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There are hard drugs, but I feel the article also relates to more subtle addictions like fast food, shopping or watching TV. These are all easy way to pleasure yourself in a society where everyone is concerned with him or herself alone. These occupations have the same effect as heroin. They are not deadly to your body, but to your mind.
This is a Black Panther pamphlet from 1970. It is still very relevant today. The premise is that in a Capitalist society dope is a necessary illness.
The government is well aware of the fact that even if they were able to stop the importation of heroin, dope dealers and addicts would simply find another drug to take its place. The government is totally incapable of addressing itself to the true causes of drug addiction, for to do so would necessitate effecting a radical transformation of this society. The social consciousness of this society, the values, mores and traditions would have to be altered. And this would be impossible without totally changing the way in which the means of producing social wealth is owned and distributed. Only a revolution can eliminate the plague.
This is Your Brain on Music is a good book, you should read it. It will provide you with many answers. As for myself, I should say that as a kid I was taught piano for a few years while in actuality I was not very fond of (any) music at all. Now, several years later, I enjoy lots of music (including classical like you mentionned) and I realise I dumb I was not to take the opportunity to learn piano seriously. Yes, we do get more intelligent, but we (or at least I) also get more pretentious and aware of the impression we might leave on others. It's always good to drop a little "Fauré" or "Gould" in a discussion - keeps the others in check. You know what I mean? I do feel there is a part of (some) people's general appreciation of music such as jazz and classical that has to do with pretense.
I do not consume cannabis because the people selling it look strange and thus I do not trust the product. Would it be legal (in Canada) and the production of quality cannabis encouraged, I would probably try cannabis. I wonder if in the Netherlands, where I believe it is legal, the quality is monitored.
Personally, I started to appreciate opera with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". You are already skeptical about librettos hence you might not like the story behind "Madama Butterfly", but the music is great. I was told to look for the subtle things that make Puccini good. For example, closely listen to the ambient choruses that subtly accompany singers. Also, examine how Puccini progressively builds powerful melodies out of arias and subsequently interrupts the sound of voices right before the melodic climax (i.e. Turandot's "Nessun Dorma").
« on: March 03, 2010, 12:33:33 AM »
We could extend this discussion to how recording music is "killing" music (classical music especially). Remember there was a time when you actually had to learn to play an instrument in order to enjoy music (or at the very least, most likely if you were bourgeois, go to a concert). I believe on the other hand that recording contemporary music is not such an issue because the recording is more or less part of the creative process.
I recommend Josef Suk, a student of Dvorak, and his "Asrael" symphony. I remember somebody here made me discover Frederick Delius and his "Mass of Life" inspired by the works of Nietzsche. I suggest you listen to that too if you do not know the piece. To my knowledge, he is generally overlooked. Delius incorporated elements of Afro-American music in his work before Gershwin did.
Good thread, I appreciate metal vocals myself and consider them important in creating the desired atmosphere in a song. The guttural sounds of the early Napalm Death albums (especially on the Peel sessions album) particularly appeal to me. I consider them essential to the music Napalm Death seem to have wanted to create at that time. I feel today most death metal bands share vocals that have too much in common, as if they had willingly chose to elect only the median form of growl. I also do believe Demilich singer sung in a toilet since I have yet to find out how he actually manipulated his voice.
This article is completely irrelevant. This is why I stopped classifying music that way (metal, etc.). To me there is good music and bad music. Mastodon is just crap. Boris is great (although their distortion-heavy experiments sometimes fail). One thing is certain, telling people not to snob "hipsters" (with the premise that everyone is equal) is hipster (so is being vegetalian).
What I'm seeing here in many of these posts holds little substance. The higher echelons of society are the areas where any human being should aspire to be. My uncle's story gave me great inspiration - he graduated from a state school when he was only 20 and was listening to Morbid Angel, Sepultura, Slayer and Metallica whilst he applied for Medical School, and finaly got accepted at Duke University. Nearly 20 years later, he has an MD and a PHD - teaches at a University and mocks students who listen to electronic music and poppy rock music. He still wears an earring, still fancies a Slayer t shirt whenever he's not teaching and still buys CD's.
Funny aside: I have a friend whose father is a pathologist. He told me some metal albums in the family collection often went missing and that they could only be at his father's workplace. The man is most likely performing autopsies to the music of Metallica and the likes.
I believe I have read somewhere that King Diamond is a pharmacist.