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Geology: A String Of Walkabouts

Since I graduated and I have the freedom to study now what I desire most – among perfecting my web design knowledge I decided that I should engage in the study of three major concepts that I am really interested in. These would be the Japanese language and culture, geology (especially the paleontology point of view) and the medieval era of human history.

Alright – we have the ideas now let’s get started. Last week I raided some antique shops and stores in search for answers.. and for old paleontology books. For now I have two that should help me get started.. along with the online info I can easily find. I can now easily distinguish differences between a Protoceratops life style and the top-of-the-chain,  head of the Ceratopsoidea family – the Triceratops life style. (geek)

One interesting fact – I have this book – a study of the giant forms of different species and how they managed to evolve into this – and after one week – when we traveled to another city – visiting a mineralogy museum – I stumble upon this huge fossil of a snail.. the size of a human head – petrified and telling a story of millions of years of evolution.

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I find interesting all the theories of how our planet was formed. Apparently the planet people constantly try to destroy – took a lot of time to manage to get in shape – by the accretion of cosmic material in a circumstellar disk around the juvenile Sun of that time.

Following that – a giant ball of lava formed. You see – the Earth didn’t have a solid crust. The air was a mixture of methane, hydrogen, ammonia and carbon monoxide. So there is the theory of the Late Heavy Bombardment – in which more that 22.000 cosmic objects impacted the surface of the newly formed planet – over a period of 3 million years.

All these solid object were inserted into this lake of fire and managed to cool down over the epochs – until they managed to form a cooler crust and reach the surface. And this happened somewhere in Canada – where the oldest forms of Earth crust (the Acasta Gneiss) can be found – dating from 4 billion years ago.

I learned about the measurement units of time – the eons, eras, periods, epochs, ages and their subdivisions. And how your existence and mine is just a blink into this unknown evolution of matter and energy.

I decided to see all natural sites that I can visit – around my city or across the country – mountains, valleys, hills, lakes, cascades, rivers, forests – and I am glad that I can still find places untouched – singing their wilderness and enjoying that the retarded humans haven’t discovered them yet.

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Clean places. Natural habitats. Places not-so-easy to reach. And it gives such satisfaction to engage into these adventures –  kilometers to travel by foot, to feel and breath the scents of plants, to sit unto that 200 million years old rock and enjoy the sights, to see the setting sun from a hill where nobody ever sat, to see a bat flying across a cave nobody ever disturbs, to hear the murmuring of a river that, while you sit at your desk on the Monday morning inside your office – with half-closed eyes and bed-fueled melancholy – is constantly whispering essence of existence.

The next stops are some paleontology sites where I am trying to search for fossils – plant and animal based – remnants of a long-forgotten past.

And collect rocks. And see more wilderness.

And live it.

Dark Gothic and Nox Arcana

There was a time in which I was absolutely obsessed with the Gothic movement.

The eerie of the darkest shades of the night, the howling of the wolves on the hill behind the ruins of the castle, the bloody eyes of the vampires, the screeching of the hungry bats, the cold fog of the dead people roaming around, the stained sheets of the forever-tormented ghosts. The architecture, the fashion, the grim atmosphere of the moldy dungeons. The myths, the legends, the terrors, the darkness..

But most of them all – the works of Edgar Allan Poe and the music.

I had set up home some dark relics, some amazing artworks depicting the strange and unusual – I had a collage of works depicting macabre, ghoulish, incomprehensible art. One of them was a painting of a skull which had the zodiac signs carved into it – a witch’s skull for the evening rituals – when the cauldron with bat wings and rat tails and poisonous vapors and deadly powders where mixed together, concocting the human’s demise.

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I was reading essays on astrology, alchemy, magic, rituals, Wicca insight. And I was entering a realm of fascinating knowledge. This was not to be taken lightly, because it was all coming back.

From the times in which society decided to burn people for their visions and abilities to heal with natural remedies, with their moral acquaintance of sickness treatment – it was all coming back. And is still is.

But all these were accompanied with the sounds of Nox Arcana. A unique pair of visionaries who can set up the atmospheres for whatever mood you like.

Nox Arcana is a neoclassical dark ambient musical duo of Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, established in 2003. These guys took various eras of humankind’s history and brought it back through musical lines. The Victorian era, medieval epochs, ancient mythology, Gothic atmosphere – all in here.

