re:combo - Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz

Posted by h.d.mabuse *re:combo* | Fri Aug 2nd 2002 1 a.m.

Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz
By Paulo Rebelo,1284,53701,00.html
2:00 a.m. July 22, 2002 PDT

RECIFE, Brazil -- In the eyes of many musicians and artists in Brazil,
popular music as a form of pleasure and art ended in the Western world long
The mixing of music with commerce isn't a new concept, but the introduction
of file-sharing on the Web has turned attention to the problems generated
by this marriage in an unprecedented way.

Now, a group of musicians, software engineers, DJs, professors, journalists
and computer geeks -- who have named their cause Re:combo -- have decided
to "call for noise" against the current rules of copyright established by
the music industry.
Re:combo (think of recombining the music) is based on two ideas: sharing
the work of making music for free, and inviting people from all over the
world to create something different.
Re:combo members first create music and then share it freely over their
website using the MP3 format. "People are not only invited to download the
files but to modify them, creating different samples, remixes and stuff,"
said Miguel Pedrosa, singer and history professor. "That is, creating new
music experiences with different styles and sounds."
Members donate time, ideas and creativity in a collaborative,
Internet-based work environment that resembles the peer-to-peer concept of
file-sharing. The group is being developed in Brazilian cities such as
Recife, Caruaru, Joao Pessoa, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and
Sao Paulo.
Additionally, Re:combo radio enables members to perform for the public
live, complete with a set of electronic music, images, videos and sounds.
A few weeks before each performance, Re:combo members sponsor a "Call for
Noise." Using Web discussion lists and forums, members invite people to
send in their own sounds and images to be sampled and presented to the
public during the next performance.
Because each radio performance is adapted to public needs, following
specific objectives, each presentation serves as a kind of unpublished
experience. According to the members, Re:combo has been receiving lots of
material, especially from Romania and other Eastern European countries.
"We investigate ... the copyright policies because we believe they're all
wrong," said h.d. mabuse, designer and one of Re:combo's founders. "Famous
artists make a living because of their public presentations and paid TV
appearances, not by selling discs. The labels take almost everything,
leaving only a ridiculous tiny percentage for the artist, who doesn't even
own the phonogram and needs to be attached to a series of contract
restraints. And we are not the only ones thinking this way."
With World Cup fever still rampant in Brazil, two of the top downloads are
remixes of a classic soccer song well known by Brazilians. The remixes are
called "Boasting Delirium" and include "Version 1" and "Version 2." The
newest songs are available on the Re:combo website.
"When we started this, it was more like a project for music and against
copyright restraints -- we think that the artist should be the owner and
the decision maker about what he'd like to do with his intellectual
production, not the labels or media companies," says Haidee Lima,
photographer and designer. "But actually, Re:combo has become more like a
solid initiative related to different kinds of content, including Web art,
digital video and software."
Mabuse added: "We believe in the possibility of artists creating music,
art, and films in a collaborative way, open and free -- making money from
their work, of course, but without the crazy contract attachments we see
Mabuse also said that copyright is a relatively recent invention, created
to protect the editor, not the author. Even in the publishing arena, it is
the editor who owns the right to copy, not the author of the book. In the
music industry, the songs are owned by the label, not by the artist.
"The industry rules are upside down. However, there are plenty of artists
out there who cooperate and even pretend ignorance with the current
situation," Lima said. "There will always be those who want to sleep and
wake up as millionaires, with zillions of fans around the world idolizing
them. They want to be the next Madonna and Michael Jackson. For how long?
Three, six months, until the next one comes around?
"If the situation remains as of nowadays," added Lima, "the labels will
fall apart. And so will the artists very attached to them."

  • h.d.mabuse *re:combo* | Fri Aug 2nd 2002 1 a.m.
    Brazilian Musicians Display Creativity on the Internet
    Nico Colombant
    Rio de Janeiro
    1 Aug 2002 18:42 UTC

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    Music lovers in Brazil are coming together on the Internet to create new
    music unhindered by constraints of traditional music publishing. The
    movement is starting to attract neophyte composers as far away as Eastern
    This is a remix of a classic soccer song well known by Brazilians. The
    result is titled Boasting Delirium. The website where it's found is called
    re:combo as in recombining music, without any barriers.
    Technology reporter Paulo Rebelo says it attracts music lovers who feel
    liberated by the Internet.
    "It's basically people who are involved with computers, Internet and music.
    There are some singers, local singers from Recife, Sao Paulo and Rio de
    Janeiro and some professors, history professors. For them, re:combo is a
    kind of part-time job since they don't make money from re:combo so they all
    have different jobs and they usually work for re:combo at night or during
    their free time on weekends."

    This song is Com Certeza eu Vou, meaning I'll go for sure.

    Sergio Angelim, a software developer by day, used a friend's message on his
    answering machine as a starting point. The resident of Recife in
    northeastern Brazil explains that re:combo has evolved into a community
    based on sharing and creativity.
    "The whole basis for the experience is intellectual generosity and open
    environment for people to work on a project without being tied to any kind
    of contract or anything," he said. "So when we open the content that
    re:combo produces so people can get the content themselves change it and
    recombine it and do different things and so we expect to get this back and
    produce new things again and so it improves." []

    Periodically, re:combo organizes what is termed a "Call for Noise." Web
    surfers are asked to contribute material, music but also graphics and
    videos. These are then sampled in a live d.j. session.
    The last call for noise attracted neophyte music composers from as far away
    as Romania, and Mr. Angelim says there are no limits.

    "The ideal scenario in the future would be like a world tour in a day.
    Re:combo in every city, just playing the group's material. I mean if you
    just have just one person in a city, two people in a city, you can get
    together and make a show, a presentation, and call it a re:combo as long as
    the material is produced by the group, by everyone."

    One of the recent calls for noise produced this mysterious samba mix.

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