Sunday Music

The ways one worms through youtube are amazing. It started when LX mentioned Suzie CREAMCHEESE  (Ger., Eng.) in a comment; this was followed by searching for Suzies. What somehow brought me to fluxus, but I did not want to become too ZEN for this Sunday Music. On the other hand a bit of relaxing, meditation even, seems just right. So I came about Ralph STEINER (1899-1986) (Eng., moma, Getty, see some of his films here) and his 1930 film Mechanical Principles. The original is ten minutes long and silent, I link a shortened four minutes version with bearable electronic music – hope you like it.
I will be here tomorrow, paying a visit to the doctor may be a good idea after all.



14 thoughts on “Sunday Music

  1. I didn’t dislike the music, but when I turned the sound off the film came alive. I’d quite happily have watched for ten minutes.

    Hope all goes well at the doctor’s.

  2. Toratoratora …. Whow – a mechanical computer! A bit like Colossus. I had no idea that the Navy used them until the early seventies and that you actually worked one, LX.
    I have no clue what the German navy used; I have heard of the Wuerzburg and Freya Funkmessgeraete, what is nothing else but radar on land, but I have no clue how they calculated all and everything.
    German and British guns and other equipment was later used by the Spanish and built into coastal positions, especially in Galicia facing the gulf of Biscaya. I saw pictures of these now defunct positions, and they all had in the central bunker a so called calculation table, a massive plate made out of cement I think; no more machines available of course. All electro-mechanical.

  3. 2:21-2:46 took me back to my Spirograph days, do you remember Spirograph? I remember etching designs on my Großmutter’s arms as she slept in front of the telly. She looked like a kowloon docker. Halycon days.

  4. Mitzi, you are astonishing me. I have no idea what you are talking about, the Spirograph must have passed me by some miles. I found this to understand what you are talking about.

  5. I loved Spirograph! I wish I still had my set… I became quite advanced, often using two large wheels, two straights and an A3 sheet of paper to create the most fanciful patterns. Awful when I lost the pins in the shag pile though. Mitzi will understand.

  6. You too, MsScarlet! Spirograph seems to be still available, but I have no idea whether the actual product looks similar to what you used to play with. And I’m sure Mitzi knows anything about the shag pile.

  7. All of the WWII navies had similar naval gunfire systems of guns, optical rangefinders, radar, and analog computers, except the Japanese did not have radar.

    The Flaktürme sites consisted of two towers, the larger Gefechtsturm for the flak guns and the smaller Leitturm for radar and fire control computing.

  8. It was a short and effective visit XL. My strong concern is/was that my inability to lift and bend my left leg would stay with me, but the doc assured me that it would get well again – but it takes a little longer. He gave me an injection, mix of paynekiller and ant-inflammatory agents that worked very fast, and a prescription of strong paynekillers, three a day. I asked because of moving, and he said “up to the limit, but not over it, you’ll feel it”, what is very true. I think I’ll stay here tomorrow, and travel to the bookmines in the ddm of Wednesday. The only thing that will be a bit dangerous is carrying filled bookboxes.

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