May 7th, 2012Conference
On September 14, author and music critic Simon Reynolds will do a keynote speech on the topic of Do It Yourself in pop culture, looking at the history as well as current times and even to the future. Earlier this year, the author of a.o. Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania did an extensive interview for a profile in The Guardian with another heavyweight in music journalism: Greil Marcus, or, as Reynolds writes: widely considered the greatest living rock writer. Marcus wrote such classics as Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century and Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession.
The lengthy talk, Reynolds talked to Marcus during the course an entire afternoon about his entire career, has now been made available as a transcript on The Los Angeles Review of Books. Greil talks about his childhood and his father, about how & when he started as a music writer and that his wife has 'an absolute bullshit detector'. An interesting part about his book Mystery Train: “[The book] grew out of my dropping out of graduate school in 1973 and realizing that I wasn't going to write my dissertation and deciding, “Well, I'll write a book about rock 'n' roll.” I wrote a book proposal and it wasn't a whole lot more than “I will answer all your questions about rock 'n' roll.” It was totally incoherent! But at the end of the book proposal it said that — after I had gone all over the map, and got totally lost probably — there would be a chapter consisting of five- to ten-page essays on a few performers, as a demonstration of how you could write in depth about specific performers. And of course that became the whole book, once I got the rest of the garbage out of my system. Mystery Train is a group of essays on a few performers who seemed to me linked, to be struggling with the same kind of storytelling challenge.”
The full interview will be posted in four parts on the website of the LA Review of Books. FindTags: conference, diy, do it yourself, griel marcus, incubate, interview, mystery train, simon reynolds
October 24th, 2011Conference
At the Incubate DIY conference 2011, English punk legend Steve Ignorant was interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s aesthetic and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
In 1977 Ignorant co-founded, together with Penny Rimbaud, the anarcho-punk band Crass. With Crass, Steve Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the Do-it-yourself movement, and therefore a major influence on the punk movement. Crass was one of the first bands to arrange their own concerts and record sales without interference from the music industry and asked fans to make their own merchandise.Tags: 2011, conference, crass, diy, Festival, incubate, interview, john robb, punk, steve ignorant, the rest is propaganda, tilburg
September 6th, 2011Conference
Next week at the Incubate DIY Conference, John Robb, writer, BBC commentator and singer of the band Goldblade will do an interview with Steve Ignorant, one of the founders of legendary anarcho-punkband Crass. With Crass, Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the DIY movement, and therefore a major influence on the punk movement. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The
Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s aesthetic and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
In advance to the interview between Ignorant and Robb, Dutch punk rockband Antillectual (who played Incubate last year) put down some questions for John Robb on paper about… Well, DIY and punk rock of course, but also on the digital revolution, the traditional music industry, The Ramones (so, punk rock again), the social contents of new bands, piracy and the corporate world, cutbacks on art and music funding and the legacy of Crass.
Check out the first part of the interview at the Eerste Hulp Bij Plaatopnamen website. The introduction is in Dutch, but the interview is in English. The second
part will appear online tomorrow. Interested in hearing more? Join us next week, September 16 at the DIY Conference. Be sure to get a ticket in advance here.
Here”s a short piece of the interview:
“There is still lots of young people thinking and feeling things: the student demonstrations, the anti-globalization movement, it may not be in the charts but who gives a fuck about the
charts? I think the gains made by the counter culture are so much part of the mainstream now that no-one notices them any more, they seem normal.”Tags: antillectual, conference, crass, diy, do it yourself, eerste hulp bij plaatopnamen, ehpo, incubate, interview, john robb, punk, rock, steve ignorant
September 2nd, 2011Conference
Precies twintig jaar geleden kwam het album Nevermind van Nirvana uit, volgens zowel de makers van OOR als de lezers het beste album van de afgelopen veertig jaar. Daarom besteedt het blad de komende editie (14 september in de winkel) uitgebreide aandacht aan het album met een tien pagina’s tellende special.
andere Come As You Are, door velen gezien als de officiële biografie van de band en waarvoor de schrijver maandenlang optrok met de bandleden en andere betrokkenen. Daarnaast produceerde hij de film Kurt Cobain: About A Son om zijn beeld van de band en Kurt Cobain weer te geven.
