Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk 1 1970 Electronic , Krautrock, Experimental

Kraftwerk – Kraftwerk 1 .1970 Electronic , Krautrock, Experimental

Kraftwerk is the first album by German electronic band Kraftwerk. It was released in Germany in 1970, and produced by Konrad “Conny” Plank.

Chief Kraftwerk members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider used two drummers during the recording of the album; Andreas Hohmann and Klaus Dinger. Their playing provides the music with a rock edge. This proves to be quite distinct from Hutter and Schneider’s previous band Organisation, or the following pair of Kraftwerk albums, Kraftwerk 2 and Ralf und Florian which were both recorded entirely as a duo by Hutter and Schneider. According to later interviews with Dinger, he plays on side two (“Vom Himmel hoch”), while Hohmann plays on side one (“Ruckzuck”, “Stratovarius”), which was completed before Dinger joined the sessions.

The other instrumentation features Hutter on Hammond organ and a modified electric organ called a tubon (made by Swedish factory Joh Mustad AB), whilst Schneider supplied manipulated flute. The song “Ruckzuck” is driven by a powerful multi-dubbed flute riff, along with electric violin and guitar; these instruments often connected to further electronics via an Electronic Music Studios pitch-to-voltage converter.

The album tracks are all instrumentals, of which, “Ruckzuck” and “Stratovarius” are closest to a rock music approach in style. “Ruckzuck” has a tightly arranged opening section that includes a dramatic change of tempo, before an extended and largely percussive middle section, with an even faster reprise of the opening theme to end the piece. Following an extended drone opening played on keyboards, “Stratovarius” develops a scary organ intro as a looser succession of mainly guitar and drum based jams that build and break down. “Megaherz”, a duet played by Hutter and Schneider, begins as a deep, rippling bass tone that steadily expands with electronic treatments to a discordant climax. Following this, there is a meditative middle section played with flute and keyboards, after which the piece closes with a series of wave-like crescendos of increasing intensity. “Vom Himmel hoch” begins with distant-sounding drones that develop into Doppler effect sweeps as the keyboards begin to mimic the sound of falling bombs. Eventually, a very coarse rock groove emerges (triggered by the first beats of Dinger’s drums), that quickens in tempo and, after a brief sonic interruption, reaches an explosive finale.

The cover design, credited to Ralf Hutter, is a curious nod to the influence of Andy Warhol and the then contemporary pop art movement, featuring a fluorescent-coloured traffic cone drawn in a Warhol-esque manner. The word ‘Kraftwerk’ means power station or plant and machinery – hence the use of the sign on the cover to convey the idea of roadworks due to plant and machinery/men at work.


A1 Ruckzuck 7:47
A2 Stratovarius 12:10
B1 Megaherz 9:30
B2 Vom Himmel Hoch 10:12


Composed By – Florian Schneider-Esleben*, Ralf Hutter
Cover – Ralf Hutter
Drums – Andreas Hohmann (tracks: A1, A2), Klaus Dinger (tracks: B2)
Engineer [Assistant] – Klaus Lohmer
Flute, Violin, Percussion [Electric] – Florian Schneider-Esleben*
Organ, Synthesizer [Tubon] – Ralf Hutter
Photography By – Bernhard + Hilla Becher*
Producer – Kraftwerk
Producer, Engineer – Conrad Plank*


Modern Art, Ancient Themes: Israeli Artists Course Preview

Instructor: Rene’e Powell
Thursdays, February 8 – March 8, 2018
Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville

This course will explore the work of Jewish artists from different historical periods and geographic locations. Students will examine how religious, cultural and social changes within the context of Jewish history have been expressed through visual representation. Our study will include analysis of complex issues of Jewish identity in relation to Jewish art, such as the impact of assimilation, anti-Semitism, and religious and political persecution. In honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel special attention will be paid to several Israeli artists.

Students will be encouraged to view many visual images and engage in lively discussions in order to provoke questions about the contribution Jewish art has made throughout history.


Aikido and The Art of Cold Calling

Imagine being in a crowded concert or bar. All of a sudden, a

fight breaks out between two men who’ve had too much to drink.

You happen to be a few steps away, and the next thing you know,

one of the men turns to you and looks as if he’s going to take a

swing at you.

What’s your first instinct? Most of us will do one of two

things. We’ll either try to step away, or we’ll raise our arms

to deflect him and fight back, which can result in harm to you

or to your attacker.

But if you were trained in Aikido, the Japanese martial art that

focuses on diverting an attacker’s energy, you could quickly

diffuse the situation by immobilizing him without harming him in

any way.

In essence, you’re diffusing the energy that he’s using to try

and attack you in a way that takes the conflict out of the


Unlock The Game and the philosophy behind Aikido have many

similarities. Traditional cold calling and selling are designed

to focus only on the “close” by presenting — or in too many

cases, “pushing” — your solution onto prospects, sometimes even

when they’re not interested. But if you focus only on your goal

of making the sale before having a discussion about the problems

that you can help your prospects solve, something happens.

