“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, January 25, 2013


I love what Zizek says about atonal music. I think he is a closet Schellingian who only believes he is a Hegelian, personally. He writes so incredibly well in that mode.

So I'm listening to Stockhausen. I don't have everything he did by any means but I've been into it since I was 12.

The HMV chain is having trouble in the UK. When I was 12 I used to go down into the basement of the Oxford Street store and pour over the contemporary music as if it was from another world (it is). The smell of the vinyl and the plastic sleeves the record sleeves came in.

My first purchase from there was Stockhausen's Mantra. Still amazing to me.

1 comment:

Peter said...

I remember going to that basement too, for similar reasons. Stockhausen has always for me been about getting distance from anthropocentrism. A seductive soundtrack for unexplored worlds