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Velvet Darkness they Fear [Saturday
September 6th, 2008 at 1:23am]

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Here follows a brief and inadequet introduction of myself. I honestly do not know where my talents lie. I have fronted a death metal band conceiving and performing the soaring classical vocals contrasted with clearly ennunciated growls as low as Chris Barnes and up into the Black Metal registers, we were played local radio a couple times but I never got to preform.  I had sucessfully published a Metal 'zine with artwork and poetry, only one issue was printed, the second was set to go but never made it to copy. I was involved in the local Arts Councel at home, all pieces of drawing or photography accepted into all the juried shows I entered, I only ever did this a very few times. I hosted a radio show "The Transient Raven" for 2 or 3 years at my university. It was a Metal show but I played everything from Bach to Styx, Enigma to Morbid Angel.  The fun was in the sequencing. I also served as Loud Rock director for a time. I had the privelege to be the Black and White lab manager there.  I loved being in the darkroom. I could almost see there even in the pitch black before red light use is safe. I studied English and Communications. British Victorian Literature and the Romantic period were of course my favorite. In Communications I sought to bring a Graphic Designer;s eye and an English Major's language to the web where dear programmers knew how to code a page but no idea what it _should_ look and sound like when finished. (I practially hear the text I read). We boldy named our car, his car really, Styx because we believed death is only a metaphor for transitive change and that we were ready to face the fires and become well tempered souls. Then, he died and in many ways I died too.


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Introducing Noirsolaris [Saturday
April 22nd, 2006 at 6:57am]

What would be my goth qualifications beyond the commonplace lower IQ levels slithering like drones into the local goth night to stare at fishnet covered chests and short skirted goth barbies? To start, the loud drunken forays over the "Goth Top 40" are hardly beneficial to the hopes of striking up conversation with any possibly half-intelligent, half-interesting people. In all my pvc clothed fashion, I would leave that pitiful realm behind unappreciative of my fanciful wordplay or bold self-expression and daringness to be different.

Who of us hasn't at one time painted our eyes black as racoons and dared to dream by the moonlight pools and glowing obelisk tombs? How odd it feels to be the only person back in high school to actually enjoy watching the 70's version of Romeo and Juliet or to pour over any of Edgar Allen Poe's great classics whilst others were content to throw things at each other and gossip. The Bottle of half cognac and 3 roses left on his grave every year is proof that not all wonders ceased with the romantic eras past.

My true interests lay in the creative expressive translation of thought into something much like free-formed poetry. Beyond that, I seek to bring into creation a lacking sense of originality in today's plastic Goth world. I revel in the dying aesthetics of decades and centuries past. I feel I was born to be a sort of strange dark muse for some. Tying in with that, I hope to be looked upon as a great source of fantasy, Noirsolaris. . . a sort of dark and strange place much like the cold and occultic world of Giger with the dreaminess of Siouxsie's words.

What we perceive as reality is reflection of whatever goes on in the realm of the spirit.Magick isn't necessarily the spells people cast with their little tools and rhymes. We ARE magick. We are spiritual beings wether or not we choose to acknowledge that. Because we can't see ourselves as a body of light with our physical eyes does not mean it isn't so.

"The Black Sun sheds darkness instead of light (if darkness were a substance instead of absence), and is rolled across the sky by the hind feet of the divine scarab Khefri. By its unlight, the visible becomes hidden and the secret becomes known."
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Origins of the Gothic Subculture and Rambling to the Eighteenth Century? [Wednesday
June 29th, 2005 at 1:18am]

Sorry, I'm rather late. Personal issues and the friends list doesn't seem to show any new entries...irg...my livejournal is not liking me at the moment. Anyways onto the topic:

There have been many "origins" of the Gothic subculture, and from its beginnings in the 70's to its glory days in the 80's, to what it becomes today- the Gothic subculture seems to morph. "Goth", as one knows it begun with the labeling of such artists as Joy Division, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees and it was given life by the not so sustainable Punk subculture. The 'Goth' label was first coined by Joy Division's manager, as a way to classify their music as something different from the pop music at the time. The subculture was first apparent in Western Europe and North America. Goth was a label used by the press to classify punk bands with a gloomier feel and more often than not a darker glam-punk look and soon became the label of choice of fans of said music.

Goth, as a subculture has always borrowed heavilly upon many aspects of bygone eras whether for aesthetic inspiration (i.e ankhs and pointed Egyptian eye makeup/ love of eyeliner, medieval and Victorian clothes) as well as Goths tend to enjoy literature, art and the general ambience of another time period. I'm going to be focusing on Gothic literature and the eighteenth century...ie...rambling on a tangent for a while.

