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==Open Music Archive presents Leverage==
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== Leverage ==
  
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4th April 2006
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For [http://www.futuresonic.com Futuresonic 2006] Eileen Simpson & Ben White present '''Leverage''', a new project which centres around the creation and animation of copyleft licensed 12 inch vinyl scratch tools containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from the out-of-copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the [http://www.openmusicarchive.org Open Music Archive].
  
Dear Drew/Futuresonic,
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For [http://10.futuresonic.com/urban_play/instrument/ Instrument], the project is presented at "beta stage" where vinyl test pressings can be sampled in scenario akin to the record shop listening area - with the option to skip through the rare original recordings, new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, samples, breaks and beats.
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Collaboration is central to the activity of the DJ who constantly combines, re-works and extends existing creative output. The artists promote collaboration and seek to explore its significance and value for creative production. For Instrument they invite scratch DJ '''Parkertron''' ([http://www.fingathing.com Fingathing]) and filmmaker '''Kid Jenson''' to participate in the project -  a collaboration which is documented through a video, shot by Jenson, featuring Parkertron testing the Leverage records.
  
It was great to finally meet up and talk in Manchester at our event [[My_Goodniss|Open Music Archive Presents an Evening of Free Music and Films]] . We are looking forward to participating in [http://10.futuresonic.com Futuresonic 2006] and we’re enthusiastic about contributing to the festival’s theme of collaborative culture and independence movements in music, art and technology.
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In the hands of a turntablist, the record player is revealed as a hardware instrument - one that needs vinyl software to operate. The DJ's instrument can only be activated using a set of vinyl tools, in the same way that computer hardware requires an operating system and a suite of software to function. Unlike the conventional battle record, which samples unlicensed commercial recordings[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_records], the Leverage scratch tools are assembled entirely from out-of-copyright material - and so exist outside commercial and bootleg economies. The project adopts the form and structure of the battle record to build open vinyl code - which, like free/libre and open source software, is distributed freely.
  
As you know, our project [http://www.openmusicarchive.org Open Music Archive] is a collaborative initiative to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings. We are independent artists and see our project as a response to the closing down of creativity that is imposed by copyright.  
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The project encourages open creative exchange and demands that subsequent creations are licensed under identical terms. Through Leverage, out-of-copyright and copyleft material is inserted into an existing network of production to prise open new possibilities.  
  
Everything generated by the Open Music Archive is available to be shared and built on and with this in mind, for Futuresonic 2006, we have decided to pay particular attention to distribution of out-of-copyright/copyleft material, through the creation of tools for future production.
 
  
'''This is what we propose:'''
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See Leverage at '''Instrument''', an exhibition of artist-made instruments, noise-generators, audio-visual manipulators, and head twisters by sound artists and noise-makers.<br>
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'''20-29 July at 1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester''' <br>
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[http://10.futuresonic.com/urban_play/instrument/ Read more about Instrument]
  
It was always our intention for the Open Music Archive to provide a resource of recordings to be shared and sampled in a space outside of a royalty-generating economy. We recently created [[My_Goodniss|new electronic music]] using sounds and samples from the ‘source tracks’ 
 
  
Our new project ''Leverage'' proposed for Futuresonic 2006 centres around the creation of a copyleft licensed 12 inch vinyl record containing a range of samples, beats and extracts from the archive in a format referencing scratch tools, breaks compilations and battle-records. A live event held during the festival will feature DJs performing short scratch sets using multiple copies of the vinyl tool.
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''Futuresonic 2006 runs from 20 - 22nd July at various venues around Manchester''
  
As I’m sure you are aware, battle records are explicitly designed as tools for DJs. Often the breaks, beats and samples collected on these records are created from tracks that are not officially licensed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_records]. In contrast, ''Leverage'' will feature rare recordings and new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, sounds, samples, breaks and beats – all in the public domain or copyleft licensed and available via the Open Music Archive website.
 
