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A very compelling iteration of the free jazz idiom is found in Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity. The work became the defining moment of the young tenor man's ascendancy to jazz stardom as a new voice heralding the unusual jazz offshoot known as free jazz. The sub-genre that was so controversially concerned with expanding the frontiers and testing sonic limits of tried-and-true hard-bop facilities. The term "free" doesn't seem to be a word boasting a universal definition that all free ... read more
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We have previously talked about the spectral viola (Intimate Rituals, the viola works by Radulescu), whose high-register wretches and screeches sear the eardrums. Still, we haven't discussed the spectral piano, an unlikely compatriot of the spectralist mode, whose keys resonate in the most glacial and chilling manner. Mind you; this isn’t to be compared with the asymmetric pattern presentation of Feldman, whose compositions gnaw at music's intellectual potential through minute and nearly ... read more
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More fantastical than the formulaic rigors of serialism and less refined than the mathematical exactitude of stochastic music, Spectralism, one of the many musical isms to have been birthed out of the revival for modern music during the latter half of the 20th century, hovers eerily above all of its musical relatives. No less characterized by precise composition methods than the aforementioned styles of modern music, I first believed the meaning of the form Spectralism to relate to something ... read more
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To some, the contents of this exhaustive compilation are simply an addendum derived from Coltrane's main Impulse studio releases. Still, to the devout follower of Coltrane's work, these are sacred messages orchestrated by the spiritual jazz prophet delivered on occasion at the very temple of jazz consecration: The Village Vanguard. The framework of the songs presented on Coltrane's studio albums is something everyone is familiar with; however, on this compilation, they appear as mere skeletons ... read more
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If it wasn't for those darned sine waves!

The bane for most newbies to Onkyo is the sine wave, whether it reminds you of trigonometry in high-school or simply because they can potentially give you a case of tinnitus when heard audibly. I tend to be increasingly fascinated with the sine wave, for one, because I enjoy studying them due to my love for physics, but also because I enjoy hearing variations of them. The reason sine waves are so unbearably high-pitched and sharp is a result of how ... read more

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Apr 15, 2021
What's your favorite Swans record and song? (List)
Apr 15, 2021
Hey, I'm doing a community list of songs to hypothetically replace the U.S. National Anthem, would love to hear what your suggestion is and why you think it's deserving of anthem status (you don't need an explanation, but it would be nice :)).

link to the list in question: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/andiov1/list/42535/replacement-for-the-national-anthem-shortlist/
Apr 2, 2021
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Apr 1, 2021
I remember my physics classes from high school quite well! I know I enjoyed the ideas it tried to explain, but it's just that my interest for math has always been quite a ways off. I wasn't particularly bad at it, I simply didn't really enjoy it, even if effortlessly grasping statistics for my uni class was incredibly satisfying. More than anything else physics, space has always spoken to my imagination too. I've watched a lot of videos - like the approachable Vsauce ones - that are really descriptive, but I've never personally been intrigued to go beyond that. My interest, at the end of the day, mainly focuses on society at large. Culture and politics are definitely my bread and butter, but the relevance of mathematics has never been lost on me, I'm just glad there are other people out there willing to do the dirty work, if you catch my drift!
Mar 31, 2021
Also, why the interest for astrophysics?? Are you like some sort of genius or something??
Mar 31, 2021
It's really cool to see some high ratings for records that don't really come by that often on here, like 'Uncle Meat' or the Suicide s/t. I'm hoping you like the record! The pumping basslines almost got me pregnant, which is insane considering the anatomic improbability of such a thing happening!
Mar 30, 2021
Hope you're doing well! Nice to see how you're rating some albums outside of the RYM-core very highly. Was worried when you demoted a lot of your ratings at the start of the year, but see now why you saw the need. If I'm cheeky, I might even dare recommend Public Image Ltd.'s 'Metal Box'. I promise I won't cry if you hate it :))))))
Mar 25, 2021
Return of the classic pp!!! (profile picture btw)
Mar 22, 2021
I believe I am very late to saying this, but I just wanted to extend congratulations towards you for hitting 1,000 followers. Well deserved. You have my utmost respect :)
Mar 5, 2021
To celebrate getting on the list of most followers, I'm doing a qna and wonder if you might have any questions you wonder about me! Open to questions about anything!

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