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Metal / Re: Essential J.S. Bach
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:57:24 PM »
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 09, 2012, 05:26:10 PM »
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, 04:29:41 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, 04:25:19 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, 04:21:48 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, 04:10:25 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 04, 2012, 08:02:20 PM »
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, 04:09:06 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, 02:54:47 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, 03:51:47 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, 03:18:30 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.

Metal / Re: Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:15:07 PM »
The original marked the beginning of my disinterest in the band so hopefully this re-recording is an improvement, certainly the latest Lord Wind album was top notch.

Metal / Re: Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:04:03 PM »
Which 3 Summoning's would you consider the worthy ones? I assume Nightshade Forests for sure but feel the other two could go anyway between Dol Guldur, Stronghold, Minas Morgul, or Oath Bound.

I would guess Minas Morgul, Dol Guldur and Oath Bound. No Nightshade Forests.

This is correct as the other two don’t constitute fully formed works; Nightshade Forests being an experimental EP and Stronghold being a somewhat shaky start to a new direction. I like Nightshade Forests and the first couple of tracks from Stronghold have some magic as well but to listen to the album as a whole is just painful.

Perhaps such works could be kept as a study much like later Emperor (technical skill vs death of artistic cohesion) but at the same time, why bother?

I also believe the initial impetus and success of great works is not some balancing act of getting it right by including all the right elements, but is more of a subconscious offering that flows as naturally and spontaneously as breath; the simple result of environment and necessity.

To that end, one could listen to something like In the Nightside Eclipse time and time again only to find it endlessly enduring, as they become like a child again, exploring in a great, vast forest. There aren’t too many albums like this, but the quality of the few improves the background of my mind and is more than enough to keep me occupied (thus not having to justify time spent on lesser works).

Metal / Re: Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:42:17 PM »
I used to adore the pants off of Beyond Sanctorum by Therion. However I keep getting hung up on all the block head chugga chugga filler riffs. Half of this album is solid gold, the rest is aggravatingly pedestrian

Not much filler on this classic, Beyond Sanctorum is natural selection itself, building from simple elements an architectural narrative of imagery that transcends genre.

It's not stylistically novel by today's standards but then, when choosing a riff, the best metal would rather eschew the most attention grabbing for one that fits the greater purpose of composition and, that word again, narrative.

I'd give it another bash or seven before dumping it.


When I first heard this album I considered it "good but rock-based"
now I say it's "rock-based but good"  ;)

Interzone / What have you been reading lately?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:35:28 PM »
I am reading The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima and am currently into the second book of this tetrology.  It’s like philosophy converted to art and I am simply spellbound by it.

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