Mittwoch, 11. September 2019

Breath and Mouth & Hand and Fingers

For centuries, music was made (beside the brain) always with the help of the breath and mouth (singing, blowing, whistling) and with hand and fingers (touching, knocking, pressing. plucking).
. . . . Now, after many thousands of years, it's only the human brain that sets the patterns to a machine, a computer. Maybe that's the reason why electronic music has sceptic critics; no one can actually SEE what the artist does. That's why some 'modern' composers give (and need) a lot of explanations to explain their music.
. . . . There is no immediate activity anymore, no sweat, no jitters, no tension and no fear because of playing a wrong note, of missing a cue, of a broken string. (Dance music is another topic or branch. I just speak of music for the ears, for the pure listening and entertaining).
. . . . Compare this with sports (e.g. soccer or snooker), and more & very clearly at car race, boxing, gladiatorial combats, or just "America's [Britain's] Got Talent" ("Deutschland sucht den Superstar"). The spectators always wait for something happen, they don't want to SEE the normal, the banal. They crave for emotions. And other people's (artists, actors...) obvious and visibly exhibited joy or their suffering offer exactly this desired little sensation.
. . . . That's why I can cry when listening to a certain music, even when I'm alone at home.

(From The KS Circle 256, January 2019)

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Dienstag, 10. September 2019


Die meisten Journalismus-Darsteller verstehen sich als Durchlauferhitzer für Informationen, die zu dem passen, woran sie glauben oder was andere gesagt haben, denen sie glauben. ( )

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Samstag, 7. September 2019

Schöne Sätze XXV

Welches freie Volk hätte je den Wein unter Tabu gestellt?(M. Klonovsky)

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Mittwoch, 4. September 2019

kurz & knapp XXXIII

Any man can be 62, but it takes a bus to be 62A.(Spike Milligan)

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Mittwoch, 28. August 2019


Ist der Kürbis groß und schwer,
der Bär muss ran, der Bär muss her.
Is the pumpkin heavy and large,
gladly our bear takes charge.

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Dienstag, 27. August 2019

Schöne Sätze XXIV

Das Haar fiel (...) unsortiert über wie tadelnd das Dasein kommentierende Schultern.(Jürgen Roth, *1968)

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kurz & knapp XXXII genügt, Politiker ausschließlich aus der Perspektive eines möglichen Arbeitgebers zu betrachten, um sich ein Urteil über sie zu bilden.(Michael Klonovsky)

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KS for beginners ...

...was an item which I wrote in December 1998 for the issue no.31 (January 1999) of "The KS Circle". Here is this very short descriptive list of Klaus Schulze's solo albums up to this date:

IRRLICHT Early organ drone experiments.
CYBORG (2 CDs) Further organ drone experiments. Heavy stuff.
PICTURE MUSIC For the first time KS uses "real" synthesizers.
BLACKDANCE If correctly mastered, a feast to the ears.
TIMEWIND Americans regard this as a "masterpiece", probably because it was for many years the only available album for them. Its "Bayreuth Return" was recorded on just a stereo tape & at one go.
MOONDAWN The first masterpiece in the typical Schulze style and in a much better sound than all the former albums. Try to get the original CD version on Manikin Records.
BODY LOVE The soundtrack for a hard core porno. Not bad. I mean the music.
MIRAGE A serious work. Tricky sequencers. The second masterpiece.
BODY LOVE 2 Additions to the (successful) soundtrack album.
"X" (2 CDs) Masterpiece number three.
DUNE Arthur Brown sings on the rhythmic track (lyrics are included). The other track can be called experimental ambient meets a masterfully played cello.
"...LIVE..." (2 CDs) Typical KS concerts from 1976 and '79.
DIG IT First fully digital recording. To the point. One track even has a jazzy note.
TRANCEFER Typical sequencer driven music from that period.
AUDENTITY (2 CDs) Partially avantgarde stuff.
ANGST (soundtrack) Sounds nice. Film was cut to the music (not vice versa as usual).
INTER*FACE Especially the three shorter tracks have a more or less straight rhythm.
DREAMS Beware of the British singer for the last ten minutes!
EN=TRANCE The long track "Fm Delight" is one of those typical "Schulze in the mood".
MIDITERRANEAN PADS The first album that shows a new beginning.
THE DRESDEN PERFORMANCE (live) (2 CDs) Three of the tracks are additional studio recordings.
BEYOND RECALL Sampling starts...
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL Vol. 1 (live) Sampling goes on...
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL Vol. 2 (live) ...and on.
THE DOME EVENT (live) A concert that is very enjoyable to listen on CD at home; also, it marks the peak of KS' sampling era.
SILVER EDITION (10 CDs) A risky but very successful attempt. Mostly new music.
LE MOULIN DE DAUDET (soundtrack) Typical short film soundtracks.
TOTENTAG (opera) (2 CDs) Too much parlando and recitative in German.
DAS WAGNER DESASTER - LIVE - (2 CDs) A daring experiment: The same two concert recordings in two different mixes.
IN BLUE (2 CDs) Great with and without Manuel.
HISTORIC EDITION (10 CDs) Even more successful than "Silver Edition". Just historic concert & studio recordings.
ARE YOU SEQUENCED? (2 CDs) The first CD is a treat!
JUBILEE EDITION (25 CDs) 1947 minutes [!] of unreleased material (1970-'97) for KS' fiftieth birthday; all reactions show: the most successful of the three "Edition" sets.
DOSBURG ONLINE A mixture of studio & concert recording. Sadly, it was badly mastered. [KS was not happy with it, in November 1997]

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Samstag, 24. August 2019

kurz & knapp XXXI

Auch ich habe die dumpfe Ahnung, dass das Schöne wahr und das Wahre schön ist.

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