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Interzone / Re: The engine of history
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:57:28 PM »
I agree with the guy who said technology. Material factors are the main drives of human history - physical conditions, material comfort, and technology levels. These are the sort of things everyone is affected by.

This is my main issue with all ideological die-hards, both leftists and rightists. It's not political ideologies that cause massive worldwide changes. Only someone who lives in a fantasy world, with his head far up his own ass, seriously believes that ivory-tower political ideas are the engines of history.

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Interzone / Re: Zimmerman as ghetto hoodie
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:51:54 PM »
The Zimmerman/Martin case was pretty interesting to me as a non-American. It was one of the few post-Obama events that really exposed the racial fault lines in the USA - of course, they were always there, but the whole media circus about "poor Tray-Tray" (and how white liberals behaved) made it really visible.

Also, why do people keep calling them "Zimmerman" and "Trayvon", even on this forum? For fuck's sake, stop referring to Trayvon Martin as if he was your best buddy.

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Interzone / Re: New high brow Conservative wiki
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:54:35 PM »
Thank you for the link. It seems to be vastly superior to Conservapedia.
Conservapedia is a joke. It has three types of contributors:

- Trolls
- Trolls trolling other trolls
- The site's owner, Andy Schlafly.

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My contention with wiki projects like these is generally that they tend to represent a rather specific worldview.
Indeed. These ideologically-oriented wiki projects always turn into a circle jerk, with patting-on-the-back and masturbatory grunts. Wikis like this are for people who have already decided their worldview and just want affirmation. Not even Wikipedia is immune to this - the liberal-egalitarian slant is so obvious that I only use the site for looking up non-ideological hard facts.

(Although, you might argue that true objectivity isn't possible for us humans.)

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Interzone / Re: Ethnomusicology
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:39:06 PM »
Honestly, I've been trying to look up this same link ever since I encountered that excerpt from the History section. All I managed to find were a handful of celtic music artists who had incorporated elements of Indian Classical

Yeah, I haven't found anything either. This is, after all, why I started this thread. It'd be really interesting to see European folk music that parallels Indian songs - and no, it doesn't count when modern neo-folk artists are consciously incorporating Indian elements into their music. 

I suppose one should look for folk songs in places like Lithuania, since it's the most archaic Indo-European culture in Europe (a language that resembles Sanskrit, didn't convert to Christianity until the late middle ages, have very archaic pagan customs even today). But I'm not really familiar with Lithuanian folk music at all, so someone else would have to answer that.

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Interzone / Ethnomusicology
« on: December 27, 2012, 05:36:58 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnomusicology

Each ethnic group has its own distinct sound in music. Peoples and their cultures have evolved in certain ways, and the music they create is highly shaped by that.

This is most obvious in classical and folk music, but modern genres like death metal and industrial also have organic links to the peoples that created them. 

Black metal, for example, is a genre that seems very emotionally linked to the cold darkness and freezing winter climate of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, and the genre has been especially practiced by bands from these places. Take the early BM musicians in Norway - very few of these amateurs were actually influenced by their own traditional music, yet they still somehow expressed the gloomy Nordic "folk-soul" through their metal sounds. An example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tccZs_veliA

The same can be said about classical composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, btw, who expressed that unique "Russian spirit" in their (highly Western-inspired) music far better than the myriads of other Russian composers who tried the same by copy-pasting Slavic folk tunes into their works.

Also, this part is from this site's "History" section:

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The Celtic folksongs of Ireland and Scotland had two main influences: the pentatonic drone music of the Basque-Semitic “natives” of the UK, namely the diverse groups forming “Picts,” and the Indo-European traditional music which is continued in India today.

I found this passage really interesting. Are there any examples of pure Indo-European traditional music that are spread all the way into Europe? Do we have any recordings of European and Indian folk music that show striking similarities to each other? Any links to mp3s or youtube vids?

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Interzone / Drug use in ancient civilizations
« on: December 24, 2012, 01:09:48 PM »
I'm writing a paper on drugs in ancient civilizations, and I'd like some input from the metalheads here.

Which cultures in the pre-modern world had well-established traditions of drug use? Which religions had mild-altering drugs as an important part of the ceremonies? What role did this play in their societies at large?

(I'm basically too lazy to do the hours of research myself.)


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Interzone / Re: Favorite killer/serial killer
« on: December 22, 2012, 08:37:08 PM »
Who is your favorite serial killer?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Chikatilo

Easily one of the worst (or best, if that's how you view it) serial killers around.

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Interzone / Re: ForeBears, a film starring Varg Vikernes
« on: December 22, 2012, 07:25:05 PM »
This bizarro "we are 99% Neanderthal" theory is something Varg has brought up before, and I'm not quite sure what to make of that. That being said, I'll watch this movie of his mostly for the aesthetic value and sheer curiosity.

(I agree with the one who said Varg Vikernes was the reason why Until The Light Takes Us was an interesting watch.)

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