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Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.



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Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus: Metropolitan Opera Posts Free Performances


Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – Deborah Warner’s production with Peter Mattei and Anna Netrebko; conducted by Robin Ticciati (2017). Image Source: Classical Source.

Each night (New York time) through to the end of March, the Met is posting one free performance online to entertain people during the nCov lockdowns:
"During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Every day, a different encore presentation from past Live in HD seasons will be made available for free streaming, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, beginning at 7:30PM EDT. Learn more at metopera.org/operastreams."
A huge thank you to the Met! I will be so happy to see Eugene Onegin this Sunday. In the second week of online broadcasts, 23-29 March 2020, the Met will be showing all of Wagner's major operas.


Friday, February 7, 2020

China's Red Pill Moment


Cello lament for a pandemic: Deep Cello Meditation Music: Dark Meditation Music, Relaxing Music, Dark Cello Music for Relaxation (28 February 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Perhaps it is this blog's subject matter, but a week does not go by without me receiving recruitment messages from the so-called Illuminati. Some notes are sophisticated overtures, some are more like Nigerian scams. The Nigerians are the new Illuminati? I know an illustrious Nigerian who would find that amusing. Here is today's recruitment message:
"Join the Illuminate cult online today and get instant sum of 666,000 dollars with a free home any where you choose to live in the world and also get 66,000 dollars monthly as a salary… If you are interested please kindly fill the following information to this email below {markgabriel666m@gmail.com). 
Full name………………………………
Country…………………………………
State of origin……………………….
Date of birth………………………….
Sex……………………………………….
Address……………………………….
Phone…………………………………..
Email address………………………
Attach Scan I’d card,passport or driver license containing your full details Tell us little about yourself…
Attach scan school certificate.. No dirty game, no human sacrifices and No evil….is a cult of peace, big aim Illuminate group our email: (markgabriel666m@gmail.com)"
Illuminati recruitment spam is pretty common now. A 2017 VICE investigation found that these scams also hail from Nigeria, so I guess the original Nigerian scammers rebranded themselves. Maybe they read my blog posts on the side, while scamming people around the world for money.

Ane Brun - Big in Japan (26 June 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

The Illuminati are the bogeymen who pop up before real horror unfolds. The coronavirus news leaves me with a mournful sense of inevitable change and unfolding disaster. If the virus was bio-engineered, it was a fatal stroke - which will hammer China as well as other Asian countries. It will not go without retribution.

To speculate wildly, perhaps the western press have strongly denied the bioweapon story for a reason. This conspiracy theory is dismissed in shrill terms as fake news and disinformation: the theory runs that the virus was built in Canada and smuggled by Chinese spies to Wuhan. There is inconclusive, very preliminary research which suggests that Asian males are susceptible to the virus.

Is it true? Perhaps the Chinese intended to reverse engineer this virus and develop a vaccine against it. Some conspiracists wonder if the Wuhan outbreak was a vaccine experiment gone wrong, and researchers accidentally unleashed upon their own people the very bioweapon which they were trying to decode and neutralize. Again, this is 100 per cent my baseless speculation. It is not intended to hurt or offend anyone; it is expressed with total sympathy for the troubled Chinese and all others who are battling this crisis. I am merely attempting to imagine what could have unfolded behind the curtains, smoke, and mirrors, so that we may all have a clue and a chance to survive.

Who knows what kind of double or triple loyalties were at work as China sought to recruit western researchers in its Thousand Talents Plan? Perhaps in their eagerness to compete and win at all costs on the global stage, the Chinese became blinded as they began to pull ahead of the pack. Maybe they underestimated the ruthlessness and loyalties of the western scientists they recruited and used. Did they invite a Trojan Horse into their own laboratories?

This may be the grim truth behind liberal globalism, with its open borders and free trade. Underestimate the globalists at your peril. They are not racists. They love freedom and openness, but they are fiercely competitive and they have a larger sense of final social architecture. It seems laughably easy to exploit their vast philanthropic network of round tables, consensuses, and concept-based friendship. Theirs is a glitzy, gushy world of honeypots, perquisites, and high-flying opportunities.

