Friday, November 21, 2008

Ethical Net Songcatcher

"I have to watch what I forgot to say...

there is only a little time to go for the catch...

with my net on the net, with music as the flying beauty...

her wings so easily broken and torn."

I am trying to understand, and more importantly make sure my research and my online songcatching is ethical. It's been somewhat hard to find a definitive outline, and the emphasis has been on ethical guidelines rather than recipes to this new ethnography.

I read the Association of Internet Researchers, Ethical decision-making and Internet research document. I read through this and felt somewhat lost, it is definitely something that needs to be read several times...

if you are bored already feel free to watch
Tom serenade his hot little kitty Cat!

So before I went to watch Tom & Jerry myself and can the whole blog idea for the night, I happened upon Georgia's Institute of Technology Ethics guideline for online research, and felt this seemed to at least make some logical sense, for a newbie like me to the field.
  1. You may freely quote and analyze online information without consent if:
    • It is officially, publicly archived.
    • No password is required for archive access.
    • No site policy prohibits it.
    • The topic is not highly sensitive.
  2. For everything else not covered by 1, you typically need consent.
Well that seems a little too easy... so from what I gather that means I can take almost anything from Myspace and research it without consent. weird. I am going to call my professor tomorrow about that. Please email me if you know anything about this... please!!

so on to the fun stuff...
bands and songs with ethics

Himachal Pradesh meets midwest USA::
song: Skank Ethics
"Short, sweet, and hopefully accurate: My name's Dave. When i produce, I call myself "Sharmaji" as it's both part of my last name and a good 'ol punk-rawk middle finger to the concept of caste; if a white-looking guy from NJ can call himself 'sharmaji,' everything's equal." - Sharmaji's Myspace bio

I dig the tunes, plus he is pretty cute. Is that ethical to say?

"we are from Serbia, we rock! we need visas ;)"

Song: Ethics of extermination

"The whole deal is basically mosh-metal with a shitload of melody and an immense influence of hardcore. In similarity to other bands, Deadrise have their principles and stick to them! Lyrics are mainly punk oriented with a heavy dosage of hatred to any sort of social and political injustice. Pollution, monopolism, any type of chauvinism, any religious fanaticism, along with any form of manipulating the human consciousness and prejudices are what the band opposes and fights against. Basically, without unnecessary ambition, the band exists for the sheer pleasure of its members." -excerpt of bands bio
These guys really won me over with there quote:
"we are from Serbia, we rock! we need visas ;)"

A Fetish for Ethics

the Influences of this band are better than a bio:
outer space, ex-girlfriends, hospitals, sticky dance floors, our friends and joy division.

They are fun, their music is a dorm party at Umass.

The Ethics
Ottawa, Ontario

"One would be hard-pressed to find music more melodic and lyrics more wistful than that of the Ethics. The Ottawa quartet's debut album, Even the Stars, was released late last year. It features six sophisticated , dreamy songs bursting with lush harmonies."- myspace bio

So if any of you haven't noticed already...
ethics and cute boy bands seem to go hand in hand.
I think I am starting to really like Ethics.

but before I check out...

I found this.

their song digital madness is unethical...
very unethical.
I like it~

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Father of electronix- Computer Robot!

Bruce Haack
"Bruce Haack is one of the pioneers of electronic music during the 50’s and 60’s, who worked in numerous music genres from musique concrete to space-age-pop and whose works preceded the later synth pop and space rock music." - by Koldo Barroso

The Dermatron
Despite not having any formal knowledge in electronics, Haack built his own musical instruments, like "The Magic Wand," "The Dermatron" (a synthesizer that was played by leading an electrical current through physical contact with another person) and the "People-odion."

This was some really really trippy music for kids!! WOW!

I found a new remix version of Haack's kids music called "Dimension Mix" done in 2005 as a compilation with Beck, Eels, Stereolab, Fantastic Plastic Machine, etc... Really fun stuff!
It is available on Amazon! My favorite song is "Jelly Dancers" done by Eels, but "School for Robots" along with the rest of the tunes are plain electro-weirdo fun!!!

There was also a movie made which I plan on seeing...

Bruce Haack: The King of Techno (2004)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ukulele Tunes

I have decided to stay away from anything to do with Politics on the night before election day and focus on things that make me happy tonight, and one of those things is the sweet sound of a Ukulele!

So here we go.... on a Ukulele adventure!

The first little strum came from Ukulele Loki
"Indiepan alley chamber-pop circus music"

Loki's music consists of a full orchestral band from Colorado, and makes for definite fun quirky circus music! It makes me feel as if I were dancing on a small little stage during the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island with the bearded lady! My favorite song is "Deformed Balloon Animals"!! Go ahead, go dance with the bearded lady, or a mermaid on the boardwalk!

Oh then we have The Ukulele Gangstas
This duo from London will make you laugh with their silly song "I can't handle your love handle" and their British accents with Ukuleles is just enough to bring a mischievous smile to any one's face. Their song Skoda Pimpin' reminds me of the Stray Cats lost on a deserted island with only Ukuleles and a band of angry new wave monkeys!

Looks like The United Kingdom is taking over Ukulele Music!!
The Bohemia Ukulele Band a 6 player ukulele band, has a very homegrown feel, as if you just stepped back into a time when people still gathered and play together out on their porch swings! :) Love their Pollyanna version of "Keep on the Sunny side" and their Uke angst cover of "These boots r made 4 walking"! Come one over and take a seat on the sunny side of the porch swing!!

Ukulele Club de Paris
I think I am in love...
Two of my favorite sounds together, French accents and Ukulele strummin'!
just go and listen... I can't type cause I am melting. :)
oh, but I cannot resist a little french bio:
"L'Ukulélé ressemble de prime abord à une simple guitare miniature. Un jouet. Pour autant, prononcer son seul nom suffit à évoquer ces atolls madréporiques guerriers cannibales et lascives vahinés rythment jour et nuit de sa musique, mêlée à celle des tambours, leurs danses et leurs incantations païennes."

"A Ukulele is a simple miniature guitar first of all. A toy. To pronounce its name is enough to evoke madreporic atolls where warlike cannibals and lascivious drummer's pound day and night of its music, their dances and their incantations pagan and wild." (my french from high school interpretation).

Of course I would not feel right with the Great Ukulele without some music from Hawaii!
This Hawaiian makes the Ukulele sound like a classical guitar!
Just Beautiful.
His humble music profile is endearing, as is his ukulele playing.
His cowboy ukulele songs are Just Lovely.

(this is a photoshop creation I made of my perfect lil' life)

I used to live on the big island of Hawaii,

I was won over back then by

hula hoops

hula dancers

& Ukuleles

I hope to return to my islands as a hula hoopin' ukulele playing old lady livin in a treehouse!