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Old 03-09-22, 08:34 PM
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Weird Music for Troubled Minds

Every day I will try to post an offering from my extensive knowledge of weird and troubling music.

Here's a good start, I think:

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The Resident's My Window is outside of their "normal" fare, if normal is concept that can be applied to any Residents' song.
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In the spirit of Butlerian Jihad, here is a tribute to the computing power of the unaided human mind:


group: Dawn of Midi
title: "Atlas"

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In the spirit of Butlerian Jihad, here is a tribute to the computing power of the unaided human mind:


group: Dawn of Midi
title: "Atlas"
That song is the favorite song of my best friend. He just loves it
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The bass guitar is typically considered a part of the rhythm section. I mean you would never use the base to deliver a long searing melodic solo. Would you?

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Ima get medieval on yo ass with a wicked nasty tromba marina


Alleluia / Quia ergo femina (Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century)
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Artist: Gastr del Sol
Album: Serpentine Similar (1993)
Title: Ursus Arctos Wonderfilis

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Originally Posted by Dick Chainey View Post
The bass guitar is typically considered a part of the rhythm section. I mean you would never use the bass to deliver a long searing melodic solo. Would you?

Got your long searing melodic bass solo right here:

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Elliott Carter, last of the great 20th century composers, wrote "Sound Fields" as he approached his 100th birthday. Listen to this piece and feel the icy grip of death as it closes round your throat.

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Originally Posted by Dick Chainey View Post
Every day I will try to post an offering from my extensive knowledge of weird and troubling music.

Here's a good start, I think:

https://youtu.be/lQXmnpYuN9M
Objectively maybe, but since it's one of the few tracks on Trout Mask Replica that can be listened as regular songs, my personal perception is that it's not weird at all.
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Talking about troubled minds...the band completely lost it when the singer got healthy mentally.
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Objectively maybe, but since it's one of the few tracks on Trout Mask Replica that can be listened as regular songs, my personal perception is that it's not weird at all.
I was hoping for a TMR remaster that would clear up the muddy sound and reveal more details of the instrumental parts. Especially in songs like Frownland, with its crazy rhythmic independence between the individual musicians.
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Roky Erickson, leader of the 13th Floor Elevators, was a pioneer of the 60s Austin pyschedelic scene. He battled personal demons of paranoid schizophrenia, institutionalization, electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous legal/contractual quagmires. "Beginning in the 1980s, Erickson developed a years-long obsession with the mail, often spending hours poring over random junk mail he received and writing to solicitors and celebrities (dead or living). He was arrested in 1989 on charges of mail theft for gathering up mail from the mailboxes of neighbors who had moved; Erickson collected the mail and taped it to the walls of his bedroom."

During periods of relative clarity, he was able to continue producing fascinating and disturbing music.


Artist: Roky Erickson and The Aliens
Album: The Evil One (1974)
Song; Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)

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Music:


Poetry:


(can't find a video that shows up here, but it's Charles Bukowski "The Shoelace")

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"weird music for troubled minds" is Fred Lane's middle name.



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I was hoping for a TMR remaster that would clear up the muddy sound and reveal more details of the instrumental parts. Especially in songs like Frownland, with its crazy rhythmic independence between the individual musicians.
I like Beefheart the most when his madness condenses into regular songs with him doing melodic singing. The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot, Shiny Beast, Doc at the radar station to a lesser exend. TMR simply needed to be but except for a couple of songs I don't enjoy it much. I like the weird but without the structure and relative regularity it tends to shut me out.
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Ornette Coleman: Lonely Woman from The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

wikipedia: Coleman had a unique approach to pitch as well. His use of microtonal intervals was central to his sound, and he even went as far as to suggest that the same pitch should sound different when played in different contexts, stating that "jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night, but differently each time"

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I was more focused on the troubled mind aspect of this thread with the neo-natzi themed works of Death in June. Moving towards the weird, early analog synthesizer pioneer Isao Tomita combines the weird with the beautiful in his adaptation of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

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I like Beefheart the most when his madness condenses into regular songs with him doing melodic singing. The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot, Shiny Beast, Doc at the radar station to a lesser exend. TMR simply needed to be but except for a couple of songs I don't enjoy it much. I like the weird but without the structure and relative regularity it tends to shut me out.
I certainly understand this. My first encounter with Beefheart was the album "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" when it was issued in 72 if memory serves. (Yes, I'm that old.) Even that album was equal parts adulation and utter repulsion. And TMR is tougher to appreciate by far. For simple enjoyment "Clear Spot" is my go to.
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Ornette Coleman: Lonely Woman from The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

wikipedia: Coleman had a unique approach to pitch as well. His use of microtonal intervals was central to his sound, and he even went as far as to suggest that the same pitch should sound different when played in different contexts, stating that "jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night, but differently each time"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2q_ai2Ct-8
A perfect storm of weird: Howard Shore, Ornette Coleman, and David Cronenberg


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The late Stephen Scott (d 2021) founded the Bowed Piano Ensemble in 1977 at Colorado College, and composed a body of music for his unique vision. For a time they toured and performed extensively, until the ensemble was disbanded after Scott's retirement.

I love this piece, not just because it's weird, but because it's quite startlingly beautiful music. The sound palette created by this ensemble sounds like nothing else.


"The "soft bows" consist of several strands of fishing line, and the "rigid bows" are tongue depressors with horse hair affixed. The damper pedal is wedged so that the piano is a big resonant box. To play at the keyboard, then, there are specially made mutes for individual pitches. The bows and keyboard don't (can't) play the same pitches at the same time."

Filmed at Packard Hall, Colorado College on September 11th 1999.

BTW, if you liked the above, this CD is worth owning:

Stephen Scott – Minerva's Web / The Tears Of Niobe
Label: New Albion – NA026 CD Format: CD, Album Country: US Released: 1990 Genre: Classical Style: Contemporary

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