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Detours through avenues of the weird and horrific. The current series, The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, is a Lovecraftian adventure centering around magic, transcendence, and friendship. Do not read from the book.

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United States

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Detours through avenues of the weird and horrific. The current series, The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, is a Lovecraftian adventure centering around magic, transcendence, and friendship. Do not read from the book.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 15. Gone Mad

12/19/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 15. Gone Mad "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Yog-Sothoth wgah'nagl fhtagn! The stars are right!" Cast: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/Gone-Mad) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:37:19

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 14. Cry of the Great Old Ones

11/4/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 14. Cry of the Great Old Ones "I can hear the sounds from the other side now, without opening the gate. I hear the noisome and unwholesome creatures from other dimensions. I hear the tortured groans and squeals of small things being devoured. I hear the cosmos unhinge from my dull, mundane earthly surroundings. I hear the cry of the Great Old Ones. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the Gate! Azathoth the daemon sultan, the Blind Idiot God must be kept in slumber by music lest all cease to be is the dreamer! Am I to be his musician? And what of my friend here, trying to keep me in this place? How can I remain here with him given all that I know? It would be madness for me to remain. He must let me go." Cast: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/Cry-of-the-Great-Old-Ones) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:56:03

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 13x-Transmissions_From_Th3_B14ck_Kn1ght_S4te11it3

10/20/2023
"I did it, I cracked the code! Those number stations finally paid off, with access to the Equation Groups secret satellite. They monitor it all there, all the outside people, and now I have the key. The truth will finally come ou--- no... no! How did they-- NO! I won't go, I won't be your prisone---" ...Static... B.K.S. catalog # 5x.106//-Carcosa B.K.S. catalog # 5x.179//-Carcosa B.K.S. catalog # 5x.191//-Carcosa B.K.S. catalog # 6x.222//-Carcosa" (((it is happening again))) ************************************ Voices: Microsoft Narrator Voice Catalog Music and Sound by drummis Written by ChatGPT AI and Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/33-Heartbeats) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share! Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:16:56

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 13. 33 Heartbeats

10/6/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 13. 33 Heartbeats "They are here. In my world now. I must not have closed the gate behind me as tightly as I needed to. Am I just paranoid or are they hunting *me*, sensing my connection to the gate, hearing my mental music? I counted eleven heartbeats between coming and going, three times hence. Thirty-three heartbeats of silence the whole night. I think sleep deprivation is driving me mad." Cast: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/33-Heartbeats) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:53:27

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 12. Laboratory Remains

8/3/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 12. Laboratory Remains "Home again. My music studio, which resembles more of a laboratory now than a studio, is in a shambles. I destroyed it while recording my insights from last night's unraveling. After my unfortunate glimpsing of the Parade of the Yellow King and his 'festivities,' I feel... unmasked. My mind is raw and sore. I need rest." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/the-king) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:53:11

Three by Night

7/10/2023
What follows are three short tales to keep you company while we prepare to continue our journey with Jon and his Witness. Stay tuned for the second half of The Witness of Kitab al-Azif. Cast: "Trespasser" Narrator: drummis Freddy: Aron Efimenko "The Canadian" Narrator: drummis Dad/The Canadian: Aron Efimenko "Living Alone" Narrator: Aron Efimenko The Ex (Angie): J. Rizzo Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:26:07

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 11x-Transmissions_From_Th3_B14ck_Kn1ght_S4te11it3

6/14/2023
In the dark of the night sky, a satellite circles the Earth in high orbit. Invisible to the naked eye, it sends signals back to the Equation Group identifying strange transmissions which describe the exploits of Jon and his Witness. “The following are excerpts from a recording of a transmission intercepted from the Black Knight Satellite (BKS), provided on the Dark Web by the Equation Group. It is speculated that this recording is a description of an extraterrestrial interdimensional event involving two humans and an unknown alien entity. WARNING: Prolonged listening has been known to create psychological dissociation and schizophrenic symptomologies. Listen with caution….” Voices: Apple iPhone Voice Catalog Music and Sound by drummis Written by ChatGPT AI Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/the-king) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:13:31

