2014

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2014 was a good year.

2014 … was a good year, albeit not for this website. Deus62.com was always meant for the longer posts (many people would attach the tl;dr tag to them), but I had neither the time nor the inclination to write many of those as the archives on here show.

2014 … was the year in which I diversified my online presence a bit. I am writing a lot of shorter posts over on http://deus62.de, the site you should bookmark if you want to keep up with what I am up to, and, once in a while when they turned out nice by accident, I post some photos over on http://photos.volkher-hofmann.de. Read More

All Things Come To Those Who Wait

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All Things Come to Those Who Wait

When I rebooted this website, things were supposed to pick up a notch … but they haven’t. As real life would have it, things got in the way and the little spare time I had was spent cruising real-life pathways instead of virtual ones.

In fact though, in regard to music and other matters, these past months since my last post have perhaps been the most exciting ones in years.

Violet Fane (1843-1905), who wrote the following lines ages ago, had it all wrong:

‘Ah, all things come to those who wait,’
(I say these words to make me glad),
But something answers soft and sad,
‘They come, but often come too late.’

If you happen to be a geek (somewhat) like me, you know that it is also the hunt that makes things especially exciting. And if you approach things properly, items will arrive on your doorstep at just the right moment. Read More

Why I Chose the Beyerdynamic T 90 Headphones

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Beyerdynamic T 90 headphones.

Buying headphones is always a highly subjective business. No matter how much reading you do around the Internet, something I always do nowadays before buying anything whatsoever, at the end you have to decide what your ears like.

If you are someone like me who has gone through a large number of different headphone models these past 40 years or so, you will probably know that just switching from one brand to another will usually make a world of a difference.

Maybe you have even been totally disappointed by a supposedly superior model when compared to your previous one and asked yourself why you spent all that hard-earned cash. Read More

The Joys of Blogging

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"The Joys of Blogging" (header).

In the 21st century, the above post title might seem somewhat idiosyncratic. To many, blogging has become either an odd habit of peculiar people or, worst of all, something only done with the sole purpose of earning a more or less substantial income. To be quite honest, no matter how legitimate the latter people and sites are, I don’t frequent them much. Call it conviction, but posting (only) to make money has always been highly suspicious in my tiny corner of the world.

I have often stated on this site, a site which has gone through more lives than those of the proverbial cat, that blogging is a way for me to both switch completely off by concentrating on some topic or to recharge depleted batteries, to alleviate the considerable stress I experience in my day job.

For me, much like music, blogging is a reprieve. Read More

Thilo Wagner: Piano Jazz at Its Finest

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Thilo Wagner (press photo)

Oh my, this is going to be embarrassing.

See, there is this small pub plus a few other smaller venues I have frequented regularly (since the middle 90s) to see a couple of friends or other acquainted bands and groups play live. You know, the kind venue for weekend gigs that attracts life-long friends and fans plus a bunch of walk-ins who just want to have a good time on a Friday or Saturday night. After a while, you get to know the regulars, both musicians and guests, you get a feeling for the local music scene and, most importantly, you can watch the genesis of new ideas and projects. Plus, you get to converse with lots of people who are into the same music as you are. From the various programs, I always chose the musicians and groups I knew or new constellations thereof

I don’t know how many times I mentioned “that German jazz pianist” that I listen to frequently and who is just awesome and, as the beer, wine and snaps would have it, I could never quite recall the name. I just have too much music and have gotten too old (and senile) to really have it all down pat at all times. One night, after (many!) years, a good friend, colleague, and a fabulous keyboard player in his own right, pricked up his ears when I said “something with T” and whipped out the program of the venue I was damn well sitting in and replied, “You don’t mean this guy, do you?” … pointing at the following week’s live gig. Read More