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Interzone / Re: Hard to find CDs
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:27:50 AM »
Obviously releases like that Ildjarn album will only turn up on eBay, but if you want some quality distros, I'd recommend Ars Magna and God is Myth. They have an interesting selection and most CDs are only $9 including shipping. I've found stuff on there that I'd consider "rare" even though it's still in print. But if you're looking for something specific, a Google search is probably the best way to go.

Audiofile / Respighi, Ottorino
« on: June 01, 2008, 07:50:03 AM »
Respighi, Ottorino: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Ottorino Respighi


Ottorino Respighi learned violin from his father, then studied early music, and went on to a promising career as a violinist before becoming a full-time composer. Best known for his Roman trilogy, he also experimented in early music styles and wrote about compositional principles for Italian students.

He enjoyed taking Renaissance and medieval musical forms and melodies and integrated them into the harmony and texture of works from the end of the previous century. As a student of history, he knew that keeping the past alive was a delicate process of speaking the old within the new without losing the power of that oldness. During his lifetime, he wrote 14 orchestral works, 9 operas, and numerous shorter pieces and ballets.

While his work is unquestionably nationalistic and Romantic in spirit, he avoided politicizing it as much as was possible during the turbulent 1930s. Born in Bologna, Italy in 1879, he died in Rome in 1936, sparing him the worst of the turmoil to come.

Suggested Recordings (MusicWeb)

Roman Trilogy:
Fountains of Rome
Pines of Rome
Roman Festivals
Charles Dutoit, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, 1983

Ottorino Respighi - Ancient Airs & Dances; Trittico Botticelliano (Jesús López-Cobos, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra)

Ottorino Respighi - Concerto gregoriano, for violin & orchestra, P. 135 / Violin Concerto in A minor ("Concerto all'antica"), P. 75
Andrea Cappelletti, violin
Matthias Bamert conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Ottorino Respighi - Church Windows (Jesús López-Cobos)

Ottorino Respighi - Sinfonia Dramatica
Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Audio CD (August 4, 2009)

Interzone / Re: So-called Positive and Negative Music
« on: May 18, 2008, 10:04:48 AM »
All music that people choose to listen to is "positive". They wouldn't listen to it if they didn't enjoy it at some level. Melancholic or angry music can be comforting to some people, for example. It's naive to think that "negative" music is not beneficial to the people that listen to it, that site is elitist nonsense from people who miss the good ol' days ("During the early 1950’s, every song that you heard on the radio was positive.") that probably never existed in the first place.

Interzone / Re: So-called Positive and Negative Music
« on: May 12, 2008, 04:14:40 PM »
This doesn't look like anything more than "my music is better than your music" bullshit.

Metal / Re: I SHALT BECOME "Requiem" CD released
« on: May 09, 2008, 07:50:42 AM »
I thought it was way better than his earlier work. The guitars sound a lot like they were on Wanderings, which surprised me considering that was 12 years ago, but I think the keyboards complement the guitars perfectly. Listening to it in the dark the night I got it was really enjoyable.

Metal / Re: I SHALT BECOME "Requiem" CD released
« on: May 03, 2008, 01:07:53 PM »
The CD was delivered to my house today and I'm having it ripped and sent to me. Will be posting in Audiofile very soon.

Metal / Re: I SHALT BECOME "Requiem" CD released
« on: May 01, 2008, 10:44:42 AM »
I've been anxiously waiting for this to leak, are Europeans non-existent on the internet?

If no one posts it by May 10, I'll post it in Audiofile.

Interzone / Re: European popular music
« on: April 23, 2008, 09:45:13 AM »
What exactly is going on with all of these porn links?

I think ANUS has a word filter for Wikipedia links. Nice.

Metal / Re: some reflections on old shit
« on: April 22, 2008, 07:43:29 AM »
Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
 - ok, so "Det Som En Gang Var" is probably the most perfect black metal song ever crafted but the remaining 3 tracks, while excellent in their own right, are not quite the same caliber. Burzum's best work is spread out over his entire catalogue and his individual albums lack the cohesiveness in concept and overall track-to-track quality that albums like "In the Nightside Eclipse", "Transilvanian Hunger", or "Pure Holocaust" had. Part of the reason I think this work gets so much praise is a desire that many have to exalt Burzum above lesser bands. HLTO is the closest he came to perfection in album-form.

Burzum lacks the cohesiveness of albums like "Transilvanian Hunger" and "Pure Holocaust" because not every song sounds the same. It's hard to pick highlights from those albums because each song is blastbeat + tremolo. Not to say those albums aren't good, but I think Burzum's albums have a cohesiveness of general mood and feelings rather than just a similar sound.

Also, I've never bought the old belief that people praise "popular" bands like Burzum just because of their relative fame, because they just want to. I have no such pretensions about Burzum and I still consider it the best black metal band.

Metal / Re: "death metal" at hubpages
« on: April 22, 2008, 07:19:16 AM »
How does death metal reject materialism?

Interzone / Re: Root Hell Symphony
« on: April 21, 2008, 05:14:30 PM »
Wow, never heard of these guys before. Think you could post that album in Audiofile?

Metal / Re: I SHALT BECOME "Requiem" CD released
« on: April 20, 2008, 05:09:58 AM »
""Requiem" has been released in Europe.

This album will be available by May 6th in North America."

-Official Myspace

Ah, that's right. Should have ordered from a European distro...

Metal / Re: I SHALT BECOME "Requiem" CD released
« on: April 19, 2008, 04:52:31 PM »
I ordered this today but they told me it doesn't ship until April 30.  >:(

Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 17, 2008, 11:49:47 AM »
I forgot where I found the research, I think in Scientific American a few years back, that the "in love" feeling we get when we meet someone attractive, is simply the release of pheremones in respnse to the pheremones of the other person. To me this would signify health in itself. In healthy people, you'd think that, as a healthy individual, you would react to pheremones of someone healthy, and valid for eventual baby making. I tend to be very intuitive by nature, so I would assume if I mean someone, and the sparks go off, it means they are fit for eventual breeding(not that I think in those exact terms at the time).

You can't suck all the fun out of "love" by trying to constantly categorizing and classifying every single reaction, but it's important to understand these underlying physiological processes and biochemical responses, and how they really work when trying to find someone suitable for a long term relationship.

This is pretty much true. Apparently, the "natural scent" people have is sort of a good way to find mates. If someone likes another person's natural scent, it means something like that person has a different immune system than theirs, and apparently that makes them a good mate. Too bad perfumes/colognes cover that up nowadays.

Audiofile / Wrath of the Weak
« on: April 13, 2008, 10:47:34 AM »
Wrath of the Weak: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Wrath of the Weak

Raw ambient black metal reminiscent of Ildjarn.

Wrath of the Weak - Alogon (2008, Divshare)

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