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Topics - Vigilance

Metal / Profanatica - Progenitors of the Omni-Riff
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:39:39 PM »
Profanatica has never been a band that writes songs. Profanatica's entire catalog almost entirely consists of different arrangements of the same musical ideas. Essentially they figure out a pattern for songs, which aren't songs in any real sense, and insert which ever interchangable (omni) riff is most appropriate. This isn't to say that they don't add new ones to the catalog. But it accounts well for the fact that Profanatica has never written true songs yet they somehow clearly communicate something to the listener. The most prominent example I can think of is the medley featured on Grand Masters Sessions which sounds like a complete work if one didn't know better. I think devising a compositional method that can restate musical ideas in new ways that can convey entirely different meanings than what was stated originally is brilliant if unintended. I can't think of a good correlation to literature since words are to exact making the reuse of full sentences awkward when taken out of context.

There's probably a writer and thinker out there better than myself who can state this more concisely than I can. Admittedly I came across this observation months back and didn't bother writing down my thoughts so this is coming out very approximated and incomplete but whatever. Have it.

Interzone / What is Death?
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:07:17 AM »
This is an open question.

For myself, death doesn't represent the end of life, but its completion. The death of cultures, races, men and civilizations aren't endings; their deaths are fulfillments.

Interzone / The way things never were - The way things will never be
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:51:34 AM »
Seems like a fairly accurate description for the Left/Right divide.

Each has an imagined Golden Age it looks to impose using the expanding arm of centralized government.

The right believes in a Golden Age somewhere in the past that existed before it was trashed by the left.

The left believes a Golden Age is before us, if only those darn right wingers would get the hell outta the way.

What's interesting to me is the intersection that allows them to sing the same tune, but with different lyrics. Both want utopia and that's why they are able to, despite bitter disagreement, coalesce on the same broad path while mud slinging over peripheral issues.