An impressive thing that they did was adding storytelling to their albums, so some of the tracks contain verbal depictions of the album’s story. Also they did one other interesting thing.

In addition to the storytelling aspect of each album, hidden puzzles and interactive quests are incorporated into the album artwork and into the music itself.

Beginning with the Blood of the Dragon CD in 2006, Vargo began a tradition of incorporating a quest or adventure within the album artwork and sometimes leaving clues in his narratives. He later went back and did the same for some of the earlier CDs. Now more than half of Nox Arcana’s CDs contain some sort of hidden puzzle, which is left to the listener to discover.

You can find their music at different events or used as soundtracks. I was pleasantly surprised to listen to “Brides Of Darkness” when I visited Vlad Dracul’s house in Sighisoara, where the father of world-famous Dracula lived.

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I can’t determine which of one their albums is my favorite because I love listening the all the musical pieces. I do have some favorites like “The temple of the black pharaoh”, “Nocturne”, “Winter’s Knight”, “The Raven”, “The forgotten path”.

Discography.

Year Album details Billboard peak
US
2003 Darklore Manor

  • Released: December 15, 2003
  • Label: Monolith
2004 Necronomicon

  • Released: October 10, 2004
  • Label: Monolith
2005 Winter’s Knight

  • Released: July 10, 2005
  • Label: Monolith
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Transylvania

  • Released: October 21, 2005
  • Label: Monolith
2006 Carnival of Lost Souls

  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
Blood of Angels (with Michelle Belanger)

  • Released: October 13, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
Blood of the Dragon

  • Released: November 27, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
2007 Shadow of the Raven

  • Released: July 20, 2007
  • Label: Monolith
2008 Grimm Tales

  • Released: April 30, 2008
  • Label: Monolith
Phantoms of the High Seas

  • Released: October 13, 2008
  • Label: Monolith
2009 Blackthorn Asylum

  • Released: June 21, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
Zombie Influx (with Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works)

  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
Winter’s Eve

  • Released: November 27, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
2010 Theater of Illusion

  • Released: July 15, 2010
  • Label: Monolith
House of Nightmares (with Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works)

  • Released: October 1, 2010
  • Label: Monolith
2011 The Dark Tower

  • Released: September 30, 2011
  • Label: Monolith
2012 Winter’s Majesty

  • Released: December 12, 2012
  • Label: Monolith
2013 Legion of Shadows

  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
Crimson Winter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 1

  • Released: December 7, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
2014 Ebonshire – Volume 2

  • Released: December 1, 2014
  • Label: Monolith
2015 Gothic

  • Released: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 3

  • Released: December 1, 2015
  • Label: Monolith
2016 Ebonshire – Volume 4

  • Released: December 1, 2016
  • Label: Monolith
2017 Season of the Witch

  • Released: October 1, 2017
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 5

  • Released: December 12, 2017
  • Label: Monolith
2018 Ebonshire

  • Released: December 7, 2018
  • Label: Monolith
2019 The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana (Game Soundtrack)

  • Released: February 14, 2019
  • Label: Monolith

Below you can listen my today’s mood. Enjoy.

Encounter

The time was set right again. The only thing mentioned in that elusive present was a conclusive past. Who would knew…

Motions..it all became fragile when motions stopped. Who would knew…

Burning Christmas candlesAnd it began. At first earthquakes sang. This and that – seemed no big deal from the outside. But the inside was squirming with black and gray rainbows – waiting for a way out into the cold air.

The silence of the night became a mystical mixture of misunderstood sounds. A melody began playing out of nowhere carrying a new path to old things. Driven by an unknown force – things we’re sent flying. There was something there…

Words became radio waves…transmissions carrying coded messages. One voice…two closed eyes…three parts of the same deck…

There was a source of light near-by that started to shake. It accompanied the spirits’ whispers about what and when. It was dark outside – but everything shined…reflecting a uniqueness like never seen before.

I Want A River Full Of Love…

Certain people try to be something else, to be unique. They have to hide things from others, to always have an answer for every question that is thrown into their unbalancing lives.

Often they realize that having more than a personality is always a hard thing to maintain. Sometimes they offer details about their life that’s unknown to others, but there’s no interest in listening to that.

People…so many and so interesting. Their perceptions, perspectives, passions, powers…and still they lack the most important thing..goodness.

Depressing isn’t it…when you’re looking for love from them..just like this song says…