Moonchild (2006)

Track Listing

1. Hellfire  4:07 
2. Ghosts Of Thelema  4:32 
3. Abraxas  3:13 
4. Possession  5:21 
5. Caligula  1:47 
6. 616  5:20 
7. Equinox  4:07 
8. Moonchild  6:51 
9. Le Part Maudit  2:49 
10. The Summoning  2:30 
11. Sorceress  4:37



Joey Baron: Drums  
Mike Patton: Voice  
Trvor Dunn: Bass


Producer - John Zorn  
Associate Producer - Kazunori Sugiyama   
Engineering - Bob Musso
Recorded by Jamie Saft
Mix Translation - Bill laswell
Mastered by Scott Hull  
Design - Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin)  

TZADIK Blurb  

Zorn’s newest project is a hardcore song cycle scored for voice, bass and drums. This powerful rock unit features three of his most illustrious, longtime cohorts who have worked together in bands such as Naked City, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle and Electric Masada and are keenly in tune with Zorn’s language and aesthetic. Musicians are always at their best in Zorn projects and Moonchild is no exception. You have never heard these players as up front, on the edge or as inspired as they are here, raging through eleven pieces of terrifying intensity. Drawing on preverbal language and the primal power of rock music, this is Torture Garden with an alchemical twist—spontaneous, complex and evocative. Eleven new Zorn compositions executed with a ritualistic passion that will take your breath away.

Series:  Archival Series

Catalogue Number:  TZ7357 

Release Date: May 2006

Liner Notes:

Moonchild is the first realization of a project that has been gestating for over three years, combining the hypnotic intensity of ritual (composition) with the spontaneity of magick (improvisation) in a modern musical format (rock).  Composition is the imagining of a music and its transmission to musicians using a common language.  For rock music, the language has most often been empirical - an oral tradition conveyed by example, direction and discussion.  Moonchild was created in one day using a radical variant of this formula.  Communicating in a language developed across twenty years of shared mutual experiences, it captures both music, musician and composer on the white hot moment of discovery, and is another system that has allowed me to spotaneously harness performers' unique abilities - and sounds that are inherently un-notable- into a compositional format, in practicum.       John Zorn, NYC 2006