Bitcoin Donations

This blog is just the beginning. More awesome projects to come, but they’ll need some budget (studio production and films).

If you are a bitcoin user you can make direct donations using this wallet number:

1Hpdpd7wrDVkgoGAc27xnysUwrE1EVREQK

or scan this qr code:

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Dunno what bitcoin is ? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bitcoin

Why do we use this obscure method ? Because we believe this de-centralized system is maybe the key to (maybe) free ourselves from our current “dystopian” economy.

Sound Identities (Draft)

It’s been some time that I have been thinking to create a “graphical” way to see how a given track gets its inspiration from.

To explain myself a little a bit more, I’ll try to translate (from french) this great quote from John Hassell in the book  Modulations: A History of Electronic Music:

 “I think it would be interesting to make a recording where all the samples would be identified and classified, like an archeologist would do. That way, we would have a graph with a color code which would tell us that this bass drum with a particular reverb, comes from a particular studio in 1963. I think it would be a revelation for people who thinks sampling is just putting your voice over large extracts of others people music. They would realize that music has becoming a big collage”

The vision he had is somehow, I think, possible to realize with the actual technology we have acquired.

I’ve been thinking about that since some years now and I think I have some beginning of a solution.

You know what QR codes are ? Well, I think a similar process can be applied to do a form of sound archeaology. The thing to look out is how many dimension are we talking about. It’s maybe hard to understand (more precisions coming), but let’s say you have a given sound. You know it has been recorded at a particular time (1 dimension), at a particular location (1 dimension?), using a particular process (another dimension). If we draw an analogy with QR codes, you can have a same description using those mutliple dimensions (that means a 3D QR Code). Now, if we take this qr code and make it evolve through time, we can have a kind of evolving qr code with all the embeded informations of a given composition (organized sound).

Maybe a drawing would be better to understand that, and I’ll include that later.

This is still very abstract, so maybe hard to get. But I think the main idea is here, even if it can sounds a little bit crayzeh :D

Bust All Major Labels

http://bustallmajors.com/

“Many videos on youtube are not accessible for german users. Major record labels and the GEMA do not have an agreement with youtube because of financial differences. A situation which is bothering musicfans all over the country. That’s why we made up this humorous but functional little idea.”

The following record labels and institutions will be blocked when visiting your website or blog:

Warner Music Group, EMI, Sony, GEMA, Universal Music

How To:

Copy the following line into the sourcecode of your website or blog:
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://bustallmajors.com/doit"></script>

Birds & Politics

ImageWe can draw an analogy between birds (and their organisation) and how political parties operates.

Let’s take a group of birds sitting on a nice tree, which would represent a given political group.
Those birds seems to operate in a random fashion, for the untrained eye… But in fact there is an order, a hierarchy. Like in a political party.

If one observe a group of birds, they’ll notice there are some leaders (maybe 2 to 5 birds) and a bunch of followers.

For birds, the leaders would seek a better tree for the group, or for themselves. They can be followed by the birds on the old tree or they can end up being all alone on the new one.

Sometimes, feeling all alone on a given tree, those leaders would come back to the previous tree, because they failed to create something new.

The analogy with politics is pretty obvious: There are also leaders and followers. Leaders would seek to be popular on their own political group and if not, if the group fails, they can either quit politics or create a new group.

If the political leader fails in creating a new group, they may return to their previous love… But that can be seen odd for their old partners.

And that’s maybe the main difference between birds (or Animals in general) and humans: the ability to ask this simple question: Why ?

We have the chance, as an evolved species, to have a good amount of free will (at least we think we have) and we are not ruled by our Uncounscious like most Animals. But always remember, we have evolved FROM those cute creatures :)

Refined Philosophy

Here is what you need to understand the Philosophy behind the netlabel:

  • Connecting Past and Futuristic Ideas
  • Main inspiration from the Encyclopedic work of Frank Zappa and The Residents
  • “Without deviation from the normprogress is not possible.” F. Zappa -> Experimentalism
  • Use graph / colors to make a sort of “sound archeology” (more to be said) // Sound Objects / Identities
  • Hommage to the Past (generally) and the great Musical History, in particularImage

Message

“Eventually it was discovered, that God did not want us to be all the same. This was Bad News for the Governments of The World, as it seemed contrary to the doctrine of Portion Controlled Servings. Mankind must be made more uniformly if The Future was going to work. Various ways were sought to bind us all together, but, alas, same-ness was unenforceable. It was about this time, that someone came up with the idea of Total Criminalization. Based on the principle, that if we were all crooks, we could at last be uniform to some degree in the eyes of The Law. [...] Total Criminalization was the greatest idea of its time and was vastly popular except with those people, who didn’t want to be crooks or outlaws, so, of course, they had to be Tricked Into It… which is one of the reasons, why music was eventually made Illegal.”
- Joe’s Garage Acts II & III liner notes, 1979.

The Rise of “Anti-Money”…

4 A.M: Time to talk about a mysterious idea about a mysterious concept: anti-money.
So you may be asking yourself, what the hell is anti-money ?

Well, it’s a kind of concept I created to represent a force coming against the financial system, against the common experience: I sell for x€, wanna buy ? Yeah, here’s your x€. kthxbai.

But, is there another way, the other way around ?
Yes, of course and they already exist: donations (for goods), sharing, collaboration… represent an exchange where no money is involved in the process.

So, if we, people, are complaining about the evil powers of money ruling our lives, we must first consider giving these options (sharing) more credit and weight on the political balance. Our dear politicians needs to realize that and soon or the Masses will revolt, and the system will implode.
People are already getting on the streets (occupy wall-street, Europe protestations against austerity politics) but people must realize, individually, the importance of this counter or anti-money. They have to think about it themselves, make their own opinion and decide if sharing, collaboration, openess are needed in our society more than closeness, patents, copyrights, hierarchy and orders.

