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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


After a frustrating series of setbacks, I finally have my course schedule for this semester settled, and I am rather excited. I managed to get out of the music department for the first time in three years, and I'm taking:
Copyright, Creativity, and New Media
Peter Decherney
T 5:30-8:10
This course examines the impact of copyright law on artists and creative industries. Looking at publishing, music, film, and software, we will ask how the law drove the adoption of new media, and we will consider how regulation influences artistic decisions. The course will cover both the history of copyright law and current debates, legislation, and cases. We will also follow major copyright stories in the news. Readings cover such diverse topics as the player piano, Disney films, YouTube, video game consuls, hip hop, the Grateful Dead, file sharing, The Catcher in the Rye, and many more. In addition to active participation, students will write papers on fair use, do in-class presentations, and write a research paper.

Digital Battlegrounds
Joseph Turow
R 3:00-5:00pm
Students will read books and articles that address several key areas of social concern and confrontation around the web and mobile devices as well as the “over-the-horizon” topic of augmented reality. We will consider each topic for about two class sessions, reading extended works on the subjects and as well as related articles. Topics and authors we will cover include: The collaborative “nature” of the web (Clay Shirkey, Yochai Benkler); Social profiling, reputation and the media (Dan Solove, Joseph Turow); Privacy (Helen Nissenbaum); The right to forget (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger); The meaning and implications of “free” the in digital world (Chris Anderson); Threats to traditional journalism (McChesney and Nichols); Social implications of augmented-reality technologies (various academic and trade writings). Students will write a semester paper as well as weekly critical analyses of the reading.
Do these sound fabulous or what!? Copyright and new media geek out!

First class for the former was today. I spent two hours grinning from ear to ear. I felt maybe a little embarrassed that I was wearing my Pirate Bay t-shirt under my sweater, but the temperature in the classroom was low enough that I could leave my outer layer on and trick everyone into thinking I don't try too hard.

I am equally psyched about the second class, whose professor comes highly recommended by pretty much everyone.

*happy grad student dance* I'm going to dance that dance now, because I'm sure I will be doing the sad grad student wallow in just a few weeks when the workload hits.

Anyway, this is all very timely, because SOPA. I have a script up that will (hopefully) put this website and on strike for 12 hours starting at 8AM EST, coinciding with the Reddit strike. You know, so all 4 people who accidentally click on the site during that time will get a message about SOPA. But hey, it's the little things that make me feel like I'm at least doing something. I moved all of my GoDaddy domains (there were more than I realized, damn) to NameCheap last month and felt very pleased with myself. If only my EFF stickers were vinyl, I would put one on my car RIGHT NOW.

Backward and Forward: Anti-Social Music and Blind Date

Looking backward first: behold a long overdue recording of a live performance: from March 2011, here's Anti-Social Music and Handshake (my lovesong to the dial-up modem) in Brooklyn:

This made me so warm and fuzzy. I'm not sure that anyone likes Handshake quite as much as I do, but I don't even care. From my program notes on Mormolyke Press:
A raucous homage to the sounds of the Information Age in a setting of the Lorem Ipsum (dummy text used for centuries in print publishing, now most famously used in website design). Features representations of a modem handshake, DTMF tones, the sequence of powers of two, and nod to the famous "Captain Crunch" whistle of the 1960's, an icon of the phreaking and hacking community.
(BTW, yes, I am so freaking lame and slow. I should have posted about this stuff months and months ago. But hey! Help me atone by paying what you will for the recording -- what you will hopefully being more than $0, if you're not too poor.)

It's pretty awesome being a composer sometimes. Like when people play your music. That's cool.

Also pretty cool: when people let you play stuff while they dance. Looking forward to this Saturday, for which I'm cooking up an off-the-cuff performance with Niki Cousineau as part of Third Bird's Blind Date:

You can get tickets in advance. You should probably do that. I'm busting out my viola and likely a delay pedal.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Roadtrop blog

I just finished designing a new blog dedicated to the roadtrop Matt and I are taking this May-June:

Heh, the photo of the car in the design is one I took last night ... of the toy Magnum in our tchotcke cabinet.

There are a few blog entries up already, and more to come. Since fantasizing about the roadtrip is basically what I do for fun at the moment, I'll probably be blogging there more often for the next few months, though non-travel posts will stay over here.