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Kraftwerk hat es geschafft! Kraftwerk, the Beatles and godfathers of modern synthesizer music, arrived last Saturday at the Elisabeth Center Antwerp (Koningin Elisabethzaal) with ‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’ show. The brand new Queen Elizabeth Hall offers a wide range of concerts, musicals and other events. It’s located in the heart of Antwerp, adjacent to Antwerp Central Station. In 2014 the British-American magazine Mashable awarded ‘Antwerpen-Centraal’ the first place for the most beautiful railway station in the world.

‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8’, is a spectacular, maybe a little weird and retro, multimedia 3-D concert inspired by and touted as an art installation. Kraftwerk calls it “Gesamtkunstwerk” (total work of art). Their music may sound complex, electronic, or inaccessible at first sight. But they inspired a lot of people, musicians, rap artists and bands like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, New Order, Daft Punk and even Coldplay. Kraftwerk was the main reason why I started to build, play and buy synthesizers when I was a kid.

The audience received 3-D glasses with which to watch the projected performance, vintage video and film footage. During ‘Spacelab’, satellites and a flying saucer seemed to hover over our heads. The first encore song, ‘The Robots’, was an amazing moment in the show with Kraftwerk replaced by moving, lifelike mannequins dressed as their younger selves. It was a breathtaking, challenging, unique and yes, a very fun evening.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

While I was working on this post I heard the tragic news about a suicide bomber killing at least 22 innocent people, including children, in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester UK. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected. 

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Get ready for a special report. Kraftwerk have brought their acclaimed 3D live show ‘The Catalogue’ to the Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerp. They’ll play the Queen Elisabeth Hall for eight times in a row.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Coolest Jobs in the World

Think about it. Some of the coolest careers also rank among the world’s rarest jobs. In life, we often say cats have the most important job in the world. Except for one of the most popular jobs in the US of A, and probably in some other parts of the world.

Mr. Bowie, a well known studio technician, loves his job. He sets up and adjusts synthesizers, microphones and headsets in recording booths, operates mixers and audio control panels, and advises performers on how to adjust their vocals. Don’t underestimate the value of an excellent studio technician. So I don’t complain when he’s sleeping on the job. On the other hand, I call myself a rock musician and my music is inspired by Kraftwerk, the pre-1980 Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode and Trent Reznor. There must be something wrong with the volume, the tempo or the bass…

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Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

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