Did the Chinese really think they could surge ahead in this western liberal environment, unimpeded, and carve out an international empire, with no strings attached, and no roadblocks at the end of the day? Beneath its permissibility and high-minded rhetoric about civil society, globalist liberalism gives its competitors enough rope to hang themselves; no one sees the traps until it is too late. Everything is executed behind a smokescreen of plausible deniability. Cherished and celebrated, serious competitors will never know what hit them, except that somehow, victory is no longer within their grasp. The dream dematerializes in the strangest way. It dissolves as though it was never really there.

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE(강남스타일) M/V (15 July 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Where the real crazy rich Asians of Singapore hang out (15 August 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

China's trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade (5 April 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Whether these bizarre strategies lurk behind the pandemic or not, this virus is a hammer stroke which will hit all Asian economies, and soon non-Asian economies too. The Asian boom of the mid-2000s and 2010s is brutally, horrendously coming to an end. Fukushima was bad. The Gangnam Style era is done. What Belt and Road initiative? Say goodbye to the super rich children of Singapore. They will be swept away. The party is over. This is a heart-breaking space of awful outputs, because the dawn of Asian development and prosperity may now be irretrievably damaged. And with the demise of Asia, we will all suffer, every last one of us.

China Will Catch a Cold



Conspiracy theories have spread alongside this epidemic, with theorists convinced that the virus was created by Illuminati design, and will be followed by World War III, launched against Iran. The source in the video below is a speaker, Bill Ryan, from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. These projects constitute an anti-Tavistock-Institute conspiracists' hotbed, which sees itself as a British New Age spiritual bastion arrayed against the Illuminati and its supposed Fourth Reich Nazi-esque cabal. Project Camelot supported the possibly-murdered conspiracy theorist, Max Spiers (1976-2016).

Project Camelot rumours circulate about Masonic plans, hatched in 2005 in the City of London, to depopulate China by using a flu-like virus. China Will Catch a Cold! (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. The full video is here.

This chatter has gained a lot of traction on Chinese social media, because the Chinese believe this virus was a western bioweapon, which was deliberately aimed at their nation. In the Project Camelot account, there will be retaliation, as the Chinese unleash their own bioweapon on the rest of the world, or perhaps the virus simply mutates. The rumour runs: "And then the real war starts ... with a much more major nuclear exchange."

We live in a nascent global technocracy, where science and tech are king. It is a bit outdated to imagine that the usual cavalcade of European characters - Zionists, Freemasons, Bismarckian politicians, Jesuits, and the Bavarian Illuminati - are pulling the strings to create a New World Order. Indeed, that may be the very function of outfits like Project Camelot - to create a grand smokescreen of New Age disinformation about the existence and continuing power of Illuminati grand masters.

I cannot say, but to return to grounded consideration, it is not outside the realm of ugly possibility that science and tech are progressing very quickly, without regulation at the highest levels, and that the riches and power thus gained invite extreme, world-level players everywhere, who are interested in the greatest stakes and profits. The coronavirus may be part of that chess game.

Virus Shockwaves


As for the virus, a lot of details remain unclear. Why are the Chinese spraying their streets with chemical foggers? What is the mist being sprayed on passengers in Indonesia? Business Insider identified it only as "a substance." The tanks are labeled "ALKOHOL." Some say it is a germicide or cholorphenol. There are fears that the virus may become communicable by mosquitoes or house pets.








Unconfirmed: The Sun reported via AsiaWire that panicked Chinese pet owners threw their pets out of high rises because they thought that their pets could catch the coronavirus and would be killed anyway by the government. Pets Are Thrown Out Apartments Buildings By Owners In Fear Of Wuhan Virus. (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The true source of the virus, and thus the spread, mortality rates, and species which are vulnerable to this virus, are unclear. It does not help that China suppressed a lot of information, and authorities elsewhere are also doing so, while the MSM papers over the rest, and citizen journalists on the ground are censored. The virus has not necessarily run its full course yet, even among the initially infected, or at least among the initially infected who could be monitored by external health authorities other than the Chinese government.


