Choice between what?

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March 8, 2022

Choice

Of course, we condemn the war in Ukraine, but what choice do we have after that?

Yes, the war in Ukraine is terrible. Just as terrible as the war in Yugoslavia, the war in Syria and hundreds of wars before. After the horror comes the analysis, and this is where it gets complicated. Of course, one can say that Putin has gone mad, and that almost the whole world condemns the attack – see UN resolutions. But this is only half the truth.

If we approach the problem analytically, we will find the cause of Putin’s insane decisions in the collapse of the Soviet Union. That collapsed because of glaring economic weakness. Most people were in a very bad way and hoped for improvement in the independence of their peoples with a turn to democracy and capitalism as an alternative to failed communism. Now they are waiting for the improvement. How long are we going to make them wait? They have been waiting for 30 years. Another 20 or 100 years – forever?

Democracy lives on the possibility of each individual to live his life with dignity and beyond poverty. This is true not only for the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, but also for Africa and many other regions. If the so-called free world does not manage this, there will be more wars – until nuclear showdown. We have to understand these connections.

Russia in the person of Putin wants to return to being a world power. Why is he now not attacking Central Asia (which he already tried to do in the Caucasus war, for example), but Ukraine? Because Central Asia can wait. The people there are still doing badly and Russia has good prospects that the republics will fall voluntarily into Russia’s arms again! Most people in Ukraine, however, have chosen democracy and capitalism completely voluntarily – and their living conditions have actually improved because of their proximity to Europe. So the danger is that democracy and capitalism guarantee a better life. Putin, of course, cannot let that stand – and neither can China.

China has chosen a path that has mixed two worlds. On the one hand, the communist power apparatus, and on the other, economic freedoms. So far, this path is proving extremely successful – at the expense of the people’s personal freedom.

Unfortunately, capitalism in its ugliest form also shows the division of the population into very rich and very poor people. This can be observed even in the seemingly consolidated capitalist democracies. Trump has clearly demonstrated the explosives contained therein. So democracy will never win the final victory, and we would have to keep waiting for the nuclear showdown.

I’m sitting here in my mini-studio right now, desperately fighting for my personal economic survival as a music producer. A prime example for many people in capitalist democracies. Yes, I have been busy! An extensive academic music education was followed by many grueling years on the stages of this world – until burnout. After that the struggle for life continued. New profession – new happiness – until the next burnout. Now I try to supplement my pension with music production.

Yes, I can express my opinion freely. No bombs fall on my head and I have enough to eat. So am I doing well? No, because as an experienced artist in the music business I experience again how economic power drastically restricts my personal development. So-called gatekeepers want to take the last shirt off my back before my productions can even reach the ear of a listener. This is what competition looks like in capitalism.

The progressive privatization (capitalization) of the cultural landscape means that today, more than ever, the following applies to artists: “No chance on the market without financial investment“. It may sound like complaining on a high level to many, but as Ovid already said: „Resist the beginnings“. This kind of freedom will never reach the hearts of the people. If the majority of the population is excluded from personal and economic growth due to a lack of financial power, it will soon become bleak. Then we will only have the choice between plague and cholera.

The Founder

My name is Horst Grabosch and I am the mastermind of all projects presented on this website.

I was born in the largest coal mining area in Germany, known as the “Ruhrgebiet”. After school I worked as a professional musician until I was 40 years old. This time is well documented on WIKIPEDIA

After a burnout I had to give up my job, moved to the south of Germany, to the Munich region, and did an apprenticeship as an information technologist.

Another burnout forced me to rebuild my existence again, which collapsed just because of the corona crisis. In expectation of poverty at retirement age, I began to build a second career as a musician in 2019.

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Tropical Fruit Mix

Horst Grabosch and Alexis Entprima with a new dance track that again goes into the leg as well as the brain. A poppy horn section, borrowed from the days of Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears, is at the center of the song. As you would expect with Grabosch’s compositions, there are also extensive quotes from the blues and a guest appearance by the Peking Opera – all perfectly molded into a tropical house track.

Talk to Me - Horst Grabosch & Alexis Entprima

Talk to Me

Horst Grabosch continues to surf the wave of summer with his alter ego Alexis Entprima. Today his message is “Talk to Me”, which is always better than “Shoot on Me”. Like the last summer singles, it is electronic dance music with always different subgenres, like electro or Future House in this case. And again Grabosch invites some eclectic guests. In this song a rock band sounds from another world. There’s definitely a different way to be boring.

I Need You Now - Horst Grabosch, Alexis Entprima

I Need You Now

The song is a dance track in Future House style. As usual with the eclectic producer Horst Grabosch, elements from other worlds appear. The title of the song appears in the comprehensible lyrics, but is only a thematic orientation. The story is told in the music and in the cover. It is about loneliness and the desire for togetherness in a crazy world. A slowly but steadily growing listenership begins to understand the overall concept of the soul-seeker in his books and songs. Interestingly, we also find other electronic producers expanding their stylistic and sonic repertoire within a single song. The pioneering attitude of the artist Grabosch seems to follow a trend. It is no coincidence that Grabosch also urges more anarchy in thinking in his books. It is a very special anarchy that does not exhaust itself in the struggle for resistance, but refuses to obey partly unspoken rules. One could call it a liberation of the mind.

See You Again - Horst Grabosch, Alexis Entprima

See You Again

‘See You Again’ is a drum ‘n’ bass style track. The book author and music producer Horst Grabosch works with onomatopoetic voices in his emotional international songs. Mostly only the title is understandable in English. But this title expresses the mood of the song. Here it is about meeting again in life or even afterwards. New soul food from the soulseeker Grabosch. Easily consumable music with surprises and depth. Also suitable for chillout or lounge issues.

Easy - Horst Grabosch, Alexis Entprima

Easy

So how should we classify this song? The only word we can clearly understand from the voices is ‘Easy’ and that’s exactly how the song comes across. It’s not the first time Grabosch has poured out his magic over a fairly commercial base. Yes, there are a lot of samples involved, but so ingeniously integrated that soul really shines through and in addition there are his inconspicuous but pretty melodies, which he always artfully puts together from the samples or plays in himself. Easy is a song that puts you in a good mood. A young couple walks on the beach and protect themselves with an umbrella against the sun. Everything is easy, even listening, as melodic elements reminiscent of easy listening of the 90’s resound over the loose electro house groove. An eclectic mix of modern electronic music and traditional elements of pop history. Swinging chillout music.

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