Sonntag, 24. Mai 2020

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Der Bär fliegt hoch,
Der Bär fliegt runter
Der Garten wird grüner, gelber, bunter.

The bear flies high,
the bear flies down
World gets green and red and brown.

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Donnerstag, 21. Mai 2020

q.e.d.

Jeder Versuch, menschliche Existenz in das Korsett einer Erlösungsideologie zu zwängen, also den Zufall auszuschalten, endet im Totalitarismus. (nach Odo Marquard)

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Montag, 18. Mai 2020

Wiedergelesen | Nachtlektüre (2)

Wussten Sie schon...
. . . . ...dass Satire alles darf, aber nicht kann ? (WimS, Januar 1971)

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Donnerstag, 14. Mai 2020

kurz & knapp XLIV

Früher haben die Kinder ihre Eltern mit Rock-Musik genervt, heute ist es umgekehrt.

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Mittwoch, 13. Mai 2020

From "The KS Circle" # 38 ... (Nostalgic recollection, pt. 24)

In 1999, a friend wanted to put together a CD-Box for an American label that should include the pioneers of Electronic Music, those who were influential and important for this genre. He asked for my opinion. I answered in length, and my choices were this:
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From the names you give I would select with my well-known strictness :-)
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Stockhausen's "Gesang der Jünglinge" (tell the people that this was it, maily. 96% of what else he did, is NOT electronic or even electric. Besides, this track didn't influence the young people but it only shocked some of the older, "serious" academic people who didn't and never will have any influence on the young music scene. When "Gesang der Jünglinge" came out, the youngsters were listening to Belafonte, Elvis (four No.1 singles and two No.1 albums in the USA in that one year), The Platters, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Lonnie Donegan's "Rock Island Line", Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Johnny Ray, ...and to a certain Pat Boone.

Eno (an early track. If he ever would have made it without the immense & flashy "Roxy Music" fame?

Tangerine Dream's second or third album. Zeit or Alpha Centauri is a good choice.

Kraftwerk. An earlier track than "Robots".

Edgar Varèse.

Pierre Henry. I saw and heard him recently, also his new CD. He's stuck deeply in the fifties. Each of today's teenage Techo DJ makes better "electronic". But Henry's early collaboration with a pop group were of some influence, at least then. I think the group was "Spooky Tooth".

Walter Carlos of course. In my humble opinions it all started with him in the late sixties. Before, “electronic music” or “synthesizers” did not exist in peoples’ minds. Try to get his "Timesteps," said KS.

Morton Subotnick "Silver Apples on the Moon".

Ussachevsky. A fifties' title as example for all the academics who did similar experiments at the universities in Princetown, Paris, Utrecht, and Leningrad.

Tonto's Expanding Head Band.

Schulze (an early track, from "Irrlicht" for instance. He was indeed the only one who seriously und totally experimented with electronic sounds since the early seventies and outside & beyond the "serious" academic circles ... who did not stop, and who influenced all those synthesizer one-man-shows who came up in the late seventies, and still :-)

Beaver & Krause.

White Noise. "Electric Storm" (1969) was a widely known and influencial album.

Mort Garson (plenty of popular and strictly electronic albums).

...and that's all that comes spontaneously to my mind. Some of the names from your list are new to me (probably just known in the USA?), some I would place in the eighties, and some are better known for doing this or that, but they were of no "electronic" influence. The "Theremin" or the "Trautonium" come to my mind, they are still (for 60 years now) just novelties, funny inventions that had and still have no influence whatsoever. It's just that journalists mention these strange looking & sounding, unique instruments again and again. After all, it's a headline and a story ...like the sensation of a two-headed dog :-) It doesn't belong into a serious sampler.

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Freitag, 8. Mai 2020

Simple truth pt. 63

"Anlässlich des Tags der Befreiung, der heute in Berlin als offizieller Feiertag begangen wird, möchte ich kurz darauf hinweisen, dass nicht wir befreit wurden. Europa wurde von uns befreit.

Es ist zynisch, wenn wir jetzt so tun, als seien wir Deutschen, quasi alles unschuldige Passanten, von den fiesen Nazis befreit worden. Wir wurden nicht von den Nazis befreit. Wir waren die Nazis. Den Tag der Befreiung sollten daher meiner Ansicht nach die Opfer feiern, nicht wir.

...und dass die Mehrheit heute ernsthaft glaubt, von den Amerikanern befreit worden zu sein. Tatsächlich waren es die Russen."
(Fefe 8. Mai 2020)
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Siehe auch "Tag des Sieges"

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Florian Schneider-Esleben †
Klaus Schulze hat einen guten Freund verloren.

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Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2020

Netzfund

"Masken sind mehr so eine Art Placebo, man könnte auch seitwärts durch Türen gehen vorschreiben. Bei meiner kleinen Tochter hilft Tesafilm über dem Bauchnabel gegen autokrank. Der Glaube, nichts anderes."

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Montag, 4. Mai 2020

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Ein Bär, der Zeitung liest, erfährt:
"Die Lage völlig ungeklärt."
Weil dies seit Adam so gewesen,
Wozu denn da noch Zeitung lesen?

(1935 als "Ein Mensch" statt Bär, von Eugen Roth)
(Die Zeichnung ist, wie immer, von Julia)

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