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Metal / News
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:03:43 PM »
Crow has been promoted to head writer at Amerika.org. We need him over there more than here.

Similarly, two other familiar faces around here have agreed to join us as writers, but I'll let them tell you about it.

Further, I wanted to draft a mission statement for this forum:

100% Metal Forum: for all those who see metal as an idea which can be applied both in musical form, and in everyday life. This is a forum for people who love metal and want to maintain or improve it.

Interzone / Language is meaningless
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:31:44 PM »
Or perhaps not.

Language requires both parties have the same meaning to the tokens used. What determines this is how meaning is assessed: is it done in the abstract, to make the terms cooperate; in the social, to make the terms convenient to social meaning; or in an abstract-realist method, where terms must correspond to the structures found in reality.

I don't see the point in blaming language, or even brain images of reality. Intent is what matters.

Interzone / The boredom
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:35:50 PM »
The insights you need to watch for are the ones that are slippery like catfish. They're in the brain one moment but the construction immediately begins to fade.

I saw one such realization about boredom. It was that, once one is moderately successful at anything, there is not much to remain interesting. You have what you need. Then there's exploring the great music and books. That doesn't last forever either. Then what to do with your life?

You need to find a quest outside of what you already know.

Boredom serves a holy role. Life is basically boring, and boredom is what happens when we don't have a challenge or goal.

Nothing can rest, because rest causes decomposition. There must always be a goal. No, not "progress" -- that's a fake goal, an inward self-referential and thus AIDSy goal -- but something that one wishes to create, achieve and generate.

Interzone / Metal has a serious brat problem
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:30:32 PM »
By brats, I mean spoiled people who are also demanding and yet basically alienated from anything.

I can't help but tie this into the multigenerational impact of 1968 and its war on the family.

A lot of it also has to do with the hopelessness in metal because quality is so low, the lack of intelligent people because they've been driven out by the shit music, and the attitudes these people inherit from "entertainment culture" as a whole.

The intertard may have played a role, probably not a central one, but having everything be easy makes anything that's conceptually hard very distant for these people.

But they're brats. Fucking brats. Behave like fat-cheeked like useless twits of children do, but when they're FOUR. Thirteen to twenty years later, how do these people justify their behavior?

My answer is that they don't. They have no hope of anything. They don't understand their music. It doesn't fulfill them. But they keep trying. To have something. Because the other option is having nothing, which requires admitting the nothingness.

They'd rather do anything than that.

Metal / Romantic poetry
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:06:04 AM »

Surrounded By Black And Mourning Moonfog
And The Eyes Of The Dark Ones
Sempiternal Woods Wait Only For Me
A Path Opens Clearly
The Sun No Longer Rises
Over Cold And Forgotten Valleys
The Sun No Longer Rises
Where I Walk And Where I Come
I Believe In Tragedies
I Believe In Desecration
To The North And Into Eternal Winters
To The North In The Grip Of Eternal Frost


Interzone / Metal as metaphor
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:00:20 PM »
Unlike with music, however, the trend is always in one direction and there is no re-centering; it would be as if the mainstream of elite taste in music went from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath to Metallica to Slayer and onto Napalm Death. Politically that’s what much of the commentary in places like Slate sounds like to me – just some guy atonally screaming in my ear about some micro-injustice.


Interzone / The Dunning-Kruger effect
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:51:06 AM »
  • Unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.
  • Those persons to whom a skill or set of skills come easily may find themselves with weak self-confidence, as they may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.

The second half worries me. Smarter people look outside of themselves, and draw wrong conclusions; dumber people look at themselves, and draw wrong conclusions. Either way: wrong conclusions.

Also of note - how the ego can troll you into thinking you have all the answers:


Interzone / The problem with rationalism
« on: April 24, 2014, 10:59:38 AM »
The problem with rationalism is this: it tries to raise a human perspective to a universal one.

We project a lot of our own minds and what types of data-structures are convenient for them to use. When analyzing life, we break it down and fit it into those human data-structures.

