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Igloo Magazine

Igloo Magazine is an (online) abstract electronic music magazine publishing articles about current, classic and upcoming music from around the globe. Our mission is to consistently create an information resource about electronic music featuring several articles in our Newswire, Reviews, Profiles, Features and Top-10 categories.

DEMUS - dark / industrial music portal

We would like to annouce a new web site dedicated to dark / industrial music and media for artists / musicians and followers at http://www.tidalportal.com/DEMUS. This is a community and platform for all creators, followers and fans of dark electronic music. Based in Melbourne Australia (but catering to everyone), our aim is to deliver a community site which: supports and nourishes musical artists, distributes and exposes the art of others, xxcites fans of the genre.

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Music Australia: Online, In Time

MusicAustralia is a new online service to help you find, access and navigate a rich store of information on Australian music, musicians, organisations and services from a single access point. MusicAustralia networks the Australian musical landscape, providing researchers with a comprehensive online service for Australia's music. You will find Australia's printed music, sound recordings, multimedia and audio-visual materials, artist websites, pictures, manuscripts and books, together with information on thousands of musicians and organisations - across multiple genres and musical styles, heritage and contemporary. The service is free to users. Visit www.musicaustralia.org for details

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workshop : GPS for Artists - background info

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GPS for Artists
Theatre, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD

Saturday 19th Februrary 2005 10am - 5pm

Ivan Pope presents A Locative Day Out

The satellite based Global Positioning System (GPS) allows us to record
basic information about our location, direction, altitude and speed.
Using small hand held devices, artists can record and interpret this
data to create mapping, locative, durational and other works. GPS allows
us to take back knowledge of our whereabouts, and to annotate this
knowledge, or to reuse it as we wish.

Artists can use access to this locative data that forms the background
to all our lives, to add another layer of information to work. Whether
we want accurate information or chaotic disinformation, the gps
satellites transmit unceasingly 24 hours a day, not caring whether we
make use of their datastreams or not. We can anonymously take up their
offering and convert it to human data.

Sarai - new media initiative (India)

Sarai: the New Media Initiative - a space for research, practice and conversation about the contemporary media and urban constellations. Sarai is based in New Delhi, India. In 1999, the members of Raqs Media Collective were invited to participate in the development of a strategy for the public broadcasting of documentary films in India, a discussion which led to the foundation of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, still the main engine of documentary film production and viewership in India. More significantly for Raqs's own work, this thinking took them into the new debates about knowledge, culture and technology that had become prominent with the rise of the Internet, and led to a search for new forms of production and dissemination of knowledge and cultural material. In 2001 Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. The word sarai, or caravansarai, common to many Central Asian and Indian languages, refers to the shelters for travellers, sometimes large and extravagant, that traditionally dotted the cities and highways of that part of the world, facilitating travel and commerce but also enabling the exchange of stories and ideas. Serving the function, variously, of research centre, publishing house, cafe, conference centre, cinema, software laboratory and studio for digital art and design, Sarai is striking for its networked structure. Through its institutional partnerships, the research fellowships it provides each year, its residencies for visiting artists, researchers and programmers, multiple email lists, and many informal collaborations, Sarai has developed a large network that allows it to accumulate a vast range of knowledge and opinion from across the world and to make it available in many forms, places and languages. "Cybermohalla", the network of media laboratories established by Sarai in slum areas of Delhi, has led to a particularly impressive collaboration between members of Sarai and groups of young writers, artists and thinkers from these areas; while collaborations with programmers have led to "OPUS", an online experiment in artistic production inspired by the working practices of the free software movement.

Questia - online library

Questia is an online library of books and journals. Some free books are available whilst others are accessible via subscription. visit http://www.questia.com/ for more details

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Report on future of the internet

A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts finds that most internet experts expect attacks on the network infrastructure in the coming decade as the internet becomes more embedded in everyday and commercial life. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry and they think the internet will have the least impact on religious institutions.

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FORUM: COMMUNITY + CULTURE : COLLABORATION OR CONSUMPTION?

This forum has been organised to discuss the Australia Councils recent announcement for a major restructure, including the abolition of both the Community Cultural Development Board and the New Media Arts Board. Why the continued existence of the CCDB is important... Whatever its faults (and most of these are due to a string of inappropriate Ministerial appointments), the CCDB remains a significant symbol of the achievements made by communities and the artsworkers who have supported them. It may be that the [Australia Council] aren't aware of these achievements or, worse still, are all too aware and wish to see them buried. It's too early to tell, but we need to find out. - John Hawkes (Community Music Victoria Newsletter, December 2004)

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