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The Definition of Happiness (Live Mixtape)


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Immerse yourself in this mindful mixtape, full of emotional tracks helping me living through these pandemic times where our freedom has been severely restricted. Luckily there are no limits to our personal creativity and talent. The music keeps me going while we are forced to slow down our lives, not able to meet our family, friends nor colleagues in person. Some of us even had to say goodbye to a loved one during these already troubled times...

Don't we all want to escape from this reality? With these carefully selected tracks, I want to bring hope, motivate and inspire you to find happiness in the little things of life, like in music for instance. Together we can make the world a better place!

Back in 1964 Alfred Hitchcock shared his definition of happiness, stating that when all negative and destructive emotions are removed, there's a clear horizon ahead for renewed creation. Almost 60 years later these wise words still count and are more actual than ever.

Interviewer: "Mr. Hitchcock, what is your definition of happiness?"

Hitchcock: "A clear horizon. Nothing to worry about on your plate. Only things that are creative, and not destructive. When that’s within yourself, within me, I can’t bear quarreling, I can’t bear feelings between people. I think hatred is wasted energy, and it’s all nonproductive. I’m very sensitive. A sharp word said by, say a person who has a temper, if they’re close to me, hurts me for days. I know we’re only human, we do go in for these various emotions, call them negative emotions, but when all these are removed and you can look forward and the road is clear ahead, and now you’re going to create something. I think that’s as happy as I would ever want to be."

In 2015 the talented German artist and producer David August, got inspired by Mr. Hitchcock and sourced his voice sample as the core of a standout live performance at Resident Advisor's RA Sessions. He took the words of the revered film director as inspiration and built a completely improvised new composition around it.

In 2021 I've included an extract of Alfred Hitchcock's "Definition of Happiness" inside this mixtape, amongst various beautiful soundscapes, fragile melodies and a personal interpretation of Oxia's melodic techno classic 'Domino' with a subtle classical addition of a chamber music ensemble (also available as bonustrack).

This is my most personal and emotionally loaded composition so far, that I want to dedicate to anyone who has lost a loved one.


released April 24, 2021


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