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Any Reason, God?

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Let’s get straight to the point, because who knows that the end will come too fast that I haven’t got the chance to finish this post. You have to read this post quickly too, because who knows the end will come too fast that you haven’t got the chance to finish reading this post.

Days ago, West Java and Jakarta was attacked by a seven-point-something richter scale earthquake. I was in Bandung when the earthquake occured. Sure, it was nothing compared to Aceh’s tsunami tragedy, but the latest earthquake occurence is surely the scariest earthquake experience that I have ever felt. After the earthquake, I saw my own reflection in the mirror. My lips were pale. I am very afraid at that time.

Hours later, there were rumours about a follow up earthquake. Not just an earthquake, but an eight-point-six richter scale earthquake. Fucking terror. I am afraid, of course. I even started to think whether it’s going to be the end of the world or not. Well, lucky for me, a rumour is just a rumour. Nothing more.

Enough about the earthquake.

Why do God created solar system and all of its habitants if in the end He decided to destroy all of it? What is His purpose of making us? What is our purpose? Is God too arrogant to explain all of this to us? Was God being irresponsible and reckless when He threw us here? Was God took the wrong choice when He chose Adam and Eve rather than the devil? Those were the questions that was flying around in my head shortly after the earthquake. I am not saying that I haven’t think about those things before, but the urge to find the answers to those questions really increase shortly after the earthquake.

Those questions, I have the answers for. It may not be good, but at least I tried.

To think of it, God created human being without no exact purpose known to mankind. There are no exact explanation about it. God also created natural disasters without no exact purpose known. Does God created natural disasters to see us human being suffers? After all, He likes to be worshipped. He likes to feel superior. Don’t believe? Thoroughly check your own religion’s holy book.

Since there are no exact explanation about those questions, we have to die first to get the answers. As for me, I like to think that God created the solar system, the habitants, and the natural disasters to have something to see. For me, we are God’s Real World. We are God’s The Osbournes. We are God’s Survivor. We are God’s Amazing Race. Heck, we are even God’s Laguna Beach. Yes, we are God’s own reality show. Maybe a life in heaven is not as exciting as life on planet earth and doesn’t provide as many great shows on the television as earth does. Like David Byrne said, “Heaven is a place where nothing ever happened.” So, in able to still be far more superior than human being, He decided to create a reality show with many characters in it, complex story with many layers, and a never ending episode filled with laughters that is caused by something funnier than any Scrubs’ jokes, sadness that is caused by something deeper than any soap opera scripts, conflicts more complex than any David Lynch’s movie, disasters more groundbreaking that God Himself is capable of.

Did you read this post quick enough to reach this point? Or did another calamity already take place? Well, all I can say is just good luck.

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September 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

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The Albums of 2008

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I want to open this post by saying, “Happy New Year!”. Sorry for the lateness and the rudeness. Let’s just hope that everything will change for the better, okay?

Now, it’s always a dream of mine to make my own “year end best of albums list” at a famous music magazine. Until I reach that dream of mine, I could only make my list at this blog, which are completely okay and awkwardly fun.

In this list, I only picked the five (plus five honorable mentions) best albums of 2008. Why five? Just because. Let me tell you that I chose these albums based on many things and I certainly did not chose these albums subjectively.

So, without any complains about the situations that are happening in the music industry, here are my top five (plus five honorable mentions) best albums  of 2008…

1. My Morning Jacket / Evil Urges.

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Since their previous album, that was titled Z, I always wonder what will their album will sounds like after such a magnificent album. Honestly, I am not expecting too much from their new album, because it will be hard to followed such a magnificent album with another magnificent album. But, what do I get with Evil Urges? Brilliance. I was shocked and amazed with it. They’re not afraid to get spacier after such a spacey experience with Z. They even channeled Prince’s falsetto at the album title track. This is a brave album with such brilliance and such class. This is my best album of 2008. And no, I am not exaggerating.

