Machines, Poverty and Mental Health

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October 14, 2020

Entprima Blog - Machines, Poverty, Health

Machines, poverty and mental health are the three main issues that concern me – and they are all partly related. As is often the case, the connections are complex and not immediately obvious.

When I became unable to work as a performing musician in 1998, a very difficult time began for me. I soon realized that despite my great success I had backed the wrong horse. A mainly performing musician is dependent on his physical labour. If this possibility disappears, the existence collapses. The Corona Pandemic is currently brutally exposing the whole dilemma of the performing arts.

It is obvious that poverty is the consequence for many performing artists. Poverty as a result of a lack of job opportunities is not limited to the performing arts, but is a global problem of a system that makes gainful employment the basis of existence. I have already mentioned elsewhere that I have no problem with competition, which logically creates an income gap. As long as there is a solution for the losers of competition, many other people will accept that. Unfortunately, this solution is not in sight. Leaving the losers to their fate is simply not an option, because after all, this planet “belongs” to all of us.

With the growing intelligence of machines, the problem is becoming a huge task for the future, because even more jobs that secure our existence are likely to disappear. It is not a question of the number of jobs, but of their value in the financial system. There is always enough to be done, as we see from the understaffing of care posts, but from a capitalist point of view not enough is earned to pay for this work adequately.

Ironically, I am currently involved in the destruction of artists’ jobs myself. My stage play “From Ape to Human” cannot be performed in the foreseeable future, and all the media presenting the play are produced by me, or my computer. A necessary consequence of the pricelessness of external services. Nevertheless, I will probably remain poor, because only mainstream millions will lead to a prosperous income. If this continues, we will probably have to leave everything to the machines. The music-producing coffee machine “Alexis” in my stage play already shows how it could work. Fortunately, “Alexis” still has the decency to switch off capacities itself in order to leave people some room to live.

RESPECT

I am no idealist, and love is sometimes too much of a good thing for me. I think that respect which excludes racism and nationalism per se is enough. Respect also allows a personal retreat when other attitudes to life conflict too much with one’s own.

PROSPERITY

Wealth is always relative. But I would grant everyone the right to enough food, a solid roof over their heads and the opportunity to develop their talents. If some people think they need to keep the current prosperity gap, they should buy a few more luxury cars – what the hell – I’m not a communist.

SERENITY

The first two demands are a prerequisite for making serenity possible for the poor at all. It is likely to be a great challenge for all the half-rich, because in my opinion the hunt for the WORK-LIFE-BALANCE is nothing else but the fight against the constantly threatening poverty in the existing social system.

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.

Newest Music

LUST - Horst Grabosch

LUST

Quite a thick one! Horst Grabosch doesn’t leave it at a music album, but writes a book to it – unfortunately in German. But we have to accept that, because it is his native language. We already know the music from the singles, but it is so catchy and profound that you can listen to it more often. The book should increase the pleasure even more, because it describes thoughts and feelings about each title. Therefore, we think the title “LUST” is quite appropriate.

Christmas for Lunatics - Horst Graboscj

Christmas for Lunatics

2 years ago we were amazed when Horst Grabosch, with his project Entprima Jazz Cosmonauts released a Christmas song. At that time we could discover for the first time the romantic side of the otherwise often biting artist – but only in the music. The lyrics, disguised as a documentary, revealed his biting side again. The result of this mixture reflected his ambivalent nature. Today, a clearly biting Christmas song is on the gift table for 2022. On the basis of “Joy to the World” and this time under his civil name, he takes the Christmas concern with rockets and other war equipment violently on the joke. But again, the song has very pleasing sides.

Ich bin der Barde deiner nie gerträumten Träume - Horst Grabosch

Ich bin der Barde deiner nie geträumten Träume

Horst Grabosch is always good for a surprise. Not that this is the first poem set to music that the eclectic has published, but the style is new. Familiar twists appear, but with this song rock elements, a quote from historical NASA rocket launches and electronic elements give each other a hand. The German lyrics are no less confusing. Some kind of shaman promises the way to a new life, which begins “unceremoniously loud” in the “stripped skin”. The master himself sings and the tones of the melody oscillate between the tones of the familiar tempered tuning, although the former professional trumpeter certainly knows exactly where they actually belong – unique.

La quarta porta per la pace della mente - Captain Entprima & Horst Grabosch

La quarta porta per la pace della mente

Fourth soundtrack from the series of Captain Entprima’s meditation music, which uses highly effective overtone structures and psychoacoustic effects to create relaxation and stimulation within a few minutes. This meditation unit is based on the keynote A. This time a melodic instrument runs throughout the piece. As can be seen from the transient response of the tones, it is an electronic wind instrument. The sound has quite a few effects that evolve over time, but the phases are constantly shifting. A very impressive performance.

La terza porta per la pace della mente - Captain Entprima & Horst Grabosch

La terza porta per la pace della mente

Third soundtrack from the series of Captain Entprima’s meditation music, which uses highly effective overtone structures and psychoacoustic effects to create relaxation and stimulation within a few minutes. After opening the first door to peace of mind on the root C and the second door had root G, as expected the series continues with the root D – circle of fifths upwards. The principle remains, but the sounds change. Another wind chime and other melodic fragments. We are curious to see how it continues.

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