Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday Operetta to Marx

Greetings readers of Thee Uncondemning Monk,

Many new things are happening, but today we would like to talk a little about our latest release, Sunday Operetta to Marx: Zen Vampire University. But before getting into the new release we would like to reiterate what our project is, in part, about. First, Thee UM and music, what is the relationship?

As you may have already read, we are not actually what one would call a musician. But that is not right, Thee UM members are musicians, that much we are sure of, but more honestly, they are not concerned with "making music" as much as exploring sound. We see ourselves as sound-painters, or sound-sculptors.

Sunday Operetta to Marx: Zen Vampire University was created by listening to a university lecture on Marx. The lecture was given on 11 Nov, 2011. In particular that lecture was on Part V of Das Capital, Volume I, by Karl Marx. While we listened to the lecture, we decide that we would make some music for the lecture, to make it a bit more interesting for others. But, but the sound quality of the lecture was so atrocious that we "had" to removed it from the music. This cut-out is what would become the Operetta. So we cut-out the lecture and left the music. The way it was divided simply is where we naturally stopped while paying to the lecture. These pauses where the perfect place to divide up the work. As such, the album is an ambient piece that goes well with all audio where their is only speaking (but no music accompanied it). For instance, try listening to the album while watching a live stream of Occupy Wall Street, and you will understand what I mean. The music is meant to be played in the background, while reading, you guessed it, Marx. That was our  intention with this piece.

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