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Metal / Re: Media players
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:32:01 AM »
I use Winamp for audio and VLC for video. It's been a reliable combination for several years. I have, however, heard good things about foobar2000, but since my current solution just works, I haven't seen any need to migrate. Winamp also comes with powerful procedural visualizers, but they aren't exactly necessary.

Metal / Re: Education
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:07:10 PM »
I'm inclined to think that the medieval trivium (logic, grammar, rhetoric) is a good foundation for education in general. Logic seems to go particularly underutilized, although I have memories of various 'critical thinking' drills starting from middle school onwards. The corresponding 'quadrivium', with its heavy basis in mathematics, is also useful and provides plenty of opportunities for mental stimulation.

If we think of this in terms of goal-based education, the primary goal is to learn how to think and acquire knowledge, which is a reasonable preparation for career based education. To be fair, the potential education a person has access to at the moment is much better than it's ever been, and attempts are made on much broader segments of the populace. On the other hand, a bad education can cause more damage than neglect... or a constant bombardment of anti-rational, anti-intellectual ideas in society.

Metal / Re: For the hell of it!
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:25:03 PM »
I would go for Hell Awaits over South of Heaven. While the latter is more musically nuanced, the former has a stronger atmosphere/aesthetic and is no slouch in the songwriting department. I find it hard to forget the slow sections in "Crypts of Eternity".

When it comes to Genesis, I could never get into Lamb for some reason that I think I've forgotten. In the prog rock communities, the debate always seems to be Foxtrot vs Selling England. I am slightly more willing to value Foxtrot's consistency over the peaks (and lows) of its successor.

Metal / Re: Group project: metal esoterica
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:48:29 PM »
Lichen are a very primitive fungi that's usually the first thing to begin evolving in an ecosystem. Demilich derives it's name not from a single thing, but a combination of "demi" (meaning to derive partly from) and "lich" (being the singular form of the word "lichen"). When you put the two together, you get something along the lines of something deviating from its own nature which is why the album cover has a bunch of subhuman-looking homunculii...

I always thought the "lich" bit in Demilich referred to the Dungeons and Dragons/fantasy kitchen sink sort of lich - this theory is going to make me interpret the music differently.

Metal / Re: New Burzum Album
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:41:45 PM »
Definitely the sort of thing that would appeal to fans of Burzum's ambient work. We can only hope that it is not afflicted by the same loss of spirit that the 2010s albums suffer from.

Metal / Re: Black Metal with Death Metal vocals
« on: December 28, 2012, 10:15:26 PM »
How about Averse Sefira, or Darkthrone?

Of the three black metal era Darkthrone albums I've listened to, I find each has a different vocal approach. A Blaze In the Northern Sky and Under A Funeral Moon are somewhat similar, containing particularly odd shrieks (although I wouldn't call them all that low), but Transylvanian Hunger introduces the sort of growls you might want. The differences in vocals might be an artifact of the band's evolving production values; I've heard Nocturno Culto did most of the vocals on classic-era Darkthrone material, but I can't confirm this.

Interzone / Re: Iconic dead end of Western Civ almost castrated
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:35:46 PM »
To put it bluntly, you do not want to make a martyr out of something you hate; that only causes its supporters to break certain mental/emotional barriers in an attempt to destroy you. It is better to ensure it is... condemned to obscurity, to put it in punny terms.

Metal / Re: First metal album
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:08:05 PM »
My first full metal album was Ride the Lightning by Metallica; I'd heard bits and pieces before of others, but not enough to really understand metal as something that existed. I still think it's the high point of their discography in execution; their next two are naturally more ambitious, but even on Master of Puppets, the band is beginning to strain their compositional limits.

Soon after I listened to it, I was cut off from my music library for a few weeks due to computer trouble, and that lead to me receiving metal indoctrination, mostly in the form of the tamer speed-thrash bands at first.

Interzone / Re: Pop Music and Stupidity
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:59:42 PM »
The way I see it, most people simply do not care all that much about music, viewing it perhaps as something they can put on for entertainment, if they actively listen at all. How we gain our active interest in music differs from person to person; in my case, it was due to large amounts of classical music performance. It probably also influences what sort of music we view as good. An intellectual (or at least a philosopher; as a college student, I meet many people who are probably capable of exerting the intellectual force to view life on a deeper level but simply don't) is more likely not to actively seek out music in favor of some high aspect of culture than they are to settle for the popular side of things.

It does raise the question (one already asked on this board) of what visual and textual art we'd consider to be coherent and meaningful, and how society at large interacts with the popular side of such.

Interzone / Re: Listenin' to poop music
« on: October 17, 2012, 10:49:41 PM »
Most music isn't so much completely horrible as it is mediocre. Actively listening to mediocre music isn't any better than listening to horrible music; the mediocre is just easier to ignore or leave on in the background without infringing too much on thought. It might just be my high background noise tolerance speaking, but many public places try to provide a soundtrack that I generally have little trouble disregarding.

Interzone / Re: Semi-skilled are obsolete
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:39:21 PM »
People working in manufacturing jobs have steadily been losing ground for years to ever more sophisticated machinery, and they either develop new skills or slide into poverty. The service sector will also go this way as people develop a greater tolerance for robots handling their burgers and fries. Having that many relatively unskilled people will push society in 'interesting' directions, to say the least.

Metal / Re: Video game music
« on: July 23, 2012, 05:18:54 PM »
As someone who has put dozens, if not hundreds of hours into Diablo II and its expansion, I have to say that the soundtrack goes massively under-appreciated by most players, myself included. Lots of people play the game in multiplayer as if by rote, and the atmosphere the game and its soundtrack can evoke is ignored in favor of endless loot grinding.

The general explanation for good video game music, in my opinion, is simply that most games aren't sold on the virtues of their music, and therefore a gifted composer can do great things without having to worry about accessibility. Mostly this assists the ones with an ambient approach; the ones who can pull the most from a few words of description or gameplay footage/screenshots, etc. Obviously those composers who can coordinate well with developers are going to create the best overall experience.

Mostly unrelated - as a fan of old electronica and such, I've been listening to a good deal of music composed for old computers and consoles; specifically the sorts that don't rely on digital-analog conversion for their sound. This song is fairly short, but it was basically written as an overture for the game it was attached to, and as far as I can tell fits. It's also notable in that it makes excellent use of the Commodore 64's relatively limited sound capabilities .


Interzone / Re: Noise pollution
« on: May 14, 2012, 07:11:50 PM »
Oddly, metal helps drown it out. \m/

If we must have noise in our lives, let it be structured noise with some meaning.

Metal / Re: Best death metal
« on: May 05, 2012, 09:13:30 AM »
...the (perhaps unintentional) proto black metal influence really just pushes the album up to extraordinary heights...

Not having information on the listening habits and influences of Morbid Angel (beyond the obvious stuff like Slayer and Possessed), I've always seen the slightly blackened feel of Altars as not so much them tapping into that early black metal as the bands of the early '90s taking perhaps more than they let on from MA. Not many death metal bands (especially American ones) were doing the whole fluid, phrasal method from 1989-1991.

Metal / Re: The question is
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:45:20 PM »
I'm sure I could with more practice. However, I only really have the resources for electronic music at this point (only a keyboard, as a MIDI instrument, and no good metal instruments as software patches), although that doesn't rule out composition.

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