David Tibet (born David Michael Bunting, 5 March 1960 in Batu Gajah, Malaysia) is a British poet and artist who founded the music group Current 93, of which he is the only full-time member. He had earlier collaborated with Psychic TV and 23 Skidoo. He was given the name "Tibet" by Genesis P-Orridge, and in January 2005 he announced that he would revert to the name David Michael.
Tibet left Psychic TV
and founded Current 93
the same year. He has worked with Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound
(of which band he is a member), Michael Cashmore
, Douglas P.
(of Death In June
, on whose albums he has appeared several times), Steve Ignorant
(using the name "Stephen Intelligent"), Boyd Rice
, Nick Cave
, Rose McDowall
, and Ian Read
of Fire and Ice.
Tibet's lyrical subject matter reflects a consistent preoccupation with all aspects of apocalypse. He has long been a student of Christian eschatology
. At a precocious age, he developed a strong interest in Aleister Crowley
and the Ordo Templi Orientis
. He joined the Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
and borrowed the term "93 Current", the current of Thelema
, from Crowley. His initial recording as Current 93, LAShTAL
, was, according to Tibet, "the invocation of Malkunofath
on the Nightside of Eden
, the reverse of the Tree of Life
". He has long proclaimed a virtual anathema to Crowleyism (despite a strong appreciation for Crowley as an individual) and instead has embraced at various intervals, Tibetan Buddhism
and esoteric Christianity
. His projects continue to focus on the multifaceted aspects of apocalypse
, mainly death
, loss and destruction. Progressively, his works are tempered by Christian mysticism
and an increasingly strong faith in the end of the world.
Other influences include Noddy, Francis Parker Yockey's Imperium, Austin Osman Spare, Bobby Beausoleil, and a variety of occult topics.
In April 2006, the Caliphate OTO formed the International OTO Cabinet, an advisory, non-voting panel made up of both OTO Initiates and Non-Initiates. David Tibet was named among the initial non-member appointments.
He is a painter
. Tibet is interested in the work of Count Stenbock
, whose writings he has worked to republish. He also runs the Durtro
publishing imprint and record label. He attended Newcastle University
- Keenan, David (2003) England's Hidden Reverse: a secret history of the esoteric underground, London: SAF Publishing.