September 27, 2004


Just discovered a relatively new blog about IP matters, Copyrighteous. Very thoughtful and prolific. Good stuff in the latest entry about creative works predating copyright. Of course - and yet that is the thing the Culture Industry is trying to make us forget, as the author notes.

Posted by steev at 05:52 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2004

Detritus Fundraising Premiums

Here's another opportunity to help pay for it's server bandwidth costs, AND receive cool and relatively rare STUFF too.

Supplies are limited, so, "ACT NOW!" as they say in the biz...

The complete Difficult Listening Hour!

Last year, I made available the first 3 installments of a series of weekly radio programs that I did back in 1991 called The Difficult Listening Hour. The show was an hour-long collage on a different theme each time, consisting of field recordings, sampled media,
music, interviews, and other sources. Now we finally have the last 2 shows in the series vailable as well.


  • show 1: Noise and Music
  • show 2: Education
  • show 3: Technology
  • show 4: Religion
  • show 5: Money

    You can get any one of these for a $10 donation. Or, all 5 for $30, Or a single mp3 disc with all 5 shows on it for $20.

    Good deal, no? plus you're helping
    the packets to keep flowing from the good ol' Detritus ethernet
    RJ-45 jack...

    Wide Open Spaces

    There are also still some copies of the famous "Wide Open Spaces" CD by People
    Like Us
    , Matmos, and Wobbly. This disc quickly went out of print
    or at least "pretty hard to find", so here's your chance if you
    don't have it already. priced to move at $7, limited quantities. Thanx to Vicki
    for donating these!


    Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos circled their wagons in the
    lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually
    agreed upon a country-and-western theme, Vicki Bennett (PLU), Jon
    Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos)
    pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and
    dicing Nashville's finest almost beyond recognition, and
    collectively re-stitched the mangled shreds in crazed digital
    quilting bee.

    If you're interested in any of these, please use the
    normal Detritus donation page, at
    and note which premium you want in the comment field in the
    Paypal form -- and be sure to include your address.
    Offer only good till October 15, 2004, so act now!!

    thanx so much for your support!!

    Posted by steev at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)
  • September 17, 2004


    An amazing project spearheaded by the DJ duo Coldcut, Revolution:USA lets you download political source material used in their video "Revolution: World of Evil" and make your own video collage.

    here's a section of their description of the project:

    Using samples of the last 40 years of American presidents and media figures, we will create an online Archive of Political Corruption and Scandals. This site features an interactive timeline of major US political scandals and corruption with an integrated database containing: pertinent video clips and samples for download and streaming; pictures; a textual description of each event and offsite links for further research. This content is served from Coldcut’s archive of clips as well as uploaded from users of the site. The site also contains audio loops and tracks created by Coldcut which are available for download. In essence this will is a digital library de[t/r]ailing the blatant corruption of the US political landscape in order to evoke social change through audience participation. The concept of this site is also a new form of documentary filmmaking. By offering audiovisual content in such a raw and concise form it is possible for the user to essentially create their own documentary experience by simply following the links and watching the materials in the order they choose – without the bias and editing decisions of the filmmaker.

    Posted by steev at 06:00 AM | Comments (0)

    September 11, 2004

    The Letter W and the Letter U and the Numeral 2.

    An absolutely brilliant work of found sound editing, featuringDubya filling in for Bono.

    Posted by steev at 03:04 AM | Comments (2)

    September 07, 2004

    Woodcuts of Photos Encounter Challenges

    A recently received email to Detritus HQ:

    On my website I sell 'original' portraits of famous authors. My format is hand carved, hand drawn by eye, woodcuts 'inspired by' photographs or paintings. You would think I was in the clear, however, an ad on Ebay was recently removed of Johnny Cash, and I have been questioned by people from Ayn Rand over her portrait too.

    My goal is to creat 1000 portraits of all different writers and other creators,
    complete with quotes, however I am sure that it may include a legal fight.

    Thank you for having this site, it helped me out.

    Posted by steev at 07:04 PM | Comments (1)