2. Spiritualized / Songs in A&E.

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Like any other Spiritualized albums, this album generally talks about love, depression, and death. Unfortunately, there’s no Spiritualized album that can matched the beautifulness, the epic-ness, and the honesties of their critically acclaimed album Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space. Until this album came out from the surface. From the first hearing, I have thought that this album is going to be the newest Jason Pierce a.k.a. J. Spaceman masterpiece and one of the best albums of 2008. Why? This is not your typical Spiritualized album. In fact, this is not your typical rock album. In this album, Jason Pierce bravely mantained the gospel sound of the band circa Let It Come Down, which doesn’t deliver well enough in that album. But, it doesn’t mean that Songs in A&E is not good. If in Let It Come Down the gospel is too over the top, the amount of gospel in this album is perfectly precise. Songs in A&E is not only good, but better than most of Spiritualized albums, which are also great. This album is heartbreaking (courtesy of the lyrics) and groundbreaking (courtesy of the musical compositions) at the same time. Jason Pierce, I salute you.

3. TV on the Radio / Dear Science.

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I could only give this album two words. Fucking genius. And I could only give this band two words after this album. Fucking geniuses.

4. Fleet Foxes / Fleet Foxes.

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This album generally and uniquely talks about life. Why unique? Because they talked about all kinds of life, whether it’s a life at a real world or a life at an imaginary fairy tale world, which they told at an amazingly vivid kind of way.  Sounds familiar? Yes, it was already done before, but Fleet Foxes keeps it fresh and keeps it original by adding such glorious melodies and beautiful harmonies. This album helps the music industry at being fresh again. This is an original album by an original band.

5. The Kills / Midnight Boom.

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Surprised? Yeah, me too. In fact, I have never liked The Kills before, but this album blows me away. This is a very variative and flexible album. By mixing the beats of hip hop, artsy noise guitar, swaggering rock n’ roll riffs, and of course the rawness of punk, you can hear this album at a party, when you still have a hang over after last night’s party, when you’re having a conversation with some friends in a bar, when you want to be alone, when you’re in love, when you just got your heart broken, and of course when you’re on drugs. The music in this album has the perfect amount of swaggering and cockiness, but this album also has the perfect amount of naughtiness and plainness. This is the kind of album that makes you forget how to skip a track.

Honorable mentions:

– Fucked Up / The Chemistry of Common Life.

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– Vampire Weekend / Vampire Weekend.

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– Coldplay / Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

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– Bon Iver / For Emma, Forever Ago.

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– M83 / Saturdays=Youth.

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Got different taste? Why don’t you tell me yours?

Stay Primitive

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Primitive.

That word is filled with negative things. Ancient, less sophisticated, lacking, isolated, untrained, and many other negative things.

Modern.

That word is filled with positive things. Up to date, new, intellectual, developing, change, and many other positive things.

That is what people think. The vast population of the world thinks that way. At least, the majority of planet earth thinks that way. But think about this, if there’s no primitive, there will be no modern. It’s the less sophisticated that made the intellectual, it’s the isolated that made the change, it’s the ancient that made the new. Stop thinking that the primitive is bad and the modern is good. It’s actually the opposite.

Imagine this, a group of people living with each other accompanied by only natural things. Imagine this also, a group of people living with each other accompanied by both natural things and also advanced technologies, like cell phone, internet, game console, et cetera et cetera. Which one will be better? As for me, it’s the first one. Why? If you don’t have anything to help you live your life, you’re going to make one that does so. You’re going to be more determined if you think like a primitive. And if you think like a modern, you’re going to sit on your ass all day, thinking about sex, money, and fame. Just like me, although I am trying hard to think like a primitive. If at the ancient time, the primitive can think of something new like making a fire without any knowledge about it by only using natural things, imagine what we can think of making in the modern time with many knowledges by using both natural things and sophisticated man made things.

If  Steve Jobs motivate the world by telling us to stay hungry and stay foolish. I am going to motivate you all by saying, “Stay primitive.”

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January 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

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What I Think About Mihaly’s 10 Paradoxes

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Mihaly menyatakan ada 10 sikap paradok yang dimiliki oleh orang-orang Kreatif. Tolong analisis dan berikan komentar pribadi Anda terhadap 10 sikap paradok tersebut.

Berikut ini adalah 10 sikap paradok yang dinyatakan oleh Mihaly:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

5. Creative people trend to be both extroverted and introverted.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

From Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published by HarperCollins, 1996.

Analisis dan komentar Anda (personal bukan kelompok) boleh dalam bahasa Indonesia atau English.

Salam…

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Above is an assignment that my lecturer gave me. Actually, it was given weeks ago, but I am too lazy to do it. So here I am, doing this assignment. Talking about Mihaly’s theory about the characteristics of creative people. Telling you all what do I think about it.

