Blog: music

OMB

I relish discovering new cultural gems, be it through music, films, or art. This is why I consider myself an internet explorer (not to be confused with Internet Explorer). Often, I can lose track of time as I delve into the vast expanse of the Internet, frequently finding myself in a rabbit hole that leads me somewhere unexpected and unintended.

Sometimes I catch myself asking, "How did I get here?", but it's rare for me to remember the exact journey due to the numerous layers between my initial search and the various paths and chambers I traverse along the way. In this instance, however, I can recall my starting point. I was searching for information about a band called Nospūn, which I discovered just yesterday. As an aside, they too are an intriguing band to explore. While researching Nospūn, I stumbled upon the website The Progressive Subway, and it is there that I discovered OMB.

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Concert: The Music of Hans Zimmer and Others

Amra and I went to a concert in Kolding last Friday. It was the concert where an orchestra played many Hans Zimmer soundtracks from movies like Top Gun, Dune, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar and others.

It was fun listening to many fabulous tracks from one of my favorite film composers, but the orchestra also played a few compositions of Ennio Moricone (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly).

My favorite Hans Zimmer soundtracks are Gladiator and Interstellar. Hvala, Amra!

24 songs

Somebody on a progressive metal Subreddit posted their list of 25 top songs, limiting one song per band. Here's my current list, with a strong emphasis on “current”:

  1. Opeth - Reverie-Harlequin Forest
  2. Symphony X - When All Is Lost
  3. Dream Theater - Pale Blue Dot
  4. Pain of Salvation - Thorn Clown
  5. Animals As Leaders - The Woven Web
  6. Zero Hour - Evidence of the Unseen
  7. Adagio - Second Sight
  8. Artension - Time Goes Slowly By
  9. Andromeda - Slaves Of The Plethora Season
  10. Winds - Fall and Rise
  11. Southern Storm - Opstanak
  12. Vitalij Kuprij - Destination
  13. Power of Omens - Alone I Stand
  14. Leprous - Nighttime Disguise
  15. Orphaned Land - Fruits From Different Trees-Ishma'el and Itzhak
  16. Rishloo - Feathergun In The Garden Of The Sun
  17. Whom Gods Destroy - In The Name Of War
  18. Myrath - I Wanna Die
  19. Threshold - Slipstream
  20. Thought Chamber - Balance of One
  21. Clockwork - East of Knowing
  22. Eniac Requiem - Prelude
  23. Born of Osiris - Recreate
  24. Mindflow - Crossing Enemy's Line

Kafu mi draga ispeci

Tata je povremeno pjevao/zviždao ovu pjesmu kada sam bio dječak, i zbog toga mi je jako draga. Slika kako otac pjevuši ovu starogradsku dok se sređuje da izađe iz stana u glavi mi je duboko, duboko usječena i budi prijatne, tople emocije. Podsjeća me na moje divno djetinjstvo, moga dobrog oca i rahmetli majku koju je uvijek neizmjerno volio.

Također se sjećam jedne rane zore. Imao sam šest-sedam godina. Vani još uvijek mrak, a ja se budim u stanu moje nane, koja je vjerovatno spremala doručak u kuhinji, a na radiju pjeva Predrag Gojković Cune ovu divnu pjesmu.

Avdibeg Mixtape 007

It's time for a new Avdibeg Mixtape, and it is a seventh in the series. This time, metal doesn't dominate the list for once, but there are some really nice songs. Journey's Don't Stop Believing always reminds me of that epic ending of The Sopranos, one of the best TV shows ever. There are a few songs from the 1980s and 1990s.

I really like dark songs from Depeche Mode, and Halo is one of them. Fun fact: Jenna Elfman is one of the dancers in the video.

The final song on this tape is Weezer's The Christmas Song, which I guess is appropriate, given that the holidays are approaching. I've heard it in the TV show The Bear in its amazing episode “Fishes”. I mean, look at this scene from the episode.

You can see all the songs in the Avdibeg Mixtape 007 here.

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Breeze of Delight

I’ve heard for the first time of Mirza Redžepagić, a Bosnian composer and guitarist, and his song "Breeze of Delight". It is a fusion of jazz, flamenco, and saudade. Pretty good, and I like it.

I will include it in my next mixtape.

New mixtape

It's almost a year ago, I made my first mixtape, which is part of the project called Avdibeg Mixtapes, and it's been a fun project, which I intend to continue. It is fun to stumble upon a new song I never heard before or a song that reminds me of my past or some period in my life. That's how I often remember songs — I usually connect them to my life and experiences along that trip.

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Dolia - The Gift

Isn't it amazing how small the world can feel sometimes? During my daughter's visit to Bosnia this summer, she met a lady whose son happens to play guitar in a metal band. Upon learning this, she eagerly exclaimed, 'My dad listens to metal!'.

Today, this lady shared a link to her son's band, and wow, what an incredible song it is! Their track 'The Gift' impressed me thoroughly. The musicianship and vocals are impressive, and the lyrics are equally noteworthy. As someone with high music standards, I'm usually very critical, but Dolia's music pleasantly surprised me. It's delightful that they're fellow Bosnians, offering a taste of our beautiful landscapes and rich mythology. Yet, it's the music that truly stands out. The song is quite catchy with interesting irregular time signatures. Dolia being a progressive metal band is an extra bonus.

I highly recommend giving them a listen! I'll definitely keep an eye on them.

War for territory

When I was seventeen years old, I was a refugee in a Danish refugee center. It was a very small center with no more than 120 people. We were a few kids of similar age, and we would listen to music in the basement of the center. My brother and I, along with a few others, would spend a lot of hours playing games and listening to mostly heavy metal bands like Pantera, Dream Theater, and Sepultura. I remember we got hold of Sepultura's newest album sometime in 1993. It was called Chaos A.D. It was a pretty heavy album, and probably the heaviest band that we had listened to up to that point. Anyway, there was a particularly one song that I really liked, and it was “Territory”.

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Covers for Mixtape 004

For almost a year, I've been crafting Avdibeg mixtapes, largely fueled by a wave of nostalgia. We live in times when everything's digital and “in the clouds”. It's my little resistance and attempt to emulate the making of real, physical mixtapes that used to thrive in the vibrant 1980s.

It's time to compile a new mixtape, the fourth in the series, and I needed a proper cover for it. So, I created these four samples with a little help from my invisible AI friend, and here are the four suggestions.

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Dall-E AI

Interesting times are ahead of us. Artificial intelligence can now create images beyond our imagination, and it can also write texts for us. For instance, I asked AI to "Write a review about Dream Theater's album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence". Here's the result:

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Posljednja pjesma

Kako je život samo nepredvidiv. Nikada ne znamo šta će nam se desiti za dva sata, sutra, za mjesec. Često razmišljam šta će biti zadnje što ću uraditi prije nego što se nešto desi. Ne znam je li to čudno, vjerujem da i drugi to čine. Eto na primjer, zadnja pjesma koju sam čuo prije nego mi je mama umrla je Raise the Sun od Anciients. Eto, biće to pjesma koja će me moći natjerati na suze, posebno onaj melanholični uvodni dio.

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