I’m ashamed that it’s been so long since I wrote in this blog. I’m also ashamed that it took me so long to acquire a physical copy of Venetian Snares’ magnificent album Rossz Csillag Alatt Született. It’s really hard to overstate my enthusiasm for this one. You might not be all that into breakcore, aggressive music, strings, whatever (although it’s also rather difficult to fathom anyone not liking stringed instrument music), but I think just about anyone can find at least a little something to like in it. Please, please, I’m begging you, check this one out. And read some of this info from the liner notes and Wikipedia. It’ll definitely enhance the experience:
“What if, for just a day, we could both be pigeons?
Sometimes, one moment in time can take on such an
important significance that it becomes an endless world
unto itself and everything outside of that moment, past
and future spots in time, become the folklore of the world.
What if we could both fly over the Királyi Palota and
see it just as these pigeons do? A beautiful culture
of dissimilar angles as donkey angels above this city.
But even in the world of the infinite moment, we
cannot choose the feather of our bird and
the pigeon may long to be the goose, the donkey the pigeon
and so on. Furthermore, as our world blossoms out of this
single tick in time, it is for one pigeon a swirling
romantic flood of euphoric possibility and fascination,
for the other, an inferior life of shitting on everyone
from the sky, awkward and ashamed,
resigning themselves to be the
wretched nuisance they are painted as by those they shit on.
Ultimately, as quickly as our world blooms, our world is discordant, and
our pigeons are wounded, and as our world dies,we die,and we are extinct.
If only we could kill ourselves over and over until we get it right.
So, just as an entire genre of music can be born out of one sped up ten
second breakbeat, a full symphony orchestra can come together in
harmonic unison to create that perfect moment in time, thus every moment
can give birth to an entirely new world, and every world can house the
recognition, that orchestra may combine to bring forth a
dissonant barrage of colossal sorrow,
and so the moment disintegrates its world and that
world suffocates the moment under its collapse.
These are love songs and grief songs.”
Rossz Csillag Alatt Született is a 2005 album by breakcore artist Venetian Snares, released on the Planet-Mu label. Inspired by an earlier journey of Aaron Funk’s to Hungary, the album title and all of the track names are in Hungarian; Rossz Csillag Alatt Született translates to “Born Under a Bad Star,” a Hungarian expression which means “cursed from birth.” Stylistically, the album consists of classical strings and brass combined with breakbeats.
The concept of the album came when Aaron Funk imagined himself as a pigeon on Budapest‘s Királyi Palota (Royal Palace). Its third track, “Öngyilkos vasárnap” is a cover of the song “Szomorú vasárnap” (“Gloomy Sunday“) by Hungarian composer Rezső Seress, which has been referred to as the Hungarian suicide song. According to urban legend, Seress’s song has inspired the suicide of multiple persons, including his fiancée. The song was reportedly banned in Hungary. It has also been covered by many artists. Billie Holiday‘s vocals are sampled in this track.
The album also samples various pieces of classical music:
- The first movement of Béla Bartók‘s fourth string quartet, in track two.
- The second of Igor Stravinsky‘s “3 Pieces for Clarinet”, in track five.
- The first movement of Gustav Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony (trombone solo), in track five.
- Measures 121-128 (14), 134 (15) and 144 (16) of Bartók’s first string quartet (third movement), in track five.
- Niccolò Paganini‘s 7th Caprice in A minor, in track five.
- The beginning of the solo part of Franz Waxman‘s Carmen Fantasie in track five.
- The first and third measure of the fourth movement of Bartók’s sixth string quartet, in track six.
- Sir Edward Elgar‘s “Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85“, in track eight.
- The second movement of Sergei Prokofiev‘s Quintet in G Minor in track eight.
- The Siciliana of Fantasia No. 9 from Georg Philipp Telemann‘s Twelve Fantasias, in track ten.
|1.||“Sikertelenség” ([ˈʃikɛrtɛlɛnʃeːɡ], lit. “Failure”)||0:41|
|2.||“Szerencsétlen” ([ˈsɛrɛntʃeːtlɛn], lit. “Unlucky”)||4:55|
|3.||“Öngyilkos vasárnap” ([ˈøɲɟilkoʃ ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp], lit. “Suicidal Sunday”)||3:26|
|4.||“Felbomlasztott mentőkocsi” ([ˈfɛlbomlɒstotː ˈmɛntøːkotʃi], lit. “Disintegrated Ambulance”)||3:44|
|5.||“Hajnal” ([ˈhɒjnɒl], female name, lit. “Dawn”)||7:46|
|6.||“Galamb egyedül” ([ˈɡɒlɒmb ˈɛɟɛdyl], lit. “Pigeon, Alone”)||1:36|
|7.||“Második galamb” ([ˈmaːʃodik ˈɡɒlɒmb], lit. “Second Pigeon”)||6:01|
|8.||“Szamár madár” ([ˈsɒmaːr ˈmɒdaːr], lit. “Donkey Bird”, but translates to “Stupid Bird”)||5:49|
|9.||“Hiszékeny” ([ˈhiseːkɛɲ], lit. “Gullible”)||1:39|
|10.||“Kétsarkú mozgalom” ([ˈkeːtʃɒrkuː ˈmozɡɒlom], lit. “Bipolar Movement”)||8:50|
|11.||“Senki dala” ([ˈʃɛŋki ˈdɒlɒ], lit. “Nobody’s Song”)||2:16|