Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday Downstreams ( A New Play)

While I am going to try and post more essays type entries on the blog from now on I am still a download whore when it comes the the ocean of material that is available (much of it legally) on the net. So this is the link side of the blog coming to the fore. Shall we begin:

Sydney: The Face of Tomorrow
What is the face of London, New York, Paris? What does a Londoner, a New Yorker, a Parisian look like?
The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity.
The large metropolises of the world are magnets for migrants from all parts of the planet resulting in new mixtures of peoples. What might a typical inhabitant of this new metropolis look like in one or two hundred years if they were to become more integrated?
With 4.3 million people, Sydney is the largest city and financial capital of Australia. Sydney was founded by the British as a penal settlement in the late 18th Century and today boasts one of the most multicultural populations in the world.
The city’s population is primarily of European extraction (British, Irish, Italian, Greek and Maltese) with about 15% being of Asian origin (Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai and Indian). There are also sizeable communities of Pacific Islanders, New Zealanders, Lebanese, Turks and South Africans. The official language is English but the government, as part of its proactively multicultural approach, recognizes some 30 “community languages” and government services are also available in these. 35% of Sydney’s population were born outside Australia and in downtown Sydney this number rises to 70%.
Sydney continues to be first port of call for the 120,000 odd migrants to Australia each year, attracting some 40% of all newcomers. The makeup of the migrants tends to reflect global politics. In the 1970s Lebanese and Vietnamese fleeing war, in the 1980s South Africans and Hong Kongers worried about political change, in the 1990s Croatians and Bosnians fleeing civil war and most recently Iraqis, Somalis and Rwandans.

Chaosradio Podcast Network » Camp 2007 Video Recording

The Chaos Communication Camp 2007 took place from August 8th to August 12th 2007 in Finowfurt, Germany. This channel offers the complete set of available video recordings of the Camp 2007 lectures. Most lectures are in english, some in german. The videos are being offered in an iPod-compatible encoding (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with AAC, 640x480).

Chicago '82: A Dip in the Lake

Label: Les Disques Du Crépuscule
Catalog#: TWI 116
Format: Cassette
Country: Belgium
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Abstract, Experimental, Minimal, Avantgarde
Notes: A live report by Wim Mertens on the New Musical Festival in Chicago, July 1982, featuring music and interviews (by Mertens). Dedicated to John Cage, and intended to be released on his 70th birthday, 5 September 1982.

N i g h t S w e a t s No Night Sweats: Sydney's Post-Punk Bands

t the beginning of 2000, it became obvious that interest in Australian post-punk music was on the increase. This came as a complete surprise to myself and many other members of these long dead bands but, at least on my part, it was a welcome surprise.
So, initially, I simply set about creating the pages on this web site to bring a personal historical perspective to the whole confusing era.
At the same time, I tried to collect all available tapes, cassettes and vinyl that I could find (on the bands in which I played some part) with the intent of ensuring that they didn't completely crumble to dust under the weight of time. I was also sent or given many cassettes containing material from other bands. In many cases these are good quality first generation dubs from studio recorded 2 track master tapes whilst most of the rest are copies of Tim Vandenberg's fantastic 2-Tapes archive of live recordings.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the 2 track reel-to-reel tapes have vanished. This was due, in most part, to an almost complete disregard for the finished product - very post-punk in many ways. It didn't help that almost all of the recordings were done either independantly or for minuscule companies who didn't have space for an archive, let alone the interest to archive anything that wasn't actually created by the owners.
Listed below is the currently archived material for each band. Whenever I mention 'digitising' below I'm referring to simply transferring the songs from cassette or vinyl to a CD-R using a Philips CDR775 Audio CD Recorder without applying any remastering techniques like noise reduction, compression or EQ balancing.

Lectures from Danube Telelecture REMIXING CINEMA

The DEPARTMENT FOR IMAGE SCIENCE & DATABASE OF VIRTUAL ART present: ::danube telelecture REMIXING CINEMA : Future and Past of Moving Images = with Lev MANOVICH and Sean CUBITT - stream now available ::
Sarat MAHARAJ and Machiko KUSAHARA: Does the West still exist?
Gunalan NADARAJAN and Jens HAUSER: Pygmalion Tendencies: Bioart and its = Precursors
Christiane PAUL and Paul SERMON: Myths of Immateriality: Curating and = Archiving Media Art
Lev MANOVICH and Sean CUBITT: Remixing Cinema: Future and Past of Moving = Images

Peace and Sounds.......

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