The Pleasures of Indulgence

By: Ian Mathers

Posted 09/12/2006 - 04:14:30 AM by meatbreak:
 An interesting piece which speaks directly to me as I am grappling with the same delusions and realities that indeed, I will never be able to 'keep up' in quite the way half my mind is telling me to. It ws much easier when I ws a teenager with a narrow preference for music that was aggressively defended. Now, I find myself with a preference for everyhting which can be completely debilitating. The only thing I would like to add to this is something I have discussed with friends, to their horror, on more than one occasion. The MP3/MP4 etc..format not only allows for albums of immense length, but also songs. I eagerly await the first 5 or 30 hour 'song' and were my computer not so limited, would probably try it myself though I doubt the resulting first 10 minutes would even be listenable, such is the discrepancy between my ambition and talent. So this is a challenge to someone to make a song that exceeds all sensible limits of human tolerance. I know Cornershop had a 24 hour remix of one of their tracks on their website that was streamed live - I heard a lot of that, a couple of hours in the morning, and came back to another few in the evening but at that time, I wsn't ready or in a position to sit there through the whole thing. Sadly, now, I think I am.
Posted 09/12/2006 - 02:36:45 PM by IanMathers:
 I hear you, although the longest single songs I own are mostly by the Necks (whom you should check out, maybe "Drive By" or "Aether"), topping out at about an hour. Spacemen 3's old "An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music" (45 minutes) is also pretty interesting, as well as William Basinski's Disintegration Loops.
Posted 09/13/2006 - 09:22:14 AM by meatbreak:
 Thanks for the tips. I'm already familar with Spacemen 3, but I'll definatly check the others - I just really like long pieces of music. Sleeps Jerusalem/Dopethrone is especially good - The Dopethrone version moreso. After reading your article I've been listening to The Caretaker - those people are not normal!