Meditation and Music

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May 28, 2022

Meditation and Music - Entprima

Meditation is increasingly being used unfairly as a label for relaxing music of all kinds, but meditation is more than relaxation.

There are many voices of music journalists lamenting the increasing simplification of popular music. Songs are getting shorter and shorter, and harmonies and melodies are becoming more and more interchangeable between the top ten on the charts.

This tendency to simplify and, unfortunately, blur the terminology of genre classifications has become a real problem. Unfortunately, music journalists and curators are adapting to this sloppiness at an alarming rate. The majority taste and also the view of the majority becomes the sole standard.

As an active music producer you are asked to classify your music yourself to make it recognizable for the listener. Now there is a category called “Ambient”, which includes everything that somehow seems to have something to do with slow and abstract, but actually it is a genre that is based on the works of Brian Eno, who himself had music for airports and train stations in mind.

Then there is the section “Chillout”, which in connection with “Lounge” means relaxed music for clubs. Chillout, in turn, is mixed with relaxation music and, horribly, is also listed under the label meditation. Meditation, however, is a practice that in no way has anything to do with relaxation in the sense of “switching off” – on the contrary! An essential element of meditative techniques is the conscious control of attention! This has nothing to do with airports and clubs.

If you enter “meditation” as a search term in Spotify, you will find many playlists that have the term “meditation” written on the flag. And what do we hear there? Exactly the same as in the top ten pop chats – only in slow, without rhythm and with spherical sounds. Music that is more suitable for falling asleep than for consciously directing attention. With a lot of good will one could argue that there is such a thing as “rest meditation”, but that is only one of many techniques of meditation – like Vipassana.

As a politically interested person, I inevitably suspect that this is a terrible sign of the increasing disinterest of societies in their fate. Although the earth is on the verge of climatic collapse, new wars begin, tying up the forces we actually needed to correct our way of life. It may be a bit far-fetched to relate this to the problem of classifying music, but the impossibility of classifying something conceptually, because the majority only wants to see a section of the world, is quite symptomatic. It is the end of diversity and plays into the hands of despots and simplifiers.

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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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.

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar - Horst Grabosch

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar

The song bears the eclectic signature of German author Horst Grabosch and the title is the beginning of the German constitution. In Grabosch’s typical style, which is somewhere between responsibility and irony, the danceable song leaves everything open as far as attitude is concerned. However, the dishonest solemnity of the movement is thoroughly destroyed.

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