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Metal / ANUS cited in academic discourse on Black Metal
« on: December 24, 2011, 05:07:02 AM »
From the abstract:

"The American Nihilist Underground Society (ANUS) once published a piece sketching the apparent affinity between death metal and Buddhism. The article recounts the story of a man who, focusing all of his attention on death, learns the Buddha’s open secret. “Only death is real.” Total awareness of death brings death metal into a space where it may begin to realize the Buddhist path to enlightenment; it is, after all, what set young Siddhartha on his path to become the Buddha. Simply recognizing death is only the beginning, however. Without a liberatory practice, death metal stalls and binds itself more deeply to illusion. Looking is not enough. One must “taste and see.” Where its forbears have only gazed, black metal insists on going."

Taken from the blog on Black Metal Theory symposia here:

http://blackmetaltheory.blogspot.com/2011/10/pest-abstracts.html

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Metal / Bruckner Discussion
« on: December 08, 2011, 06:24:36 PM »
This was originally a response to another post concerning Sibelius, but my response became more about Bruckner than Sibelius, so I figured it was worth making a separate thread for it.

Regarding length, I find Bruckner's music is very cyclical and even a bit OCD but the tension-release certainly originates in a much more natural mechanism than Sibelius, probably there's every bit as much of the Schubert-Beethoven tradition in his work as there is Wagner.

Maybe, but beyond the influence of Viennese composers of the previous generation, the essence of Bruckner's craft was sacred music; this is what sets him apart from other composers at the time, with the exception of Liszt who was also an ordained priest, but who lacked Bruckner's humility to be able to write music as meditative. To me the reason why his symphonies are enjoyable at all is because he treats the orchestra like an organ, orchestrating in large blocks that mimic the combination of different stops on an organ. This is similar to Wagner, but without the voices and solo passages for section leaders to break up those taxing full orchestral textures.

But I'll say here what I've said before about Bruckner; since all this is the case, why not go straight to the source and listen to his sacred organ and vocal music, which shows his two artistic strengths, contrapuntal mastery and a profound understanding of religion and its associated musical history, in full force? From my perspective, people's praise of Bruckner symphonies looks like someone listening to "Domination" by Morbid Angel and enjoying it; there is a whole separate part to their output that unless you address, you aren't really evaluating them fairly, and many people do the same with Sibelius. You haven't heard Morbid Angel until you've heard "Blessed...", you haven't heard Sibelius until you've heard the fourth symphony, and you haven't heard Bruckner, indeed perhaps you've not lived at all, until you've heard this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkTUK0nEtco

"Os justi meditabitur sapientiam,
et lingua ejus loquetur judicium.
Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius:
et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus. Alleluia."

Roughly:

"The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.
The law of his God is in his heart;
and his feet do not falter. Alleluia"

Terse, cogent, and passionate, compared to the symphonies, which are drawn-out, and passionate only.

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Interzone / Please be nice.
« on: November 21, 2011, 03:41:03 AM »
I understand how uncomfortable these types of posts make everyone, especially having been on the receiving end of such criticism a few times myself. Threads on conduct may get redundant, but I can only hope that a few of you will finally listen this time. I did, eventually, and I'm the better for it. So please...

Be nice to each other here. The purpose of discussion is to compare competing models of reality, and then use our intellects to determine which one is the most accurate.

Things that inhibit this process:

-Name calling.
-Demanding that another poster kill himself.
-Demanding another poster leave the boards, or be removed from the boards.
-Obliquely doing any of the above by using a group or another person as a stand in for the poster. "That argument is very much like ones that x uses, and we all agree that x is stupid, so you must be..."
-Blatant logical fallacies. I realize that logic is a subtle thing, and part of why we're here is to check our logic against our peers', but that doesn't mean that retreats into non-sequitors are permissible, and when you let one of these slip it can be as insulting as being called a name.

None of these things advances discussion, and they are therefore useless. Avoiding them also saves time, because by not doing these things you're spending less time figuring out how to hurt someone over the internet, and more time focusing on making your argument coherent. This means you get to post sooner and get back to that groundbreaking project which you were working on before coming to the forums.

