Last Thursday I went to the re-launch party of tape.tv, a new online platform for music. The people behind tape.tv wish to kick-start a new generation for music online, making internet music television exciting, noticable and interactive.
It was really interesting to hear their ideas and visions for the future and see the presentation of what you can actually do with this media.
There is a lot more to it than what we saw on Thursday but it offers a more individually oriented access to exploring and listening to music music. Check out the links for more information!
Photos by Jan Florian Dietrich, see more here
Last week when my parents were here we went to see an operetta at the Statsoper. I had met this very sweet woman at a party and she happened to be the assistant of the Opera Director. She suggested I should take my parents to see the new staging of Die Fledermaus by Strauss II the following Tuesday.
It was a great and quite exclusive experience. My new aquaintance took us to the Directors official greeting room for a glass of champagne when we arrived and told us some facts about the opera. It will be closed down for renovation in 2010 and stay closed for three years (!). Meanwhile all performances will take place at the Schiller Theatre. More on the move here.
It was my first time in the opera so I have nothing to compare the performance with but it was very exhilirating and amazing music. I’m really fascinated by opera singers! It might have been my first but definately not my last visit to the opera!
Relating to the last post, I remember when I watched this video for the first time. 1997.
This is another great track from Koletzkis new album, Großstadtmärchen. Not exactly for the dancefloor but amazing none the less.
I know Lexy made a remix of These Habits but I can’t find it anywhere. Do you know something I don’t?…Oliver?
Check out the track U-Bahn too! The quality of the video on Youtube is *biip* though so won’t link to it. Go to iTunes!
Sometimes, listening to a track like this in the morning can give me a kick that keeps me going all day. Are you with me?
Dj Koze is playing at the Groove party at WMF next Thursday (19.11). Along with Villalobos, Nick Höppner, Radio Slave etc…It’s a must go, isn’t it? I’m still quite hooked on Koze’s Resident Advisor dj set uploaded back in March.
For you danes, he is dj’ing in Copenhagen at Culture Box on 28.11
And btw I sometimes like to wake up to Sting’s Englishman in New York.
That’s where I went yesterday …rockstars like that….that just know their *biiip*…Amazing!!!
Some time after four or five songs Dave Grohl said this was only their second concert this year. They figured, since meeting up in Berlin for MTV anyway, why not get together for a small concert and practice. No tracklist but 1, 2, 3, ….24 somewhat song to choose from so “we’ll just keep going till you get tired” (!)
Have very high rock concert standards now. Ode to Dave Grohl for not only being a great musician but an entertainer too! And drummer, Taylor Hawkins (that I now have a crush on)…the guys, that I was there with, all agreed he had the coolest job in the world. Judging from his energy and how he punished those drums, I think he feels that way too.
Foo Fighters…best rock band in the world!
That’s me…so I believe. Feel free to disagree.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I’m NEVER a poser, just more of a raver. So tonight I’ll fight my cold and go see Foo Fighters at Postbahnhof – thanks to a friend who called me when he was just about to buy tickets. After standing in line for two hours. Or maybe he made that up so I should be even more grateful? But Thank you!!!
So I’ll put on my raving shoes tonight and maybe be a poser tomorrow. There’s a time for everything!
While bunch of my friends are on their way to the cinema to watch This it it, I’m stuck in bed with plenty of tissues, Otrivin (thank you, person who invented nose spray!!) and a ginger/lemon/honey mixture.
While I sometimes find the Internet the enemy of efficiency (for being the worst source to procrastination of all) I would like to give thanks not only to the inventor of nose spray but also to Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee for creating the World Wide Web. Time does pass faster when surfing various sites of more or less useful information.
Right now I’m looking for new music and one of my next buys will definately be Großstadtmärchen by Oliver Koletzski. Until recently he was in the same studio as my flat mate so that’s how I became familiar with his work about two years ago.
A great album with melancholic elektro pop songs (with a dash of house and a touch of techno) perfect for this time of year. Imagine myself in a car, Hypnotized on…music loud, driving through Berlin at night. Man, I wish I had a car. Especially since it’s starting be be pret-ty cold outside.
Also check out Oliver dj’ing if you get the chance. Mighty good!
For example U2 is giving a free concert at Brandenburger Tor, organised by MTV. Ticket registration was yesterday and of course tickets where gone in no time. Hope some of you got lucky!! More on the whole MTV row here
Picture from the 360° Tour
One of the reasons for my recent stay in Copenhagen was to meet with Den Rytmiske Tænketank (“The Rythmic Thinktank”). A group of people from the Danish music business, who have developed a proposal for a more strategic approach to music, on both a national and international level.
The Thinktank members all work in the music business (producers, label managers, musicians, venue owners etc.) and have been meeting with professionels from other businesses and industries to get their input and perspective. Quite a comprehensive project that has been going on for a little less than a year.
Last Friday the Thinktank passed on the baton at a big conference co-organised with big players from the music business and the Ministry of Culture. An interesting day with presentations/speeches, debates and a couple of life performances with i.a Kenneth Bager and newcomer Vinnie Who. Fourteen proposals categorised under Music Wxport, The Digital Revolution, Financing, Live Performances and Growth were presented during the day.
The next step: Turning the proposals into tangible ideas/initiatives that can be implemented and executed through funding from the private and public sector. Which is were I come in. More on that soon, I hope.
Links to more information on the Thinktank – only in Danish unfortunately
…in Berlin on Monday I would go to Yellow Lounge in Berghain and listen to Fauré Quartett and Mojca Erdmann. Together with Berghain residents Canisius & McLyntock they perform classical interpretations of rock and pop songs while Pfadfinderei do visuals. Great Monday night entertainment.
Starts at 21:00, Entrance is €6,00