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Arytmi Är Inte Bra?

September 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Isbjörnar dansar faktiskt också.

Polar bears do dance too.

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Upsetting Talent

September 22nd, 2017 Comments off

I was looking for something to play…

And I was thinking about the insanely tall crane, it must be well over 100 meters, it could be 120 meters. I was thinking about Jr.

How will I ever motivate him? Is it possible? Can I do that? Or how much can/am I permitted to lie? Or should I just lie. I truly don’t know.

I do know this: dance-of-the-polar-bear. That is raw artism (that is correct I made that word up right here and now = it is not a real word) by the brutally talented and very dearest friend.

I complained about the general track lengths (in my mind they were too short). Dance… is 6:46? That is completely acceptable…

Many words at play here. The title. It is E-dub.

Well, you never leave home without your smarty pants on do you?

– No, I seldom/never leave home without my smarty pants on.

Polar bear? What a majestic creature.

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I Actually Thought It Was A Helicopter

September 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Honestly, I did think it was a flying machine. And I do really like flying machines.

In fact it is a crane, outside my kitchen window. It is the tallest free-standing crane I have seen in my entire life.

They are constructing not one but indeed three 14 story buildings. Awful looking buildings. Who puts a non-flat roof on a 14 story building? That is… insane? Three in line?

It is going to sickening me every morning when I look out my kitchen window from now and there on. 14 and non-flat roofs? What the hell? Is this Dubai, Singapore or Hong Kong? Is this not the birthplace of functionalism?

The whole crane assembly thing is really impressive though. The assembly of a tower crane? You need a really tall crane to begin with. It is awesome engineering. The height of the assembly crane? Incredible.

They already built on the hill and with three at 14? Add the largest school ever built in Stockholm (+1200 pupils), two or three 24 story buildings (I live top-floor in a three story building). My skyline is already compromised and it will be lost forever. Did I mention the two story kindergarten? Another building that only a mother could love.

They cut down 10 trees. I talked to the ones tearing down the building (jr. attended it). The demolisher asked me.

– Why are they tearing down this building? Should they not extend it?
– I don’t know. How many trees will be left?
– Are you a “tree huger?”
– I guess I am.
– I don’t know. But we get fined, heavily if we take down the wrong tree.
– OK. But you can not go to the shopping center an buy a 70 year old tree can you?
– No. You can’t.

They kept one. One tree. Ten big trees destroyed, 70 years old, Older than I am. They existed long before when this whole area was constructed. Actually many of the trees were decades older than the building the demolished. In order to do what? Arrange another catastrophic construction, another architectural disaster.

The man that was tearing it down was asking why? The blasting and the rock? Progress? Sure, that is fine. What about aesthetics?

Many lights in the sky now. Tower cranes like mushrooms in the South.

“Promenadstaden” (Stroll town… or something like that)

Have you ever considered that living in the suburb is an active choice? Have you ever considered that some people like trees, grass and parks? Have you ever considered that there are people that actually grew up in the suburbs? Have you ever considered that there are people that does not want to live in the inner city?

The irony is that you are not even from the city… You are peasants, you came here and now you are destroying the city. Please stop doing that.

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If I Ask You?

September 22nd, 2017 Comments off

I ask you? Electro (what is it?) and you answer me “Electronic music”.

That will not do. That is not an answer. It doesn’t mean anything? Void. It may be an honest response, but it is devoid of meaning. It is upsetting. I don’t know or I don’t care?

Genre is not the question. I could have asked about Avishai Cohen Trio. It is jazz?

It worries me though. It is blank. It happens to be electronic music? Well, obviously it is electronic music by definition it is electronic.

That was not my question.

Apart from being the very best music in the World? You don’t have to like it. That is not the point. You do not have do anything, but I will fight you till death if you try to force me to do anything. That is democracy.

That is the idea that I am willing to die for. Arguing about that idea? Never, I can’t believe that I am arguing for democracy? That failure? The failure?

Just To Be Clear

September 21st, 2017 Comments off

I am the crazy one. I am completly out of control. I scare people.

However, I am not wearing a helmet? I am not screaming at my phone? I do not have young children wearing helmets running in the street? And yet, I am the crazy one?

I am waiting for my headphones to recharge.

