BTanner

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  • Activity

    • Maybe

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      I should start updating?

    • Events occur in real time.

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      Anyone see the 24 season opener? Soooo good. Excellently produced.

    • DONE!

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      Yesterday, i rose at 9:00 AM.

      I started working on my computer at 10:00 AM.

      I finished working at 12:30 AM.

      Yea, a long day.

    • The end?

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      Today may or may not be my last day off college apps.


      13 Essays, 12 Schools, 11 Supplements: $840.

      13 years of parochial school: $88,000.

      4 years of college: $240,000.

      "Yes" on December 15: Priceless.

    • It appears I can't change.

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      I just had an epiphany: I'm at that same fucking wall yet again.



      Fuck all.

    • The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      First, let me apologize. I have had killer amounts of work and stress, and haven’t really been able to be as conversive with you dudes and dudettes as I should. After December 15th, I should be a little less of a reclusive cunt.

      With that said, I would like to introduce the newest journal series: a critical analysis of The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi by The Receiving End of Sirens. TREOS are a now-hiatusing band out of Boston, made up of singer/bassist/lyricist Brendan Brown, singer/guitarist Alex Bars, guitarist Nate Patterson, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Brian Southall, and drummer Andrew Cook. Mi Fa Mi, their latest effort (Fall 2007) is an underappreciated gem; many fans of their previous album, Between the Heart and the Synapse can’t quite appreciate this new music, due mainly to its unbelievable complexity and artistic genius. With that being said, you can still find a few appreciators of this treasure (ultimate-guitar.com did a good review of it); even these fans, however, are unable to fully comprehend this album.

      It is in light of this that I launch myself into this project. As a musician and writer myself, I am an appreciator of art; I cannot help but constantly analyze songs, novels, poems, plays, paintings, photographs, etc. This album has been picked apart in my mind for over a year, and I still don’t fully understand it. I wish, however, to impart my progress so far upon those who might lend an ear. I highly suggest that you pick up this album and use my efforts here to compliment your own experience.



      What is The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi? It is a cathartic masterpiece that brilliantly blends the personal and the universal.



      Since the title of the album, The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi, presents the overarching theme, it is important that I set the background here with an analysis of that name and that theme.

      The Music of the Spheres is a metaphysical concept developed by Pythagoras. He posited that, since the heavenly bodies (i.e. the planets) are moving so fast, they should be making a great deal of noise. At that time, the planets were thought to revolve around the Earth in perfect spheres. “The spheres were thought to be related by the whole-number ratios of pure musical intervals, creating musical harmony.â€Â

      This harmony was thought to be constant. Kepler, however, created a new mathematical concept for the Music of the Spheres. Explained:

      "The title, The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi was taken from a book written by a late 16th century astronomical theorist by the name of Johannes Kepler [Harmonices Mundi] and the publication just fascinated the band. Kepler’s theory suggested that each of the 9 planets in our solar system produced tones as they orbited the sun. Throughout the orbit, Venus would stay a consistent note that was considered the 6th in relation to the rest of the planets. As Earth would shift its tonality, it would create the effect of the notes moving from the major 6th to the minor 6th and back and forth. This is where the “Mi Fa Mi†comes into action, symbolizing the corresponding syllables when singing a scale in relation to the notes of the earth {Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do}. Kepler further concurred that the Earth “singing†Mi Fa Mi could truly stand for Misery, Famine, Misery and ultimately, that is the song the Earth and Venus continued to sing. Misery, referring to an empty place and Famine, referring to the appetite or thirst for things."

      What Kepler said: “The Earth sings Mi, Fa, Mi: you may infer even from the syllables that in this our home misery and famine hold sway.â€Â

      During Kepler’s time, astronomers knew that the planets traveled in elliptical orbits. Therefore, instead of being in perfect harmony, they Music of the Spheres would in fact be discord except in a very rare instance.

      To extrapolate to the context of this album:
      In younger days, one looks upon the universe as orderly and harmonious; a naïve, idealistic notion. As one matures, however, one realizes the realities of the world in which one lives: it is a world of discord and suffering; quite literally, misery and famine. Note that the Earth sings this in relation to Venus, which represents love.

      Here is the track listing for the album:

      1. Swallow People Whole
      2. Oubliette (Disappear)
      3. The Crop And The Pest
      4. The Salesman, The Husband, The Lover
      5. Smoke And Mirrors
      6. A Realization Of The Ear
      7. Saturnus
      8. Wanderers
      9. Stay Small
      10. Music Of The Spheres
      11. The Heir Of Empty Breath
      12. Pale Blue Dot

      Soon to follow will be my analysis of each individual track.

      Damn, this breakfast burrito is goooood.

    • The Big Day

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      DM interview is today.

      Oh fuck I'm nervous.

    • WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      I'M FUCKING CRYING.

