What is Irenthoth’s Dream album about, what is its meaning, how and why it came to existence, and who is Irenthoth?
I (Michael) will try to discuss these questions while avoiding spoilers regarding the book as best as I can.
Book? Yes, Nemuer’s music is the official soundtrack for my upcoming fantasy book. Each album corresponds to one chapter of the book.
Although we think music do not necessarily have to have a given definite meaning, we know you would like to know more about our debut album. I think it could lose some of its magic if explained to much in detail and it is best for everybody to find its meaning by themselves. Last but not the least, there are certain hidden small things in the book and in the music as well that I simply cannot reveal and deprive you of finding out yourself.
What I can do, though, is to give you a decent background that can help you understand or arise your own ideas.
Although many of our listeners connect this album to nordic or pagan music, it is essentially set in ancient Maya empire. One of the important things for this civilization is their perception of time that is similar to most of the ancient people and very different to ours. It is known that it was common to perceive time in repeating circles not as a line.
Every single track corresponds to a scene, object, or thought in the book. The album does not cover the entire story but only a selected part of it. Without saying too much I can only reveal it is set in the very “Forgotten Mountain”.
The album features several ethnic instruments: jaw harp, didgeridoo, djembe, and udu. Deliberately there are no recognizable words, and I produce sounds we call “primordial chanting”. This vocal style enhances the tribal feeling of it, since we perceive it as a link to a distant past; it also gives us space to express the unutterable–the ancient gods’ will and presence.
Acoustic guitar, the core of the entire album, represents here a certain out-of-place artifact (instrument from a different time period). It is the storyteller’s main instrument.
The whole album is a journey constantly jumping between shamanic and dreamy experience.
While some tracks had their basis a long time ago, even before I started thinking about the book (Forgotten Mountain, On The Run), others were created within a very short time in a spontaneous outburst of my creative energy and unexpressed feelings (Red Moon, Under The Tree of Memories). But they all evolved and formed to fit perfectly to the theme eventually. There was no struggle in that, it was a natural process. Some parts (mostly vocals) were created during the recording session with Jan Petrik.
“End of the World” track played a very special role in the album making and Nemuer’s direction in general. It was the newest and the most surprising track that gave the whole album and Nemuer its identity. I composed it shortly after I returned from my stay in the Northern Finland. In fact, back there I started spontaneously composing a new track that did not fit 1st nor 2nd album, but helped me to develop our style and vocal techniques. And that very technique was used in the “End of the World” track. It struck me as a great idea to use the same chords as in the opening track “Forgotten Mountain” to close the circle but close it with vigour and certain divine ferocity.
Why did we make the album? I never really felt like I had a choice. It came to me as a need more than anything else. I knew there was something strange, oddly interesting about it, and I loved it. I did not expect many people would appreciate it, but I admit I hoped there would be some. And indeed there were and there are!
And who is this mysterious Irenthoth? He is one of the main and oldest characters from my upcoming book. I regret to tell you I cannot tell you more at this moment. Join our newsletter on the right and get notified when the book is released to be among the firsts who will read it.
What is Nemuer? How did Nemuer come to existence and what is Nemuer’s origin? What is the meaning of the word and the project Nemuer? In this volume of our fullmoon blog, we are going to answer all of those questions.
What is Nemuer?
Nemuer is an atmospheric dark folk duo from the Czech Republic founded by Michael Mist and Katarina Pomorská. Since 2014 we have been making music based on minimalism and strong immersive atmosphere of the mystical dreamy fantasy world with grim yet melancholic feeling. It is directly interconnected with Michael’s upcoming book.
Grim captivating tones of acoustic guitar, primordial chanting, female soprano, traditional and unique instruments, and unusual harmonies. It all deepens the fantastic experience from the novel, and the novel deepens the experience from the music.
Having background in manifold genres ranging from classical music, jazz, and funky to death metal, Michael had many ideas concerning the music very early on. But just when Katarína joined him and the connection with his book started making sense, Nemuer’s concept along with a whole new music genre was formed.
Hence all the mystical thoughts and feelings could finally blend together into one cohesive and utmost fulfilling form.
What is the meaning of the word Nemuer?
Nemuer, also called Merwer or Mnevis (Greek), is the name of a sacred ancient Egyptian bull deity worshipped at Iunu (Greek Heliopolis, the city of the Sun).
The Bull of Iunu was already mentioned in the Pyramid Texts. According to the Coffin Texts he has been helping dead people to get into Heaven.
