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Composer Philip Glass hosts a roundtable discussion at andante.com “about digital
technology’s impact on new music.”
Weighing in with their opinements
are Morton Subotnik, Michael Riesman, Paul Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky, and John Moran.
Salman Rushdie argues in favor of regime change in Iraq in an opinion piece entitled
A Liberal Argument for Regime Change.
Agree with it or not, he makes his point by using an approach that has so far eluded the Bush regime:
What is the Artist Empowerment Coalition? Here’s your chance to
Today, a couple of pieces concerning radio, an often overlooked, but pervasive and singularly effective medium.
• The FCC wants to
• And, one scientist champions the shift from hardware-based radio to
Don’t forget: The Fourth Annual
Festival of Appropriation at the
Rogue Buddha Gallery
in Minneapolis, sponsored by
Some Assembly Required,
begins this weekend, and continues throughout the month of November.
On the pro-copyright side of things, a commentary by a software engineer on zdnet.com argues that
Weak copyrights would kill “fair use”.
Article from tompaine.com lays out the ways in which the infotainment cartels are working hard
behind the scenes trying to transform the internet into basically another form of television: read
“The Death Of The Internet:
How Industry Intends To Kill The ’Net As We Know It”.
The University of Vienna is convening a conference on the
Intellectual Property of Digital Processes
from Nov. 8-10, 2002. Admission is free.
The Rosetta Project,
which is an attempt to archive the world’s major languages in a format that will still be
usable thousands of years from now: here’s
Go and read
Black to the Future: Afro-Futurism 1.0
by Mark Dery. It weaves interesting connections between African-American subcultures, science
fiction, techno, and other contemporary genres.
The sky is apparently falling (more and more). Increasingly hand-wringing articles
about the damage file sharing is doing to the entertainment cartels.
Researchers at MIT are working on computer displays that present
without the aid of special glasses. It’s some time off in the future, so we have some time to think
of all the creative uses we’ll put it to when we finally have it.
In an attempt to staunch the bleeding, BMG has announced that all its future CD offerings will sport
in the European markets, at least.
• Meanwhile, two companies specializing in
are discussing a merger to pool their resources.
The mainstream press is starting to prepare us for the eventual adoption of DRM
(digital rights management) in personal computers, which promises to richly reward the information industries,
while artificially limiting what people can do with their own computers. At least the
critics are wary, anyway.
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November Events Fall into Place
Live and Otherwise
A great thing about being in the Tape-beatles is that it allows us to visit a lot of
places. And even when it doesn’t, our work sometimes gets out to these places
on its own. A case in point is this month’s series of Tape-beatles-related
événements, as the French would say. (The rest of us would say
simply “events”.) The locations involved are widely dispersed, even if
your Tape-beatles are not.
A live one. Last Saturday brought the Tape-beatles in person to Pardubice, a
city of about one decimillion about an hour east of Prague.
The venue’s name? Divadlo 29 (“Theatre 29”).
Our expanded cinema piece “Good Times” appeared within the framework of a
festival of works by foreigners living in the Czech Republic.
And foreign we were. Curtain-up revealed the auditorium seats to be
only sparsely peppered with spectators, who nonetheless by show’s end
seemed to respond well to our well-worn
offering. Some thanks for this is certainly due to the contribution made by Lucie
Hecková, wife of John Heck, who ably supplied spoken translation into Czech
during a section of the show that required, we felt, this level of verbal comprehension
in order to get our point across.
We stayed the night in Pardubice, and the next day was spent strolling the historic
old town, as well as milling about the grounds of the local Renaissance castle.
The weather indulged us with unseasonably spring-like temperatures, and we willingly
accepted its lavished riches. We dallied with passing butterflies in the town square.
We visited a woods around nearby Choltice where, it is said locally, some of the
oldest trees in Bohemia grow. We ran into people we’d just met the night before
who invited us in for tea, topinka, and rose-hip wine.
Appearances by post. Two other events this month count among them presentations
involving our work, but do not require our personal attendance. VideoCD copies of a
preliminary edit of the “Good Times” show are being presented at seeming
opposite ends of the earth: in Minneapolis, Minn., as part of the Festival of
Appropriation, which continues throughout this month; and in Chişinău,
Moldova, as part of the 6th Videomarathon, running from November 20-23. Local
sites linked below will contain more details on these events.
• Festival of Appropriation in Minneapolis, USA
• 6th Videomarathon in Chişinău, Moldova
History the Object of Recent Addition
Old Sites Revisited
Though it went unobserved, earlier this year, in March to be exact, this site passed its fifth anniversary.
Five years! The cliché is revelatory: it does, indeed, seem only like yesterday.
Still, it’s been a varied half-decade. In that time, the dormant Tape-beatles slowly wheezed back into
existence after a three-year cæsura (neatly supplanted by the peak of Public Works’ activity as a
group). The site as originally envisioned began as a multi-purpose one encompassing various
activities. Known as “The Static Output”, it included PhotoStatic Magazine,
Retrofuturism, and all the various activities of the “Aggressive School of Cultural Workers”,
as well your Tape-beatles and Public Works Productions. Today, our joint but separate projects
each gets the spotlight in their own, dedicated digital spaces (links below).
Unfortunately, the web archives itself neither easily nor well. Sites are dynamic (even when not supported by
a database-driven backend) and the best we can hope for in our stroll down memory lane is a series of fleeting,
representative, saved states. That is what we are introducing to you today: the selection of one front
page from each of the last five years, and presented for your inspection. Many of the links on these
resuscitated pages won’t work — this exercise is merely to document the site’s appearance,
since the content from that time has either been superceded or incorporated into the present site.
• this site
• related sites:
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