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Interzone / What matters?
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:11:24 AM »
It is not that a result is achieved in itself, but that a continual process endures from one’s efforts. One might also consider that the process itself works as a result. I struggled to find something this wouldn’t apply to.

Interzone / Re: Alien Invasion: Already here?
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:39:27 AM »
I ask because the only person I know who has taken DMT reported seeing an alien holding a lightsaber who told him he wasn't ready. He now believes that these aliens are coming and has resolved to train with "fire staffs" as they best simulate a light saber and to prepare his body for "mech combat" which I took to mean giant robots. This was supposed to happen in a matter of a few years. Now I'm usually a pretty open minded guy and have read some stuff about the esoteric side of DMT, but this particular fellow crushed the legitimacy of it for me. He used acid and mushrooms prior to this for roughly 2 years. He isn't dumb guy, a bit egotistical and butt end of most jokes, so it's hard to completely write off his experience.

I have two other buddies who have done psychedelics. It's interesting to me that one of them experienced something not unlike Cargests tales, while the other experienced nothing significant but a pleasing body high and a lot to do with lights and colors being much different than usual.

I've drawn similar conclusions. From my own brief experiences and observations, it is fascinating but pointless. The supposed insights gained originate in non-realities which the user then appears unnaturally fixated on (rather insightless really). At this point, everything I need is already contained in reality.

Interzone / Re: Listenin' to poop music
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:45:13 AM »
I find inferior music annoying. It wastes my time and makes me feel asthough my mind is rotting.

Why is there no quality-control in death metal any more?

Surely, it's not just because Euronymous died.

Metal / Re: Generic bands that have had one quality composition.
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:36:18 AM »
As far as the topic of the thread goes, I'm at a bit of a loss as far as one-hit wonder bands go. I'm definitely a "whole album" type of listener, so pretty much every band I listen to on a regular basis managed to put out at least one overall "good" album.

Agreed, otherwise it can be likened to the pop-music approach of randomly hitting on success as opposed to creating a coherent artisitic statement from one's inner vision. It amounts to nothing. Even a single moment of brilliance is meaningless when it fails to connect with the greater whole.

Consider even the failure of a once great band like Burzum. Unless one is appalled by the idea of distinction, it can't be helped that even the validity of his best works comes into question as an otherwise immortal, untainted legasy is ruined.

Metal / Re: Essential J.S. Bach
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:57:24 AM »
Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

Art of the Fugue, see: Musica Antiqua Köln

There isn't an internet upload of this anywhere but I found an enticing organ rendition by the great Helmut Walcha.

A sample of Musica Antiqua Köln's recording: Contrapunctus 1

Thank you for the Walcha.

The instrumentation alternates between a small chamber (period) string ensemble, sometimes with continuo, and solo harpsichord. Although solo keyboard is probably the intended instrumentation, the performance is timeless.

If you plan to obtain a hard copy of this performance, I recommend this version, if you don't mind used CD's. The performance of A Musical Offering is also exceptional.

Many thanks, I ordered this from amazon and it is an excellent recording. I am now trying to download the Brandenburg concertos played by Musica Antiqua Köln found here, as I'm currently only familiar with the Il Giardino Armonico rendition.

I also discovered what looks to be an interesting documentary about Bach, The Art of Fugue, Helmut Walcha and his pupil George Ritchie who later gives a lecture including practical examples from the work. Once again there is no full upload to be found as yet.

Metal / Re: Lord Worm on mediocre bands
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:26:10 AM »
Well, to be fair, later career Wagner is philistine garbage.
I really hope you're not referring to Parsifal, regardless, this is a pretty bold statement.  I'd like to hear some kind of justification for this opinion.

Nietzsche condemned Wagner's Parsifal for using intoxicatingly beautiful music to lull the listener into ideological submission, or something like that.

As it happens, I haven't even heard the entire opera (any recommendations?). Needless to say, the music from act II Klingsor's garden is absolutely sublime, and surely represents a complete fruition of the dense harmonic texture that Wagner was able to build and direct at ease.

