27 août 2009

The Hylozoists

The Hylozoists are a Canadian instrumental rock supergroup, initially started as a project for the music of record producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Aucoin. The name is derived from hylozoism, the belief that all matter holds life. Their MySpace page describes their music as Indie/Classical/Emotronic. This is a pretty accurate description of their music, especially considering their instrumentation. A majority of their instruments (vibes, glockenspiel, organ, violin, viola) are primarily used in classical music, and in some instances jazz. These instruments interact in conjunction with the other “non-classical" instruments (drums, pedal steel, guitar, bass). What makes their sound unique is the application of the instruments, not necessarily the instrumentation itself. While using vibes and a glock is unique for an indie band, what makes it interesting is that some of their songs sound like something out of a feature film. Aucoin had a musical education (i.e. he had either conservatory tutoring or maybe even post-secondary, classical training) and he uses it in an effective way, not just in writing but also in orchestrating. In their song "Warning Against Judging", the opening minute is played on glock, organ and a little bit of a guitar - if you were to replace it with strings it would be something from an orchestral movie score. After the first minute of the song drums and bass come in, as well as violin and trumpet. It still keeps the feeling of a movie score, something that has been thought out by someone knowledgeable in orchestration. What is interesting about this band is not only its make up, instrumentation wise, but also its origins and albums. Technically this band originated in Halifax and then moved to Toronto during its second inception. Their first album, done in Halifax, was titled "La Nouvelle Gauche". Their second album, done in Toronto, was titled "La Fin Du Monde". Over the 20 odd tracks of the two albums only one is titled in French ("La fin du monde"). It is not clear why the band (which has no apparent French roots, beyond Aucoin) would title their albums in French. L'hylozoïsme est une doctrine philosophique qui soutient que la matière est douée de vie par elle-même, sans qu'interviennent des principes extrinsèques. Les choses, la matière, la nature ont une vie propre. Cette représentation du monde déclare que toute matière est vivante, que chaque individu est vivant, à l'extrême que le monde est un être vivant pénétré par une Âme du monde (stoïcisme). Kant donne cette définition : doctrine qui « fonde les fins de la nature sur l'analogon d'un pouvoir, agissant selon une intention, sur la vie de la matière ». L'hylozoïsme dit : tout est vivant. Le panpsychisme dit : tout est psychique, « âme ». Le terme commun pour ces deux doctrines serait « animisme philosophique » : tout est animé, doué non seulement de mouvement (confondu avec la vie) mais encore d'âme (confondue avec le psychisme), car l'âme est le principe de la vie organique comme de la pensée. - On peut aussi considérer qu'il y a opposition entre hylozoïsme et panpsychisme, animisme, puisque l'hylozoïsme confère à la matière des formes immanentes, biologiques, et non spirituelles, et que l'animisme n'admet pas, à proprement dit, l'existence d'âmes dans les choses singulières, mais préfère reconnaître en elles une force unique qui les anime

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