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Nicolae Comanescu on Wed, 12 Mar 2003 18:42:41 +0100 (CET)


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From: "Sal Randolph" <opsound {AT} opsound.org>
To: "ANNOUNCEMENTS M" <opsound {AT} opsound.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 4:31 AM
Subject: An Invitation to Join the Opsound & Opcopy Projects


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> Dear Friends of the Free Biennial & Free Manifesta,
>
> I'd like to invite you all to be part of two new projects I'm working on,
> Opsound and Opcopy.  Like the Free Biennial and Free Manifesta, both are
> experiments in creating social architectures as artworks exploring gift
> economies and free culture.
>
> Opsound will be an open access sound resource and copyleft record label,
> collecting all kinds of sounds for free use and also releasing actual
> records and cds (which will be bought, sold, and distributed in the usual
> manner, with money returning to the artists).  I'm expecting that we'll be
> collecting some amazing material, and over the next few months releasing
> records and organizing events and parties in New York, Frankfurt, and
Berlin
> (at the very least).  All kinds of music and sound can be entered into the
> Opsound open pool -- of course we're looking for music, but I'm personally
> also very interested in collecting other kinds of audio material including
> spoken texts, noises, field recordings, etc.  Opsound will be encouraging
a
> proliferation of microlabels, both online and real world, the first of
> which -- the Opsound house label -- will concentrate on experimental
> electronic music. Opsound is also looking, less formally, for anyone
> interested in working on video material to be part of an upcoming cd/dvd
> combo release.
>
> Opound has a sibling project, Opcopy: Open Copyright Action, which is an
> experimental political organization exploring new ways of responding to an
> increasingly restrictive climate where more and more of our collective
> cultural material is being privatized and controlled.  Opcopy will begin
by
> collecting varying and differing opinions on copyright issues to try and
> engage in a more interesting level of debate about questions of
intellectual
> "property," the public domain, and free culture (free in both the sense of
> "free speech" and the sense of "free beer").  You are most cordially
invited
> to post your own position on the matter on the opcopy site.
>
> Please feel free to write with questions or suggestions, and to pass this
> invitation along to anyone you think might be interesting/interested.
>
> All the best,
>
> Sal
>
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> Sal Randolph
> sal {AT} opsound.org
> sal {AT} opcopy.org
>
> http://www.opsound.org
> http://www.opcopy.org
>
> http://www.highlala.com
>
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> AN OPEN CALL TO MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS
>
> Musicians and sound artists of all kinds are invited to join the Opsound
> project.
>
> Opsound is a record label using an open source, copyleft model, an
> experimentin practical gift economics, a laboratory for new ways of
> releasing music.
>
> In its first phase of operation, Opsound is gathering material for an open
> sound pool which will be drawn on for the creation of a series of online
and
> real-world microlabels. All material for the sound pool will be released
> under a Creative Commons license (the "Attribution-ShareAlike license "),
a
> copyleft license in the spirit of open source software license which
allows
> for all kinds of copying, remixing, use, and reuse while retaining an
> attribution  to the original artist.
>
> Anyone is encouraged to contribute sound files to the open sound pool,
> including field recordings, ambiences, incomplete improvisations,
monologues
> & dialogues, spoken texts, unfinished experiments, detached soundtracks,
> vocal solos, strange noises, bedroom laptop, microsound, generative,
glitch
> dub, idm, minimal techno, blip hop, hip hop, turntablist, downtempo,
> uptempo, reggae, ragga, raga, roots, breakbeat, basement punk, garage
band,
> indy, shoegazer, psychedelia, noise, song, be-bop, free jazz, Modern
> composition, avant-anything, etc. Sound files can be complete pieces of
> music, or elements intended be combined into something  new.
>
> DEADLINE: There is currently no deadline, and entries will be accepted on
an
> ongoing basis. You are, however, encouraged to enter your material as soon
> as is conveniently possible.
>
> HOW TO ENTER: Please visit the Opsound site at http://www.opsound.org,
read
> the guidelines and faq, and then use the entry form.
>
>
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
>
> FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: SAL RANDOLPH 212-219-9328 sal {AT} opsound.org
>
>
> ARTIST STARTS NEW EXPERIMENTAL RECORD LABEL AND POLITICAL ACTION GROUP TO
> EXPLORE COPYRIGHT ISSUES
>
> New York, March 11, 2003. New York artist Sal Randolph announces the
launch
> of two new art projects, Opsound and Opcopy, which continue her recent
> explorations of social architectures as art forms.
>
> Opsound -- (http://www.opsound.org) responds to recent upheavals in the
> music industry by creating an alternative structure for musicians and
> sound-based artists wishing to share and release music under a copyleft,
or
> open source structure. Opsound will gather a pool of sound material from
> artists and encourage the development of both web-based and real-world
micro
> labels to release artists' work. All work will be released under a
Creative
> Commons license which permits free copying and modification (the Creative
> Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, http://www.creativecommons.org).
> Opsound also expects to function directly as a record label in its own
right
> focusing on experimental electronic music.
>
> Opcopy -- Open Copyright Action (http://www.opcopy.org) takes the form of
a
> political organization working to promote the public's access to culture
> through the restoration and broadening of the public domain and the repeal
> of restrictive laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the
> Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (known popularly as the Mickey
Mouse
> Protection Act). Opcopy will focus on raising the level of public debate
on
> copyright issues by supporting direct art actions and will encourage an
> ongoing engagement with diverse opinions. "With the recent Supreme Court
> decision endorsing the Sonny Bono act," Randolph says, "it's become clear
> that we cannot rely on the courts to protect us from bad policy. The only
> way to proceed is to make artists and the general public more aware of the
> Destructive quality of these laws, and to get them changed."
>
> Randolph's recent social architecture projects include Free Manifesta
> (http://www.freemanifesta,org) and the Free Biennial
> (http://www.freebiennial.org), both of which were open access exhibitions
of
> free art in public spaces involving over 300 artists. Her project Free
Words
> (http://www.freewords.org) involves a worldwide network of volunteer
> distributors who infiltrate copies of the uncopyrighted book Free Words
(no
> rights reserved) onto the shelves of bookstores and libraries. Her website
> is http://www.highlala.com
>
>
> Opsound
> 648 Broadway Suite 1005
> New York, NY 10012
> 212-777-1156
> http://www.opsound.org
> info {AT} opsound.org
>
>
> Opcopy
> Open Copyright Action
> 648 Broadway, Suite 1005
> New York, NY 10012
> 212-777-1156
> http://www.opcopy.org
> info {AT} opcopy.org
>
>
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> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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