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Resident Bush a moron? Nope,
Read about the conclusions a writer draws from studying transcripts of Bush’s speeches.
Curious to find out more about it, I came across
which explains how surround sound works, written clearly and offering many useful and interesting
details about the technology.
It also explains what the “5.1” part is all about.
Information may “want” to be free, but an article in today’s nytimes.com tells of a disturbing
side affect of the easy proliferation of digital copies: that of specialized software subject to
to countries deemed a military risk by the US Government. [reg.req]
Self-destructing DVDs? Cam-jamming movie projectors? All this is talked about in
at a site amusingly called business 2.0.
(Limited-time DVDs. It’s not just stupid and wasteful, it’s a business model!)
Greplaw has an article called “Efficiency, Innovation, and Transparency —
The Future of Intellectual Property Rights” by Mikael Pawlo. It
seeks a balance
between authors’ and users’ rights.
Eff.org has posted a piece called “How To Win (DMCA) Exemptions And Influence Policy”,
which presents “a chance for an ordinary person to
influence the process
of policy-making” as
regards to the much-hated DMCA.
Time on your hands? Here’s a page with
1800 Net Art Links.
The recent Illegal Art show, held last month in New York, is now getting ready for to appear in Chicago. A
has more info about it, as well as a Call for Artists to submit proposals to present work at
the events, to be held February, 2003.
Bruce Sterling’s latest Viridian Note (00351) is called “Decaying Media”. It is an extended,
humorous, and link-laden commentary on the self-destructing DVD technology we mentioned earlier (12-02).
Do have a look.
Recent updates to this blog have been missing due to preparation for, and then
subsequently undergoing, transatlantic travel; the travails of delayed
luggage; and other coincident events that occupied our attentions elsewhere for a
day or two. The backlog of interesting links should be taken care of now, and updates will continue
from hereon out as usual.
The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to projects studying intellectual property and the
long-term protection of the
With the public comment period coming to a close for the upcoming judicial review of the DMCA, Yahoo News
Rise of the Stupid Network is an
interesting theoretical piece, dating from 1997, by David S. Isenberg that
discusses the reasons why
are inherently more useful and usable than intelligent ones.
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Mini CD Documents ‘Summit’ on Video
Just in Time for 2003
If the term “long-awaited” applies appropriately to anything, then it certainly is a good fit for this new release.
At least it seems long-awaited to the denizens of Glassed-in Labs, East, and the cohort-conspirators in North America who
helped make it happen. For, you see, the present title is a companion piece to the recent Minneapolis Summit
mini-CD which was released some months ago on the Staalplaat label. We have given
the project all due attention, and only recently were able to deem it “ready for release”.
Chalk it up to Tape-beatle excessive perfectionism if you must, since it was the Prague-based twosome who were
charged with the task of editing the video footage collected during the “summit” sessions.
Assembled from video shot by Dunn, Heck and Hise, the finished program has an 18-minute
running time, and takes the unusual, if not unprecedented, form of an 80mm VideoCD.
The program shows us gathering before the Oak Street Theatre, being interviewed on Jon Nelson’s radio show
Some Assembly Required, setting up for the improv sessions themselves, and finally driving off into the sunset
once the meeting ran its course. Of course, you will also see an extended segment of footage taken during
one of the improvisations, offering a rare glimpse into the mysterious workings of this constellation of five audio art
luminaries, which include Escape Mechanism, Steev Hise, Wobbly, and your trusty Tape-beatles.
And so, over a year in the making, you can finally be witness to us interacting with other audio artists, and see us in the
act of creating a new audio gewgaw for you to own and your friends to admire. The disc is predictably for sale, and
you can own it for the modest sum of seven US greenbacks (shipping not included).
• Order your copy before we run out
Tape-beatles Contribute to Tribute Disc
Disc Now Available from Online Store
Thanks to the sharp eyes of one of our Tape-beatle Scouts (thanks, Kathy R.), a long-awaited
compilation project bearing a specially-made never-before-heard Tape-beatle track has
apparently appeared. A disc put out by the tUMULt label, it comprises a collection of
tracks in homage to (or in satire of) the well-known 1960s single “Paint it Black” by
they-who-gather-no-moss, the Rolling Stones.
The Tape-beatles contribution to this effort is a three-minute bit which they call “Black”, and of
which is said on Berkeley’s Aquarius Records web site: “Iowa’s masters of plunderphonia, the Tape-beatles
use found sounds and actual lawsuit-baiting chunks of the original to create a tense and unnerving,
noirish dreamscape, with disembodied screams, curious snippets of overheard conversations, and the sliced
and diced original which all end up adding to the creepy vibe.” Never let it be said that we don’t
give it our darnedest.
Anyway, we haven’t actually seen a copy of the disc, and so its existence is practically innuendo as
far as we’re concerned. Never mind, if you’re interested, you can order the it from the Aquarius link
• San Francisco’s glorious Aquarius Records
• “Painted Black” page on the tUMULt site
We have received a quantity of the Painted Black disks in recognition of our
participation in the project, and we are now selling them through our secure online ordering system.
• Visit our online store