Interzone / Enjoy the Violence?
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:29:41 PM »
Violence (suffering, brutality) will always occur naturally to varying extents and it is only in our reaction to it that a measure of dysfunction can be gauged.

As I see it, a fearful, neurotic reaction would attempt to overcome this by eliminating inequality as the perceived cause.

Rejecting this while becoming increasingly frustrated by an omnipresent world of decay, one might adopt the opposite point of view, thus becoming callous and insensitive.

I think both approaches are at odds with nature and therefore incur an even greater violence.

A balanced reaction would be that the person acknowledges violence as part of larger process without necessarily embracing it; thus to seek understanding of the various mechanisms which underpin our civilization. Perhaps if enough people could understand this, the conditions which give rise to violence would significantly diminish.

Interzone / Re: War Against the Wise: Divide and Conquer
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:25:19 PM »
Somewhat overlapping with the thread made about lack of youth alternatives, it's hard not to notice it's difficult for bright kids to meet each other. Ever since the scene fell apart more or less completely in the mid 90's it's been hard for kids on the same page to meet each other.

No wonder we aren't getting any great bands anymore, the underground scenes that they would meet each other in have evaporated. Churches and Universities are obviously no longer places of thought either, generally speaking.

Interaction brings ideas to the fore, but isolation gives ideas strength.

Interzone / Re: Fate
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:21:48 PM »
If there are so many variables at play, then fate itself becomes more of a variable rather than something predetermined. Self discipline vs environment makes more sense.

Interzone / Re: What have you been reading lately?
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:10:25 PM »
As far as philosophy or fiction is concerned... most of it bores me. Sometimes I'll be inspired by a bit of "wisdom" here and there, but otherwise a lot of metaphysics is redundant, aesthetic stuff. For most of us, we still need food to eat and a place to sleep.

I can't read too much philosophy, in fact the only Nietzsche I've read and enjoyed was Thus Spake Zarathustra as this would exist more in the realm of romantic idealism than reason. For me to enjoy a fictional work it generally has to be along these lines also, contributing something useful and practical in a worldview.

Other books of frequent use would include organic gardening, plant, wildlife identification etc.

Metal / Re: Paysage d'Hiver interview, 2012
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:02:20 AM »
Yes, surprisingly very mature and level-headed response to questions ( in contrast to either pretending to be a vampire or showing some mock front of normality). I haven't really listened much to his works either, so where would be a good place to start? if it's worth the effort?

Interzone / Re: Poseurism and the burden of the accuser
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:09:06 PM »
This thread calls to mind various points brought up in an article of this site entitled Music as an Expression of Abstract Form. Though I can't find a direct link, it is well worth a read when considering the value of music as a social or non-social medium of communication. Perhaps it would be either, depending on where a person fits into the grand scheme of life; they seek art or entertainment. To me it is not so unthinkable that there exist these divisions and inequalities occurring naturally in every facet of life.

Metal / Re: Death/Black Metal chronology
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:54:47 PM »

Forgot the 80's list as I tend to separate the two era's of Black Metal. Its up there now though.

I always considered most 80s material as a genre of its own. Early Sepultura, Possessed, Kreator, Celtic Frost etc are no more death metal than they are black metal. Good effort with the chronological list by the way.

Interzone / Re: Happiness versus serenity
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:51:47 PM »
Distortion of value-systems seems to be the primary symptom of a collapsing civilization. The person can't see beyond their own pleasure as the highest value, and will violently defend this to no end (well, if you're unlucky enough to have to drive to work maybe you see this as symbolism played out first hand). To further confuse matters, the most motivated altruists among us invariably burn out before taking idealism at gunpoint.

Interzone / Re: Animal/bird relationships.
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:18:30 PM »
I have the highest respect for animal and plant life as it exists in harmony with the earth. Humanity on the other hand, with its capacity for want rather than need, has complicated things not only to the point of its own destruction, but also that of a once harmonious earth.

The animal and plant world strive on nevertheless, even domestic animals acting as some twisted caricature of humanity often revert back to their primal nature. Observing the nature of the earth and realizing our part in its functioning is a simple way to save the situation (or ourselves if nothing else).

I often think about this stuff while gardening and birdwatching.

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