James Blackshaw - classical guitar, harmonium
David Michael - vocals.
All music composed by James Blackshaw; all words by David Michael.
Music and vocals recorded by James Blackshaw.
Mixed by Andrew Liles.
Album artwork by Jhonn Balance, from the collection of David Michael.
The handwritten "Myrninerest" is taken from a postcard by Madge Gill.
THE SPEHERE's logo is taken from an original pen and ink drawing that Aleister Crowley made in a copy of his book Khing Kang King (Liber XXI).
Both items are from the collection of David Michael.
Design by David Michael with Paul Jackson. Layout by Paul Jackson.
The music on this album was written and recorded at home in a few short days during February 2012, shortly after my move back to Hastings from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by David and the strength of his words, it was a singularly feverish, intense and beautiful experience and one I am incredibly proud to be involved with. I would like to extend my thanks to David for having faith in me to compose music for a project so personal and close to his heart. To Michael Lawrence and Andrew Liles, who helped greatly and selflessly to realise the album as a whole. To my family, whose love and patience know no end. And to Ai Fukuda, who couldn't come back sooner.
James Blackshaw, Hastings, 9 VI 2012
"Jhonn," Uttered Babylon was written in Hastings during November 2011 as Jhonn came softly to me in Haunted Dreams and Haunted Airs. The charcoal drawings reproduced in this album were done for me by Jhonn and were in a box of items that he had intended to give me; also in the box was a Threshold House postcard on which Jhonn had written, in his beautiful handwriting, "Love you David will we ever meet again? Balance". Ossian Brown discovered the box after Jhonn's sidereal ascent and passed it on to me.
I would like to thank Eliot Bates, David Bianchi, Aloma Ruiz Boada, Henry Boxer, William Breeze, Ossian Brown, Dylan Burns, Larry Burton, Michael Cashmore, Shirley Collins, John Contreras, Geoff Cox-Dorée. Baby Dee, Ladi Dell'aira, Jordi Devas, Giulio Di Mauro, Anke Eckhardt, Bill Fay, Grace Fisher, Julia Giessler, Antony Hegarty, Reinier van Houdt, Nidge Ince, Ian Johnstone, Johan Kugelberg, Michael Lawrence, Andrew Liles, Melon Liles, Hugo Lundhaug, Alex Neilson, José Pacheco, Davide Pepe, Steve Pittis, Fabio Quaranta, Keith Richmond, Steffi Thiel, Bobbi Watson and Lauren Winton. I am most grateful to Professor Andrew George for inspiring me to study Akkadian, and for his kindness and patience in answering my many questions to him as I skipped towards Babylon.
Without my beloved friend James Blackshaw, this album could never have been - James, thank you for everything, utterly and always.
"Jhonn," Uttered Babylon is also published as book by The Spheres which is accompanied by a vinyl album, signed by James Blackshaw and myself consisting of James' original mixes of the album. The book was typeset by Miss Kat without whom it would not have been; as always, I extend to her my deepest gratitude. Mark Logan's love and support remains an UrAnchor - bless you always Logan!
To Jessica Chappell, my debt is incalculable and unutterable.
David Michael, Hastings, 9 VI 2012
Andrew Liles mix.
THE SPHERES FOUR is identical to THE SPHERES THREE. However, the image on the cover and booklet have been reversed, and it has a different handwritten version of the group's name MYRNINEREST by Madge Gill. It can only be purchased in North America.