h.d.mabuse *re:combo*
Since the beginning
Works in Recife Brazil

I'm a part of RE:COMBO collective.
Re:combo is more than a pop band, is a collaborative and descentralized art collective, interested with intelectual property and authoring issues. It was started by its Recife/Olinda kernel in the northeast of Brasil, with the goal of develop open music, with all the sound files available from the website. Now the collective includes more than 40 people engaged, spread all over the world. Working remotely with sound + images + movements. Re:making /Re:combining.
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Call for Samples: Feed the Translocal Mixer

Dear people,

As a part of the How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, an
exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, The Re:combo collective is
looking for audio files that represent the cities` noise echology: street
noises, speech, free music, rumours.
All this pieces will be used on the *Tanslocal Mixer*, a new Flash-based
project that uses sliders to allow participants to create
their own mix of world sounds-a kind of urban synth online, on the fly.

Please, send open sound files to translocalmix@manguebit.org.br with your
informations (at least name, City and Country),
or get connected to http://opus.walkerart.org/ sign up, and upload directly
to the Opus Software (Open Platform for Unlimited Signification)
by Raqs Media Collective, which is also part of the Translocations exhibition.

Grande abraco!
by Re:combo



Re:combo - Chinese Dragon

// Following the ancient idea of cultural canibalism, made immortal in
Brazil after the Modern Art Week of 1922, Chinese Dragon assimilates little
pieces of foreign culture left loose on the web and assembles them into
something different.

// Recycling trailers and pieces of video, Chinese Dragon (un)presents
characters morphing them into mere shapes and colors, dancing to the
chinese samba of Re:combo.

// The video was produced as a graduation project by Daniel Werneck (a.k.a.
danelectro), based on re:combo's song. The soundtrack was made with the
samples downloaded from the website, and the frames used to create the
movie are also available so anyone can remix not only the song, but also
the video.

(no dragons were harmed in the making of this movie)

:::: watch the dragon:

:::: download the source files:


Carnaval 1.0 - Re:combo_sw

Carnaval 1.0

:::: The *Carnaval 1.0* is a project inspired by the chaos that takes the
streets of
Recife every February/early March. Unlike other carnivals in Brazil, where
a single
musical style prevails, this big party turns Recife into a Temporary
Autonomous Zone,
an awesome mix of people, colors, rythms and noises.

:::: The goal of this screen-saver is to transfer this feeling to the
digital realm.

:::: The user can select images and sounds, creating his own private carnival,
which doesn't have to be confuse, but gets even better this way.

:::: All pictures used on this project can be found on the site

The user is free to modify this screen-saver, whether using or not its
provided full credit is given to Re:combo, and LPH licensing
(www.hipopota.mus.br/lph) is respected.

Images: Haidee Lima
Sound: h.d.mabuse
Code: Rodrigo Cruz, h.d.mabuse e Haidee Lima

:::: go to the site to download the screen-saver

:::: download the source:


re:combo - call for noises

RADIO RE:COMBO: re:combining the territory

October, 2002. The *Re:combo Radio* will recombine the territory of
"Transmidia" project.

You are invited to _Re:combining The Territory_, a multimedia project of
collaborative sound + vision production. The experience will mix
audiovisual material sent by collaborators to RE:COMBO
(http://www.recombo.art) with texts produced for the event and a live P.A. set.

The main goal is to integrate the audience (live on-site and wired by the
web) in an active experience of "on-stage" recombination. We believe that
the traditional passive "on-stage" format doesn't fit the new ways of
electronic music/art. The experience will be developed this way: the sounds
and pictures that will be used in the performance will be collected through
the internet. You can collaborate by just sending your movie clips, images
or sound files attached by e-mail to: recombo@manguebit.org.br

The last edition of the _radio Re:combo_ took place on the "Abril Pro Rock
Festival" (http://www.rhizome.org/object.rhiz?3463).

Questions relevant to the territory (as defined by Gilles Deleuze) will be
raised with images and sounds and offered to the public with a one night
stand performance. After that, during two months, the off-line physical
site will be open for people to recombine and be the players of a wired
show synchronized with the web site.

The live on-site experience will be held on October, 2002 at Instituto
Cultural Itau, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, during the "Transmidia" event.
re:make / re:combine

read and liste to re:combo:

Wired: Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz

Voice of America: Brazilian Musicians Display Creativity on the Internet


re:combo - Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz

Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz
By Paulo Rebelo
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."