We also impose the solipsistic bias, which is (a) because this is what I see, it is what everyone sees and (b) because I am seeing it, my viewpoint is absolute.

This is distinct from "I have seen reality, past my own bias, and I can't believe others do not." But from a distance and to someone has not experienced both, they look identical.

This is the root of the Crowd's poison: they wish to make the two the same on a social level. Thus, socially (meaning socializing with friends, not institutionally) we assume that self-bias equals reality-bias.

Next time you parse a public speech by a public figure, consider how it manipulates along these lines.

Interzone / How I fucked your mother and other stories.
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:19:50 PM »
I realize the internet is a big Rumpus Room. It's where people go to blow off steam.

The difference here is that we're seeking to avoid the sickness of society at large. Society is sick; every charlatan acknowledges that. But here, there's a difference: we seek solutions.

The first solution is a very simple one. It is to stop carrying the sickness with us. Since the sickness is a frame of mind and series of behaviors, task #1 is to purge those from ourselves.

I propose that this forum resolve to exclusively pursue this path, and for new users to be quiet until they think they've begun beating this disease.

Interzone / How to use the internet as a weapon
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:16:44 PM »
"Several high profile protests have circulated across the Web in the past few weeks, garnering social and news media attention — and even forcing the resignation of one high-level executive. There are two components driving the trend in Internet protests: They tend to be effective against Web services, and online networks allow people to mobilize quickly. According to a study released last month by Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication, active Web useres are likely to do far more for a cause than simply 'like' it on a website. And, because a few clicks can cancel a service, their actions carry weight. But there may be a coming backlash as people can grow tired of online activism; and corporations may also take a more proactive stance in response to them."


Who shall we target first?

Interzone / Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:08:49 PM »

Worth reading. One of my favorite books as a kid. Escape... to the void!

Metal / Intersection between hacking and heavy metal/BBS culture
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:43 PM »

I wrote an article about the cross-influence between hacking and heavy metal. It covers the use of alternative media, like BBS and AE lines, to convey a hidden truth that is shared between metalheads and hackers. The article is entitled "Hacker Metal" and it is published in Perfect Sound Forever webzine.

For those who remember the early web, Perfect Sound Forever is an e-zine that started in 1993 and has run continuously since. It derived its name from an early Sony/Philips ad designed to convince people to switch to compact disks, and covers all forms of music including a fair amount of metal.

"Hacker Metal: Heshers on the early net" by Brett Stevens

Metal / Perfect Sound Forever
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:21 PM »
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):

  Not Just Old-Timey Novelty- an appreciation and interview by Michael Layne Heath
"'The Spankers got started when my friend Guy Forsyth and I were sitting around one night, complaining about how loud our respective bands were. So we thought, 'why not go the other way and start a jug band?' So Guy pulls out all these CD's of old 'hokum jazz,' blues and jug band music that he had kept in a bookcase.'"

  Morning Phase & Desert Voyages by Owen Watson
"Greeting the recent release of Beck's new album Morning Phase are rumblings that this is the 43 year old's sequel to his similarly tuned 2002 album Sea Change: another reverb-soaked record heavy with lament and airy symphonic composition. But a close inspection finds the sequel tag to be a reductionist way of looking at the work."

  Wired in the '70's by Sam Leighty
"He had always liked jazz, classical and different kinds of unusual music from all over, including Indian and Mid-eastern music. He had been drawing on this mixture of styles since his days with The Yardbirds. As the '70's unfolded, he developed a strong infusion of jazz in his playing, beginning with his first album of that decade."

  Untangling R&B Divas by Peter Crigler
"Once upon a time, En Vogue were hailed as one of the greatest female R&B groups of all time. But then the shit hit the fan amidst pregnancy, egos and money. Now there are two different versions of the group, both touring third-rate venues. What a sad, sad state of affairs. How did it get this bad, you might ask?"

  Heshers in the Early Web by Brett Stevens
"We are drowning in information, not starving for it. But before this was commonplace, a cutting edge of innovative hackers forged a network of sites, conference calls and hidden caches of information. They then used this cobbled network to find information on music, including heavy metal.  Especially heavy metal."

