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Finding your resonant frequency

I have a little theory about favourite music.

I've always liked to imagine that when you hear the thing that's just... you know... instantly "for you", that nestles into your mind's ear and just "feels right", that maybe it's like the resonant frequency of your... what?  Soul?  Mind?  Brain?  Who the heck knows.

Anyway, I am currently delighting in a band called One Shot (an album called 'Ewaz Vader'.  Nope, no idea what that's supposed to mean!).  This is a Magma off-shoot (originally assembled for a one-off performance, hence the name), consisting of Daniel Jeand'heur à la batterie (I can hear a Vander influence there, very tight jazzy playing, tense but free), guitarist James MacGaw, Emmanuel Borghi on keyboards, and my current favourite bassist (and possibly subject of a mild crush...), Philippe Bussonnet.

Wow, this is good.  Or at least... I really like it. ;-)  It seems to be a pretty good prescription for my current listening requirements: dark but not gloomy, complex but not fussy, rich but not cloying, virtuosic but not twiddly/merchant-bankerish. ;-)

I've got more new CDs to unleash on my unsuspecting ears a little later on: 'Giro di Valzer per Domani' by Arti e Mestieri (Italian fusion.  Furio Chirico, ridiculously quick drummer, et al.  I adored 'Tilt' so I had to get this!), 'Barndomens Stigar' by Kultivator (a sort of Zeuhl/Canterbury hybrid, apparently - has been vigorously recommended to me, so I have high hopes of it!), 'Ceux du Dehors' by Univers Zero (I'm told this is their 'masterpiece'; I shall make sure all the lights are on when I listen to it because I don't want to have nightmares...), and 'Ceux d'en Face' by Francois Thollot (I have his other album, 'Contact', which has Bussonnet and Jeand'heur keeping him company - this is just him, which should be interesting).

Well now, that's more than enough witless rambling.  I seem to have become a well of trivia where this music is concerned!  But it makes me happy every day.  What more can I ask for?! ^_^


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Sep. 16th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Advice Puppy Says:
You should put some of these albums up on the internets!

Sep. 16th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Bad dog!! :-P

(I am trying VERY hard to not do naughty musical things, if I can help it. But, on the other hand, if someone's already done it, that's not my problem - try here:


If I find anything else of note to pass on... I shall. ^_^)
Sep. 16th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Sep. 16th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Barndomens Stigar

Listening to this one now - exceedingly pleasant it is too! ;-)
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Philippe Bussonnet is a bass guitar love god. ;-)

I think the first track is the best (he wrote that one) - the rest are much more jazz, but still excellent.
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
You listen to the Mahavishnu Orchestra, correct?
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Not so far!
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Get ready to be destroyed: http://www.mediafire.com/?jcgmc1btzjg

That's one of the greatest jazz fusion albums of all time, and guitarist John McLaughlin is definitely someone you should check out.

You're truly a one in a million woman. :-p
Sep. 16th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
Well, goodness me! ^_^

Dear boy, you are quite the rare one yerself. ;-)

Thanks so much for this. :-)
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice Puppy Says:
I can't find 'Ceux du Dehors' off the top of my head, but there are some full UZ tracks at Last.fm - I'm listening to 'Ceux' now and it seems rather less creepy so far than the first two albums. Those Last.fm tracks are from the (remastered) s/t debut... pretty dark stuff. :-)
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
I've always liked to imagine that when you hear the thing that's just... you know... instantly "for you", that nestles into your mind's ear and just "feels right", that maybe it's like the resonant frequency of your... what? Soul? Mind? Brain? Who the heck knows.

There is something true about that. Sometimes the music just clicks and feels right, and seems to speak to you in a special way without you being explain why it is. And it can't be commanded, it either happens or not. I find it happens with other non-verbal art forms, too. I'm known to fall intensely in love with a musical actor's performance when not understanding a word of what they're saying (though usually I already know the story), because it just resonates on some special important frequence in me. And visual arts etc. can do that, too.
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes - very true. Maybe it can happen with... well, anything. Architecture pops into my mind irresistibly here. Some buildings just 'speak to you', don't they?

And to drag it back to the 'verbal'... books. Some authors are just so difficult to appreciate - you can tell it's good, but somehow it almost needs translating into your own mental vocabulary before it makes sense, even if it's in your first language. But others... you hardly have to 'read' the words, just kind of... look at them. The meaning just seeps in. I love when you find those things. :-)
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