The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab
is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car
, public domain donor stickers
, internet famous class
, the first rap video to end with a download source code link
, or their numerous firefox add-ons
(such as China Channel
, Tourettes Machine
, or Back to the future
). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis
, Laser Tag
, Fat Tag Deluxe
and EyeWriter [previously]
to be GML
(Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google
. Fuck Twitter
. Fuck SXSW
. Fuck 3D
. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement
is a Linux distribution focused on creative audiovisual pursuits.
To work around the proprietary whims of digital audio software developers and laptop processor limitations during the mid- and late-1990s, a small band of technically-minded people, including the electronic musician Blitter
, pulled together in the late 1990s to engineer the open-source OPEN DSP
EZ-Kit platform, a 16-bit computer designed entirely with a focus on low cost and extensible control and DSP arithmetic capabilities. While this project and similar commercial offerings
never seemed to gain the critical mass needed to sustain long-term interest, perhaps the new Arduino hardware
project from MIT's Processing hardware group
may gain a foothold with Processing
and Pure Data
audio software hobbyists and artists alike, allowing the creative community to extend, enhance and share inventive uses of new technology. Arduino's use has already begun
in fascinating museum installations
around the world, and has become a part of this year's SONAR
and Ars Electronica
"Open Source Radio"
was what I found at 1550 AM when I was tuning around on the radio.
It didn't sound at all like AM radio, and it wasn't a pirate.
It's Infinity Broadcasting/CBS Radio/VIACOM, but it's also
klezmer weddings, motivational spam, Rhino Records, current
Japanese music, self promotion, unsigned bands, and things
that I can't identify.
Easytree.org has been shutdown.
Easytree, for those unfamiliar, was a tracker site for legal (apparently not) live music and video bit torrents, similar to Archive.org's Live Music
collaboration with etree.org
. Other discussions of File-sharing on MeFi (specifically the MGM vs. Grokster SCOTUS case) here
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Open source music?
Give away the songs without copyright, sell the audio source files dirt cheap and waive the copyright. That's the idea behind Brad Sucks
. Are any bands you know of doing something like this?
Apparently, the conventional wisdom
is not quite right. The SDMI's Executive Director says
they have "thousands of entries" in their contest to hack the various proposed digital music security schemes. As I pointed out recently in a similar context,
the "Linux community" and the population of computer literate, financially motived, non-OS-sectarian hackers are far from being one and the same...