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Metal / Extreme music for extreme people? a paper by Michelle Phillipov
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:59:46 AM »


I sometimes get the impression that she still misses the point about underground metal. And regarding her full book, the comments about it seem to imply that the only defense she takes in pro of Death Metal is that "one can enjoy it" as if subjectivity is the only way to defend Death Metal. Now, I haven't read the book myself but I am quite interested.

Metal / Re-casting Metal: Rhythm and Meter in the Music of Meshuggah
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:11:11 AM »
For those interested in a more technical analysis. Independently of if you like this band or not, this is educational material.
From the beginning of the article it is clear that the author himself thinks that the value of the band's music lies more in socio-cultural activities. The music has little value in itself.  Now, I think a lot of modern sociologists think this about all music... I say they don't understand music enough. As far as the people I've met are concerned, classical performance majors in general understand the inherent value and meaning of music far better than the the musicologists and other pure analysts. Most composition major students or professional composers nowadays tend to be technical wankers or stout utilitarians as well. I've been able to connect better with performers in terms of my views about music, maybe because in their case, they must live and channel the music through their "souls" and bodies.

I am interested in some of the author's last remarks:

individuality and originality are highly prized in this subgenre, and bands frequently develop idiosyncratic musical practices to assert individuality.

During interviews, fans consistently emphasize the technical aspects of the music as a source, if not the source, of attraction.

Meshuggah does not make music, it makes rhythmic exercises that attract "sophisticated" people because they "get it". Combined with the first statement this also tells me that this music is all about standing out in any way possible, it's essentially music for posturing.
Just like what the writer of the SMR says about Sotajumala and metalcore:
It’s like a politician who makes speeches about how he organizes files in his office.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/6375990/Re-casting-Metal-Rhythm-and-Meter-in-the-Music-of-Meshuggah]Re-casting Metal: Rhythm and Meter in the Music of Meshuggah

by Jonathan Pieslak

from the Music Theory Spectrum journal

Metal / Why is deathmetal.org important
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:14:32 AM »
Real art reception needs to be controlled and guided. An ignorant audience will not appreciate it. Welcome to the 20th century...

From Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Under XII:
"Mechanical reproduction of art changes the reaction of the masses toward art (...) The progressive reaction is characterized by the direct, intimate fusion of visual and emotional enjoyment with the orientation of the expert. Such fusion is of great social significance. The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion. With regard to the screen, the critical and the receptive attitudes of the public coincide. (...)
Although this circumstance in itself should not lead one to conclusions about the social role of painting, it does constitute a serious threat as soon as painting, under special conditions and, as it were, against its nature, is confronted directly by the masses."


Audiofile / Zpoan Vtenz
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:32:34 PM »
Zpoan Vtenz
Zpoan Vtenz MP3s

Zpoan Vtenz - Gime Nugalet (1998)

Zpoan Vtenz - Gime Nugalet (Mega)

Audiofile / Skyforger
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:42:58 AM »
Skyforger MP3s

Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma (year) [ CD $8.99 ]

Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma (Mega)

Recently I've noticed a couple of articles by more popular or mainstream websites stating that Slaughter of the Soul is nothing but an overrated sham. 
Here is one of them:

The websites themselves try to wash their hands by clearly stating that this is solely the opinion of that particular writer, and the writer himself appears to try to emphasize his humility in accepting his "subjective" take on the matter (in order to avoid confrontation).  Despite this, I still think it is an improvement. Time starts to take its toll on these early and mid 90s aberrations once praised by the masses as classics.

Metal / Delirium (self-titled)
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:25:47 AM »
Hailing from Honduras, formerly known as Delirium Tremens, this band released the self-titled album "Delirium" in the year 1995.
One of the few decent metal bands in Central America in the early 90s. 