That fact alone. I actually saw it with my own eyes. Three individuals with helmets? Walking. Not riding anything… People with helmets? Grownup with a helmet? Very young persons (2-4 yrs) with hemlmets?

Hey, stop it right here. You are wearing a helmet for no apparent reason? If you are in fact two years old. Then the desision was taken by another. If you are an adult and wearing one and screaming at your phone?

I’m done. I did think, I did hope. It is hopeless. It will never work. We will never be able to fix it.

“Meeeen, XXXXX vi sade ju det från början?” Thanks. It hepled a bunch. I’m retiring. God’s speed.

No, I can not be a part of it. I’m done. Signing out.

Men? No. Nej. Ja. Overflow… det finns ingen väg tillbaka. “Det är över nu”.

Transform a society like that for what? Fun? What do you mean? I mean Sweden. Gunfights every day? Not my crowd. I am an academic… No, I resign. I conced, you won. Mark Fisher. Unacceptable. Leaving a wife and two children behind?

Unaccepable. And quite frankly I am a bit dissapointed. Speaking to a “ghost” I suspect you would be too.

You would probably not know though: Fisken.

Then the World is even harder? OK. Very young children in the middle of the street?

Someone has to feel something?

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R Playing It Like That+

September 17th, 2017 Comments off

You (I) would think that it would be lost love or something like that?

Nothing of the sort. It is actually surpricing and in all honesty it shoudln’t be that.

Jonas? You are surpriced? Really. Now? You are surpriced by the music?

– Yes, I am surpriced as in “I did not see it coming. I could not forsee it. I did not know…”

It is not complicated. It is a fact.

R knows. I did not get that far into the set. R, 1:59:XX? I was asleep? My lord. Playing like that?

I don’t care. I’ll be like that. R. That is pure science right there. No really. Pushing it like that? And then… unreal bass pressure 1:59:59 what the hell?

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A Playlist Out Of This World

September 15th, 2017 Comments off

There are things many things in this World that are special?

Given that there are more than 7 billion (that always confuses me… where I come from 1 000 000 000 is a “milliard”) humans alive it is not an outlandish statement?

Then there must be more than 7 000 000 000 things in this World that are special? Right!?

Concede. The metric system is superior. An “inch” is: 2,54 mm, a “mile” may be: 1609,344 m. An US “gallon” is: 3.78541178 l. An Imperial “gallon” is: 4,546099265 l. A “foot” is: 300 mmm. Etc. The whole thing is upsetting if you ask me and it has always been like that.

Why? It’s completly and utterly irrational. You say what know? So, we could not even pick the best system to measure things and decide upon that? Good luck with the rest. This is my stick and it is this long. No, I have an identical stick and it is this long. That is… stupid. Not even the electric system is standardised. That is just so sad.

Never mind that. The latest Roel Funcken mix; “Balakleya Prospan” is an example.

Half I know the other half I do not know. The existing parts? If I knew them all it would not be all that exciting to listen to would it?

So? DJing is not about the parts. The art is being able to assemble them. What more can I say? It just does not get any better.

The post-processing makes it even more impressive. The crispness and compression to reach the maximum bass? I am just trying to listen through the set.

That is craftsmanship. So, the statement: “Alla kan tralla.” Is true (not that I have ever questioned it). Meaning that every task needs a special skill. Every task.

Paint, draw, build, help, guide, write, drive or play it and then it makes a sound? Trust me, it is much, much harder than you may think it is… as is true for any task. To create something that you can play as loud as you could ever do? That is science my friend. As is mending a mind, a bone or drawing a chair.

– What do you mean? You simply increase everything until you get the desired result?

Well, no, sound and most other things does not work like that. Most things in the World are dependent on physic’s and it simply does not work that way. You can not just double-up.


Well, to begin with there are not that many things that work in a linier way, for example cars or aeroplanes will not go twice as fast if you double their power. And they are mechanical things.

Have you ever heard of “terminal velocity” or “gravity”? Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to leave earth or why it takes time to recharge your phone battery? Basic physic’s.

– No, why should that concern me?

Mm, the eternal discussion. “But, if…?” OK. Fine then first please build a vehicle that disproves the claims above and when you are at it why don’t you build a perpetuum mobile at the same time? Please do. The World, the people of the World desperately need one of those. An Eternal Machine.

