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Metal / Re: Feminist magazine BITCH writes about metal
« on: May 21, 2010, 08:05:05 AM »
It could also be part of the natural repulsion towards homosexuals. You have to remember, it is a mental disability. Metal should never promote the weak.

Is this a serious comment or just trolling? I am actually unable to tell. I will assume it was trolling but just incase it wasn't homosexuality has been observed in over 1500 different species of animals, to white wash it as a mental illness seems absurd to the utmost.

Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: April 22, 2010, 07:17:20 PM »
Herein lies a set of short fragmented works accomplished with only the aid of FL studio and a small amount of my time. These short pieces and half pieces of music showcase a new found appreciation for the minimal and spare. Inspired by equal parts Eno, Pärt and Burzum I present them to you to mull over and comment upon them. Just as the works rush through like a breath of fresh air I do not expect lengthy and critical analysis but rather the telling of what is impressed upon the listener. May they fill you with as much joy as I had to write them.

Fragments in C

As the title fragments admits these works are but that, fragments. Some may be complete and are nothing more than a gentle breeze or some other pleasant but momentary phenomenon while others may only contain the essence of what will be the crashing of waves on a beach, thus meaning a work of greater length and (perhaps) complexity.

EDIT: Another set of fragmented works.

Sun Cycles

Interzone / Re: Quality acoustic music
« on: April 21, 2010, 01:08:40 PM »
These links will take you to a page by guitar composers and will contain both MIDI files and sheet music. This list is by no means exhaustive but it is a good place to start.

Paganini, Nicolo
Sor, Fernando
Tárrega, Francisco
Weiss, Sylvius Leopold

Interzone / Re: Moral psychology and the necessity of a consensus goal
« on: April 04, 2010, 02:56:17 PM »
As much as the idea of a focused society appeals to me I cannot agree with it. When there is a clearly defined spiritual destination (not necessarily in the religious sense) how does one enforce it?  This spiritual elitism allows the musings of a few to dominate with few if any checks to their power. Since anything can be sacrificed in the name of this ideal anything that is deemed as threatening in any capacity to it can be destroyed. It could be a book, piece of music, a truthful account of history or even public enquiry but if it endangers the goal it can/must be dealt with. Even if the goal is one that agrees with ones personal philosophy the almost king like power of those in charge means the system is very susceptible to self interest with the pretense of spirituality and it can be seen that the goals that people are forced to follow are by and large grossly abhorrent.

Consider the stranglehold Christianity had on Europe. Nothing was above the pursuit of the Christian God. Inquisitions, holy wars and massive censorship including that of science to name but a few of the ills it brought. Much the same can be said about the Communism, the divine rite of kings and apartheid era South Africa. At least in this aimless society we are given space to pursue our own lofty ideals even if we must travel these great ways alone. It is a far better thing than to be forced under pain of death to be not just a Christian but a particular kind of Christian.

Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: April 03, 2010, 07:45:37 PM »
An ambient project I started a while back with a friend of mine. Mostly just for fun but metal fans seem to be the only people that appreciate this music.

I greatly enjoyed the first piece 'churches'. Such a compelling composition and what an amazing sense of dark foreboding. There seems to be a great deal of random elements in these pieces how did you decide when and how to bring in these new elements since they are not tied to rhythm of harmony? Also I must ask how was this sound created?

Metal / Re: From the Dept. of Things That Make No Sense: RABM
« on: March 24, 2010, 03:44:10 PM »
Black Metal was never about "radical individualism".  It was always  about Collectivism, from the perspective of the Individual - "What can I, as I am now, do to improve my family/tribe/clan/other significant group?", as well as "Can I, by improving myself, improve my <group>?".

I always got the opposite impression from Black Metal. That it was a misanthropic endeavor pursued by ones who do not wish to stand as part of any collective.

How does this make anyone safer? Can one simply not commit crimes in every area where one is not in place or even if you were determined enough to commit crime in spite of these devices? All it would do is to prevent any kind of youth congregation in that area for any reason, something I believe to be an infringement on peoples right to assembly. I have seen in New Zealand these devices are only used to prevent congregations of peaceful but ''menacing' looking people  (metal heads, goths, emos etc) from forming in public.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: February 21, 2010, 03:38:20 PM »
By the sounds of it Varg had intended this to be a collection and reworking of older material rather than a continual narrative.

Metal / Re: New DARKTHRONE album "Circle the Wagons" available 3/8/10
« on: February 13, 2010, 12:13:30 PM »
When did they fall to pieces? The last album I have by them isTransilvanian Hunger and I have never heard anything after (asides from the track available forCircle the Wagons).

Interzone / Re: Use of nuclear weapons
« on: February 01, 2010, 05:27:08 PM »
Only I never said that a nuclear explosion was stellar nucleosynthesis in microcosm.

Interzone / Re: Use of nuclear weapons
« on: February 01, 2010, 04:53:25 PM »
I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
I find the site of a nuclear explosion absolutely breath taking.  There is something beautiful about such raw and terrifying power.

This is rather off topic but I do not think it is because they are powerful that they are beautiful. There seems to be something amazing about observing the principles that govern the universe in a particular instance. It could be watching a ripple of water, a raindrop, the movement of the planets or as mentioned here the explosion of a nuclear weapon.

