Reading Time: < 1 minuteMy cat makes music. She is playing the piano. The result of the music is something inbetween Stockhausen, Xenakis or minor names, as if using graphic notation. Some notes here and there, “a-tonal” of course, maybe some “clusters”. (I should add an audio file hence I catch her doing those performances.

When Stefan Koelsch in his recent book “Good Vibrations” (2019; Klett) asks in the introduction what makes human beings different from animals, he answers: Music.
Sorry, Prof. Koelsch, this is bullshit. (As some more in that book.) My cat is making music. Maybe not so much what we – “human beings” ! – think what defines music.

Now to the point of all of this: I don’t want to make music in a style my cat can do. And I don’t believe in Stockhausen and contemporary shit any more when I think what it takes to “compose” music that sounds so much like a cat can do. Something is wrong there, people. Maybe some notes are wrong. Are we all going … cats?

PS. The cat JUMPS on the keyboard. Has she any ideas about frequencies? Tuning? Intervalls? Chords? Melody? Harmony? Polyphony etc etc . Nope!!!

life hacks?

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Reading “medium” now during six weeks it comes to me as more and more like a repeating “loop” of rather young-ish posters who accumulate more or less the same info from the internet into a category called “life hacks”. Whatever the implications of such a word are, it doesn’t work for me that way.

The basic problem is a daily rhythm of activities which might conflict heavily with partners and family.

What I am extracting from such aggregated “wisdom” are the concepts. It remains unclear to me what the aims of those “life-hackers” actually are. They seem to be fishing all in the same pond but for different reasons. One of those reasons is called “productivity”. Does this build a strange pyramid of priorities in social life in that everybody has to be very productive?

It is madness. If you are, say, 25 years, or maybe even 35, you might believe in such concepts which are to me theoretical and even forced. For how long will you keep up this “productivity” madness? Idealism isn’t always bad. But it isn’t always good either. Living together with other people requests probably a humble element in one’s own lifestyle. You need not only time to spend with them, but – more difficult to fit with ambitious daily schedules – you can’t always schedule those moments yourself.

Again: I keep excerpting ideas from those posts with diminishing curiosity. Some are interesting, maybe even helpful. Maybe I will try them out. The sheer amount of such “hacks” yet don’t fit in my life. I would become overwhelmed with such context and would have to replace an already adopted habit with a similar – better? – different one. I don’t need thousands of songs on my iPhone either.

It is like what I read in my research about keyboard-layouts. Someone said: “I don’t like fiddling with my muscle-memory”. It is true, that muscle-memory only comes with time spent doing some specific, repetitive actions. You can’t learn even two such activities at the same time, because you would be confused. Confusion is it what comes in the end. But I think I need more Confucius.

Hallo Welt!

Reading Time: < 1 minute

As we are in the German speaking part of the world, that famous mini-phrase “Hello world!” might remain, albeit a relic of times gone by.

Some tags or topics to come:

  • keyboards (for typing)
  • coffee (like in “espresso”)
  • la pavoni (see above)
  • just intonation (not the opposite of “un-just intonation”) – and the conundrums of temperament
  • recipes (cooking for eating)
  • new music (more conundrums)