Not On The Wall IX

October 25th, 2020 Comments off

Yet some discarded artefacts. A pre-IoT image capturing device also know as a camera and a pair of:

Salt and pepper shakers or salt and pepper pots, of which the first item is normally called a salt cellar in British English,[1] are condiment dispensers used in Western culture that are designed to allow diners to distribute grains of edible salt and ground peppercorns.

Ref. Salt and pepper shakers.

Please see: Not On The Wall.

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October 23rd, 2020 Comments off

There’s an International sound playing through the air and if you listen carefully now so you will hear, many DJ:s will sound discover, many MC:s em’ love the ‘ibe, Uncle Dugs’en is not impossible, the people jump up and down in an old-school style, Rinse FM is our radio station 106.8 po’n the dial, 11 to 2 every Friday and remember it is inna’ day time. Come and check out the vibes, Check check, come, Check One come check out the vibes.


After all this time? The feeling, the music (art); it is the exact same feeling as it was then and that is unnerving to me. Because it is not nostalgia and it is not sentimental memories to me. I know those feelings as any other would.

This is somehow different, it is the exact same emotion. This is not indivisibly positive to me (to begin with I don’t view time in that way and that in itself posses significant problems to me).

It is not supposed to be possible. What is it? I don’t know. Is it the ghost of the youth? Like every other generation? Like Rock’n’Roll or Charleston? The “new” discovered thing that defines your young persona? The thing that sets you apart from everyone else in the World except your crew/clan? Your identification? Culture

I’m gonna’ drain out the power on this one.

DJ Crystl – Let It Roll.

Big-up, easy, big up the high-rise crew. All the crew down there in Bristol.

…this one here, this one here, do you know what? We’re getting rewind happy at the moment… sometimes the vibe just deserves that, yeah? This one a classic is own right. One of the big tunes from the underground of its era. Rough Times Records, if I remember correctly. My Music – The African Child Mix. …again, right be, being a classic!

I spent time wondering what would happen when the dance eventually stopped and the bass stopped rollin’. Now I know… the dance never stops and the bass never stops rollin’!

* The rewind…

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D’où Je Viens XXXV

October 21st, 2020 Comments off

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Béton Brut, It’s Not

October 20th, 2020 Comments off

Concrete is naturally grey, but does that entail or guarantee any trace of Béton Brut? One of the two building constellations pictured above is most definitely not.

What about proportion and scale? The public’s expert opinion seems to be that the thing that matters is that they (everything and anything built) should resemble/mimic the surrounding buildings.

People were chocked and appalled when realising that they would actually not be painted. Why? They obviously don’t “fit” the surroundings…

Nybygge i Årsta rör upp känslor

KRITIK. “Det här är skitdeprimerande”

“Sovjetgrått”, “miljonprogram” och “gränslöst deppigt”. Två nybyggen vid Årstavägen får svidande kritik av Årstaborna, för sin grå betongfasad. Mitt i Söderort ringde upp firman Vera arkitekter som bekräftar att husen ska förbli omålade. – Skojar du? Det ser hiskeligt ut, säger invånaren Jakob Grunditz.

Det som flera undrar är om husen verkligen ska förbli omålade. Det bekräftar firman Vera arkitekter.

Beskedet förvånar Årstaborna Jakob Grunditz och Apolonia Örmä.
– Det kunde jag inte förställa mig. Det är märkligt att slänga in en betongbyggnad här där det finns många hus i pastellfärger. Det sticker upp som en finne, säger Jacob Grunditz.

Björn Wiklander**** är arkitekt på Vera arkitekter. Han säger att fasaden aldrig var tänkt att målas.

Tycker du att husen passar in vid Årstavägen?*
– Ja, det tycker jag, Men de avviker ju från andra hus i omgivnigen som är väldigt färgglada, säger Björn Wiklander.

Mitti Söder

First: The responsible architecture firm VERA Arkitekter AB’s design: Gisslaren*.
Second: My more than sketchy rework**. Some final thoughts; (possibly a work in progress).

* Do you think… You are asking the responsible architect? Tycker du att husen passar in vid Årstavägen? Do you think that the buildings fit/belong at Årstavägen?

I’m convinced/intrigued. I’m quite confident that the original drawings did not look like this at all. The height would have/must have been double at least.

I’m thinking that it was thought to have been a bridge between the old and new. With a clear reference to the existing surrounding buildings.

The in my mind beautiful 60’s monoliths, with uniform cladding (the tallest ones that are closest do not have a concrete surface they’re are plastered.

Arkitekten Paul Hedqvist har ritat alla hus förutom de två punkthusen som ligger längs i öst. De husen är ritade av Riksbyggens arkitektkontor. Hedqvists bidrag av lamellhus var de enda som hade franska balkonger i Valla.

So, the two houses that are being referenced to above were not drawn by Paul Hedqvist. Below, I’ve included an image of the pair of houses closest to Årstafältet and you can see the concrete fascade?

There are multiple high-rises in the area, they are pairs that actually do not look the same if you’re observant. Some re-clad in aluminium (another story). From afar they look identical, but I happen to know for a fact that they’re not. And I’m still confident that Vera’s architects are/were fully aware of that fact. You would know your history?

** One wonders… the translation of the project name Gisslaren (it not commonly used word in modern day Swedish, but then again nor is “hiskeligt”) is either the scourger, whipper, flagellator, torturer or the ironic. There’s always something to a name. So, which is? I honestly don’t know!

How difficult was this project to the firm? How many changes were they forced to make before the building’s design was accepted and signed off on? Behold Gisslaren = The torturer (?)… all other projects on their site have a short description. Gisslaren, however is lacking one for now.

