Welcome to the website of dark ambient project Gydja.
Gydja (an Old Norse word for priestess) is the work of graphic designer and writer, Abby Helasdottir, who has been exploring music since 1995. Although begun with the aim of creating sounds that could be used for magickal and shamanic purposes, the approach has since broadened, with music of both a mundane and magickal nature being produced. Works designed specifically for magickal use sit alongside explorations of sound for sound’s sake; and in a third tier, some exploration of sound contain magickal themes, even if there is no practical magickal application intended.
The magickal side of Gydja often takes the form of dark ambient, and features in works such as Rokkrsong, Liber Babalon (2001), Umbilicus Maris (2007), and Helchemy (2009). The two disc Liber Babalon depicts a journey that begins with the birth of Babalon, explores the mysteries of the Gnostic text Thunder, Perfect Mind, travels through the aethyrs of Enochian magick, and ultimately, arrives at the throne of Babalon.
In addition to her work as Gydja, Abby is also involved with the performance art project Torture By Roses (Sebastian-Salome CD released by Mediatrix Publishing), and the martial industrial formation Clear Stream Temple (XVI CD on Cold Spring Records)