Diablo Swing Orchestra – [2009] The Butcher’s Ballroom

Diablo Swing Orchestra – [2009] The Butcher's Ballroom

Take Nightwish’s voice, add a Cello played like Apocalyptica and mix it with a skilled hard rock band and – voilà – you can imagine how the Diablo Swing Orchestra sounds.

Their music is a wild mixture of (partially Symphonic) Metal, Rock, Jazz, Swing and Blues; sometimes they make me think of Mr. Bungle (another great Band, by the way), yet they always stay within the limits of melodic music. Continue reading “Diablo Swing Orchestra – [2009] The Butcher’s Ballroom”

Streetlife Festival

Concert on Streetlife Festival

Yesterday I visited the Streetlife Festival in Munich which takes place since the year 2000 and is located prominently right on Leopolstraße between Münchner Freiheit and Odeonsplatz. Its main idea is to inform people about means of transportation which can replace use of cars in cities. In addition to that, other non-profit organisations present themselves and their work. Artists perform music, theatre or dance and make it fun to just walk along the whole area which is about 1.5 km long.

XKCD – Tech Support Cheat Sheet

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I usually don’t post plain links to stuff I found on the internet. But this is an exception. This web comic on the right is just so true. The author of this (and 626 other) comic strip(s) is Randall Munroe. On his homepage xkcd he publishes new comics three times a week.

Other episodes I find worth to be mentioned are: Geohashing because of its originality and the idea of creating this “random adventure generator”. Height, a logarithmic overview from the border of the observable universe down to us. Random number: simplistic and funny. Other motives are quite romantic with a mathematical flavour, like in Useless. A final hint: read the tooltips which appear when you place the mouse over the comic image. The tooltip for the comic I included here says:

‘Hey Megan, it’s your father. How do I print out a flowchart?’

Hallo Peter – [2008] Gutz of Glory

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This album popped up at Jamendo when I was searching for free Breakbeat music. This genre is most prominently occupied by artists like The Chemical Brothers or The Crystal Method. While there are some similarities, the obviously German artist of this release has his own characteristic style. The essentials are all there: punching drums, ultra-cool bass riffs, synthetic sound effects. But as I said, something is different: Continue reading “Hallo Peter – [2008] Gutz of Glory”

Museum Brandhorst

Recently I visited the Museum Brandhorst which had opened on 21 May 2009. It features modern paintings, sculptures and video installations. These works are presented in an astonishing building which not only looks good but is also built with respect to energy efficiency. Sadly I can only show you pictures from the outside here.

Read on for more details and links to spectacular panoramic views of the interior. Continue reading “Museum Brandhorst”

Leon Somov, Jazzu – [2008] Offline Remixed

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This week’s release comes from the netlabel Sutemos. It features experimental ambient electronic music. This remix album features several versions of some very good songs; the general sound is a calm soundscape blended with instrument samples whose appearance structures the songs. Well produced vocals with whispered voices are the label’s distinct feature. Read on to see which tracks I like most.—A technical novelty in this review is an integrated flash player for quick previewlisten of two tracks without the need to leave the page.—(Artwork by Leon Somov) Continue reading “Leon Somov, Jazzu – [2008] Offline Remixed”

From finite to renewable energy

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Fossil resources, i.e. coal, oil and gas, are finite. This fact is not surprising, but is worth to be mentioned. Its direct consequence is that in near future we will have to be able to generate (more precisely: convert) all energy we consume from renewable sources. This need is independent from any consequences that arise from the combustion of fossil fuels (i.e. greenhouse effect). The climate change just adds another “incentive” to realise that necessary shift more quickly. This article tries to give a non-exhaustive overview over the current dependency on fossil fuels and scenarios of possible replacements. Continue reading “From finite to renewable energy”

Back to Munich

München, Blick vom Peter

I really like Munich. It has everything a metropolis has to offer yet succeeded in not becoming grey and dusty. Many festivals are organised every year like the Tollwood in the Olympic Park, which is held in summer and winter. Then there is the lovely old town featuring Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche and the big market place called Viktualienmarkt. Then there are several renowned museums like the three art galleries Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne, each of them covering a period of art history. My personal favourite is the last one; its architecture is a pleasure to watch and photograph every time I visit it.

Sanremo

Some impressions from my visit in the Italian town Sanremo. The old town rises up the hillside and features arches over tiny lanes, rendering it very dark. Near the coast there is a Russian church which looks bigger from distance than it really is. Finally, in the morning there is a big market on the central place which offers flowers, clothes and “original” watches from mobile traders.