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Metal / Dmitri Shostakovich
« on: May 23, 2013, 05:44:03 AM »
I'm not a fan, but I just got hold of a pile of cds featuring his work, including all symphonies, concertos, string quartets, and a lot more. I've always 'liked' the 10th symphony, as it has its moments. 5th symphony and the Violin Concerto seem ok. What more is worth checking out from a metal perspective? I can upload anything of course.

Metal / Emotions vs. the longing for them
« on: May 22, 2013, 05:56:44 PM »
From the blog:
Quote from: Brett Stevens
(...)good pop must be oozing with consonance, but bittersweet and minor key in its “mixed emotions” that give it “profundity” or a feeling of “authentic” emotion, and leave you wanting more because for a moment you felt like something stirred actual emotion in your soul (when in fact, all you were feeling was your longing for such emotion).

Just some thoughts on that last line: if we compare for instance the Romantic and pre-Romantic periods in art history- Imagine how a work of Mozart instills emotion, in his restrained, disciplined way, devoid of sentimentality...

Is it far fetched then to say Romanticists in turn emulate emotions, and the work of art actually becomes programmatic (referring to something, in this case an emotion, outside of the work of art itself)?

And if that is true, does the listener of Beethoven get emotions instilled in the way people react to others expressing emotions? Or is it just the longing for what the master must've felt when he wrote those pieces down?

Just listen, you'd say, but I'm not sure I can discern between longing for emotion and the real deal if longing (for e.g. an ideal) is essential to what is communicated.

Metal / Art (abstract)
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:04:59 PM »
Does art communicate a humanly conceived message, which would imply that the artist contains whatever the work of art expresses, or does it 'merely' facilitate (for instance) a sense of the abstract whole of which one is part, like a calibration of the self with the Ideal of being?
I used to believe that art is a means of communication, however, the most profound art seems to communicate something that is way beyond artist or artwork. This way, the work of art would be like a clearing in a clouded sky allowing lightbeams trough; a piece of infrastructure, a channel, rather than a humanly conceived 'message' being passed on to the beholder.

And as an aside: if both artist and artwork are merely media, is art still to be considered a feat of human interaction? Is the object of art a cultural attainment? Is art a cultural endeavour proper?

Audiofile / Rameau, Jean-Philippe
« on: July 27, 2012, 10:58:50 AM »
Rameau, Jean-Philippe: Blogspot, Mediafire, Depositfiles

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Rameau - Pieces for Harpsichord Part I, Part II

I. Premier Livre de Pièces de Claveçin, 1706; Pièces de Claveçin, 1724
II. Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Claveçin, 1728; Les Petits marteaux de M. Rameau; La Dauphine, 1747

Christophe ROUSSET, harpsichord

Metal / Asphyx "Deathhammer" NL release show 09/03
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:45:55 AM »

09/03 doors 19:30u tickets €17,50
Willemeen, Willemsplein 1 Arnhem, NL

Metal / Aurora Infernalis Fest III: 27-29 Oct 2011, Arnhem NL.
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:14:56 PM »
Covenant (will play 1st album)
Forgotten Tomb
Funeral Procession

27 - 28 - 29 October 2011
Luxor & Willemeen, Arnhem, Netherlands