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Disco Volante
Disco Volante

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most extremely experimental Bungle album., 29 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Disco Volante (Audio CD)
It's a terrible cliche to say it but this album defies all efforts to explain it. What we have here is an incoherant mix of
unrelated musical styles compartmentalised into what could be called 'songs' but really are mostly instrumental sketches with occasional vocal contributions. The quality of the music ranges from extremely high e.g 'Violencia Domestica', 'Merry go bye bye', 'desert search for techno allah' and 'platypus' to dreadfully banal and uninteresting e.g.
'Everyone I went to highschool with is dead'(believe me the title is by far the best aspect!). You should expect moments of cheesy rock, lounge music, death metal, free jazz (although more free than usual!) as well as the unique film music of 'violenca domestica'. This album relates litte to the Mr. Bungle debut and sounds like a collection of abandoned ideas towards 'California'. As such, the album has a scrappy feel and probably could have done with more production but it certainly is worth listening to.

Being and Time
Being and Time
by Martin Heidegger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.69

56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest project I ever undertook in philosophy., 18 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Being and Time (Paperback)
I am not a trained philosopher. I had however, read a considerable amount of work by other philosophers before I came upon this book. In order to effectively grasp Heideggers mercurial thought, I had to read an introduction first, then read this text, then read and re-read this text again. I found that this book expains an outlook, or way of thinking which has to be 'felt' or experienced as well as understood (still that doesn't describe it so well!). As soon as you try to give a synopsis of the ideas, the ideas tend to disintegrate.
There are no conclusions to be drawn from this and
Heidegger will answer none of your questions. Reading this book should be thought of as a project rather than a quick read.
A superficial skim through this won't get the point across.
You may understand each and every sentence, but you won't get the core of the idea because it requires you to think in a very unusual way.
As a last point, if you don't have a lecture course or introductory book, or someone to talk to about this before you read it, you will be stuck. The reason for this is that Heidegger often introduces terms and ideas before explaining what they mean fully.

Lieder Complete Editions (Box Set)
Lieder Complete Editions (Box Set)
Price: £43.93

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid lieder collection., 14 Feb. 2003
I found this CD collection to be very enjoyable. I would recommend this set to anyone who enjoys the lieder writing of Wolf, Richard Strauss or Mahler. However, I would probably get most of the stuff by those composers first before trying this.
Over the five disks, the range of musical style is amazing, with superb playing and singing throughout. This is very much music of the very late romantic period and there is a considerable amount of chromaticism in many of the later lieder but there is always a key suggested to the ear and it never seems like achedemic music. There are also songs here as simple as any of Schumann's and also as beatiful and the quality of the music stays fairly consistant throughout the series.
There is little, however, to compare with Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs or Wolf's Italianische Liederbuch but I think that some of this music can honestly stand up as being better than much of Mahler's lieder writing. That's just my opinion.
If you come to this set not expecting too much I think you may be pleasantly suprised by some of the content.

Art Now
Art Now
by Uta Grosenick
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 17 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Art Now (Paperback)
This book is a continuation of the book "Art at the turn of the
Millenium". It follows exactly the same format. Each artist has
four pages of photographs dedicated to his or her work. There is also a small paragraph about the artist and a mug shot of the artist's
head. Unfortunately, the problems with the origional book have
carried through to this one. The captions to the pictures are unhelpfull, especially with installation and film work and there is little quality writing about the artist in question. However,
the book is extremely concentrated and none (as far as I can see)
of the works featured in the origional book are featured here,
even though many of the artists are. The works on show are thus
those since 2000 or there about. It is however, extremely good value and contains much material which is unavailable outside
art magazines and gallery brochures over the last few years.
If you liked the origional book then this is more of the same, and it's just as good as the last one, if not better!
However, those wanting to begin learning about modern art would
be well advised to look elsewhere. For some artists, the entries
may well mean nothing to you if you don't know at least something about those artists or have seen their exhibitions.
Great! I hope another one comes out in three years time!
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