What to do in times of a pandemia

Well I can hardly give any tips of what best to do in a “lockdown” kind of situation, when you can’t or at least shouldn’t really leave the house. I can only tell you what we’re doing:

  • we went shopping of Friday after my work already, so we were through with that early on. It also helps if you enter the supermarkets as a single person, not with a whole family. Better for the distances we should keep…
  • reading is always good – my current favourite fiction author is Haruki Murakami as you might know if you’re reading this blog once in a while
  • listening to music and/or watching TV is what I’ll guess what most people would do, and of course we’re also doing that. Long running series like “Doctor Who” are good tips if you like that
  • If you’re a computer geek, get involved into some free and open source project – write some code or documentation, or share some tips via an own blog or Youtube or whatever
  • We’re the lucky ones, at least Zuleikha and me – we play instruments. Plus we are both members of Wikiloops where you can play with other musicians from all around the globe for free if you like. All you need is some way to get your instrument or voice into a computer, which is usually done with some kind of audio interface – see here for some examples. And Wikiloops just lifted its time restrictions, so even as a new user you can now start down- and uploading at once, without having to wait (or to pay).
  • If you are creative in another field – I consider myself a portrait photographer for instance – then do this at home as well. Take photos of your family, or in case you’re alone, take self portraits. There’s always something new to learn, and if it’s only about lighting.

Other than that I haven’t done much this weekend, in fact I wasn’t even out of the house except to feed the birds:

Bird food, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

As I’ve read, the rate of new infections with SARS-CV2 aka the Corona virus is slowing down here in Germany. So maybe (and hopefully) it helps if everyone is staying at home or at least keeping a safe distance. And while it’s still way too early to speak of or to hope for a trend, we can still carry on and wait this out, shall we?

Be safe. Stay healthy. And thank you for reading.

Working from home

I’m sitting at our dining room table with my notebook from work, preparing for the last day of the first week of working at home. Still a bit early (as usual), so I’ve turned on the Wikiloops One World Radio, which looks like this:

Screenshot from 2020-03-20 07-56-42

As you can probably see you don’t have to have an account or being logged in to listen to this, so go and have a listen if you like – it’s nice and it’s free.

I was productive this week, without having all of the colleagues around me, so as I thought (or knew) I can concentrate on work much better in silence and in solitude – but it’s still something else, this. Unreal somehow, the thought that this might go on for weeks or even months.

And holidays? Hm. Strange thought.

Ok, off to work right now. Take care, be safe, and stay healthy everyone. Thanks for reading.


After first remixing this track only for Shi and Russellish (he had some bass samples on it already), I found a nice remix from ivax which he also uploaded as a HD file, so I could add that as another track in my DAW. And then I grabbed my instrument, and out came this:

The list of musicians is now like this:

So as always, thanks to my friends from Wikiloops for all the fun, and thanks to you for listening.

Take it slow (remix)

Another remix I just made, this time from BigDaddyCee and again from Shi:

As always, thanks to my friends at Wikiloops for all the fun, and thanks to you for listening.

When the lights go out (remix)

Today after work I remixed one of my all-time favourite tracks on Wikiloops, from hurzel and Shi:

This one still gets me after all these years. A masterpiece from two of the finest musicians I’ve heard.

As always, thanks to my friends for all the fun – and thanks to you for listening.

Elena – have you seen her?

This is the second track I remixed and played upon today. It’s called “Elena”:

Thanks as always to my friends for all the fun, and to you for listening.

Keep walking

Today I made two remixes of tracks, and then played a bit myself on each of them. This first one is called “Keep walking”:

Thanks to my friends for all the fun, and thanks to you for listening.

Eliška Lenhartová

I presented Eliška Lenhartová before in this post as part of the Duo Françaix – now here she is alone, some three years after that previous video:

Wonderful, isn’t she? And looking at her fingers move along that guitar I wonder if some people were just born for certain instruments…

Thanks as always for reading, and for watching. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did (and for me it’s always a pleasure to see and hear good musicians)…