntarily entered another dimension of thought. At the end of the experiment, you will not be the same person as you were when you arrived at this location.
[Voice: Alpha She-Wolf Zeena]
Good Evening. You've tuned into Radio Werewolf, the Voice of Terror, broadcasting at a frequency of 666 megahertz. The following is a Transmission of the Nightmare Network.
Prologue: Turn Off, Tune In, Drop Out
The Vinyl Solution
Live at The Zurich Experiment, Dec. 30, 1991
Vocals: Zeena & Wolfgang
Sound recordings: Zeena
Copyright 1991 All Rights Reserved
Visual Choreographer: Tony Sokol
The Guardsman student newspaper interviews Zeena on a little known period of her life as an arts student at City College of San Francisco & teenage single-mother. During the run up for local election to reinstate CCSF as a free college, Zeena shares her memories and recommends young art students to also explore opportunities in foreign countries that offer state support for the arts and universities. Read the full article HERE
THANKS TO CLAUS LAUFENBURG for these rare and legendary concert stills from Radio Werewolf's early '90s European "End of the World" concert tour . These stills are from concert footage Herr Laufenburg filmed for Video Werewolf music documentary videos.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE NEWS ON THIS THEME: A massive video-to-digital transfer project is currently underway to save many of Zeena's archived VHS video cassette tapes for posterity. Plans are to re-release the videos that the stills in this gallery are from, as well as many other vintage Radio Werewolf videos and formerly lost TV and film appearances of Zeena from the 80s and 90s! This will be a laborious, time intensive project. So please have patience. We will keep you posted as new additions to the archives are available.
CLASSIC ROCK online magazine has listed RADIO WEREWOLF as #4 weirdest band of all time, topping other such notorious groups as Roky Erickson, Father Yod & Yahowha 13, The Monks, and the '60s topless all girl band The Ladybirds!
Classic Rock describes Radio Werewolf as:
Formed during the height of “Satanic Panic” hysteria in mid-80's America, Radio Werewolf was once considered “the most dangerous band in the world”, largely due to the notoriety of their vocalist, Zeena Schreck.
Read the full article and list here http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-06-28/the-25-weirdest-bands-of-all-time
COMING SOON: A live track from Zeena's 2015 WGT Sonic Magic Performance, featuring John Murphy, will be included on the forthcoming John Murphy memorial compilation and tribute album, "All My Sins Remembered - The Sonic Worlds of John Murphy," released by The Epicurean:
"This compilation is a tribute to the Australian musician John Murphy (who died 12th October 2015) and at the same time a charity project with all proceeds from the sales go be given to his widow. It features almost all of the project he was involved with - whether as solo musician, contemporary contributor, full band member or session musician - it covers a wide range of genres and styles, and allows a wonderful insight into John Murphy's rich and complex legacy."
For a listing of other major contributors to this compilation, please refer to the illustration below.
A big THANKS goes out to Thorium Heavy Industries for lending their amazing videography talents in the filming and editing this remarkable video of Zeena's performance last month at Kantine am Berghain. [Video is at the end of this post.]
Performing Sonic Ritual Concert
at Kantine am Berghain Berlin
February 28, 2016
Special Guest of
Filmed and Edited by
Thorium Heavy Industries
1. Introduction 0:33
2. Kali Mantra 8:40
3. An Untitled Protest (Country Joe and The Fish, Together 1968) 16:00
4. Sethian Dream Oracle Mantra 22:35
5. Trinity (Radio Werewolf, Songs For The End Of The World 1991) 27:08
6. Amitabha Mantra 40:28
Message from Zeena:
"Big thanks to King Dude for inviting me to join him on the last night of his tour through Germany this year!
It was a wonderful evening and great being among an eclectic gathering of gods, beasts, fiends and friends.
Until we meet again.....
"Would You Know Yet More? "
Om Ami Dewa Hri,
[Items which will be for sale at the event are shown below in this post.]
In the words of THE KING himself:
"I am thrilled to announce that Zeena Schreck will be joining me as my very special guest in Berlin on February 28th at the Kantine am Berghain. The picture below is from when we met in 2014 on Halloween in Berlin a night I hope to remember for the rest of my life.
At my concert Zeena will perform a ritual of magic and sound that you will not want to miss! Also this is likely to be one of my only solo performances this year. I will play for you some old songs, some brand new ones you've never heard before, and some covers of some of my favorite songs of all time... Expect some other surprises too!
I hope to see you all there! Until then I send you all my Light and Love,
OFFICIAL ZEENA FB LINK: https://www.facebook.com/ZEENA.Official.ZeenaSchreck/
Below are some of the items that will be for sale at Sunday's performance.