Fashion Dreads

June 8th, 2017 Comments off

It is a state of mind and not a look…

Firstly “Fara Dreadlocks” does not have anything to do with this text apart from having lovely locks, running shop in Dakar, being online and the fact that I really like the colours in the photo, especially the green.

For the record I am not a Rastafarian, but I have known and do know some who are. Personally? I believe in hard science. Deity and all that it entails is simply not for me. I believe in science and nothing else.

I have an album named “The Radical Monotheist” and it is a really good album. However, my album would be called: “The Radical Positivist”. I truly believe that science alone will/could save us.

That said, I do try to respect any belief system other than mine own as long as it does not harm other persons (humanity).

It is quite frankly both sickening and disturbing to watch the level of ignorance that exists in the World today.

Ironic? The current economic system* is a also a “belief system”, that does not (in my view fill the minimum requirements of being scientific) i.e a system that is not at all in grounded in science. It never was and it never will be. Why? It is in its very definition based on human emotions or at best intuitions. Emotions and intuitions? Do that sound scientific to you?

No? It is the opposite of rational thinking.

Look around? Does it seem reasonable or rational to you? The thing you are seeing right now? That is unguided human behaviour.

* So, economics and history are “non-interesting” subjects… and we ended up in this mess because of what actually? Someone will have to clean up this mess in the end.

“Do you know what they call us?”

Image:, Dakar, Senegal.

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Massive Bass & Epic Breaks

June 8th, 2017 Comments off

The bass and the breaks come from London. Am I surprised? After 30 years? No, I am not surpriced.

I am not saying that UK invented the whole thing (what would ever possess me to do such a thing). Every slightly educated and/or interested person knows that is an: African, German, UK, Jamaican, European, Asian, Japanese, Unspecified, Southamerican, Ocean and American thing.

Shorter version = it is a musical thing. An electronic musical music thing.

Breaks, and absolutely pushing it. So, you like it or you don’t? I am failing automatically, as I am writing about it and harass ordinary good citicians about it and have done for quite a while. Humbled to be able to listening to it to begin with.

You turn left and you turn right? Up and down? I can listen to what ever I want and I can write what ever I want? You may not like what I listen to or what I write… but that is my right. This right of mine come with great responsibility. There are many places in the World were you can NOT listen to music and you most definetly can NOT write or say what is on your mind.

It is beyond… I never thought that would be possible. Rollin’ the new beats like that, pushing the new bass like that? Like that? Ruthless and unbelievable. It may seem simple? It is far from that. Believe you me. It is very far from being simple.

It is a thing of beauty.

I really like bass. Well “like” maybe an understatement. But, that at least is not a secret. It is just the best kept secret in the World.

Finally, what about that crazy internet? If you search for: “Amen Break”, you will get close to 600 000 hits, not only Wikipedia, not only rambling but you will get tens of thounds of screenshots of the actual Amen-break waveform and notation. How strange is not that? How amazing is not that!

PS. Ha ha! So, you lot may read your e-mail after all? ; ) “Dreader Than Dread”. What a tune! It’s a massive tune. You all take care now. Bass like that? Then I will survive.

The Reassembly Is Concluded

June 7th, 2017 Comments off

Unit 1 and 2 are online again!

The unforeseen hardware problems were eventually resolved.

Regarding hardware problems? They always take so long time to resolve. After all this time I still tend to overlook them.

It is the last place I look, a connection here or a ribbon there… then I recall that they’re still physical machines.

0,1 mm off and the problems will start. If identified and not physically broken? Then it can be fixed.

The hours involved in hardware troubleshooting? Taking anything a apart and putting it together again? And again and eventually knowing what each part is doing?

The hesitation? But if I take this apart will I be able to put it together ever again? Is that unreasonable/foolish?

Yes, of course it is, but then again, the satisfaction of finding a solution to very concrete problems. It is worth it, every time. A piece of high-grade paper was the solution, 0,1 mm gap = many hours. The machine is performing as it was designed to.

