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Audiofile / Byrd, William
« on: December 15, 2008, 07:21:23 AM »
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Byrd, William

Harpsichord Pieces
Performer: Gustav Leonhardt

Interzone / Early English music
« on: December 13, 2008, 07:53:11 AM »
Aside from a few joyful pockets, most of inhabitable England is a boring ASBO-ridden housing estate. But its illustrious history and works leave a lot of room for romanticising. Wars of every kind with and against almost every other European nation, empire building, religious crusades, the greatest literature in the world and some of the greatest myths.

However, England is little known for its music. Which is a shame:


Interzone / Inspiration
« on: November 30, 2008, 10:30:01 AM »
Aeneas, upon waking up to find Ilium being plundered and destroyed by the dishonest Greeks, rallies his men:


'"Men! Dear hearts so vainly valiant! If you are set on following one who intends to see the business through to the end, this is the picture: the Gods, by whose grace our kingdom once stood, have washed their hands of us, abandoning shrine and altar; the city you would relieve is ablaze: let us die, let us charge into the battle's heart! Losers have one salvation - to give up all hope of salvation."

So I fired my men with the fury of desperation. Then, just like marauding wolves in a black fog, at a time when their rabid hunger has sent them blindly prowling, and the cubs they have left are waiting at home, their gullets parched, so through the enemy barrage we went as to certain death, we steadily made for the heart of the city, and were engulfed in the black night's ambient shade.

That night! - what words can render its deaths and disaster? What tears can rise to the level of all that was suffered then?'


If anyone is interested in reading the Aeneid (and you should be), I recommend the Oxford Classics translation. Ancient literature is a great way of realising that humanity isn't always so pathetic. There is a lot to learn from these men and Gods.

Metal / The climax and conclusion in metal music
« on: November 14, 2008, 08:20:45 AM »
When a song's spirit cumulates and then most purely expresses its mood, all that is left is for it to gracefully and conclusively exit, without being illogical, destroying the feeling or making no space for any necessary reflection. Different songs manage this in various ways, but some do it better and some much more memorably than others. Barely halfway through Holst's Jupiter, its magnificent main theme has finished and dropped, only to be inferred from fleeting fragments until the piece finally concludes itself. The feeling this creates on the attentive listener is immense, as the last half of the song gradually sustains, delays, and then lowers your mood, providing plenty of space to reflect upon the first half.

One place I have found it in metal comes at the end of Averse Sefira's latest album. The uncompromising opening theme of Vomitorium Angelis declares itself again after its absence, preceded by a small, unexpected drop in the guitar note. Caught off your guard, it feels as if you are being thrown up helplessly into what this melody represents. The conclusion fits just like Holst's, but a lot simpler. The cryptic words are given their focus and finish the album, then it abruptly finishes, but your sense of awe continues in the new silence. Amazing.

Metal / Is black metal finding God?
« on: November 08, 2008, 06:06:36 PM »
Is it just me, or does anyone else believe the lyrical themes in Advent Parallax largely revolve around traditionalism? Some choice cuts:

Viral Kinesis

Anoint. Alight. Align.
The Mind says, 'I am not of the Body. When the Body ceases, I will be set free. I direct the Shell to move.'
The Soul says, 'I am not of the Body. When Death comes, I shall reunite with the Void. I am the Engine of the Vessel.'
The Spirit says, 'I am not of the Body. If I die, there is no longer reason to Exist. I am the fuel that fills the Form and gives it Power.'
The Body says, 'It is only through Me that you are realized. I am that which makes you known. Without Me, you have no Home.'
The Fire says, 'I am your Master. I govern you all as Passions. The Body melts at my touch. The Spirit burns at ignition. The Soul ashes at recession. The Mind an inferno at my stoking.'

Crippled - Salvaged - Assimilated
Asphyxia - Deluge - Collapse

Mechanism exposed
In atrophy
Slime - Corruption - Filth

Polyphonic choking
One ultimate prayer
For cessation

Our enigma of destination
A defined void
Thy mechanism plagued
Corporeal casket
In bloom
Relentless sacrifice
Thy ritualized absorbing cloak
Sterile devices of castrated passion
The airing of soiled, stained vestments
The preparation of thy temple
Sanctify thy altar
And tarry...

The lesser arrive
To fortify ego
To devour and prolong
Suffering upon
The traveler
The adept

His existence to illuminate
Yet thy ignorance manifest
Insight denied

Formulae turns immortal
Yet again denied
Delusion versus wisdom
Wisdom versus defeat

Build thy solar temple
Radiate thy measures
In failure of scheme
In favor of purity


Anoint. Alight. Align.

