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Interzone / Re: Love for Radio Nihil
« on: July 08, 2011, 05:45:39 PM »
So, this project is underway. We could have better progress if some of the people in this thread lent a hand in writing, hosting (and later, promoting) shows. I'm thinking Parasite, Cargest, scourge, and Galvanized. Any others interested are also welcome. Contact: info@hi.arc.tow.com to confirm your interest, and designate in what way you'd like to help.
a correction:

what we need:

anyone besides myself and annihilation going to step up?


Interzone / Re: STAFF CALL Radio Nihil
« on: May 23, 2011, 04:57:04 AM »
Also, it might not be a bad idea to break things up into a team rather than one man handling each part of one show.

  • writers compose a given weekly or bi-weekly topic and suggest fitting song selections
  • narrators with good equipment create the voice recordings
  • editors modify for quality control, assemble the media and upload

I can pitch in at the writer stage but the narrator and editor part is less of a fit at this time.
Thats the plan.

Good to hear, send me any script ideas you have and between us all we can start tweaking things and building up a backlog.

I'm not on any of the mailing lists. If theres still an internal/staff mailing list that might be useful to organise through; otherwise i'm not fond of the idea of organising via a public mailing list.

Interzone / STAFF CALL Radio Nihil
« on: May 22, 2011, 01:59:39 PM »
OK. Anyone looking to get involved in any capacity with the renewed Radio Nihil, email me at info@hiarctow.com so I can get a sense of who is involved, what they're going to do and what we're working towards. If we get organised it can happen.


Interzone / Re: Love for Radio Nihil
« on: May 14, 2011, 04:36:09 PM »
The solution is to apply the old adage of many hands makes light work. In other words, more people, like, doing stuff. Like a society, as in the fourth letter of the acronym.
I've proposed this already to a few people. Hopefully something comes of it.

what it needs:
- writers
- hosts (two or three alternating every other week, makes life miles easier. must have a decent mic at least)
- promoters (people who post links on forums, reddit, facebook etc. if everyone who read this thread at least posted the link to a new show on their facebook profile it would be something)
 - an editor to piece the audio and songs together. i can handle this and write material.

any takers?

Interzone / Re: Love for Radio Nihil
« on: May 14, 2011, 06:16:20 AM »
I'd suggest that unless its something that can be commit to long term its not worth getting into. a few new shows then its over again isn't really going to build any momentum.

really it didnt go on long enough last time. the quality wasnt high enough either. the job should be done knowing the bar needs to be raised.

Metal / Metal and Early music
« on: April 30, 2011, 09:02:05 PM »
comparison #1:
- machaut - gloria from the nostre dame mass
- timeghoul - boiling in the hourglass

comparison #2:
kyrie from the templar's chant
black sabbath - sabbath bloody sabbath

After this, […] present the Kyrie chant, whose liturgical function, at the beginning of the Mass, is to exalt divine majesty, the only force capable of remedying the weaknesses and imperfections of the human soul. Once a year, the Kyrie was sung outside the Mass, to open Vespers for Easter Day. […] But the Kyrie could also be employed to fortify the souls of the combatants when an army deployed in order of battle.


There are superficial reasons why metal compares so much to medieval music, to do with the lineage of the musical language it uses (metal started when Sabbath starting imitating horror movie music clichés - which themselves relied on a lot of 'medievally' sounding devices, because they sound 'creepy' to modern ears). More fundamentally, metal shares a dark but reverent worldview and mythic/allegoric way of describing life which is much more at home in the ancient world than it is modernity.


Cryosyncopy is back with a new album, the first in two years for the project. Black Ocean combines the moody, spacious, picturesque sound of debut album Recollection of Lost Fragments with the gritty cyberpunk beats and structures of side project Mushin. The effect is like listening to the sinister, technology pervaded world of William Gibson's Neuromancer novel.

Download or stream (via bandcamp) from Cryosyncopy's page @ hi.arc.tow


MP3 (RAR archived)

Front cover
Back cover


About Creative Commons

This album is provided as a free Creative Commons licensed download by HI.ARC.TOW. This makes it free to download and to redistribute.

