Scottland Holidays Part II

In the last days we went from Aberdeen up the costal line to the north sea and then down to Glasgow. We have meet some nice freinds, sent time with them, saw beautiful landscapes, castles, sheep, lochs, swamps a more than recommendable Bed & Breakfast and had a lot of nice foods. Now we arrived in Glasgow and are hanging out here. I’ll write more, when I’m back but for now, guess what? – I’m going to a pub.

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Scottland Holidays

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So it’s time for a holiday. I’m in Scottland for the third day now and we just arrived at a friends place in Aberdeen. We arrived early sunday morning in Edinburgh went for a breakfast and visited places there. Second stop was Pitlochry for a nice Bead & Breakfast. Now we’re in Aberdeen and since we’re about to go out to a pub I’ll just leave you with some pictures and write more later on!

Sampling, Copyrights & Such

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So, before we go on holiday, here’s one last post from home. I’m sitting here on my desk, my bags are packed and I’m waiting on Timemachine to back up my system. I must say this is one crappy piece of software. It only starts hourly and you can’t trigger it. So after switching the backup-drive on 3 minutes tool ate i have to wait 57 minutes for the backup to start. Thanks Apple, your Ipod is already gone, i exchanged it with a tape! The Subject of the video could also be triggered by thinking about the previously mentioned. Once again it’s about copyrights. I’m still watching it, so nothing more to say. Enjoy! via nerdcore

Part 2
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Part 3
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Great Album & Gimmick Concept

If you know me, you also know I am always ripping on the music industry for totally failing on the copyright side, plus totally failing the artists needs and interests. You know why? Their biggest mistake was being so greedy to make music digital in the first place. Everybody who loved music already had loads of vinyl records, but the music industry implied that their quality was poor compared to the CD. They even started not producing certain stuff on vinyl anymore, because they wanted you to buy a feckn CD-Player and their bull CD’s. Then the mp3 came and everybody was outraging. And now, for the last ten years they don’t come up with anything but complaints. I say they need to come up with something creative to make it cool to have the original music and not only a copy of it. But what to do? I have my own ideas to that matter, so if you’re a major label reading this, make me an offer i might tell you some things! But what i tell everybody for free is that these guys did it right! It took me less than a minute to go ahead and buy the album plus the player without even listening to the music, great job! And by the way, as it looks to me, vinyl will outlive CD’s sooner than you might think…

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News On Guru’s Last Years

UPDATE:
DJ Premier speaks to vibe magazine about Guru, Solar, Gang Starr, & more!

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So here are some news on GuruPremo made his salute mix in which he talks about having been in the hospital. Justin Elam Ruff, Guru’s Nephew talks in there and Big Shug speaks out too. Listen to that! What really made me sad though is this interview with Tasha Denham who is the baby mother to Solar’s child. I’ve been speculating myself and if Guru and Solar would have been a couple it all would make sense. But Guru wasn’t gay as you can read there, it was worse! All of his positivity was sucked in by Solar and turned to negativity, it’s a shame! As I said before, I met Guru twice beeing the promoter for a local concert here in Hannover and looking back I can co-sign a lot of stuff written on the hiphopdx.com interview. So all true HipHop Heads, remember Guru as who he was and not what Solar turned him to think in his lat years. Also check out this article on the Premier fanblog! And if you have some words for Solar, you can leave them here.

Bauchklang Live

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This Band was presented to me by my friend Kai who i used to share an office with in 2001. In 2006 I finally had the chance to see them live because I booked them for a show. They are rarely seen in northern Germany, so i had to take the opportunity to promote them myself. Luckily it was my birthday as well and i must say that they are one of the best live acts I have seen so far. So this year they have been here again and for sure i was there. In the end I talked a little with them guys and hopefully you can soon check out some Bauchklang sounds on my productions! Enjoy the video and if you like them, please support their project by going to their concerts and buying their music! Bauchklang Homepage!

Old School HipHop Tapes

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Superdope blog here! Dedicated to old school HipHop and there is a lot of rare stuff to find here! Can you remember taping radio shows back in the 80ies? I loved to do that, but since i don’t have a tapedeck anymore i can’t even listen to all the stuff i have. But anyways i was in germany and so i didn’t have the best stuff to tape anyways. Thanks to Marc Hype for pointing me at this one!

R.I.P. Guru Of Gang Starr

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Another tragic episode for HipHop. Guru, one half of legendary crew Gang Starr and initiator of the Jazzmatazz project died yesterday due to cancer. After having a heart attack in the beginning of february  Guru went into a coma. He was stated to slowly recover but until yesterday no one knew that it was actually cancer. I’ve posted about this before and the whole story can be read here. I met Guru twice while working at Faust e.V.. Once with DJ DooWop and his producer Solar for the Jazzmatazz tour in 2008  from which the above picture originates and a year earlier for the Street Scriptures Tour. In 2007 it really was a hassle to deal with them, but a year later Guru remembered who i was and was really friendly. But Solar as self named “Superproducer” left behind a  foul taste in my mouth everytime i met him. The whole HipHop Community was behind guru and wishing hime the best for the last two month, which he had to spend in the hospital. In the end all the wishing well didn’t help and Guru lost his fight against cancer. What he left us behind with, besides to several milestone Albums for HipHop, is a strange letter which can be read here. I hope that this will clear out and DJ Premier will take the position he deserves. My thoughts are with Guru’s family right now. R.I.P. Guru! (Photo by Barbara Mürdter)

Ikea Built Beatmachine Desk

After acquiring an Emu SP-12 that i did not have after selling mine nearly ten years ago i had to rethink my setup here. My Ikea built DJ desk really got full and there was practically no place for more gear on it. Plus, the way i arranged it, i couldn’t reach the mixer from all places that i worked at. The plan was to build another rollable desk to fit my SP-12, the mixer, my Akai S-950 it´s Zip-Drive, Soundcard, Compressor and of course my new patchbay. After all the hassle with the SP-12  i decided that it is probably not the best to always put plugs in and out of a machine that´s nearly 25 years old. So the patchbay was the thing to do. They are really cheap nowadays since everybody is using digital mixers and a lot of sidechain equipment is already built in in those mixers. As well multicores are nearly free (8x Stereo TRS – 14,75 €). So now i only have to change the jacks right under my workstation, which is fantastic. The desk itself once again was done with two Expedit Shelves (35 € each), attached to each other with flat steel bars. The only thing i did different this time was to not use the top dividers for the shelf, so it will fit 19″ equipment. This works fantastic as you can the and the space remaining holds enough width to fit 9,5″ stuff like my soundcard. As well those pieces are used as bottom part for my speakers since they rest on spikes with bases that would fall off moving them withou. The whole thing costed me 85 € which you can´t beat even with material from a hardware store. I as well made me some adapters and long cables, so i can move my active monitors to the desired place for optimal monitoring…

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