*** It doesn’t have to be exactly 29 stories. I’m more than willing and prepared to compromise on actual building hight.

**** Concrete does not get painted… you don’t “paint” concrete buildings. My building was erected 1951 using blocks of blåbetong and it has cladding and a rather high concentration of Radon (it was not know at the time of construction).

Radon is a chemical element with the symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas.

How about showing some respect for craftsmanship? Please? As it was once formulated… “Alla kan tralla” inte. If I have experience and education? Architects know buildings, DJ:s know records, Electricians know electricity, Nursers know medicine, Bus drivers knows buses, Bakers know bakery, Tailors know sewing, Philosophers know philosophy, Historians know history, Computer scientists know computers etc.

The lack of respect of… the hatred against any form of education in this country (of mine) never ceases to amaze me. The utterly and deeply rooted contempt for anything that is close to resemble some kind education/experience.

I can sympathize… Gisslaren. Big A for effort, but in all honesty it was a doomed project to begin with. In Årsta…

Please see: Béton Brut and Stockholm One?.

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D’où Je Viens XXXVI

October 20th, 2020 Comments off

This is where I live.

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Silent Prayers?

October 19th, 2020 Comments off

A collection of Asian wood carvings were placed directly opposite of the door to my cellar storage unit (7 all-in-all). They were quite large, the three women figurines were taller than 1,2m. The two (much smaller) male figures that I decided to keep measure approximately 0,3m.

Since they were blocking my door, I moved them out of the way and alongside a wall instead. Carved out of a single piece of hardwood they were heavy as well. Yet, not long after, they had mysteriously transported themselves from my cellar to the recycling room… it would seem like the group moved on from there finding new homes.


Please see: something.

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If You Know

October 17th, 2020 Comments off

It is close to impossible to explain. Why/what makes this particular track or not? Culture and history, and you may be wrong at the end. I guess it’s a combination of many different things.

I’m not sure I want to… OK. Let’s go; who is playing what? Before and after (the order in the case)? How revolutionary/rough is it? References? Rythm and/or breaks? Style.

– I’m guessing Doc Scott…
– You always say that!
– No one (not even today*) in there right mind would sample Doc… and in any case I will be border-line hard sampling and I know for a fact that Doc doesn’t approve any way (loooong time ago).

* He seldom or never plays Doc Scott though. I did not say that I know, I’m still guessing the true blue original steppa.

The bassline is serious… there are other contenders for sure, but the ones I’m thinking of would never replicate/imitate/sample (they don’t need to and you don’t) or is it just the newest kid on the block? I just don’t know, ask your…

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Today Of All Days?

October 17th, 2020 Comments off

It should be no comment. However, I can’t do that. That would be 1993 to you and me, WARP and I did buy it in period, the following year (if I remember correctly because I waited for Artificial Intelligence II to arrive to Stockholm from London more than 6 months…) when it was available.

They’re truly musical giants, and they’ve in fact defined decades of culture output. The impact? Impossible to say…

I want/forced to dedicate this post to my friends and everyone musically inclined; that I ever met along the way: friends and foes, be them fallen or not. With this reminder: plz don’t forget how to have fun, in life…

And no, you will never get passed them or him… ever; that is impossible.

We are the music makers…

He will push the tempest by…



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You Must Support!

October 17th, 2020 Comments off

Because, it is the only thing to do. We Are Viable. I can’t… express the emotions, so many sounds and to much history (not really, you can never have much history). Before, before, before… and 1990 seems like yesterday?!

Uncle Dugs on the one only: Directing the thing like a crazed librarian. Would be playing the all time classic house track (back when house music was house music) Promised Land!

My number of requests surpassed the limit and went beyond and actually a bit after the limit. I actually requested it on a New Years Eve in the capital (Londonium). The reply? Naturally. – I don’t do requests. However, I did get to hear it that very same night.

It was a good night, I was well happy! I will always love the track!

– Nothing, but love right now! Emotional now!
– We are what we have been waiting for.

And naturally: Altern 8. That is proper!

Anyone listening in for the first time… “- .can’t deny it, them rave lot, they do, give out good vibes!”

Uncle Dugs and I thought I was going to bed, right…

Please see: More Original Quotes.

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Breaks Eternal

October 16th, 2020 Comments off

Dark. Descent. (NL)? It is about time. This is the perfect time to do so for more than one reason. Complexity and banality; any human is a combination of both including many other things yet among all of them is still simple banality. That in it self creates complexity at the best of the times in the end.

Musically? There is not necessarily any connection what so ever. Yet, it is part of my heritage, that would be breaks, that not everyone may know of… the hardcore sounds. The harsh sounds that I’ve been trying to incorporate a long time, a long time love/hate relationship.

“- What ARE you LISTENING to (headphones)? – It’s Somatic Responses, breaks? – That is… unbelievably frightening (music).”

A part of the breaks’ exploration, but for anyone who would know anything about the eternal search for breaks and my out must admiration for example: Somatic Responses and Hymen and the rather harsher things of things shouldn’t be all that surprised.

Odd 20 years later… a bit noisy, isn’t it?

My younger self would probably not fully understand all of this! Now, I feel… liberated and that is a good thing. To expand or “Move your ass and your mind will follow!”. Hard, machine “funk” at work. It never died in Holland… will it be first in my cue? Probably not but it all makes sense to me now.

I like it; intense BIG drum (as it were, is…) and quite beautiful melodies. It’s a love song? Cull Destroy Poem (A song for Suki) by Mute.

It’s digital excellence clocking in at: 24:27. Nu times (it will not fit on a 12″ at 45 rpm).

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