“… Hegel explains the overcoming of tyranny in the history of states: “One says that tyranny is overturned by the people because it is undignified, shameful, etc. In reality, it disappears because it is superfluous.” It becomes superfluous when people no longer need the external force of the tyrant to make them renounce their particular interests, but when they become “universal citizens” by directly identifying the core of their being with this universality - in short, people no longer need the external master when they are educated into doing this job of discipline and subordination themselves.”—Slavoj Žižek, Less Than Nothing, Verso 2012, p.198-9 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
60’s psychedelic rock produced in Japan in the 60’s! Shockingly, they weren’t nearly as behind the curve back then. Very similar to what Jefferson Airplane and The Doors were putting out around the same time, though I might just be reminded of them since the album features covers of “Light My Fire” and “White Rabbit”.
Bernard Herrmann - Prelude/Outer Space/Radar (The Day The Earth Stood Still: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“[Herrmann’s score for the sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still] was another scoring milestone that anticipated the era of electronic music with its then unheard of instrumentation for electric violin, electric bass, two high and low electric theremins, four pianos, four harps and a ‘very strange section of about 30-odd brass.’…What the film needed was an extraterrestrial strangeness, a sense of the bizarre and unsettling; this Herrmann achieved through his wisely sparse electronic soundtrack.
If the music’s impact is lessened today, the reason is not the score itself but the host of inferior imitations its success spawned.”
-excerpted from A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann by Steven Smith
“Human activity is only driven to isolate the moment of decision making if this activity is itself contradictory, if it is already traversed by conflicts and if antagonistic powers are already established. The structure for the encounter of different opinions is nothing but a facade masking the real decision, imposed by the prior play of forces.”—The Story of our Origins - Gilles Dauvé