Merak, the workhorse in the command centre came back online immediately. Alkaid was struggling, is online and up and running now, but not performing at 100% (the LCD has failed beyond repair and will have to be replaced, it is simply broken).

The service is hard, yes, even for machines.

My renegade hardware is now reassembled and up and running. I had to strip them down to their bones and reassemble them. Reconfigure them to work as they were originally intended (specs.).

In these times of visual excess?

Yes, you are correct it is the exact same picture, but it is inverted. Kitchen table. However, that was before I reassembled the machines. Hence, the inverted image…

Simply put, machines and bass makes sense to me, people? No, not so much…

This is

PS. “Plastician” Really? So that is… so good!

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It May Be The Most Dangerous Place On Earth?

June 4th, 2017 Comments off

It would be your own kitchen.

I cut myself doing the dishes in my own kitchen? Apart from my own incompetence.

It could truly be the most dangerous place on earth. Be aware! I hurt myself.

Not related: Fab & Groove playing “Twisted Individual”? Really? Come on. 2017 and you listen to the drum and bass? OK.

“Steppas, that is you all day!” If you actually know what that mean. Then come along.

My God! The pressure? “Twisted Individual”?

That track is just, that’s just so, Yes I know… it may just be a case of the wrong human being at the wrong place.

That’s all good and fine by me.

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Hey, Look It’s Renegade Hardware!

June 4th, 2017 Comments off

I don’t want to waste 32GB of RAM and superior computing power…

Maybe I could just change the entire LCD assembly instead? And then switch back the HDD and keyboard to the original configuration?

Yes, I am referring to: Unit One and unit Two.

Mm, I said I would not attempt it but since performance supersedes everything and they are practically identical.

Take them apart and then reassemble them. 32GB or 8GB? They’re machines, right? They were assembled at some point?

Create a Frankenstone T510/W510? It is a project in progress. I’ve taken the W510 apart and that was simple enough using the hardware maintenance manual.

I suspect that most people do not understand how complex the machines have become. As long as they are constructed and assembled by humans.

But when they construct and assemble themselves? I guess we will all be in trouble, and I do mean in deep, deep trouble. You don’t understand?

Automation is moving at a pace that should make everybody happy/worried. I have been told from a realible source that the singularity will occur within my lifetime.

I have been given a gurantee that it will occur within my expected life-span and I do believe it to be true. When that happens, it will literally be a Brave New World

Renegade Hardware.

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The Eternal Musical Brotherhood/Sisterhood Is It Broken?

June 2nd, 2017 Comments off

If so, how can that be?

The eternal brotherhood/sisterhood of breaks, technology and bass. Has it been broken and defeated?

After decades of looking for the perfect beat? If so, does Babylon emerge victorious?

Brothers/sisters united in bass, are we in fact defeated? No, that will never happen. 2017? I just find that particular thought totally unacceptable.

Culture in any shape or form has never been more important than right now. In this time.

Fabio & Grooverider, 27/05/2017 on… laying down the law. Pushing forward. Ruthless. Honestly?

Do you have any serious questions? You play like that now? Come on! “That is you all day.” It is a thing of beauty. It is the very definition of culture/art.

The bold statement: there is nothing in the World that is more important than just that. It is the very definition of civilisation.

Broken and breaks? Yes, possibly overdoing it a bit. Mm, funny-pants and all that, yet dead serious. It has to mean something? The breaks are not playthings and bass is not a toy?

For the record (no punt intended) no, I do not own that record (Photek on Prototype Records, come on! You find it give me an offer and I will consider it) centre label as depicted above. Yes, I found the image on the internet. Go figure. It is not in my possession but, I can think of at least four individuals that might actually own that particular record.

Yes, I wish that it was in my collection… I just should have stuck to my collection instead of complicating things.

It is Science Fiction stuff really, compared to everything else. The context alone is fictional.

This is the 400th post. So, again to all my fallen heroins and heroes. I salute the’.

Fab & Groove? Still standing tall. My heroes.

So, what is the final verdict? No, the eternal musical bound is not broken, it cannot be broken. Why? Bass is eternal and so is the musical brotherhood/sisterhood. It is stronger than ever and it sounds better than ever.