  
For reference - here’s some records:
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== Video ==
  
[http://www.smallfish.co.uk/default.asp?release=40795 Q-Bert - Breaktionary (Dirtstyles)]
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[http://www.smallfish.co.uk/default.asp?release=36350 DJ Swamp - Never Ending Drum & Bass Loops (Decadent)]  
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[[Image:Parkertron 01.jpg|left|150px]]
  
[http://www.smallfish.co.uk/default.asp?release=35831 Five Deez - Table Noise Vol 3 (Traffic)] 
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We also intend to include some full tracks – both original source material and new remixes. Our context for this approach includes the short tracks of [http://www.smallfish.co.uk/default.asp?release=41599 J Dilla AKA Jay Dee - Donuts (Stones Throw)] and [http://www.smallfish.co.uk/default.asp?release=16523 Strictly Breaks]  
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[[Image:Parkertron 02.jpg|left|150px]]
  
The ''Leverage'' event will feature original music from the archive and showcase short sets from local DJs – each commissioned to create a short scratch set of around 10 minutes using the Open Music Archive vinyl tool. All DJ performances will be licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike and all future derivative works will be licensed in the same way. The performances at the event would be recorded and archived at www.openmusicarchive.org/futuresonic and the vinyl tool available to buy or as a free download.
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It is intended that the vinyl tool, once distributed to a network of producers, will enable future production that exists outside of the usual commercial and bootleg economies. We aim to insert ''Leverage'' into this existing network of commercial production to prise open new possibilities.
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[[Image:Parkertron 03.jpg|left|150px]]
  
  
We’re currently putting together a budget and timescale. To make this happen we would need to:
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1. Partner with Futuresonic to apply to funders to create copies of the record (dub-pressings and vinyl manufacture).
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Video of Parkertron (Fingathing) testing the Leverage records using Serato Scratch Live.  
  
2. Work with Futuresonic to identify DJs for the project and advertise for participation via existing networks.
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{{Icon_mov}} [http://www.archive.org/download/Leverage/leverage.mov Download quicktime] Duration: 13 mins / 43.1 MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
  
3. Work with organizations to ensure wider participation including: [http://www.dj-academy.com]  [http://www.s-s-r.com/custom.asp] and URBIS Education.
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[http://www.archive.org/details/Leverage Read the entry for this video on Archive.org]
  
4. Identify a date/venue for the event.
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Shot and edited by Kid Jenson
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[http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5]
  
5. Source equipment (PA system, turntables, etc).
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== Downloads ==
  
6. Secure a pocket of funding to commission DJs to create/perform 10 minute sets (5 DJs at £150 each).
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[[Talk:Futuresonic_2006|We look forward to hearing your comments]]
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Eileen and Ben
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'''Record 1 Side A'''<br>
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'''1.''' I'm Sober Now ''(Smith)''<br>
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'''2.''' New How Long Intro ''(Carr)''<br>
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'''3.''' Night Latch Key Loop ''(Liston/Simpson/White)''<br>
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'''4.''' Deep Blue Sea cornet solo ''(Smith)''<br>
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'''5.''' Deep Blue Sea Intro ''(Smith)''<br>
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'''6.''' Six Cold Feet in the Ground ''(Carr)''<br>
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'''7.''' Train Whistle ''(Rodgers)''<br>
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{{Icon_soundfile}} [http://www.openmusicarchive.org/audio/leverage_1_a.mp3 Record 1 Side A] 6.2MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)<br>
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'''Record 1 Side B'''<br>
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'''1.''' Jump Steady Intro ''(Smith)''<br>
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'''2.''' Evil Minded Blues ''(Liston)''<br>
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'''3.''' Beat One ''(Blythe/White)''<br>
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'''4.''' West Coast Guitar ''(Blake/Simpson/White)''<br>
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'''5.''' Beat Three ''(Smith/Bolden/Beiderbeck/White)''<br>
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'''6.''' Scratch static noise<br>
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{{Icon_soundfile}} [http://www.openmusicarchive.org/audio/leverage_1_b.mp3 Record 1 Side B] 6.3MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)<br>
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'''Record 2 Side A'''<br>
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'''1.''' One Dime Loop ''(Jefferson/Simpson/White)''<br>
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'''2.''' Train Whistle Loop ''(Rodgers/Simpson/White)''<br>
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'''3.''' Beat Five ''(Blake/Simpson)''<br>
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'''4.''' One Dime Blues ''(Jefferson)''<br>
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'''5.''' Back on the Wagon ''(Smith/Blake/Jefferson/Poole)''<br>
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{{Icon_soundfile}} [http://www.openmusicarchive.org/audio/leverage_2_a.mp3 Record 2 Side A] 6.4MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)<br>
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'''Record 2 Side B'''<br>
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'''1.''' Little Bits ''(Blythe)''<br>
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'''2.''' Beat Six ''(Blythe/Parkertron)''<br>
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'''3.''' Pinetop's Boogie Woogie ''(Smith)''<br>
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'''4.''' Rolls Royce Papa ''(Liston)''<br>
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{{Icon_soundfile}} [http://www.openmusicarchive.org/audio/leverage_2_b.mp3 Record 2 Side B] 6.4MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)<br>
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These records are released under a [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license].
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== Discussion ==
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[[Talk:Futuresonic_2006 | Read]] our discussion with Drew Hemment, curator of Futuresonic.
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== Thanks ==
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Parkertron (Fingathing), Kid Jenson, John K & Kelvin Brown (Eyes Down), Andy Soup, Saul Richards, Sneaky (Fingathing), Nick Alexander (TUNDRA*), Tina & Werner (Vinyl Carvers), Drew Hemment (Futuresonic), Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska (Chance Projects)
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[[Category:Leverage]]

