Secede
Tryshasla


5.0
classic

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
July 15th, 2012 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


"Music is not art; it is simply a formula that is either executed correctly or incorrectly." I read this somewhere once. I'm not exactly sure where, but I do know that it stuck with me for quite a long time afterwards. It bothered me more than it should have, almost like corn shell caught in your gums that is impossible to ignore until you can somehow force it out. I really wanted to disagree with it, but it was impossible because it had this irresolvable logic that shouldn't make sense but does. It was not until I listened to Secede's Tryshasla with this nagging logic toiling around in my head that I finally understood its point, and why Tryshasla was the album to finally reveal to me exactly what it meant.

Music is math. It is governed by a set of rules that must be followed in order to make sense. You may bend and warp the rules but it is impossible to break them, because they are not parameters set out by man but a logical fabric that governs reality. Both mathematics and music have formulas, and these formulas are set out to give an understandable breakdown of the logic present in their reality. Just as there is a formula for the force of one object on another there is a formula for harmony and all the other elements of music. But both music and math cannot exist only as formulas. These formulas are merely representations of actualities and do not serve any other purpose than to demonstrate. Application is the soul of these machines. The equations that describe flight are not beautiful until you see a raptor bear down on its prey from its place far above the ground. Similarly, melody is not beautiful until you hear sound that has the ability to evoke emotion through the simple combination of vibrations.

Secede's Tryshasla is a sonic exercise in application. In its execution, it has taken these formulas and applied them in ways that are as nuanced as they are simple. For an album that is largely comprised of electronic and synthetic sounds, it manages to apply them in such a way that they sound as if they are a living, breathing organism. It is very rare that an album is able to sound as organic as Tryshasla, much less in an album that is a part of the section of music that was born from synthetic sounds.

Its secret lies in its synthesis of organic noise into the formulas that comprise the remaining elements of music. Ambient noises that are oftentimes disregarded are utilized as their own complete instruments alongside more traditional methods of musical expression. These sounds, which are no different than the sounds that come from instruments themselves, are applied in such a way as to blur the line between tradition and experimentation. It is an album born of nostalgia in the sense that it is firmly rooted in setting rather than emotion. It has the unique ability to force the listener to forget that they are not listening to a rhythmic pulse but rather something as mundane as the roar of a lawnmower. It is the application of the full spectrum of sound, regardless of its origin. In practice, Tryshasla is effectually an album that transforms formula from representation into application, an alteration of logic from pretension into art.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


MAKE THIS MAN STAFF

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


i quoted baseline in a review

auto staff plz

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


Its secret lies in its synthesis of organic noise into the formulas that comprise the remaining elements of music.


bahahhahaa oh man you weren't joking bro

Ovrot
July 14th 2012


10495 Comments


what genre is this


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


a pretentious review for pretentious times

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


do not serve any other purpose that to demonstrate


the "that" doesn't really make sense

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


yeah its supposed to be than

KILL
July 14th 2012


71856 Comments


sweet riffz

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KILL
July 14th 2012


71856 Comments


nah navent heard but i bet it goez hard

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


emotional melodyies

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I'm here to party.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


31223 Comments


Love the album but Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic still trumps it

Classy review

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


highest staff rating is 3.5 idk what to think anymore

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


and you were afraid to review electronica because of what deviant would say

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 14th 2012


10596 Comments


This is a fine album.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


i am so proud of myself

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


i read all this eloquent prose about music and boundaries and math and then i think about call of the wintermoon and i just lol

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


theres a reason baseline said metal was for dummies duh

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


16410 Comments


i want to write about the synthesis of organic noise into the remaining elements of the music in one of my reviews but man i couldn't do that with a straight face




plus i don't review btbam

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


18524 Comments


ouch

go back to listening to ur wilco album



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