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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Reflection – Soundscapes project

The soundscapes project is my favorite assignment so far. Even when preparing the audiodrama, me and Chris were already experimenting with soundscapes, recording ambient sounds and trying to extract sounds and create rhythm from everyday objects. So the soundscapes project gave us a chance to focus on this and challenge ourselves.

The initial idea for the soundscapes project was to walk around the CU Ellen Terry building and record whatever sounds we can find there, and then mix them and ‘see what happens’. One of the ideas was to tell a story or to represent a feeling; we thought about the ‘man vs. machine’ theme – because in a building, part of the sounds are man-made and are arhythmic, and the other sounds – ventilation, equipment, etc. – are usually rhythmic. Another idea was to have a ‘walk-through’ – you open a door, listen to the sounds there, then close it, move on to the next room, listen to its sounds etc.

We walked around the corridors, stairways and rooms we hadn’t come across before (it is a wonderful building for exploring), and we found out we were mainly interested in the music rooms – we spent the most time trying to play the piano and record samples, we recorded the sounds of a band rehearsing in one of the studios, and then we started extracting sound and rhythm from more objects. We used stuff such as waste bins, tennis balls (for some reason, there was a bag with tennis balls in the Assembly room), computer keyboards, a glass and spoon, walls, bottle caps,…
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