They start feeling that you’re “attacking” them. After all,

you’re a stranger to them, and when you start talking about

yourself and your solution rather than about them and their

specific issues, you immediately trigger their suspicion and

cause them to start “pushing back.”

This pushback is the resistance or energy that Unlock The Game

teaches you to diffuse. Then both of you can quickly “get on the

same page” and open a natural dialogue that will let you

determine whether it makes sense for you to work together.

Let’s look at the cold calling experience.

Suppose you’re at your desk and you receive a call from someone

who says “Hi, my name is Jack Johnson, I’m with XYZ Company, and

we’re a full-solution provider of…” Is your first reaction to

welcome and be open to his call? Or do your mental defenses

immediately kick in and you shut down against this stranger


Probably the latter, especially if you sense that the caller is

focused on his interests and not yours.

That’s why this old-school cold calling approach triggers the

resistance and negative energy that prospects immediately throw

your way.

The Unlock The Game way to make a successful cold call —

“successful” being defined as not triggering rejection — is by

beginning your call with, “Hi, my name is Jack, maybe you can

help me out for a moment?” That simple question is a very

natural way of beginning a conversation with a stranger.

But you can’t just read this word for word, like a script. It

won’t work. That would be like an Aikido instructor teaching a

first-time student the physical movements before he or she has

learned the philosophy necessary to carry them out.

The same applies here. First you need to integrate a new Mindset

that changes the goal of your call from making the sale, or

getting an appointment, to engaging the person in a natural

two-way dialogue.

To do this, your voice has to be low-key. You have to avoid

communicating any hint of typical “salesperson” enthusiasm, or

any sense that you’re trying to direct the conversation to an

end goal. Once you integrate the Mindset, all this kicks in


So, if you want to succeed in prospecting and cold calling,

become aware of how you might be triggering the resistance or

energy that instinctively causes prospects to push back against

you. Keep in mind that this process will work only if you fully

integrate the Mindset so it feels as natural to you as


In short, if you’re using any form of traditional selling, you

could be triggering a resistance every time you communicate with

your prospect. But if you learn this new Mindset, along with

words and phrases that remove any conflict or tension from the

relationship, you’ll have taken your first steps toward your

black belt in unlocking the cold calling game!

Source by Ari Galper

The Princess Who Had Never Laughed #Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre

THE PRINCESS WHO HAD NEVER LAUGHED is one of the lesser-known tales featured in the FAERIE TALE THEATRE series, though it’s up there with the best.

In a kingdom where fun and frivolity is forbidden, a Princess will discover the greatest treasure is something she can’t buy…

Princess Henrietta (Ellen Barkin) lives a life dominated by lessons, lessons and more lessons. Her only friends are her poe-faced father the King (Howard Hesseman), the tutor (Barrie Ingham) and governess (Mary Woronov). When her life becomes too much to bear she retreats to her room and won’t come out unless someone makes her laugh.

Enter ‘Weinerhead’ Waldo (Howie Mandel), who’s considered the most funny boy in the kingdom. Will he make Henrietta laugh, or perhaps even capture her heart? Wait and see!

Probably one of the strongest casts ever assembled for a single episode of FAERIE TALE THEATRE; Ellen Barkin is a delight as Henrietta, Howard Hesseman (DOCTOR DETROIT) is hilarious as the king and Mary Woronov (of Andy Warhol-CHELSEA GIRLS fame) is excellent as the strait-laced governess.


The Sleight Of Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye

The card trick is a staple to all magician’s bag of tricks. In fact, many magicians today begin warming up their audience with a few card tricks just to get them in the mood.

Magic is all about visual impact and showmanship projected to the audience. And these to don’t come without countless hours and time spent both practicing the trick itself but the show surrounding the trick as well. A well executed flawless magic trick truly is, at the precise moment, magical to the sitting audience.

Even today a well executed card trick is a favorite of the audience. With most card tricks the audience is closer to the magician in order to be able to see the cards. It is this closeness that the audience thinks will allow them to uncover the magic of the card trick. If for no other reason the magician must execute the card trick without any gaffs.

Because of the familiarity that people have with cards and card tricks, you can see that as a magician you have to be extra prepared and smooth when it comes to performing them. Not only because of the audience’s close proximity but also because of their goal to uncover the trick itself.

The underlying mechanism for card tricks is the sleight of hand by the magician. For a veteran magician who has a well polished sleight of hand, card tricks are some of the easiest to perform as well as the biggest crowd pleaser.

The mechanics of the card trick are easy to learn… it’s the sleight of hand (legerdemain)is what a beginning must master… and this can only be accomplished with patience and practice. In fact, practicing until the sleight of hand is just like having a conversation. The body movements, and the conversation have to appear completely normal lest you loose your audience; because their eyes are going to watch every movement.

A vital component to a magician’s sleight of hand is the redirection of the audiences attention from what they are inevitably trying to catch you doing. By insuring that all of your movement looks completely normal and conversational your actual sleight of hand movements draw no suspicion and the trick is therefore magic in the eyes of the beholder.

So, do your best to engage your audience with conversation, some jokes, and some showmanship so that your audience is not fixated on your hands… in fact when you master this art of misdirection you’ll have the foundation for just about any type of magic trick.

