Posts Tagged ‘2020’


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…

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

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 anda hus i omgivnigen som är väldigt färgglada, säger Björn Wiklander.

* Do you think…

** One wonder… 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.

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 1,2 m. The two (much smaller) male figures that I decided to keep were apparently acquired in South Korea in 1975.

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:

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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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Total Annihilation

October 13th, 2020 Comments off

Usually, I don’t write about marketing, brands or advertising, however there’s a first for everything and this warrants an exception in my mind because this must surely be the World’s most destructive re-branding ever! A total and complete brand annihilation of the like I have never ever witnessed before. It is just (wrong)… unfathomable to me.

ÅF AB or Aktiebolaget Ångpanneföreningen, founded in 1895 was a Swedish international consulting and engineering firm that served clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provided local engineering services in its core markets.

Pöyry PLC (Finnish: Pöyry Oyj), founded in 1958 was an international consulting and engineering firm that served clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provided local engineering services in its core markets.

In 2019 ÅF and Pöyry Oyj merged into AFRY (ÅF Pöyry AB)… 1895 is a long time ago and you would suspect that a global company that is 124 years old has quite some brand recognition? The comparative sizes of the two?

ÅF (Aktiebolaget Ångpanneföreningen) – Number of employees: 12100
PÖYRY PCL (Pöyry Oyj) – Number of employees: 4900
AFRY (ÅF Pöyry AB) – Number of employees: 17000

In short: ÅF (1895-2019) and PÖYRY (1958-2019) became AFRY (2019 and beyond…) ?!! Or Do Fries Go With That Shake!? *

My immediate association is a rather more successful example of corporate branding/identity:

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (lit. Telephone Stock Company L.M. Ericsson), commonly known as Ericsson, founded in 1876 is a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company headquartered in Stockholm.

I just saying one last time: A F R Y.

How on Earth did this come about?

Ref.: ÅF (Aktiebolaget Ångpanneföreningen).
Ref.: Pöyry PCL.
Ref.: AFRY.
Ref.: Ericsson.
Ref.: AFRY Architecture & Design.

* After all the focus on this site is on the musical aspects of things in life.

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October 12th, 2020 Comments off

och cykelbana
finns 170m

and bicycle path
is 170m back

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