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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?

Interzone / Re: Esotericism
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:31:10 AM »
Exoteric: come join our club!
Esoteric: you got an invitation?

Interzone / Re: Achievements
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:25:29 AM »
Sometimes, it's too early in a life. Some of the best bloom late.

Hope this is true, and for the most part I think it is. More can be achieved with perseverance than with the 'live fast, die young' mentality. I've never been able to identify with that. People like Jim Morrison are a fluke. But at the same time one gets to a point where they must make it happen.

Metal / Re: Crust Punk
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:14:36 AM »
I like Amebix and Discharge. Amebix sounds kind of like Bathory with a socio-political rather than spiritual agenda. Will have to check out Neurosis.

Metal / Re: Best Of Lists
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:10:24 AM »
I agree that their is a use for 'best of' lists especially in terms of directing the uninitiated. On a personal level someone could be a technical death metal fanatic or into raw, ultra-fast black metal or even ambient and so their personal bests or favourites will differ. This doesn't make their taste any more or less inferior as it doesn't go beyond individual preference. What is best for the community however should encompass and evaluate those preferences to form one coherent and historically informed framework.

I found a diagram with some value to the taxonomists.

Thanks for the link. I remember this from a few years back and had forgotten all about it. Pretty cool stuff.

Interzone / Re: Achievements
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:44:56 AM »
This question is harder to answer than it seems.

I have to say I feel some small progress on a personal level but that it is difficult to measure or see how and when it occurred exactly. One thing would be developing a greater sense of connection towards the earth and people in general which is a stark contrast to extreme LSD fuelled realizations of isolation experienced some 6-7 years ago.

On the whole I would feel very disappointed if I were to die now as there are still a great many things I intend to do and experience in this life.

I think if someone created a great album as opposed to some half-assed or poser album to leave on earth during their life this would count as an accomplishment of sorts.

Being able to sort trash from treasure is also an accomplishment as is the person that helps others see the difference.

Interzone / Re: Change your mind?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:46:30 AM »
Breathing and sunlight = Meditation for lack of a better word. I've been trying to learn as much about this as possible, but so far what I've learned is that it cannot really be learned, only done.

Interzone / Re: Drunk, Destructive, and Disturbed
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:32:24 AM »
I hadnít even heard of this guy before now but would probably conclude even from a cursory glance that he has multiple personality disorders as a result of a troubled past. Nothing special really as the world is full of such dysfunctional fools eager to lash out at whoever they can whenever they can, thus he is more media-puppet than individual.

What is even more disturbing than such a troubled existence is the way normal folk seem to get off on it as though by comparison they are able to validate their own purpose in the world. I couldnít think of anything further from the hessian perspective (not directed at OP).

Interzone / Re: Happiness?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:30:18 AM »
It is said that addiction is the inability to experience satiation. This makes for an interesting parallel with desire/satisfaction. A disorder of the soulís on/off switch.

Personally I find it hard to define/re-define Ďhappinessí as though there are different forms of it. It is more like a by-product of functionality and connection with the world beyond oneself. Being honest with oneself, there is no question about what happiness is.

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?

Interzone / Re: The biggest question at the core of civilization
« on: June 16, 2013, 01:25:38 AM »
Feminism is largely to blame, here.
I notice more and more, that women no longer resemble women at all.
Men are slow to notice this, but subconsciously, they no longer give women the care and protection they once did.

Agree. When I first travelled to Russia it was asthough I had never seen women before. They were just too pretty, and men didn't seem the least bit faggy, nerdy or undeserving of such women. Well anyway the western world is just a disgusting, unbalanced mess and I would certainly hope not to be reincarnated here again in any form.

Also found this interesting:


Metal / Re: Indian classical music
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:30:03 AM »
Found this piece to be truly amazing, maybe even life-changing for me.

What's the raga? I can't identify it and there is nothing in the video or description. Thumris and dadras are great but the most accomplished musicians reserve peak, serious work for Khyal. I wish this weren't the case because khyal can turn into a completely musical exercise but to appreciate the true gravity of this music one needs to develop their listening towards khyal. It demands patience.

Hearing this on the radio was my first serious exposure to hindustani classical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQhpLpiUoHw

Not sure of the raga as the LP sleeve info only credits the piece as Dadra. She sings two other khayals on the recording (listed as raga desi todi and raga yaman). I find thumris evoke an intense emotion of yearning or longing, whereas Khayal is more hypnotic and dreamy like a third eye phasing in and out of focus.

Still learning the basics really  ;)


These shots always do it for me. It is simply the visualized essence of that music.

Ildjarn actually had a site about 10 years ago when he made this semi-comeback and released a few older works on Northern Heritage. The site was quite good as it also contained a gallery of shots he had taken while trekking, some of which ended up on the Ildjarn-Nidhogg and Hardangervidda releases, but there were many others of which, unfortunately, I only saved a few.

Interzone / Re: Suicide
« on: June 12, 2013, 03:07:04 AM »
Suicide is wrong because most people don't do it on a philosophical basis. They do it when they've temporarily lost at evolution, in an emotional fit. usually the cause is fixable.
I have no problems at all with old people killing themselves, the deformed, the infertile, etc.

Your viewpoint seems to put humanity in the same evolutionary equation as all other organisms, but I think it might be too complex a situation for that to apply.

As I see it, people that have children without following it through to make sure they grow into worthwhile people are only polluting the world by adding to it's dysfuntion. And there's plenty of that going on.

On the other hand you could have people in positions of social, cultural or political influence that bring about positive change in the world without having produced any children of their own. In other words seeing humans as part of a greater 'social organism' rather than just individuals.

Metal / Re: Indian classical music
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:26:32 PM »

Found this piece to be truly amazing, maybe even life-changing for me.

Any other hessians out there still exploring the classical music of India?

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