Challenge of the week: Name songs that has the word “black” in its title. How many can you get in 30 seconds? Two minutes? 2 years?

I bet a lot.

Kongano on the other hand had none. Fixed that: BLACK LOTUS.

Next weeks challenge: Name all the songs that has the word “love” in its title!

6th senseless week of the shorts.

They’re here, they’re below the average length, but they don’t care! They are SHORTS:

“Appetizer for witty banter” is background music for a Hollywood movie of 1940’s or 50’s. You know the kind that has comedy, thrills and romance, all packed in a good 90 minutes. And yes, tons of clever dialogue, spoken with Transatlantic accent.

“Good news” is a playful, yet classy jingle. This may be the shortest tune I’ve made so far. Simple, compressed, perfect.

“Redend II”…umm, I’m sure every Metallica fan out there immediately sees what’s going on in here. The idea and context is straight from one of their songs, but the rhythm and every note – the music itself – you hear are products of my twisted imagination. !skcor dna srehtils tI

Please Lars, don’t sue my butt!

Simple = complicated.

“For a cop and a musician, the answer to the conundrum is always simple.”

I should’ve just believed that totally not made-up quote.

Instead I produced a dashing B-part, recycled the synthesizer sounds in a clever way, made a tons of variety in the melody parts and – as you can already guess – ended up scraping everything I just mentioned.

ICE TEA wanted to stay simple.

It’s like you’ve prepared a fancy meal with truffles and Jerusalem artichoke in a Champagne gravy, but your guest just asks for a bowl of gruel.

Oh well, more nifty ideas left for upcoming tunes.

Afterwards I had some ice tea, with sugar & lime. Yummy.

This has been a long time coming.

…really long. For like, a few years…

Why it took so long, man I don’t know… Too many distractions, like babysitting a cat and World Cup 2014.

But here it is now! SILVER SPURS THE THEME is the main theme of a fictional western.

And yeah, that’s it. Nothing more to see here.

Coming up in the fall of 2120, “Silver Spurs the Q/W/E/R/T/Y”.

Q=unshaven hero appears
W=where the tumbleweed roam
E=lovely love theme
R=town drunk makes an ass of himself
T=bandits ride the night
Y=final showndown

Feeding two birds with one scone+

1) I’ve been wanting to produce a classical composition in the vein of Ludwig Van, as it plays in “A Clockwork Orange”. You know, some silly, synthesized & retro-futuristic stuff.

2) The title OODI VAHINGONILOLLE is just so good that it had to be used.

(Oodi, fin. [= ode, eng.]. Vahingonilo, fin, singular. [= Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, eng.] [= Schadenfreude, ger.])

+ “Oodi Vahingonilolle” is of course a reference to the famous classical theme “Ode to Joy” by none other than Louie-1. The circle is complete!


Names drop like flies.

See what I did there?

That sounded highly inappropriate. Sorry for that.

Yes, I was going to do some name-dropping here. You know, to explain SACRED RUST, but nah. The title kinda ruined all the fun.

Instead, here’s a little proclamation for the Young audience:

Rock is not dead! It just smells funny. So let the Rolling Rock roam free. We all sometimes feel the Dire need to roll & rock.

10 years ago.

Yup, these “sinister electro-monsters” seem to come outta me naturally. I blame computer games.

BLINDSIDE is not only the title. It’s also a good candidate for a worst movie ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Imho.

2009 was not the best year in the history of movies. “Watchmen” was all right. Hangover was not.

Aprils fools.

Or not.

I was thinking of something appropriate for the date here, but decided not to.

Too often the honorable Mr. Internet is here only to troll others, prank innocent bystanders and make things seem flashier than they are. And I don’t want to be part of that.

So instead of making up some preposterous lies about me retiring from the music industry, I’m just gonna say this:

Have a nice day, friend! The SPRING IS COMING.

Too far.

You thought the genres in electronic music are complicated? Or was it just me?

Well, our friends in the field of jazz are no strangers to overcomplicating definitions either.

There’s Bebop, Hard Bop and Post-bop. There’s Dixie, Swing and M-base. There’s Free Jazz, Gypsy Jazz and Soul Jazz. We got Third Stream and Mainstream. Guys over there do Jazz Fusion, Jazz Rock and Jazz Funk.

And of course we all are fortunate enough to have both Hot and Cool!

I’d say LOST CAUSE lies somewhere between Acid Jazz and Fusion. Maybe throw in some French Avant-Garde and Jazz Hip-Hop. And Modal Jazz and…