Things that help this process:

-Formulating coherent thoughts which are interesting
-Posting those thoughts
-Attacking incoherent thoughts
-Praising coherent thoughts

Many people forget the last one. We're all in this sinking ship together; each day smart people get enough soul crushing criticism from normal society (made of manipulative losers who hate themselves and live to belittle others), so that to the sensitive or young it becomes almost unbearable. So each complement you can give someone here on something they did right is going to go a long way into sustaining their energy in finding and creating beauty.

Not that I want this place to become a haven of platitudes. It's been said we should attack bad ideas, not the people that created them; this is true, but we should also praise valuable ideas, not their creators. Praise for being a person is cheap and easy to come by, but praise for an idea, praise for your mind, is rare, and more valuable.

Similarly while I recognize that the topic for these boards is metal and that therefore you all have more confrontational personalities than the average, save it for bootcamp or strength training where that type of aggression can be converted into useful energy; shit-talkers are usually not ass-kickers.

/end christfag bong-hit rant

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Metal / Appraisal of black metal by Jaenelle Antas
« on: August 23, 2011, 04:39:30 AM »
Interesting and discerning opinion on the genre from a prominent right wing activist:


You are not the first person I come across in the political arena who is interested in Black Metal, and I have, in parallel, also come across people in the Black Metal scene who are interested in Whiteness and pro-White activism. I have my own theories as to the reasons for this overlap (see my TOQ essay, Black Metal: Conservative Revolution in Modern Popular Culture). What are your theories? Why do you think you are interested in these fringe subcultures (BM and WN)?

I don’t see black metal as being a racial thing. I see it as being a cultural thing. Now, race and culture are closely related and I would be completely baffled by, for example, a black person who might claim to be into black metal. I would wonder what on earth about it speaks to him because he has no connection to the heritage from which it is derived.

Black metal is a musical genre which frequently relies on themes of early European traditions. This in itself probably speaks to people who are pro-white and who have an interest in their racial and cultural origins. A lot of lyrical content of black metal celebrates and glorifies our heritage. You don’t find that in a lot of other music.

But I would not say black metal is inherently pro-white. A lot of people who are pro-white will be turned off by the overtly anti-Christian and Satanic themes, which are typically an integral part of black metal. I also find that a lot of people who enjoy black metal are not necessarily racially aware. Some black metal bands have intentionally distanced themselves from anything pro-white. Maybe this is because they could otherwise face hate crimes prosecution in their countries, I don’t know. But in any case, I don’t think we can claim black metal for our own and say, yes, this is pro-white music because it isn’t necessarily.

I’m not sure Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement is as thriving a sub-genre as it was a few years ago, but considering the state of affairs in countries where black metal thrives, I think it is likely we might see some kind of resurgence of Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement or something like it, to the extent that it is legal in places like Norway, Sweden, etc. Black metal, to me, is all about the ugliness of humanity and the degeneration of society and I can’t imagine any self-respecting black metal musician stepping out of their house in Oslo or Stockholm or wherever and not being completely disgusted by the way their city and their country, and indeed all of Europe, are turning into third world cesspools thanks to mass immigration and policies of multiculturalism.

But will such a resurgence spark some kind of revolution for our people? No, probably not. Black metal is too obscure and I find it hard to believe that any kind of music, by itself, is going to start a revolution.

As for my own interest, to be perfectly honest, black metal is not my favourite genre. I do relate to the lyrical themes, but some black metal (like Burzum – sorry, Varg!) I just don’t care for the sound of it. There are some bands and some albums that I do especially like. I very much enjoy Nokturnal Mortum, Emperor, Deathspell Omega, just to name a few. But I think maybe because I’m a singer, I tend to gravitate more towards “singable” music and tend to choose that more often to listen to than black metal. I really have to be in a certain mood for black metal. "

Read the full article here:

http://www.wermodandwermod.com/newsitems/news090120110000.html

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Metal / Classical Music Resources
« on: November 19, 2009, 05:32:16 PM »
In the interest of combating the misinformation that's frequently, and I assume unknowingly, handed out here by users, including admins, to other posters concerning classical music, I offer the following resources for your education.