      SERIOUSLY.

      That was so sad. Worse than the ending of COD 4.


      That was horrible.

    • WTF

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      Why the hell does outside look yellow?

    • FUCK.

      10 years ago

      BTanner

      So sometime next week is my Dartmouth interview. Fuck. I am a nervous wreck.

  • Comments (339)

    • MacFreedom

      7 years ago

      You dead man?

    • homie2point0

      9 years ago

      remember me :)

    • Nyxie13

      9 years ago

      OH MY GOD SO ARE YOU

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      ur ghey lolz

    • tekkenfreak4

      10 years ago

      i have an x-box live acc. add Ac1d Re1gn

    • kyleb130

      10 years ago

      Heyy, gimmy some help, halogoddess needs to win a contest read more about it in the group, vote for her too
      Thanks
      rvb.roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=3430

    • MikeyBack

      10 years ago

      hey how are you doing man... havent talked to ya ina while!

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      sup tanner

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      Happy (belated) birthday!

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      OMG u look lik a guy i saw on tv. it was u . u look just lik him

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      it's go time
      fraps and five hour energy
      fucking bio hw

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      :P
      have fun doing nothing all day

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      if i wrote my college essay for UVA ('what film has inspired you') about my plans for survival if terminators should take over, d'you think it would be epic win?... orr epic fail?

      because i could write about that junk.

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      haha no dude it's cool ;]

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      oh fuck off ;]


      i hope the funeral went alright for you.

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      i was wondering where the fuck you were; i was here til about 7:30 and you never showed up. but then i went to the movies with lindsey. and we jammed to linkin park. it was fuckin rad brah. x3

      & you should try taking magnesium before you go to bed. it doesn't put you down but you get deeper sleep.

      && nothing x3

      &&& awesome! :D

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      btw when is your dartmouth interview?

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      ahahaha x]
      i think i just did something stupid.
      & i have so much hw today xP

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      pink!

      pic comment flood time

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      9 hours of sleep!

      i'm gonna paint my nails now. orange, pink, or red?

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      oh goody, i get another chance to leave you annoying comments all day tomorrow

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      It would have been a lot better had it been just regular catholics, but when a priest says it, that means it's pretty bad. I feel it's kinda my own fault for starting the gig with "Holy Adultery". I just think it's really mean to hate someone just because they're different than them. Oh well, I'll just put that all behind me and move on.

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      They didn't like my political stances, so a few of them tried to shove their "morals" down my throat. When I resisted, they proceeded to call me a "murder supporter" on a stage in front of a giant crowd of stoned rockers and a live News crew. Our band still won though, so I guess it wasn't all bad.

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      Catholics deserve more than that. Did I spell that right?

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      Sorry, I put in the wrong page number, this one should work

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      <3
      :]

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      <3

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      life

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      at

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      sucking

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      for

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      sorry

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      -yaaaaawwwnnnn-
      oh man
      i sure do love sleeping in
      ;]

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      omgggggg
      i almost died laughing
      you jerk
      xD lmao

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      haha, you know, because you make a smoothie in a blender.

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      -blender noise-

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      10-24-08_1709-1.jpg

      oh yes
      so much fun

    • Colt_1250

      10 years ago

      I was actually talking about the 1700's, but good point(s)

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      haha it's cool; I decided to get off and rehearse a presentation due today for the umpteenth time

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      agreed xP

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      > grr I swear like everyone but my school got today off. even the neighboring counties. at least it's spirit week so it's extra-fun to go lol
      >haha yeah, they're a pretty good band. :]

      aight so down to business.
      I was kicking myself after going to bed the other night for failing to mention the discussion between my Mormon friend and I, where I was making the same point you did in paragraph three and she was babbling on about irrelevant scriptures. "Justice" is created by man to regulate man and nothing more, which ties up pretty nicely with that video link you gave two or three comments ago, especially considering I was arguing with someone who follows one of these made-up systems of justice, Mormonism. (And she is hxc Mormon too, it's nuts. Whenever I would box her in she would begin poorly re-telling one of the scriptures which wasted a lot of time. we were at lunch.) But I guess most people want to think that somebody/thing with some greater wisdom or w/e came up the system of 'universal justice' so the standards they live by will hold a degree of.. authority, I guess.

      lol'd @ 'shine on you crazy diamond'
      I fxcken hate those sorts of posters. Only the weirdo teachers who can't teach worth a crap have them. We're not in fucking second grade; well, some of my peers are probably more suited to that level. Heh, I was walking through the mall a while ago and there was this huge poster with this forlorn looking teen with like two skinny little books in his hand and the caption was 'Wanna help Dave stay in school? Go to boostup.org to give him a boost' and I'm just like 'the fuck does he need a boost for, these kids probably slacked off all their lives and now they're upset that they're struggling through a bunch of regular classes. I'm working my ass off, where's my charity?'
      upon further thought I realized I don't want anyone's charity. I made my decision and I'm happy with it because I've avoided letting my brain deteriorate into a banal mush unlike David there. Do I 'deserve' a reward for that? Hell no. If anything, I am my own reward.

