Some more thoughts on the RIAA

Posted by: Brian

There have been some comments written in response to the post about Gizmodo’s March boycott of the RIAA, and I would like to add a bit more context to the discussion.

Gizmodo’s boycott of the RIAA has very little to do with DRM…and the RIAA definitely doesn’t exist to help music artists.

The boycott has everything to do with the fact that the RIAA is evil in almost every sense of the word and does not exist to serve the artists in any way. In fact, in most cases, the RIAA blatantly hurts artists from the second they sign their first contract and stifles creativity in the mainstream music industry.

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Gizmodo declares March “Boycott RIAA” month

Posted by: Brian

This is probably long overdue, but the folks at Gizmodo have decided to take on the Recording Industry Association of America by declaring March “Boycott the RIAA” month.

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Boycott the RIAA in March

Alright, we’ve been following the RIAA’s increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it’s about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it. The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it’s totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don’t like the way they’re behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.

With that in mind, Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label.

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Gizmodo goes on to say that you can continue supporting RIAA-backed artists during March by still going to see them perform live and buying t-shirts and other merchandise. Also, Gizmodo suggests turning your attention to the many great independent music artists out there.

Those of you who listen to our podcasts are well aware of our feelings toward the RIAA. For those who don’t know our positions, well, we pretty much feel the RIAA is an organized crime syndicate.

So I would like to extend my support to Gizmodo’s “Boycott the RIAA” month and promise not to buy any CDs or music released by an RIAA-backed label during March.

A thank you to our subscribers

Just wanted to post something to show appreciation for our growing base of subscribers to the Technology and the Arts podcast.

Looking at our stats on today, it appears we have reached a milestone…a modest one…but a milestone nonetheless.

The number of subscribers to our podcast has been in double digits every day from Sunday, Feb. 18, through Monday, Feb. 26. That is nine consecutive days! Included in that streak is a single-day high of 21 subscribers on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Again, these are very modest numbers, but every podcast has to start somewhere and we would like to thank all of you out there who have listened to us tell you about the fascinating connections between technology and art. And, hopefully, when we do become a hugely listened-to podcast, we can thank you again for being there when we were first getting started and helping us get to that point.

So tell your friends about us and let’s try to keep that streak of double-digit subscribers going. Assuming most of our listeners and subscribers are artists or work in the creative arts, it’s a good bet you all know other people who might be interested in “Technology and the Arts.” Help us spread the word!

Once again…thank you.

Planting seeds in the “Sound Garden”

Posted by: Brian

As I mentioned in post a few days ago, Indiana University and the city of Bloomington, Ind., are currently celebrating ArtsWeek 2007, with the theme being “technology and the arts.

The Sound Garden is one of the components of ArtsWeek, but you don’t have to be in Bloomington to experience it…or even participate in it.

About Sound Garden
Sound Garden is the second work in a series of musical installations that explore the relationship of people, location, and audio relative to technology. In this context, people include those who use, visit, listen to, and tend the garden. Location means both physical and virtual spaces, and audio refers to manifestations of sound, silence, noise, and music. The technology explored in this project specifically includes interactive, telematic systems, digital signal processing (for audio), quadraphonic amplification, environmental sensors, and artificial life (A-Life) systems.

How Sound Garden works
Sound material is to be provided by all who visit, whether online or at the actual site. Help cultivate the garden with your own short recordings, samples, soundscapes, and found sonic objects.

Use the Browse button in the web interface to “plant” MP3 files you would like to hear, or “prune” the garden and uproot files with the Remove button. Sound files must be fixed bit-rate MP3s. No WAV or AIFF, no VBR MP3, and no AAC or .m4a from iTunes.

Visit and/or tend to the Sound Garden.

Look/listen for my contribution to the Garden…Trancin.mp3. It’s a techno-style song I recorded shortly after I first installed GarageBand on my old PowerBook a couple of years ago. It might possibly wind up as background music to the upcoming events calendar to be read during the Technology and the Arts podcasts. Aside from that, however, I have no plans for that song so I figured it would make a nice addition to the Sound Garden.

YouTube – Philips: Drag & Draw Technology Dijital Boyama

YouTube – Philips: Drag & Draw Technology Dijital Boyama

This is a quick video of a boy drawing on a wall. Wait a second: he’s drawing with light. It appears to be the same technology that allows SMART boards to work, where a projector and a whiteboard work in tandem to allow changes to appear on screen where a user makes connections on the whiteboard. The business meeting applications for SMART boards are fairly obvious, like making markups on a powerpoint slide, saving those markings to a file for review later, etc., but this has a much simpler killer app – using light as a fun way to make marks on a wall. However, I could see someone like Bill Viola or Bruce Nauman making great use of this as a serious art making tool.

Indiana University’s ArtsWeek celebrates “Technology and the Arts”

Posted by: Brian

No…it’s not what you think.

However, the exact name of our blog/podcast just happens to be the theme of this year’s ArtsWeek being held at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

Welcome to ArtsWeek 2007 ~ Technology and the Arts

The energy and excitement are building for ArtsWeek 2007, scheduled to take place from February 21 – March 3. The City of Bloomington and the Indiana University Bloomington campus will share the stage for 11 days and nights of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and other events that are extraordinarily creative, diverse, and inspiring.

If you are in the area of Bloomington, Ind., while ArtsWeek is taking place, you should definitely check it out.

Just a guess, but I think John and I will be discussing this in a future podcast.

(T+A #5) Technology and the Arts: 2/21/2007

(T+A #5) Technology and the Arts: 2/21/2007

In the fifth installment of the “Technology and the Arts” podcast, Tim Westergren, founder of the Music Genome Project and the Pandora online music service, is interviewed. Other topics discussed are Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Music” and its impact on the music industry, and several interesting Web sites relevant to technology and the arts. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 37 min., 35 sec.