Séance in a Warrior's Memory

I am the Key to Obliteration
Body without Spirit
Spirit without Flesh

Owning Your Own Shadow by Robert Johnson. Says, Johnson, “It is the duty of the true poet to take the fragmented world that we find ourselves in and to make unity of it. In  Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot writes, “‘The Fire and the Rose are one.’ By overlapping the two elements of fire and a flower, he makes a mandalora. We are pleased to the depth of our soul to be told that the fire of transformation and the flower of rebirth are one and the same. All poetry is based upon the assertion that this is that. When the images overlap we have a mystical statement of unity. We feel there is safety and sureness in our fractured world, and the poet has given us the gift of synthesis.” (102-3) The “mandalora” (the Italian word for “almond”) is like the mandala, itself a holy symbol that reminds us in Johnson’s words “of our unity with God and all living things.”The mandalora is a healing symbol. It “binds together that which was torn apart and made unwhole--unholy. It is the most profound religious experience we can have in life.” The mandalora, says Johnson, “is the place of poetry.” The Venn Diagram is a form of the mandalora.

Vomitorium Angelis

Warping foul Aeternity
A Palace of Empty Eyes
Wounds that forever feed
And ache when loss is gained

Acolyte of the Abyss
In Winds of Grief and Madness
Transcending the Other Side
Of Infinite Dimensions

Form hidden within
Tangible Reality
Hermetic power slumbers
Within the Shells

Séance of Galvanic Illusion
Rising from nowhere
Aeternally abandoning bones

As I write my Names
The stars go out
When all my Names are scribed
Matter returns to Divinity

Impression of a Soul
Yet Shadow
Dead residues
Of Manifestation

Now walk aloft this Kingdom
On limbs unclean, unwhole
Embrace the Quickening Abscess
Praise Hail the King of Sores

Recall the Names
Let them stir and shake
Rust from their chains
Raped unto the earth

The Names are writ
The Stars are gone

This album is nothing radically new musically (to my ears, an expansion of the Immortal style), but the mood it manages to channel; especially in the last triumphant, dare I say optimistic track; is incredibly spiritual. The lyrical themes fit this new mood perfectly. I think this album lays the ground for more of this type. It's almost as if nineties black metal was both an angry outlet against decadent modern religion (Darkthrone) and a mimicry of its forgotten but legitimate past (Enslaved), and now it's going to grow up, realise that the church burning and satanism haven't worked, and reflect once more.

I realise most people here think Wolves in the Throne Room suck and are humiliating, but a few useless interludes aside, I enjoyed Two Hunters, and the closing lyrics are also pertinent here (especially as WITTR are often thrown around as a lefty-type band who would be expected to eschew all spirituality).

I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots

The wood is filled with the sounds of wildness
The songs of birds fill the forest on this new morning
This will be my new home
Deep within the most sacred grove
the sun god is born anew

I will lay down my bones among the rocks and roots of the deepest
hollow next to the streambed
The quiet hum of the earth's dreaming is my new song

When I awake, the world will be born anew

Interzone / Transcendental Christianity texts
« on: November 03, 2008, 04:11:55 PM »
Can anyone recommend some texts about this esoteric Christianity I have been hearing so much about? Should I start with the Bible? Which version? Eckhart, St Augustine? etc etc

Interzone / Satire, lol
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:53:11 AM »
Something I emailed to Corrupt but I don't think will be going up:

Members of Parliament shocked as Mark and Hayley are voted out

Politicians up and down the country have today expressed their disgust as Strictly Come Dancing hopefuls Mark and Hayley were voted out in a unanimous end of show shocker.

Dancing in the lively style of Paso Doble, Mark and Hayley were dismayed as each of the three judges delivered their damning verdict on the couple. They are the sixth couple to become eliminated on the BBC's latest popular dancing series, in which 'celebrity' contestants, twinned with a professional dancing partner, seek to outdo each other on the dance floor to attain the end of series prize.

However many thought the decision to boot the couple from the show was a mistake and that the judges made a grave error of judgment. On hearing the judgment, the TV crowd burst immediately into sustained, heavy jeering.

The latest blunder by the BBC comes at an already controversial time as media personalities Russell Brand and Jonathon Ross have been castigated by MPs for making lewd prank calls over the radio.

But now both sides of Parliament have reneged on former differences in order to show solidarity in the face of what one MP has called the "obvious rigging" of the result.