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 11. The King

5/29/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 11. The King "In my travels through the gate, I witnessed a most horrifying event I can only describe as a "parade of madness." Whether this was organized as a purposeful public display, or my mind merely framed it as such in an effort to bring some order to the madness, I do not know. Immediately after my return, I cataloged the participants in this horrific parade through song (the only way I can effectively express my journey any longer). (1) Strange "trumpets" coming from an unseen source introduced perhaps the unbelievable site of what is known as a "shoggoth," an immense amorphous mass of intelligent, foul, galumphing flesh; (2) Servitors of the outer gods drove the shoggoth, as though in chains, with electronic sounding drums and flutes; (3) The rhythm of the drums abruptly stopped and out of the woodwork of this dark city on the Lake Carcosa came what seemed like endless chanting cultists, all wearing yellow robes; (4) Flying down from the purple sky were a group of buzzing Mi-Go, the fungi from Yuggoth, servants of the unspeakable King. They spooked the shoggoths which again began rolling their way through the streets of the deformed city; (5) Star vampires descended as well, becoming visible only as they grabbed dozens of willingly sacrificed cultists and drank their blood until their wilted bodies dropped from the oozing grasp of the vampires; (6) The Servitors changed the nature of their tune to one that clearly informed the ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago, and again from the sky came a large group of Byakhee, dancing a twisted, serpentine choreography to the sick, chaotic music; (7) Finally, the unspeakable Yellow King made an appearance at the finale of the mad display, a description for whom for there are no words, bringing a thither of activity from the gathered creatures, human and otherwise. At this point, I felt safer leaving through my gate to musically record what my mind could grasp of the insanity in the only way I know." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron The Aspect - J. Rizzo Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/the-king) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:01:20:27

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 10. Through Space

5/13/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 10. Through Space "The sounds were magic. Not the Copperfield kind, but something deeper, more primal, less showy. Others might not even have known I was casting. From the inside, though, I could tell it was working; I didn't feel right. It was sort of like one of those sensory deprivation experiences people talk about, but I was clearly aware of my body. Lifting up out of the atmosphere of the planet was perhaps the most disconcerting moment, but once in space, there was a certain freedom I had never sensed before. Yet, I was trapped, like in a bubble floating downstream, not entirely in control of where I was going. I feared for a moment where I might end up. I feared too that I would never return to my normal place and state of mind." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/through-space) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:33:45

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 9. Invocation

4/22/2023
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 9. Invocation "The invocation was brief, but the results, infinite in scope. I've done it. The guardian and the key are one. I've broken the code of the Gate. Now I can travel on my own." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/invocation) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:01:06:20

Rooms

12/22/2022
We're on holiday hiatus from The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, but we offer a brief interlude with "Rooms" . . . "When I first started making it, the design seemed too small, cramped, and uneven to be possible. Jory sat on my bed in the other corner of the room, blaring the radio and bobbing his head in that slow, quiet way he has of listening to loud, fast electronic music. When I turned around, I could only see his shaggy mop of black hair, the black T-shirt, and some of his neck in between, pale in and appealing. He was lit up by my bedside lamp, and even just looking at his neck made me want to kiss him..." Cast: Nell, mom, bag lady - J. Rizzo Jory - drummis Dad, teacher, old man - Aron Efimenko Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko An alternate version of "Rooms" first appeared in theDF_underground Art by Midjourney For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Stay tuned for the second half of the journey with Jon and his companion in The Witness of Kitab al-Azif . . . . Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:40:00

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 8. Casting About

11/18/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab Al-Azif Chapter 8. Casting About "Casting a spell is like extending your mind as a tool into the nether forces of the Universe and twisting that screw until something pops out. Unfortunately, because the Universe is fickle, you never really know if what comes out is exactly what you wanted. It's usually a perversion. If you're going to be a spell caster, you've got to learn to accept that." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/casting-about) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:51:21

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 7. Dialogue With the Elder Things

