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  • heath 1:56 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 53431, beat, bhangra roots, electro, energy, harmonics, independent, Sugarless, super, Swami, UK band, , voice, wit   

    Swami’s “Sugarless” – love it! 

    fav early autumn sound obsession: Swami‘s single “Sugarless” from their new album 53431.

    if you’re on Twitter, hear it and comment here: http://www.twitvid.com/7973E

    otherwise, check it at DesiHits.com: http://www.desihits.com/blog/article/video-swamis-sugarless-20090912

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  • skkott 9:12 pm on Saturday, September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: copyright, creativity   

    Mozart and copyright http://www.dailyko… 

    Mozart and copyright

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/12/762207/-Mozart-and-copyright

    “The copyright extremists have a myopic view of the issue that would stifled the creativity of the Mozarts of the past. Funny that the great composer would be cited as supposed support for such a myopic and regressive approach to intellectual property.”

     
    • heath 8:17 am on Monday, September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Scott

      been watching myself & how I deal with a sense of ownership of what I create for a few years. the more time that passes after something is finished, the less it “belongs” to me. others who view, read or listen to a creative work add their energy to it, and change it through their interpretations and reactions. it becomes a collaboration between artist and audience. it’s like a pattern flow, too: the work to be made and the artist are on an intersecting path before the work is made. at the time of creation, the paths merge. the paths continue after creation, separately, which takes the work away from the artist. all of us know what it’s like to feel that sense of something beyond ourselves, which many people term the muse, that’s part of any act of creation. I believe all things, even those we make, have lives of their own. a work of art may not breath or drink water, but it has a point of coming into being and a point of dissolution, and the stretch of time between these two points are its life. and its life is singular and distinct from that of the artist who makes it.

      when I put a poem on a blog, or change a web page look, or do some programming, at first, I feel a sense of pride or ownership. then I feel exhausted and distant. it’s during that time that the work shifts and shifts and shifts, as it leaves me. the process used to feel disturbing. but, now that it’s happened many times, I’ve learned that this is part of the life of any work, it’s how it separates itself from me, as a child separates from its caregivers, and becomes whole and mature. now, the most interesting thing I find about a work is what it becomes after it leaves me.

      copyright allows artists, and their producers (publishers, promoters, agents, etc.) to make money off the artists’ creations, for about as long as an artist and his or her children live. long before that time, any work of art has left its creator and become something whole and separate.

      this process of constant change is part of what makes all the arts possible. by arts I mean anything that any living being does with a constructive purpose, which supports the viability of a good passage on this planet for all. that can be painting, designing, sculpting, writing, composing, making a meal, feeling and sharing love, sleeping, dancing, praying, meditating, weaving, walking, stretching, fighting, seeing, sheltering, building, problem-solving, giving.

      if change is so important to creation, it needs to be honored. it needs to be honest. it can’t be defended against.

      the movement towards tighter copyrighting is defensive. it’s due to the pressure of the fracturing producer structures, caused by web-based distribution of work, which makes it much less easy to control and much easier to lose possible revenue. I feel for creators and producers caught up in this. I felt the pinch myself nine years ago, when the dot com bubble popped, and, simultaneously, web design in the US was opened up to a web-based market with many workers from outside the US who could afford to work at 10% of what I would have had to charge. this is the reason I don’t do web design full time. I don’t have a solution. I do feel, however, that tighter rights is not the way to go. how we do business is changing, as is what we expect. people who are most worried about this are supporting heavy habits of materialism, habits which I feel are too heavy.

      too many material things surrounding us make us dull and spoiled, and destroy creative possibilities. I’ve found freedom in having less and having to respond quickly to tight money supplies, etc. the challenges keep me lean and supple, creatively. it’s like being fit. it feels good. life is a risk that we all take, and all lose at in the end. when we hold too much too close to ourselves, we limit the experiences we came to meet in our present lives, we limit what we have to give to others, we limit our creativity.

      • skkott 12:05 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Nice to hear from you, heath.

