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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 ďhe knew he could achieve anything he wanted, but that the moment he set about doing it, it became impossibleĒ.

Thatís 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.

Interzone / A Dark Dream
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:27:48 AM »
I canít see a thing. All I can feel are peopleís 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 arenít. 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).

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?

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

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.

Metal / Musical ornamentation in death-metal
« on: September 07, 2013, 11:50:37 PM »

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).

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 donít 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?

Interzone / Head in the clouds
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:28:37 AM »

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

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?

Interzone / Disorder inspires imaginative ideas
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:47:27 AM »


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?

Interzone / Connection vs Attachment
« on: August 08, 2013, 03:47:24 AM »
Connection is about the highest, mightiest thing in life that I can conceive of. The life-long love for another person. The memory of that landscape (whatever it might be) frozen in your mind. Beauty. Terror. The point at which music seems a greater motivating force than the transient, everyday rabble.

Basically, a reason beyond the self, coupled with the thought that one day you will be dead and that even physical pain will be nothing compared to the inevitable loss of whatever connections you were able to make in life as you see it coming to an end.

Interzone / Point of reference
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:42:30 PM »
Humility      <------------------------->    Pride

Wanting       < ------------------------>    Needing

Thinking         <--------------------->   Feeling

World               <------------------>    Self

Love                   <-------------->    Fear

Freedom          <--------------->      Responsibility

Sense         <-------------------->      Filter

Night       <------------------------>    Day

Me            <--------------------------->   You

God              <---------------------->   Gods

Moral            <-------------------->   Post-moral

Animal            <---------------------->     God

Dream        <------------------------>       Reality

 Binary            <--------------->      Context

Communication   <------->    Entertainment
    Conscious      <---->    Subconscious

                Life      <-->    DEATH!


Interzone / Impression of reality
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:54:01 PM »
Recently I was looking at paintings by the French impressionists (esp. Monet, Signac) and find that I am very much drawn to the style of this time period. As the title implies it is as though these painters take an impression of what they saw rather than try and construct reality verbatim.

My question is: do you think this constitutes in any way a preference for non-reality or is it that what we think of as reality isnít always what it is?

If this is the case, does it then depend on a given individual and what exactly their impression of reality is? Or at least that it aligns with your own?

Interzone / Genesis of Melody
« on: July 04, 2013, 05:00:29 PM »
Can you wonder at it?

A Celtic melody sounds this way, a French or German melody that way. Same could be said for Greece, Persia, India and really as far and deep as you care to look. Basically you have a group and the tendency is, like language to diverge and develop an idiosyncratic identity that subconsciously mirrors it. On top of that is the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and other developments which occur only under the grand forces of time.

But where does that particular affinity for favouring that particular combination of notes come from? I cannot narrow it down to a logical reason other than that it is somewhat hard-wired into the soul, something even the most extremely individualistic composer is bound by.

Observing this genealogy in metal can be even more interesting than that of strictly traditional music. Examples of some of the more obvious strains that strike me are:

Incantation - Profanatica -> Demoncy
Blasphemy -> Impaled Nazarene - Beherit  <- Bathory
Bathory -> (+ Hellhammer) ->The entire pantheon of early Norwegian black metal.

For black metal I think this was best exemplified in Darkthroneís Transylvanian Hunger or the works of Ildjarn which is essentially a distillation of that melodic form. The sheer recombinance of riffs over the Ildjarn discography speaks volumes for the subconscious and this gravitational pull within the soul.

As an aside I occasionally experienced some odd phenomena myself while out walking in woods and meadows. A melody passes through my head, seemingly unique in all the world, then at a later date I have heard it or some similar variant being used in someone elseís music. You could say they beat me to it, unless they actually did it before I had thought of it, though I honestly canít recall having heard it before, at least not in this life ;)

Can you wonder at the DNA of a soul?

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