|after over 50 reviews i have realized that the main strength and difference of this project is in viewing the music as the "outsider".
i would like to keep maintaining the distance between the listener and music. i believe that this distance allows the listeners to achieve the richest aesthetic experience.
the idea is quite simple: while you are enjoying the music and the aesthetic experience and enjoyment received from it are high, you are willing to learn more and more about the music including the information about the musicians and the technical details of the process.
however, very often after reaching a certain point you are suddenly not able to go back and enjoy the music the same old way. after you mastered the technical details or got involved into the personal lives of the musicians the old "magic" is gone. instead you keep thinking about the technical details while listening to music (how that or this sample was created, or even worse, whether you could reconstruct it yourself). knowing that this or that sound was obtained by tweaking your asr-10 board, or this or that synth came from leaether strip's "legacy of hate and lust" changes your perception and it will never be the same.
of course all that knowledge is not completely ruining the music for you, rather transforming your vision of it to one of a craft, destroying the distance between abstract work and hands-on everyday chore. this knowledge will never go away therefore the only solution that worked for me was to keep it balanced blending newly acquired facts together with the "pure" music enjoyment.
the goal of "seven" right now is to introduce you to the new music that might have escaped your attention. while highly subjective (and coming from non-musician), the reviews are aimed at giving you that necessary amount of information that will start you on the journey of discovering new music (or introducing new opinions about the releases already known to you). for now i am keeping out of interviews, news, and more detailed band information, reserving it for nearest future reference material database (coming very soon).
ideally, i would like to see several reviews of each release on this site providing different opinions (and eventually the most objective representation possible). that's why i invite you to contribute your reviews and articles. for now - just email them to me. in future (shortly) there will be a nice and easy submission form for that.
another issue - the artwork. unfortunately i am too lazy to get a scanner therefore there is not artwork present for the reviews. hymen packaging and hands hand-signed releases with their stellar artwork cannot be viewed separately from the music. this is yet another argument for buying the cds instead of abandoning them altogether for the world of mp3s (this being a reference to obsessive and restless world of collecting that is becoming more and more apparent in the light of noise and power electronic releases).
and the last remark - i have not started advertising and promoting the site yet due to the several problems the main one being the deadwyre e-zine. i have started writing for it before "seven" came to life and i really enjoy working with people there that are really creative and professional. it is rather well-known and contains a lot more music informatin. however, i would like to see the site done my way with me working on the layout, presentation, and logic.
for now i do not want to get into the competition with deadwyre, limiting myself to posts on several newsgroups. this is an issue that has to be yet clarified (for me personaly first of all), until then the reviews will keep coming and most of them will still appear in deadwyre.
coming soon: short stories by mr. stein, artwork and multimedia wonders by :eNDlich: