“To me, DARK ROADS FOR THE YOUNG MAGUS is an album of nine sonic rituals, like unspoken incantations. It is a glimpse at one person’s personal journey through a wounded landscape both internal and external. Each song is shows one aspect of a being finding themselves at a crossroads where they must choose one of two paths: the known world of comfort, safety, predictability but no growth or the unknown road leading into metaphoric darkness wherein lies danger and instability but also untold knowledge, power and strength. The original magus or magi were Zoroastrian priests but in the context of DARK ROADS, the “young magus” is one who embarks on this journey into unknown terrain wherein there lies hidden knowledge and truths as well as pitfalls. The “young” magus is not necessarily a youthful person but one who hasn’t yet received such knowledge acquired from a journey like this. Each song is in itself an exorcism and an alchemical transformation. Each play of DARK ROADS FOR THE YOUNG MAGUS brings the listener one step closer to this knowledge and one step further from the realm of the safe and the known.”
released January 20, 2020
Inheriting a primitive synthesizer from his late grandfather opened up a portal for Cathode Ray Tube. “I knew about synthesizers but had never played one. I loved it from day one and drove my parents nuts playing that thing loud and poorly,” says CRT aka Charles Terhune. “And I still have that keyboard and many, many more.” This device inspired a search for different music than his peers, a break from the mundane reality of life.
“Pushing a machine into a place its creators never intended reveals amazing and sometimes disturbing consequences. I enjoy noise, distortion, fractured tones and the sound of things decomposing and falling apart. Though I’ve spent a lot of time trying to control my machines, recently I’ve begun to give them some simple instructions then let them loose in their own. More often than not they return with appealing, skewed and bizarre results.” CRT’s music is a blend of styles and influences, some obvious, some obscure. “I love almost all music and listen to a wide variety of styles throughout the day. Most mornings I start off with dub but within an hour I might still be listening to Keith Hudson or maybe Johnny Cash, Judas Priest or Monolake or some Ethiopian jazz like Mahmoud Ahmed followed by Roxy Music.”
Listeners will no doubt hear the classic IDM and electronic influence in his music, of which some Sheffield stalwarts play a very large part. “I make no effort to disguise the fact that I worship fervently at the temple of Cabaret Voltaire and demigods Booth and Brown of the church of Autechre. Classic CV is the bedrock of my musical education while I suspect I’ll spend the rest of my life parsing and analyzing all of Autechre’s music.”