WSC’s Danceable Semester Playlist WS 2021-22

At the start of the new winter semester at Hochschule Heilbronn I publish my personal semester playlist. Have fun with it!

  1. We start in the cradle of mankind Africa, more precisely in Tamanrasset, Algeria, Sahara with Irmahan and their song of the same name. Guitars and rhythm – so old school. But, the hypnotic lead guitar and the rapid Arabic-influenced tone sequences of the melodic song result, as I said, with a lot of rhythm in a really danceable sound. ,
  2. I appreciate Mory Kanté from Guinea very much as a musician, because he not only delivered dance floor smashes, but as a griot singer and ballaphone player he had an enormously wide spectrum, even folk music. Unfortunately he died much too early in 2020. Here, not his super hit Yeke Yeke, but the song Mogo Djolo – even more rhythm…
  3. Attention style break! Blue Monday 88 by New Order. Dance beat song of my youth, may not know everyone. Brit Pop of the 80s was once „top of the pops“, as it was called then …
  4. How about a musical now? Musical?!? A musical. Idina Menzel has a typical musical voice, many ornaments, but in this spiced up version helps to overcome gravity – Defying Gravity…
  5. Well, if you were a child of the New German Wave / Neue Deutsche Welle … you had to listen to a lot of shallow junk ( da da da, Treetboot in Seenot u.v.m. ). With the song Dreiklangdimensionen from Rheingold, I still appreciate the cool undercooled style. It’s hardly ever played, so that’s a clear argument for its placement here…
  6. Devil in me by Purple Disco Machine – when can you ever tame him?
  7. Blood, sweat & tears have rightly their place in music history with their innovative crossover sounds in jazz rock at the end of the 60s. Painfully, then, it was to see the band’s long and agonizing descent. From the late period comes this dirty Nuclear Blues, which was interpreted here super funky – not so bad after all …
  8. Some record covers make you smile, so this was here first with Breakbot – and the text is also not meant quite seriously (?). But the music is very groovy: Baby I’m Yours!
  9. Now it gets really old – French works IMHO well as a pop language. But was a one hit wonder only as far as I know. The inspiration comes from a Eberhofer crime movie. Which one I just can’t think of right now.
  10. And we remain in the year 1977. The Sonics, hard, rough, fast rock n roll …
  11. Students only want one thing! Were we different back then? Let them: here is a contribution from Fanta4 – no further comments on this …
  12. I confess! Well done girlie pop catches my ear, like Daya looking for a real bad bad girl. I discovered this at AFN The Eagle …
  13. Dance music does not need words at all. So here are two instrumentals, as it used to be called. I got to know the Munich Indy Band Pollyester once at an open air, good electronic sound like here at the trance triggering cover song of Russ Ballard’s Voices …
  14. Vertigo – film music from the last movie Night Life, which I was allowed to see, before the Corona spectacle. Music top, movie quite OK …
  15. Who still knows Gladys Knight? Gap in education – definitely close it!
  16. The bouncer today is a somewhat quieter number by a really likeable artist: Garland Jeffrey’s Hail Hail Rock n Roll – rarely played on the radio, but cool sound.

That’s it for this semester. Admittedly a wild mix, but for sure it had some surprises and new discoveries for you, and what’s on the radio everyone knows anyway. More next summer. Then with a different musical topic…

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20. August – Day 134 at the District Office of Heilbronn County

  • Infected (cum.): 1052
  • Deceased: 42

According to Ministry of Social Affairs as of 19. August 2020

There has been silence for a long time in this blog. It was simply too much to do.

On the one hand the students‘ requirements during the summer semester had to be respected as good as possible, and also the Covid-19 work at the District Office of Heilbronn County was challenging.

The result of the latter activity was the implementation of a new open source case management software: SORMAS.

Here is what the local press reported on this:

Press coverage:

Radio coverage:

Press Release of Heilbronn University:

More to follow…

8. April 2020 – Day One at the District Office of Heilbronn County

District Office of Heilbronn County
  • Infected (cum.): 579
  • Deceased: 11

According to Ministry of Social Affairs

7:55 am. How do you enter the building? All entrances are closed. A phone call to the secretary says employees use a side entrance next to the parking garage. Otherwise there is another entrance, but only for clients with a pre-arranged appointment. The office has barricaded itself in view of the immense new tasks in the fight against COVID-19. Apparently this has never been done before.

Then, appointment in the personnel department. This is quick for civil servants, three statements on data protection, loyalty to the constitution and the use of official cars of the office. And not to forget the chip for the time recording. That is all there is to it.

The Health Department is located in a side wing. The first impression: „How many people work here?“. It’s like in a dovecote. Altogether it seems to be well over 80 people. Most of them are busy with the official orders circling around the containment of the coronavirus.

Four case investigation teams work in parallel. After the first stormy weeks, new structures are now being created, into which I am to be integrated. Many employees have joined from other departments. One team leader was previously with the water department, others were employed in the fine department. These are colourful teams, but all of them are united by the ability and the will to work together. It’s fascinating to see how directly communication is lived. But the exhaustion is also evident. A lot of work is done here, but the constant occupation with new challenges is demanding.

The first day is hell, so many names and faces you meet and an incredible amount of paper to read. The general decree of the district, the announcements of the Robert Koch Institute, the forms and so on.

A small secretariat is the starting point for all activities. Most e-mails and incoming faxes are processed centrally here. Flipchart sheets on the wall show the positive test reports on the corona virus that have been received so far. Here it becomes visible that behind every number there is an affected person who is very real. It is also clear that nobody is allowed in this room without a reason.

The day is going by like nothing. The outcome of the first day: a flow chart summarising the discharge criteria of the Robert Koch Institute.