If everyone starts to think about it a little, the solution seems pretty clear. Support file sharing, make a copy. Only by that act, making a copy (of everything you want wether copyrighted or not) is a militant act to protest against the closeness of copyrights and patents. Share everything you can and we will make the life of MAFIAA* pretty shitty. And please, make it so I could download a car, in a coming future.

Think about what that would imply…

Most of you already know the issues concerning file sharing and (?) piracy (bunch of guys stealin stuff on the high seas, preferably before XXth century). That is, the devaluation of the digital file over its physical copy. Making a copy makes the file miserable in terms of value, pricing.

What would be the price of something you can copy till infinity ?

Supply and demand: supply is infinite, demand can be very big… that’s utopia ! Imagine that it could be applied for physical goods. Of wait, that’s already possible ! 3D printers have been made possible through technological progress and science. It’s an overall progress for society, too.

So, will the 3D printer be closed, patented like all other aspects of intellectual property on this Earth ?

I don’t think so, and that’s why the 3D printer opens a void for this concept of anti-money. 3D printers are already able to print anything you want that’s not too big or from alien materials, and they can print very complicated shapes and patterns. You can build one at home using open source instructions and also get the files from…. thepiratebay.org (MAFIAA* target), because these clever dudes saw the trend coming and decided to create a section to share bluerpint files for the printer. All of that with reduced costs if you compare with buying everything you print vs building the printer and buying the materials.

This is where the physical world starts to overlap more and more with our digital world, the Internet. And when you connect the 2 dots, you have awesomeness. And you have also the death of the idea of intellectual property, copyrights, patents and all that shit that is getting our world so closed. Make the world open, make a copy. Sharing is caring.

I’m open to discuss this concept :)

*MAFIAA <=> RIAA = Recording Industry Association of America

Unity/Duality & Aesthetics

I had this idea (and I think I unconsciously heard it somwhere), that if one wants to create a good work of Art, he shouldn’t be able to take one thing away from the original material. That means it goes against a common idea of adding and adding until it’s finished (you can’t add more). It’s the wrong way I believe. Because we know how beauty and aesthetics are related to the principles of simplicity and harmony (symmetry/balance).
That’s why I find the Yin-Ynag symbol very beautiful, and it’s very “Minimal” in a way… It convey the idea of 2 opposite forces that makes balance happen. It’s, for me, the greatest symbol for the duality in Nature.
Apple, the computer company not the fruit, has largely based its philosophy on that principle and it worked (with awful loads of clever marketing).
So, we musician should always keep in mind that principle, that even the most complex things can be explained with simple rules (think of E=mc², Maxwell equations… are all fundamental and aesthetically pleasent).
Aesthetics, which are at the basis of any work of Art, represent the search for beauty, which itself represent the fact that less is more, somehow.

Re-Drum’s Top 30

1 The Residents – Meet The Residents / Not Available
2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
3 The Doors – The Doors
4 DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
5 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
6 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
7 Can – Future Days / Ege Bamyasi / The Lost Tapes
8 Frank Zappa – Freak Out ! / We’re Only It For The Money
9 Neu! – Neu! 75 / Neu! 2
10 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
11 Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album / SAW 85-92
12 The Police – Synchronicity
13 Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children
14 Mc Solaar – Paradisiaque
15 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
16 Steve Reich – Music For 18 Musicians / Different Trains
17 Harmonia – Musik Von Harmonia
18 Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
19 Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
20 Miles Davis – In A Silent Way / Kind of Blue
21 Carl Craig – More Songs about Food and Revolutionary Art
22 La Dussedorf – La Dusseldorf
23 Karlheinz Stockhausen – Hymnen / Kontakte
24 Popol Vuh – Hosianna Mantra
25 John Coltrane – Blue Train
26 Amon Düül II – Yeti
27 Future Sound of London – Lifeforms
28 Squarepusher – Do You Know Squarepusher
29 Ride – Nowhere
30 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

The Genius Of The Crowd (Charles Bukowski)

bukowski

There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
seeks average

but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect

like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
like hemlock

their finest art

Here, Bukowski speaks about the Genius in people. Maybe not in the classical sense, he means this Genius to be filled with the most disgusting hatred. Love is a average, seek the average. What does that means ? To seek balance ? I don’t think he meant that. What he could have mean is that a Crowd is something average, there are many different kind of people in a given crowd, he knew that deeply as a great observator of New York City life. From all ages, male, female, he knew that nobody was dismissed, and that everyone has a certain ratio of hatred in them. Everyone is a hater somewhere. But do everyone know how to love ? This is about the Love/Hate duality, it’s a kind of a yin-yang balance as he describe it but he focuses on the “average people”. And how someone as intellectually gifted as Bukowski could have felt everyday with his fellow average New Yorkers, who can’t understand his art, who can’t love fully, who can’t understand solitude and finally hate him as a person. What a depressing experience this must have been for someone with such a great intellect to be judged and hated by the “average people”… Finally, the great metaphoric list of the Diamond, the knife, the mountain, the tiger… What do these symbols have in common ? Their edge, they cut deeply with intensity. “Their finest art” is to cut your creativity, your solitude, your love because they can’t understand it, they are afraid of you because you are different. But psychologist will tell you that this hate is a kind of protection. A protection from their own failures, from the fact that they can’t love fully, a protection from their own fears.

I personally love this poem, I love how he puts words in contrast with the Love/Hate duality. Black&White images of NY could go well with it :)

Here is my sonic interpretation of the poem: