ArchiveApril 4, 2006

Five Points


Folk Songs for the Five Points is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side.

The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing.

Beautiful: Folk Songs for the Five Points

[gefunden auf dem sofa]

the other word is “fear”


The other word is “fear.” Fear that keeps me awake at night and distracted in class. Fear of my May sentencing date (I pleaded guilty in March) in the same courthouse as Zacarias Moussaoui; fear of the possible prison time I am facing; fear of my job prospects when I graduate college in December with a felony criminal record; and fear for the future I’ve recklessly damaged.
Mickey Borchardt is a student at University of North Carolina. He’s being sentenced for copyright infringements. He shared music online.

Another future destroyed for…what?

DVD releases


Hollywood is embracing new digital options for getting movies to consumers, but more aggressive innovation could take place with more secure content protection, the MPAA told a congressional panel today.
What the MPAA said in this press release a few days ago is that more restrictive digital rights management (DRM) leads to more creativity? Uh-huh. Think again.

According to an LA Times article, …

…major studios today will make mainstream movies available for downloading the same day they are released on DVD — a significant step in Hollywood’s tentative migration to the Internet.

However, the article also tells that the download will cost twice the price of the DVD, and it’s gonna be available for Windows PCs only. Twice! What the heck are those guys thinking? Oh wait, here’s the answer:

“We think this is a great consumer offering that complements the DVD release,” said Rick Finkelstein, Universal Pictures’ president and chief operating officer.

How about this model: All the majors set up download servers, where you can download (as in rent) a movie when you want to watch it. You pay via PayPal – $0.99 to $2.99 should be fine. Period. Why even protect the movie? The movies are out there anyway, ripped, screened, burned, whatever. But who would take the effort of even copying it if you can have just the movie you want, when you want it, in a guaranteed high quality, for just two bucks? It’d be a clear win/win situation.

If people put the stuff online afterwards, who would lose anything? You’d never get the movies you wanna watch as quick via BitTorrent as you’d get them off the Universal / Warner / whatever server. So there is this huge, fat market, and all they need to do – all you need to do, Rick Finkelstein – is feed it, I volunteer to be the first to rent a dozen movies right away, under the conditions stated above.

(Remember, I will never buy a regional code protected DVD again, as they tend to lock my DVD player software.)

[via boing boing]