Ancient Roman Music (Conjectured, Imagined)

The trouble with most of the “early music” groups that I have heard is that they take stuff originally played by drunken peasants (setting aside Christian church music) and make it sound like it is played by anorexic graduate students. … Continue reading

Pentagram Pizza: Some Good Reads and Free Music

• Finding a complementary relationship between Paganism and Tantra at The Pagan Perspective. Not this: My sabbatical led me down the rabbit hole of tantra, or rather neo-tantra, which turned out to be nothing more than a mobsterized store front … Continue reading

Siberian Shamans and their Music

A short documentary on contemporary Siberian shamanism from the Russian television channel RT. The interesting part is a young shaman and his friend composing a sort of “house” music (or so the narrator describes it) to try to bridge contemporary … Continue reading

Black Metal Music: ‘Abiding and Transcendent’

The wide world of academia  includes Buffy Studies and edited collections published by serious presses on the legal aspects of Harry Potter’s world. So why not a quasi-academic symposium on black-metal music? He quoted lyrics from the face-painted, early-1990s Norwegian … Continue reading

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Talking about Robert Eggers’ “The Northman”

In the spring of 2018, M. and I were preparing for a week in Salem, Mass., so we watched several movies about Salem, witch trials, etc. One of them was The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers. At the time, I … Continue reading