Based on Chinese numbers, the infection rates among hospital staff are catastrophic. However, those assessments do not account for the fact that Chinese numbers of infected and dead are likely artificially lowered. The latest German research states that the virus can survive on a surface for nine days and there are comments linking the source of the virus to the pangolin.



China's Red Pill Moment


The management of the pandemic is becoming China's Red Pill moment which will test the authority of the CCP. The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a city of 11 million, had the same energetic impact as if an atomic bomb had dropped there. Not everyone grasps this because it was not an act of conventional war. The impact is obscured by cautious MSM reports and muted WHO statements. But the shock waves from the epicentre are nevertheless rolling out beyond China's borders. A deluge of sickness, truth, and political awakening is coming.


"Every Chinese must have a conscience. You are not their dog [slave]." Can you see and share for Wuhan Citizens and people who are fighting.. (7 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Two Weeks

It has hardly been two months since Chinese authorities knew about the virus. It has barely been two weeks since the coronavirus came to global public notice. At first, the city of Wuhan was locked down, followed by other cities. But then, diplomats flew the ex-pats out, and more draconian measures were implemented.

It shows how innocent and naïve we were in late January, given that we watched the livecam of Wuhan's new hospital being built and did not understand what it really was. The unveiling of China's fast hospitals indicates that the CCP government knew and knows how catastrophic the situation is, and what it must do to try to contain this virus.


Unfortunately, it looks as though the CCP is also using this epidemic as an excuse to settle scores or crush political opposition. The MSM, as usual, provide anodyne analyses which don't really explain what is happening. They present this outcome as an abstract question of public health versus liberty and civil rights.


What is clear on the ground is that men, with their identities obscured by HAZMAT suits, are suddenly seizing people off the streets, out of their homes, and out of their cars, under the guise of protecting public health. They are starting to look like death squads and their quarantine centres smack of death halls. Life becomes death: reversals in meaning are a marker of extreme authoritarianism.


It took one fortnight for the Chinese government to build locked quarantine death halls, labeled as hospitals. The government passed a new law, which states that even if you feel healthy, but have had any contact with someone diagnosed as infected, you must go into quarantine. If you resist, you will be arrested and taken to the quarantine centre by force. The hall is guarded by the army and has no medical staff, no sinks or baths for personal washing, and a toilet in an outer courtyard. With these facilities and a new quarantine law in place, the government began 'disappearing' people off the streets with little white vans. Doors to apartment buildings are also being welded shut by authorities, with all the inhabitants left trapped inside.



Again, to consider what could happen outside of China, understand that it took two weeks to reach this point inside China. This is not just the moment where the Chinese Communist Party drops its mask. This is China's Red Pill moment. It should be everyone's Red Pill moment.



The fate of Wuhan's citizen journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi is being discussed on Chinese social media and on Twitter. Chen has disappeared and been quarantined. Today, his friend and fellow citizen journalist Fang Bin revealed what he knows. A commenter under a Youtube video about the situation remarked: "Only in lies can you live peacefully and die happily." ["王娜 中国人知道真相会恐慌?你是在讽刺中国对吧,只有在谎言里才活得安详,死得愉快。"] And so it is that only in truth can you survive, albeit unhappily.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A New Moon and an Old Omen


Image Source: Straits Times.

There is a new moon in Aquarius on Friday 24 January 2020 (4:42 p.m. Eastern; 9:42 p.m. UTC). Astrologers expect a purge of what has been stagnant or stuck, a jackhammering of old deals and agreements, followed by disruptive, shocking, crazy changes, and a subsequent, exhausted recovery through recognition of suppressed truths. After that, there will be a series of brand new developments in completely uncharted territory. Venus is extremely bright in the southwestern night sky and will have a rare conjunction with Neptune.

Image Source: Chinese New Year.

The tone is echoed by the MSM: this is - could be - the calm before the storm. On 25 January, much of Asia, and Asians abroad, will mark the lunar New Year of the Rat, already overshadowed by its potential for a sparking a coronavirus pandemic.