Here’s the deal, for me creativity cannot be measured. Creativity cannot be categorized. Creativity cannot be limited. The bottom line is creative people has their own uniqueness and characteristics at living their life. I am not saying that Mihaly’s theory is wrong, but it’s just not so important for me. What’s the use of giving people knowledge about creative people’s characteristics? Of course it would give us knowledge, but is it the kind of knowledge that is important to us? I don’t think so, because creativity is not based on characteristics, it’s based on everything that are existed in the whole universe. For me, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi should talks about other things that are more important for the sake of creativity, like telling people that creativity knows no limit, because for me that’s the most important thing about creativity.

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December 13, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Mr. Dylan is a Hypocrite

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Bob Dylan is a legend. A genius. A hero. A prophet. And so on and so on. Oh yeah, he is also a hypocrite.

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Stop yelling for a minute there. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bob Dylan, he’s a great artist, great musician, and great lyricist. But I hate the fact that he is a hypocrite and I hate hypocrites.

How do I know that he’s a hypocrite?

I googled “Bob Dylan’s quotes”. Guess what two Bob Dylan’s quotes that I found on a quote site?

“You don’t necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they’re poets. I don’t call myself a poet because I don’t like the word. I’m a trapeze artist.”

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“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.”

What do you think? Is he a hypocrite or not by making those two very different quotes? I have said before that I hate hypocrites, but after I discovered that Bob Dylan is a hypocrite, I still love him. It means that I am a hypocrite too.

Fuck.

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November 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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The Most Magical Noise in the Whole World

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Music. I always think that music is a well thought out noises, and those noises are full of magical things. For me, the 5 most magical noise or in other words the 5 best songs of all time are…

1. Venus in Furs by The Velvet Underground.

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Who said that out of tune is always bad? Just hear this song out first and they will change their mind way before Lou Reed started feeling tired and weary. The blended noise of an out of tune vocal, an out of tune guitar, an out of tune violin, a bassline that could give anyone the feeling of a stab in the heart, the simple drumming, and of course the lyrics by Lou Reed. Personal favorite lyrics in this song? That chilling refrain, of course. “I am tired, I am weary/I could sleep for thousand years/A thousand dream that would awake me/Different colours made of tears”. That part is giving me the chills. No shit.

2. When You Sleep by My Bloody Valentine.

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Remember the melody? Yes, that one. That melody alone is enough to make this song included in my best songs of all time list. Don’t get me wrong, there are many reasons of why I put this song on the second best of my list, but explaining the melody is quite enough.

3. Race for the Prize by The Flaming Lips

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Ever felt like you just being born into the earth with an important mission completed with a big-epic-grandeur entrance? No? Hear this song and you will feel so. For me, this is a song with the most epic intro ever produced. This is another sample of how genius Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd really are.

4. Not to Touch the Earth by The Doors.

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A song filled with mysticity and a beautifully dark poem by the eccentric Jim Morrison. The music felt like running away from a cold dark place named earth. Then to make it perfect, the music is accompanied by Jim Morrison’s depression at living in this corrupted world. Beautiful. This is gothic at its finest.

5. None. Yeah, none. This space is emptied, because there are still many songs that will be release in the future. And this empty space is for them. Who knows if there will be some great new music, better than The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter, The Beatles’ Within You Without You, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Oh Comely, Nirvana’s Love Buzz, Sonic Youth’s Disconnection Notice, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Red Right Hand, Jeff Buckley’s Dream Brother, Spiritualized’s I Think I’m in Love, Nick Drake’s Things Behind the Sun, Pink Floyd’s Lucifer Sam, or even Bob Dylan’s Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.

Agree? Disagree? Either way, tell me what’s on your list of the most magical noise in the whole world.

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November 12, 2008 at 9:39 am

Berbeda Media, Beda Pula Nilainya

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Beberapa hari yang lalu, tepatnya pada hari Sabtu tanggal 25 Oktober 2008, saya dan kedua teman saya menghabiskan malam menonton sebuah film karya Riri Riza yang didasarkan oleh sebuah novel buatan Andrea Hirata berjudul sama, yaitu Laskar Pelangi.

