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Metal / How Are Metal and Ambient Related?
« on: July 19, 2010, 03:35:42 AM »
A lot of rhetoric around this site associates metal closely with ambient music, but prima facie they seem to be completely unrelated.  Is it just a coincidence then, that these are my two favorite forms of music? The ambient mostly consisting of electronic artists like Aphex Twin, Autechre, Lustmord, Gridlock, Biosphere.  I think some of the old schoolers like Brian Eno sound kind of dated.  I discovered ambient music before I learned that black metal artists were evolving into that style, but came to appreciate that too.  HlidskjŠlf is OK.  There are others but I can't think of anyone that prominent.

Of course they are both 'dark,' but there is more.  Instead of 'unrelated' it would be more accurate to call metal and ambient opposites, which is actually an intimate relationship.  The intensity of metal compliments the unobtrusiveness of ambient.  The dynamic between the two is profound.  The blastbeat is the best example, and is why ambient grew out of black metal.  The ear accommodates itself to the constant intensity of the blastbeat, especially in a situation like Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, so that the dynamic is actually totally flat (insert allusions to mesmerizing snow here).  This is complimented by Tomhet, which is the opposite: no percussion (pretty much my definition of ambient), but still no dynamics in intensity.  Just on to off.

So in profane language, ambient is basically chill music that is still dark for when you need to take a break from metal.

But is there more to it than that?

Interzone / How is metal conservative?
« on: January 02, 2010, 12:11:39 AM »
How conservative is metal?  A more relevant question is "How is metal conservative?"

Although I'm sure the authors of this site would like to think of themselves as such, there is no central authority on what "is metal."  It is a diffuse culture and artists can choose to express themselves as they choose, including even how "metal" they are.  That being said, there are definite characteristics which can be identified.  One of the most common is anti-religion/anti-Christianity, which this site also seems to recognize endorse.  Christianity is definitely associated with conservative politics, so at least at face value, it seems contradictory that a metal site would be conservative and against Christianity.  Furthermore, metal bands do not have an explicit political agenda.  There are exceptions, such as national socialist black metal bands, but they seem to be fringe groups, and this site also seems to condemn them (http://www.anus.com/zine/articles/hate/).  The previous two points are my perception and could be criticized.  On the other hand, metal has been influenced and has an arguably similar ideology to punk, and especially grindcore/crust punk (again this is debatable), and most of these bands have an explicit far left agenda.  I know this site sometimes criticizes grindcore bands political alignment.  Finally, the site often discusses philosophers who are in line with metal ideology.  One of the most prominent is Frederich Nietzsche.  While Nietzsche did explicitly condemn liberalism, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states "Although Nietzsche's illiberal attitudes (for example, about human equality) are apparent, there are no grounds for ascribing to him a political philosophy, since he has no systematic (or even partly systematic) views about the nature of state and society" (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/nietzsche-moral-political/).  I am taking this merely at face value, and this can be debated too.  I find it hard to find a connection between metal and other figures, such as Pentti Linkola.  Environmentalism itself is also typically seen as part of the liberal agenda.

I know this site offers a unique interpretation of metal, which is one of the reasons I have been visiting it for years.  However, I think the political aspect could be considered radical.  That is to say representing metal as being politically conservative when there is really no evidence that it is.

Metal / Kickass Classical
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:35:10 AM »
I found this site, www.kickassclassical.com, which is aimed at the general audience who doesn't know much about classical music, such as myself.  They picked the top 100 best known pieces and provided a sample and description of each.  The general public is familiar with classical themes, even if they can't name the piece or composer.  The site aims to help readers learn more about the pieces they already know, so they can perhaps build on that and learn more.  I think it's a pretty good idea and will use it to start exploring classical music they way people generally explore music, by starting with what they already know.


Interzone / Death Metal Tonality and the Act of Listening
« on: November 17, 2008, 12:59:24 AM »
I have access because I'm in college, but others might have to be more creative


This article manages to be insightful at times, but overemphasizes the myth that death metal is primarily for people angry about their job prospects.  It speaks in detail about the musical structures of a song, but it's almost impossible to make sense of this latter part...

Interzone / Religulous
« on: October 23, 2008, 04:57:30 PM »

Anyone seen this or looking forward to it?  I know people around here like to scorn the mainstream even if it is blasphemous, irreverant etc. (Richard Dawkins etc) but this seems pretty interesting/funny.

Interzone / Sublime in Death Metal
« on: October 22, 2008, 09:22:08 PM »
The nature of the sublime is a philosophical topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublime_(philosophy)
(forgive me for using \/\/ikipedia, and if the link doesn't work just look up sublime.)

Perhaps there are some parallels to be drawn between:

"Sublime - Turbulent Nature. (Pleasure from perceiving objects that threaten to hurt or destroy observer).
Full Feeling of Sublime - Overpowering turbulent Nature. (Pleasure from beholding very violent, destructive objects)."


"... articulate the lawless extremity of nature."