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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 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?

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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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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.

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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!

                             :)

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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?

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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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Interzone / Change your mind?
« on: June 16, 2013, 01:42:40 AM »
Iíve been thinking how great it must be to have a mind that is flexible as opposed to solid and unmoving. This is because a solid mind can be broken by experiences that a flexible mind would not.
 
On the other hand being too flexible could reduce the capacity for strength and concentration when needed, so perhaps the key once again is balance.

If this is not what you already have, is it something you want to become and how would you go about doing it. If this is you (i.e. you have been able to change your mind for the better), how did you do it? What was step one?

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Metal / Getting it and overdoing it
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:17:06 AM »
It has often been said that certain pieces of music might take a while to fully sink in. I know that even in my own experience as a metal listener, it might take repeated sitting before really appreciating a particular album.

On the flip-side, do you ever find that there are certain classic albums which are undoubtedly important beyond all else to metal history as well as your own personal development as a listener that just donít have the same effect they once had? (I donít mean stuff that seemed cool but turned out to be sub-par further on down the track).

I feel that there are a few albums Iíve listened to almost inside out and theyíve become like a solved mystery after a while, they donít blow me away anymore. Perhaps this is where live performances come to good use, as depending on the level of accuracy in execution or improvisation, one might see a familiar piece in a new light.
 
Anyone ever have this problem and if so how does one overcome it?

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