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Tro, Håb Og Techno

January 19th, 2021 Comments off

It’s been a while, however resurface.se is actually about music and all about music. It may be hard to believe, yet resurface.se is what is left of Electronic Desert. It always has been an it will continue to be so. Normally (this is actually the first time that it happens ever, there’s a first time for everything right) that I write about a release that I don’t actually own. It’s never happened before.

I’m not a reviewer. I don’t write about things that I don’t like and music is not an exception. I don’t see the point in writing about things negatively or things that does not matter to me. “Someone” once told me: critics are the ones who failed in their own field. I (may) concur fully. That would be design, art and architectural critics to begin with; I’m referring to the ones that do not in actuality produce anything at all and they’re closely related to: alla-kan-tralla*.

– Stop it, right now! Let’s get on with the business at hand will you not?

Max Kanding – Legebarn => The business end of things and no I’m not joking. Trust me… oh my Lord!

I really like this release for a number of reasons. It is filled with references including the Kandinsky (?) inspired album cover that I assume is by the artist. This “attitude” and interaction with the World is refreshing and necessary. The album is excellent and filled with reference/inspiration. They’re so many. It reminds me of something that I have never heard.

When you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.

Wilson Mizner, 1953

This could be by all means be a classic electronica album however it is not. Kanding uses four-to-the-floor in a way that I don’t think that I have ever heard before. The effect? It is not unheard of or unknown, however the combination? In my mind it is quite unique and that is what it sought after. I would have chosen a break, more complex rhythmic elements. Max Kanding chooses the straight “big” drum and it is an excellent choice!

You can never escape the elders; like Autechre or Aphex, yet in our culture you can still create/make something new. Max Kanding has done exactly that. The “old” techno-infused loved/hated four-to-the-floor fused with classical electronica is nothing but brilliant! It is excellent music. Production, mixing, execution? Digitally abused in the form of reduction (bandcamp is nothing but the best but reduced bit rate is still reduction), towering tall and proud. Bass is intact to my ears.

That is: L’usine, Bauri, Bergman. Elblaus, Rotterdam, Detroit, UK, Lueder, Kennedy, Pawalski, Electronic Desert and then some. It’s incredible! I salute the’! Live to fight another day.

I love this album. Best track? Tro, håb og techno – it just makes me happy and do we not all need that? I would release this yesterday. It could be 2003, exact and warm embracing bass propagating for an eternity. So, there is a future after all! Well done!

Is it a contender? For the best album of the year? Most definitely. That track and that title? I’m speechless. Come on!

Tro, håb og techno = Faith, hope and techno

* To someone: I did mention that I still love? I miss you…

Still An Absolute Truth

January 13th, 2021 Comments off

Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.


THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM
HANNAH ARENDT
SCHOCKEN BOOKS 1951

Please see: Think About It… Hard and Beware! Too Late….

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It’s… Just That

December 29th, 2020 Comments off

A small part of the World (as I view it).

1 st That’s my bike (Princess Yu)! And oh boy is she fast.

2nd Me and my… British bike, it’s good that not all know how fast we ride without head protection (that would be my Mother, Bless her heart).

3 st 13:48 the lack of light (if you wonder, you will never get used to it, just work harder…).

4 th Rain… 29/12/2020.

5 th

6 st Lock it down (anything can be disassembled and reassembled as long as your not in a hurry, when I was 7 years old my teacher told us; “Fort och illa kan ingen gilla, sakta och väl kan ingen slå ihjäl!”) Translation? In a while…

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Left Behind XII

December 25th, 2020 Comments off

It always makes me wonder. What happened the instant before someone decided “- I’m not wearing these shoes no more this day/night!”. Did a spare pair exist somewhere or did nature have its causal way?

Please see: Left Behind Series.

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Rain

December 12th, 2020 Comments off

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Support A Free HK VI!

December 8th, 2020 Comments off
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No Flash 1-4 1516031220

December 8th, 2020 Comments off


Time: 15:16, December 3rd 2020


Time: 12:51, December 3rd 2020


Time: 12:49, December 3rd 2020


Time: 11:45, December 3rd 2020

Please see: No Flash 1234 1636021119.

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Where’s My Ride At III?

December 8th, 2020 Comments off
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The One Before Uncle Dugs

December 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Uncle Dugs always gives shouts to the one and only: A Guy Called Gerald!!!?

– So what?

– That man legend, he is a true champion of the sound! Why would that be at all surprising?

– It isn’t. That’s not it. It not the eclectic, uncompromising, and so many decades of experienced styles.

– What then?!!

– His show is the one before Dugs. I knew about A Guy Called Gerald a l ong time before I knew about Dugs. That being said I probably knew about Rinse.FM and A Guy Called Gerald about the same time (Sorry Dugs). Long before the internet.

– Date?

– I heard im’ long before, but in the name of d’n’b it has to be ‘Black Secret Technology’ it is classic.

– And…?

– Aha, you mean ‘Voodoo Ray’? That would be 1989? I do own my personal vinyl copy (the shiny black circular thingy).

– It is a hard act to follow, but Uncle Dugs can keep up, no doubt. That shout is mandatory. And maybe, just maybe there is a reason why Dugs often play year specific? 92′, 93′ and 94′? If your up? And A Guy Called Gerald had the slot before you? It seems like a (the only) strategy? All over the place and then some…

– 89′ huh? What? You mean like 1989?

– Actually it is much earlier than that. Don’t worry about that, just going to leave you with this thought… no one knows everything and remember that rinse.fm started out as pirate station on the air waves well before internet. The fact that A Guy Called Gerald plays/trashes before Uncle Dugs seems all righteous and excellent to me.

