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Copyright?

I just watched this video about 2 guys who have put all combinations of 8 notes in one octave onto a hard-drive. And claim it’s copyrighted.

It’s a lawyer and a nerd, so not 2 of the most ethical people right there…

But, to be clear, their stance is that copyright is stupid, not that they are going to sue everyone from now on.

I dont know what I think of this. On the one hand, i’m worried that the human element, the art, is being devalued… again! Why can’t humans have some laws in place that protects makers and creators? Also, it’s another income stream for musicians gone, this leads logically to no performing rights, everyone can steal anything now!

In the other hand, it’s true, as this video proclaims, that music isn’t just melody and rhythm, how can you write down drone music, or drum and bass, and how can you differentiate between one blues song and another, in terms of notes.

It’s ridiculous too, to be in a situation where… in a legal battle (Katie Perry/Flame) the artist with the most YouTube views wins. Well, that’s not the way it was, but… you know…

But… I must say, I’m a bit old school, I kind of like that, as humans, we have a few strange habits, like art or jewelry or fashion or music, that are held dear to us, enough that we have laws to protect the lonely artist. However messy or illogical it might be.

Anyway, here’s the video

Let Y block stay

Just reposting an article from Nytid (New Time) in Norwegian. English speaking friends will have to google translate, or maybe i will do it?

Basically, when Breivik let off his bomb in the government quarter in central Oslo, before drive to Utøya to slaughter kids, he damaged the buildings there so badly that the government are considering tearing them down. There’s the “High block” and the “ Y block”. The augment here’s is that the Y block is a fantastic example of brutalist architecture, and happens to have a Picasso artwork on the most prominent wall.

Y-blokka: Nasjonens tragedie

Super 8 Retro cam…

Hmm, not sure what I think of this. We already have many many cool apps doing this better, but I admit I like (love?) that not everything HAS to be on the fucking phone. I think it changes how you look at things, and Im very happy to have been born into a time where I actually went out, with a Super8 camera/16mm camera and and LOOKED for shots, which I don’t think you do if you are just carrying your phone around. ESPECIALLY if you film you make goes STRAIGHT to a social media platform and isn’t really even saved anywhere.
Which reminds me, I want to go and get all the videos I have EVER saved to facebook and download them and make them into a film… might be a project?

New years resolution

Last year was a terrible year for this blog. I hardly posted nothing. So i will try to do better this year.

So aims for 2020?

New guitar band, looping, little industrial little ambient noise, live drums ( maybe bit cop shots cop, metal percussion thing) with maybe added field recordings.

Animation, get studio space for stop motion up and running, do some tests, maybe start to finish “The Box” modeling (mini theatre sets) writing.

VR, working on multiplayer VR city, more info to come.

New Electricity album. New idea to improvise with Martin while recording, two big long sessions then divide it between us for editing and mixing.

Finish Studio. The new space is all i have ever dreamed of. Studios have always been very important to me, i’ve almost always had one (wish i had pics of them all, coming up, lust of all Marks studios) And this space has the potential to be the perfect one. With one major caveat. In the Summer, will the bugs ( millipedes) come back? and will i be able to kill them off? Other things still need doing. Roof painting and floor tiling to stop concrete dust getting into everything.

So what do I want from 2020?

TIME TO DO STUFF!!

Studio pics

Moving into the new house in Nesodden 6 month ago, I finally got the studio space of my dreams, and nightmares…
Its underground, and made of 2 rooms (one is the garage).
My plan is to record there of course, but not your normal studio with live room and window and crap (ITS ONLY ME!!!) More like a nice cosy place to sit a noodle, but where all the various instruments are always plugged in and ready to go. Although not a drummer, I want to put together a kind of minimalist “industrial” kit, more for sampling (and guests) Made from Steve A´s old mini kit (love that kick drum).
Another area in the space is the workbench tat will have 2 uses. Soldering, for modular synth stuff (but I admit, at the moment Im almost finished with that journey, I have about 10 more modules to finish and install, but ten Ill re-evaluate sell stuff, and see what I want to end up with. Alos I want to use tis are for small model making, for animations. Somwhere Im going to set up a home made animation desk, for tiny stop-frame animation. Using Dragon Frame on an additional computer, and making a kind of small re-usable “stage” not unlike the paper theatres we used to make.
In the adjoining room is the workshop. CAn be used to working on house stuff, carving stuff, or making animation sets.
At least… thats the plan.