This approximately 50 kilometer long route has always been one of my favorites. It just felt right from the beginning to the end. It offers a bit of everything. Some areas are challenging, others relaxing, beautiful, fun, thoughtful, historical, sad, interesting or impressive. Some segments are perfect for fast rides, others include nice inclines. Maybe it’s also its length of 50 kilometers that always felt perfect to me. Or the destination Garzweiler which I found very fascinating in a morbid kind of way.
Cycling around Mönchengladbach
Inspired by the Google Earth routes of the Tour de France I compiled a collection of cycling routes in and around my hometown Mönchenglabach, Viersen, Neuss, Waldniel, Korschenbroich and Niederkrüchten.
Holger Czukay Re-Releases
Exciting music-news reached me a little while ago about some re-releases and remixes by Holger Czukay. His two albums Flux + Mutability and Plight & Premonition with David Sylvian have been some of my top-favorite albums for many years.
Holger Czukay will release a new version of Plight & Premonition, twice as long (!) as the original. I always hoped to hear more of this music and different, longer versions… There are some remixed versions on David Sylvian’s Camphor, and there are some fantastic recordings available with Approaching Silence and Ember Glance, but that’s where my knowledge ends.
Michael Brook and Lisa Germano
Last Monday an old dream came true: After all these years I finally had the opportunity to see Michael Brook play live, here in Baltimore!
He created some of my all-time favorite albums with Sleeps With The Fishes, Cobalt Blue, Live at the Aquarium, Hybrid with Brian Eno, or his collaborations with Djivan Gasparyan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and so many others. He not only worked with Brian and Roger Eno, but also with David Sylvian, Robert Fripp, Russell Mills, on Rain Tree Crow with the other ex-Japan members, with Jon Hassell, Bryan Ferry, Peter Murphy…the list goes on and on and includes so many of my favorite musicians.
Trisomie 21 were a French indy, synth-/electro-pop, ambient (difficult to categorize) band in the 80s/90s. I got introduced to them around 1990 with two vinyl records Raw Material and Plays The Pictures.
These two albums were just wonderful and I began to collect all their albums in the following years. Their music was also featured in a French movie, and I found very interesting how the landscapes I imagined while listening to this music actually matched the filmmaker’s vision, too.
I was looking for Pop, Königsforst and Zauberberg by Gas aka Wolfgang Voigt for quite some time – until today. I finally managed to find and acquire all three masterpieces. Haha, now I only need an extra-soft velvet pillow for them to rest on.
Somebody wrote about Pop:
[…]very subtle and fragile ambient, sparkling nature, endlessly looping and gently shifting, making it very quietening, even to the point it would trance you into total detachment.
I just read that Wim Mertens released a DVD titled What you see is what you hear. I think this may be the first time Wim Mertens has released a live video. I just ordered it and look forward to seeing Wim Mertens in concert for the first time.
Wim Mertens is a Belgian composer who became quite well known and popular with compositions like Struggle for Pleasure, Close Cover and Maximizing the Audience.
Powers of Ten
I came across a film by Steve Johns who combined the classic footage of Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten with music by Mat Jarvis also known as Gas of the legendary em:t-collection. See also Charles & Ray Eames and Microscopics.
Happy Halloween 2006
Last year I had to skip Halloween and my carving tradition because we were in Germany during that time. I decided two make up for this and carve a few more this time. After some initial troubles trying to come up with an idea I finally remembered a great scene: the face that flashes in a dream sequence for just a split second in the original Exorcist.
This gave birth to my idea to create a pumpkin series of classic horror movie moments.