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Metal / Re: Essential J.S. Bach
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:48:09 PM »
Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

Art of the Fugue, see: Musica Antiqua Köln

There isn't an internet upload of this anywhere but I found an enticing organ rendition by the great Helmut Walcha.

A sample of Musica Antiqua Köln's recording: Contrapunctus 1

Thank you for the Walcha.

The instrumentation alternates between a small chamber (period) string ensemble, sometimes with continuo, and solo harpsichord. Although solo keyboard is probably the intended instrumentation, the performance is timeless.

If you plan to obtain a hard copy of this performance, I recommend this version, if you don't mind used CD's. The performance of A Musical Offering is also exceptional.

Interzone / Re: What have you been reading lately?
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:26:42 PM »
The first verses of the Dhammapadda (trans. Irving Babbitt). A selection:

1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks of acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the wagon.

2. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.


6. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here; but those who know, their quarrels cease at once.

Interzone / Re: Fatherhood
« on: September 03, 2012, 01:54:02 PM »
While some of the sentiments in this thread could be valid, it's significantly less valuable when uninformed by modern science. Research some good books and studies on the topic(s you mentioned) - take it with a grain of salt. Eventually, everything is a matter of personal experience. Being well-read is only a disadvantage if you're not one to question what you read.

Metal / Re: Essential J.S. Bach
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:12:19 PM »
I'm already thinking it might be the pinnacle of music full stop).

Art of the Fugue, see: Musica Antiqua Köln

Metal / Re: Youtube gems
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:33:34 PM »

If you're stuck indoors.

Interesting permaculture documentary:


Cool share. Been getting interested in this topic, along with wild edible / medicinal plants and mushrooms.

Interzone / Re: Becoming a Priest
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:13:58 AM »
Thomas Merton.

- from "Contemplation in a World of Action", page 22-23.
Tradition is not passive submission to the obsessions of former generations but a living assent to a current of uninterrupted vitality. What was once real in other times and places becomes real in us today. And its reality is not an official parade of externals. It is a living spirit marked by freedom and by a certain originality. Fidelity to tradition does not mean the renunciation of all initiative, but a new initiative that is faithful to  certain spirit of freedom and of vision which demands to be incarnated in a new and unique situation. True monasticism is nothing if not creative.

The creativity in monastic life springs from pure love: the natural desire of man for truth and communion first of all, and the supernatural gift of grace in the spirit of the Risen Lord, calling man to the highest truth and most perfect communion in the Mystery of Christ. Love is not mere emotion or sentiment. It is the lucid and ardent response of the whole man to a value that is revealed to him as perfect, appropriate and urgent in the providential context of his own life. Hence there are innumerable ways in which an can be awakened from the sleep of a mechanical existence and summoned to give himself totally in the clarity of love. To restrict vocations to this or that narrow area, as if there were only one way to love, is to stifle the spirit and the fetter the freedom of the Christian heart. Why are people so intent on refusing others the right to see a special value in a life apart from the world, a life dedicated to God in prayer "on the mountain alone" when the New Testament itself repeatedly shows Christ retiring to the the solitary prayer which he himself loved? Certainly one can find God "in the world" and in an active life but this is not the only way, any more than the monastic life is the only way. There are varieties of graces and vocations in the Church and these varieties must always be respected. The specific value that draws a Christian into the "desert" and "solitude" (whether or not he remains physically "in the world") is a deep sense that God alone suffices. The need to win the approval of society, to find a recognized place in the world, to achieve a temporal ambition, to "be somebody" even in the Church seems to them irrelevant. They realize themselves to be called to a totally different mode of existence, outside of secular categories and outside of the religious establishment. This is the very heart of monasticism; hence a firmly "established" monasticism is a self-contradiction.

Interzone / Re: Sugar substitutes
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:23:56 PM »

Interzone / Tardocaust objections
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:44:22 PM »
If all people under 120 IQ points died tomorrow, would life be better or worse?

The infrastructure of our society would likely collapse (at least in part), perhaps fatally. Consider: disposal of industrial goods, nuclear reactors. There are no "easy" solutions to problems of this scope.

Interzone / Re: Why I culled the art thread
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:28:25 AM »
I suppose it's so that we can have an easily accessible forum (... the word is what it is, dude) for the discussion of the ideas espoused by this site and its affiliates...?

An earlier comment I made (which has since been deleted) posited that general forum discourse is comprised largely of predictable social patterns. That doesn't necessarily invalidate the whole process you described, but aren't we here to celebrate Beauty? My assumption was that there is a shared, lowest common denominator respect for nature and art among those here. In my experience, it is this impetus which leads to creation. Talking (or arguing) about politics, philosophy can lead to tail-chasing, I think.

Obviously, my contributions to the forum are not regular - or substantial - so my points should not count for as much as those of users who frequent this place. Hopefully, they help. Regards.

Interzone / Re: Why I culled the art thread
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:50:39 AM »
What's the point of having a forum?

People who come to a site to discuss their own entertainment are inherently selfish and shallow.
I'd suggest that the admins actually take the time to read what's being posted here (when naysayers are absent).

My question was intended as a discussion point to be taken literally. However, if these comments seem unproductive to people here, I won't push the matter.

Interzone / Re: Why I culled the art thread
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:36:48 PM »
What's the point of having a forum?

Interzone / Re: A place for users to show their art
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:31:09 AM »

There is an exemple of it. But It's not that good. however, my other drawings are too "weighty" to appear on this site

At your best, you have captured the Ildjarn spirit of black metal, perhaps improved upon it. Your ambient music is similarly competent, moreso than other forum produce I've heard.

Interzone / Re: Science vs. Spirituality.
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:22:22 PM »

[I've taken a shine to posting pictures along with posts. I assume this is permissible, as long as they aren't too large.]

Science, like spirituality, has its extremes. Many dedicated "spiritual" folk can suffer from similar delusions of knowledge and self-importance. Rarely is it to the same extent - no doubt, because spirituality/religion doesn't possess the same institutional backing that science now does - but it's worth mentioning.  Both information from "science" and scientific inquiry can be helpful, but don't let these things be your only guides in life. Knowledge and wisdom should coexist. When enterprising self-interest takes a backseat to greater purpose, we get high art.

Metal / Re: Introductions: User Relationships to Classical Music
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:27:44 PM »
Recently discovered a French mid-Baroque keyboard composer of interest, wonder what people's reactions will be:

Jean-Henry d'Anglebert

Tombeau de M. de Chambonnieres, Christophe Rousset
Unmeasured Prelude in D minor, Ketil Haugsand

Contemporary of Louis Couperin and Lully

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