August 31st, 2011Conference
Like we told you last week, we’ll have the Dutch premiere of the documentary at
the Incubate DIY Conference on September 16. PressPausePlay is a film about
hope, fear and digital culture. Does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by the film, through interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era like Seth Godin, Moby, Robyn, Andrew Keen, Sean Parker and Bill Drummond.
Our Swedish friends have now released a second trailer for your viewing pleasure online. Watch it above. And again: everything is put to tape beautifully.
After the screening of the film, there will be a panel with
Philip Marthinsen (producer of PressPausePlay), Dwight Witherspoon of Ericsson Sweden, who made the film possible, hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus (a.o. Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Brainfeeder and Warp) and Arnold de Boer, since long the guy behind Zea and since two and a half years singer and guitarist in The Ex. Zea is self made and the way of doing may be best described as grass-roots, as is The Ex. The panel will be moderated by Erwin Blom.
Catch the full program for the DIY Conference on this page. There are still some Pay What You Want-tickets available right here.Tags: bill drummond, conference, diy, incubate, pay what you want, presspauseplay, pwyw, trailer, watch
August 29th, 2011Conference
With less than three weeks to go till the Incubate DIY Conference, we now have the time schedule for the day complete. Before we start the program on September 16th, you”re welcome to come and enjoy a free breakfast with us from 09:30 till 10:30. After that, Michael Azerrad will kick off the event with his keynote. We”ll end the day
at 16:15 with Bill Drummond“s lecture and performance (where you as an audience member will participate in!). In between of course, there are lots of panels, film, interviews and stands. Afterwards, we”ll celebrate 20 years of Gonzo (circus) and we welcome you to come have a drink with us.
But wait, there”s more! Are you pfizer online viagra a coffee
addict, just like us? Then there”s good news for you: we have Flat Fee Coffee available! You can buy you own Incubate mug at the entrance of the Midi Theater on September 16, personalize it by writing your name on it and get as much coffee as you want during the day. What this will cost, you ask? Just a meager 5 euros. Plus: you can take the mug home with you!
Are you excited yet? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #diy11. At the DIY Conference, we”ll also have a nice backchannel (made by our good friends of Freshheads) where you can react to what”s happening on the stage.
If you”re attending the DIY Conference, please buy a Pay What You Want ticket in pre sale, because we”re expecting quite some people for the event. See you September 16!Tags: breakfast, conference, diy, drinks, flat fee coffee, incubate, pay what you want, pwyw, time schedule
August 25th, 2011Conference
“All recorded music has run its course.
It has all been consumed, traded, downloaded,
Understood, heard before, sampled, learned,
Revived, judged and found wanting.
Dispense with all previous forms of music and
Music-making and start again.
Year zero now.”
We’re extremely honored to have Bill Drummond taking part in the DIY Conference program. On September 16, Drummond will give a lecture as well as perform his latest work The17. Titled ‘The Incubate 17’ for the occasion, Bill Drummond will perform the piece at the conference with all the visitors attending his speech. It’s a unique possibility to become part of one of his works.
The17 is a reaction to pre-recorded music, where an ad hoc choir performs one of Drummond’s works. The Independent has some more background on the project and tells about its origins based on extracts from Drummond’s book called ‘17’:
“That evening while doing my emails, the dread began to grip
me again. I began to feel that every piece of recorded music that had ever existed was behind the screen of the iMac taunting me. Each with the face of an evil little sprite. “Bill, Bill, we are here, don”t you want us? We will make you happy. Just click your mouse a few times and I”ll be on your hard drive in no time at all, enriching your life in so many ways.”
“But somehow it was the fact that – in theory at least – I could be listening to any piece of music that has ever been recorded within 60 seconds with just a few clicks of the mouse, that is any piece of music from the entire 110 years of recorded music history, left me with an empty feeling.“
“If I ever tried to nail the sound that The17 made in my imagination, it was a sprawling kind of thing. There were big loud bits and long soft quiet bits. And there didn”t seem to be any words, or at least not words that I could hear. No nice melodies or fancy chords and definitely no instruments. There was something uncontrollable about it. With the music of The17, nothing would ever get resolved. There”d be lots of overtones and strange harmonics at times almost bordering on the out of tune. They would make a sound that came right from the heart of the collective human subconscious. I got that pretentious. But I didn”t care.”Tags: bill drummond, conference, diy, incubate, independent, pay what you want, pwyw, the17
August 18th, 2011Conference
OK, it’s official now: the line-up of the Incubate DIY Conference is now complete! Yes, we also said that when we announced the MOMO Q&A with Koen Delaere three weeks ago, but then we got a nice email from IndieGoGo, the world largest platform. They said their CEO, Slava Rubin had plans on visiting Europe in September and asked
if we’d be interested in to have a presentation by them on the DIY Conference.
Of course we couldn’t say no to that. So after a couple of emails, we decided to do a
crowdfunding presentation on DIY / DIWO Funding. You’re wondering what DIWO means, right? Well: Slava Rubin co-founded IndieGoGo in 2008 to empower creative entrepreneurs with Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) tools. There you go.
The service has been used for over 35,000 campaigns and distributed millions of dollars in 200 countries. In 2011, IndieGoGo was named one of the partner
companies for Startup America – President Obama’s initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship in America. Recent speaking engagements include Skoll World Forum, TedX, SXSW, CMJ & Internet Week NY, while press includes NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, Oprah, BBC, and CNNMoney.