Source by Mary Joyce

How to Protect World Heritage Sites

There are many historical sites and places in the world that give us insight and evidence of the past civilizations. These sites help us learn about our ancestors, their living and culture. These sites can be called common or universal heritage of humankind and our World Heritage.

World Heritage Sites:

Any site, building, monument, city of physical, natural or cultural significance that can be called common heritage of all the humans on earth is World Heritage. As these places belong to all humans, the past, present and future generations equally so they must be conserved and protected.

Importance of these sites:

They can be called a legacy, for all humans, from the past civilizations. We must live in them today and also pass them on to future generations. These sites teach us about our past. They represent the great achievements of our ancestors and make us proud.

World heritage is universal heritage, and has religious, cultural and economic significance. They have exceptional value and importance for humankind from history, science and arts point of view and must be cared for.

Need To Protect:

Many UNESCO sites that stand today countenance threats, both human and natural. There is a list of thirty sites by UNESCO that are endangered. Some of the sites are facing deterioration, corrosion or destruction due to human made as well as natural causes.

There are many external factors responsible for damaging the world’s heritage. Some of the external factors are climate change, nuclear weapons, armed conflicts, natural disasters, over-development/ urbanization and unchecked tourism etc.

With the growing strength of these external factors it is becoming more and more important to take proper measures to save and preserve these timeless achievements of humankind.

Protecting World Heritage Sites:

Importance of this cannot be denied. It is not only the duty of the government or the local population to look after these sites but it is the responsibility of every human. We must play our part through several means in protecting these sites.

1. Join a Community:

There are many communities and organizations in the world which are working to preserve and protect these sites. We can work with these organizations, travel agencies, government groups and local communities.

Important Communities for protecting world heritage include UNESCO and World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. We should join these communities to support their cause. We can also donate to different community funds that will help them protect world heritage sites.

2. Sustainable Tourism:

Another way to play our part is to pledge travel responsibility. Tourism can generate funds for the restoration of UNESCO sites but at the same time unchecked tourism can damage them seriously. We should not trash around at these places and visit world heritage sites in a responsible and sustainable way.

3. Increase Awareness:

We should communicate the importance of saving and protecting heritage sites. We should pass on the information we have and join hands to minimize the effects of different external forces on the world heritage sites.

4. Personal Efforts:

Local people are the first and best stewards of these sites. They must respond responsibly and efficiently towards preservation of world heritage sites in their area.

The listing of an endangered site increase awareness among people. If a site is facing danger of destruction or deterioration then the local people should increase awareness about it by drawing attention of individuals, groups and different communities towards it.


No matter what is our reach, we should help protect these sites through several means like financial contribution, raising awareness, advocating the importance of UNESCO sites or drawing attention of the government institutions. Our Every step would count and help in protecting the world heritage sites.

Source by Matthew Kepnes

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Top 5 Bedroom Decorating Ideas This Christmas

Kids don’t typically seem to care about the way you decorate their rooms but at a certain point, they do begin to have more and more of an opinion. From the things they hang on the wall to the furniture they have, kids bedroom decor becomes more and more important as they grow into teens, then into young adults. Spending time and effort shopping for the right decor allows you to give not only a great Christmas gift, but also gives your child something he or she can use every day. So what are some great bedroom decor ideas you can get them for Christmas they will appreciate? Here are some neat, useful and awesome looking things that may just do the trick:

1. If your kid loves baseball, football, soccer or skateboarding, personalized wall racks may be the perfect Christmas gift. Sports racks are great for helping kids organize their sporting equipment as well as keeping their room organized. If you’ve got a fan of baseball or football or any other sport, there are lots of great   wall   art  from sports team pictures to great looking pictures for all sports.

2. Beanbag chairs with cool themes like cats or butterflies work great in a girl’s room while ones with a truck or dinosaur theme look great in a boy’s room. There are even sofa style beanbag chairs that have a back and arms just like a miniature sofa that kids can relax on while they do homework, watch TV or play video games.

3. One idea that really dresses up a room is throw pillows. There are so many great choices that kids will like. From a stuffed Thomas the Tank Engine to zebras, dinosaurs and ladybugs, kids will love having them on their bed or piling up on them on the floor to read a story. Pillows not only show off the kid’s interests but also give them something to lay on they like.

4. Kids love to bundle up on chilly evenings and with great blankets and sleeping bags, they can bundle up in style. Blankets with Star Wars or Toy Story themes and sleeping bags with flowers and butterflies or trucks and dinosaurs as well as many other themes will give the kids something cool to stay warm in.

5. With both girls and boys decor, there are lots of bedroom decorating ideas that make great Christmas presents and the most useful may well be great looking toy boxes and cubbies to store all of the other things they get for Christmas. There are lots of great looking collapsible toy boxes with sports themes or flowers and butterflies that will hold a lot of toys and even padded seats that are soft to sit on but also provides you with lots of usable storage as well.

Room decorating for kids has to appeal to their style or they simply won’t be happy with it. However, with all the great bedroom decorating ideas available, finding something they can use every day and that they actually like doesn’t have to be a challenge.

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