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Interzone / Is death even real?
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:59:34 PM »
Since time immemorial.

A concept of life and death in flux, life preceeding death, death preceeding life has permeated the deepest depths of the (animal or human) soul.

It is a concept shared to variable extents across innummerable human cultures (perhaps even invariably).

Excepting, of course,our own modern concept of a culture.

 :'(

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Metal / GMA/Gamma/gM4
« on: October 04, 2013, 04:52:23 PM »
As some of you may know, Marko Laiho aka Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance of Beherit is said to have had a fairly prolific yet largely unheard of career in the world of electronic music. Personally I love the electronic stuff (especially EDS and Suuri Shamaani) but have been surprised to find so few other works listed under his name.

Recently I came across a few things he seems to have been involved in and will no doubt be seeking them out. It’s a short list, but if anyone else has any other info or further commentary on the matter it would greatly appreciated.

Nimetön ‎– Untitled One
Poleeni – Poleeni EP
Nemesis-Sky-Archeology
Sensien – Some Make Quiet Machines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_98jRQq8NA
Thought this track was pretty cool anyway.

Also this:
http://ambient.cx/
If any of you are any good and reading code?


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Metal / Infester lyrics
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:12:24 AM »
Quote
I love [....] drowning in oceans of diarrhoea

Couldn't be more well apt to the this board after it merged with commerce.

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Interzone / Multivitamins
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:46:57 AM »
Do these work? are they to be given any credibility? Do you take any or can attest to their value?
Or is it just an upcoming industry that rivals the big pharmaceutical companies?

Some interesting arguments:

Some say that our modern farming methods have depleted the naturally occurring nutritional properties in what can currently be produced, making multivitamin supplements an essential, yet on the other hand they insist on it not replacing a balanced diet. I am naturally a little cynical about most things science, especially since just about anything that has recently been found in a study (and read about in a paper) could and often is later found to be wrong (in another paper).

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Metal / Motivation and its inherent self-destruct mechanism
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:35:10 AM »
I recently watched a documentary on the late, (once) great Syd Barret whereby after his initial explosion of creative impetus and subsequent popularity he had found himself in what was possibly the most severe state of psychological burnout imaginable, something that has been contemplated time and again by his fans and in general contemporary music culture for the better part of half a century.

I remember they interviewed a well-wishing queer that had taken him in and whom he lived with as a flatmate in the subsequent years that followed as having said he felt he knew exactly what Syd was thinking at any given time (and that for most of the time it was the same thing); Laying back on his mattress in the next room, arms folded behind his head, starring up at the ceiling “he knew he could achieve anything he wanted, but that the moment he set about doing it, it became impossible”.

That’s about as honest and accurate as I think it gets, oddly enough, and to be honest I hate it. Perceived greatness at that time meant that when you hit the brick wall, you either burn out or die at peak. Art as always carries its inherent zeitgeist and in modern times it is all too often immortalized through that brief flash of brilliance (which is more often than not simply what could be) as opposed to a long and steady dedication to a craft, something less desperate and more stable that at the very least will only grow from previous strengths.

Perhaps metal sought out an alternative to this with its constant striving for and emphasis on the eternal and the image of being true. But for the most part this is so thoroughly negated by the almost inevitable phenomena of selling out, in which case I think it probably is better to die at peak.

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Interzone / A Dark Dream
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:27:48 AM »
I can’t see a thing. All I can feel are people’s bodies, writhing, pushing, falling and pulling. All are trying to get somewhere, but just where the hell that is, no one knows. Some are helpful, most aren’t. Writhing, pushing, falling and pulling in a structure that resembles some invisible, insurmountable mountain of flesh. Insurmountable due to its own material form; us (with the capacity for connection and a hell of a lot of disconnection).

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Interzone / Fullmoon
« on: September 24, 2013, 01:15:19 AM »
Don't mean to sound too superstitious, but we are now at around the time of the spring/autumnal equinox depending on where you reside in the dry lands of this planet . And I can't help but feel something major has changed. Apart from two people I sort of knew (know of) dying. Everything seems really ramped up and chaotic. People are really snappy. And I have an extra hard time trying not to snap back. Motivation/creativity fluctuates on Richter-scale type proportions.

I recall a similar phase with another couple of deaths some 3 months ago at the time of winter/summer solstice.

Can the seasons, weather conditions and moon phases exert effects on humanity as is the case with other creatures? Or is it more comforting for us to use a word coincidence in the absence of what can consciously be perceived?

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Metal / Spinning in Reverse
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:01:31 AM »

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Interzone / Beyond a Man's Cave
« on: September 19, 2013, 03:17:47 AM »
Ildjarn had the Hardanger highlands, Nietzsche had the forests and foothills of Sils Maria.
It seems a common enough theme that a man must have something to write home about.

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Metal / Musical ornamentation in death-metal
« on: September 07, 2013, 11:50:37 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ornaments

While looking at this article on the perhaps non-essential bells and whistles that help make music somewhat more musical, I began to wonder how much of this can be found in death-metal. Indeed, the genre may even have developed its very own idiosyncratic musical ornaments without realizing it or at least feeling the need to put a name to it. Perhaps even the overt lack of or disregard for ornamentation is in itself a form of it (thinking particularly of the stylistic shift between the first and second Darkthrone albums).

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Interzone / Flatline
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:15:33 AM »
For a moment there, [our protagonist] thought he was onto something. He could see things clearly and had a healthy concept of where he fits into it all. Creative ideas came with a rush and a roar, but then expanded beyond the point of him having any ability to act on them. He recalled observing similar effects in emotions, which, when left unchecked, grow and diverge to a point where they drown out the spirit and it effectively dies.

I honestly feel better when happy and sad don’t come into the equation. But even this state of non-emotion seems short lived. Is transcendence even possible or are we just riding the storm winds of continuous flux that is life in the modern world?

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Interzone / Head in the clouds
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:28:37 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL9HXNQmBIg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPV_N0aHztY

Clouds sped up show you what most people wouldn't notice.
Imagine what could be noticed if the mind could slow down a little.

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Metal / Expendable and disposable art
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:30:53 AM »
If you take art to be a communication of ideas in the abstract, does it not then become a question of the information that is intended to be communicated (and to a lesser extent, the form it takes)? From this perspective you might consider whether the information is era-specific (i.e. socio-political) in which case it doesn't matter that that artwork or the genre/movement which produced it eventually died out so long as it communicated something relevant at the time or on the other hand whether a given artwork transcends time by the sheer intensity and monumental nature of its arrival.

I wonder about this as the top ten metal albums of any given year after '98 (and this might even be stretching it for some) seldom hold interest in the long term let alone all the flotsam upon which it floats.

Are these releases then to be seen as a kind of era-specific fill-in while we wait for something that transcends it to arrive?

I wonder, would the metal community at this point even recognize it if it did?

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Interzone / Disorder inspires imaginative ideas
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:47:27 AM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2385384/University-Minnesota-study-finds-working-cluttered-environment-makes-creative.html

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10910094

Probably flawed (especially as regards defining creativity in the first place) but interesting nonetheless. Do any creative people here have a preference for tidy of messy? and what do you make of it?

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