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As some of you know I have a very eclectic music collection (from household names to the obscure), but what all the best of the art form have is the ability to draw the listener in – involving them and immersing them within a world away from their physical reality.

Music can definitely be theraputic treatment in a chaotic demanding world. Music is an excellent de-stresser for these lockdowned troubled times.

 

So I thought I'd start a blog of what I've been listening too, some as I've been discovering it for myself.

This could be the prompt for posting a well known classic album, there are plenty out there from Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead etc. etc.

But where would be the adventure in that!

Experience something different/new.

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Ravens reveal past ages

Ravens reveal past ages

Following on in a similar context to some of my earlier blog subjects here's a band that were one of the first in the Neo Medieval genre.... AND you've likely heard their music before!   Driving rhythms, ancient melodies and sounds of past times: With fascinating huge drums and self-made bagpipes Corvus Corax (aka The Kings of Minstrels) bring the spirit of old ages back to life. Throughout their years of medieval music, since the late 80's, the Berlin musicians have contribu
The Wacky World of Barabbas

The Wacky World of Barabbas

Louis Barabbas is a writer, performer and label director, best known for caustic love songs and energetic live stage shows. Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six are one of my favourite acts seen at Ramsbottom Festival.   His performance career began in the Captive Audience Theatre Company, an influence captured in later live shows and videos. He later switched to music as harmonica player for a number of bands spread across the genre spectrum. For two years he was a fifth of rock outfit T
half man half synth

half man half synth

The general theme for my musings have some link to multi genre integration.   James Kent (born 1993) is a French musician from Paris. He became interested in music in part due to the influence of his parents, who are journalists and rock music critics. His parents were themselves musicians and had a tech trance band when they were young. He initially concentrated on guitar  and got involved as a guitarist in several black metal bands. However his early influences prompted Kent to
Stirling Whirling

Stirling Whirling

Now for some good'ol foot stomping, get ye up dancin' music.   Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, songwriter, and dancer. The performance as a whole is an integral part of her musical interpretation, with a dance troupe and set locations.   Growing up her parents could only afford to find a violin teacher who would give her half lessons. Although they were told by instructors that "a child isn't going to learn how to play in 15 minutes a week", her parents persisted,
Physical Audio Media Geek? or Westy Aurals!

Physical Audio Media Geek? or Westy Aurals!

( Edit: Warning - a lengthy prose ensues ) A bit of a deviation from my usual blogs this time: (apologies if you opened for a new musical alternative selection)   I have been into music since the mid 70's. Initially I had Cassettes and Vinyl, then just Vinyl with an eventual movement to mainly CD's with some of my favourites also purchased on Vinyl. I had several years without a working turntable, and I became purely a CD junky for a while. On replacement with my current turntable
'thanks Northumbrian folk

'thanks Northumbrian folk

The Skáldingly clear vocals of the ‘lockdown’ video of my last blog had a very distinct tone to them. This brought to mind the Northumbrian folk of the Unthanks, who sing poetry and traditional lyrics.   They are very Northumbrian with clear regional dialect and accent coming through in their vocals, also demonstrating a unique timbre and tonal balance which can be both melancholic and atmospheric adding drama and feeling to performances.   They stick close to their root
Skáldinavian Court Poets

Skáldinavian Court Poets

I hope you've now recovered from the onslaught of loud Japanic Metal! For this blog I'm reverting back to a more folk based and gentle form of the musical arts.   Skáld , is generally a term used for poets who composed at the courts of Scandinavian leaders during the Viking Age, 793–1066 AD, and continuing into the Middle Ages (5th century – 15th century). Skaldic poetry forms one of two main groupings of Old Norse poetry, the other being the anonymous Eddic poetry. In the ea
Grampas rock the human chair 人 間 椅 子

Grampas rock the human chair 人 間 椅 子

Throughout my meanderings amongst musical thread suggestions presented by the binary functions of logistical data there has been a common theme. Everything includes a Japanese offering!   Japan has a sometimes bazaar and always unique take on modern culture, which of course includes music. It's the only country that still massively supports Physical media. And in today’s world of downloads and online streaming the maligned plastic disk is nothing but a faint memory in many pl
Scot Rocka Celtica

Scot Rocka Celtica

The bands/music I've posted so far have been pretty serious stuff in the main! The Hu possible being the exception.   I've been exploring fields further away, but what do I find for UK based traditional instruments/music being updated with current genre slants? There's a fair bit of classical infused music, But of course this also brought Bagpipes into play - leading me to Celtic Rock:   "Celtic rock is a genre of folk rock, as well as a form of Celtic fusion which
Ist Ist 1st

Ist Ist 1st

Moving a little less rock towards industrial post punk, and a local band I've been closely following since I first stumbled on them for their very raw 1st performance at Ramsbottom Festival. Over the few years in between they have matured and brought more depth to their music and performances.   This is a self indulgent promotion of one of my favourite new bands Ist Ist and their 1st Album release 'Architecture'. Released on 1st May, I have been playing the Vinyl and imo the whole albu
Apocalypse Now & Then

Apocalypse Now & Then

Continuing with the weaving threads of blended old and new music, this blogs aural delight harkens back to Medieval Times. Sweden's Apocalypse Orchestra weaves a faceted tapestry of music. The band was inspired by their love for folk music and slow metal so they decided to combine the two.   The tones of ancient drone instruments entwines with heavy guitars and music separated by over 800 years do meet. With a foundation of original music and lyrics but also incorporating melodies
Healing Heilung

Healing Heilung

Music can definitely be theraputic treatment of the mind in a chaotic and demanding world. I often have music playing whilst working in the office as well as listening in my downtime.   Music can be far more 'de-stressing' than visual media, which is due to images passed by optical nerves taking massively more processing power of the brain. Sound conversly uses far less of the brain resulting in less stimulation and more relaxation.   So to a band who describe the impact of t
The Hu,  the WHO!   no ,   The HU!

The Hu, the WHO! no , The HU!

I also enjoy exploring multi-genre music, where different genres intertwine. Moving on from Kauan, a Band originating in Chelyabinsk, Russia and singing in Finnish.....   To The HU, a rock band hailing from Mongolia singing in Mongolian incorporating traditional music.   The band’s name The HU, is the Mongolian root word for human being. Influenced by rock bands such as Foo Fighters and Slipknot (I can't hear the Slipknot connection!), they call their style “Hunnu Rock”…
Kauan do it

Kauan do it

For a while now I've been exploring Scandanavian Rock (the top countries for Metal bands per capita ratio are 1-Finland 2-Sweden 3-Iceland 4-Noway)  A short while ago I managed to get hold of an LP I’d been wanting for ages – only available on vinyl and limited availability from a record label out of Finland. The music link I’ve included below isn’t for the LP recently purchased above, but of the same Russian/Ukrainian band Kauan’s greatest work ‘Sorni Nai’   The 52-minute si
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