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0 / 0:00
Q: This is an art project. Any idea what they're doing? -- F: I have no clue.
Q: It has something to do with the war. -- F: Maybe the sirens, like an alarm? [...]
Q: Do you like the way these artists address those issues? -- F: No.... it drives me crazy... horrible....

1 / 1:02
F: I thought a "musical street" would be a bunch of bands playing, but what am I supposed to do here?
M: do they want me to meditate now or what??? [... siren]
Q: Do you think it works to remind you that way of the history of the street?
M: No, that doesn't work, it's just grotesque....

2 / 1:58
Various: Oh, that's nice.... they're crazy... I really have to say that the people get more and more stupid, and obviously music, too... I expected beautiful sounds, but that's only cacophonic... that's just noise... is this supposed to be art? You probably have to get used to it... I thought there were some construction workers in there....

3 / 3:02
M: it is horrifying, it's just noise, it interrupts the business, and people are not drawn into the stores... maybe it is art, but please not during business hours.... This is not music, music is a rhythmic order of notes! For the majority of the people this is not music. My point is that for the majority the stores and businesses should be more interesting.
M: this is great, I like if something is happening here. Nothing going on in this area anymore!

4 / 4:03
M: Why can't they stop talking about the Third Reich? I grew up in that time and have also been member of the Hitler Youth, and I had a good time. You could buy the butter for the same price everywhere, and everyone had a job.... do you want to put me in jail for that?
Various: at first you wonder what it is, but then you start thinking... yes, it's done well, sounds pretty dark....

5 / 4:55
M: I heard some trombone from afar, that sounded terrible... [...]
F: The problem is the military industry. They create all those things, and they'll use it up. I don't understand people who work there, I wouldn't do that myself. People should get used to peace, but nobody wants it. Everybody wants to make money, that is not right... I want way more conscientious objectors against the draft in Germany.

6 / 5:55
F: We like nice marching music... yesterday we saw the British Bands, that was colourful... it's just a game today, not real anymore, and it's nice music. Look at the American bands with the sousaphone... powerful music, I like... but everything that is distorted noise, I don't like. [...]
M: I don't understand those noises, and can't see how these artists want to achieve anything... marching music would be appropriate.
F: what's going on here, is this a Nazi rallye? Listen to that "heimat" song.... [...]
M: ...well, generally you should avoid noise....

7 / 7:56
F: we don't like nazis... skinheads go home... pigs...


from Blue Box - Remix, released July 1, 1998


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