159 – Free Will And Machine Learning

Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast!We don’t have a lot of news this week, so instead we engage in a long and in-depth discussion about machine learning, the origin of creativity, the notion of free will, sentience, and more (all inspired by Adam Neely’s analysis of Google’s Bach Harmonizer)! Also Jordan Rudess’s solo album, The Black Dahlia Murder self-reflecting, Trivium’s remake of Pillars of Serpents, new music by Amon Amarth and Fleshgod Apocalypse, and this weird headline about Limp Bizkit. Then we do an extended discussion of Jordan Peele’s new movie Us. Full spoilers, which we give a warning about, but yeah. Enjoy!

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Heron “Splashdown” With First Notes of Their Future

Sometimes, an album/band reach out and just grab you by the heart. Why should that be the case? Every time it’s different; sometimes, it might be the cover art which speaks to you. Other times it might be a single note or a refrain. Perhaps track names? Oftentimes it’s all of those together and an experience which can’t really be broken down into words takes place, a kind of melding with the intent (imagined or not) of the artist you’re listening to. That’s what happened to me with Heron’s 2017 release, You Are Here Now. On the surface of it,…

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Green Lung – Woodland Rites

I have a special place in my heart for albums which take no time at all to announce to the listener what they’re all about. As times goes by, I prefer an explosive, furious opening to a long build up, at least when it comes to album openers. Green Lung’s Woodland Rites opens with just such an explosion, as “Initiation” first blasts on your speakers (or headphones, I don’t discriminate). This first track is chock full of solos, leads, and riffs, all rendered in exquisite fuzz for the listener’s enjoyment. Add in a sample about the death of witchcraft, obviously…

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Unnatural Ways – The Paranoia Party

Ava Mendoza might not be a household name but, in certain circles, her name carries a lot of weight. This guitar virtuoso (who first worked on the classic guitar) has worked with the likes of John Zorn, flitting around the avant-garde musical scene, collaborating with many musicians, always bringing her unique voice to the table. She also spearheads Unnatural Ways, a wildly off-kilter band that never seem satisfied with staying on one genre for too long. Their third release, The Paranoia Party, features not only their unique approach to genre and instrumentation but also, for the first time, Mendoza’s own…

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