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Master Wilburn Burchette

Transcendental Music For Meditation

California mail-order mystic Master Wilburn Burchette was first known from his ads, hidden in the back pages of Fate Magazine, Beyond Reality, and Gnostica News. On offer: Burchett’s seven-part, block-printed “Psychic Meditation Course,” designed to teach people how to listen to music. To go along with his lessons, Burchette sold a series of instrumental guitar and electronic records featuring ornate hand-drawn cover designs, complete with listening instructions from the Master himself. Since just his twelfth year, Burchette had been transfixed by the parapsychological, spending as much time reading books on Tibetan mysticism fundamentals as he did practicing guitar, the vibrations of which he used to create tonal pictures and patterns. After time spent teaching classical guitar, Master Wilburn Burchette released seven albums in the seven years spanning 1971 through 1977, before abruptly burning and discarding everything related to his musical explorations.

Burchette invites us to eliminate all conscious thinking over the course of two intense, sidelong workouts intended as a tool for a “Psychic Journey Of Transformation.” Transcendental Music For Meditation marks Burchette’s boldest incorporation of the synthesizer, and sounds like nothing else now or then. As the Burchette Brothers write in their guide, “please do not listen to this album until you have prepared yourself!”

  • LP

    1 140g LP
    1 tip-on single LP jacket
    1 8.5" x 11" folded paper in a legal envelope

Track List

  1. Master Wilburn Burchette Part One
  2. Master Wilburn Burchette Part Two