Inside Nine Inch Nails’ Harrowing New Album, “Not The Actual Events” [Stream/Review]

first_imgTrent Reznor, the self made god of rage, is facing middle age and seeing the world through far calmer and wearier eyes on the newly released EP, Not The Actual Events. Nine Inch Nails personified the industrial music genre for most of America, with Reznor’s tortured vocals giving voice to the angst of a generation seeding the emo movement that followed. NIN’s formula of layered, clamoring beats, distorted instrumentation and breakneck tempo changes coupled with martyr complex imagery laden lyrics struck a chord in millions of disaffected souls.Time, as always, dampens the fires of youth, and even the patron saint of furious self loathing has found himself adrift and reflective on his latest release. Having slowly turned to more dark and expansive psychedelic scores on NIN albums, starting around the turn of the century, the music on the Not The Actual Events seems to come from a place of loss.Listen to the album below, and follow along with our full length review.“Branches/Bones” has the spacey disco beat and the waves of distortion of instrumental tracks we are used to, but the impetus behind the tracks sounds hollow. The build and release style that so exemplified the sound of most bands in the nineties is still present, but the peaks are far less grand and the valleys somehow less shallow. Gone is the wild abandon as Reznor flatly intones, “Parts of me are slowing down but time is speeding up.” When previous songs seemed to capture the firey pulse of a madman now we seem to be hearing the creaks of a man struggling to rise in the morning to face the day.On “Dear World,” he drones “I can’t concentrate,” a far cry from the mad focus of previous works. The sudden timing changes that, in the past served as much needed momentary respites from the jackhammer beats, now seem like chances for the artist to catch his breath. The unified hollowness of “She’s Gone Away” is impressive from a songwriting perspective. Based around a open and atmospheric low grade sonic howl, Reznor laments that he “Can’t get the feeling back” before repeating “She’s gone, she’s gone…she’s gone away.”“Idea Of You” (ft. Dave Grohl) seems to function as an approximation of an early era NIN song. Again the lyrical outlook spells out the conceit of the song, as the listener is asked to “Just go back, go back with me.” As the track unfolds it does seem that the old fires can be stoked when needed, though clearly the embers are weakening. The flames of creation are the focus of the final track on the EP, “Burning Bright (Field Of Fire).” Hiding his voice in echo and distortion has been a staple of Reznor’s work, but on this last track it seems to more embody the fading momentum of life. Dave Navarro also contributes to this last track.Though many musicians have helped Reznor realize his musical visions over the decades, it was always very clearly his pain and rage we were sharing. That he is also willing to open up about his current failings and fading passions is an impressive choice. The problem lies in the inherent lack of inspiration that comes from making music about losing interest, as it invites listeners to lose interest as well. Not The Actual Events is an unique take on aging from a completely unexpected source. At the bottom of the downward spiral there appears to be nothing but a vast bleak landscape that NIN finds themselves, lost and alone.last_img read more

Students attend summer study abroad fair

first_imgNotre Dame International (NDI) hosted a summer study abroad fair Tuesday night for undergraduate students interested in attending one of the University’s 20 summer study abroad programs.“Summer study abroad programs offer great opportunities for students who need to work over the summer, have an internship or who are planning on doing research someplace,” director of study abroad Kathleen Opel said. “It helps them to get credits that they need, and almost all of the courses offered fill a University requirement, or it can fulfill major credits.”Any student currently attending Notre Dame — whether they are a freshman or a graduating senior — is eligible to apply by Feb. 3 for any of the programs, Opel said.The programs range in duration, which Opel said allows students who have other summertime obligations to accommodate their schedule.“We have a wide variety of dates and lengths of time,” Opel said. “Some students want a six-week or an eight-week study abroad program, some students only want a two- or three-week experience, and they can go back and do internships or work.“I think that these programs appeal to students who are athletes and can’t go during the academic year, or students who work with the newspaper or another activity that doesn’t permit them to go away, or for students who don’t want to be gone a whole semester.”Freshman finance and economics major Lorenzo Beer said he attended the fair to help him decide if he wants to study abroad during the school year or the summer. “Everybody I’ve ever spoken [to] has said that studying abroad is amazing and one of the best experiences of your life and that you should definitely do it if you can,” Beer said. “I definitely want to make sure I look into it. … If it’s during the summer, I could catch up on some courses. If it’s during the semester, [I could] maybe take a break from the Notre Dame bubble and see other parts of the world.” Mary Nucciarone, director of financial aid, said while the University offers a funding model to make a semester abroad cost about the same in tuition as a semester on campus, studying abroad over the summer has no such aid. “The University does not have a budget for scholarships for summer study abroad, so students are looking more at student loans — whether it be a private educational loan or a federal parent loan,” Nucciarone said.Because the funding model is different, Nucciarone said students looking to study abroad over the summer should start planning financially as soon as possible. “What I say for summer especially is to be planning,” Nucciarone said. “That’s the biggest challenge we find, is that students start planning really late — like in April for a May or June departure — and that’s really hard for us to help them.”Most of the summer programs are in the same locations as semester programs — such as Spain, Brazil, China, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Morocco. Opel said the shortened programs of the summer still allow students to immerse themselves in the culture, just as they would over a semester. “If you want to go to Morocco, you have an opportunity to experience, in three weeks, a whole range of activities that will give you a little smattering of background: French, Arabic, literature, film, history, the religious differences,” Opel said. “And that’s just one example.”Tags: Notre Dame International, study abroad, summer study abroadlast_img read more

