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Interzone / Who are you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:09:15 AM »
Honestly, who the hell are you to me anyway? a word on my screen perhaps? The truth is I donít know you. I donít even know if you really are real (but I also donít know that youíre not real). Some of you real or unreal people even say things that make me ask myself ďÖis this guy for real?Ē And yet, somehow, in the weirdest of ways, I hope youíre all doing alright, whoever and wherever you are.

Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:58:15 AM »
I'm trying to grow vegetables and other exotic plants. I would show you all my music but it only exists in my head at the moment, plus I promised myself never to show anyone unless I can get it at least 10 times more solid than Beethoven.

Interzone / Re: Time travel.
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:53:25 AM »
That's very true. But this will basically be the challenge of my life (coupled with a desperate race against time).

And just for the record, I'm not like a third-world-er trying get to the collapsed remnants of the first world, but more so a first-world-er of the old-school just trying to get the hell out of dodge. Wish me luck!

Interzone / Re: On becoming a better king
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:30:33 AM »
No, truth is not easy, at least not for the western mind in it's current state. Who can imagine for even a moment that what they think is true, isn't? Who can notice the subconscious, or that their mind lies to them via auto-pilot? It's easy enough but oh-so-difficult. I only know because I have in the past been able to catch myself out on that and admit defeat. I guess it's a start.

Interzone / Re: Time travel.
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:19:01 AM »
the problem is that is hard to find a silent place in this society

I can sympathize with this. Where I live now, it's basically too messed up to put into words and so really I envy a lot of you that are able to live near cold and woodlands etc. To make matters more difficult there will be no escape once you put roots down (and the next big holocaust is due for kick-off).

Interzone / Re: Too easy.
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:11:41 PM »
Thinking, knowing and thinking you know.

Thinking, knowing and thinking I know.

How's that for enlightenment?

Interzone / Re: Memories of Morocco.
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:06:07 AM »
Lately, I've had this overwhelming feeling that travel is unsafe, no matter where you go. If this isn't true then I'm probably just subconsciously predicting how things might be next week (I'm good at that). It's a shame as I've always wanted to go to Nepal and a few other places. Perhaps I am to die and be reborn there some day.

Metal / Re: Industrial/EBM
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:40:32 PM »
Here's a couple more anyway:

Mortal Constraint - Seeds Of Time

Kraftwerk - Abzug/Metall auf Metall

Mentallo & The Fixer - Sacrilege

VNV Nation - Rubicon

Front 242 - Operating Tracks

Metal / Re: Industrial/EBM
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:17:33 PM »
From Sweden, land of Quorthon.

This is pretty cool. 

Most of the other stuff on the thread is pretty poppy, except for some example tracks posted.

Unfortunately this is true of most industrial. Especially coming from a metal or classical perspective, the songs are structurally very limited (and worse still over the expanse of an album). Still there are some cool ideas to be found in the genre, perhaps more so as atmosphere or sound texture.

Of particular note, Beherit - Electric Doom Synthesis blended some of this suffocating mechanical atmosphere of industrial with black metal, ambient and (?) ritual-dub . Most people either love that album or respect it for being alone in it's ambitious creative potential. It's not been matched though.

Metal / Re: Industrial/EBM
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:54:35 AM »
G.G.F.H. - Room 213 (Frozen Heart Mix)

YelworC - Sacred City (Short Mix)

Kalte Farben - Brain's Strained

Splatter Squall - Requiem

Arcana Obscura - Delusion

Front Line Assembly - Virus

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:34:18 AM »

It is indeed exciting to hear of some of the details of those two projects you were working on. And I really hope they shall someday reach fruition. If you donít mind me asking, you have previously put these projects on hold due to family and life commitments? But are you now in a position with more time to concentrate on music?