The conspiracy theories about the virus began to swirl yesterday, when Green Pill Youtuber Jordan Sather found a 2015 coronavirus patent.














See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Materialist Rhetoric: The Savage


Ariana Grande - 7 rings (2019). Video Source: Youtube.

This week, I am selecting words from the technosphere that reveal the materialist mindset, be it from scientists, technologists or capitalists. Today's word, from the last, is savage. The lyrics are below; this video version of Grande's My Favorite Things cover on Youtube has over 603 million views.

Image Source: Broadway.

Ariana Grande, 7 Rings (released 1 February 2019)

Yeah, breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles
Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble
Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines
Buy myself all of my favorite things (yeah)
Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch
Who woulda thought it'd turn me to a savage?
Rather be tied up with cuffs and not strings
Write my own checks like I write what I sing, yeah (yeah)
My wrist, stop watchin', my neck is flossin'
Make big deposits, my gloss is poppin'
You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it

I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it (yeah)
I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it
I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it
You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it
I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it (yeah)

Wearing a ring, but ain't gon' be no "Mrs."
Bought matching diamonds for six of my bitches
I'd rather spoil all my friends with my riches
Think retail therapy my new addiction
Whoever said money can't solve your problems
Must not have had enough money to solve 'em
They say, "Which one?" I say, "Nah, I want all of 'em"
Happiness is the same price as red-bottoms
My smile is beamin', my skin is gleamin'
The way it shine, I know you've seen it (you've seen it)
I bought a crib just for the closet
Both his and hers, I want it, I got it, yeah

I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it
I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it (baby)
You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it (oh yeah)
I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it (yeah)

Yeah, my receipts, be lookin' like phone numbers
If it ain't money, then wrong number
Black card is my business card
The way it be settin' the tone for me
I don't mean to brag, but I be like, "Put it in the bag," yeah
When you see them racks, they stacked up like my ass, yeah
Shoot, go from the store to the booth
Make it all back in one loop, give me the loot
Never mind, I got the juice
Nothing but net when we shoot
Look at my neck, look at my jet
Ain't got enough money to pay me respect
Ain't no budget when I'm on the set
If I like it, then that's what I get, yeah

I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it (yeah)
I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it (oh yeah, yeah)
You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it
I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it (yeah)


Songwriters: Ariana Grande / Kimberly Krysiuk / Njomza Vitia / Oscar Hammerstein / Richard Rodgers / Taylor Monet Parks / Victoria Monet

7 rings lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Concord Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. All rights belong to owners.

Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use.


See all posts in the What's Left Over? series on materialism and anti-materialism in technological advancement.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

What's Left Over? A Plague on Both Your Houses


"Star cross'd lovers take their life." 'Life' is singular. One life is lost when Romeo and Juliet die, because the two characters form one character in death. Romeo + Juliet (1996) prologue. (1996) © 20th Century Fox Video Source: Youtube.

The New Millennium is synonymous with the future, and if you identify with that future, you may have noticed a trend which enflames polarities, but then oddly reconciles opposites, even between right- and left-wing politics. A Millennial third way seeks the Sun (masculine), Moon (feminine), and Stars (the higher union). Or: Past, Present, and Future.

There are different routes to the third way, and not every path is positive. The future's third way may follow the current course of world politics. After a prologue in conflict, it may destroy polarities through war and conflagration. Or it may erase polarities through technological, social and biological engineering.

Whether we follow the path of war or technocracy, the course will be materialistic. There is an alternative, however, which is anti-materialist. This blog post continues my series, What's Left Over?, which reappraises Millennial politics and political culture in terms of materialism and anti-materialism. I argue that the alternative media are not alt-right so much as alt-material. Their radicalism is not grounded in outdated left-right political paradigms, as much as it is in the political connotations of living in, and with, virtual reality.