He was associated with Re and Atum, as their ba – the spokesman, the messenger. His role was to be the mediator between the sun god and humans (like Hermes in ancient Greece).
What is Nemuer’s Message?
By connecting the book with music (one music album per each chapter) we strive to immerse the listeners into the world of dark fantasy, eerie dreams, and mystical atmosphere and give them a singularly intense experience.
Our music is not only about the specific stories from the book though! It is as much as important to emphasize that its real power lies in an endless range of interpretations that varies from person to person. In different people it arises different emotions and thoughts. While for some people it brings seemingly forgotten memories of distant dreams, it helps others in their creative work. Some of our listeners told us it helps them think, as it is so relaxing, while others find our music too dramatic or melancholic to fully relax.
Sometimes we come across to total lack of understanding. Some people even feel uneasy when listening to our music. We can only assume that it is because they are not used to be alone with themselves and their own mind. Because after all, it is where our work ultimately leads us–to our inner self, be that by reviving old dreams or by arising new ideas.
We love everything that feels unusual, strange or in a way transcending, and we want to share it with you!
Do not spend much time trying to understand it.
Just listen and immerse in the atmosphere together with us!
What is the point of creating a new genre or form of art? Why and how it can be done? Nemuer have been producing a rather unconventional music, and they are going to discuss their views and experience in this matter.
What is the key to creating a whole new genre?
There is no key, for there is nothing entirely new. Everything we humans create is just a result of inspiration and mixture of all the various influences to which we had been exposed. It is only up to us which one we will choose, which one we will let engulf us and become a part of us.
After that the foundation has been laid and the wheels of your subconscious mind have been set in motion. Sooner or later something has to come up to the surface, and it is only up to you what you will do with it. It does not matter on the form you choose, but it is necessary by that time to have an advanced skill in something that allows you to express yourself or your subconsciousness at ease with little or ideally no restrictions.
So if you have the skill to capture the mixture that formed in your head, it is inevitable that something interesting will be created. Creative process is a chaotic happening, and when it comes to new idea, it seldom works with solid structure and reasoning. On the contrary, we think it is not entirely up to us but rather on our subconscious mind that will eventually find a harmony in the original chaos of influences. Even if you listen to your most favourite music, on your subconscious level there are probably only a few specific features that resonates with you so much. And when you come up with a new track, or with a new genre, guess what? It is based on those very features.
What is the point of creating something new?
People like to see, hear, or feel what they already know but in slightly different colours. Then why coming up with something new? Why not to start another rock or pop band playing covers over and over again? Why not to start a Youtube channel with covers to the most famous melodies?
Well, you can definitely do that. But we guarantee you that it is much more fulfilling to actually come up with and share the music or art that comes from your within, that was made by you, and that is one hundred percent genuine.
Making covers or playing mainstream music could definitely be a way how to become this so-called professional musician or artist. It is, however, very likely that you will end up as a mere drop in the ocean and unless you really came up with something interesting, you will not be remembered in a couple of years, but more importantly you will not give anything new to this world and you will not feel good. We believe that now more than ever it is paramount to create something with identity. And making something very specific and high in quality could not only be a way how to enrich and broaden people’s taste but also to build your name and to succeed.
So we are finally coming to the answer to the question “What is the point in creating something new?”. As we see it, the point is to give people something remarkable but coming directly from your heart. It does not mean it has to be emotional, if you love strictly technical art, and you know that is where your real passion is, go for it! After all not only the listeners should feel good about your work, but above all you should. Otherwise what would be the point?
Genesis of Nemuer
Nemuer, atmospheric dark folk duo from the Czech Republic, came into existence through the process of evolution. During ten years of Michael Mist’s musically active life, he had been exposed to manifold music styles, genres, and forms of art. He came up with various interesting ideas, but it took a long time until it crystallized into a new music genre and form of art.
The Nemuer duo was formed in Summer 2014 by Michael Mist and Katarína Pomorská after Michael returned from his four-month stay in Northern Finland. Not only did he gain a lot of inspiration there, but he also returned with a strong urge to finally put together something special, so far unheard, and release it publicly.
We think that sometimes the very impulse to actually release something is paramount.
Do not wait forever!
Release your art and do not be too afraid of criticism.
Of course, to some extent, everybody is, but you will soon understand that the very criticism can often help you the most.
Do not let yourself to get discouraged from any art you do. For no matter what people say, if it comes from the bottom of your heart, it will always find its audience.