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BOOKS

- Thomas Merton
- Jacques Ellul


MUSIC

- Arvo Part


FILM

- Microcosmos
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What works by Philip K. Di*k do you suggest?



Never mind. I've read some of his novels: didn't like them.

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I've just finished reading "Time Within Time: Diaries of Tarkovsky". He often mentions the following writers:

- Rudolf Steiner
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Hermann Hesse
- Thomas Mann
- Ivan Bunin
- Alexander Pushkin
- Friedrich Gorenstein
- Ernst Hoffmann
- Mikhail Bulgakov

Does anyone have any suggestions of titles by these writers to read?
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I'll just mention some of the Russian titles. Obviously, Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago", which put him on the world map. As a read, it's totally draining emotionally to expose yourself to so much of man's inhumanity to man. Also, my personal favorites are his short stories about nature (you in particular might enjoy those). Some of the latest ones are extremely short (half a page to a page), and I don't know if any of them have been translated into other languages.

Ivan Bunin's short stories are also awfully good - very poetic and mostly about love. His descriptions of nature are a highlight as well. Basically, he was a short-story writer all his life; his one novel is partly autobiographical "The Life of Arseniev". He was also a marvelous poet, who would require an equally marvelous translator.

Pushkin, of course, is the greatest poet of the Russian language. Fortunately for the English-speaking readers, Vladimir Nabokov [the author of the infamous "Lolita"] did a translation of Pushkin's novel-in-verse "Eugene Onegin". This translation is so good that it can definitely provide a glimpse into Pushkin's genius [though always keeping in mind Robert Frost's apt saying: "Poetry is what evaporates from translation"]. And Pushkin's short stories are little gems.

Bulgakov' masterpiece is supposed to be "Master and Margarita". Personally, I could never get into it (too much irony for me).

I have never read anything by the screenwriter of "Solaris" Friedrich Gorenstein.

Maria Pearse

P.S. For all those interested in pursuing avenues in existentialist literature, there is an excellent website called "Little Blue Light" at http://www.littlebluelight.com
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Thanks Maria. Interesting website.

Here are some titles I found in "Time Within Time". I'm still doubting which ones I should read. Don't know if I may like them or not. Also some titles are very difficult to find so that probably limits the possibilities.

Matryona's House (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
Psalm (Friedrich Gorenstein)
The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
The Golden Pot (Ernst Hoffmann)
Sunstroke (Ivan Bunin)
Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
Tonio Kruger (Thomas Mann)
Joseph and His Brothers (Thomas Mann)
Knowledge of the Spirit (Rudolf Steiner)
Knowledge of the Supernatural in our Time (Rudolf Steiner)
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I recommend jazz musician John Coltrane as a seeker through his music. I became a jazz fan in 1992 and soon discovered Coltrane's solo recordings. I was first exposed to his sideman work with Miles Davis in the 1950s and moved on to Coltrane's hard bop solo recordings. I then read about Coltrane's avant garde recordings in the 1960s and investigated these releases.

Here is what writer Paul Evans has said about Coltrane's contribution. "These recordings are musical abstract expressionism, they offer very little to hold on to except absolute soul power. Heading toward his mid-60s summit Coltrane evolved into what poet LeRoi Jones termed 'a scope of feeling.' Coltrane had become a player whose every musical gesture was one of the soul in turmoil, the archetypal seeker, he kept pushing harder, diving deeper."

His recordings for the Impulse record label are incredibly demanding such as A Love Supreme, Ascension, Meditations, Om and Stellar Regions. These works are all available on CD.
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Some music recommendations for you


Mathias Grassow
http://www.mathias-grassow.de/

This man for me is the world’s leading ambient musician. Maybe too minimal for some.

http://members.optusnet.com.au/rabelais/Collaborationupdate2004_files/image009.jpg


Brian Eno
http://www.enoweb.co.uk/

I don’t think anybody needs an introduction here. Discreet Music, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Apollo and Thursday afternoon all stand the test of time as ambient masterpieces.


Harold Budd
http://www.newalbion.com/artists/buddh/


Iasos
http://iasos.com/

Greek musician who has been living in California since the late 1970’s. A lot of this is too New Age for my liking but Angelic Music is a masterpiece, one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. You can get a free sample of it here:

http://iasos.com/detalist/angelic/


James Johnson
http://www.spiderbytes.com/ambientrance/joh-et.htm


Oophoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti)
http://www.deeplistenings.it/pages/oophoi_main_page.htm


Pete Namlook
http://music.hyperreal.org/labels/fax/
http://2350.org/

Pete’s legendary Fax records, based in Frankfurt, is still going after nearly 14 years. It has been host to artists from Klaus Schulze (Ex Tangerine Dream), Ludwig Rehberg, Burhan Öçal, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) and Atom Heart, Some truly landmark albums on this label, such as Air, Silence, Dark Side Of The Moog….


Robert Scott Thompson
http://www.aucourantrecords.com/rst/
Forgotten Places - http://www.starsend.org/ForgottenPlaces.html


Steve Roach
http://www.steveroach.com/

Highly prolific and talented American ambient producer. Dreamtime Return from early 1988 is one of the original landmark ambient albums.


Tetsu Inoue
http://www.spiderbytes.com/ambientrance/intinoue.htm
http://2350.org/ps43/

Japanese composer. Ambiant Otaku is one of the great ambient albums of the last 15 years.


Thom Brennan
http://www.thombrennan.com/


Thomas Koner
http://www.koener.de/


Vidna Obmana
http://www.vidnaobmana.be/index2.html


Vir Unis
The Drift Inside: http://www.starsend.org/DriftInside.html
http://www.booyaka.com/~al/ambient/the_drift_inside.shtml




Other mentions

The Ambient Expanse CD (if you can find it) for Patrick O’ Hearn’s stunning opener.

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 – At 21/2 he produced what is widely seen by true ambient fans as being one of the greatest ambient albums ever made. Certainly not for all though as some of the tracks are quite dark.


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"The New World" by Terrence Malick.
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Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

An incredible novel. Post apocalyptic Kent...and a search for the meaning of everything. Completely blew me away. Manages to incorporate Punch and Judy into its metaphysical framework.

Collected Poems of Kenneth Patchen.

A favourite...What more can I say. Apparently a big influence on the Beats, but don't hold that against him.

Elefthero Simio by Ross Daly

CD- An Irish man relocated to Cyprus, fluent on just about anything with strings. Strong elements of Eastern music from within the Sufi tradition, along with Greek and Sudanese folk forms. Awesome. Double CD.

Anything by Hala Strana...

But especially "Fielding" another double set.
Hala Strana is Steven R Smith, multi instrumentalist, and he makes pretty much all of the instruments himself. Oud, guitar, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, percussion, zither...And field recordings. Kind of in the tradition of Harry Partch, but he draws all of his influences from Eastern European folk. This is what a Bruegel painting would sound like.


Panda Bear-I'm Not/Comfy in Nautica

Single, available on 7" or CD...two tracks that combine plain song, hip hop and the beach boys...without sounding like Enigma. Panda Bear is a member of Animal Collective, who I would approach with caution...But their "Campfire Songs" album is sublime.
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The Campfire Headphase by Boards of Canada

Lighter in mood than their previous work...Worth buying for the track "Dayvan Cowboy" alone. Another great album.

On DVD

Just watched Ashik Kerib (Paradjanov) and Nostalghia (Tarkovsky) for the first time.
My version of Ashik Kerib is the Kino version, which apparently is not the best. The colour is dull, but in spite of this I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Incredible.
Nostalghia...what can I say that has not been said before. it is an incredible work. Plenty of info on these films on this here site though...


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