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Interzone / Traditional Indian music
« on: August 01, 2009, 01:11:35 PM »
Traditional Indian music also has a long tradition of being a meditative practice, or having a meditative component.

I would be interested in finding some of this!

Metal / Allies
« on: July 10, 2009, 03:19:36 PM »
Elitists promoting classical, or what they would call "art music".


"So what's wrong with Pop 'Music'?

Musically speaking, nearly everything."

"Isn't your campaign political?

Yes. Musoc.org opposes the way neoliberalism global consumer-capitalism and postmodernism mould and blight culture, especially with regard to music."

Interzone / The Bible as an environmentalist text
« on: June 13, 2009, 11:39:37 AM »
A little observation.

After God created vegetation:

"And God saw that it was good."

After God created fish, birds and suchlike:

"And God saw that it was good."

After God created beasts of the earth:

"And God saw that it was good."

After God created humans, he tells us we can do whatever we want and then says:

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good."

Metal / Favourite metal techniques
« on: April 18, 2009, 05:00:20 PM »
Mine is the trance-inducing-sub-riff. For two good examples see the opening track on Programmed Cell Death's 2007 promo and Mayhem's classic "Freezing Moon".

Just before the 3 minute mark of Freezing Moon we hear the relevant riff, played by Varg's bass as a short prelude to the guitar's turn. The trance-inducing-sub-riff sometimes comes to prominence, but mainly it lies just under the surface allowing the other instruments and vocalist to progress and vary themselves on top of it, often without any dynamic change itself for minutes on end. No idea why, but I really enjoy this kind of layering: my attention is caught by the play of the other instruments whilst the other riff haunts the entire piece if ever my concentration falters or switches. Am looking for more recommendations of this technique!

Metal / Metal is not depressing
« on: February 09, 2009, 02:44:30 PM »
The stage of metal has always portrayed the destruction of the self and the transcendence of life's trivialities. It does not pander to emotional frailty, it does not appeal to the weak who can constantly have their vulnerable heartstrings/ego tugged on much more easily with - coincidentally - simplistic music. It does not depress the listener.

Take Darkthrone for example. I haven't listened to their latest stuff, but if it isn't metal anymore then it probably has taken on this trait to some degree. Transilvanian Hunger did not at all.

Interzone / Wolves In The Throne Room - Malevolent Grain review
« on: February 04, 2009, 09:28:28 AM »

Interzone / Experience and music
« on: February 04, 2009, 06:28:32 AM »
From a pompous sounding opening in my ambient topic:

"Music is collection of sounds sentiently structured and forming a distilled interpretation, that makes you aware of feelings you have experienced before."

I believe in this, and so it follows that I can deduce the following:

1. That specific music types can attract similarly specific types of people, collectively holding more consistent values and experience than in the general population, if the groups love of the music is genuine and sincere.

2. Metal music and classical music attract higher types of people, because the kind of prior experience required is not vapid and popularly ubiquitous, but requires some form of erudition.

3. Ambient music attracts posers who prefer to sit inside all day, listening to artificial atmosphere through expensive headphones.

Interzone / Why ambient "music" is bad
« on: February 02, 2009, 09:30:00 AM »
Music is collection of sounds sentiently structured and forming a distilled interpretation, that makes you aware of feelings you have experienced before. Therefore, conducting a serene audience with nature by experiencing it first hand out in the wild is not music if it occurs that there are accompanying sounds surrounding you. Enchanting and humbling, but it isn't music.

Great composers realised this, so when Ralph Vaughan Williams created his pastoral symphony, he did not go out into the wild and just transcribe into notation the sound of the wind and the river. He would have composed what he felt, or how he interpreted the world and its "ambience".

Purveyors of ambient music get this wrong by trying to directly compose what isn't music, or in more presumptuous language, trying to replace what reality already offers.

I stood watching this view for around 20 minutes. A fluctuating drone of distant traffic was on the left. A river babbling over a fallen tree was on my right. Sparse birdsong was behind me. Sometimes a plane passed overhead, and I wondered if any of the passengers were watching this same view.

The problem of replacing nature for something humanly introspective is not only ambient music's major fault.