As for synths, Iím a bit of a fanatic myself (got a few vintage analogues and other nice gear). But I was very curious to know what kind of equipment you guys used on Hardangervidda as the sound you achieved on that is just perfect. A seamless blending orchestral and synth sounds. And the written material itself is exceptional. A lot of other ambient music gets repetitive but the melodic progressions and variations in your music are so well thought-out. Did you use any software, step-sequencer or external multitracker for this or just did everything on the XP-80.

Iím not too familiar with the XP-80 but itís a bit like a Korg Triton as I understand it. It might seem silly to some but a lot of people donít like to discuss the equiptment or the general compositional process by which something was achieved, I just find it fascinating. I even contacted Varg Vikernes to ask what synth he used to make pieces like Tomhet on Hvis lyset tar oss album, he would have told me but he couldnít remember, it was a synth belonging to Pytten (Grieghallen studio). I also tried to contact Pytten about it but no reply  :-\

Yes I am familiar with GGFH! Good old-fashioned industrial from a diseased mind! Some other good stuff that comes to mind is Mortal Constraint, and older stuff by Skinny Puppy etc. If you feel up to it, you should list some favourite Industrial stuff in this thread.

Interzone / Re: The Void.
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:33:44 AM »
Above the stream of Panta Rhei we see a never ending river. When we consciously dunk our heads in it, we may lose ourselves by lingering a bit too long- but in doses, it's something else.

I guess?

I think it's important to take the plunge, but probably more importantly, to have the courage to take the plunge. Almost all successive attempts to see what one sees that first time will fall short, but it's hard not to want to do that.

Curiouser and curiouser...

Interzone / Re: On the function of art
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:27:21 AM »
As is my custom, I totally agree with crow.

Metal / Re: Top tier metal of the last decade (2003 - 2013)
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:24:21 AM »
To me, Oath bound is way better than Old Mornings Dawn though. OMD is quite uninspiring except for three songs.

I thought Oath Bound sounded a bit too linear and repetitive compared to the follow-up. Though I can see what they are trying to accomplish and for the most part they succeed at it.

Oath Bound was too linear???? @@

Independently of the vagueness of the term, I am going to roll with that description and assume I interpreted it correctly.  I usually use this term in the context of structure arrangement, but it seems you are using it to describe something along the lines of texture.

As far as I could tell, there was more voice independence in Oath Bound (thus more widening of the sound, more divergence; contrapunctal), which is why I liked it more than OMD (which sounds more "linear" -- line-dependent-- to me) at first. But then I learned to appreciate them as two different approaches.  OMD  has less independence in the voices and not only chord completion among them but echoing a same idea or melody from one instrument to the other. Oath Bound's independence in the voices means you will hear more DIFFERENT ideas going on at the same time (similar to what you can hear in the Khazad-Dum, from the album Dol Goldur. that being said, I did not think it was too messy, but it is rather difficult to control and it is probably the reason why it seems to get boggy at times.  OMD sounds, to me, more focused and rather efficient at achieving a solid result.

I was actually thinking in terms of the structural arrangement of individual songs (something which has long been their biggest obstacle). Perhaps as an album, Oath Bound is more sweeping and has a better progression between each song, but the songs themselves rely on a formula that, though well hidden, becomes a bit predictable after 5 minutes. Many people have identified this as their downfall, suggesting that they should either trim the songs down or inject more 'feral' energy etc.

Old Mornings Dawn overcame this somewhat by relying less on a sequential formula and expanding the thematic cross-over within individual songs, allowing for a greater immersive experience within, yet not between, each song. Still I think it is a big step forward.

Interzone / Re: The Void.
« on: March 23, 2014, 02:03:21 PM »
Aquarius; I hear what you say. I would even say that anxiety necessitates creativity. Have you ever felt creative without being at least a little anxious ("how will this turn out?")? Not I. Neither can I imagine feeling anxiety without any creativity. That would be hell.

I see this as the process of overcoming. Anxiety is a by-product of uncertainty and a necessary part of the process (that which does not kill me, makes me stronger). And of course the greater the adversity, the broader the spectrum of potential (the sweeter the victory!)

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