  The Reggae Lion of Nasvhille by Rev. Keith A. Gordon
"Aashid Himons was a giant of a man with a leonine head haloed by a mane of lengthy, graying deadlocks, Himons was a force of nature, a charismatic musical alchemist that pursued his muse wherever it might take him. That's not the best
formula for success in the music industry, yet Himons managed to forge a career that spanned five decades, influenced countless other artists, and forever changed the image of Nashville from that of the home of country music.."

  Finnish Avant Electronix by Michael Freerix
"Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin. Since her debut in 2004, she has released four album-length works on Finland's Fonal Records and one CD on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, as
well as a series of singles on labels such as Not Not Fun and Root Strata. She earned quick praise in the international music press for her unique vocal style and daring DIY approach to music composition..."

  The Good/Bad/Ugly of Rap-Metal by Peter Crigler
"Most people look at Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine as the 'forefathers' of the scene- maybe think of them as rap-rock's Neil Young. Many people including my friends were directly influenced to start playing music because of these bands. Eventually, FNM and RATM moved away from rapping in their songs at all, particularly FNM. But their influence was already showing. Then KoRn came around in 1994 and proceeded to spawn everything that came afterwards."

  Video Interview- Electro-pop duo by Robin Cook
"Taking their name from a cute, exotic cousin of the giraffe, Okapi Sun produces impeccable, pristine electro-pop. Originally, Army brat Dallas and German-born Leo met in Berlin. They later joined forces in sunny San Diego. The captivating single "Johnny Kiss" gives you an idea of what they're capable of. The duo's debut album, Techno Prisoners, is out now."

  Its Brooklyn Connection by Amauta Marston-Firmino
"'Chicha' is a musical invention from the borderlands, a musical style that is a lot like the people here. It is neither Peruvian nor Brazilian--born in the jungle and yet totally outside of it. It mixes the tropical energy of cumbia, and the Caribbean with the post-industrial malaise of garage rock. The story of chicha begins in Pucallpa, nestled between the jungle and the mountains, where a young mane named Juan Wong Paredes played saxophone for fun..."

  Interview- Jazz Theory by Jason Gross
"Even though he had over two dozen albums to his name, history is going to remember jazz pianist/composer/arranger George Russell for something other than the music that he made. Instead, Russell's 1953 book The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is what history will remember him for and he knew that. There, Russell made the radical leap in music theory to ditch chords for scales, finding there was a great freedom to this new way of seeing and making music."

  From Folk To Electronic By James Paton
"Following on from some of the critical acclaim that was directed towards Boards of Canada's excellent Tomorrow's Harvest, I found myself inexplicably drawn towards taking stock of some of Scotland's finest musical treasures from the last thirty years or so, albums that critics evidently dismissed... I intended to to remind others of Scotland's fine musical heritage."

  Biography Excerpt by Greg Kot
"From longtime Chicago Tribune columnist and author (who's also written a Wilco bio, Learning How to Die) comes a bio of legendary soul singer Mavis Staples. As primary singer for the Staples Singers, Mavis grew up in public, singing gospel songs with her family and helping to make a name for themselves in that market. When the Staples came over to Stax Records, they were cutting more secular material and the label also had plans for Mavis herself..."

  Poet/Performer- interview by Glenn Morrow
"The poet Anne Waldman is well known as the founder (along with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. For many years, she also ran the St. Mark's poetry space. With her son, the musician Ambrose Bye she has a record label that releases spoken word work with musical accompaniment. As a poet, she has published over 40 books including The Iovis Trilogy, a nearly thousand page epic poem."

  Interview- Vinyl Nirvana by Marc Philips
". For a long time, I've been championing David Archambault and his Vinyl Nirvana site. Vinyl Nirvana has been around for almost as long... I immediately bookmarked it once I saw all of Dave's amazing restoration projects. I was particularly fascinated with all of his AR turntable restorations--I've owned both an AR-XA and an ES-1 and I'm still a big fan of these designs."

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