From Cair Andros zine 2001
And speaking of 'atmospheric
music', there's another darkling project str8outtahobart which could perhaps
fall into this category. I refer of course to Diable Amoreux ('the Devil
in love', a term which could have about three or four meanings, methinks).
For Her Requiem (self-released in 1998),
7: "My aspiration is to finally complete and end existence; mine. Perhaps if I were more charitable towards my fellow woman and man I would be interested in ending it for all, but displaying the most primitive and fundamental instinct of the human that I am - care for the self - I'm not. As for musically, I really have no idea. I do not believe I have much to do with the music of Diable Amoreux. Not until I listen to the mix do I discover what has been recorded. Just who is responsible for the compositions, I'm not sure, perhaps Elizabeth. I appear to mainly handle the technical side of the process. So if it is turning out as its creator intended, and who the creator is, perhaps only the Devil knows. For myself, I feel that my involvement in the music leaves it lacking at times. Certainly the absence of musical ability and talent can only be a downfall.
Can you provide a rationale for the name-change? Does this indicate a shift from introspective, gothic, miserable perspectives to a more life-affirming sense of diabolic power, destiny and romance?
"No, I just didn't like the name. The name change was also executed to better represent an underlying, and what has now become the main, theme in the project, that of sympathy and love for the Devil-Lucifer. The deity that, whether you believe to be actual or not, is the best representation of the link between woman and man on the earth, this plane, and those at the end and top of evolution, those now with the universal body.
Are the musical and spiritual/ philosophical/ narrative ideas within Diable Amoreux inseparable? In other words: does the music serve to enhance the underlying concept, vice versa, or are they distinct elements that neither feed off or support each other?
and the tale that it tells are quite the same thing. Just as, or maybe
not 'just', Beethoven's Pastorale is supposed to represent the storm in
music form, so too do D.A. songs have an actual interpretation.
I am aware that, in terms of narrative at least, Diable Amoreux and various fictions published in The Fall of Because magazine are somewhat affiliated. Care to share?
"I guess they are because the same person writes them - me. I'm not quite sure how to elaborate on that. Certainly they are affiliated by the same themes-that disclose what a fucked-up individual I am."
Continuing along this line of interrogation: who is Elizabeth??
"Yes, this theme
/ woman is affiliated with both projects, but who / what she is, I am
not too sure myself.
Let's discuss matter spiritual. What is Satanism to you? Would you consider yourself a heathen, say, in the Paul Christensen sense of the word?
"Satanism to me-Lucifer is the embodiment of progress, spiritual enlightenment, honesty, fair play and the way forward. I believe in the Satanic spirit. The Devil is behind inventors and creators, science, the arts and the truth. For an example see the Laibach song "Message from the black star". It is the part in woman and man that we must bring out so we may push ever forward. Those who cower behind lies and are not open to new things are not of this Satanic spirit, though that is not to say that they do not have a place in the mechanics of the world-just that I have not worked out what that part is yet. Perhaps to make those of the 'true way' feel better about the ostracism that they often have to wade through in order to fulfil their niche in life.
Does Tasmania hold a central position in your psychological cosmology? I remember you wrote an article, in Mess mag, about Tassie youths continually being drawn back to the roost. Why do you think this is? Some bizarre invention of Thomas Wolfe's "you can't go home again"?
home, though I don't really have any particular affiliation with any of
the places there, not the cities anyway, it is more the island as a whole.
I don't know why people keep coming back, a lot do not. It is very different
to any of the other places I have been to in Australia.
Here's an obligatory question. Answer in as interesting a fashion as possible. What are you influences?
"I compose music
on Friday nights as close to the full moon as possible, in an old haunted
mansion in the old part of town where no one goes any more.
What's your favourite type of jelly? What do you think Aleister Crowley's favourite type of jelly would be?
"Now there is an original and insightful question. Yellow jelly, which I believe is the preferred choice for the Bananas in pyjamas. I think old Al would have gone for port wine-flavour, a nice deep red, and perhaps laced with cocaine."
How about Melbourne, eh? Do you hate junkies yet?
"Melbourne is a fine city and has a nice balance. It is not completely 'trendy' like the impression Sydney likes to give, and not as 'arty' as Hobart. It is a nice looking city as well. Thought it is at its best on gray days, which hide the dirt. Perhaps there should be a limit on how high the buildings can be, like in Paris.
Are there any questions you might care to ask me?
"No. Thank you for the interview."