Monday, December 14, 2009

Warp!


I'm still on the job hunt. Last week I managed to land an interview for a position at the Berlin Philharmonic. When I got to the office though, it turned out to be a group interview. In other words, it was a room full of Germans making my language skills look really bad. I did not get the job. I am currently revamping my computer to focus on music performance and production. With the past year of no luck finding a job, I've decided that I should just pursue what I am good at and interested in. I believe that I could make enough to live off by playing gigs around the city. I think 2010 will be a good year.

On Friday, I went to the Finale of the six city concert/party series held by Warp Records celebrating their 20th anniversary. It was held in simultaneously in both the legendary Berghain and upstairs in Panorama Bar. The event started at 11 and ended at 10:30 the next day. The sets were staggered so that, for example, while one performer was playing in Berghain, a DJ would be playing upstairs in Panorama, and back and forth. I could go freely between up and downstairs during the sets so that if I wasn't feeling a track, I could go see what was being played in the other set. It was an exciting night! Warp records is an independent label in England that has brought to light many of the top electronic artist, including Aphex Twin, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Square Pusher, LFO, Prefuse 73, Nightmares on Wax, and Anti-pop Consortium to name a few.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pfeffermintzetee


I just got back from a quick bike ride by the lake. I enjoy watching the old people feeding all the ducks, swans, and gulls. There was a man today surrounded by swans, snapping like snakes, with a seagull on his head! I have been exploring the forest around the lake, by bike where possible and foot where it is not. Winter has increased the visibility through the trees. The other day I saw several deer, some with big antlers. I've also seen lots of red squirrels scurrying about. I found a ferry that will take you out to one of the islands! The sun set today at 3:56, so as I am writing this, despite it being still relatively early, it is dark.

Sarah was in Berlin for an interview on Monday and crashed at our place for the night. It is always great to see her! Before heading out the next day, she helped us out with some technical errands in a way that only a native German speaker can. We are very grateful!

I have been plucking my way through a book on the physics of sound. I am taking notes and absorbing all that I can. I'm still hunting for a job. It is almost embarrassing that it is taking me so long. I have been sending out my resume to lots of people and businesses, but mostly I do not hear back or get turned down. I am still hopeful and am digging deeper to find not so obvious options, for example, the other day I applied to work at several film studios. Who knows, maybe I'll end up working in the motion picture realm!

The Jehovah's Witnesses just paid me a visit. It is quite possible, they say, that the Star of Bethlehem was the work of Satan in order to bring harm to the baby Jesus. King Herod did want him dead. God showed his praise with Angels! Interesting. Mandie is super interested in the Jehovah's Witnesses for some reason, so I got their contact information that way we can schedule a discussion with them. I'll post more