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currently addicted to this song by laibach:

prof_pangaea: the master (pangaea is divided into)
i've been listening to this album and enjoying it a lot.

yah i know, i am behind the times. i heard some of his more recent stuff and liked some of it okay, but the stuff on this album got me hooked.
prof_pangaea: the master (yours in the bowels of christ)
gah, why is MIA so hot? and more importantly, SO FUCKING GOOD?


fuck yes!


Aug. 31st, 2009 08:25 pm
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so yesterday i came across a video by a slovenian music/art group called Laibach (which is the german name for the capital of slovenia, ljubljana). this somehow involved [ profile] jigglykat and the song "the final countdown" by europe). then i looked up more of their stuff and read about them a bit. they're industrial, and they use art and symbols from artists like malevich and heartfield, but i'm really interested in the way they reappropriate work by other musicians. they take songs (or entire albums) and make covers of them, sometimes changing the lyrics, sometimes leaving the lyrics completely alone but letting their own sound (industrial, militaristic) change the tone and intent of the original.

i was struck by how much rammstein has lifted from their work and aesthetic, while remaining commercial and popular (they have the malevich cross, which is laibach's symbol, in their name -- replacing the "t" in "rammstein"). i saw this quote from them on wikipedia: "Laibach does not believe in originality... Therefore, Rammstein could not 'steal' much from us. They simply let themselves get inspired by our work, which is absolutely a legitimate process. We are glad that they made it. In a way, they have proven once again that a good 'copy' can make more money on the market than the 'original.'" they did a cover of rammstein's song "ohne dich", and changed the lyrics "without you i cannot exist" to "without me you cannot exist".

anyway, i have been listening to them while i've been writing since yesterday, and want to post a couple of the videos i especially liked. so here we go:

more industrial slovenian under the cut )

they started in 1980 and are still working today. by the way, a lot of these videos are a bit weird and there is some militaristic/fascist imagery, which the uneducated could mistake for support of fascism. they have said, "We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter", which is a more ambiguous statement than some of their leftist supporters have ackowledged, but looking at as much of their work as i've seen, at least, it's quite impossible to conclude that they themselves are fascists, as much as using the imagery to turn the notions upside-down a bit and explore the territory of symbolism and politics.

anyway, just enjoying myself a little as i write.
prof_pangaea: (the doctor)
because everyone's a musician; everyone's got a song inside them:

ETA: now with live soundtrack from the proms!

ahahahaha yes! that made me so happy. ^___^

the entirety of the doctor who prom can be found at the bbc's website here:
part one
part two

and it is hosted by the lovely freema agyeman! the music of the spheres bit above is about 40 or so minutes into part one (and thus you can hear the audience participation, which is awesome).

ok i haven't heard all of it yet, but a programe that includes both a bbc presenter saying "well, i've never seen a dancing cyberman before" and also prokofiev's romeo and juliet is a good one to me. although i do wish murray gold would lay off the electric guitars a bit. (HE DOESN'T PUT THEM INTO PROKOFIEV, DON'T WORRY).

also, i was unreasonably happy when they played the original theme music over the end credits for music of the spheres. so, to celebrate ron grainer and the bbc radiophonic workshop, here is a link to the entire piece:

original doctor who theme, by ron grainer

it is literally my favourite piece of music ever. i had it on a cd that [ profile] kels gave me in high school, and i would put it on repeat and look at star charts. sad but true. it's why i searched all over for the show and finally found it and started watching eight years ago. thanks, ron grainer.

(first episode i ever saw: TERROR OF THE ZYGONS)
prof_pangaea: the master (we're all direct descendants)
california vs. washington state 2007.11.07:

works best if you turn your laptop upside-down.

i must be in a strange frame of mind. the ending made me tear up a little.


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