wtorek, 19 października 2010

Payback (is a bitch)

MPAA, RIAA, BSA or Polish ZAIKS are essentially a mob, a mafia. They even work in a similar fashion. Although no physical violence is involved (yet), threats and extortion are their bread and butter. They spread fear and offer to "protect" the interests of artists or developers. Of course all they defend is their money stream. No ethics or morality involved.

The moment the Internet appeared the game changed. Information became free. People are no longer dependent in the news on the TV or the newspapers to know what is going on. People are no longer dependent on cinemas, radios, music shops and video rentals to get their music or films.

This of course works in both ways. Artists do not need to be dependent on studios and big publishers to get their works to the people. There is no more place for the middle man.

Yet the middle man shouts and cries "I AM needed!". Well not any more. The XX century ended a decade ago. This is a new world and that middle man is a relic.

But of course when money is involved, some will not face the facts. So these organizations began an offensive on modern technology, freedom and truth.

But the change has started. The people do not want to live like in the past. We have discovered that we can choose and possibilities are endless. We do not want to be at the mercy of these parasites. And we do fight back. One such an example is “Operation Payback (is a bitch)” initiated by the Anonymous. I welcome You to visit their page, spread the word and I You're willing, to join the fight.

Why should I pay, why should anybody pay, for something that is not worth a penny? I've downloaded tons of music but I bought every single record that was worth the effort. Why should I pay for a movie that I cannot watch the way I want to? In witch I cannot skip commercials, or cannot watch on the system of my choice? When I can get much more value on the Pirate Bay?

Some musicians and film makers say that can't make a living if their work is downloaded and not bought. Well the solution is simple. Create something that is worth buying or find another job. If you produce a piece of crap You do not deserve any compensation, regardless of your effort.

This mob says that copying or pirating kills music and movies. No it does not. It kills music and movie industry. And good riddance! Let them die. Let them be forgotten and fall into obscurity. Let the big movie studios and big record companies go bankrupt. They are cancer and nothing more. Art will survive.

wtorek, 28 września 2010

The Scarlet Calendar

It might be worth mentioning what's the idea with the Scarlet Calendar.

Longing for the Red Planet is supposed to be a deeply themed album. While researching stuff about the climate of Mars I started wandering about Martian rainfall. The thing is that raining water is something not very common there. However if there is to be a ecosystem that could support human life, at some point regular rain must occur. Creating such a ecosystem is no easy task, which will probably take many years, if not many generations.

I tried to imagine what would it feel like to see or feel the first rain that would fall on Mars. The joy that so much has been done, the knowledge that there is still more work to do. Anyone who will be able to experience that event will have a memory not comparable to any other.

During this time I was also working on a new composition. I did some experimenting with new sounds and about during the middle of work I could feel the rainy atmosphere in that music. By the time I finished I knew that these feelings I tried to imagine were present in what I have produced.

The title seemed problematic however. I knew that the rain had to occur during autumn, but I didn't know the names of Martian months. So I had to do some more digging.

Unfortunately I couldn't find anything interesting. Although most of the calendars I did find, were scientifically great (CMEX Mars Calendar, Darian Calendar and various "Martian" Calendars), they had either rather uninspiring names of months (January/Month 2/NASA) or were based on Latin mythology, which I find redundant. Moreover most of them tried to "fix" stuff in the Gregorian Calendar which I do not consider broken (what's wrong with each new year starting on different day of the week?).

In this situation I was forced to create my own calendar.

The website by Thomas Gangale who designed the Darian Calendar was a lot of help. Pretty much all the theory I needed was there. After designing the mechanics I had to choose the month names and the beginning of the calendar. I decided that months will be based on names of different deities from around the world and the beginning of the current era will coincide with the Mars 3 vehicle landing.

The Scarlet Calendar was ready. After that I could returning to naming my piece of music.

I titled that track "The first Ira rain". Ira being the 13th month being roughly a counterpart of November on Earth. In Polynesian mythology Ira is the sky goddess and mother of the stars.

sobota, 18 września 2010

Comm operational.

So the website is almost up, the blog is working and all other communication services are operational. Good :) I've been planning to make my music more available for some time now. However with much of the other stuff to be done I hardly could find the time. But, finally, here it is :)

I've been working on the new album since the beginning of this year. There is still a lot to be done, many stuff to compose and record. However the goal, the final outline seems much more clear right now. The cover has been made avaialble as map of things come...