Dusted Wax Kingdom – The Trip-hop Netlabel

(click here to watch on the Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/rumena/dustedwax)

running time: 17:05 min.

Some people collect records. Mitko is different – he collects artists.
Find out what drives the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel and meet one of the people
behind modern Trip-hop in this 17-minute short documentary.

The Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel, based on the Black Sea coast in Varna, Bulgaria,
has been releasing Trip-hop music for over five years.
Everything they create is shared for free with their listeners,
spreading the love and passion for old-school samples and beats.

Some of them only do it for the fun; others are making great money
out of a new and unique business model.
Find out how they create, why they release their music independently
and what inspires them to keep going.

This is the first ever documentary film about a netlabel, made in Bulgaria.
It is released under a Creative Commons license.

The film looks at the digital phenomenon of netlabels,
using the Dusted Wax Kingdom as a case study.

It features a high quality, free, fully Creative Commons licensed Trip-hop soundtrack
with unique music from the netlabel.

To find out more about the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel, visit dustedwax.org

If you enjoyed the film, please share it and help more people find out about this unique music.


Audio essay assignment & copyright: Random notes and research citations

I decided to use my blog for the essay development and general notes on the subject of copyright & piracy. For some reason, I take lots of notes on paper but don’t often look at them later (especially when I need them), so I’ll be collecting my notes regarding the audio essay here, and transferring the ones from paper in digital form. After all, the essay is meant to be written on a computer, so it’s not such a bad idea to have all my notes in digital. This post will probably be updated on a daily / weekly basis, or maybe I will just add new ones. Ideally, it will help me get my head around the task and my response to it.

I’ve chosen Question e. from our Assignment:

Choosing one case study around ‘Piracy’ or ‘Copyright’ (such as a particular website) analyse the social, cultural, political and historical contexts that have impacted upon it.

I think a more focused and specific theme (ie. a particular case study) would allow me to better understand and work on the assignment; what is more, choosing one particular subject makes it easier to decide what and how I would draw examples from other case studies if needed. After all, things don’t happen in vacuum (plus, the assignment itself requires focusing on context), so it will be more than great to draw similar examples from other case studies, but always try and keep it concise and to the point.

At the time of starting this post, my initial intention is to write about Grooveshark – how they are dealing with copyright (it’s a website with free /ad-supported/ and paid subscriptions for unlimited access to music), what advantages and disadvantages their business model has, how the different contexts that they operate in complicate the situation, and how they are targeting these issues. There are some ‘grey areas’ around Grooveshark and the way they operate, especially in terms of copyright, and I intend to educate myself about them, and hopefully form a deeper understanding of the copyright issues in the music distribution world, as a result of this assignment.
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Business in the UK vs. Business in Bulgaria (guest post on SebastianMarshall.com)

Sebastian Marshall, one of the most impressive bloggers I know and keep in contact with, has posted some of my thoughts on the differences between Bulgarian and UK society, in terms of work habits and social structure. I was really honoured to be featured as a guest author there, as his blog is being read by some quite amazing people, all interested more or less in being the best version of themselves, while studying people and society. I’m currently back in Bulgaria for a short vacation, and the timing for posting this can’t be better.

Here is an excerpt, go ahead and read the whole post if you’re interested:

[H]aving the perspective on why for example Bulgaria is a messy, unorderly place, while the UK is the most structured country I’ve been in so far, also gives some insight of why it’s that and what purpose it’s helping. I mean, in Bulgaria people always complain they are not taken care of by the country, that everything is left pretty much to the laws of the jungle (I don’t know of you’re familiar with any Eastern European country, but it’s part of the culture there – maybe a little less harsh than what you’ve been describing about Mongolia), but that gives you the unique skillset of being an ‘all-around’ person (also because the country is poor, we don’t ‘hire’ someone, we try to fix things ourselves). You don’t just trust or ‘buy in’ what the State / or overpriced business is selling to you – and you know you have only yourself to rely on if you want something done. Whereas in the UK, people are so much taken care of, that they are too relaxed, and probably unadaptable.

Read the whole post here >>