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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2006 »

November 7, 2006

Hesitating posts…

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 9:25 pm

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I just could not resist.

We all know youTube has some great stuff, but a friend showed the link to a Meshuggah song. Meshuggah is most probably one of the craziest great bands in the world, and the video some sort of shows their creativity :)

Here you go:link

November 5, 2006

With madness in the limbs…

Category: Music — kaldor @ 3:16 pm

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After some talks yesterday about a certain drummer with a friend, I think he is definetely worth blogging about. So today’s topic is: Akira Jimbo.

Akira is a famous japanese drummer. He started drumming at a very old age of 18 during university. His drumming is mostly known because of heavy usage of triggers and MIDI during his play. You might want to take a look at one song from him available at DrummerWorld:

Sunshine

It is one of the examples what makes him unique. At YouTube you can find a lot more examples of his playing. I thought for the most readers, a play-along of the Mission impossible theme might be best to follow.
So beside his heavy usage of MIDI pads, what makes him unique you might ask? Well, from my point of view it is mostly the fact, that he usually has no leading hand. Most drummers play the four bar on the left feet and also eight,quarter, 16th notes with the strong hand. Akira only uses his left feet for staying in time and plays the melody with the “free” hand. It is most impressive.

In addition to this, his playing to the metronom is absolutely great. Most drummers (and also me) get too static when the click goes in eighth or even 16th notes. I personally concentrate to much on being on time than letting it roll and stay straight automatically in these cases. Therefore I prefer 4th notes on the metronome as it gives me freedom to improvise between the two clicks. But Akira has no problem letting it still sound extremly variable and refreshing.

I hope I could give you a short impression of one of the drummers who inspire me day for day. Of course I could write about all the other drummers like

but it is just a capture in time. Maybe this will come at one point in time…

The empire strikes back…

Category: Spare Time — kaldor @ 12:22 pm

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No sooner had I written about non receiving packages, I got an answer. But not from the post office as I would guessed.
The toll contacted me, that they have a package from Canada, which belongs to me. In this paper they wrote that I have to justify myself, what is inside of the package, and why I need this or why I ordered this from Canada. This sounds totally ridiculous to me. But that is not the whole story. Afterwards to this procedure they calculate a bill, which I have to pay for keeping my goods now for six weeks in their stock. I did not even know, that they have it in their stock. This is really going to be a total madness story.

So tomorrow I will drive through whole Berlin to receive my package. If you do not listen anything by me during the next days, I got arrested :)

Wish me luck…

November 1, 2006

Fighting with bureaucracy…

Category: Spare Time — kaldor @ 8:46 pm

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This is my first real spare time entry, so what might be the reason for this? Currently I am fighting with the local post office and it seems like I lost before I really started.

Several weeks ago I ordered a package with cloths and CDs from Canada. Immediately I received a mail, that it will take two packages to fullfill my order (yay was a lot of stuff). It took about eight weeks until I received the first package. Afterwards I was supposed to get another one from a different origin. Now, four weeks later it did receive none of them. So there are only three possibilities left.

  1. Both never sended these to me. Very unusual, especially as I received the first package.
  2. The post company in Germany lost both packages. As until now I was really pleased with our postal system, I cannot imagine this…
  3. A strange guy here in my house captures the packages and listens now to great music and wears my shirts while he is installing software I bought.

Possibility  1 and 2 seem pretty implausible. But for all of these cases I assumed walking to the local office might help. Attending there during their opening hours (which are very similar to my usual working hours), did not help. In germany it is not possible to locate the position of a package being sent to you as a receiver. Only the sender has the right to ask for it. To get rid of theory 3 I kindly asked the person, wether it is possible not to receive a package and just get a letter instead, that I should pick it up. She only stated that this is not possible in Germany. All I can do is buy/rent a post-office box, but “usually packages are to big for this and so we send them out to your appartment anyway”. So this also does not work. Frustrated I asked whether I have any choice, or wether my neighbour is able to catch up all following packages, she only agreed that I might be in a complicated situation.

Haha, complicated situation…

In the end I am sitting here in a very angry mood imagining that guy having fun with my packages, using the stuff or selling it on ebay. Damn….