The loose theme/idea/notion/concept for hate triangle was the emotional state of “unfairness and frustration, “ that gives rise to something similar to Schadenfreude. If you've heard this German word before, it means pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. But a better term is"morose delectation" ("delectatio morosa" in Latin), meaning, "The habit of dwelling with enjoyment on evil thoughts." The medieval church taught that morose delectation was a sin. French writer Pierre Klossowski maintained that the appeal of sadism is morose delectation. Unfairness and frustration can give way to dark thoughts, revenge, desire for pain towards a former beloved, etc.
A love triangle (also called a romantic love triangle or a romance triangle) is usually a romantic relationship involving three people. While it can refer to two people independently romantically linked with a third, it usually implies that each of the three people has some kind of relationship to the other two. The relationships can be friendships, romantic, or familial.
I am defining a hate triangle as a bitter relationship involving three people. While it can refer to two people independently spitefully linked with a third, it usually implies that each of the three people has some kind of relationship to the other two. The people can be enemies, scorned lovers, work power differentials (I hate my boss), or family members in opposition.
In this imagining for the hate triangle session, the three forces in opposition were incarnations of the Three Fates, the personifications of destiny. The Three Fates are controllers of the "thread of life" - from birth to death. For hate triangle - these Fates play bass. Our players were:
* Rita Ritz = (Roman/Greek name - Nona/Clotho ) - ("spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle - represents the things that are.
* Anna Gregoline = (Roman/Greek name - Decima/Lachesis) - ("allotter") measured the thread of life allotted to a person with a measuring rod - represents the things that were
* Rob = (Roman/Greek name - Atropos/Morta) - ("inexorable" or "inevitable" - "unturnable") was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with "her abhorred shears" - represents the things that are to be
* C. Ezra Lange = drum kit and instrumentation – his only instruction was to be nasty
* Jesse Thomas = guitar distortion, percussion, and synth – again, only instruction was nastiness
I believe that the physicality of a space influences art and the body to a high degree, which is why we aimed for atmosphere by playing in a large elevator shaft. Physical elemental changes in the body alter the performance, not always for the better. My idea for this was analogous to "method" acting, where you live the change within yourself for the sake of the performance.
Everyone was allowed to have their own "pebble in the shoe," as it were. I asked no one to physically harm themselves for this session, but I was aiming for a certain level of agitation to produce nasty sounds. Participants slapped each other, drank disgusting booze, wore uncomfortable clothes, etc.
While this session produced music I am proud of, and was rewarding in that sense, this session did not necessarily go as planned. It was naïve of me to assume that the loose structure I created would follow the path I thought it would when the reins were released. I achieved more knowledge than anything, and would plan a more conducted performance for a 2nd attempt at this kind of idea. At any rate, this dark part of our souls from July 2013 has been preserved.
released September 12, 2014
Robert Roy Nikolas Dieringer: high bass
Anna Gregoline: middle bass
Rita Ritz: low bass
Jesse Thomas: guitar
C. Ezra Lange: drums
Recorded at Sugar Cave Studio in July 2013 by Ezra, assisted by Dersu Burrows. Mixed by Ezra & Anna at the Cave on some other (much later) date.