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We, The Drowned
We, The Drowned
by Carsten Jensen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very very good, 21 April 2013
This review is from: We, The Drowned (Paperback)
This book is incredibly good. Full of long diversions around the world, hundreds of characters, decade after decade and generation after generation. The whole world is here; poverty, riches, revolution and the birth of the modern era. Beautifully written.

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Price: £21.33

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously brilliant!, 4 Feb. 2011
I just received this for my birthday (29, thanks for asking), and have so far listened to disc 1 (No 3 'Eroica' & Leonore Overture No 2), and disc 2 (nos 4 & 8). I really don't know anything about classical music, but recently gave in to a primal craving for Beethoven. I don't know if it's because I approaching my 30s and require grown-up music, or if I've always been aware that I have been ignoring huge amounts of fantastic music.

I gave 'Eroica' a listen based upon the interesting revolutionary context in which it was written, and became an instant convert. This CD immediately went top of my wish list. The symphonies of Beethoven are so moving, dramatic and awe inspiring. I think they say something fundamental and primal to the European mind, and would be an excellent way for the human race to show off when the aliens make first contact.

I still have six more symphonies to listen to, a life time of repeat listening, and plenty to learn about this wonderful music.
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OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great obscure collection in high quality packaging, 22 Dec. 2000
This is a brilliant collection of the history of electronic music. It consentrates on the avant garde and the scientific - lots of the compositions are demonstrations of techniques and eqiupment which revolutionised music as we know it today. Such important advances as magnetic tape are explored in musique concrete pieces by John Cage and Edgar Varese (w/ the compelling Poem Electronic), or Clara Rockmore demonstrating the Theremin and displaying amazing virtuosity on such a difficult instrument to accurately play - even has Pauline Oliveros creatively using a record and a turntable in the 1965 piece 'bye bye butterfly'. Everything about this package is brilliant - the music; the stories, history and theory behind the music and the cool looking case with funky circuitboard pictures, and highly detailed linear notes about and by the composers. This boxset is a great way to gain an incite into a musical field that can be baffling, avant garde electronic art music - you may at first see it as strange people making weird noises, but its way deeper than that - if your looking for some of the most multilayed (in every sense of the word) music you can find then this is it - or if your just looking for really odd trippy shit to get high to then this may be it - but don't listen to 'pendulum music' too loudly or for too long. Oh, and check out Insane Clown Posse.

Freek Show: (Explicit Version)
Freek Show: (Explicit Version)
Price: £13.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars theyve definately developed own style independant of ICP, 8 Dec. 2000
Yeah, this album is definately the shit. They haved changed quite a lot since 'Mostastless' so that the two connot really be compared. This is mainly because 'Freekshow' was all produced by Twiztid (Stystasyrosis Soundsquad w/ Fritz) and not ICPs Mike E Clark like the previous masterpiece. This is Twiztids style thats emerged - the true Madrox and Monoxide. Although it is a big step away from there hip hop beginnings, it is still hip hop and shouldn't be in HMVs metal section. But that sort of shit doesn't matter. The point is that it is really aggresive hip hop, very guitar and distorted noise driven, even with some occassional live drums. And what the fucks that, this song has no rapping on it, come on sing along "PEOPLE ARE STRANGE"... That ain't a bad thing, but a bbig step away musically from tracks like "Hound Dog, "Spin The Bottle" and "Old School Pervert". In fact, in this country 'Freekshow" might be the first Twiztid you get to hear. The rapping has all the twiztid trademarks like the ruthless delivery, psychopathic rhythms and serial killing juggalo lyrics, plus the occasion spot of bitches and really dirty lyrics about fucking. Hey there is the occasional guest appearence from the likes of ICp (2Dope does the beats on 'Maniac Killer' and the cuts on 'Bagz', Blaze and 36 Mafia, but Twiztid are standing seperate from ICP with their own distinct sound like never before but still staying true to the Hatchetman and the Juggalos. The artwork on the album is really fresh n so of course are the tracks. My personal fovourites are 'Empty', 'Bagz', 'Where it going down', 'Fuck on the first date' and 'Mutant X'. There are a massive 18 tracks on the album - Twiztid ain't lazy.

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