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2018 in review

It was a pretty crazy year. It was a hard-working one. Especially autumn was packed with reruns and new productions. Looking back personally I went through some emotional challenges, most strongly dealing with huge amounts of stress. Our work environment – small cultural organization – faced some setbacks in funding at the beginning of the year and loosing an important team member. World political climate is pretty grim, with environmental concerns more pessimist by the day. One feels pressure is on everyone to do something.

While not drinking, smoking or doing any drugs, I continue to be vegan for ethical, health and environmental reasons. I work as an artist and I hope to do so in the future. I’m a feminist, passionate supporter of free/libre software, Creative Commons and idea free cultural works. I consider myself an ally of LGBTQI+ and I support their rights as basic human rights.

Here’s (the good) stuff I did last year that I’m pretty proud of it.

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Antigone/Child & The Mother (Act VII)

As you know, this month I worked with Matija Ferlin on his solo stage piece “Staging a Play: Antigone”. I decided to release a selection of music material that was made through that process. Since I worked mainly with SuperCollider (programming language for algorithmic composition and sound design) I also wanted to give out source code that helped shape that sound. I will be writing/recording about that process soon.

Now, here are the goodies:

As an alternative to Bandcamp you can get the music directly at kamizdat.si/rls/kam030/

As always, many thanks for support from my patrons, you are all featured in the end credits of the video.

(this post originally appeared on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/19779446

Patreon update on Entropy EP

I wrote this update for my patrons on Patreon few days ago.

Ola dearest patrons!

Well, our April Goal turned into a May Goal. Which means I’m still working on these three tracks to finalize audio for Entropy EP, and I have moved the release date to 31st of May.

You know releasing a “record” is not just finishing it production-wise, so there’s all kinds of other activities and arrangments to be done around it. Blargh, executive production, you can call it.

Among other things, there’s a design for the webcover and the CDr cover in the works – I’m going with that same hexagram format as for the Albatross EP – and the amazing 5237 aka Stella Ivšek is working on it. attached above is an early draft graphics for it. Mastering will be done by my good friend Igor Vuk of the BeatMyth fame (he mixed and mastered both Wanda & Nova deViator albums and released latest album on our Kamizdat netlabel too!).

We are organising a little clubnight event – launching an almost-monthly series called “Kamizdat Rentgen”. The first one will be dedicated to Entropy and will feature Gašper Torkar and possibly “Ninas” from Warrego Valles (TBC) and myself behind the decks in a renovated but still the smallest of Ljubljana’s nightclubs – “Klub Monokel”! The date is 2/June.

Oh, and in other news: at the end of April there was a release of a collaborative project connected to Mastodon decentralized network that worked under #MusicCollab hashtag called “A Whale’s Lantern“. I already wrote about it in the last update so check the final ‘Alchemist Dream’.

Use of Creative Commons as emoji on Mastodon instance

Couple of weeks ago mastodon instance “Mastodon.ART” added icons from Creative Commons project to the arsenal of custom emojis to be used in toots (posts). One user wondered if this use is legally correct, so after some discussion I sent an email to Creative Commons about it and after a week or so got an answer. I’m replicating this correspondence here to put their answer in perspective.

 

I attached a screenshot of custom emojis on mastodon.art:

Their answer was:

VideoŽurnal W48

Midst a lot of very urgent work, what does the serial procrastinator do? Creates something that is not THAT urgent to do. A videožurnal (video journal) episode, and posts it to his Patreon page!

 

I’ve read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking. You know she’s the most successful music artist on Patreon? Her book is a lot about her life, where’s she’s coming from and it becomes pretty clear how she ended up where she did. I have notes & quotes from reading it. And it is quite inspirational and up-to-date with exactly what’s happening now – you know: twitter, crowdfunding, kickstarter, patreon, relationship-based “economy/marketing” aka your fans are your friends etc. In this context I will reflect on this year by the end of the month too.

The end of november didn’t bring another music video/release, although I was planning it. I had a concept, I had a loose synopsis for the video, I had ideas for remixes/edits, but didn’t have anough time or stamina to push it through in time. I’m learning to accept the tempo I’m working in. And I’m happy for any cheers on this path, honestly!

Along with the plan of finding a way to conitiuously offer an insight to my studio & work, here comes another timelapse video-journal, backed-up with an older track from an album released in 2004 (Z. Spavatsky: d0).

Please enjoy. It’s a december gift to you, my friends.