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Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

Posted in Historic Architecture, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2017 by Drogo

Cathedral Architecture of the Middle Ages

Romanesque cathedrals were based on Roman basilica designs, with thick walls and high ceilings. Engineering innovations like Gothic arches, flying buttresses, and keystone vaulting allowed for higher and larger expanses. Stain-glass windows and sculptures were integral parts of Gothic style; Cathedrals had exterior demons and interior angels. Water spout sculptures were called gargoyles and grotesques were ornaments to ‘ward off evil’ in much the same way comedic caricatures and scary decoration do at traditional festivals like Halloween. By embracing cultural demons in some form, the stress of Sin has less power for some; while scaring others into obedience, lest they get captured by demons outside. The inner sanctum of the church was where God protects his followers.

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Punk Rock

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Music Reviews, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Drogo

Punk Rock

Evolving from garage bands of the early 1970’s, urban industrial working class citizens began expressing their political and anti-establishment angst. Punk Rock defined itself with less emphasis on music quality, and more emphasis on speed and shorter songs. Just as urgent anger can drive a worker to finish a job faster, anger is released in punk rock as an urgent call to pay attention, to celebrate the moment, to seize-the-day, or just-do-it!

1976 is seen as a pivotal year for Punk Bands like the Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, etc. Being ‘Punk Rock’ means practicing any non-conforming or socially shocking vocals or physical behaviors. Punk Rock physical behaviors include looking or strange and/or acting illogical. Punk Rockers look different by wearing improvised and socially rejected attire and hair cuts. Although the shock value of Punk Rock is communicated by audio, visual, and physical modes, the underlying principles of Punk Rock are actually breaking through to alternative thoughts.

Into the 1980’s and 90’s Punk Rock subcultures were often fierce and divided. Punk Subcultures are defined either by their own style, or an associated genre: Rockabilly, Thrash, Surfer, Skin Head, Straightedge, Skater, Ska, Oi, Celtic Punk, Goth, Gutterpunk, Glam Fashion and Big Hair. Informal urban tribal gangs as audio based social movements. True Punk tends toward aggressive rebel anarchism.

Pop Rock (Popular Punk Rock) existed from the beginning with elements seen in New Wave bands, and artificial bands created by producers. Pop Rock continued using Punk Rock into the 1990’s with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mighty Mighty Bostons, Green Day, The Offspring, and other bands popular at colleges.

In the 21st Century a Pop-Emo appreciation of The Cure and Radiohead produced many new bands based on moody, sad personal emotions; with less emphasis on group hardcore resistance to established norms. Punk Bands like Bad Religion continue to express paradoxes in themselves and civilization, loud and proud.

Punk Rock is freedom of thought and expression in music; which extends and resonates through all the arts of life. Punk Rock has certain modern stylistic trends that identify it for labeling (for example as a similar but separate tradition from Acid Jazz); however punk as a philosophy can also be used for any anarchistic revolutionary action, look, or behavior.

Drogo Hawkest

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“A righteous student came and asked me to reflect
He judged my lifestyle was politically incorrect
I don’t believe in self important folks who preach
No Bad Religion song can make your life complete
Prepare for rejection
You’ll get no direction from me
You’ll get no direction from me
You’ll get no direction from me”

–  from “No Direction” by Bad Religion

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“a sense of self-definition and also sort of playing music for music’s sake and being part of a family for family’s sake.”
Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi)

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“Punk rock is just another word for freedom.”
Patti Smith

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“Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don’t let them take you alive.”
Sid Vicious

Doctor Metropolis

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Drogo

The musician known as Doctor Metropolis combines science-fiction with various musical genres, including gothic rock. He samples interesting multi-media clips, and records his own vocals, mixing them with different styles of music. Doctor Metropolis is a Neo-Urban leader in post-modern philosophy, and a loner that actually does play well with others (ironic).

The music of Doctor Metropolis encourages questioning authority, discovering inner secrets, exposing state secrets, and exploring the endless themes of civilization. The Doctor does not confine himself to human endeavors, as he is unafraid of paranormal and supernatural phenomena.

The mood of his music is purposefully dark, and mockingly sinister. Often ironic overtones are used within the Matrix; including anti-music and un-beats. He is the answer to the great question often asked of a Time Lord: “Doctor who?”; answered: “Doctor Metropolis”.

Doctor Metropolis Videos

Shameless Self-Promotion

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by noellanatavano

Hello, SCODites, this is my first post, and I love SCOD. But, I’m really here for shameless self-promotion of my two (thus far) books: Suicide Surprise and its first sequel Vampire Surprise. They are both available on Amazon.com as paperback or kindle. I have recently lowered prices to $7.99 for paperbacks and $4.99 for kindle, but it may take up to 2 weeks for those changes to show up. These will now be “Sherwood Forest Prices.” This way you can try a new author for less money. Discuss.

In the meantime, visit my site at www.noellanatavano.com and make some comments (unless they are mean comments–mean comments suck–hah hah). I’d love to hear from you, unless you are a shameless Twilight fan. Hell, even if you are a Twilight fan, come on over. What the hell. We all like vampires here, even those “vegetarian” kind. Blah.

Your horror-loving SCOD member, Sunshine (aka Noel Lana Tavano)

P.S. Jacob is better than Edward.