At the Incubate DIY Conference, Slava Rubin will discuss topics like “Crowdfunding as Market Validation”, “The tips and tricks of raising money on the Internet” and “How to fund your business, project, or cause” in his presentation.Tags: conference, crowdfunding, diy, incubate, indiegogo, slava rubin
August 15th, 2011Conference
src=”http://incubate-innovation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Michael-Azerrad.jpg” alt=”" width=”425″ height=”318″ />At the Incubate DIY Conference, we’re very honored to have Michael Azerrad talk about his highly influential and great book Our Band Could Be Your Life. The book describes the scene of (mainly ‘80s) American underground bands like Black Flag, Minutemen and Sonic Youth
who, while finding relatively little mainstream success, did have an establishing role in American alternative and indie rock.
The book was published ten years ago, and was named one of the 50 best music books even written by The Guardian. At the DIY Conference, Michael will share the insights he gained while interviewing the bands and writing the book.
In the video below, Azerrad is interviewed about the background of
the book. We especially like the introduction where Michael tells about why he wrote the book:
“I was watching a rock documentary one evening, and it was the history of punk. They got up to Talking Heads and then suddenly the action skipped to Nirvana. I thought perhaps I had blacked out for ten minutes and missed the part about Black Flag and The Minutemen and The Replacements, Sonic Youth, all those bands between Talking Heads and Nirvana. But no, I had not in fact blacked out. They just had skipped over an entire decade of punk rock, very influential music that led up to Nirvana. I had done a book about Nirvana and I just felt like someone needed to tell that backstory. It was completely ignored. This whole generation of music that was so great and a community and a scene so thriving and so inspiring had just been crossed over by the history books. And I decided someone should do something about that. So, in typical DIY-spirit I said: I will do something about it. I started on that book and wrote Our Band Could Be Your Life.”Tags: black flag, conference, diy, do it yourself, incubate, interview, michael azerrad, our band could be your life, sonic youth, video, watch
August 9th, 2011Conference
speeches at the DIY Conference, we’ll also have the Dutch premiere of the documentary, a film about hope, fear and digital culture. The question that PressPausePlay addresses: does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? The film contains interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era like Seth Godin, Moby, Andrew Keen, Sean Parker and Bill Drummond.
After the screening of the film, we’ll do a panel with the makers of the film (Philip Marthinsen, producer of PressPausePlay and Dwight Witherspoon of Ericsson Sweden, who made the film possible). Also Arnold de Boer, since long the guy behind Zea and since two and a half years singer and guitarist in The Ex will take seat in the panel. Zea is self made and the way of doing may be best described as grass-roots, as is The Ex. The panel will be moderated by Erwin Blom.
The last addition to the panel is hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus (a.o. Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Brainfeeder and Warp). At the panel, Daedelus will share his
insights in the topics addressed by the film. During the Incubate festival, he will work with students from the Fontys Rock Academy and the Conservatory in Tilburg as well
as do a DJ set on Friday evening.
We’re really pleased to have Daedelus participate in the conference. Catch the whole program of the conference here. Pay What You Want-tickets for the conference are still available. Get them right here. Watch a live DJ set by Daedelus at KEXP Radio after the break:Tags: conference, daedelus, diy, incubate, panel, pay what you want, presspauseplay, pwyw
August 5th, 2011Conference
As if the program for the Incubate DIY Conference isn’t enough of a celebration of DIY-culture already, we’ve teamed with our good friends of Gonzo (circus) to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the conference. Gonzo (circus) is an independent Dutch magazine reporting on contemporary music, culture, art and (new) media. It started in 1991, which
means this year, we can celebrate 20 years of Gonzo (circus)!
At the conference, when the program is finished, we’ll have Gonzo (circus) DJ’s spinning records in the bar at Midi Theater. So come and have a drink with us between 17:15 and 19:00.
Earlier that day, Gonzo (circus) will also take part in the DIY zines & journalism panel. Other participants in the panel are Wire, The Quietus, XLR8R and Terrorizer. The panel will be moderated by Atze de Vrieze
from VPRO’s 3VOOR12.
The time schedule for
the DIY Conference will be available soon. Meanwhile, get your Pay What You Want-tickets for the conference right here.Tags: 20 years, celebration, conference, conferentie, diy, gonzo (circus), incubate
August 3rd, 2011Conference
“Where are the angry young men and women of today who are saying: ‘this is all fucking wrong’, you know? What happened to that voice?
It’s all sort of gone.”
At the Incubate DIY Conference on September 16, 2011, punk legend Steve Ignorant will be interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. With Crass, Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the DIY movement, and therefore a major influence in the punk scene. At the conference, they’ll discuss DIY, Crass’/Steve’s ethics and Steve’s autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
There is No Authority But Yourself is a Dutch film
directed by Alexander Oey documenting the history of the anarchist punk band Crass. The film features archive footage of the band and interviews with former members Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher. As well as reflecting on the band”s past the film focuses on their current activities.
The film addresses the origins and aesthetic of Crass, and the DIY aspects of the band. About how
the backgrounds of the musicians differed from each other, the artworks, the message, the way of living that surrounded the band and how it all come together. We also hear Steve Ignorant talking about how Joe Strummer turned him into forming his own band.
You can watch the entire documentary below. It includes Dutch subtitles.Tags: Alexander Oey, conference, crass, diy, documentary, incubate, penny rimbaud, punk, steve ignorant, There Is No Authority But Yourself, watch