Perfect round-up (not the semi-military version or the pesticide): Squarepusher/AFX – Freeman Hardy & Willis Acid. The clinical breaks. I have heard it before and I do own the previous track.

I did not know it was a Squarepusher/AFX track.

– So, is everything max sound wise (within safety limits naturally)? Yes, given current configuration.
What a deep disappointment… I still need power. I still need much, much more power.

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Cassini Finale

September 15th, 2017 Comments off

“After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration.

Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration.”

“The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency [sic!], what would it be otherwise? European Deep Soul Society and Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.*”

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena…”

Picture: “This image of Saturn’s rings was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.”

So, they year is: 2017/09/15? I was sure we would have reached the stars by now. We don’t even have working AI? I am deeply disappointed. The other “believers” en masse? No space ships? Not even an intelligent machine by now?

And either your contribution is “landing” a spacecraft on Saturn after 20 years in space or your “contribution” is manifested at a Tube station in London in rush hour? Seems like a discrepancy to me. A choice as far as I can tell…

Then, “Avbryt” = cancel the latter… and for God’s sake pull yourself together.

*I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems strange that the Italian Space Agency is not a part of the ESA? Given the rest it is probably true.

Pictures of other planets? It fills me with Awe, I do believe it is the (English) word. It is a picture from Saturn.

No, I don’t think you understand. The picture is actually from another planet in our solar system. This is a picture from Saturn. It is not a digital rendering. It is an actual picture of another planet.

– It doesn’t look anything like a cat?

No, I guess it doesn’t, simply because it is a feature of a planet called Saturn?

– Why are there no cats or people falling over in this boring (still) picture?

It is a picture of a neighbouring planet in our solar system and we have visited it, explored it and taken photographs of it!

– I still can’t see any cats or people hurting themselves?

The beauty of this picture is overwhelming and incomprehensible to me. How is that even possible? In space?

So, exactly how many things do you personally own that have lasted 20 years or more? Think hard now. Then answer me this, how many of your belongings have spent any time in space?

I Can Feel It, It Is So Very Close

September 12th, 2017 Comments off

It is so ever close, yet, it so hard to reach and it feels like…

My hardware is in place it has been for quite some time (and it have never sounded better), I know where to look for more music and the collection is large enough… that is three decades or more of collected music?

Yet, so many good people seem to be fighting it. It is an aspect that I have not yet to take into consideration. Why is that?

What is “it”? I wrote “it” is so close, but then “it” would no longer be it. More concrete? Bass/breaks. It is not that complicated to understand? More than 30 years?

I can’t and I will not compromise regarding that. I would have to… and I cannot.

A post [i].
A post [ii].

Stopping being a complete idiot? Another question altogether. Live the art of our contemporary World, today? I could do that. Breaks would have to be included.

Dolor – Metropoles – Gun City – 2016

“Metropoles” is probably the best track of 2016… “Gun City” could be the best album, but then again “best” does not always win? or you would have to be listening/looking/tasting/smelling or whatever your preference.

Who played it when I first heard it? Well, of course it was the R. Have I heard since? No comment.

PS. Who? One of the Rotterdam brothers. Never been there, Amsterdam I have been, as to many other places in Europe. But I have never been to Rotterdam or the US for that matter.

It Was Not The One I Was Looking For?

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

It will have to do for now. Actually it is one of my (many) favourite albums: If.Then.Else – (Pause) – Emanate Records – 2002.

I was looking for: Theorem – Ion – M_nus – 1999.

Why? Because I think it is partly based on samples from a nearby highway. That would be Detroit’s I-75 highway to be exact.

And it ties ridiculously nicely to one of the previous posts: The Eternal Sound/Noise. Suspiciously nicely one could object. “You know? For kids?” (ref. “The Hudsucker Proxy”, Cohen brothers, 1994).

No, seriously I was meaning to write “free association”. The album? Wow, classic, classic stuff. It is a master piece. I am compelled to mention: Aril Brikha – Deeparture In Time – Transmat – 1999, Theorem – THX – Experiments In Synchronicity – M_nus – 2001 and The Persuader – Stockholm – Svek – 1999.

Because it is like that, that deep, deep techno music. The kind that the brothers from Detroit make.

“Det var bättre förr, så har det alltid varit.”

Picture: It is close to the E4 highway. I normally don’t, but I do really like this one. It is very amusing.

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