I’m on another social music website. please sir may I have another?

    my Project OPUS feed rssLinkList(‘http://www.projectopus.com/draggin/blog/feed’,10,false,false);

well its really all about finding the new, cool music isnt it? and people seem to like to getting reccomendations from friends and their extended social networks. A new and local site I have been exploring recently is called project OPUS, and I think they have done an excellent job creating an environment where up and coming local musicians can get their stuff ‘out there’. The model includes providing downloads to listeners (for a small fee) which will create a revenue stream for the artist. They have also included some of the critical networking capabilities that allow users to link up with one another and share their favorite tunes using ‘playlists’.

Another site I came across recently with somewhat similar aspirations is called mystrands. What attracted my attention was some of the cool visualization tools they are developing that provide unique wasy to look at reccomendations from other users. Basically, I am not sure I have the time and energy to belong to another one of these sites right now, but I’d love to hear if anyone else has had positive or negative experiences with it? bueler? bueler?

As I have suggested before, I am a big fan of last.fm as well [which recently won the BT digital music awards for best music community. yay last.fm!] and also gives music reccomendations from your social network. I find I do discover alot of cool new music in this way, over time. a looooong time. Mystrands claims to be able to provide immediate and new reccomendations and can do the cool thing of analyzing my last.fm account, to do so. Based on the tunes it gave me however, i have to say I am not too interested in the reccomendations it has put forth.

I’m still building up my network in Project OPUS, but it does seem like best place for finding all the best local talent, and i dont mind the idea of belonging to several different sites to discover and share my music. However each of the products mentioned in this post also comes with their own players, which is going to be bit more difficult to sell to consumers.

Sunday Bloody Sunday. By George Bush

So, clearly I’m having fun with my new video plugin. I am posting this because it is awesome, (thx david and andy) and it is sunday, and to test my YouTube capabilities…. yay YouTube!

Looks like that’s all a check

There are an ever increasing amount of videos circulating the web these days, but this one is really going to make a splash. I’m looking forward to copycats.

eye contact

art. podified.

Saras’ blog (no feed)


I attended an interesting local art event last week, it seems artists are now foraging into the world of portable media players as an outlet for their creativity. The folks at The Escape Artists Society held vancouvers first (as far as i know) video ipod art show, EYETEASERS.

The event (held at the amazing vegetarian restaurant and lounge The Foundation) was structured as an interactive auction, where visitors would rent portable players at their table, to watch a series of 3 ipods, loaded with the various works of the show. At the end of the evening, the audience bid for 6 weeks of exlusive viewing privelages of the piece the lucky ones were able to win. And yessir did I win! I decided to go all out (with a little help from the crowd and the rubber glove guy, thanks guy!) and won the amazing piece, “Eye Contact” by “Sara Thatcher, from San Fransisco. This video won crowd favorite in the voting for the evening, and was sure to fetch a fine price. I wont go into the details of that, but the piece is now mine… all MINE!! (at least for the next five weeks).

Going through Sara’s Website there are many interesting projects, which she summarizes succinctly in her artists statement.

My work investigates the nature of art as an exchange between the artist and the viewer. This generally takes the form of small, deliberate activities or gestures. Often there are two distinct audiences for each piece. One group participates directly in the exchange; the other participates through the documentation of this interaction.

This is certainly true for her video iPod piece Eyecontact. I may be rushing things a bit by posting this on google video so soon, but I have given the artist full credits, and just really wanted to share this with everyone. This piece is specifically designed for the ViPod, so it is not the same experience on a desktop or laptop as when you can install it on your device and use it in the context of a crowded room. The artist words better explain her motivations.

My work investigates ‘social practices’ and interactions. I am fascinated by gestures such as holding open the door, physically walking in another person’s shoes,
and eye contact. The intimacy that the Vipod offers is particularly attractive and presents a great platform to discuss and activate eye contact.

Now lets see if this plug-in works.

Admittadly, another reason I am posting this is an excuse to install the new Extreme Video Plug-in from Ross Gerbasi, and get my google video account fired up. Which is also one of the reasons why I am so late getting this posted. Slow blogger that I am. This plug-in looks to be the best one for wordpress right now as it allows linking to google videos, YouTube, and jsut a bunch of othe stuff. It IS Extreme after all. So far so good, I think now that I’m fully audio and video equipped there could be much more interesting content on this blog. If I can just remember to post!