Archive for the ‘Johann Strube’ Category

wegschmeißgesellschaft wegschmeißen

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

der mensch muss essen. klare sache. klare brühe oder aus der mülltonne. hauptsache gesund. wenn die tonne aber verschlossen ist? scheiß faschisten. sollen die sich doch selbst wegschmeißen. idioten sind nicht gesund.

financial crisis leads to a shift to the left in Iceland

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Yesterday, general elections in Iceland took place. Good news, for several reasons. First of all, with Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the first openly gay politician in the world was elected as the head of state. This is another step forward in the social acceptance of gays.
Secondly, the left parties – Samfylkingin (the Social Democratic Allegiance)  and Vinstrihreyfingin – grænt framboð (the left-green movement) – won the overall majority in the Alþingi, the oldest running parliament in the world. Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn, the Independence Party who stands for the neoliberal policy with led into the devastating financial crisis. With a increase of 5 seats, the Greens were the big winner of the elections. Congratulations.
These results are very interesting, as the Icelandic elections are the first general elections in a western European country in the light of the financial crisis.  Though the impact of Iceland on European politics are clearly limited, one hopes, that these results marks a turning point. That people realise, that the conservative parties in Europe, who stands for radical open markets messed up both economy and environment. And that the only reasonable conclusion is to vote for parties, which advocate sustainability.
So there’s hope for coming election, like for the EP in June or the German Bundestag in September

the ambivalence of flying/die mär vom fliegen Pt. II

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Friday night. Sitting on a plane to Reykjavik. Me. On a plane. Me, who use to take the bus to travel trough half Europe to prevent flying, sitting on plane. As the engines the big destruction of the environment starts, their is nothing like a bad conscious. It is just like, thrilling. I know, flying isn’t much of a thing, but for me it’s stunning. A tons-heavy colossus takes off and transporting me thousands of miles in a couple of hours. My conscious is blown away by a acceleration of a rocket.
After landing, mind and conscious comes back. Though I think, it is justifiable to take a plane to Iceland (I just couldn’t make it in time with a ferry), the flight left me with a numb feeling. I know, there’s no way of setting off the carbon dioxide  emissions of a flight. Things like atmosfair are more like selling of indulgences rather than making an valuable impact against climate change. While my flights response for about 600 kg CO2 in 3 hours, trees plant in comparison could only absorb this amount in a lifespan.
So I consider to donate the amount of money atmosfair suggest for an organisation like greenpeace. Or the green party. At the end, it is a political matter, that flights are taxed in a relation to their impact on the climate.
What do you thing?

Bristolian Spring/Morgan Van Sessions

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The last weekend, I had a recording session in and around Bristol, UK. Mike Hembury and Mark Maddrell wanted to record a demo CD and I helped them playing the organ and I did some engineering. Due to a lack of money, we recorded in an old shed in Bristol and in Mark’s caravan. It was an amazing session. On Saturday, Julian Rowlands (Bandoneon) and Ros Stephen (Violin) of UK’s leading Tango band Tango Siempre joined our session and recording in the van was just lovely. Well, IN the van is not the right word. As the spring reached this country, is was really warm and I set up my equipment outside in the sun, while the others were playing in the van. This was quite something.

Ros Stephen and Julian Rowlands during the session

Mark Maddrell, Mike Hembury and me in front of the infamous Morgan Van Studios

For music addicts, Bristol is definitely a place to go. Three different genres – drum’n’bass, trip hop and dub step – were born here. Due to 80.000 students there’s a lot going on and London is just 100 miles away. The city is dominated by the old harbour and…graffiti.

For the next weeks, I’ll do an internship at the Modern World Studios in Tetbury, which is about 30 min north of Bristol.


Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Seit letzter woche bin ich wohnungslos. Muss den platz erst finden, an dem ich bleiben will. Momentan schau ich mir Berlin an. Ich möchte allerdings auf den unterschied zwischen wohnungs- und obdachlosigkeit hinweisen.

Since last week, I’m homeless. I need to find the right place to stay. Well, I’m homeless but not unsheltered thanks to my friends. Basically I travel around. Right now, I take a look at Berlin.

Hazelnut Tree

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Here comes the third and last song of the last session. It is probably the first love song with a “Hazelnut Tree” as the main character. I don’t want to spent to much words on the song or the lyrics. Listen!

PS: Und wieder erfüllt sich ein klischee. Grüne sind “baumknutscher.”

talking plane home delay blues

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Alright. Here comes the next song of our last recording session. It is called “talking plane home delay blues” and was written on the WOMAD songwriting workshop in Bath by Mike Hembury and me.

As I already noted, it contains some common lines with one of Andy White’s new songs.

The amazing voice in the beginning belongs to Hikmat Al-Sabty of the fantastic ensemble Ourud Elmahabbe. Thanks to him and all the other musicians involved.

Mike Hembury in front of the “Castle” in Bath, the birthplace of the WOMAD songwriters.

muerte por disparo

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I’m happy to present a new song, which we recorded during the last weeks. It is called “muerte por disparo” and performed by the amazing Nicolas Miquea. I hope you like it.

PS: Two other songs of the recording session follow soon.

Deconstructing Obama

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Übermorgen spiele ich bei dem diplomkonzert von Lisa Zehner. Neben den üblichen keyboards habe ich die gelegenheit, folgende Obamarede zu dekonstruieren.

Also erscheint zahlreich.

Ort: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock
Zeit: Freitag, 28. November, 19.30 Uhr

Liebe in Wodka ertrunken

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Aufgrund von programmänderungen muss der auftritt am donnerstag zu den Schwedentagen leider ausfallen.