Music and Emotions

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December 11, 2020

Emotionplus - Cover Picture

There are many people who find it difficult to deal with emotions. Mental injuries or childhood traumas are only two of many reasons. The protective mechanisms of the soul (e.g. irony) are just as varied. But this does not mean that these people are emotionless. On the contrary, it can be observed that it is usually very sensitive people who are particularly affected.

In my stage play “From Ape to Human”, this idea plays a decisive role. On the surface, the play is about an intelligent machine that shows emotions, which leads to amusing confusion. At its core, however, buried human emotions are the profound theme.

After finishing work on the stage play, I decided to make socio-critical themes the new focus of the Entprima Jazz Cosmonauts. Specifically, it is mainly about empathy. Especially in times of the Corona pandemic and climate change, it should be clear to every rational person that the big problems of this world can only be solved globally. However, it is a bitter experience that reason alone does not move people to act. As long as we are not emotionally moved by the fate of population groups with which we have no direct contact, there is no impetus for action. But what does all this have to do with music?

I am one of those people who have spent a lifetime largely suppressing emotions in order to survive in the struggle for existence. Now that I’m sliding into so-called retirement, it’s also breaking through against the resistance of the barriers I’ve built up. And this is reflected in my music. However, it is noticeable that my socio-political titles have a hard time with the audience, especially since they are still spiced with a good portion of irony. But what is this irony good for when you have made peace with your own feelings?

It has something to do with truthfulness. If I allow emotions in music now, they should be truthful. But if we take a critical look at the music charts, we see that the most ostensibly emotional titles often follow a sales calculation. The most successful producers know exactly how to appeal to the listeners’ feelings. And these are more likely to be self-pity than pity for distant, tormented people.

It’s hard to separate truthfulness from deceit, because there are truthful elements even among the titles that carry the feeling before them almost like a monstrance. A song brushed with feeling, written by professional and calculating creators, can be transformed by an honest performer into truthfulness in its entirety. However, for the artist crafting a work from start to finish, extreme caution applies.

An ironic refraction of the basic emotional attitude, which is undoubtedly a condition for truthful music, can be helpful. Merging this irony with the emotion in such a way that it is not buried is an extremely artistic act. In my track “Emotionplus Audiofile X-mas 1960”, which will be released on 18th of December 2020, I feel that I have succeeded as never before. I would be happy if the audience feels the same way. I almost believe that the song would have touched the 4-year-old child Horst Grabosch, even if irony was not on his mind at the time.

Emotionplus Audiofile X-mas 1960

When Christmas is just around the corner, memories, emotions and a critical view of world events sometimes form a wild alliance. The critical spirit can only disrupt the strong longing for a sweet, healthy world, but cannot cover it up. The song “Emotionplus Audiofile X-mas 1960” reflects this conflict, but cannot destroy the naive beauty of the Christmas song.

 

The Christmas classic “Silent Night, Holy Night” is crossed with “Good Evening, Good Night” by Brahms, and from children’s choir to church bells all platitudes are used, while an out-of-control drummer fires off one fill after another and a rich bass unwinds all the notes of the harmonies, which also oscillate between major and minor.  In the process, the speakers complete their documentary tasks. Surprisingly, it still remains a beautiful song.

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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

Tropical Fruit Mix - Horst Grabosch, Alexis Entprima

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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When asked by the distributor, the album violated an Apple rule: “it is considered very generic for Apple Music, so it can have many copyright overlaps”. Since the album is an acoustic meditation and soul journey and comes under the genre “New Age”, I did some research and found dozens of albums with recordings of singing bowls. What is more generic than the recording of a sound body without additional structured content? The 13 tracks of my album are clearly highly artfully arranged and very different pieces of music. What is the problem?

A Deeper Meaning of Lo-Fi

First a brief introduction for those who have never heard the term Lo-Fi. It defines the intention of a piece of music in terms of sound quality and is a provocative contrast to Hi-Fi, which aims for the highest possible quality. So much for the tip of the iceberg.
Philosophically, Lo-Fi is a departure from the “higher and further” of our world. At a time when even Hi-Fi is no longer enough for many, and Dolby Atmos (multi-channel instead of stereo) is establishing itself as contemporary, the Lo-Fi trend takes on an almost revolutionary air. I would like to highlight 2 aspects of Lo-Fi that underpin this claim.

Mother Tongue and Discrimination

Quote: No German-language title in the Top 100 of the Official German Airplay Charts 2022.
BVMI Chairman Dr. Florian Drücke criticizes the fact that not a single German-language title can be found in the Top 100 of the Official German Airplay Charts 2022, thus setting a new negative record for a trend that the industry has been pointing out for years. At the same time, the study shows that the variety of genres listened to, including German-language music, continues to be great. In the music offer of the radio stations this is not reflected however. The fact that songs in German don’t play a particularly big role on the radio is not a new phenomenon, and the industry has addressed and criticized it many times over the years.

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