On Wednesday, as MP's gathered in the House of Commons for the weekly Prime Minister's Question Time, leader of the 'opposition' David Cameron quizzed Gordon Brown over his supposed 'dithering' around the Strictly Come Dancing issue: "will the Prime Minister finally wake up, and realise he is dodging the questions that have been asked by so many television viewers throughout the nation after watching that dreadful result last Sunday?".

In response Gordon Brown promised that new, taxpayer funded independent enquiries had already been set up to investigate the show. Brown said: "it is time we end this judge dictatorship", adding: "the fascist judges must be removed from the show" and: "a democratic phone-in vote is the answer to all problems of legitimacy".

Ignoring the calls to be sacked, the three professional judges held a press meeting today to clear their position. One judge, defending their actions, said: "Quite clearly, Mark and Hayley did not dance flawlessly. We warned the producers of this before the show, but they were much better looking than the actual winners. This may have caused many people without a good knowledge of dance to disagree with our decision".

Ignoring calls from minor parties to deal with the financial crisis, dwindling fossil fuels, threat-making foreign powers, Britain's decaying culture and fading genetic fingerprint amongst other boring issues, MPs unanimously voted yesterday to pass emergency legislation which will revamp the show in time for the next series. Such reforms are hoped not only to introduce a democratic mandate, but to make it much more entertaining and accessible by introducing a simpler vocabulary, shorter skirts, more swearing and new urban dances to attract ethnic minorities.

Interzone / Europe turns into Zimbabwe; unintentionally hilarious
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:00:35 AM »

Trade unions want the right under UK law to expel British National Party activists - and deny them membership - as part of Labour plans to check the electoral advance of the far right.

Labour backbenchers, supported by all the biggest unions, will unveil the plan on Tuesday when they put forward an amendment to the Employment Bill that would allow them to ban racists. The proposal - labelled 'Stalinist' by the BNP - comes amid concern that it could win as many as three seats in next year's European Parliament elections and make strong gains in council elections.

Labour MPs, many of whom feel threatened by the BNP's advances in their constituencies, are concerned that the party is encouraging activists to infiltrate unions in order to spread subversive, racist messages in the workplace.

Union member: Well John, welcome to the union!
BNP member: Thanks Dave! You heard about them african-americans?

Interzone / Good deeds
« on: October 31, 2008, 10:35:00 AM »
Yesterday, I helped an old lady lift her suitcase up and down a flight of stairs. I hadn't had this opportunity before. Despite being a cliché, and really being no bother at all, I felt a tangible sense of glee at being able to help to a worthy cause. A real worthy cause, mind you; not like a damaging placation of guilt such as donating to third world charity con. I then went to work afterwards with what felt like a rainbow behind my eyes. Work is normally a bothersome trudge to get through, but I found myself, unawares, happily talking away to my imperfect work neighbours and customers on the telephone, interactions which would normally quietly frustrate me. It was a real shift of interpretation, and today I have been practising the piano with renewed vigour.

I guess the point of this ASBO-inspired thread is to say that metal can often paint a worthless, fatalist picture of humanity and our actions within it. But actually the ability to help the good, and not just criticise the bad, has an immediate and personal sense of uplifting, if you let it. A nihilist shouldn't lose all sense of right and wrong, he just interprets it better and adjusts his actions accordingly.

Interzone / Reading Schopenhauer
« on: July 04, 2008, 06:57:38 AM »
In the introduction to 'The World as Will and Representation' Schopenhauer demands that I first read 'On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason' and Kant's major works, as well as recommending the Vedas and Upanishads. The only philosophy I have hitherto read is Plato's Republic and Nietzsche's Zarathustra. It may be sheer arrogance and delusion to quibble with Schopenhauer here, but I will still ask: how much of this recommended background reading is necessary? What are the necessary works by Kant?

Interzone / European art culture
« on: June 12, 2008, 03:48:21 PM »
I'm learning the piano and stumbled across this in the book I'm using:

"J.S.Bach's Art of Fugue, whose instrumentation remains unspecified, epitomises the tendency to focus on formal aspects of musical unfolding at the expense of instrumental colour and dynamics - elements that are more dependent upon how the music is actually performed. This way of treating music as a self-contained art with an almost abstract character, independent of it's social context, is possibly unique to the culture of European art music, and is important to some modern music."

True European music stands alone and transcends social triviality. In modern times the blues followed by rock have both attempted to reverse this ideal, and they would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for heavy metal.