No need for more information (unless you are interested in finding out more on your own)
The music speaks for itself:

1. Resistol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziO-mv7UT5U

2. Años de Cizaña http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNQUdn80asg

3. Privados de Rostro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnU01lK63eg

4. Hermanos en el Dolor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF5uKDV6no4

5. Espejos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXmJjfCyyz0

6. Puerta al Infierno http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS-ty-D13Uk

7. Psicopata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0le5UYQXBs

8. Desde la Oscuridad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFHmtyp7_Wc

9. El Elegido http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX7rixH_52o

10. Cruz Blanca http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVDoGqNwK8E

Interzone / Tolkien
« on: January 04, 2014, 07:46:15 AM »
So, it's JRR Tolkien's birthday today!

Care to name a few Death and Black Metal bands' songs which deal with topics from Tolkien's world?

There are also bands who took their name from his creations but I am more interested in the first.

Metal / Obscura vrs From Wisdom to Hate
« on: December 22, 2013, 09:59:30 AM »
Obscura is an exciting and futuristic exploration.  It was written by Gorguts the year RIGHT after The Erosion of Sanity came out.  It has all kinds of sounds, structural variation and sound experiments.  But in my opinion it is also over-extended to the point of redundancy and sometimes lacking (or making me feel it lacks) enough development of some ideas.

"From Wisdom to Hate" is matured Gorguts. Best album by this band.

Too subtle for even most fans of the band to appreciate as their most refined work. Most get distracted by the over-abundant (and redundant) fireworks that Obscura present them with and fail to see how it falls short of the directed and concise work of art "From Wisdom to Hate" is.

Metal / Call for best of 2013 Metal album opinions/nominations/suggestions
« on: December 08, 2013, 09:42:36 AM »
I for one have stated several times my preference of Zealotry's The Charnel Expanse over anything this year.

How about you guys?

Interzone / Coursera introductory classes on Classical music
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:35:12 AM »
I've taken a couple of classes on coursera and I wanted to share and recommend them to metal fans who are not familiar with
but are interested in getting a acquainted with classical music.   In case someone does not want to register to the website, I also downloaded
the videos from coursera and uploaded them to dropbox repository to share.

1)  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance
by David Ludwig, Jonathan Coopersmith

Coursera course: https://class.coursera.org/musichistoryperforms-001/class
Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nbx2oshrbdt5458/From%20the%20Repertoire.%20Western%20Music%20History%20through%20Performance.zip

2) Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
Jonathan Biss

Coursera course: https://www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas
Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2qn2kcm9wtdfzsu/Exploring%20Beethoven%20Sonatas%2C%20Jonathan%20Biss.zip

Metal / An idea: Obscura for string quartet?
« on: November 29, 2013, 03:16:56 AM »
Would anyone find the idea of the Obscura album by Gorguts be played by a classical string quartet compelling?

The content of the two guitars and bass (and possible the voice, in some parts) be not only transcribed (of course) but adapted and rearranged for classical string instruments in a way that takes advantage of the capabilities and techniques used in those instruments.

Frankly, the idea is incredibly tempting for me.  If anyone is not already doing it, I am making an entry in my to-do list for next year to at least start to get down the guitars and bass lines into music scores.  I think that would be a first step.  I am not an expert on this nor am I a music major, so when I get it done (if someone didn't do it already), I'd like to see if someone can do the adapting to string quartet done.

Interzone / Beethoven - Große Fuge, op. 133 (Takács Quartet)
« on: November 04, 2013, 06:50:28 AM »
He who divines the secret of my music is delivered from the misery that haunts the world
- Beethoven


Interzone / Coursera History of Rock pt2
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:00:54 PM »

Interzone / Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:30:00 AM »
I'd like to know, just out of curiosity, the academic background of the people who frequently attend this forum. And your interests.  Specially artistic interests in which you are actively engaged?

I have just obtained my undergrauate degree on Computer Science.
I learned acoustic guitar during my teen years and have been learning electric guitar for about 5 years.   In order to be more than a talker I try to keep my weekly practice at at least 5 hours distributed throughout the whole week.
I've been learning piano for a few months and I study music theory, history and appreciation when I get the chance, as often as I can in between work, instrument practice and gym sessions.

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