Op vrijdag 16 september spreekt Michael Azerrad over zijn boek Our Band Could Be Your Life, over de opkomst van de Amerikaanse punk- en indierock in de jaren “80. Het boek beschrijft de verhalen van bands als Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Minor Threat en Hüsker Dü. Tickets voor de conferentie zijn Pay What You
Het interview met Michael Azerrad is alvast online verschenen op de site van OOR, als voorproefje voor de special en DIY Conference. Het hele interview lees je hier. Hieronder een onderdeel ervan:Tags: come as you are, conference, diy, incubate, interview, michael azerrad, nevermind, nirvana, our band could be your life, read
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
0September 13th, 2010Innovation
This blogpost is in Dutch, because the article it refers to is also in Dutch.
Theater Tilburg. Het artikel is getiteld “We zijn allemaal piraten” en gaat over de ontstaansgeschiedenis en ontwikkeling van piraterij. Het laat zien hoe ver piraterij is doorgedrongen in onze cultuur, en naar mening van Mason, niet meer zal verdwijnen. De vraag rest dan nog: hoe hiermee om te gaan? Het hele interview is te lezen op de site van De Groene Amsterdammer.
“Een van die goede dingen is het land waar Mason nu woont: “Amerika is gesticht op een mentaliteit van piraterij. Schijt aan de Engelse koning, we doen het hier op onze manier. Dat libertarisme zit nog steeds in de Amerikaanse cultuur. De term Yankee is afgeleid van het Nederlandse woord janke, dat piraat betekent – Europeanen noemden Amerikanen piraten omdat ze structureel internationale eigendomsrechten negeerden. Zoals China tegenwoordig Amerikaanse producten kopieert. Het is precies de manier waarop Amerika ooit zo snel industrialiseerde: door Europese auteursrechten te schenden.”"
“De jeugdcultuur was door de geschiedenis heen altijd een soort R&D-lab waar je op een betrouwbare manier verschillende denkwijzen kon uitproberen. Door de manier waarop jongeren het internet gebruiken, gaat dat niet meer: de een organiseert dansfeestjes in een loft in New York om zo het systeem te veranderen, anderen hacken de CIA en geven de aldus gevonden informatie door aan WikiLeaks. Tegelijkertijd
zijn typische aspecten van de jeugdcultuur, zoals muziek en stijl, niet langer gebonden aan lokale en nationale grenzen omdat kwaadaardige marketeers zoals ik als gieren boven op de trends zitten. Reclamebureaus zijn altijd op zoek geweest naar betekenis in de cultuur, maar we zijn nog nooit zo meedogenloos geweest als nu. De pogingen van de grote merken om zich al zo vroeg mogelijk te associëren met een nieuwe trend leiden tot een zeker nihilisme. Hipsters zijn niet meer geïnteresseerd in het systeem veranderen, ze zeggen alleen maar: ik draag een merkloos T-shirt, man.”
Tickets voor de Incubate Pirate Conference zijn te koop via deze site. Om de toegankelijkheid te waarborgen en om aan te sluiten bij het thema Piraterij, heeft het festival ervoor gekozen het Pay What You Want principe te hanteren. Hiermee beslist de bezoeker zelf wat de waarde is van de conferentie en een dergelijke maatschappelijke discussie.Tags: de groene amsterdammer, incubate, interview, matt mason, pay what you want, piracy, pirate conference, piraterij, we zijn allemaal piraten
September 9th, 2010Conference
Yesterday, Dutch blog EHPO (Eerste Hulp bij Plaatopnamen) posted an interview from Dutch musician/producer/blogger Pim van de Werken with Matt Mason. In the interview, the outlines of piracy are discussed; where does piracy stop and plagiarism start? How should the music industry compete with piracy? What does Matt Mason
think should change in current copyright law? Also, the possible effect of the ACTA treaty is being discussed:
What impact will the ACTA treaty have on piracy? If Internet Service Providers (ISP”s) have to filter content, what will be
impact on piracy?
