Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Schlachtvieh - Ein Rock-Oratorium Gegen den Krieg (GER, 1980)




 

 
 
 
A beautiful and extremely poetic but difficult album of various artists dedicated to the subject of war, it covers the full range of german styles with electronic, minimalist, hard krautrock, experimental, gentle flute-ballads, all flowing together from beginning to the shattering end.  Absolutely to me a masterpiece of progressive music at its finest, by the end it evokes a feeling similar to reading a hugely romantic and sprawling novel like something by Stendhal, or perhaps All Quiet on the Western Front.

So what about war (krieg) -- is the new current era of peace destined to last or will it shudder to a close when resource depletion, famines from climate change, etc., hit us really hard?  I think I mentioned before Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker's monumental evidence-stuffed book "Better Angels of our Natures" wherein he discusses the actual stats in favour of declining violence both within states and between states, i.e. wars, and that evidence is compelling.  Think about for ex. how casually bullying in schoolyards was treated as an issue even 10 - 20 years ago compared to today when it is taken very seriously indeed.  Now think of how much worse schoolyard bullying would have been 100 years ago or the analogous bullying 1000 years ago.

 I'm not religious, but the ancient mystery of why there is so much suffering in the world has a ready answer  from the scientific point of view in fact here the irony is that humans are able to appreciate the ideal contrasting with the reality of the universe we have been given, because the final answer is that each species suffers equally more or less due to the demands of competition for limited resources and this is mandated by the natural logic of evolution and the nature of life tied to the problem of the second law of thermodynamics that entropy must increase... that is, each lifeform necessarily must fight for itself and there cannot be any sustained abundance due to the limited energy flows. But there is double irony to that question which ancient theologians could not have foreseen, because in the 1960s it did become obvious to many scientists (and even politicians) that if we tackled the large system-wide (world) problems of overuse of resources, deterioration of natural environment, and population size, certainly the whole human population could live comfortably, middle-class-like, essentially forever with a size of the order 2-3 billion, and I include of course all inhabitants of India, China, and Africa. But this would have required dismantling the colonial predatory apparatus that put poor countries at a huge disadvantage compared to Europe and N. America. The whole of the 20th century is a history of how the rich enslaved the poor countries in various ways, esp. in Africa, where these poor countries upon gaining independence then got caught in the proxy cold war between the US and the USSR. Not only were they economically exploited in various ways, often merely so corrupt leaders could prosecute civil wars, they were overloaded with enormous quantities of weapons, and the opposing side invariably received an equal amount. So there is a sense to which you could say there really was no chance for that utopian ideal of the 1960s to happen, ever.  On the other hand, without the distraction of the cold war, I think we really could have considered seriously solving these system-wide problems in that era.

That is the modern irony: we could have ended suffering for all humans or at least the vast majority, and we blew it. Today I see that we are headed straight into a kind of funeral pyre, since by 2100 it is expected once again, since this prediction came out years ago, that the earth overall will be about 6 degrees C warmer. As usual expect the Africans in particular to suffer inordinately. We are thus following the worst case scenario predictions of the IPCC.

And in our hearts, we have to accept if we are honest this is not at all a surprise, since we have been doing this for so long aware of what is happening all around us. This is our future, that we have collectively chosen for ourselves and our children and grandchildren: The worst case scenario.



20 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

schlachtvieh mp3
http://depositfiles.com/files/x9s0awjz0

stay tuned, monster fusion album coming soon for all ye fusioneers out there...

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. This was on top of my wantlist for years. Lolly P.

Pierre D said...

Pretty grim sweeping statement. We are self-destroying while quietly listening to interesting music on our middle class ipod. Thanks for this album.

Tristan Stefan said...

As Jeffery Sachs said once, there are 5 big reasons why climate changes is almost 'too difficult' a problem for humanity. One is that this problem is utterly unprecedented, we have never faced something like it before. Secondly, the science is complex and difficult to really absorb. Thirdly, corporations have become extremely skilled at propaganda, obviously that designed to create skepticism. Fourthly the long time delays make it virtually impossible for politics to come to grips with such a long preparation time, the problems are at least 10-20 years off still. And finally of course this is a global problem, it's true that no matter how much my country does, if China (or the US) does nothing, we are in trouble.

el gusano progresivo said...

un album dificil de digerir,pero de calidad excelsa!!!

Anonymous said...

Please, link is broken.
Thank you.
Claroch

proggy said...

File has been removed......???

Anonymous said...

Ouch, this is deleted from depositfiles already!

proggy said...

Hi T,
It's been deleted for some reason...?? Please reup...cheers.

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Any chance for a reup?
The link is not working and the description sure looks promising!
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Depositfiles not working.Can you repost please?

Anonymous said...

the link don´t work alan

Anonymous said...

Can you fix the link please ?

Franz said...

Yes, it seems down. Looking forward to listening to this stuff!

Anonymous said...

Repost please

Tristan Stefan said...

http://www.sendspace.com/file/hcr5aj

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tristan Stefan

Alan

Alan Freeman said...

Not a various artists album!
The bracketed credits are sources of lyrics and/or concept.
The album is by the rock-theatre project Schlachtvieh
Sounds like really out-there Floh De Cologne to me, lots of experimentation, a real nice one.
Links have never worked here, you can find a real battered rip at http://musicmp3.spb.ru/

hermanthegerman said...

yes, thanks, nice surprise

Tristan Stefan said...

uh, "links have never worked here" -- no, and you never used my links, really? lol

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