Buckman in Japan
I'm in Tokyo for a week, speaking at Joi Ito's conference "The New Context" http://www.garage.co.jp/ncc2006/speaker.html#buckman
Got some quality chatting time last night with Larry Lessig, the founder of the Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org
Magnatune is a frequently cited example of a Creative Commons business model, so it was nice to get to chat.
I met the overly modest David Isenberg, who failed to mention to me that he was the author of the seminal article "Rise of the Stupid Network" http://isen.com/stupid.html that had a huge impact on me when I read it in 1997. And, he's a big fan of Magnatune, which is always flattering.
Also met Heather Ford, who heads iCommons http://www.icommons.org/ and is based in South Africa - she had written to me years ago about Magnatune and African music, and it was wonderful to finally meet.
Joi has set up quite a bit of press for me here, including an interview with the main Japanese daily paper, Nikkei.
Here's a picture of the Claudio Prado, the coordinator of digital policy of the ministry of culture of Brazil and my buddy now.
Here's a picture of the stage area. Very fancy. Big. You can't see the audience, but there are lots of people here.
Pictures of my presentation:
and finally, the good-job-party was held at a German restaurant in Tokyo, which is just a touch surreal. The menu was in German, and except for the "macaroni and cheese" was actually fairly accurate German food (mostly sausages and pretzels)
"Wizards of Open Source" conference in Berlin
About a week ago, I was in Berlin presenting at the Wizards of Open Source conference as part of the "Net Labels" panel.
The video from my panel is at this URL, and my presentation is about mid-way into the video:
the video is also available in other formats, and other sessions are online at:
Photos of the event are here:
There was a huge amount of press present at the event, and I practically spent all my time in interviews. Among others, I was interviews by:
I also met Janko Roettgers, fellow panelist, who also blogged the event http://www.p2p-blog.com/item-152.html
More on Music Licensing at Magnatune
Guest Blogger: Teresa Malango, Magnatune, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature film "Finding Preet" is a romantic comedy loosely based on the experiences of writer, Priti Chowdhury.
Priti, also the film’s Executive Producer, licensed music from Magnatune artist touchingGrace for the soundtrack. With its fusion of jazz and classical Indian sitar, the song “New Delhi Breakdown” from The Reformations Sessions album was a logical choice for the film.
The film’s story follows Priti Malani, a 34 year old Indian American physician and restaurant owner searching for preet (a hindi word for love). Her traditional Indian parents find her numerous dates from "Indian Internet Matrimonial" sites and her over zealous girlfriends persuade her to join a ten thousand dollar dating service.
As the film synopsis says “She goes to extremes to find love when it just may be where she least expects it.”
The film will initially be shown at independent film festivals in Cannes and Los Angeles. More about the film can be found at http://www.findingpreet.com
To listen to the music of touchingGrace go to http://www.magnatune.com/artists/touching_grace
Jay Kishor albums can be found at http://www.magnatune.com/artists/jay_kishor
Fire Jumping in Alaska with Electric Frankenstein
Veteran Alaskan smokejumper Murry Taylor is dedicated to revealing the fascinating and dangerous world of wilderness firefighting http://www.jumpingfire.com
It all started during one summer when Murry began to keep an extensive journal of his experiences as an Alaskan smokejumper. This became his memoir “Jumping Fire: A Smoke Jumper’s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire” published by Harcourt, 2000. In the book, the Murry recounts his three decades parachuting out of planes and fighting wildfires in the rugged West.
After the book was published Hollywood called, Warner Brothers to be exact, taking out an option for a film. The screenplay is in development now with Murry’s participation.
Murry recently contacted us through Joel McComb of McComb Consulting. He wanted to use Electric Frankenstein music to showcase his latest project -- a video of an actual fire jump.
It’s an incredible vantage point and well worth a look at http://www.jumpingfire.com/
Electric Frankenstien albums can be found at http://www.magnatune.com/artists/electric_frankenstein
Magnatune Music on Mars
CREW 44 tells the story of eight young scientists and engineers training and conducting research at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah during the winter of 2006.
With the music of Magnatune artist Williamson http://www.magnatune.com/artists/williamson lending an electronic space pop feel to the surface of the red planet, the film takes the viewer on a journey into the world of Mars analogue research and into the experiences of modern-day explorers.
Caltech student and filmmaker, Andre Dunford was the geologist for the mission and also wrote, directed, produced and financed the film. Andre signed a deal with http://Spacechannel.tv, a new online channel started by a fellow geologist and researcher. The film will be the first media available on the channel.
We look forward to seeing more work from Andre http://www.andredunford.com. His next project is in Northern Africa to investigate suspected meteorite impact craters in the Sahara Desert that he discovered using satellite data.
The work of ambient artists
and Claire Fitch http://www.magnatune.com/artists/fitch
complete the soundtrack.
View CREW 44 at http://andredunford.com/film/film_video.htm
The Berkman Center is a highly influential research center at Harvard, really on the vanguard of new ideas and issues in the digital world. I went to a fantastic conference there in May called "Beyond Broadcast 2006: Reinventing
Public Media in a Participatory Culture." The conference that brought together an international group of media & interactive professionals presenting some very exciting work. It's worth checking out the conference wiki at http://www.beyondbroadcast.net/blog
The AudioBerkman podcasters sampled Magnatune
track titled “You Belong” by Lizzi http://magnatune.com/artists/lizzi
from the album Love and you and I.
Here's the podcast link:
posted by Teresa Malango, Magnatune, September 2, 2006