Catch that crook – Kill this hipster!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

My website is finished and I am confident it will offend someone….

I am particularly proud of the crosshair link buttons and remind me of the controversy that arose in the US with the use of crosshairs.









The 3 social networking sites I use most.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen


My use of Facebook is defined not by my critical analysis of the service, but by my willingness to access the bulk of my contemporaries. As Facebook represents the most popular social networking site amongst my comapnians, I have no choice but to be involved if I want to maintain a sensible level of participation online.


Twitter is so much more than the insolent micro-rants of anybodies and nobodies – the service offers a real-time dynamic information exchange that effectively increases an individual’s capacity for research or communication by a function of the network’s network.

The Andrew Ollie Media lecture, 2010  invited the Editor of the Guardian Newspaper, Alan Rusbridger to speak about news in the 21st Century. He went to great lengths to espouse the versatility of Twitter and the potential it carries for very radical changes in inforation exchange.


Soundcloud represents a very important networking tool for the musician or music industry professional. The efficient hosting of music files (in many formats) as well as embed and social network versatility, the site is unrivalled in its capacity to host sound files online and make them readily and conveniently available for consumption and comment.

Reading Review

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

The Apolitical Irony of Generation Mash-up: A Cultural Case Study in Popular Music 

by Michael Serazio

Dangermouse’s grey album represents the most stunningly public confrontation between the corporations (that ride copyright like a giant golden goose) and the creatives/consumers that are willing to flaunt copyright law for a chance to be involved in creative culture.

The author gives perspectives from a range of opinions – but ultimately, the most important one is that of the masses. The masses are committing an act of civil disobedience by profoundly ignoring the laws. I presented supporting research and statistics at length in my essay.

Mash up culture may provide an interesting dynamic where otherwise clashing cultural standards are ironically aligned, though for me, the most important aspect of the mashup is the collaborative nature of the communities. When the mash-up becomes an industry standard that is free of copyright threats, the networked relevance of the original works will only be further strengthened.

Week 10 Reading

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

Simplifying Podcasting by Prachi Parashar Panday

Podcasting is portrayed as having potentially useful traits in education – specifically; the strength of aural-based learning techniques and the accessibility of pod-csating for average students.

The podcast’s capacity for multiple disciplines is of course not surprising, though I must admit, I haven’t really come across them before in forms other than music and comedy/general chat.

Perhaps podcasts will come to be integrated with school networks and social media to such an extent that we will discontinue typing and publishing and merge altogether with a constantly updated version of a aural self (managed, of course, by self aware micro-robots whose primary concern is to supplement my intelligence and manage my ballooning ‘cloud’ presence.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

There is a fundamental difference between the publication of work on and offline. Kathleen Fitzpatrick discusses the loss of community as a result of internet proliferation. I see the rise of efficient communities, self-regulating, dynamic and universally democractic (as long as the freedom of the ISPs, users and hosts is protected!).

The dynamic nature of online publishing is discussed – specifically the way in which content is commented upon, modified and contributed to by users in the community.

Ultimately, the widening of access to information as well as the ability for anyone to publish will ensure an expansion of freedom throughout the (online) world. the role of social media in oppressed states is now proving to be definitive in the expansion of opposition in places like Tunisia, Syria, Iran and China – but first we need to find a way to protect them from the states’ control over the servers…




Wk 8 Reading – thoughts on remix.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production

The way that remix culture is represented in the eyes of professionals and amateurs involved in the process is a fascinating look at the future of collaboration in the web2.0 environment.Even though remixing has existed in various forms since well before the advent of digital technologies, it is the proliferation of accessable works that will see the practice become ubiquitous. The changing role of the author/creator will see a redefined creative landscape where communities and movements  become definitive – rather than individuals. Consumers, corporations and laws will all have to adapt.

Music is especially susceptible to remix culture as the forms are complex to create, though simple to adapt and transform. the immeadiate response that listeners have to the familiar makes the remix an experiment in perception as well  as an appropriation of labour.

I love the idea of remixing chamber music – completly logical and exciting, though culturally frowned upon…


Sound + Time?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by zancepen

What is the musical equivalent of a time lapse video? Or more broadly – how might you creatively approach time with sound recording or composition?

I imagine the musical equivalent of a time-lapse video to be a work which, like time-lapse, suspends natural perceptions. Perhaps a musique concrete (a song composed from organic or non-musical sounds). It forces one to reconsider the perspective of intention, relevance and state. Much like a time-lapse forces one to re-percieve time and events.

Though with relation to sound creatively playing with time – I imagine a Soundscape that is the aggregate of many city-wide recordings that, when combined, give an overall tone to the various times of day in the city. When sped-up, the recording will become like a throbbing pulse – the beating heart of the city in cycle perhaps.

Rather a lot like the musical version of this: