Trepaneringsritualen, or shortened to T x R x P, is the main musical project from the mystical, legendary Swedish “goetic death-industrial” artist Thomas Martin Ekelund. He has gained a lot of medial attention over the last couple years, and with good reason! T x R x P spectacular and ritualistic live performances includes all the essentials of a dark disturbing noise/industrial act, lots of blood, religious symbolism, blasphemous chantings, and harsh abrasive soundscapes. Not only can he do impressive live shows, but he has a real knack for design and producing immaculate soundscapes, like his other(dead) project, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words.
With the recent release of his latest full-lenght, Perfection & Permanence, the media fascination and spotlighting of this project has escalated to it being featured on Pitchfork, and named on a magazine list of what a “gothic” teenager should listen to. Has the original exclusivity and intent of a small and personal musical outlet been washed out with the ever increasing media attention? Has the integrity of the intimate ritual been lost, or has just the audience increased?
Filed under Dark Ambient, doom, Esoteric, Experimental, Industrial, Lo-FI, Neo-Folk, Rhythmic Noise, Ritualistic, Soundscape, Swedish, Synth-pop, Trepaneringsritualen
What is life? What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Why aren’t we just pleased with life; why are we constantly inverting new stuff to occupy our time with, when we could just be content with the feeling of life and being? Have we as a species become to full of ourselves that sheer existence have become dull, monotonous, and un-fulfilling? What does a species, that has become disenchanted with existence, do to replace the most primal and basic experience of our sheer being? We escape from it and substitute with, amongst other things;
Art(paintings); the escape through man-made windows to our world and nature, to relive a certain point in time, frozen with the feelings and emotions captured by the painting? (Can life be represented through mere colours on a surface?)
Sound(music); the escape through man-made harmonies, melodies, and rhythmic vibrations of the air, that carry with them (un-)consciously collectively decided feelings and experiences that transports us to another world or puts the listener in a trance. (Or do it put the listener in a state of experiencing true awareness of life? Is that possible through man-made means?)
Literature; the escape through man-made abstract symbols that man has decided represent a certain object, feeling, or abstract concept, that transports the reader to an abstract version of life that can be experienced through another representation of a human being. (Are we capable of creating a version of existence when we constantly flee from it?)
Filed under Anemone Tube, Avant-Garde, Con-Dom, Dark Ambient, Dieter Müh, Drone, Electronic, Experimental, Festival, Harsh Noise, Industrial, Ke/Hil, Lo-FI, Noise, Non Music, Post Scriptvm, Power Electronics, Rhythmic Noise, Soundscape, Trepaneringsritualen