While the fashions of past eras, influence the modern subculture- the literary movement also influences as well. Gothic literature primarily focused on horror, terror, ruin, death and decay. The Gothic novel, generally was set in places that were considered "gothic" in archetecture (abbeys,castles, mansions, etc.). Historically, some cite the rise of Gothic literature to a period in the eighteenth century called the 'Enlightenment'. The thoughts of Enlightenment philosophers and writers was that reason and human understanding was prized over human emotion. The Gothic was a departure from the decorum and rationality of the time and explored the unreasonable side of life as well as human emotion.

Now, to depart from literature and philosophy and to delve into the social aspect of the eighteenth century for one quick paragraph.

The eighteenth century was a time in which there was great social upheaval-the most notable was that of the American Revolution, The Seven Years War and the French Revolution. Besides the wars...(what's a century without wars...<.<) countries the rise such as Prussia (now Germany), Russia and Austria shifted the balance of power from the powerhouses of France, England and Spain. Along with the rise of nations, cultural centers such as Vienna and Paris became places where nations could show of their power and enlightenment. Along with changes in Europe, the British colony of America was gaining its independence and the influence of European countries in Asia would begin the reign of British Colonialism in India and the eventual ruin of the Mughal empire which had already entered a long decline after the death of Aurungzheb *misspelt this* (irg...nasty throne stealer....irg...I don't like him much.).

And that is some history in a rambly nutshell. I'd write more but I'm a bit sleepy- and move onto the nineteenth century and then a bit back, or more if you'd like...but I'll save that for a bit later.

June 17th, 2005 at 8:04pm]

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I have a request... [Thursday
June 16th, 2005 at 2:44am]

I have a request for our lovely history expert. Since this is still a "goth" community, would you mind writing a little on the history of the culture, and that of the time periods that influenced it? I'm sure that would be quite interesting, and a good topic of discussion. I will also write about some philosophies that suit the gothic culture. It's late now, and I need to get some sleep, otherwise I'd post on the topic now. Perhaps our art specialist could discuss gothic artwork. I should make it more clear on the info page that this community is currently open to all. I desire some intriguing conversation.

Enlighten me.
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My post on History [Monday
June 13th, 2005 at 3:18pm]


Well before I begin, is everyone aware of the discovery of a Germanic civilization found in Europe that predates the pyramids by 2000 years?

First off, I'd like to say that my specialty is that of Ancient History and to an extent European History...so here it goes.
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Let us start the discussion! [Monday
June 13th, 2005 at 1:25am]

I'm sure we all have read J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Because it is so widely read, this work often gets trivialized. Salinger is one of my favorite authors, so I would like to make a reading suggestion that will hopefully lead to conversation.

For an easily analyzed text, I would reccommend "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" from Salinger's work Nine Stories. For more challenging analysis, I reccommend either "Teddy" from the same collection, or "Franny" from Franny and Zooey. The basic themes and meanings are easily decernable (I never claimed to be a spelling master), however, there is a lot more you can gather from the text.

I hope some of you will read these stories and help get discussion started.

If anyone has literary suggestions that are gothic in nature, I would love for them to post. I must admit, as far as fiction goes, modern American literature is likely my favorite genre.

A quotation from "Franny"
"The rest were standing around in hatless, smoky little groups of twos and threes and fours inside the heated waiting room, talking in voices that, almost without exception, sounded collegiately dogmatic, as though each young man, in his strident, conversational turn, was clearing up, once and for all, some highly controversial issue, one that the outside, non-matriculating world had been bungling, provocatively or not, for centuries."
I felt it was appropriate for this community. I hope we shan't be nearly so sophomoric.

June 12th, 2005 at 7:19pm]

Okay, so I gave in and joined. But, I do believe that I have a suggestion. I do think you should add a music specialist position...and give it to me...lol

Yours Truly...

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June 12th, 2005 at 4:54am]

Some of you may know me off heirstothethrone. *waves to everyone*

I'd think it would be very interesting being a mod, but I may not have as much expertise in said fields, as someone completing a university degree, but here I go. My Particular Areas of Expertise/Interest is that of Ancient History, more particularly the ancient world of Antiquity along with literature, religions (I read...for FUN. *gasp*) and I am an emerging techie (I make websites). As far as proving my intelligence, I can link you to my website, that is somewhat still under construction. It's got layout, writing, ranting and whatnot. As well, if you'd like to start a friendly debate with me, I'm more than happy to indulge (if it's J.S Mill's/Bentam's utilitarianism, you will get a long spchiel from me about why it is immoral and unethical, in many cases...the greatest good for the greatest amount of people...pah.). I'm also very nocturnal, do I get points for that? *cynical snark*.

Before I go, may I indulge you by offering up a suggestion for specialists?  I think it would be great if we had an expert on film (okay, double meaning)!

Website: http://saturnine.site-of-doom.com

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June 12th, 2005 at 1:16am]

Guess I'll get this started. Why do I (and other people too) need sleep? What is the purpose of it? Can our eyes and bodies only exert themselves so much before we need to recover? Is sleep more of a mental or physical resting period? Off to puzzle things out in my dreams.
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