Musica Ostium Infernum

Dedicated to Scoobies, Whitehats, Browncoats, Potentials, Whedonites, and whatever else you want to call Buffy fans, and also to anyone who is not a Buffy fan.  

Qui: Musica Ostium Infernum

Quid : Liber Primus

Digital download available through CDBaby at

Quid est?  Musica Ostium Infernum is a collection of songs written as witness to the events of Buffy Summers and the characters that affect her world. However, rather than plot-oriented ballads, they commemorate the overlying, timeless, and philosophical issues conflicting the personae.

Quare?  Because.

Every civilization has a mythos (if not many) of its time to which the populus can relate. The Greeks had Zeus, the Norse Odin, the Egyptians Ra, the Chinese Dou Mu, and so on. These mythos serve not only as archetypes of the zeitgeist for the contemporaries in that culture, but they help later generations and cultures to understand a little more richly and deeply. The finer semantic details of "our current culture" notwithstanding, the trials of Buffy serve well what so many myths before have served their respective cultures. They offer entertainment, edification, education, enlightenment, escape, and everything else required of truly timeless characters and situations. They give us anchors to which we can attach our abstract concepts to help us understand situations, to help us express our feelings and cope with situations. They give us mediums to further convey our own thoughts to others by providing the vehicles that both parties can understand, to which both parties can readily relate. Archetypes.

And as the many of the people of these cultures were prone to do, they focused their creative endeavours on these mythos. Countless works have been written, marble chiseled, paintings stroked, and songs sung as direct derivations. Much toiling has ensued to further immortalize or galvanize our muses.

So it is as with Buffy and the characters that populate her world.

Musica Ostium Infernum is the third-party witness to the episodes of Buffy, cantatas and ballads from the unseen bard of Sunnydale. The songs are written expressedly for fellow followers and aficianados but hopefully approachably for others not yet privy to the saga of Buffy.

Qua emo is?  A limited edition, hand-printed, hand-made, hard-cased book with libretto and compact disc will be available soon online.

Digital downloads are currently available at

The complete album is available for streaming at

© Musica Ostium Infernum 2011 All Rights Reserved

Musica Ostium Infernum is not affiliated with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, or any entity that is remotely affiliated with either of them. At all.


Although the album was recorded by a single person via multitrack recording, a live performance of the album would require much more than a single individual.  With that in mind, micah called up a few friends with whom he had worked on various projects in the past:  Jason Phelan, Cricket Washington, John "Shaggy" Wray, Brent Blackburn, and Andrew Guinn.
Musica Ostium Infernum only performed two shows, back-to-back nights at Out Front on Main in Murfreesboro, TN, on 28 & 29 October, 2011.
One of the flyers for the performance.  Left to right:  "Shaggy" Wray, Andrew Guinn, Brent Blackburn, Jason Phelan, micah barnes, and Cricket Washington.
Stage (photo credit: Angela Calicut)
Of the few photos taken of the event, here we see a portion of the stage with the "Bronze" sign, which now resides in micah's studio (named "Bronze" as a tribute) in West Tennessee. 
finger light during "Nightmares"
The performers wore finger lights while playing to compensate for the light show budget.  Here we see micah  self-lighting before the guitar solo in "Nightmares". (photo: Angela Calicut)