10/30/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 7. Dialogue With the Elder Things "I did it. I summoned a real thing from another dimension, the Byakhee. The Byakhee took me to the Halls of Celaeno, where the Elder Things, ancients of enormous intellect and millions of years of experience gained through a unique ability to travel in time, working with their arcane "machines," spoke to me through a telepathic translator that was more music than speech. Weakened after all it had seen, my mind broke as I comprehended the telepathy of the Elder Things. I can't even put into words the vaguest reference to anything they said -- no human language could communicate it, save the rants of mad men, cultists, and perhaps artists, writers, poets, and musicians." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/dialogue-with-the-elder-things) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:01:08:32

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 6. Flight of the Byakhee

10/12/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 6. Flight of the Byakhee "According to the book, the "Byakhee" are an ancient race of servitors, often doing the bidding of Hastur the Unspeakable. Ozone smell and itching in brain. Two long antennae sweeping back over the head, red eyes, teeth like a mouthful of steel pencils, skull-like head. Skin apparently rotting, peeling away to expose an exoskeleton, overlapping plates of chitinous material. Huge wasp-like thorax: long hairs stand up and glow with blue light when the thing flies. Do not listen to them -- they have nothing wholesome to say." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/flight-of-the-byakhee) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:44:54

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 5. Twilit Grotto

9/28/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 5. Twilit Grotto "This one sort of came to me in a dream last night, after reading more from the book. It's a mellower tune that incorporates Alchemy drums and arpeggios with TC Helicon vocals and Thumb Jam lead synth. My dreams are becoming more vivid, like I'm having an out-of-body experience, rather than dreaming. Never been any place like this grotto. The light was weird and atmosphere heavy." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/twilit-grotto) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:31:52

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 4. Freedom

9/14/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 4. Freedom "Reading from the whole book now. This is another song inspired by pages from the book, which doesn't have such a great outlook on humanity and our place in the Universe. This title is, of course, ironic. Who is free, really? We're just ants climbing around in a dust pile on a tiny rock floating in space. The laws of the Universe are vastly more powerful than us. Can they be discovered at least?" Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/freedom) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:31:26

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 3. Visitation of the Mi-Go

8/31/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 3. Visitation of the Mi-Go "Been reading more from the book. This song was the result of an exploration of the TC Helicon Voicelive 2 settings -- it's a patch called "space choir," and I immediately went to that book space after reading about the "Mi-Go of Yuggoth." Fantastical stuff. Back now, no t-shirt. I must have that book." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/visitation-of-the-mi-go) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:36:40

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 2. Evolve or Die

8/16/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 2. Evolve or Die "Spiraling down the abyss of weird vocal effects. Adding to my collection of 'weird music' upon my friend's prompts. The cult will soon rise! Haha. I've really become obsessed with these few pages of the book. What a great music writing prompt! I will have to find a copy somewhere of the whole thing." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/evolve-or-die) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:24:48

The Witness of Kitab al-Azif: Chapter 1. Inquiry and Summoning

8/15/2022
Side Street Stories presents: The Witness of Kitab al-Azif Chapter 1. Inquiry and Summoning "I found the cipher manuscript in an old New England library, tucked away in a corner behind a few other dusty manuscripts and tomes. It bore an imprint of a glyph on the cover, but its contents intrigued me, so (in contradiction of the library's rules), I snuck some photographs of the first few pages. After spending several days delving into their secrets, I sat down and wrote this electronic piece, which vaguely describes my inquiry into those dire marks and the attendant summoning of a great evil that commenced. Thankfully the "spell," or whatever it was my music did to open some sort of gate, was incomplete and the horrid thing collapsed back into its nether dimension. It's hard to even believe, but it truly happened. "I can only imagine, with great hesitation, what might come from an investigation into the original book in its entirety." Voices: Jon - drummis The Witness - Aron Music and Sound by drummis Written by Aron Efimenko Based on the original album Incunabulum by drummis (https://drummis.bandcamp.com/track/inquiry-and-summoning) For more music by drummis, see: drummis.bandcamp.com Thank you for listening! Please Subscribe, Rate, Review, and Share!

Duration:00:20:38