What are you listening to at the moment?

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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Mimesis » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:19 am

Prompted by a discussion that I was recently lucky enough to have, about what music has genuinely touched ones deep spiritual core, I have been able to revisit and once again adore a composer whom has in the past touched this within me....

Ludwig van Beethoven.

For the past few months, I have only been able to listen to sparse, minimal and drawn out music, for predominantly piano. Anything with anymore energy and impetus has been impossible to me for quite some time.

However, I have started to find once more what initially encapsulated me about Beethoven. His obsessive study of small motifs sends me into something of a trance. One small phrase is repeated, developed and revisited in both verbatim and variation throughout his work.
Not by far my favourite work of his, but one of the most dramatic examples of this must, for me at least, be his fifth symphony.
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby obnoxion » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:06 pm

Lords of the New Church is one of my favourite rock bands, and this video for their song "Dance With Me" is - though vaguely disturbing - very powerful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CYN14Ki5o8
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Ormr » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:41 am

Agalloch's "The Mantle" album has been in regular rotation. This album always makes me think of winter and has a certain soothing calm to it.
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Heith » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:09 pm

After a really long time I am now listening to black metal. "Henbane" by Cultes des Ghoules. I always liked this album a lot.

But I'm sure I'll soon go back to pretentious Renaissance music :D
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby obnoxion » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:20 pm

Great Punk from 90's Dusseldorf. This song is inpired by the Clockwork Orange.
(By the way, I just realized that Die Toten Hosen could be translated as "Necro Pants"... could it?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-yqPhItr8
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Nefastos » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:20 pm

Faust: "Lo contempla. / Ei muove in tortuosa spire / e s'avvicina lento alla nostra volta. / Oh! se non erro, / orme di foco imprime al suol!"
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Smaragd » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:54 pm

obnoxion wrote:(By the way, I just realized that Die Toten Hosen could be translated as "Necro Pants"... could it?)
It just might be so. :) Visiting Iceland I just missed the museum that has such pants on display. Not sure if those are the only piece of such item in the world? We were coming from a trip around the island and had no more energy for detours.

For a week or so I've had a sudden surge of the greatest grounding music I know, Leevi and the Leavings. They made observant songs about ordinary lives and tragedies with a quite a bit of humour interestingly soaked in empathy. I guess this sort of grounding music draws much of it's power from the cultural surroundings and nostalgia, and that's why it works so well pulling ones feet back to the ground. That is also the reason I suspect such music wouldn't translate very well for people from other cultures. Although it would be interesting to hear such examples if something rings a bell.
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby obnoxion » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:31 am

Smaragd wrote: For a week or so I've had a sudden surge of the greatest grounding music I know, Leevi and the Leavings. They made observant songs about ordinary lives and tragedies with a quite a bit of humour interestingly soaked in empathy. I guess this sort of grounding music draws much of it's power from the cultural surroundings and nostalgia, and that's why it works so well pulling ones feet back to the ground. That is also the reason I suspect such music wouldn't translate very well for people from other cultures. Although it would be interesting to hear such examples if something rings a bell.
I am a MASSIVE Leevi and the Leavings fan! And though somet things about LatL will be lost to those who are not from Finland, I suspect that at least some of the melodies can be enjoyed by most people around the world. Also, I think LatL should be mandatory listening for students of Social Work in Finland...
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Yinlong » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:14 am

Nefastos wrote:Radio Italia Streaming...
Funny, I've been listening especially to olden golden Italian classics lately. I guess this is a stream that started last summer from Sicily, and my friends (and friends of friends) organized a party with mafia theme. I put my favorite Italian trousers and blazer, and obviously I was pretty much in my element there :D
To name artists I've been mostly fond of: Luciano Tajoli, Peppino Gagliardi, Mario Merola, Tony Renis.... and there is of course (at the moment) one song to rule them all: Guaglione (I like especially Marino Marini version)

@Obnoxion and @Smaragd: I've been also listening to Leevi&Ls lately, pretty similar reasons as you mention: Somehow the everyday struggles of ordinary people are interesting when very poetically presented. Gösta Sundqvist was master of this kind of song making. Also, I guess this is related to why I still today listen to Pulp: Different Class, especially Common People song.

Since I think chançons haven't been mentioned lately, has anybody been listening to e.g. Jacques Brel? I also like newer stuff, like Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jane Birkin's Rendez-vous album (2004) is still one of my favorites of the newer stuff. For example, try songs like Je m'apelle Jane (with Mickey 3d) or Te souviens-tu? (with Manu Chao).
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Re: What are you listening to at the moment?

Postby Insanus » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:13 pm

I've been listening mainly to Mozart, trying to learn the turkish march..
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