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“Event Horizon” EP now published

My new 4-song EP Event Horizon is now released on #Spotify, #iTunes, #Apple Music, #Deezer and all the other major music distribution media.

  1. “Funky Matters” is the opening tune. A concept song about particle #Physics, #supersymmetry, string theory. Influenced by rock, metal, funk and jazz. #progressive#rock. @KlasGranqvist on drums!
  2. “The Tyger”‘ s lyrics are adapted from the homonymous poem by #williamblake, in a horror story of might, divinity and grandeur. Whispered in the darkness. #Literature #progressive #art #rock
  3. “Sabbatical Leave” is the story of an evil researcher who hates the world and takes a Sabbatical leave to build a weapon of mass destruction. Dark humour & some critique of the #academic #Zeitgeist. #progressive #rock #Metal
  4. “The Stalker” is a collaboration with the #Finnish band Spy. Here I sing a tale of a…stalker, while they shine with their instrumental accompaniment in 5/8. #progressive #rock

New paper published on IEEE: “Evaluating the Energy Readiness of National Building Stocks Through Benchmarking”

New paper published on IEEE: “Evaluating the Energy Readiness of National Building Stocks Through Benchmarking”

In our new paper, just published in IEEE Access, by analysing nearly 35000 EPC certificates covering 11 building categories in Estonia, we

  • Characterised the time evolution of EPC classes
  • Evaluated the impact of incentives pre/post-renovations
  • Created benchmarking tables to be used in detailed auditing
  • Estimated the year when each building category should reach the ZEB status

The paper is open access and free to download at: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/976354863548

Abstract:

Evaluating the #energy performance of existing buildings is critical for improving the efficiency and resilience of the building stock as a whole. The importance of this information holds at different scales, both locally and at the national and international levels. A major problem arises from the difficulty in obtaining information from existing buildings; often, the only available data are the yearly consumption per unit area, typically corresponding to the energy performance certificate (EPC). This paper shows how to address concerns of practical relevance with a limited number of variables by examining an EPC national database (including the major cities of Tallinn, Pärnu, Tartu, and others) that provides only EPCs, construction/renovation year and heated area. Through a systematic statistical investigation of nearly 35 000 EPCs of educational, office, commercial and other building typologies, we i) characterise the time evolution of EPC classes, ii) evaluate the impact of incentives pre/post-renovations, and iii) create benchmarking tables that allow comparisons of a specific building with the existing stock to identify representative buildings for detailed auditing. The readiness of the Estonian building stock could thus be evaluated by linear fitting. All new and renovated buildings are estimated to achieve the zero-energy building (ZEB) status by 2050; remarkably, for some categories, this will occur already in the present decade if the identified linear trends persist. Additionally, we investigated whether the #COVID-19 pandemic has affected building stock readiness by comparing pre- and post-2020 ZEB year fit estimations. Contrary to what was expected, the change in working habits affected some building types only marginally, while the national regulations played a prominent role. Detached private houses exhibited a pronounced worsening in readiness, while the educational and entertainment sectors benefited from specific energy labelling remodulations.

Review of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

I have adventured in reading this classic novel, and I’m glad that it was short enough to ease the pain quickly. My little review on #Goodreads:

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Horrible. Tedious to death. An awful drag…at least it was short and the pain lasted only a week.

The story of an idiotic, spineless scientist who manages to create life (!), but then immediately rejects and abandons the creature because…it’s ugly. Then he faints, an awful number of times throughout the too many pages of this terribly self-indulgent teenager disaster. What a waste of time, really. Kenneth Branagh did an amazing job in ameliorating this story in his movie.

Victor is so irrational to never really use his brain at all, he’s all emotion and psychosis, sees something, gets scared and faints, then he falls sick, for two-three months. And he whines about how he’s pitiful, unlucky, suffering and blah blah blah. He makes idiotic choices and never faces his responsibilities, he can only blame the creature.

The book is also very illogical, and relies too much on very convenient coincidences. I’m not writing spoilers, but the story almost made me sometimes scream with desperation!

The narrative is so horribly self-indulgent that we have to read up to 4 pages of useless scenery description, which could be easily condensed in one page just for the setting.
But no, you need to know the colour of the tree’s leaves in that particular season, and right when you were finally acquiring some momentum, hoping in something to happen, the rhythm is broken again.
And when action happens, Victor usually faints. Then he wakes up after two months in bed, and then he whines some more. Then also the creature whines. And the ship’s captain whines too. Everybody whines, including the poor reader.

It’s incredible how such a brilliant premise, with all the influence it carried (and still carries) on literature and popular culture, including a number of undertones and legitimate questions about the power and dangers of science, got wasted on this poor execution.
At least I’ve learned a new English word: “countenance”. Beware, you’ll read it a lot, REALLY an awful lot of times!



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“Mozart Medley” now digitally distributed

My “Mozart Medley” is now published on #Spotify and other major streaming services like #Soundcloud. These are three Mozart pieces adapted for an electric guitar ensemble (string quartet and winds), including some humour:

  1. Symphony n.25 I movement (extract)
  2. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K. 525, I Allegro (extract)
  3. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen, Aria (extract)

Original compositions by W. A. Mozart
Rearrangement and production by Quantum Prana

REDRUM 251 – New EP on Spotify

A short collection of soundtracks for Fabrizio Borgio’s crime stories, settled among Piedmont’s wine hills and featuring Detective Giorgio Martinengo. Inspired by psychological horror and by the movie The Shining (1980).

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5Xj7F4ULGVnfG2uCxsNHbW?utm_source=generator

You can also listen to the EP on Soundcloud:

I am featured also on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/quantum-prana/1400222239

Video – Covering Bauhaus well masked

From last Friday’s gig, here I am playing our own cover of Bauhaus’ Stigmata Martyr…wearing The Old Man’s mask. This is only the intro, full video link in the description. #bauhaus #postpunk #avantgarde #experimental #mask

Gear and tone matter – Know Your Gear! (cit.)

What a nice gig yesterday! Investing time, thought and money in quality equipment and effects layering (besides lots of practice!) does make a difference, performance- as well as tone-wise.

#Fender #Markbass #Two notes Audio Engineering #Walrus Audio #Darkglass Electronics #Phillip McKnight

Attached, a close-up of the accidental star of the evening.

Special Issue on HVAC and Sustainability

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Submissions are welcome for the new Special Issue at Energies MDPI where I am guest editor.

Topics: #energyefficiency #HVAC# Sustainability #IEQ #thermalcomfort and many others.

Deadline: April, 27th 2022. https://www.mdpi.com/…/Building_Sustainable_District