Saturday, December 19, 2009

People with big dreams sometimes get lost

Two days after my much beloved friend oneup left this world behind, words still fail me.
Nevertheless I attempted a brief obituary on the blog the other day:

Dear all,

as of yesterday afternoon, our fellow hacker, amazingly talented game and graphic designer, and wonderful friend Florian Hufsky aka oneup (aka geeq, aka no_skill) is no longer with us.

Some of you might remember his beautiful game ideas for Super Mario War or Puit Universe, the 72 dpi Army, and Urban Takeover (later ClaimSpotting), but also the work for GRL Vienna and laser tagging, and Planet; or him being spokesperson of the Austrian Pirate Party, founding member of, just as well as an amazing graphic designer and comics artist,... and I could maybe continue this unordered braindump of a silly attempt to make a list of all the projects he'd been involved in for eternity and a day, but - never will I be able to embrace the sheer endlessness of his very original, both incredibly inspired and inspiring, geek-artistic output.

Metalab has lost one of its most creative hackers, and the world one of its most beautiful minds.

The one quote of his that came to my mind right after we heard the terrible news was, 'When in doubt, do it (you have no chance to survive, make your time)' - and that, I believe, is what held true for all his life.

R.I.P. Florian Hufsky | November 13th, 1986 – December 16th, 2009

While tears choke the words, I have to admit to fail at expressing my deepest sorrow.
Much love and sincerest condolences to all friends and relatives.

And we all go together if one falls down, we talk out loud like you’re still around; and we miss you.


However, what I probably in fact want to say, is how much I hate myself for missing out way too many opportunities to tell someone so very special how I felt, and what he meant to me, every other time I thought about it.
And if this tragic moment could teach me anything besides the ultimateness of all being, then it should be about awareness, frankness and honesty in all things emotional...

I spent just a very tiny while today on thinking about a little tribute to pay a friend I will be missing for such a long time to come; and maybe forever.

Oneup wrote on August 11th, 2009:
• plant a tree (seriously. plants humans coexist & need each other
And yes, we will. The idea I have is to plant (have planted) a horse chestnut tree, right across the street from Metalab in the smallish park on Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz, by next spring.
Let's make it happen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Norwegian Romancier

Let me just quickly share a few records of one of my all-time favorite electronic-avant-garde-experimental Ipecac artists, John Erik Kaada, whose first album I sorta re-rediscovered today, with you, dearest appreciator of fine art and music:

Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time (2001)

Music for Moviebikers (2006)

...and a very, very special collaboration with musical genius Mike Patton,
Romances (2004)

And fortunately, Ipecac is selling all these albums! Give it a listen, go fall in love, and support an awesome label by buying the records [hint, hint]!

xoxox from a very excited
Yours Truly

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wolves of the dark, cold North

The Norwegian trio Ulver (Wolves), signed on Jester & The End Records, has made a long way since their first recorded demo in 1993.

Breaking away from their black metal roots around 2000 after being heavily inspired by Coil, Ulver covered genres like neofolk, avant-garde rock, even chamber music, and today is mostly renowned for experimental music and a handfull of soundtracks.

From the 'black metal era':
Bergtatt (1994)
Nattens Madrigal (1996)

More in an avant-garde direction, they start blending metal with electronic and ambient passages:
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven And Hell (1998)

Even more experimental, heavily Coil-inspired, minimal, and first soundtracks:
Perdition City (2000)
Teachings In Silence (EP, consisting of the EPs Silence Teaches You How to Sing & Silencing the Singing; 2002)
Lyckantropen Themes (soundtrack; 2002)
1993-2003 1st Decade in the Machines (2003)

Second decade in the machines - more symphonic approaches and drone:
A Quick Fix of Melancholy (EP; 2003)
Svidd Neger (soundtrack; 2003)
Blood Inside (2005)
CUT WOODeD (a 15min track from Ulver's appearance on WHITEbox by Sunn O))); 2006)
Shadows Of The Sun (2007)

Ulver will be playing at the Mollafestival 2009.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sir Tralala release show

Sir Tralala by davnull

"Gebt mir ein richtiges Studio und ich geb euch den Wahnsinn."
-- Sir Tralala

On the occasion of a most awesome gig of the amazing Sir Tralala (also to be found here) which, in fact, was his second release party, I acquired a delicious new album which I therefore now happen to have the honor to be able to share with you:

Sir Tralala - Escaping Dystopia (2009)

But since I may also call myself the proud owner of some older tunes of this Carinthian genius, I was tempted to let you have a little insight of his earlier works, and assembled a few additional mp3s to lay at your feet:

The Sir's early years collection

Of course, the only correct action to take at this point (that I expect from you, dearest reader) is to F*ING RUN OUT AND BUY THIS GORGEOUS RECORD!
Yes. Yours Truly said it. Pirates of this world, unite.

Picture on top: Sir Tralala at Fluc Wanne, 07|30|08 by davnull.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pure breathtaking sorrow

After a blogging pause of almost exactly one full year (not counting my beloved soup, of course), out of a special request I'll add one more post to my music (upload) category, however for this one time not dealing with the new hot shit in terms of noisecore and consortia, but rather some more classic tunes.

YT's quick tip: The following mp3s are best savored alone with a bottle of delicious red wine.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) - one of the most influential (German) composers of all time. The saddest and possibly most well-known fact about this outstanding character of the Classic - Romantic era is his tinnitus and resulting loss of his hearing during his 30ies. He died at the age of 56, leaving 138 (numbered) opi behind - the last one of these being published 20 full years before his death (besides this, 205 additional composings where discovered, not numbered by the composer).
Out of this wonderful spectrum of some of the best music ever written, surely the 2nd movement (Allegretto) of his Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92 is simply heartbreaking.

Let me therefore provide you with this wonderful piece of art:
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by the great Leonard Bernstein
d/l from mediafire

Also, let me bring the 2nd part of this recording to your ears: his
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21
d/l from mediafire

Another work I'd consider one of the most important ones, or even more so, its composer who certainly was a main influence in his era and leader of the scene of Romantic composers and musicians, is Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) and his 'Ein deutsches Requiem' (A German Requiem) - unlike other missae pro defunctis written to texts from the Lutheran bible (in German), picked by Brahms himself. Of all the requiems I know and ever heard of, this *one* example does not pity the death of the deceased, but tries to alleviate the sorrow and buoy up the bereaved. It is not only from a musical standpoint, but also judging by its theological views, a true masterpiece.

So here it is, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Otto Klemperer:
d/l from mediafire

In case none of these works made you turn off your stereo drowned in tears or choke by the sheer overwhelmingly breathtaking delight brought to your ears yet, I will now break my secret of the most depressing, eyewatering piece of music ever:
Gustav Mahler's (1860 - 1911) Adagietto (4th movement, 'Sehr langsam') from his arguably most famous piece, the Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor.
If you have ever seen Death in Venice, the 1971 film adaption of Thomas Mann's homonymous book directed by Luchino Visconti, you know what I'm talking about.

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5, New York Philharmonic, conducted (once again) by Leonard Bernstein (and please, please note his unequaled expressiveness in the Adagietto)
d/l from mediafire

If this wasn't all way too sad already, I would've stated I'd go listen to Linkin Park now.