Interzone / Re: An oral history of ANUS.com forums
« on: January 31, 2010, 02:07:02 AM »
Where are my old friends Born for Banning, Snoopdawg, the moderator (alleged) Xtian Holocaust, Buckets_of_aids, and that funny British teenager who's handle also started with a B, I think he was last around here as NEVER4GETLOL.

I am pretty sure that Born for Banning is Conservationist. It was buckets_of_rain not AIDS, I think you mixed up that funny British teenager's name (which I think had the word AIDS in it) with buckets_of_rain. I also miss Iconoclast, he certainly made this place more lively.I think I first joined this site in 2003 perhaps. I didn't know anything about metal at the time so I am certainly glad I found this place. There were a number of people then who have either changed to new accounts or have stopped posting. I have not seen Cynical, Fieldmouse, Abaddon or Big Cock Beelzebub in awhile either.

I was last Light Emitting Diode but after being absent from the site for a couple of months I lost my password and so I come back with this old user. Making a new user was meant to be me turning over a new leaf but it looks like I made a mess of things. Let us hope my ego stays firmly where it belongs, in the grave.

Interzone / Re: The Māori people
« on: January 31, 2010, 01:56:34 AM »
Polynesians have often seemed to me as if they have some proto-Caucasian blood, would you agree?

Well considering that the human race migrated from Africa up into Europe and eastward the Maori cannot be proto-Caucasian. At best you could say (assuming you use the technical meaning of Caucasian to  include southeast Asia) that they are a post Caucasian people.

Interzone / Re: Your thoughts on the use of the Atomic Bomb
« on: January 31, 2010, 01:50:06 AM »
It seems in the end of every discussion I have about this subject everyone agrees that it was the ethical or 'right' thing to do.  Which is fine, I could care less, its war.  But what really angers me is the hypocrisy in this thinking; if Hiroshima bombing was the right thing to do, why wouldn't 9/ll and other forms of terrorism be wrong?  You never hear about Hiroshima or Nagasaki as a Genocide; which it technically was.  If people would just  agree that It was a 'Genocide' this would not irk me so much but obviously its not genocide if the United States did it, a Empire that has a military base in just about every fucking country in the world.

I do not think the comparison of the atomic attacks against Japan and the Islamic 9/11 attack against America is a useable idea. The purpose of the American bombs was to shorten the length of the war and to save not only the lives of the American soldiers but also ultimately the lives of the Japanese population . It's almost certain that an invasion of mainland Japan would incur far more civilian and military casualties than the death toll of the two bombs that were used. The Islamic attack against America was  squarely aimed at a civilian population not to cause capitulation but only to hurt civilians.

History is written by the victors, etc.  Nobody talks about America's concentration camps, for example, despite the large number that existed around the country, and the large number of "prisoners of war" (read: ex-pat Japs living in 'Merica) they held.

Nobody talks about them? I always thought it to be common knowledge. One does not have to look far to find the great number of atrocities committed by the United States. Maybe it is different in America.

Interzone / The Māori people
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:27:17 AM »
Having been inspired by the mentioning of the Maori people in the Metal as Iron Age Germanic music thread I decided to create a page specifically about the Maori people. Naturally I will only cover a very rough outline of who they were as a people.

At sometime around the moment when Christians were celebrating the one thousandth year since the birth of their Christ a Polynesian people were just arriving in what would be modern day New Zealand from the Cook Islands. New Zealand or Aoteraroa as they named it (and to which the land masses will now be referred) was far different to the islands of the north. It was large beyond anything they had known. It was bitterly cold with snow and ice in winter and often hot and humid in summer. There were no large wildlife for hunting asides from a few species of flightless bird which were quickly pushed to extinction by the Maori and the plant life could do little to support humans. The colours of the animals and forests were dull browns, greens and greys with but few exceptions. This was not a land of plenty but a cruel and often merciless land. As Aoteraroa filled with the Maori people and was no longer an infinite unending mass war became inevitable. They had no ranged weapons other than for hunting. Battles could have as few as twenty participants to one or two hundred. Between the harsh land and harsher people the Maori grew to be a strong, proud and ascetic people.

Their delving into the arts portrays a simple and hard way of life. Their music was microtonal. The instruments they made could only play a select few notes from the European scales but they found space between these notes. Their flutes, horns and percussion instruments are simple and their sound underlies how Spartan their needs were. The music was bitter like vinegar, what a people they must have been when such a bitter thing was considered like honey. Their songs either showed, like their instruments a strong and content spirit or they showed ferocity. With no metal ever being used by the Maori they instead became expert wood carvers making wooden counterparts to the awesome Greek statues and mosaics. They used whale bone and green stone in addition to wood to make jewelry, weapons and musical instruments. With no written language their spoken tradition is very strong and as such they have many poems.

The Europeans saw the Maori as attractive and there was much intermarriage. The Europeans idealised their way of life and likened them to the classical Greeks. Apparently being brown was the next best thing after being white.

This video gives an idea about what the Maori language sounds like

The Maori creation story:

Some mythological figures that may interst people here:
The god of war Tūmatauenga
The god of storms Tāwhirimātea
The hero Māui, similar in nature to Hercules and other such European equavilents

Example of a Maori welcoming song
Example of a Maori war song
Megaupload link which contains music from Maori instruments

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