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  • Birthday 08/27/1971

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  1. I have started visiting a site called "Electronic Cottage". It's Hal McGee's brainchild-- a resurrection of a project he began back in the '80's, which was dedicated to DIY and hometaper culture.
     
    I was immediately overwhelmed by what was too much to take in at once. A lot of parallels could be drawn between this scene and my early days as mystified.
     
    A main parallel involves what I would call a "distancing of the audience".
     
    Because a lot of home recording happens essentially without an audience (and involves just the artist(s)), it happens without restraint-- and without critique.
     
    As a result, it is often glorious, free, and, well- somewhat trashy and disposable. Fun stuff that parodies itself endlessly, recursively.
     
    I think again about where I am today in regards to archiving my work, and the sheer abundance of material from earlier eras that is not altogether different.
     
    A formidable challenge-- perhaps even a quixotic task-- to make as complete a record as possible?
     
    1. Jack Hertz

      Jack Hertz

      There's an interview with me about Poison Plant Music, my 1980s label, in one of those issues. I wish someone would digitize all of them so I can read it. I don't have the issue anymore.

      There's are lot of parallels between the 80s home-taper movement and the more recent Creative Commons movement. What has been collectively coined as "Bedroom Artists", have a much more diverse view of the music landscape because they don't have to consider if the work will appease the label, radio, and audience. IMO, this is the difference between entertainment and art. 

    2. Mystified

      Mystified

      Excellent thoughts. Thanks.

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