I Say Wave And You Sine What?

June 1st, 2017 Comments off

”From Wave to Club”*, sure almost every musical genre in the World was originally cornered in one and same very place. Yes, that would be Londinium, UK.

The clearly US-based bass hybrid that is referred to is apparently called ”Wave”.

OK. But, I know this, I have heard this before, this music but it was decades ago. It did not sound exactly like this at the time. Don’t get me wrong it is excellent music!

Relentless Londinium! Defining what bass is every day of the week and all year around. Sure we all want to do that…

The irony, US seems to have a particular large influence on UK-bass right now (no, not d’n’b that will never happen)? Agent Orange is in charge over-seas and the decision has been taken to leave Europe.

Again, Londinium please claim your own state! You are wanted and needed in Europe. Honestly, it is not more outlandish than the UK leaving Europe. Seeking a Visa to go to Londinium?

Almost forgot… there is a “Ghost In The Shell” sample. I guess it is that time: “All are gonna’ get up in there now”? The musical superiority and futurity of it all? It’s ridiculous and personally I frankly, find it somewhat annoying. Decade after decade. Superior and ahead of everybody else. Always.

I can also hear that (finally) mother Africa is taking centre place in some tracks. Rhythmically that is, all drums origin is not being questioned is it? No, that would be silly! Like not knowing where the cradle of humanity lays, no that would be equally silly.

* Plastician on, 2017-05-30. Yes, that’s right a whole two days ago.

Apparently this is actually the 399th published post, it seems appropriate to share the follwoing non-fictional conversation: – “You know? I write reviews, texts about music and post them on my site on the internet.” – “Why? Nobody is going to read them anyway.”

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Collectors And Originals

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

”Collecting” is an interesting (it seems interesting to me anyhow) concept, because it may be the last black-and-white realm that still exists in our World?

Not plauged by ”maybes”, ”I percive it in that way” or my own personal favorite; the deconstructive backlash: ”everything is relative…”.

Well, no that is not the case and once for all that is NOT what the general theory of relativity means or ever entailed, but that is another story all together.

Is your collection complete [Y] or [N]?

To begin with: either you are or you are not a collector. There is no in-between, sure as in any other human undertaking there will be some foolish enough trying to bridge the gap. They all fail miserably, naturally.

I personally have never met anyone successful in that endeavour. You may succeed in convincing the one part, but how on earth will convince the other? It will always fail and it will be a doomed project.

What governs humans? I would like to write ”men”, because the word ”men” is more aesthetic and handles more easily in text. I.e. if I write ”men” in a general sense I mean people. But, sadly I do know that is not the case any more?

I have never made a difference between, men and humans? Why would that make sense to begin with? That in it is self is somewhat interesting… words.

In my view all collectors seem to have at least one thing in common, and extreme demand on details, and possibly ”object”, but that kind of detours from my original thought. So, what is this all about now? First off, I am a text book example of a collector. It would seem that I’m not alone, but that is not subject on hand.

The collection may never become complete, but that is not necessarily the most acute problem for the ”collector”. What? But, when will the collection become complete? Probably never…

I inherited some not new books. Among then an original from 1932, helas it has been redressed and it is a repress of unknown origin for now (it was made in the early 1930’s as far as I can tell). I have several copies of the very same book, issues from the 1960’s as well. That would be the issue I first read.

They’re books, printed paper, art of work, is it not the content that should count? Is it not sweet though? An “original” unaltered copy from 1932? Esentially a copy that no one has touched since 1932. Apart from being an object. Is that really a book? A paperback from 1932?

An original paperback copy of this publication from 1932? The paper back original? Well, do you have 50000 euro to spare? You will buying an excellent book, a groundbreaking piece of literature in French. However, hopefully, with a bit of luck you will find the very same text in your library or book store (if you happen to have one or if you can find one) for no cost or 5 euro?

It may actually be to my advantage that I can both read and write, in more than one language.

PS. English is not my ”first” language. My first language is Swedish. I guess that my second language is actually French. Do you know Swedish? No? Don’t worry almost no one does.