Prologue in Conflict

U.S. set to hit China with new wave of tariffs on September 1st (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Paradoxically, the institution of higher, unifying principles is preceded today by a deliberate exacerbation and intensification of differences. It could be one way of bringing about the desired union in the long term. Think of a couple fighting, followed by make-up sex. This may be the long game behind mainstream propaganda which has worsened political differences and regional tensions and has left us feeling that there is no chance to negotiate in order to solve problems.

Boris Johnson suggests prorogation will help negotiate Brexit deal with EU (30 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

'Boris Johnson, shame on you': thousands protest against prorogation (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Brexit. Lebanon. Kashmir. Hong Kong. Egypt. You may abhor or adore the populists and their elitist opponents, or the democratic and anti-democratic factions, or honour the aggressors or victims. But it could be that all are servants of this greater aim, this third way, whether they know it or not. They worsen conflicts which will eventually obliterate the very barriers they are erecting. And perhaps this was the aim all along, to push things so far that finally we begin to break down divisions between different perspectives and ways of living.

Hong Kong riot police seen beating protesters in clash at metro station (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

A transcendent third way to overcome past and present problems is a very old idea. It is evident in symbols like the Yin and Yang, the Hammer and Sickle, and the Star of David or Shatkona. All could be taken as representations of the act of sex, the union of masculine and feminine energies. Equally important in east and west, as critical for the ancients as for the moderns, the higher union or third way is a code for nothing less than the survival of our species. As such, it is a positive idea.

The Hammer and Sickle symbol goes beyond the Hegelian dialectic. It confirms the occult roots of socialism. The hammer represents masculinity, while the sickle refers to femininity in harvest and death. Both symbols imply creative and destructive aspects of gender symbolism in northern mythological traditions. Image Source: Russia Beyond.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Awaken the Amnesiacs 11: Depart from the Camera Obscura


A natural instance of a camera obscura: an image of the New Royal Palace at Prague Castle projected onto an attic wall by a hole in the tile roofing (2 August 2011). Image Source: Gampe/Wiki.

For this weekend's solstice, the blog journeys into the darkness, the blind spot. Try this experiment. If you are left or liberal, try watching or reading conservative news and alt-media for a week. If you are conservative or libertarian, force yourself to listen to or read liberal-left media for a week.

The holidays are a good time to do this, when many people encounter friends and family they haven't seen in awhile, and have conversations which reveal uncomfortable political differences. Have compassion for your fellow human beings at holiday dinner tables, because we are all equally hammered by divisive and misleading propaganda.

If you follow the 'wrong' politicized narrative for a few days, you will notice that people are being fed the exact same story with which you may be familiar, but the players are changed.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Skeleton Key


Olga Neuwirth, Lost Highway opera stills (2003), based on the 1997 film by David Lynch.

In this year's Hallowe'en countdown, I have been describing a malaise that unnerves us. There is a collective sense that things have gone wrong and somewhere, there is an answer why. Somewhere, there is a skeleton key. If you had it, you could unlock all the problems, find their solutions, and blink yourself awake into a better world.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Symbols of Immortality 4: The Fake Human Burger



No sooner did labs begin developing the ability to 3D print a fake hamburger, than Oxford-based evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, stampeded straight for the less obvious question: why not 3D print a burger made of artificial human meat?

Inside the Quest to Make Lab Grown Meat | WIRED (16 February 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Give him the benefit of the doubt for a moment. It may have been a Swiftian joke. Maybe it was clickbait. Dawkins was Oxford's professor for the 'Public Understanding of Science' until 2008, so he must know about outreach.

A 3D printer creating fake meat. Image Source: ByFlow via BBC.

Over the past few years, the major news outlets have promised that lab grown meat is coming to your table and that this is a good thing: Washington Post, BBC, Bloomberg, The Economist, Reuters. Motherboard and the BBC have covered the topic since the new year. BBC reported that Dutch firm ByFlow has started selling its 3D meat printers to restaurants. ByFlow's motto is: "Think. Design. Eat." Memphis Meats (backed by Bill Gates) and Mosa Meat are two artificial meat start-ups which will start selling fake meat for public consumption by 2021. Another cellular agriculture company is New Harvest.

