Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven are one of the most unique groups to come out of 2016. The collective efforts of bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Todd Stoops, drummer Jay Lane, and guitarist Clay Welch create the foundation for the world’s first “Classical Dance Music” project. Reimagining Beethoven symphonies to a new generation of live music lovers, the band has been traveling the country to spread some serious musical explorations of the modernized material.Today, they’ve shared something quite special. A song they call “Thunderstorm” is defined as a passage from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s sixth symphony, “tranced the funk out for a dance exploration and meditation improvisation.” What Reed Mathis has done with this recent Denver recording is even more interesting.He explains in a Facebook post, “So, in my Beethoven band we have this one tune where it’s one long chord progression that we can move through at any pace we like, and we just make up riffs and ornaments through repetition, sort of like crickets talking. The recording of us doing this in Denver was 44 minutes long. ‘Just for the hell of it,’ I wondered, ‘what would happen if I remove the transitional bits, and just string together all the improvised riffs using only the parts where they had solidified?’ So, I spent a couple hours last night editing that 44 minute performance down to 21 minutes. Pretty crazy! Fascinating to hear our collective-improvised negotiations go from stepping-stone to stepping-stone so quickly. Plus, Beet’s chord progression is definitely non-shitty. Freakin’ unique little band I’ve got here.” Indeed!Check out the 21 minute compilation of improvisational material from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven at Cervantes below:
Van Oord has contracted Universal Foundation to support the installation of two mono bucket foundations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. To remind, financial close on the Deutsche Bucht Mono Bucket pilot demonstrator project was reached in July 2018, after the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) granted the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project the permit required to install two additional pilot wind turbines using mono bucket foundations whose design was certified by DNV GL in April.Deutsche Bucht will be the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this new type of foundation structure under commercial operating conditions.As the general contractor for the Balance of Plant, Van Oord is responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the mono bucket foundations.Jesper Uhre Larsen, Project Manager at Universal Foundation said: “We are excited to continue our efforts on the project working with a professional marine contractor like Van Oord. The project teams are working towards the same end goal: a successful installation of the Mono Bucket foundations in 2019, which will enable further opportunities to lower the cost of offshore wind energy.”The mono bucket foundations will be installed in the second quarter of 2019.“This project is an essential step in Universal Foundation’s strategy. To capture the full commercial potential of the technology, we are investing heavily in further technological standardization and industrialization, to ensure not only an environmentally friendly solution, but one that can be the preferred choice in today’s competitive market,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation.The Deutsche Bucht wind farm will have a total of 33 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind V164-8.4MW wind turbines, 31 on monopiles and two on mono buckets.Monopile installation at the German offshore wind site started in September 2018.The EUR 1.4 billion Deutsche Bucht, expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2019, is owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power, and is the company’s third North Sea offshore wind farm, together with Gemini and Nordsee 1.
Swansea’s story hits the big screen in the West End on Friday night – but manager Garry Monk believes the fairytale at the Liberty Stadium is far from over. “We used to train on a cow field and get locked out by the council, so we had to cut a hole in the fence and all the players were crawling through it,” Monk said. “We got changed in our cars with our muddy boots and dirty kit in the boot. “But when I first came it was the very start of the progress. The stadium was a shell, but you could see the potential and the direction the club wanted to go. “Any player should know what they are representing and any new players who come in are given many things to understand the philosophy of the club, not just on the pitch but off it too.” Swansea’s story got some silverware in 2013 when the club won its first major trophy in 101 years of trying – the Capital One Cup when beating Bradford 5-0 at Wembley. That triumph took Swansea into the Europa League and Monk feels that achievement is possible again through a high Premier League placing, despite intense competition from clubs with greater financial resources than the Welsh club. “If we stop now we have wasted all that hard work,” Monk said. “We are never going to be a financial power in this league, but we can make sure we are competitive. “W e experienced Europe last year and that was something we really enjoyed, and we would like to get back to at some point sooner rather than later. “We have shown we can win a cup, but we would like to do it through the league as well. “People say the Chelsea game is a top-of-the-table clash, but we are not going to be title contenders at the end of the season. “We know exactly what we are, we are a club looking to progress and all the new players who have come in buy into that.” Press Association Monk has played a big part in Swansea’s climb over the past 10 years as player, captain and now manager and still struggles to comprehend the club’s rags to riches rise before locking horns with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “The Chelsea game fits in with the story because it’s one you would not believe unless you witnessed it,” Monk said. “That’s why I want people to watch it. It gives you a big insight. “There’s plenty of clubs who went up and through the leagues, we did it ourselves before. “But the actual circumstances the club found itself in and what we had to go through will leave people surprised. “This means a lot to a lot of people and it’s probably the perfect time for a film.” Monk joined Swansea in 2004 a few years after the club nearly went into liquidation, salvation coming in the form of a combination between Supporters’ Trust members and a consortium of local businessmen. But he still had to endure some pretty basic training facilities before Swansea rose through the divisions and reached the promised land of the Premier League. Jack to a King tells the story of a club which went from the brink of extinction to living the dream and has its London premiere in Leicester Square on the eve of Swansea’s visit to Chelsea for a Barclays Premier League summit meeting. Swansea head to Chelsea as league equals with both sides having won their opening three games, but it’s a far cry from the days when players had to cut a hole in the fence to practice after being locked out of their training ground.