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07 Feb

My Burns Supper Speech

Since my family decided to have a Burns Supper for some reason, there was some speech-making to be done. My sister’s boyfriend delivered an excellent address of the haggis, the honor of giving the speech in honor of the author fell to me, and my sister provided a heartfelt and appropriately cheesy thanks to the cook.

I should mention that I am not too familiar with Burns, and had/have no idea of his actual biography. Being too lazy to do some actual research, the only thing I knew was that he is one of Scotland’s most revered sons, so my little speech sounded a lot like the following:

I want to tell you a bit of a story, to give you some insights into the relevance of Robert Burns.

Mr. Burns was born a long time ago. Usually depicted as the original Pterodactyl-rider, his career started a long time before that. Although it has been disputed by some rather inbred scientists, it is my firm conviction, as well as a fact, that Burns was the one who convinced Pangaea to split up.

While raising dinosaurs, a small velociraptor-chick scratched his left pinky toe, so he decided to pull all dinosaurs’ claws, teeth and genitalia to avoid further inconveniences. Of course he was aware that this would lead to their extinction – but this had the pleasant side effect of providing quite a bit of meat, which he grilled on a stone oven – that coincidentally was the volcano where the great and evil lord Xenu would later drop the captured Thetans.

The smoke of his BBQ caused the ice age, which after the long and hot years he had spent during the formation of the planet, was a welcome change.

After the climate recovered from the first Burns supper, so to speak, he decided to personally kick the Neanderthal’s ass with his Scotch-Fu and teach the Homo Sapiens a bit of agriculture, because – let’s face it – they have the hotter chicks. Then he invented the wheel.

Around 2000 years ago, he decided to reincarnate, because he had never done that before, and after causing a bit of commotion in the middle east and leading to the conversion of the Roman empire, he invented a time machine in order to skip the dark ages – their dark and brutal nature were, of course, brought on by his absence from the world during that time. Had not yet, though, invented the paradox. Instead he decided to go to 1991 and watched Saturday morning cartoons for a few centuries.

Some time later he thought it would be interesting to look what was on the other side of this giant rock we stand on, and discovered that some of the nice ladies he had met earlier had travelled to other places as well. He also got into art a bit, but he was not really satisfied with his drawings, sculptures and inventive concepts, so he published them under ridiculous pseudonyms he took out of a particularly silly saturday morning cartoon featuring shelled reptiles engaging in martial arts and devouring Amercian-Italian fusion cuisine.

He was, however, satisfied with his cooking and recipes, particularly puddings featuring a wide variety of innards, and also his poetry. No wonder, therefore, that his greatest masterpiece was a result of combining the two. This was indeed a work worthy of his name!

After writing a bit of music, inventing sarcasm, defeating Hitler and reducing Pluto to a dwarf planet, he decided to go into acting. He is the only actual actor featured on the popular show “the Simpsons”.

He now also spends his days coming up with stupid things for Paris Hilton to say and for Richard Lugner to do, although even he has run a bit low of material, so he got bored and took a box of blue crayons and drew a little thumb cinema movie in his notebook which has now been released and received a few Oscars.

So Mr. Robert Montgomery Burns of Springfield, Scotland – we applaud you, thank you for this lovely occasion as well as the earth’s magnetic field, and wish you all the best for the upcoming Zombie apocalypse!

All present (so polite!) seemed to enjoy it, and my father asked me to post it.

13 Dec

Nice news!

Nice things have happened in the last week!

I received a nice little toy, the Tenori-On (TNR-W). Ebay has been nice to me, so I did not pay the full price, but it’s still a pretty expensive toy.

So far, it has definitely been worth it, though! I also received a stand for it, and now the MIDI cable has also arrived. There’s nothing in the way of syncing it to LSDJ and making some Nintendo/Yamaha hybrid tracks! I’ll experiment with this combination during the holidays.

Also, I’ve been contacted by a Dr. Avatar from One Life Left, and it looks like they’ll play have played our Seven Nation Army cover on their show on last Monday (s05e19, starting at around 54:00):

I contribute to a radio show called One Life Left in London, UK playing the character Dr. Avatar. This week, I convinced the host to give Seven Nation Army some airtime.

The show is played on Mondays on 104.4 Resonance FM in London, UK and the show goes live at 8PM. However, it can always be downloaded at www.onelifeleft.com.

So head on over there and give their show a listen!

10 Nov

With Philipp Huber: Seven Nation Army

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A little cover of the White Stripes song, with the Nintendo old gray Gameboy played by me and electric guitar played by Philipp Huber. This rare combination makes for an interesting sound!

First performed at David’s, Sabine’s and my half-to-real birthday party at Kolar Laudongasse.


08 Nov

Played at 5 years SUBOTRON @ Schikaneder

The Subotron had its 5 year birthday parties on Friday and yesterday, and yesterday dot.matrix invited me to play with them once more at the Schikaneder, even though I had initially planned to kill the evening by watching Wetten, dass..?. But it was even more boring than expected, so this little last-minute gig was just the thing.

Even though we were at first a bit concerned about the sound, everything went well: we borrowed a nice “little” speaker system that saved the day!

Thanks everybody for coming! I hope it was as fun for you as it was for us.

01 Nov

Played at Elektroland

Markus Schrodt and myself played quite a fun set at Eletroland @ Elektro Gönner yesterday. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was nice to see so many of you there! An unusual, but nice way to spend Halloween.

01 Nov

The Chase (from Vienna to Olbia)

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Written partly in the brand new Rudolf Bednar park right across the street and partly on the beach in Baia Sardegna, this is a breaky, kinda hard, but not very hard track. First performed at Elektroland at Elektro Gönner.

08 Aug

Royksopp – Poor Leno (Gray Gameboy Mix)

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Performed for the first time at 8Bit Beach, this “remix” of a great song by a great band is one of my more sophisticated LSDJ dance tunes.

02 Aug

8Bit Beach Vienna

After a long time, I’ll be playing at 8Bit Beach (see the flyer image for details), which is an interesting combination of swimming in the Danube with 8Bit music.

8Bit Beach Vienna Flyer

Thanks to Markus Schrodt of dot.matrix for organizing! Dotmatrix, the Gameboy Music Club, Nullsleep and many more will be playing.

I am really looking forward to seeing all the guys and gals again!

07 Dec

Dream Number 12

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FastTracker II, 1999, rescued off an old cassette. Funky, breaky, yet smooth and relaxing. I wanna rock!

07 Dec

A New Dream

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A track from 1998, written for Andrea (her name is *cough* cleverly *cough* hidden in the track’s name). Dreamy (as the name suggests), FastTracker II based trance, rescued from an old cassette.

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