COMMUNITY

There are most likely numerous places in your community that have access to classical music recordings and performances, as well as providing educational materials. Start here:

- Public Libraries
- Conservatories / Universities
- Private teachers
- Professional ensembles
- Public concert halls, often affiliated with one of the above

Many of these places do not charge money for their services.



INTERNET

(free)


Listening:

YouTube
Generally poor sound quality, but contains many highly quality performances from the world's leading artists, as well as educational materials.
Met Opera
The Metropolitan opera offers free audio streaming. Includes option to pay for high quality audio AND video streaming.



Scores:

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
Free sheet music. Unless you're looking for fairly modern music, you should be able to find it here.
Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Digitized collection of manuscript scores from many notable composers.
Brahms Institut
Complete first editions of the music of Brahms.


Theory:

eMusic Theory
Drills.
http://www.ssavage.com/syllabus.html
Good introduction to counterpoint.
Articles on fugue by grad students at McMaster


Analysis:

Bach's WTC analyzed in real time
You'll need shockwave.
Andras Schiff lectures on the complete Beethoven piano sonatas
For the uninitiated, a resource nearly as valuable as the above WTC analysis.



(not free)


Berlin Philarmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic offers subscriptions to their concerts over the internet.

Naxos Music Library
Massive online database of most everything Naxos and its allies (many small independent labels) release. Performance quality is inconsistent.

DRAM
Database of Recorded American Music. Material is diverse, from Sessions to Bernstein.




BOOKS (links to Amazon)

Orchestration:

Principles of Orchestration, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Instrumentation and Orchestration, Alfred Blatter
The Technique of Orchestration, Kent Kennan and Donald Grantham
The Study of Orchestration, Samuel Adler
Orchestration, Walter Piston


Harmony / General Theory:

Harmony, Walter Piston
Harmonic Practice, Roger Sessions
Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, Joseph Straus
Theory of Harmony, Arnold Schoenberg
The Complete Musician, Stephen G. Laitz
Harmony and Voice Leading, Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter


Sight Singing / Solfege / Ear Training:

Music for Sight Singing, Robert Ottman
Studying Rhythm, Anne C. Hall
Solfege de Solfèges, Book 1, Dannhäuser
Elementary Training for Musicians, Paul Hindemith
Sight Singing: Pitch, Interval, Rhythm, Samuel Adler


Counterpoint:

Counterpoint, Walter Piston
Gradus ad Parnassum. Johann Joseph Fux
Counterpoint in Composition, Felix Salzer and Carl Schachter
A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint, Robert Gauldin
Counterpoint, Kent Kennan
Counterpoint: The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth-Century, Knut Jeppesen


Other:

Structural Hearing: Tonal Coherence in Music, Felix Salzer
Sonata Forms, Charles Rosen
The Study of Fugue, Alfred Mann
Sonic Design: The Nature and Sound of Music, Robert Cogan and Pozzi Escot
The Langloz Manuscript: Fugal Improvisation through Figured Bass, William Renwick
Analyzing Fugue: A Schenkerian Approach, William Renwick

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Metal / Forest Poetry Updates
« on: July 08, 2009, 06:26:29 PM »
Forest Poetry is a website devoted to traditional ethics,lifestyle, and metaphysics.

Site

Feed

-July 8, 2009: New post examining modern religiousity. In English, y Español.

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Metal / Fundamental complaint of intelligent people against metal
« on: April 22, 2009, 03:00:51 PM »
We watched a movie called Saw. The general point was that by confronting and overcoming the terrifying aspects of life, one can feel more alive and appreciate existence better, which perhaps even leads to a healthier way of living your life. The movie did it through gore and being scary: metal does something similar with a far more sophisticated bag of techniques.

