"Ever wanted to bring something back from the dead? Well, you still can't revive old Fido, but you can bring dead art back to life! Most art doesn't make it into the history books – in fact, it's often seen by only a handful of people before it vanishes into dusty oblivion.
But now, thanks to a growing movement to use Creative Commons licensing and the public domain to keep art available and reusable, it's possible to breathe new life into art that would otherwise be forgotten."
Based around George A. Romero's 1968 "Night of the Living Dead" who never put a copyright notice on the movie so it's been available in the public domain ever since. Get a copy of Archive.org or from the torrents they've provided then be creative.
Creative Commons and Wired Magazine bring you The Fine Art of Sampling Contests. Sample from the Wired CD and make something new and maybe win stuff. ripmixmash, etc.
This season, as a present to friends worldwide, our system listened to as much Christmas music as it could handle. When it was done it synthesized these sixteen new timeless classics.
Please enjoy "A Singular Christmas."
Eigenradio makes its optimal music by analyzing in real time dozens of radio stations at once. When our bank of computers has heard enough music, it will go to work on making more just like it. Since we listen to so much music all the time, Eigenradio is always on and always live. What you hear on Eigenradio is the best of the New Music, distilled and de-correlated. One song on Eigenradio is worth at least twenty songs on old radio.
Wired brings us an incredible article about Brasil's intellectual property policies, including everything from AIDS drugs to music to Linux. This is a really inspiring story which shows that solutions and hope for the future may increasingly come from unexpected and traditionally marginalized places and peoples.
Gilberto Gil, Minister of Culture of Brasil:
"A world opened up by communications cannot remain closed up in a feudal vision of property," he says. "No country, not the US, not Europe, can stand in the way of it. It's a global trend. It's part of the very process of civilization. It's the semantic abundance of the modern world, of the postmodern world - and there's no use resisting it."
Francis Hwang reports that his auction of a modified iPod has been shut down by eBay after a complaint from Apple Computer. As reported here a few days ago, Hwang was selling a special U2 iPod with the packaging changed to make it an unauthorized "U2-Negativland" model. The auction was one day away from completion and had reached to over $400. He has yet to hear from Apple in response to his query about the complaint.
Way to go, someone actually found a way to get some lawyers sicked on them while doing something having to do with Negativland. We were beginning to think they were untouchable.
Arizona Indymedia reports that the current round of talks, held in Tucson, on the Andean Free Trade Agreement have met with difficulties, with Peru, Columbia, and Ecuador unwilling to sign provisions for tighter intellectual property regulations. The U.S. is pushing a regime that would put medicines out of financial reach for many Andeans becauase longer-lasting patents would eliminate cheaper, generic drugs.
An auction on eBay announces the availability of a unique, unauthorized version of the iPod, marking a bold new work in the field of consumer-experience as art (and critical statement about intellectual property).
From the auction description:
With the recent release of Apple’s iPod U2 Special Edition, and the continuing legal battles over the sampling and copying of music, there has never been a better time for such a tribute to the impact of technology on the flow of culture. Buy the unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition and become a part of intellectual property history today!
Two concerts coming up with People Like Us this month. One this Friday in York, and one on the 18th at the Tate Modern. Here's more info.
3 DECEMBER 2004 - UNIVERSITY OF YORK
People Like Us will be doing an audio set and showing a couple of short
films and talking a bit too at the University of York.
Rymer Auditorium, Music Research Centre, University of York
Directions to the centre can be found at: http://www.york.ac.uk/np/maps/
18 DECEMBER 2004 - TATE MODERN, LONDON
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS
Tate Modern, North Lawn, London
10-22 December 2004
The Sounds of Christmas is an annual project by Christian Marclay,
pioneer of the experimental turntable movement and leading artist
operating at the intersections of art and music. Reinventing this
work-in-progress for London, the artist will present his collection of
over 1,200 Christmas records as a publicly accessible archive,
alongside projections of the record covers and footage of previous
performances (exhibition open 10-22 December during gallery hours).
During the two-week installation, co-produced by Electra and Tate
Modern, noted DJs will create live remixes of their own selection from
Marclay's Christmas records. These recorded performances will create a
soundtrack for the space. Combining blatant sentimentality with
vanguard experimentation, Marclay suggests that the categories
distinguishing 'serious' music from its opposite are both arbitrary and
Friday 10 December, 20.30-22.00
Saturday 11 December, 20.00-22.00
Friday 17 December, 20.00-22.00
The Bohman Brothers
Saturday 18 December, 20.00-22.00
People Like Us
Admission to the installation is free, but booking required for live
Tickets for performances are £8 (£6 concessions), booking recommended
For further details and booking please visit the Tate Modern website.
For tickets book online or call 020 7887 8888.