Music
Zbigniew Preisner Reflects on Music for Films, and for Kieślowski Films

Zbigniew Preisner Reflects on Music for Films, and for Kieślowski Films

One challenge: ‘It is not possible to talk about music. It’s metaphysics.’ This week’s special opportunity to revisit Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog also brings an opportunity for a chat with one of…

David Byrne: “We did okay”

David Byrne: “We did okay”

Mr. Byrne, do you write songs differently now than you did 30 years ago? I couldn’t write the same kind of songs now that I wrote then. I…

Why Revolver is the greatest Beatles album?

Why Revolver is the greatest Beatles album?

The Beatles’ Revolver was released on 5 August 1966. As the album turns 50,Greg Kot argues that it is the Fab Four’s crowning achievement. The best Beatles album?…

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Visualized in a Computer Animation

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Visualized in a Computer Animation

Even those of us who only took half a music appreciation course in college know about the impact of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the orchestral ballet…

Movies

Making of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

Making of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

Named by the British Film Institute as one of the fifty greatest movies of all…

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential…

The 10 Greatest Directors of The New Hollywood Era

The 10 Greatest Directors of The New Hollywood Era

The New Hollywood wave may be the most significant film movement in the history of…

Postscript: Michael Cimino, 1939–2016

Postscript: Michael Cimino, 1939–2016

Michael Cimino’s last feature, “The Sunchaser,” was released in 1996, twenty years before his death,…

Jean-Luc Godard: the artist and his muse

Jean-Luc Godard: the artist and his muse

Jean-Luc Godard had a problem with endings. His early films often finish with a throwaway…

10 Essential Abbas Kiarostami Films

10 Essential Abbas Kiarostami Films

Abbas Kiarostami is a familiar name to many people around the world. Since countless internet…

 

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Mind and Cognition

The Hellfire club

The Hellfire club

Majority of secret societies are exclusive, intended for a small circle of the chosen ones. Their closeness is the very reason for making them an ideal ground for…

Underground utopism

Underground utopism

It seems to me that, for a long time, we were searching for that particular social order that will guarantee equal rights for all, flawless community development and…

Time: illusion and/or necessity?

Time: illusion and/or necessity?

For a majority of us, time is but an alternate term for what occurs between two random points on the clock. But, here is the gist: clocks –…

Modern European Mysticism

Modern European Mysticism

This article will introduce you to the complex world of modern European mysticism through studying its psychological thought. We shall see that modern European mysticism has its own…

Zero the hero: How nothing became everything

Zero the hero: How nothing became everything

It may not seem all that intuitive that numbers and numerical systems could be susceptible to the same kind of transformation as any other cultural phenomena. When one…

Sociology

Richard Dawkins interview: ‘It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer’

Richard Dawkins interview: ‘It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer’

Britain’s most famous atheist is surprisingly low-key. The public Richard Dawkins – combative, outspoken, relentless – is, it turns out, a…

Slavoj Žižek: Thanks to the EU’s villainy, Greece is now under financial occupation

Slavoj Žižek: Thanks to the EU’s villainy, Greece is now under financial occupation

A response to some of my critics. When my short essay on Greece after the referendum“The Courage of Hopelessness” was republished…

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Shadowed by the plain-clothes police protection officer that now follows him round the clock, Michel Houellebecq, France’s most successful living writer,…

Nature As An Ideological Construct

Nature As An Ideological Construct

Nature has not always existed. It is not found in the depths of the forest, in the heart of the cougar…

The Nature of conflict

Social Moulds and Their Consequences

Social Moulds and Their Consequences

Can we really discuss any type of individualization without being aware of the imposed limitations? Which of these limitations are we willing to acknowledge? Do we acknowledge…

Philosophy

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of…

Arktogeja

The Return of Myth

The Return of Myth

“Rough incursions, which in many places convert historical landscapes into elementary ones, hide subtle changes but of the more aggressive kind.” – Ernst Jünger, At the Wall…

Literature

Scientists Discover That James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Has an Amazingly Mathematical “Multifractal” Structure

Scientists Discover That James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Has an Amazingly Mathematical “Multifractal” Structure

It has long been thought that the so-called “Golden Ratio” described in Euclid’sElements has “implications for numerous natural phenomena… from the leaf and seed arrangements of plants”…

Architecture

Saving America’s most architecturally stunning homes

Saving America’s most architecturally stunning homes

On 21 February, the George Sturges house in Brentwood, California, was put on the block at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). It is the only example of…

Culture

The Culture of sustainable development: the interaction of universal and national values

The Culture of sustainable development: the interaction of universal and national values

Global vs. local identities: The role of media in process of sustainable cultural development In an era of market and media globalization, the concept of national identity…

Religion

The Taoist View of the Universe – Alan Watts

The Taoist View of the Universe – Alan Watts

“Taoists view the universe as the same as, or inseparable from, themselves so that Lao-tzu could say, “Without leaving my house, I know the whole universe.” This implies…

Art

‘Song portraits’: What does music by Radiohead, Stevie Wonder & David Bowie look like?

‘Song portraits’: What does music by Radiohead, Stevie Wonder & David Bowie look like?

Synesthesia is a fascinating condition experienced by 2% to 4% of the population, wherein a stimulus of one sense (taste, say) is processed and perceived within the…