BEN CHASNY’S HEXADIC SYSTEM BOOK AND CARD DECK AVAILABLE SOON THROUGH DRAG CITY
Introducing a new approach to playing and composing music: The Hexadic System. This doesn’t require the use of a computer or an internet connection – all that players will need is a copy of The Hexadic System book and a regular deck of playing cards.
Inspired by explorations in the thought of Ramon Llull, Gaston Bachelard, Heinrich Agrippa and many other theorists in the various schools of combinatorial and image theory, Ben Chasny‘s goal was to make a system of his own, addressing the most important form of decision making in his life – the decisions made with his guitar.
The goal of the Hexadic System is to make choices without involving one’s native instinct, and what better way to non-instinctively write songs than by using a pack of playing cards laid out like a game of solitaire? Aligning the cards with the notes in the guitar’s neck by using the card suits and numbers, The Hexadic System unlocks new potentials in guitar composition, while referencing historical, philosophical and even occult precedents for the Hexadic processes. Not just hard theory, the Hexadic system can be enjoyed as a game, while the text is illustrated with 75 ornately designed charts and diagrams to accompany the process.
Any regular deck of playing cards can be used to execute the correspondences of the Hexadic System. However, to accent the ritual aspect of the Hexadic methodology, a custom deck was designed by Steve Quenell in collaboration with Ben Chasny. So while you can use any old deck of cards, why would you settle for anything less than the real deal? Drag City will be dealing out a pack to mailorder customers, and the Hexadic deck and the book can be bought together at a special price from April 21st.
Ben Chasny as Six Organs Of Admittance released The Hexadic System LP in February, entirely based on the system outlined above. From it, check out the track ‘Wax Chance’, which frames the intuition-defying process in action at the hands of its creator, and rocks hard to a chance beat. You can pick up a copy at the Drag City webstore, where all the Hexadic System components can also be purchased.
Six Organs Of Admittance are performing at Supersonic Festival this year and Ben Chasny will also be hosting a workshop to explain his Hexadic System, find out more on www.supersonicfestival.com