Awalnya, saya tidak begitu tertarik untuk menonton film ini, namun setelah menerima sebuah pesan singkat dari bapak kandung saya, yang biasa saya panggil dengan Uchok, yang berisi “Udah nonton Laskar Pelangi? Wajib”, saya mendadak tertarik untuk menonton film ini. Mengapa? Uchok adalah orang yang sangat pemilih dalam menilai bagusnya sebuah film, terutama film Indonesia. Dan saya hampir selalu berpikiran sama dalam menilai film-film tersebut. Singkat cerita, saya pun berangkat untuk menonton film tersebut bersama kedua teman saya tersebut.

Lalu, bagaimana penilaian saya terhadap film itu?

Hmmm…Sinematografi? Bagus. Sang sinematografer sangat memanfaatkan keindahan Pulau Belitong untuk dijadikan sebagai konsentrasi pengambilan gambar. Cerita? Klise memang, namun ini adalah sebuah kisah nyata, jadi sesuatu yang klise itu adalah sesuatu yang sangat lumrah di sebuah kisah nyata. Jika tidak ingin melihat keklisean suatu film, lebih baik tonton saja film-film fiksi yang lain. Akting? Sangat bagus, terutama aktor-aktor cilik yang asli berasal dari Pulau Belitong. Mereka membuktikan bahwa untuk menjadi seorang aktor berkualitas itu tidak selalu diperlukan studi di bidang tersebut. Editing? Kurang. Masih banyak pemotongan-pemotongan gambar yang kasar muncul di film ini. Penyutradaraan? Cukup. Mengapa? Riri Riza kurang berani untuk keluar dari comfort zonenya, alhasil film menjadi sedikit monoton. Namun, Riri sangat berhasil dalam membimbing aktor-aktor yang bermain di film ini agar mereka mengeluarkan seluruh emosinya dengan sungguh-sungguh. Total? Film ini saya beri nilai 3,5 dari 5.

Sebenarnya di tulisan saya ini, saya tidak bertujuan untuk menilai film tersebut. Hal itu hanya untuk menjembatani opini utama yang saya ingin bicarakan di tulisan saya ini. Apa itu?

Sebelum menonton film tersebut, saya mendengar opini-opini teman-teman saya yang mengatakan bahwa film ini lebih bagus dari bukunya. Ada juga yang berkata bahwa bukunya lebih bagus dari filmnya. Bagaimana dengan saya? Saya selalu berpikir bahwa buku dan film adaptasinya tidak bisa disandingkan dan tidak bisa dinilai secara bersamaan. Mengapa? Pertama, dua hal itu jelas-jelas adalah media yang berbeda. Kedua, buku memiliki kelebihan yang tidak dimiliki oleh film, hal itu adalah imajinasi. Ya, imajinasi. Isi dari buku itu terdiri dari tulisan-tulisan yang memaksa kita untuk berimajinasi dalam suatu  situasi, dan imajinasi itu akan berbeda-beda tergantung dari imajinasi yang dihasilkan oleh setiap orang. Sedangkan film? Film itu jelas adalah suatu bentuk visual yang dibuat oleh sang sutradara berdasarkan imajinasinya dari membaca suatu buku tersebut. Kedua alasan ini saja sudah cukup jelas untuk mengatakan bahwa buku dan film adaptasinya itu sangat tidak bisa disandingkan. Mari kita ambil contoh buku dan film The Da Vinci Code.

Buku karya Dan Brown ini sangat bagus, si penulis dengan pintarnya memadukan unsur fakta dan fiksi dari berbagai macam religi, sehingga membuat kita penasaran mana yang fakta dan mana yang fiksi dari religi tersebut. Alhasil, buku ini pun menjadi sebuah fenomena dan sangat laku di pasaran dunia. Sedangkan filmnya? Sangat datar, bahkan sangat kosong. Apakah ini karena bukunya terlalu bagus atau karena sang sutradara Ron Howard tak mampu memvisualisasikan buku tersebut? Jawaban saya adalah pilihan yang kedua. Dan itu tidak ada hubungannya dengan kualitas buku yang lebih baik dari film, melainkan karena ketidakmampuan sang sutradara untuk menyutradarai film tersebut, karena sang penulis menulis cerita yang tidak detail, karena sinematografi yang melenceng dari tema, dan mungkin karena akting dari aktor-aktor film bersangkutan kurang baik. Bagaimana menurut anda?

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October 29, 2008 at 8:26 pm