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ALTER VOCALIS EGO (aka AVE) should be understood as an integrated concept that fuses various ideas and inspirations from art, science, literature and music within the fiery spirit of an anarchistic way of life:  

 

Crown yourself with ivy, anything goes!

 

AVE's most important source of inspiration and a kind of "conceptual frame" might be the mythic figure of the greek god Dionysus (also known as Bacchus in Roman mythology),  just as different modern conceptions of the "Dionysian" which were defined by Friedrich Nietzsche (and also his many successors, e.g. Georges Bataille):

  

"What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil ...  

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness...

And [...] what then is the meaning of that madness out of which tragic as well as comic art grew, the Dionysian madness? What? Is madness perhaps not necessarily the symptom of degradation, collapse, cultural decadence? ... What if it was clearly lunacy, to use a saying from Plato, which brought the greatest blessings throughout Hellas? ...

Saying Yes to life even in its strangest and hardest problems . . . that is what I called Dionysian, that is what I guessed to be the bridge to the psychology of the tragic poet ... I, the last disciple of the philosopher Dionysus ..." 

 

                                                               (Artwork by Anke Wilde) 

 

AVE places emphasis on connecting the Dionysian with motives, subjects and "new myths" of weird fiction literature, while especially the masters of this genre E.T.A. Hoffmann, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe have to be mentioned as important influences:

 

"The question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious — whether all that is profound — does not spring from [...] moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.

 

In what kind of area AVE mainly acts depends on what kind of current circumstances the members are in, just as it depends on their interests and others involved.   

 

AVE was founded in 2004 by its singer and guitarist Frater F., who was working as a studio and live musician for several German gothic, rock and latin acts at that time. 

 

Music, interviews, downloads and more about AVE you'll find here. Check out our links. 


We're always looking for any kind of musicians and artists for different projects, please contact us in case you're interested.

 

 

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