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Nocturnal Rumination: Considering Free Will versus Determinism

For Cultura, I’ve been pondering the dichotomy herein of these concepts for the specific dogmas of two cultures that have the exact same God yet remain separate in matters of faith.  Determinism carries a magical quality, doesn’t it?  God wills X to occur due to Y reasons (presence or absence of faith, pride, &c).  In it, God is not limited to good, but is also expanded to acts of attrition and violence to subjugate and demand loyal of faith.  In Free Will, we are to live a Holy life by our choices, knowing that if we do not then we will be punished (Paschal’s Wager).

It’s fun to think of how wide the gulf in logic is between these perceived realities and how much they can be used to divide entire sees of faith.

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Diurnal Aural Experiences: Birdy (Featuring Mumford and Sons) – Learn Me Right

I just recently watched this movie and fell in love with this song, and most of the soundtrack!

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Music

 

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Art of the Day: The Epic Hero

 

Förtroende ab Maluszken

Digital art – September 2012

Förtroende, also known as Roe, is the matriarch of her family, an esteemed Vaektare for the Church of the Creator, and a highly decorated veteran of the Gjålish civil war. She recently took control as head of her household as her father stepped down and is known for her stern demeanor. Though she is honored to be in such a position she much prefers the life of a Vaektare and doing her part to keep the faith in order. She is the mother of 5 children, including the Jarless Vanessza ab Szwahben.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Gjale, Grief

 

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Music Review of the Week, Part Two: Worm Ouroboros’ “Come the Thaw.” (2012)

 

Similar to Storm Corrosion, Worm Ouroboros is a progressive project including members of other established bands; it is not easy to focus on any one song on the album.  Per their Facebook description, they “set out to explore the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord.”  This very much describes the sound the album.

“Come the Thaw” focuses on a murky, almost amorphous soundscape, through which desperation is expressed and each note feels as if longingly played.  It is light on energy, focusing on a morose, at times nearly lifeless, ambience.  The female fronted vocals emerge over the droning movements, coming naturally from the ether of the songs.  It all works so well that I find myself wholly unconcerned with their message and more with the dark mood and heavy feel at hand.  The two vocalists, neither of whom shine over the other, evoke different feelings: from earthy warmth to a ringing clarity.

The recording is mixed well and each instrument is given its own space to breathe and grow. I enjoy the bass line of each song specifically as it seems to be the engine of the entire composition, in which the guitar serves to offer more emotional exploration and seems at times even reflective.  Aesop Dekker’s drumming is stellar as always and is unexpected in its use of rhythms.  The album just feels like a focused, driven performance.

In a year that has seen a number of solid releases from Progressive Metal and Rock bands, Worm Ouroboros offers an examination of mood.  It is a wonderful, if dark, experience that fulfills the aims of the musicians.  As written previously, I do not focus on any song on this album, I enjoy it for its simply qualities, noting that the pieces change and move with the album.  The feeling of longing only seems to grow through the runtime of the album, I grow quiet and contemplate the sounds’ meaning, just like sitting outside in the woods at night.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Art, Music, Nature, Reviews

 

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Nocturnal Rumination: Nietzsche again.

From a lightning strike this evening in my head: “There are eternal facts, just as there are no absolute truths.”

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Idle Words., Inspiration, Philosophy, Words, Writing

 

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Diurnal Aural Experiences: Opeth’s “The Drapery Fails”

Containing one of the most powerful downward spirals in any song I’ve heard, I figured this to be the perfect accompaniment to my inspiration today.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Art, Geek, Music, Space

 

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Art of the Day: The Marionette

Marionette – real name unknown

Digital art – June 2012

The girl today is a master of disguise with a small talent in magic and I chose to represent her as a marionette to visually display this fact. She loves to infiltrate social groups and collect all the information she can on important individuals. Later she will either save it for later or immediately sell it to the highest bidder when there is attention enough to get top dollar for it.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Art, Characters, Cultura, Gjale, Magic

 

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