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Metal / Re: Metal radio
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:58:06 PM »
I could do this in the summer.  How long does each show have to be?

For radio nihil, probably about like the others. Forty or fifty minutes isn't bad. I like the format they had. A couple songs then some esoterica commentary then back to music again.

What's the process, then?  Is each show recorded before broadcasting/release, or is it "live"?
sent you a pm.

Metal / Re: Local metal
« on: March 02, 2011, 01:59:07 PM »
the only band with an iota of musical worth is Depths of Chaos. but they need to take the training-wheels off and fire the vocalist (or at least show him another rhythm to sing). also, playing quieter when you don't know where to take a song doesn't count as development.

Metal / Re: New Burzum album 2011 (Fallen)
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:30:22 AM »
I believe this also brings about the ultimate point as we age. Most musicians fade away when it comes to retaining the power of the music

Tell Beethoven that. Metal musicians need to stop being flakes.

Metal / Re: New Burzum album 2011 (Fallen)
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:28:09 AM »
Dunkelheit just goes ABABCDA, with minor variations throughout.  Fallen is more like ABABCDCDABAB, with no variations at all.  I've never heard a pop song using the structure of any of the songs off Fallen, but I have heard pop songs using a moronically simple form of the structure used on Dunkelheit.

No, really.  I'm mildly serious.

I'd go further, and say its ABA, maybe even just A (B is really just a variation of the completed A riff). the difference between dunkelheit and belus/fallen is that A doesnt reveal everything all at once, instead it develops by expanding the riff slowly and adding in bits of transitory material to create an emerging experience in what is basically still a pop song. belus/fallen is just simplistic sugary pop.

Metal / Re: BURZUM's 8th ALBUM: FALLEN
« on: January 15, 2011, 03:58:53 PM »
"Fallen" was recorded and mixed during two weeks in Grieghallen studios, using.... an OBH Nordica Harmony 6487
kettle metal.

Interzone / Re: Good Ambient/Electronic Music
« on: December 06, 2010, 07:10:34 PM »
Saying those songs are an alternative to Mortiis is like saying Mozart is an alternative to Darkthrone.  Mortiis was not trying to recreate the music played in ancient times.  They are a thousand miles apart.

you're right I guess, because Mortiis actually has more in common with this than it does with Tallis:

Mortiis is the sound of decayed magic, like a powerful ancient spellbook found amongst ruins.  Of course, these spells would lose their power if brought into daylight.  In the cold fluorescent lighting of the modern scientific world, magic like this will be laughed at

Funny how Spem In Alium loses none of its magic in the modern age though, isn't it?

Interzone / Re: Good Ambient/Electronic Music
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:33:25 AM »
You're wrong.  Mortiis was one of the most unique, powerful, and clearly-articulated visions to come out of the black metal scene.  If you think it's dross, then that's just a lack of understanding on your part.  

wowzzz, truly outstanding stuff this:


Seriously folks, just go listen to some Early Music or some Väsen, its a hell of a lot more satisfying than this ropey two/three chord synth crap.


Interzone / Re: Good Ambient/Electronic Music
« on: December 04, 2010, 10:10:07 AM »
Out of curiosity, since you make music inspired by Biosphere, what do you think differentiates Nest's Retold from Substrata (or Eno and Budd's The Pearl, for that matter)? Are the pianos too light and frivolous? Not enough sound samples? What makes the former "fat," but the latter essential? Or is it nothing tangible, and you just have to "get it"?

Nest i'll concede that I fucked up on. worth being in the C grade though maybe (who cares ultimately? take this sort of thing as a rough guide, the moment it gets too bureaucratic it becomes lifeless). Maeror Tri and Steve Roach are just boring, Mortiis is dross.

inevitably, in an A-B-C list, the "C" section is going to be "fat."

If thats so then I dont think theres any point bothering to mention them. Rather I'd say the fat should be the D, E etc categories. An equivalent C grade metal album would be something like  Terminal Spirit Disease by At The Gates - good ideas but ruined by poor development or bad decisions.

Ildjarn is ambient music. Incantation I just assumed was for humour, still a great band.

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