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May 3rd, 2009

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02:05 pm - Musical urges ...
So, I went on a bit of a youtube music binge the other day, and ended up listening to a bunch of flute music. It's been years since I even touched a flute, and over a decade since I practiced regularly, but I'm starting to get the itch to play again. The only problem I'm having is that the music is all so nice and pretty and I really want to sit down and crash out some heavy metal or hardcore techno ... on the flute. Could be a bit tricky. Not least because I don't own one at the moment.

In the meantime, I'll share some of the music I've liked in recent years - I always assume that "everyone" knows what sort of music I like and likes the same stuff, but that can't be anywhere near true. I'm open to recommendations, although you can assume that I've heard of Dead Can Dance already :-)

Today, I'll do the stuff with a vaguely mediaeval influence - most of it would horrify the purists (sorry, halfflat !), but I like it.

Saltatio Mortis, Live at "Mittelalter Spectaculum 06" (4min 21sec) (not the best audio/video quality, unfortunately), and "Heuchler" (4:45).
Hopefully those videos get across the sort of "mediaeval rave music" they used to play - these days it's more goth/metal with some mediaeval sounds, e.g. "Dunckler Engel" (4:01) or "Des Königs Henker" (8:15).

Moving on, here's Estampie, with "Floret Silva" (4:09), and "Seigneurs, sachiez" (3:19).
Many of the musicians in Estampie also perform as Qntal (more pop/rock influences, but still a good mediaeval core) : "Am Morgen Fruo" (5:02), and "Ecce Gratum" (5:11)

Arcana : "Source of Light" (3:05), and "Love Eternal" (2:37).

And finally, two bands I've heard a bit of, and intend to explore more sometime : "Ductia" by Corvus Corax (5:10), and "Ordo Militum Christi" by Trobar de Morte (3:46).

(for some reason, these styles of music seem to be most popular in Germany, and if we'd had time and been organised enough and had enough leave and money to do so while we were living in the UK, it would have been cool to see some of these bands live. Maybe next time !)
Current Mood: creative

(4 touches | En garde !)


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Date:May 3rd, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Hmm, some of this sounds interesting. Not quite what I'm in the mood for listening to right now, but I'll definitely have to come back to it later!

Also, in a similar vein that I came across while link-hopping that I quite enjoyed: Ordo Funebris - A witches song
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Date:May 8th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
... and now that I've looked up Ordo Funebris, it turns out that Trobar de Morte (as linked in my post) merged with another group to form Ordo Funebris, then they broke up and some members formed Trobar de Morte again. I'll add them to my list :-)
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Date:May 16th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
And annoyingly enough neither was available via iTunes *mutter*
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Date:May 3rd, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)

Hurdy Gurdies! Nothing says medieval like torturing cats! Of course it could have been worse. They could have tortured ducks (krumhorns, of course).

But you are right about German "goth." It really is a haven for this sort of music, although my searches are more directed towards certain female vocalists [currently trying hunt down some Helium Vola and the large number of groups featuring the same musicians].

Speaking of hurdy gurdies you've probably already encountered Unto Ashes (although the latest song on their MySpace page isn't their usual fair. I'm also quite enjoying fellow Texan vocalists Mirabilis. Although Garmana might be more in the line of what you are looking for, although they are tending to get a bit more pop in their later stuff. Arab/Persian influence is strong in this area too, so you might like Niyaz and Irfan and later Persephone (albiet I like the later more for the vocal stylings of Sonya). Oh, and I'm quite liking Triarii, although that's more military orchestral goth. And I'm babling, so I'll go now.

And I must remember to grab a copy of Brillig's album for you. Not that it has anything to do with the music you are looking at at the moment.

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