By Scott Wilson
Melancology addresses the infamous musical style black steel as a destructive kind of environmental writing that ‘blackens’ the cosmos. This publication conjures a brand new observe and idea that conjoins ‘black’ and ‘ecology’: melancology, a note within which may be heard the depression impact acceptable to the conjunction. Black steel resounds from the abyss and it really is accurately simply with regards to its sonic forces that the query of intervention within the atmosphere arises within the articulation of melancology with ethics. that's, in finding out ‘which manner out’ we should always take, in figuring out with what surpluses to reside, with what waste, what detritus or decay in a means of unbinding with sonic forces that traverse an earth choking in wealth and loss of life. The e-book hence offers a provocative and demanding contribution either to renowned and highbrow debates on ecology.
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At its limit, black metal brings us back to an even more basic distinction – that between music and sound – the former continually threatening (or promising) to dissolve into the latter. Eugene Thacker, ‘Sound of the Abyss’ My wager is that the inhumanness of black metal’s blackening is in fact more ecologically useful than reliance on either the image of humans reunited with nature or with an original home earth, a tranquil Edenic earth as originary ark, or any other paganesque purification of the planet that Wolves in the Throne Room have sonically engineered, narrated, and continue to support.
No one merely listens to music, without participating in it. It is an object that infects and possesses the subject. So philosophy stands for the practice of thought, for thought as participation, as more than just studying or thinking about something. On this point black metal theory opposes the perverted secret identity between fan and philosopher in contemporary culture, namely, the situation according to which the fan is an unconscious or sleeping philosopher and the philosopher a mere fan.
For Quentin Meillassoux, atheism is complicit with religion in accepting and thereby ‘ratifying the religious partition between immanence and transcendence: for atheism consists in being satisfied with the unsatisfying territory that religion cedes to it. 10 But that does not therefore imply a return to God, or to the God who sits at both the origin and the promised end of the misery as its ultimate justification. As such God is simply a figure representing the desire for consistency that atheists seek in scientific reason.
Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology by Scott Wilson