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September 2002

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<note> No time to blog today, since I was working on putting up the new Minneapolis Summit site. Have a look!


<ip> Kingdom of Piracy is an online art project that takes as its theme what it considers to be a fundamental part of the internet — the sharing of content, often nowadays referred to as ‘piracy’. nettime

<art> If you’re into human-computer interface design (I know, a dry topic for some, but tonic for others) this may interest you. Interesting content navigation concepts mocked up in a nifty flash presentation. flash.req zeldman


<culture> “Uploadphonix, the uploading of bootlegs and cutups,” reads the article in 21c magazine, “is the first musical movement born post peer to peer sharing technology and in large part, because of it.” It’s an article about the mashup phenom.

<art> Ubuweb, subtitled “visual - concrete - sound”, is a sizeable repository for images from the art-historical to the just plain strange. It also contains numerous downloadable sound files by the likes of Duchamp, Cage, and Cocteau.

<ip> Bellona Times has an interesting rant about copyright, and how copyright ‘protection’ can serve to make works unavailable, possibly relegating them to being lost forever. A new battle cry: copyright robs the future.


<?> A scientific experiment begun in 1927 is still going on. About every twelve years, something happens, but no one has ever seen it actually take place. Now it is about to happen again. And you can watch for it to happen on the internet via web-cam. slashdot

<satire> Spoof piece neatly lays bare some of the logical discomfort some of us suffer at the lips of arguments in favor of intellectual property. pho

<audio> Myke Weiskopf collects audio the same way other people collect snapshots. Now thanks to the internet, you can listen in as he goes through some old shoeboxes under his bed.


<ip> A couple of news articles relevant to the IP debate appeared on c|net today. One is about the royalty-free Ogg Vorbis codec and its bid to unseat Thompson’s proprietary (but oh-so popular) mp3 compression technology. The second is about Duke University’s law school getting a $1 million gift to fund advocacy curtailing expansions in copyright law. pho


<?> Everyone loves this one. A Virtual Gramophone demonstrates that it is possible to scan a phonograph record, and using the resulting image file, extract the audio information. Apparently, the resulting sound file is noisy, but nonetheless, amazingly, the music from the record can be heard. /.

<…> Conceptually related to the above is this artwork by Paul DeMarinis: “A gelatin dichromate hologram of a 78 rpm record of the ‘Beer Barrel Polka’ is rotated on a transparent turntable and played by a green laser. … Here, sans needle, sans groove, the band plays on”. rumori

<etc.> Not to mention VinylVideo.


<ip> A few days ago, (sorry, doing a bit of catching up) the Washington Post ran an article about a case where the record co.’s and the telcos are crossing swords over piracy, as well as privacy.

<ip> And C|net reports on a key senator, Sen. George Allen (R-VA), pulling his support out from under a key anti-piracy bill now before Congress. pho


<ip> National Journal has a thorough and lengthy overview of the copyright debate, framed as a pitched battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Starts out with a nice summary of the legislative back story. slashdot

<tech> Put that music to work. Scientists show that converting computer code to music can help them track down software bugs, claiming the ear is sometimes better than the eye for such tasks. cupcakekaleidoscope

<music> Hertz Lion’s list of Current Actions, detailing goings-on in the field of electronic and related musics, has been updated. They’re also helping organize Turnament, a festival of turntablism to take place in November.

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Tape-beatles track Appears on
“Illegal Art” Compilation

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Copyright Issues in Music and Art Examined

An exhibition that examines intellectual property will open next November 13 in New York, and then move to Chicago in February, 2003. Mounted by the publishers of Stay Free! magazine, the series of events includes a film and video fest, a visual arts exhibit, and a companion compilation CD, which will be given away free at the Illegal Art events. The Tape-beatles have contributed a track from their 1999 CD Good Times entitled “Reality of Matter”.

“The irony here couldn't be more stark.” reads the announcement at their web page. “Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it. … Loaded with gray areas, intellectual property law inevitably has a silencing effect, discouraging the creation of new works.”

Also included on the compilation are works by such artists as Negativland, Culturcide, The Evolution Control Committee, Beastie Boys, John Oswald, Public Enemy, and many other creators from the worlds of pop and unclassifiable music.

visit the Illegal Art site.

read an article about it from Wired News.

“Microfilm” Magazine Reviews
‘Good Times’ Performance

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New Show Review Posted

In idly thumbing through a magazine we received months ago, I was surprised to find a review of one of last fall’s performances of ‘Good Times’, specifically the one we presented at the Center for the Visual Arts at Illinois State University in Normal, last October the 25th.

The zine in question is Microfilm: The Magazine of Personal Cinema in Action, and a fine specimen it is, indeed. We say this even though the person who reviewed the show (who happens to be the publication’s editor) found it a somewhat tepid experience. Nonetheless, we have dutifully added it to our growing collection of informing opinings.

read the ‘Good Times’ performance review.

we wrote some news at the time about the show.


New Disk Documents Five-way Collaboration

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Group Improvisation in Minneapolis

The murky snapshots above tell only part of the story of what went on in an undisclosed location last October 1 in Minneapolis. Artmaking. With sounds. A “summit meeting” of sorts, like those of the old jazz masters, finally performing together after already-long careers of individual brilliance behind them.

Something like that, anyway. Suffice to say, there now exists a recording documenting the improvised conflux of five audio-art personalities: Escape Mechanism, Steev Hise, the two members of The Tape-beatles and Wobbly, and it is available now for your listening perusal.

Released on the Amsterdam-based Staalplaat label, the disc consists of a 21-minute edit of the longest of three takes made during the recording session. The initial edits were undertaken by Hise and Wobbly in November, who then trustingly passed it on to the Tape-beatles to complete the job. In all cases, the edits were limited to a small number of cuts and crossfades, with no chronological re-arrangement or overdubbing.

This release takes the unusual form of an 80mm miniCD. If you are unfamiliar with this format, not to worry: though somewhat rarely used, this format is an industry standard, and all CD players can handle these disks (consult your drive documentation if you are using a slot-load device). Because it is itty-bitty, it sells for the modest sum of six U.S. dollars.

As if that weren’t enough, a mini-VideoCD of footage collected at the event is in preparation, and will be made available for a similar modest sum in the coming months. You may wish to keep an eye on the web site (see below) dedicated to this project for details as they are disclosed.

order your copy online.

visit the project site.

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