In the third week of February 2018, news outlets reported that the US Cattlemen's Association filed a petition to the US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) against the Silicon Valley start-ups which are creating lab-grown meat. You can read their petition here. They focused primarily on the definition of real meat as created from animals which have been raised and slaughtered, so that fake meat cannot be labeled as genuine meat, thereby misleading consumers.

The Meat of the Future: How Lab-Grown Meat Is Made (2 October 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

Lab meat, also known as clean meat, is touted as cruelty free, especially to vegetarians. Vegan Insight reported on 16 March 2018 that 41 per cent of Britons will eat "lab-grown clean meat and fish" in the next decade.

Image Source: Belchonock/Depositphotos via New Atlas.

It is one small step to Dawkins' fake human meat. Fake cannibalism will probably get a lot of support. Under the video below the jump, one girl commented: "As a vegan, I'd be happy to eat cultured human meat. I'm actually very curious and not grossed out at all."

Joe Rogan's interviewee in this video, Sam Harris, said (here) that there was "zero ethical problem ... if this was never attached to an animal, we're dealing with concepts here," that is, the vegan girl would be eating an object cultivated in a vat of human cells.

This issue highlights a moral blind spot in technological progress; it proves that technology is skewing the human ability to judge right from wrong.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love in the New Millennium 12: The Song of Songs


ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LOVE SONG (19 November 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

For Valentine's Day, hear Canadian musician Peter Pringle perform an Ancient Egyptian love song. Pringle specializes in building and playing recreations of historical instruments. He sings in old languages and tries to reimagine the music of our ancestors as closely as possible. He explains how he constructed this Ancient Egyptian harp, here. My earlier post on Pringle is here.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Iceland between Eclipses


Árstíðir - Heyr himna smiður (Icelandic hymn) in train station (16 September 2013). Video Source: Youtube.

Today marked the exact half-way point between the 31 January 2018 lunar eclipse and the 15 February 2018 solar eclipse. To relieve that point of suspended tension, listen to the Icelandic group, Árstíðir, sing the hymn, Heyr himna smiður, in a German train station on 15 September 2013. From the video notes:
"Heyr, himna smiður was written by Kolbeinn Tumason in 1208. The music was composed in the 1970s by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013), one of Iceland's foremost contemporary composers."

Ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier, in south-east Iceland. Vatnajökull is visible from space and covers 8 per cent of the country. Image Source: Glacier Guides.

Iceland Ice Cave 2017 (17 January 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Above, see one of Iceland's mysterious glowing blue ice caves and below, see the virtual travel ambient Route One tour, from the avant-rock musical group, Sigur Rós. Their three videos in the playlist below show a journey driving around the outer coast of Iceland:
"on the 2016 summer solstice, sigur rós unveiled a 24-hour ‘slow tv’ event live on iceland’s national television – and streamed live globally via youtube – set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of their latest song óveður. ‘route one’ is a 1332km journey the whole way round iceland’s coastal ring road, you can now relive that journey in full 1080p hd or 4k 360°.

Part 2 and Part 3 follow Part 1 in this playlist: Sigur Rós - Route One [Part 1 - 1080p] (19 July 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

An Operatic Death of the Old Year


Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 production of Die Walküre, on the machine, the 45-ton set of movable planks. Image Source: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times.

To celebrate the death of the old year 2017, and remind us that life is but a play and all the world's a stage, here are some gothic shots of recent opera sets. There is no shortage of supposed Illuminati imagery.

Met Opera 2016/2017 production of Mozart's Idomeneo. Image Source: kreattivita.

"History buffs will enjoy I Puritani, which is set in the English Civil War era of the Puritans versus the Royalists. While this production doesn’t quite stick to script when it comes to historical accuracies, taking a few liberties for the sake of the story, it does stick with a universal idea that was relevant to the time period. Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena star as Elvira and her beloved Arturo. Run dates: February 10—February 28 [2017]." Image Source: City Guide NY.

