On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 09:24:03AM -0500, Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
3) recruit a jury who will judge submissions
Sometimes it's better to have a benevolent dictator approach in matters
of taste :-) If there are lots of people who'd like to have a go at
this, maybe we could have a series, where each disc has a personal
selection on it.
Perhaps. But in order to gain credibility of the series as a resource of
good quality art (even though ironically, such selection process is
unavoidably subjective), there has to be a selection process. Otherwise, the
end product could be seen as self-serving and as such worthless to our
mission. Basically, I am hoping to see people exploring the series not
because of its "geek potential" but rather as an important contribution to
the arts that happens to be coming from the Linux community. Again, I am
aware that selection process of art by jury is inherently subjective and as
such biased, but having the process in and of itself will help tip the
scales in terms of how the series are valued and/or perceived.
If this CD is a fundraiser, I'd strongly suggest having it judged primarily by those
who know what sells and what does not. For example: established, successful producers and
label owners, successful commercial film composers, etc.
I don't mean to discourage soliciting at least some judges from the academic and fine
arts community, but I'd love to see this CD sell well enough to fund the development
of a half-dozen critical Linux Audio projects for a year. So I've got my business hat
on, not my artist hat on, at the moment.
If the laws of physics and economics could be suspended, then perhaps Brian Eno, Thom
Yorke, Thomas Dolby, and David Byrne might make ideal judges. Back here on planet Earth,
it might be more realistic to solicit the owners of small, established indie and internet
labels as judges, or perhaps producers who have top-selling music on well-known,
CC-friendly internet labels.
If you're interested in pursuing that, then I can think of three such acquaintances
whom I could approach and ask to participate (I can call them and/or send you their
contact info off-list).
4) oversee the judging process, and inform the
participants of their
submission's acceptance and/or rejection
Maybe the tracks which don't make the disc should be available on the
website. Popularity isn't everything, but they could be rated up or down
by listeners, and then the highest rated tracks be added to an Icecast
playlist. Vorbis high bitrate stream, of course :-)
You are absolutely right. There is a radio.linuxaudio.org
project we are
hoping to start but it like many other facets of lao is missing manpower...
That'd be helpful feedback.
Right now I'm trying to pull together a CD for submitting to Magnatune, and it's
really hard to cull 7 hours of material down to 50 minutes. So I used the popularity
statistics from PodPress on my own website as a coarse filter. I'm still not done
(I'm at 1 hour 22 minutes... auugh!), but the statistics helped a lot.
That being said, the CD project is not about popularity, rather credibility
(see above). Besides, just like conference calls, pieces that may not make
it this year just may be picked by the next year's jury whose composition
and consequently aesthetic taste will undoubtedly be different.
5) ensure that the licensing of the works is
taken care of with selected
I found there was really no consensus on this issue. We had the full
range from 'public domain' to 'all rights reserved' on the first disc.
If we insist on certain licences, then we'll exclude a great number of
Please pardon my lack of clarity. What I meant is making sure that we gather
accurate licensing data from each artist in order to provide this important
bit of information to protect their rights and consequently cover our
behinds in terms of legal matters.
That helps. For example, CC-SAMPLE material requires passing through the credit for the
samples along with any republishing of the material. It's not always easy to figure
out how to do that.