“The impact on piracy will be negligible but the impact on our ideas about free speech and privacy will be very negative. You don”t win wars against piracy with new laws alone; you win them with market-based solutions. You win by finding a legal and beneficial way for society to permit that activity. But ACTA is happening whether we like it or not. No one who should be listening to these ideas is listening.”
Read the full post on EHPO. The blogpost is in Dutch, but the interview is in English. Want to hear more from Matt Mason? Come and visit his keynote speech at the Incubate Pirate Conference on September 17 in Midi Theater, Tilburg. Tickets are for sale here and are Pay What You Want.Tags: acta, ehpo, incubate, interview, matt mason, pay what you want, pim van de werken, piracy, pirate conference, speech, tickets
September 1st, 2010Innovation
become notorious in recent years for making their so-called mockbusters,
cheap pirated versions of major Hollywood films.
These mockbusters are immediately released on DVD, even before the
original movies screen in cinemas. Besides a large number of claims and lawsuits, the studio also enjoys a large fan base.
The Asylum’s way of working fits perfectly with the central theme of this year’s Incubate; piracy in the arts. Besides various readings and discussions on the subject, Incubate has also compiled a very diverse film program around this theme under the title ‘Pirate Cinema‘.
Watch an interview we did with David Rimawi (Sales and Distribution at The Asylum) on their company, there method of production, business model and piracy below:
During the festival week visitors can enjoy the pirated counterparts of The Da Vinci Code, Snakes on a Plane, Transformers and Alien vs. Predator among others. One of the highlights is the European movie premiere of Titanic II. The film premieres in the U.S. on August 24 and will be featured in a cinema in Europe for the first time during the Incubate festival on Thursday, September 16.
“Seriously I thought it was a spoof when i saw it at the rental store”Tags: david rimawi, de vinci treasure, european premiere, incubate, interview, mockbusters, movie, pirate cinema, the asylum, titanic 2, watch
“it was hilarious in the stupidest way, Don”t BUY JUST RENT“
“This movie is way more fun than the movie that it obviously rips off”
(user reviews imdb.com)
August 3rd, 2010Social Media
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Last year, when Matt Mason”s book
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contains four short clips in which Matt mason describes and explains the Pirate”s Dilemma. He goes on to talk a little bit about youth cultures, his favourite pirates, and putting up a digital version of the book for Pay What You Want on his site: “10% of the people who downloaded the book, paid up to 5 dollars for it. And what was really interesting about that, was that it didn”t affect
physical book sales negatively at all. When we first did it, we got so much press about doing the download, that actually physical book sales went up because more people were interested in the book.”
Watch the full interview here:Tags: frank meeuwsen, interview, matt mason, piracy, piraterij, the incredible adventure, the pirate's dilemma, video, vimeo
July 7th, 2010Innovation
/weblog/” target=”_blank”>Institute of Network Cultures Blog posted a very interesting interview with Paul Keller, one of the founders of Creative Commons Netherlands. This is a very interesting read in preparation to our Pirate Conference on September 17. At the conference, Martijn Arnoldus (another member of the Creative Commons Netherlands project)
will also take part in the panel following the keynote speech by Matt Mason.
Copyright law usually makes the distinction between private and public. Private is what I show in my own house, legally defined as people I have personal bonds with, in a close community. A public performance requires permission from the copyright holder, while with a private doesn’t. The internet has of course dramatically enlarged the range of our public. If I look at my flickr collection of pictures, hundreds of thousands of people have looked at them, while it it is still essentially the same collection that started its life in a shoe box on my shelf that maybe 5 people looked at back in the days. You can argue that the private has become global, and as a consequence this public-private distinction doesn’t work well for triggering copyright anymore.
Copyright currently justifies a simple binary transaction. I have cultural goods, you
have money, and we do a proper exchange, or otherwise I’m in violation of copyright. Given that everybody can make copies of pretty much anything, this is clearly not the smartest system for organizing knowledge transfer or the distribution of cultural goods.
Read the full interview at the website of the Institute of Network Cultures.Tags: copyright, creative commons, institute of network cultures, interview, paul keller, pirate conference