The Witness of Kitab al​-​Azif: The Podcast

by Aron Efimenko and drummis (

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John: "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."
John: "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."


This is The Witness of Kitab al-Azif, an ongoing podcast about the misadventures of John, a musician dabbling in the occult, and his author friend who accounts for the terrible fates that befall them as he translates pages of the dreaded Necronomicon through his hobby of electronic music. The podcast is accompanied by the album "Incunabulum" (also available on this Bandcamp site as a demythologized version of John's infamous necro-discography).

"The Witness" is the first of many casts to come for our new production company, Side Street Stories. Go to to keep up with the madness!


released August 15, 2022




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drummIs is an improvisational electronic musician. Most of what you hear on this site is played live in one track. Tools include the trapKAT MIDI controller, TD-5 drum brain, electric bass guitar, the RC-50 Looper, ME-25 effects, guitars, an iPad with too many apps, and a squeaky octopus. Located in upstate New York, he goes by Kurt Reymers, and is otherwise occupied as a professor of sociology. ... more

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