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April 03, 2011


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coincidentally, i saw a Discovery channel program on the Great Rift yesterday. It had a segment on the old caravan salt trade around Lake Assal.. what a dramatic landscape!

"Tectonic Mayhem" would be a good name for a really loud band.

I like the idea, but the band would have to have real and diverse musical talent....

Any nominations for the "Tectonic Mayhem" symphony? Mahler? Perhaps we need to think Shostakovich?


I feel a blog carnival coming on....

Perhaps Magnus Lindberg? Not just for the cover image on http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013AUW2M/ref=dm_sp_alb though that's apt. If you have a UK IP address, you can hear on Spotify that "Cantigas" has passages aiming for the Richter scale. And "Arena," also forceful, is appropriately named, with cover art resembling either lightning or magma: http://www.amazon.com/Lindberg-M-Corrente-Finnish-Symphony/dp/B002K0WEWU/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302228804&sr=301-1

Excellent nomination. I, of course, was particularly impressed by the sample from "Arena" available on Amazon.com.

Out of curiosity, I put in "tectonic" as a search term for music on Amazon, and came up with a 2005 album titled "Tectonics" by a French one-man Industrial Doom band (a new term to me)named P.H.O.B.O.S. A free sample of, for example, "Engilfed in Subduction" can be heard at http://www.amazon.com/P.H.O.B.O.S./e/B001LHSDW8/ref=ntt_mus_dp_pel - BUT TURN DOWN THE VOLUME FIRST.... This is a really loud one-man band!

MERCY that's loud! And it does sound like mayhem. Specialist reviewers agree: http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=71435
It's far more seismic than "Tectonics" on http://www.amazon.com/Images-Earth-History-planet-through/dp/B00000G51B/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1 -- although that's an interesting concept.
Not in the same division, but an amusing cover: http://www.amazon.com/Sidewalk-Tectonics/dp/B004830ERE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302403239&sr=1-1-catcorr
Music does seem especially responsive to geological/palaeontological imagery. I have just discovered Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, described as "classical-punk-jazz-car-wreck music."

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