Latest revision as of 16:02, 9 January 2009

Leverage

Hydraulic control.jpg

For Futuresonic 2006 Eileen Simpson & Ben White present Leverage, a new project which centres around the creation and animation of copyleft licensed 12 inch vinyl scratch tools containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from the out-of-copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the Open Music Archive.

For Instrument, the project is presented at "beta stage" where vinyl test pressings can be sampled in scenario akin to the record shop listening area - with the option to skip through the rare original recordings, new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, samples, breaks and beats.

Collaboration is central to the activity of the DJ who constantly combines, re-works and extends existing creative output. The artists promote collaboration and seek to explore its significance and value for creative production. For Instrument they invite scratch DJ Parkertron (Fingathing) and filmmaker Kid Jenson to participate in the project - a collaboration which is documented through a video, shot by Jenson, featuring Parkertron testing the Leverage records.

In the hands of a turntablist, the record player is revealed as a hardware instrument - one that needs vinyl software to operate. The DJ's instrument can only be activated using a set of vinyl tools, in the same way that computer hardware requires an operating system and a suite of software to function. Unlike the conventional battle record, which samples unlicensed commercial recordings[1], the Leverage scratch tools are assembled entirely from out-of-copyright material - and so exist outside commercial and bootleg economies. The project adopts the form and structure of the battle record to build open vinyl code - which, like free/libre and open source software, is distributed freely.

The project encourages open creative exchange and demands that subsequent creations are licensed under identical terms. Through Leverage, out-of-copyright and copyleft material is inserted into an existing network of production to prise open new possibilities.


See Leverage at Instrument, an exhibition of artist-made instruments, noise-generators, audio-visual manipulators, and head twisters by sound artists and noise-makers.
20-29 July at 1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Read more about Instrument


Futuresonic 2006 runs from 20 - 22nd July at various venues around Manchester


Video

Parkertron 01.jpg
Parkertron 02.jpg
Parkertron 03.jpg


Video of Parkertron (Fingathing) testing the Leverage records using Serato Scratch Live.

Icon mov.png Download quicktime Duration: 13 mins / 43.1 MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

Read the entry for this video on Archive.org

Shot and edited by Kid Jenson Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5

Downloads

Leverage 1 a.png

Record 1 Side A

1. I'm Sober Now (Smith)
2. New How Long Intro (Carr)
3. Night Latch Key Loop (Liston/Simpson/White)
4. Deep Blue Sea cornet solo (Smith)
5. Deep Blue Sea Intro (Smith)
6. Six Cold Feet in the Ground (Carr)
7. Train Whistle (Rodgers)

sound file Record 1 Side A 6.2MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)


Leverage 1 b.png

Record 1 Side B

1. Jump Steady Intro (Smith)
2. Evil Minded Blues (Liston)
3. Beat One (Blythe/White)
4. West Coast Guitar (Blake/Simpson/White)
5. Beat Three (Smith/Bolden/Beiderbeck/White)
6. Scratch static noise

sound file Record 1 Side B 6.3MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)


Leverage 2 a.png

Record 2 Side A

1. One Dime Loop (Jefferson/Simpson/White)
2. Train Whistle Loop (Rodgers/Simpson/White)
3. Beat Five (Blake/Simpson)
4. One Dime Blues (Jefferson)
5. Back on the Wagon (Smith/Blake/Jefferson/Poole)

sound file Record 2 Side A 6.4MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)


Leverage 2 b.png

Record 2 Side B

1. Little Bits (Blythe)
2. Beat Six (Blythe/Parkertron)
3. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (Smith)
4. Rolls Royce Papa (Liston)

sound file Record 2 Side B 6.4MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

These records are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Discussion

Read our discussion with Drew Hemment, curator of Futuresonic.

Thanks

Parkertron (Fingathing), Kid Jenson, John K & Kelvin Brown (Eyes Down), Andy Soup, Saul Richards, Sneaky (Fingathing), Nick Alexander (TUNDRA*), Tina & Werner (Vinyl Carvers), Drew Hemment (Futuresonic), Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska (Chance Projects)