Finally, utterly and completely unrelated: a big thank you to everyone and all pushing the beats!

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May 26th, 2017 Comments off

Fab & Groove on 23/04/2017?

For once I actually have no comment. I have nothing sensible to say/add.

If you like/or is a drum’n’bass (alt. dumn’n’bass) fanatic?

Then you really need to listen to this set. Because this is litterally unbelievable.

Decades ago from the basement. “Everyone” listens to electronics today?

Yet, few seem to understand bass?

“Prototype”? My Lord… “Renegade Hardware”? I guess I will just have to respect/accept that, but the loss?

Oh my!

“Renegade Hardware”? Closing shop? I can not believe that, really? Renegade? I am in tears now.

Fab & Groove. Modern day heroes. Pushing on!

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If You Can’t Ride? Just Don’t Or Make An Effort To Learn?

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

So, any and every skill demands specific training/experience? And I do mean any and every skill.

Depending on what level that you are aspiring to reach. For example: I do not know anything about “Bingolotto” and I have never played the particular game.

Yet, I’m quite confident that there are many persons that are actually playing this specific game. That I have no knowledge of whatsoever.

Data. set. collection. sort. output.

However, just because you may or may not be an adult does not automatically mean that you can do something or anything for that matter, like riding a bike? I quite convinced that I am of age, but I don’t know the first thing about parachuting or downhill skiing? And I accept that. However, I do know how to ride a bike.

“Vad? Måste jag lära mig något också? Men kan jag inte bara köpa det? Jag VILL ha en fixed-geared cykel en sådan som jag har sett på film en sådan de har i NYC? Vad menar du? Det kan ta flera år att lära sig (gatorna är lite rakare och NY är lite plattare)? Vad då? Jag betalar ju?”

Not wearing a helmet does not mean that you are immortal and are entitled to break every traffic rule ever written. And, no you are not entitled to run over walking people (or any other people for that matter).

No, you are simply not allowed to do that! Scary and crazy shit I witnessed in the city.

What is going on in Stockholm right now? It is simply ridiculous! I almost got run over five times (5) in less than an hour visiting the inner city. Fixed-geared morons that just literally can not stop (please get another type of bike ot learn how to ride, you may want to consider one with the two extra wheels on the side) and then some…

It is so typical Stockholm. Fixed-geared? You better know what the hell you are doing or… I personally really don’t understand the point of that on the street. Oh, yes, I know that the messengers in NYC use them, BUT Stockholm is not NYC though and I do not see any messengers around. All I see are…

No breaks? Really? If you are looking for speed? Why not go to the velodrome (yes, there is an actual word for it and guess it is from France) with banking and short handle bars, then fixed-gear makes sense. Otherwise? On Folkungagatan? Seriously? Running the red light? No, I do not think so.

It is “men jag vill, jag ska bara göra ” classic moronic behaviour. You almost ran me over and that makes you a f**ing moron. No more, no less.

Have you ever never in your life considered that ”skill” could be a factor? That you may actually need some knowledge for example how to actually ride a bike? You know in real life? Riding a bike without killing other people or for that matter killing yourself?

Why are you riding a fixed-geared bike if you can not handle it? Honestly? I did let the traffic through, looking left and right and you still almost killed me? Always wanting to do “it”, never understanding “it”, destroying “it” and repeating “it”?

Why do you (yes anyone sitting on a fixed-geared bike without control) keep comparing Stockholm with London, New York, Tokyo or Paris? It is just ridiculous… “The Capital of Scandinavia”, Stockholm really?

I am an avid fan of bikes, that’s really not the question. Anything can become a weapon in the hands of a not so talented individual. Running a red-light and then get aggravated because you almost hit an pedestrian? Please, get a fu**ing grip of yourself and of your riding. You need a lot more control not only of your riding, but more importantly you need to respect yourself.

Honestly? You lot are an embarassment not only to the nation, but to riders. If that is not a personal concern? Then at least respect other people.

CPH, what else?

Ride with pride.

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