March 13, 2006
Show at Singapore Arts College on March 22nd
After doing my Free Culture show at INSEAD in early February, Singapore bloggers Han and Preetam asked me if I'd be interested in doing the show for a Singapore audience. Han pulled together a great crew that included the folks behind tomorrow.sg, the 'blogfather' Mr. Brown, and Damien from LaSalle-SIA school of the arts (directions). The result is that I'll be doing a special show next Wednesday, March 22nd at LaSalle. If successful we may get to do another show in downtown Singapore as part of the release of the upcoming Premixed album. If you're interested, read more about the 2005 Free Culture Tour.
June 22, 2005
The Last Shows of Summer
As I complete my full time job and begin packing up my life in Brooklyn, I'll be having two final "Free Culture" shows July 3rd and 21st at the Bowery Poetry Club (which you should come to). I'll also be creating some more music and media to be shared with you all before taking off for France in mid-August to attend INSEAD business school next year.
Sunday, July 3rd, 5 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Bleecker-Houston, across from CBGB)
New York, NY ($6)
For all you sticking around for the holiday weekend, enjoy a late afternoon show on Sunday. Some folks will be going on the Liquid Sound Lounge Summer Boat Cruise later that night.
Thursday, July 21st, 8 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Bleecker-Houston, across from CBGB)
New York, NY ($6)
This is a great Thursday night slot, probably the last NYC show before heading off to INSEAD business school in August. Come out and say goodbye.
April 15, 2005
Reality is being Remixed on CC Mixter
Looks like the remix project is officially under way, as there have already been five remixes of Language of My Reality at CC Mixter. I guess there is a need in that community for solid acapella recordings (Calling all Spoken Word artists, join CC Mixter to submit work).
One interesting thing about the remixes is how each person interpretted the tone of my piece, and how much liberty they took in cutting up and remixing the actual words. I think my favorite version of the full piece is the version by phusion, but I also like how Teru sampled some of the words without changing the direction of the meaning.
However, the most interesting piece is "Just Like Me" by Pat Chilla the Beat Gorilla, which cuts up words from my poem and actually changes the meaning. I mentioned in a review of the piece that people have been asking me what I'd do if someone re-edited my work to change the meaning, and I thanked him for giving me a real live example. He replied, "I actually had a small quibble with myself about that, mostly because your piece seemed to be introspective and I didn't want to seem disrespectful."
Not disrespectful at all. By choosing to engage in this new mixter space, I'm encouraging this kind of thing, which is cool. I also like that there seems to be an inherent respect among good musicians, and I appreciate those that try to keep the spirit of the work going. Let's keep building.
April 12, 2005
Conclusions in the Commonwealth
This past weekend's workshop at Temple University and show at Ben's Underground at Franklin & Marshall college were almost as excellent as the weather, which officially began Spring here in the Northeast.
I think I may have arrived here in New York perfectly timed to have missed the more difficult end of Winter 2005. Anyway, I'm gonna be on a panel on Friday evening from 6:30-9:30 at the Chelsea Museum called Rhythm Science with Paul Miller / DJ Spooky and guests. (directions)
April 08, 2005
Back in New York... brieflyNYC Grassroots Media Conference. Then out to Philly tonight for a workshop at Temple tomorrow morning and a show tomorrow night at Frankin and Marshal college. Crazy end to an amazing four weeks on the road. Details on the shows here.
April 06, 2005
going through whitesburg kentuckyAppalshop, which is even better than I had imagined, one of the few constructive things to do in Whitesburgh.
The other place of interest was "Jim's place," which he calls Wiley's Last Resort and seems to be slowly becoming somewhat of an Oregon Country Fair for Eastern Kentucky.
Overall, my time in Eastern Kentucky was really interesting. A totally different place from New York, with beautiful countryside, good fiddle and banjo music, and an interesting mix of moral values and hillbilly partying.
A walk in Asheville with NegativlandNegativland. It was the most beautiful weather of the tour, and we headed out for a walk up his winding road and had an interesting conversation. He had just come back from Iowa for an amazing conference on collage, and shared some about that, and I shared about my work.
It was interesting because even though he and Negativland has been doing work/play for almost 30 years, there's part of him that feels like there job is done. Back in the day, mashups were cutting edge, now they're mainstream, and it seems like part of what compels Negativland to make art is the legal and cultural edge. He even said that sometimes he doesn't really like Creative Commons because the licenses are somehow legalizing art in a way that takes some of the fun out of it.
It seems like everyone has their role to play. Lessig and Creative Commons are doing the legal, official thing, and Negativland and Downhill Battle and Illegal Art are doing their thing. We need both the cutting edge civil disobedience and the mainstream organizations in order to push forward. Walking and talking through the fresh air and sunshine of Asheville with this veteran building of free culture, I wondered about my own role, and what it would become.
In some ways, I've felt that this tour has been slightly underwhelming. For all the pre-tour hype, mostly I've been driving, showing up at places, doing my show, having a few conversations and getting some folks to sign my mailing list, and then moving on. With all the technical difficulties, like the lack of comments on this blog, I've been disappointed and questioning whether this is making a difference.
But maybe a few years from now, I'll look back on these five weeks in a different way. Maybe the relationships that I'm creating in towns like Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN will evolve to become important building blocks in the evolution of the free culture space. I have to remind myself that so many people have yet to even hear about these issues, and that I am paving new ground. Of course it's going to be hard, of course I'm going to get a little sick along the way, and feel a little down sometimes.
That's the cost of what it's going to take to create breakthrough's and make it to other side, where the software will work, the systems are in place, and the people will participate. Anyway, I may have just gotten a little cheesy, but it feels to good to write a little bit.