      The analogy isn't false in the way he's presenting it... justice isn't necessarily being divided up, he's saying the truth about what is just and unjust is only partially revealed to humans by a code of morals usually set by a deity of some sort. That being said yes, I see it as completely false, because I don't subscribe to the concept itself. No pie. No justice. Just man.

      If we had no senses whatsoever, well, first of all we'd be dead. Assuming we could live without senses, we would either know nothing or everything. Actually, both at once as you can't have one without the other. Without senses one would be unable to perceive anything, could observe nothing, and therefore would know nothing. But if there was only nothing, that would be knowing everything. I'm kinda envisioning a person who is in a sort of state of comatose from birth to death, unable (I assume) to develop any language skills, unable to organize thoughts, unable to stimulate their mind, just existing really. Does this prevent them from comprehending reality? I would say so, seeing as they have no concept of the world around them. If the senseless individual were to exist on the same plane as you and I and everybody else, regardless of whether or not we were there, that person would have the least understanding of reality. At least we have snippits of it; this person would only have their own undeveloped mind. What I'm saying is suddenly there is nothing and everything; everything representing, say, earth, and nothing representing this person's complete ignorance of everything aka knowing nothing.
      Perhaps the way to understand reality would be to flip it around so that the individual had his senses but existed in nothingness which is an improbable scenario in so many ways. I couldn't make that assumption because I have no idea what reality is. I can't prove to you that anything around us is "real", as the senses are flawed, which is why your descartes way of thinking makes the most sense. I don't know for sure what's going on around me but I do know what I think about it. Unless I'm misunderstanding the concept.

      Hit me with those Necessary Assumptions. :]

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      niiiice
      yeah I'm sorry too, I've been busy all day with an english assignment that I forgot is due tomorrow. xP
      But I'll respond properly tomorrow.
      Love the journal btw. so appropriate. & Story Of The Year = <3

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      So I was picking apart a comment you left on one of my journals and applying it to some concepts from Plato's Crito, then continued to babble on about other things.

      "Life(a) is a perception(b) of your reality."

      a) our eveyday actions, thoughts, and speech
      b) how you interpret/view

      expanded: our everyday thoughts, actions, and speech are dictated by how one interprets their reality.

      These actions are all a result of interpretation. We think a concept is solid and (re)act based on that inference (or assumption, depending on how one decided the concept was solid in the first place).

      aight so now i need to give you a back-story before continuing. In classical studies we're studying Socrates by reading Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo and we've only gotten through the first three so far. The definition of what is just and unjust is a major argument. My teacher suggested that there is a true justice which is "above us", and then there's the justice that we are able to perceive. His analogy was that there is the whole pie in the fridge, and then there's the tiny slice that's sitting right in front of us, and that's all we can comprehend, which is why we cannot exactly define what is just and unjust. And he kinda hinted at that true justice being divine seeing as people have a similar issue comprehending what is truly holy and unholy. which allows me to continue.

      So is reality the true justice, then? Rather than a divinely complete justice, there is a complete reality (like the state-of-being version presented in that blog) which incorporates justice and everything else we are unable to fully comprehend. The reality is indifferent to the actions of man, though it dictates them. Maintaining complete ignorance of reality may be the only true way to know the fully refined perception of it; if you try to comprehend it you'll only become entangled in your perceptions of what is and isn't possible, influenced for the most part by the physical limitations imposed by one's body. Just living in complete ignorance would mean just allowing the possible and impossible occur without and effect on one's actions. this is practically impossible; there are simply too many influences that imply realities. It is human nature to identify patterns and make inferences about reality based on these patterns.

      annnd that's it. my friend called and asked if I wanted to hang out so I packed up.

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      sounds relaxing

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      wats up g homie dogg

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      heh I love those NonStampCollector videos. x] I'll have to make time to watch them all.
      So I forgot to ask, how did your SATs go?

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      It was a close call between this, the sore throat one, and the amputee one, but I think this is my favorite user comment:

      "I too was healed of cancer by someone laying hands on me and I was "slain in the spirit". For those who don't know what that means, it is when you fall to the ground not on your own accord and can not get up until the power of God is finished with you. You feel a heaviness over you that is peaceful and you can not get up. I wish that those who don't know Jesus would come to know him and believe in his healing grace and mercy, then you would know that this is the real deal."

    • Nyxie13

      10 years ago

      You probably have an AIM homepage too but still.
      xD The comments are the best part.

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      now thats wats happening

    • homie2point0

      10 years ago

      wats up homie?

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