The Met: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2009 and 2017-2018). Image Source: Opera News.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Luther's Words to Music: From Medieval to Modern


PRAETORIUS [c. 1571-1621] Puer nobis nascitur (22 December 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

For Christmas, we return to Martin Luther (1483-1546). Here is an example of how Luther influenced the incredible evolution of German music. In 1543, Luther departed from the Roman Catholic Latin and wrote German words to the hymn, Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar (From Heaven Came a Throng of Angels), with music adapted from Puer nobis nascitur (Unto Us is Born a Son), a 15th century tune.

In 1609, Michael Praetorius composed music for the hymn, Puer nobis nascitur, which also relied on the medieval tune. In 1688-1689, the composer Johann Schelle (1648-1701), who was Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, also used Luther's hymn to write a Baroque Christmas cantata, Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar.

Luther's hymn was later one of Bach's sources for the 1714 chorale prelude for organ, Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607, a precursor for the 1734 Christmas Oratorio also by Bach (1685-1750). You can see how the chorale and words were used and reused by different composers in related hymns and pieces over three hundred years, here. Luther's hymn was translated into English as To Shepherds as They Watched By Night, with the commonly used translation dating from the mid-19th century.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Happy Hallowe'en!


Still from John Carpenter's The Fog (1980). Image Source.

Happy Hallowe'en! For today, hear a video rip from a new-retro vinyl LP. This is the soundtrack for John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), which was released in 1984. This nostalgic Youtube channel has a whole playlist of classic horror movie soundtracks on vinyl LPs; to listen, go here.

The Fog Soundtrack (Blake's Gold Edition) [Full Vinyl Rip] Part 1 (this vinyl LP release edition 2013); by John Carpenter (1980; 1984) © Varèse Sarabande. Video Source: Youtube. Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use.

See all my posts on Horror.
See all my posts on the Paranormal.
Posts on the Occult are here.
Click here for my posts on Ghosts.

Check out other blogs observing the Countdown to Hallowe'en!
Image Source: 4Chan.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Thy Love to Me was Wonderful



In February of this year, it emerged in the UK press that the guitarist of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, owned Hook End Manor in Oxfordshire, UK. Now abandoned, the reports were an invitation to UK urban explorers to go have a look. Youtube now boasts a number of urbex videos giving us a peek into a rock star's life from thirty years ago. The description for the video below was adapted a report from The Daily Mail:
"David Gilmour bought the manor in 1980 from Alvin Lee of the blues band Ten Years After. He recorded some of Pink Floyd’s 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason in a studio at the house. Horn recorded the hit single Video Killed The Radio Star and masterminded the success of the 1980s group Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

He bought Hook End Manor in the 1990s before placing it on the market for £10 million in 2007.

The house - thought to have been built for the Bishop of Reading around 1580 - boasted a gym, heated swimming pool, croquet lawn and tennis court, pergola and terracing.

The 11-bedroom Elizabethan manor house, set in 25 acres, boasted a state-of-the-art recording studio where Spandau Ballet and Jamiroquai also recorded hit tracks.

The home - worth around £12million - was sold by record producer Trevor Horn in 2007 after his wife Jill Sinclair, 55, was struck by a stray pellet fired from her son Aaron’s air rifle in the garden of the mansion.

The pellet lodged in Jill's neck, piercing an artery and she was rushed to hospital, but despite prompt medical attention she had to be put into a drug-induced coma. She died in 2014."
The house is currently on the site of RPA Architects as a slated refurbishment project.




Images Source: Daily Mail.

In the video below, see urban explorers go though the abandoned mansion. In the basement, they found a morbid memento, the tombstone of a small boy: LITTLE JACK. April 17th 1909. THY LOVE TO ME WAS WONDERFUL. Morrissey, lead singer of The Smiths, stayed in the house and reported that he (and other visitors) felt a ghostly hand on their chests, waking them each day at 4:10 in the morning.

PINK FLOYDS ABANDONED MILLIONAIRE 1580s MANSION (EVERYTHING LEFT BEHIND) DAVID GILMOUR LIVED HERE! (30 September 2017). At 10:48 (here) in the video, the urban explorers find a tombstone in the basement. Video Source: Youtube.


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