• Against musical "compatibility" measure (and notion, next time)

    17 May 2009, 21:29 by PolitEconomist

    It's funny that:
    - even such an organisation as LAST, performing and rotating around socially\cooperatively producing first, then also tagging, classifying, measuring and clustering all the informational strings set attached to musical units (songs, tracks),
    - EVEN LAST falls into such a stupid trap as, apparently, the proposed but useless measure of compatibility across any 2 users. Or: not knowing how to deal with such a basic, so primary task.
    Instead of being informatve & synthetic, what LAST suggests here is disinformative and disturbing, it just creates noise. 2 ways out are possible amogst MANY; they should B both produced, in place of the current rubbish:

    (a) a (so -called, although strictly nothing ever is) objective compatibility, using some reasonable light weight algorithm; the most interesting experiment would be to introduce here the general average of "self-declared" individual weightsd sub-b; MUCH better than the totally false and cumulatively misleading "one counts for one" assumption (a paradox in music: were it true, a typical music lover should listen all his life to the entire universe of songs, but nener twice the same song he might prefer).

    (b) A dual inter-subjective compatibility. For example: each one DECLARES the weights (I prefer this to teh bserved behaviour within last, for a vast array of reasons: 1st of all since I'm in search of pure subjectivity here). What matters most for him: I might say 1\3 Amy WIno, 1\3 Glenn Gould and then attribute the other 1\3 to all the other performers. When I am compared with e.g. a Lady A., the self-declared weights of the two matter equally and determine together how much matters the presence\absence of one artist or another (if she doesn't metion Glenn Gould at all, he will affect 1\6 of our inter-subjective compatibility index). THIS WOULD BE THE "REAL THING", in association with some attempts to quasi-objective (a) measures.

    Glenn Gould
  • Non puoi - Sintomi di gioia

    15 Mar 2009, 12:07 by breizh_paris

  • lux aeterna

    7 Dec 2006, 15:10 by angelizer

    for this work i could definitely imagine a video that would fit it.

    this is the image that it evokes :

    in the beginning i imagine a little girl , dressed in a beautiful white nite dress , getting into her small bed.
    before the part when the voice start , she opens a little music box next to her bed ( on a table). in the music box there is real life...

    the music box is in the shape of a circle , and in the middle of that circle there is a gap that separates a small toy-woman, and a small toy-man , that constantly try reaching each other.

    they are both asleep , but the moment the little girl opens the music box - to hear the song , its like the two catch life ; they rise , and see each other , and try reaching each other too.
    the music is magnificent this moment. it is weird, yet kind to the ears , and to the mind. its sad, but calming at the same time.
    the little music box's inside moves in a slow dance , in the rhythm of the song , and the two inside it gently try reaching each other, having sad faces, but full of hope at the thought that they could manage.
    when the voices stop around minute 3, she closes the music box, and slowly falls asleep.

    but in the world of the small music box, life is different.
    - silence -

    at minute 4, we get to see a glimpse of how the world inside it goes. it is sad, and cold , and dark.
    the only lights there are given by some ( ), that draw their light from the light of outside ; but its enough to let us see how the two reach a moment of despair. the circle of the music box moves faster , and so do the arms of the two , trying to get hold of the " loved - toy".

    from somewhere below the place where they have their legs caught up in the music box floor, you can see on both sides, 2 groups, on the toy -woman , smaller toy -women, that sing along with her , and on the toy-man side, small toy -men , that also sing in despair.

    then the lights of the ( ) fade and fade, and the small groups beneath them become less visible, so that in the end, the two fall at their own feet . ( the battery finishes)

    the last picture is in the morning - when the little girl wakes up. when she tries to play the music box, she finds the two fainted, and she's amazed how the battery finished ( since it isn't a mechanical music box !!)
  • medtner's sonata reminiscenza

    22 Sep 2006, 14:53 by angelizer

    Medtner's Sonata Reminiscenza gives such a state of lack of memory...it makes one feel like in an old loft( not sure if thats the word... ) looking in some old dusty things... reading old notes... it makes you feel like that loft is your own life.. and your mind is the old and dusty... the notes are the lines from your life...
    this piece starts out calmly... like how the baby's life is in the beginning, like a lullaby... then all of a sudden, an outburst of sound fills your ears - teenage?thats when everything in life feels hyper.nothing is lived in a small way... everything is big, everything is fantastic... or everything is black.
    the song then has periods of calmness... and the fingers on the piano of the performer moves faster, more dramatically, step by step... only to slow down , and calm itself...
    it's almost dazzling...deep deep sound deep deep..... very deep and ... and all of a sudden the same lines from the beginning softly tease your ear , but not in the same rythm... slightly faster.... and when that line is over... it starts off wilder then ever...more dramatical then you could imagine...
    the melody softens up once more, but doesnt give up the speed.oh no... whirlpool?its like being in one.... and it speeds up and speeds and speeds.... and the intensity grows, once more ... a short pause.....then the rhythm comes back to normal.... not too fast, not too dramatical. in some way, almost forgetful....but the composer did not want to bore the one who would hear his work... this small bit of his soul.... no.... the song losses its intensity once more, to grow in speed... and once again, the dramatism is something he cannot give up... almost sounding like the concerto no2 by rachmaninoff.... one more outburst.. this time of feelings of sentiments.....losing speed...and intensity... and then the same calm calm calm notes from the beginning charm you... making you want to sleep... or at least it does that to me....
    it is somewhat resembling concerto no2 of Rachmaninoff, with one big difference. that concerto gives you the feeling that that outburst of feelings is your own, and it is of fantastic proportions.while on medtner's music, its the same proportion of feelings, only you dont live them yourself. it's like an "alter ego" lives them. it's like your spirit is on the outside, and your soul is living them...
  • rakoczy march

    22 Sep 2006, 14:49 by angelizer

    Rakoczy March sounds to me like ,

    false - order - over which the music brings total disorder - for the sake of a superior order.

    its like the force of destruction has a role of creation at the same time.
    it is a very powerful song, and for me, in times of change, it breangs enormous force.

    :D like now haha

    it feels like i cant fit in my old skin, and i need to break it, in order to grow, grow grow, big, huge, with tremendous force, and by the time the growth will make a pause, a new skin will grow.

    this song is like the song that breaks the old skin....

    this is why i myself am a contradiction.

    with order and positive energy i elevate my spirit, and with chaos i bring excitement, and the need for change and constant improvement.

    if a person wouldnt break a shirt, he wouldnt buy a new one, right? (supposely)

    chaos for me, is like a vaccine. you inject the germs inside your body, and when the body fights it, it grows stronger, so that type of germ wont be able to win over the body.
  • Ciprian Porumbescu

    21 Feb 2006, 18:58 by angelizer

    (1853 - 1883)

    Romanian composer, born in Suceava, he is one of the most renown in the Romanian music .
    He composed over 250 vocal and instrumental works, that have roots from the Romanian music folclore .THe opera "Crai nou", "Balada" (the ballade) for viollin and piano,"Cantecul pentru 1 Mai" (song for 1st may), "Serenada" ,etc are the most popular of his works.

    here you can find a sample of "Balada" ( my personal favorite :D )