Geotic

Geotic is the Electronic/Ambient musical project of Will Wiesenfeld, also known for his work as Baths, which he recently returned to after neglecting it since 2008. With his minimalistic style he manages to create wonderful landscapes that engulf your sense. Using a range of sound and loops accompanied with electric guitar  he is able to create a thought provoking atmospheric sound with lo-fi perfection.

Wiesenfeld has made his entire Geotic discography free to download here. However, there is also an option to donate, which I encourage everyone to do!

His newest, self-released, full length album, Mend grabbed the attention of Pitchfork and was reviewed with a 7.4. (Which is about as good as an ACTUAL artist will get when it comes to Pitchfork, considering Pitchfork rated Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a perfect 10.0 and named it album of the year in 2010(this still makes me cringe.)) Though Pitchfork does not cater as much to an artist like Will Wiesenfeld, it was some positive attention, which planted a seed and brought in some new fans.

Cover art of Geotic's album, Mend

I know I don’t usually blog about music, but I think the addition of music to the blog is not a bad idea considering it consumes a large portion of my time and energy. So there will be more in the future.

Siddhartha: Book Review #2

Have you ever had one of those days that just seemed to be genuinely longer than other days, but in all reality remained in the 18-22 average waking hours that you usually experience? And in this day you encounter a plethora of emotions and events that really made you consider your position in life? Well that is what Siddhartha is like.

Siddhartha is considered Hermann Hesse’s greatest, most famous novel, and for good reason. First published in the United States in 1951, it became an extremely popular and influential work of literature and art during the 1960s. With themes such as self-realization, freedom, spiritual enlightenment and finding ones way in life, readers will likely be intrigued by the insights that are shown in this small novel.

Being just over 150-pages, this story takes you through the turbulent life of a young man named Siddhartha as he tries to find meaning and truth in life outside of the structures of teachings given to the people by religious leaders. The story is set in ancient India during the time Guatama Buddha was traversing the land to spread his teachings, and eventually Siddhartha and Guatama’s paths cross, for better or for worse.

Through the novel we see how conflicted Siddhartha is about his spirituality and he tries to fix this through knowledge, but as his story continues he realizes that it is not knowledge that gives you enlightenment. It is wisdom, and wisdom cannot be learned by a master, a teacher or in a book or classroom. That is something you can only obtain through experience, and if anyone has some interesting experiences in his life, Siddhartha is ranked among them.

While reading this book you will likely be intrigued by some of the ideologies presented, even if you are not new to them. Hesse does a fantastic job of sliding important ideologies into an entertaining story. Not only is it entertaining, but it is precise. Hesse sticks to the point and quickly delivers the important events to his reader without having a static, flat character.

Some authors will write books two or three times the size of Siddhartha, but with only half the amount of memorable events in them that Hesse’s novel contains. You will feel like you just got back from a long journey after you finish this book. A journey that progressed quickly over a lifetime and left you with a nice reminder that you are alive and need to see the bigger picture, how everything is, in the end, one in the same.

For any person who loves literature, philosophy or is looking for inspiration, they should consider this an essential piece of reading, I highly recommend it. Even if you only leave this book with a fraction of the beautiful motifs presented, you have walked away as a beneficiary of Hesse’s fantastic work.

I will end with a quote that stuck out to me in particular:

“At times he heard within him a soft, gentle voice, which reminded him quietly, complained quietly, so that he could hardly hear it. Then he suddenly saw clearly that he was leading a strange life, that he was doing many things that were only a game, that he was quite cheerful and sometimes experienced pleasure, but that real life was flowing past him and did not touch him . . . His real self wandered elsewhere, far away, wandered on and on invisibly and had nothing to do with his life. He was sometimes afraid of these thoughts and wished that he could also share their childish daily affairs with intensity, truly to take part in them, to enjoy and live their lives instead of only being there as an onlooker.” –Siddhartha, page 71, Bantam Books Edition.

Travanj No’c Konflikt

and in the darkness
i saw their shadows
creep upon the door
and move across the
lawn.

and watching far
away as the
guardians work
through their
day,

i swerve off the track
of time, and call a
final thought to
plunder mind and,
foray into exhaustion.

“Awake, only show
anger to your bride, for
with her thoughts she
will eventually turn to
genocide.”

while the asylum’s
neglect their refugees
and fret over circumstance,
the atmosphere will open
and break their emergencies
and insipid trance.

if you don’t stay with him
it could be wrong, and they
told him not to leave,
all along.

those who should be trusted
bashed it all away, in a quick
unjust, crash and sway.

leave me here so that
i
can say,  how long its
been since i have
eaten.
at least a day, but it
could be two, its
just as easy, as it
is to pray. an
answer never comes
but if i stay, there will
be one more to add to
the fray.