        Glad to read your* deep meditation on the creative process…

        *or is it?:)

        • heath 1:44 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.

          I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon and my mind is settling into the right mode. I was as surprised as anyone else that (a) I commented, (b) I was coherent on the subject, and (c) I had anything to say on the subject, even. shows what the unconscious can do. it’s workin’ all the time all the time, baby.

          on another note, I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings, and realized they’re kind of formulaic. imp-me thought, hey. lets make up a slew of nonsense sayings according to the DC sayings formula. but real-me is too busy to do it.

          hugs 🙂

          • skkott 10:09 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            “whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.”

            My short comment was intended to be a meta observation…less need not always more witty 🙂 This is one of those cases.

            I was interpreting your ‘comment’ as a ”creative work’ in itself with ref. to the content , esp. the first two paragraphs; “ownership”, “belonging” and “life of it’s own”.

            “I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon”

            Best of luck with.

            A bit confused here. Are you writing(/ghostwriting) three books? Or editing drafts for three books(written by someone else)?

            “I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings,”

            OK, RT is retweet.. DC is Chopra (Correct me if I am wrong.)

            I see he has been a bit quiet, and less confrontational, on the blogosphere front, peddling his self-help, snake oil and pseudoscience, these days while taking to twitter like a fish to water and spouting his nonsensical wisdom day in and day out.

          • skkott 10:22 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            BTW, one has to wonder who is writing Sarah Palin’s well-written facebook notes. Googling phrases doesn’t help much (her ghostwriter uses cliched phrases, nothing unusual there). It’s certainly not her.

            Here’s a Gawker piece when SP started posting on FB after she quit as Gov. and quit Twitter:

            http://gawker.com/5336475/theres-just-no-way-sarah-palins-writing-her-facebook-notes

          • skkott 10:25 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            (This comment was supposed to be posted before the earlier one on SP[2.22 am], but didn’t went through for some reason.)

            “whose else? !! 😛 😀 google any of the phrases.”

            My short comment was intended to be a meta observation…less need not always more witty 🙂 This is one of those cases.

            I was interpreting your ‘comment’ as a ”creative work’ in itself with ref. to the content , esp. the first two paragraphs; “ownership”, “belonging” and “life of it’s own”.

            “I’m gearing up for my three-book-drafts marathon”

            Best of luck with.

            A bit confused here. Are you writing(/ghostwriting) three books? Or editing drafts for three books(written by someone else)?

            “I read a RT today of one of DC’s sayings,”

            OK, RT is retweet.. DC is Chopra (Correct me if I am wrong.)

            I see he has been a bit quiet, and less confrontational, on the blogosphere front, peddling his self-help, snake oil and pseudoscience, these days while taking to twitter like a fish to water and spouting his nonsensical wisdom day in and day out.

            • heath 12:05 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009 Permalink

              Twitter’s turning out to have some unexpected benefits. 🙂 this was the RT that caught my eye: “Insight enables you to know your own heart. Clarity enables you to accept without illusion.”

              this kind quasi-oppositional form has a name. I remember reading about it when I was skimming something about JFK and his speechwriters. can’t recall the form’s name, and am too tired to research it.

              thank you, luck would come in handy.

              a meta observation… baby, you’re too smart for me.

              Palin comes very close to making my skin crawl. I fervently hope she self-destructs. she serves as a crystalization seed, who gathers around her, and gives seeming legitimacy to, people thinking some very ugly thoughts because they feel threatened by the broader world, by multiculturalism, by doing things differently to fix old problems.

        • heath 6:09 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          “…fracturing producer structures, caused by web-based distribution of work…” — a link to an article about publishing & change: http://grafediting.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/inside-publishing/

          • skkott 11:03 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            That clears up a few things. Let’s see if I get it right this time:

            You are writing three drafts(before coming up with the final draft) of a book you are planning to publish.

            • heath 11:52 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Permalink

              first drafts of 3 books – a proposed series

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