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.

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A veteran computer user’s thoughts on the commercialisation of computer technology

I’ve been having quite intriguing email conversations lately, one of them with Mac, whom I first met via Twitter and Flickr. We’ve been exchanging links and ideas about open standards, internet privacy, media and philosophy. One of his last emails offered a very unique (at least for me) point of view regarding our computer- and data-driven society and the commercialisation of computer technology. What’s unique is that he’s been there pretty much since the introduction of computer networks, being able to observe and follow the development from the early days to the current commercialisation of social interaction. I asked for his permission to publish his comments, and I am honoured to be able to share them here:

My familiarity with IT dates from around the 1970s. I had used a mainframe computer and a small PDP8 machine to do statistical analyses while I was at university. (For the mainframe, you had to put programs and data on punched cards, which you had to take over to the Computing Department to get processed; and you collected the printout of the results the following day!)

Ten or more years later, I was working in education when personal computers started to become available in the early 1980s; and I got interested in using them in the education of children with disabilities.

That was a good while before Tim Berners-Lee had invented the world-wide web.

What strikes me most about the developments in information technology is not the exponential increase in the power and complexity of the technology itself, but the battle – and that does not seem too strong a word – over who controls it and how it’s used. And what particularly strikes me is the discrepancy between the anarchic idealism of the communities that created the personal computer and the internet and the present attempts by multinational companies and governments to take control of these things for profit and power.

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