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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2007 »

December 29, 2007

survey of the (musical) year…

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 4:12 pm

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Hey ho,

do you feel the same like I do, when you are currently turning on your TV? This was 2007 and these are “the 10,20,50,100 most tragical, emotional, happy, sensational, disgusting moments of the year” shows. I simply turn off TV then and try it again the next day. But after Christmas and before New Years Day you cannot hide from these. Going to the newspaper shop each magazine has a summary of the year 2007 describing “the ….” (you get it).

So, what to do against this? Well write your own :P

Thinking back about 2007 I always consider the music, as I usually combine my memories with certain albums I’ve listened to during this year. Just like with the song “Life” written by Devin Dev Townsend, which still reminds me of a good friend I’ve lost some years ago. So here are my nominees for “Best Album 2007″:

Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Ghost reveries

First thing you might want to ask, wasn’t that album published in 2006? Yeah, but I bought it in 2007, so shut up :)

Opeth was always an inspiring scandinavian band to me. Their extreme mixtures of aggressive, impulsive and melancholic elements is so refreshing. When you’re up to Progressive, but are not willing to listen to the so-called “gay-ish” stuff, Opeth is your friend. Each time you consider the drums to be too easy or too tight, you get learned better, that drummer certainly knows his job and especially how to support the feeling of the song without interfering the rest of the band.

Personally, I’d really enjoyed listening to this album at work. Each time something went wrong or I was in bad mood, all I needed to do is turn on this album, got the headset plugged and within an hour I felt refreshed. Awesome!

Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

Systematic Chaos When this album came out, I had dubious feeling about it. Their previous albums weren’t too good, actually I really disliked them. And do not tell me, you need to listen to them often enough. I am used to the fact that some DT albums need their time. “Live In Budokan” was such an album. Once I sat together with my drum teacher for a drink and talked about that album, stating that it’s the worst live album they ever made, now it’s my favorite. But Octavarium etc. simply didn’t make it even into my top 200.

But let’s return to Systematic Chaos. Wow, this album got me. Starting up with “In the presence of Enemies Pt1″, which could not have been a better opener, followed by “Forsaken”, one of the best singles ever been done by Dream Theater. It simply grabs into your mind and weeks later you still cannot forget about it. “Constant Motion” is the song, which keeps me nervous, teetering all the time. It perfectly expresses the stress, the always being duty, unable to refresh state of mind. I could go on and on, but one thing I’d like to recommend still is, if you buy the album, get the one with the Bonus DVD. It is simply gorgeous.

Personally, I’d really enjoyed this album having some walks. Being it on my way to work, piano lessons, whereever, this album was on my ears for certain. As Dream Theater escorts me now since so long, it keeps me reminded of a lot of good times, especially with my previous band.

Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient

ZiltoidThinking about this album gives me really mixed feelings. It is such a great album and perfectly gets in a row with Synchestra, Ocean Machine and Infinity, though being unique on its own. But on the other hand, we all know that Dev stopped making music for some public (and probably some private) reasons. So that was the most tragical moment in 2007 for me, loosing such a great, inspiring artist.

Anyway let’s talk about the album itself. Concept albums need to be someone’s friend, otherwise you get lost. But that was never a problem to me. I highly appreciate concept albums, as this shows that you develop a story, your music, your message during a longer period (meaning 80min max.) than just trying to describe a certain kind of feeling within one song. Considering this last sentence, I am wondering whether this really fits into the Ziltoid context. Well… certainly it does :) I will not go into details about the story itself, you can easily find some descriptions all over the internet about the ultimate 4th dimensional guitar hero trying to destroy planet earth to get all our finest coffee beans. Hail Ziltoid! This would have fixed a lot of issues within this universe, I guess….

Personally, I’d really enjoyed listening to this album as it always keeps me in good mood. Being it the perfect monologs by Ziltoid himself (”I am so omniscient. If there was to be two omnisciences, I would be both!”, “Pfui and double Pfui!”, “Indeeeeeeeeeda”), the fun style like in “Ziltoidia Attaxx!!!” which keeps you dancing in your mind all the time or the whole positive spirit of the album. Well, positive is something I feel, there are probably other opinions about that, but hey, my blog, my opinion :)

 

So that was my musical year 2007, I am expecting a lot from 2008. Maybe even composed something on my own or with a new band. If you’re located in Berlin and consider these are your albums too and you are looking for a drummer, you found his blog, the rest is just easy mailing :) (/Commercials)

December 23, 2007

Blue Friday…

Category: Spare Time — kaldor @ 1:52 pm

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As it’s currently Christmas time, I think I’d like to gather some commiseration from you. To get even more interest, take a look yourself:

Blue Eye small

Now what has happened you might ask? What does the other guy look like? The solution of this whole story can be described within 4 simple points. Take

  • a dancefloor,
  • loud heavy metal music,
  • my head and
  • an elbow

Afterwards follow in “Zack McCracken” style: “Use elbow with Maurice’s head“. And you got the whole thing.

In case you are wondering how the elbow owner currently feels like, I have no clue. I was more in a rush to toilet trying to get it cooled and then we walked home. Luckily it was after 3 in the night already, so the party got not interrupted too early :)

What concerns me more is the fact that I need to tell this story again and again this evening as I am meeting up with some old school friends. Now this is going to be fun…

For the rest of you, Merry Christmas and all that stuff belonging to this yearly ceremony.

December 18, 2007

Long time no read…

Category: General, Spare Time — kaldor @ 8:40 pm

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It’s really been some time, since I wrote anything here. I thought it had been only two months, but wow half a year.

So time for some updates. Still working for the same company, still trying to master the piano, still no band to play drums in. Anyone in Berlin looking for a drummer playing stuff in between Devin Townsend and Opeth?

I promise to write more regular here, maybe I should expand the topics to more spare time stuff, as I am currently not developing anything. Neither has my computer-music trip been continued.

Though, that is because of multiple reasons. First, during the last weeks there has been a lot of stuff to handle workwise, but also I moved to a new appartment. Living now downtown in Berlin is such a increase of life quality compared to the outlands in Adlershof.

The flat share does still exist (together with julun), though we expanded to three people now.

Finally here’s an update of the Berlin guys most of you will remember. Stay rocking on Christmas…

Berlin Checkaz

shot on the Julebord 2007

Yours truly…