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  1. #1
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    Oct 2004

    Default File Sharing Safari

    I'm blog deprived so this bit of choice madness will have to go here:

    Isn't it fair to say the mechanics of file sharing are incredibly
    dull? There's so little at stake in the transfer of data between
    nodes that the value of what's being transferred is often obscured.
    The inchoate fury of musicians who feel they've been ripped off comes
    in stark contrast to the attitude of most people who use P2P
    networks, a kind of puzzled ennui. How could anything so banal be
    illegal? While there are "chat" facilities in Soulseek and Limewire's
    software how often does one actually use them? And what kind of
    exchanges are people having on these inline channels? Not much in the
    way of the life-changing dialogue one suspects. The internet is only
    so great.

    With all this in mind I put on my best smile and set off down Oxford
    Street on a Saturday afternoon handing out free CDs. Motivated as
    much by self-promotion as fear of litigation, everything I gave away
    was "my stuff". I included a movie I'd made a long time ago, a comic
    I'd drawn, a few radio shows I'd done, and some vintage mixes. Even
    though we couldn't resist taking a detour past the Sony BMG
    headquarters for a photo opportunity on the way home, I'm basically
    sceptical of pro file-sharing rhetoric ( Is
    it really alright to give away other people's music for free?

    This was great fun. Shoppers immediately grasped the conceptual
    angle. Lithe French tourists hugged me, whole Asian families gathered
    round to have their portrait taken, cabbies stopped to collect a
    disc, radical hipsters raised a salute and small children pointed and
    giggled. Though the temperature slightly dropped as we entered trendy
    Soho, people were still smiling. Giving away the CDs was easier than
    I'd anticipated, and once the crowd got the idea everyone piled in.
    Quite what they'll make of the contents I don't know, but people are
    open-minded enough aren't they?

    Rapper D2i of Black Mobb Entertainment, who sells his mix-tapes on
    Oxford Street much in the way I was doling mine out, was the only
    person who voiced concern. My giving away CDs was bad for his
    business he volunteered. However once I'd assured him that this was
    definitely a one-off stunt, we became firm friends united in the
    knowledge that hitting the street as cold-calling ambassadors for our
    own tiny visions takes a certain amount of chutzpah.

    FACT Magazine Autumn 2005


    Lots of Photos here

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Bucks UK



    Thats brilliant

  3. #3
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    Feb 2005


    those photos are great!
    shame you didnt film the whole thing

  4. #4
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    Oct 2004
    North East London


    Yeah this is excellent. I also like the way that half of the letters page in FACT is by you!

  5. #5
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    Oct 2004


    this is funny, but i'd say that while i'm not unaware of the conflicting ethics of filesharing, I think the argument here is pretty one-dimensional. you need to look at artists who are pro-filesharing, too. my personal stance changed quite a lot after hearing a number of reggae artists actively encouraging filesharing and bootlegging of their own work, most notably sizzla on 1Xtra a while ago, many of the rappers and DJs in Texas both endorsing it as a way to get their music out to uncharted territories and to hear other music (in a lot of these instances, grime). sure, i loathe the distanced bedroomcentric know-it-allism so prevalent on ILM and have always said that if you really care about something and think you have something to say about it, you should go out and experience it first-hand or pay for a record so you can sustain the scene. however, this isn't always possible. soulseek and limewire are invaluable research tools for me - without them the i-D Houston epic wouldn't have been possible because i'd have known a lot, lot less about the music, a couple of the reggae columns would be a lot more difficult to do and considerably behind the times rather than up to and occasionally even ahead of them. still, i'm definitely in the minority of people who ever use filesharing as a tool to do something good for music and i also download a lot of music that i do nothing with simply to save money. the one great thing about it is that it stops you buying shit because you get the chance to try before you buy. i've deleted a lot more than i've ever kept.

  6. #6
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    Apr 2005


    Does Woebot usually go around dressed like that? Now I'm REALLY gutted I missed his DJ set at the weekend...

  7. #7
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    Mar 2005
    Brooklyn, NY


    Actually, I've found that most people on Dissensus usually go around dressed like that.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2004
    Maryland, USA


    We must free ideas from the physical medium.

  9. #9


    This is awesome.

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