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Interzone / Re: What matters?
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:36:30 AM »
I am particularly interested in an alternative to achieving some sort of finality as is commonly implied in a ‘desired result’.  This would also exclude the idea of a process outweighing a result because it still aims for finality.

What’s wrong with achieving finality in a desired result? It is achieved only to be replaced by something undesirable further on down the track. The extreme right gives way to the extreme left and so on.

A way out of this would be to continually overcome without viewing life in terms of fixed endpoints. As mentioned, perhaps only rigid self-discipline can make this possible.

Interzone / Re: Metal blog commenters more likely to be African-American
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:57:10 AM »
There's really no such thing as 'gay' in prison, it's just sex.

Interzone / Re: Listenin' to poop music
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:52:38 AM »
Let me clarify, when I say "poop" I mean music thats still music, just poor music. Such as new Morbid Angel. Not "music" thats so shit that it can't even really be called music, such as what you would hear at the mall.

It would have to reach a certain standard of artistic merit to be taken seriously. But when that standard is reached, even an album that fails can still retain some useful ideas. I guess it's up to the listener to take in and reapply such ideas in a way that succeeds.

Interzone / Re: Facing reality as Mother Earth created it
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:35:47 AM »
As I see it, a functional society consists of healthy humans. It works within the forces of nature and brings death upon itself by opposing nature. Therefore, a healthy human seeks to keep society functional.

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?

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