3 takeaways from No. 12 Syracuse’s 9-8 overtime win against No. 2 Duke

first_imgCICERO — Syracuse hosted a true-home game away from the Carrier Dome for the first time in 30 years on Sunday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Fans lined the fencing around the turf and tucked themselves into walkaways as the stadium filled 20 minutes prior to gametime. After four quarters on a 40-degree spring afternoon, the No. 12 Orange (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) came back, again, and beat No. 2 Duke (7-1, 0-1), 9-8, in overtime Michael J. Bragman Stadium. Here are three takeaways from the game. Three’s company For the third-straight week, Syracuse overcame a mutli-goal, fourth-quarter deficit. Two weeks ago against Johns Hopkins, the Orange roared back with a 6-2 run. Last week, they toppled Rutgers with eight fourth-frame scores and won 18-14. Trailing 8-4 after scoring just once in the third quarter, the Orange mounted another rally. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNate Solomon, Bradley Voigt and David Lipka each scored within minutes of each other and with 1:24 left, Stephen Rehfuss finished the equalizer. After losing the opening draw, SU posted a defensive stand. Duke matched. And eventually, Brendan Curry scored the winner, white jerseys moshed and the Orange secured their first conference win Brick wall SU’s first offensive possession looked promising. As Jacob Buttermore slid toward Turner Uppgren’s left, an Orange-clad fan in the sideline muttered, “Get it. Get it.” Buttermore craned back and ripped but missed wide. Syracuse’s offense had little quality scoring-chances early on Sunday, and when it did, they were often wasted. Duke’s top-10 scoring defense in the country (9.00 allowed goals per game) stymied the Orange, throwing big bodies in front of the crease and letting SU’s shooters try from distance. The unit consisting partially of 6-foot-7 Walker Scaglione, 6-foot-4 Wilson Stephenson and 6-foot-1 Cade Van Raaphorst clogged passing lanes and locked down shooters.On one first half sequence, Syracuse totaled four shots and corralled the miss each time. Voigt was trapped in the corner securing a loose ball and flicked a pass to Rehfuss that drew applause from the crowd. But another misguided pass resulted in another turnover, triggering a groan from the crowd and a holler from the Duke sidelines. Eventually, SU started missing the few open white jerseys that broke free in transition. When it settled, the Orange registered poor looks or bounced shots with an expiring shot clock. After the last shot of the first quarter one-hopped Uppgren, a fan yelled “Too easy.” It remained that way until the fourth quarter, when SU’s offense broke out.As advertisedWhile the Blue Devils’ defense shone, Duke’s offense also relied on their season-long specialities. The visitors entered the game with eight different-double digit scorers and featured four-different producers to take the first and only advantage it would need. Sophomore attack Joe Robertson — Duke’s point-leader — opened his first touch by swimming over a defender near the crease, diving and finishing. In the process, he earned a crease-push penalty that resulted in Duke’s second goal minutes later. Duke operated from behind the cage, following a season-long trend of offense’s beating the Orange from the faceoff X. Leading by a handful of goals for a majority of the contest, feeders slowed the pace and drew defenders around the field before testing Porter.With just under 10 minutes left in the game, Brad Smith assisted Jake Manown’s first goal of the game and displayed the effectiveness that carried Duke to a No. 2 ranking. After ball reached twine, Porter sat on his backside in front of the crease and chucked the ball toward the faceoff X. Comments Published on March 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more