– Man, that is a hard act* to follow though. I’m not sure I would even want to try? That is not actually true… I can follow anyone and up or down doesn’t really matter, however inspiration is more important than anything! Would I be intimidated? A Guy Called Gerald? I would try not to…

A true originator. Whatever breaks music you like, used to like (WTF?) or finding out now? He will be involved. Proper breaks!

I have suggestion… I think it is a first. A Girl Called Geraldine? Carry the breaks fwd as we all want! What do you say?

* I didn’t know that! It’s true, I did not know that A Guy Called Gerald is actually holding the spot before Uncle Dugs on Fridays!

– Come on that is silly stupid!!!!

– No, honest! I did know that!

– An you call yourself a raver?!!

– Actually, I do n…

– Just shut your mouth!

– Honestly I missed out…

– Now I understand the shout. I must be getting really slow. I mean really slow. Good fun though. One thing about experience (getting older) it turns out to be OK. Good? No. OK. That one is one me! : ). It is by all accounts the most epic fail of all fails. I just have to live with it, I guess?

A Guy Called Gerald. One of the Giants! One fire for this one on rinse.fm, trust me he’s on fire:

Are You Insane?

December 2nd, 2020 Comments off

I need at least one second, I think I can explain this, I can justify the picture. There’s may be a reason to my madness. Usually? I always post the picture on top, but this is an exception.

Just to make this perfectly clear: I do not have anything against: models, fashion or photography, quite the contrary.

I’m thinking about something different, some important things/concepts; like reality, or what’s true or false and manipulation. Visually. The power of imagery. Commercialism and how distorted (in case literally) our the present day is.

And specifically how it affects all of us especially the young.

It was by pure coincidence I saw this particular ad for this particular brand*, there are so many of them and they continue doing the same thing, so it could be applied to anyone of them; it’s just business, right? I haven’t singled out this brand.

– What?

It doesn’t seem to get better and the intended audience (the future customers keep on getting younger according to plan the life-time customer…). I’m still not 100% sure that this advertisement isn’t some kind of conscious exaggeration in order to create exactly this response and others in the increasing “digital” noise.

Why? It so badly made that I have a hard time not thinking that it is not on purpose. That this “response” that I’ve written is the intended objective of the actual campaign. If that is the case then that would be bad and if it is not? Then that is even worse!

– Well we just wanted you prove how distorted/unreal the World is (at X-mas times…)?

They still retain that option…

The editing of this picture is the worst I have ever seen and it personally makes me wonder; why do you even need a photographer to begin with if your going to digitally edit the photo like this? Or is it: “alla-kan-tralla” roughly dilly-dally?

– What is you problem? Everyone takes photos and edits them all of the time?

True, but do you really want me to be your dentist, physiotherapist, nurse, police officer or priest?

Look at:

  • The “width and length” of the neck line and “symmetry” of the shoulders?
  • The “width and length” of the torso and the waist?
  • The “width and length” of the arms?
  • The “proportions” of everything?
  • The out-line if everything above?

Sure, every photo published today is manipulated in some way or the other, to my mind this, is different and I just don’t know what to make of it? Is it a reference to the film “Avatar” or as I suggested above some elaborate PR strategy?

What I do know is this; there are millions if not billions of photos “published” every day. There has never been or there will never be a living person (human) with those proportions. Suggestion? Why not make a cartoon character or a completely fictional character (like in the film mentioned above)?

– Is that a problem?

Clearly, I think it is. The audience, publication channels and the impact. There will be an audience from 7 – 107 viewing the campaign or any campaign for that matter. I’m not all that worried about the: 87 – 107 age group, but I am really worried about the: 7 – 37 old and then particularly the youth. It will have an impact on young and old. I mean it affect me right?

My personal opinion is my own I can’t see the aesthetics and I deplore the handwork. The editing is really poorly made. Is legislation a solution? No, I don’t believe so. Imagery is powerful and so is advertisement. It is a question of responsibility. I can’t believe anyone seeing this campaign would have any problem understanding my objections.

It simply is not a good campaign. If you want headlines? Why don’t set fire to one of the models? Stop screaming and get back to the core. Customers and brands. And take some responsibility for your future customers!

Ref. https://www.calvinklein.se/.

– Where is it?

Ah, the image? It’s below:

I really don’t like it.

– Do you have anything the brand?

Not at all, that’s not it. I don’t have anything against this particular brand or or any other for that matter. I like fashion a lot! I don’t believe in negativity.

I really don’t like this ad and the reasons are countless. It seems so contrived, but as I’ve stated that might be a part of the PR strategy. Screaming?, I just don’t know… it doesn’t really matter.

Responsibility and taste supersedes anyway/how. The advertisement is distasteful, ugly (not the models) and utterly irresponsible.

I’ve seen the damage in can cause in reality. People so self-starved that it actually possible without staring to count the neck vertebrae; that would be the last seven last ones after them follows the base of the skull.

And I remember thinking to myself; how is that even possible? How can she (it was and usually is) even move on a summer’s day, mid-noon? And that it is her mind, yet I can see her last vertebrae and her skull and that is was hard to understand (that she was dying).

Finally: it never ceases to amaze me what humans are capable of doing or achieving. Things that are remarkable and truly unbelievable, we’re so alike and yet truly individual.

I hope she got the help she needed to realise that she could do something else; as remarkable; but less dangerous to herself. Did she? I don’t know? It is a long time ago I’m still a firm believer.

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