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History + Perspective Is Important

I went here; to Brunkensbergstorg, Malmskillnadsgatan, it is situated in the absolute center of Stockholm at Kulturhuset.

I was thinking, that when I was young – it was the most disregarded part of the entire city center. In all honesty an non-visitable place for more reasons than one.

And that things do change… now it is fashionable.

However, it has more than 700 year’s history, including a decapitation. The square is named after a knight named: Johan von Brunkow.

He was decapitated in 1318 and the square bares his name til’ this day.

Because “berg” translates to mountain in Swedish. But a mountain is actually a hill in a Swedish context. Mountain or hill? It is dependent of height right?

In all senses of the word it is a convention. I saw someone today stumble over a 2 cm (1″) obstacle. True? Yes. You or I could do it. A hill or berg is tall or not. “Brunkensbergstorg”. Much later on at least two areas: “Brunkhuvudet” and “Brunkhalsen” was namned after him.

What about it? “Brunkhuvudet” and “Brunkhalsen”?

“Huvudet” literally means head and “halsen”, literally means neck in Swedish. John was decapitated in 1318.

I realize once again that I need to split this text…

The Lake Of The Gods

I cannot describe it properly. It is some kind of absolute theoretical construct. Lake Mashu in Japan.

The “Japanese” way-of-living and/or culture? The closeness and admiration/devotion/worship of nature in combination of a super high-tech culture?

The idea of “craft”, (as I’ve understood it…), is that it is not what is being produced that is important.

The materia that is produced does not matter, rather it is the way in which it is produced that is important – it is the knowledge, history, tradition, craftsmanship and the techniques used, that matters. I do believe there is an analogue to music and music playing.

For example; the most holy temple in Japan, the one belonging to the Emperors’ family (and as far as I know it is only members of the family that are actually allowed to visit it. Since the Emperor is a direct decent of God) is being completely rebuilt every twenty years or so… for many hundreds of years and at great cost.

That is such a completely different view of the World compared to my materialistic European upbringing. A building in the city is a ephemeral construct, the actual building in its self is not meant to be eternal – it may have a life-span of twenty odd years or so (on the plot), however the idea of the building is eternal.

In short it is an alien concept too me. And it has been fascinating me forever and it still does.

And the many other ideas that are utterly foreign, yet familiar and coveted. The realization that even if I’m just a curious visitor, I will per definition always and for ever be a Ganjin, a foreigner – which something that I used to.

There are so many similarities with my upbringing and I draw this simple conclusion. It seems to be a universal thing, based on the human existence. “- Me and You, rollin’ down the strip slammin’ Cadillac doors.”

My father was dubious towards the whole concept to say the least… he did not trust “them” and did not see any greatness in the far east what so ever. We had lengthy and animated discussions on this very subject.

“- Have you ever been to the far east?”
“- No, unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to visit the far east.”
“- Did your father ever visit?”
“- I can’t know for sure, but I’m quite confident that he never ever actually visited the far east and that his conclusions where utterly based in theory.”

Theory and the life of the mind? It is not necessarily the same thing. Ideas are always stronger – in the end. However, I’m confident that it is important to separate the two though.

The Ebony & Ivory Show

Those were the days.

Ebony or Ivory was late…

Then the bartender left and shortly thereafter Ebony or Ivory left too!

Leaving exactly one (1) individual at the venue, playing music.

It is by all accounts commonly known as the best set ever played – in the history of mankind!

Now, I do wonder why absolutely nothing was ever recorded, ever.

I mean during those eventful times; 15 odd years or so ago…

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– “U got’s to luve da Nokia-net (it’s a long story, per usual, anyhow “Nokia-net” equates to what is usually referred to as the Internet nowadays. You know for kids… computers n’ stuff)!”

Who’s Lighter Might This Be?

Decades serving. I thought that it would pass. I was mistaken. Serving is for life and you can not do anything about it.

Four words… Doc Scott and “Shadow Boxing”* (in all actuality that’s five words).

A long time ago. When I waited an entire evening to hear one track and ended up leaning on the stack of 10″ speakers. And till’ this day I can’t understand how I did not loose my hearing in that very moment.

I was leaning on the two meter high 10” stack… and I should have become deaf. Before or after? No, never. It was Doc Scott…

My back was literally against the stones!

Playing the same track and or break + 20 times in a row will not necessarily render you popular, but it has to be done, right?

My brothers and sisters I truly love thee! Never, ever, ever stop.

* It is the best track ever produced. Sorry.

** “Jag hatar drum’n’bass!” Was shouted from below, at street level and directed towards my balcony (I live on the third floor). I can understand the sentiment, because there is nothing more fanatic than a true d’n’b fiend. Not in this World and I do know this. There is no point trying to deny it any longer.

*** If you have witnessed speakers moving across the floor making grooves, then you know about the bass… You see/hear the kilos moving themselves across a marble floor and making grooves. When the strucal integrity of the building is at risk (the roof might cave in). Then you will become a believer. In as many words: Fastfood!

**** Yes, it is my lighter.

Most Frightening Ever?

I was way, way, way to young when I saw it… Polanski’s “Repulsion” starring Catherine Deneuve that is.

Now, I am reminded of among others: “Ringu” and there are a couple more of them, films, that I probably never will see again…

“Apocalypse Now”, “Silents of the Lambs” and “Seven” are some that come into mind, but that was much later though and that is fortunate enough.

Spielt Musik (Cassetten) Nach Wunsch Über Das Autoradio

1940 – 1970

A succession of technology breakthroughs

Science and technology underwent tremendous development in the 1940s and 1950s, with Philips Research laying the basis for later ground-breaking work in transistors and integrated circuits.

The year 1949 saw the introduction of the Philips Synchrocyclotron, enabling research into the treatment of malignant tumors.

The company also continued to make major contributions to the recording, transmission and reproduction of television pictures.

And in 1963 it introduced the Compact Audio Cassette, setting the global standard for tape recording.

© Philips

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523

It is a portable record player that can be run on regular batteries!

It is bright orange, made round about 1972, fully functional and manufactured by the European extraordinary company called: Philips.

Which simply has to be one of the most progressive and R&D oriented companies that has ever existed in Europe* and I mean ever.

The model number is: 523 and the engineering is brilliant.

The functional test was made with the record below and it worked brilliantly!

The Modern Jazz Quartet ‎– Vol. 2: Django / Milano / One Bass Hit, Metronome ‎– MEP 122 – Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, EP – Sweden – 1955

Ref. discogs.com as is pictured on the portable plate.

* There are quite a few companies like that in Asia, South Korea and Japan.

UK Supremacy

Skynet + Stakka – Voyager – Audio Blueprint – 1998.

It was ruthless then and it is as ruthless today in a Decoder kind of style.

“- We be no takin’ any prisoners today” kind of style. My Lord, it is still completely uncompromising music right there.

It is the definition of “Tech” in a drum’n’bass context if you would happen to ask me.