Guest Blog: Digital, Artists, Labels and the Crisis of Plumeting Expectations

Enough of the empty cheerleading. Web-only networking can have a dark side, too — and the music community can do better. Playing devil’s advocate this week to one-dimensional Web 2.0 optimism, we welcome Dave Dri, musician, producer, and founder of Segue. -PK I write a column for a weekly street press magazine in Australia. The vast majority of the universe won’t have picked up that magazine, of course. But my topic this week has been bouncing around Interwebs, cafes, and clubs like an alarm clock, waking the electronic music community from a happy slumber. The cause for alarm: the dire …

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Share LA to Host Circuit Bending Challenge, Flickr Tag Ready

For a little inspiration, it’s Famea’s bent toy piano. Looks quite playable — nice. Los Angeles readers, Surya Buchwald aka Momo the Monster writes to let us know he’s taking on the Circuit Bending Challenge live and in person, with a workshop. So if you were feeling squeamish about the challenge and want some assistance, this good be a great opportunity. Please help spread the word, wonderful Californians! Join us for our Next Share.LA! October 28th is the Circuit Bending challenge, as posted on Create Digital Music. The challenge is to buy a lo-tech music toy, hack it and document …

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Meatspace Networking for Musicians: Chicago Demo Swap Party Wrap-up

Ed.: Social networking, online sites (this being one of them), Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace … sometimes it seems like all the connections are being done online. Naturally, the Web’s real power is when you can meet all those virtual personalities you’ve gotten to know offline. Far better than getting demo CDs in the mail or listening to someone’s tracks on MySpace: meeting them at a party over a drink and getting their music from them directly. Such is the genius of Chicago’s Demo Swap. Co-organizer Liz has this wrap-up of what July’s party was like. Non-Chicagoans (heck, fellow New Yorkians), clearly …

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Darnit, We're Out Being Visualists — But Back Soon

Jaymis and I are out in Meatspace being visualists, leaving little time to, you know, blog and such. Here’s how to find us: If you’re in Australia, find a big rockstar with big hair (listen for screaming girls and boys), and Jaymis will surely be nearby. If you’re in the Bay Area of California, find a convergence of technology gurus, crafters, and DIY counter-cultural geniuses, or small downtown venues cramped with people, and you’ll probably find me. Actually, after thinking I might get away with just doing sound and not image, I’ve managed to find lots of projection possibilities so …

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Darnit, We’re Out Being Visualists — But Back Soon

Jaymis and I are out in Meatspace being visualists, leaving little time to, you know, blog and such. Here’s how to find us: If you’re in Australia, find a big rockstar with big hair (listen for screaming girls and boys), and Jaymis will surely be nearby. If you’re in the Bay Area of California, find a convergence of technology gurus, crafters, and DIY counter-cultural geniuses, or small downtown venues cramped with people, and you’ll probably find me. Actually, after thinking I might get away with just doing sound and not image, I’ve managed to find lots of projection possibilities so …

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CDM @ Maker Faire: Events All Weekend, Reports Next Week

I’m in Meatspace largely at the moment, with a weekend packed with events at the Maker Faire. There are plenty of DIY music and motion projects here, and they’ll all be within spitting distance of my booth. Add to that performance events Friday and Saturday, and it’s looking like a great weekend. If you’re not in the Bay Area (which, yes, 99% of you aren’t), expect to see the virtual translation of all this meaty goodness soon. Some of these projects are also suggesting some how-to tutorials, so I’ll be working on that, as well. If you are here, note …

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