The main complaint of a certain very intelligent person against this method?

"There are far more positive, beautiful ways of accomplishing that exact same thing."

I think the fundamental difference between intelligent metal listeners and intelligent non metal listeners is therefore one of methodology.

Thoughts?

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Metal / On the importance of VENOM
« on: January 19, 2009, 03:00:00 AM »
Delete the forums and we win.

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Interzone / How can ANUS establish orthodox authority on metal?
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:32:44 PM »
Increased ease of communication, as well as the expanding contexts into which metal ideas have been incorporated, has made the establishment of an orthodox authority on metal and its history necessary, in order to clarify and maintain the concept of metal in the face of inevitable media exposure and social exploitation.

Ideas for making this happen:
-promote the features that are completely unique to this site (extensive historical and philosophical analysis of metal) to media institutions interested in discussing metal.

-Establish a label to support bands that uphold these ideas.

-Lend official support to those interested in academic study of metal.


Brainstorm, please. I am interested in making this happen.

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Metal / International Music Score Project = back online
« on: July 02, 2008, 03:44:22 PM »
http://imslp.org/


So awesome.

For those who don't know what happened or what it is, this guy got shut down a while ago for posting scores that were not in the public domain of International Edition's home country, Germany (even though he's a Canadian citizen? Yay globalization.). Now he's back and has legal support. Lots of free sheet music. Enjoy.

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Metal / The Basilica Pr.- Future of metal, classical, etc.
« on: June 15, 2008, 12:26:03 PM »
I stumbled upon this today.

http://www.myspace.com/basilicaproject

http://www.basilicaproject.com/index.php?sub=news

I don't have a fully formed opinion on this yet, but it's relevant considering a similar path as this band is taking has been suggested here as being a possible future direction for metal.

I did have a chuckle remembering what Prozak said about the "grindcore with a flute" mentality, as I had yet to find a band that actually did something similar. I have a feeling this moves slightly beyond that.

Anyways, no excuses for ignoring this one, as full scores and extensive information on the players and project itself are made available for free on the website. Let's dig in.

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Metal / MA meeting
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:16:20 PM »
Sunday, April 13 in Boston.

If you live in the area and would like to attend, check the group page at CORRUPT.org for details. Or, email the group at MassachusettsCORRUPT at gmail.com for more information.

See you there.

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Interzone / We Will Win-Here's How
« on: February 13, 2008, 01:21:52 PM »
This message is intended for the small portion of you that are working on promoting CORRUPT online through various networking websites. This specifically applies to Digg.com, but can work for other platforms as well.

Warning: You might find this method dishonorable, or more specifically, dishonest. I don't care, because it's effective and allows CORRUPT to compete in a modern sea of bullshit news.

Method:

It's so simple I'd be surprised if some of you aren't already doing it. You need many votes on Digg to be competitive, at least breaking the 300 mark. Since it  seems difficult to get more people here to digg, why don't we all maximize our individual voting potential by setting up multiple accounts? So, get your account...

Then set up 15-10,000 more accounts and digg the exact same material. Also, don't forget to digg other corrupt supporter's comments!

Make the information and account names different so they don't suspect you!. If you're a student, doing it from many different computers in a lab (maybe one each day) might also help hide the activity.

Note: This principle can be applied to forums as well. More replies to your post can get you more exposure, and overwhelming support of your viewpoint tends to make people consider ideas they may not have previously.

It looks like we have about 20 people digging right now. 20 people with 20 accounts is a lot of votes! Let's do it.

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Interzone / Is democracy really the problem?
« on: December 31, 2007, 02:16:34 PM »
Given that:

-Only a very small portion of the U.S. population actually votes.


-We know the system is corrupt anyways. Rigging elections, T.V. ads etc.


-The electoral college is not a truly democratic organization. Read this document:

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/Hx/ElectoralCollege.html

We must ask the question:

Is democracy really the current primary cause of degeneracy in the U.S.? If not, then was it at any point the initiating cause of degeneracy in the U.S.?

Discuss.

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