31 January 2006


The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to

* browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
* up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
* interact with fellow sound-artists!

We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research. Many audio research institutions have trouble finding correctly licensed audio to test their algorithms. Many have voiced this problem, but so far there hasn't been a solution.

If you have audio samples which can be released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License please add them! Label them correctly and help us build a huge database.

Note we are not looking for songs, or compositions. We are looking for sounds. Field recordings, kit recordings, generated sounds, ... as long as the sounds are not copyrighted (in a non-compatible way) or if the sounds are made by yourself and you want to release them under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.


january 2006 subject index

january subject index
December Subject Index

translation tools

fighting song
powerhouse robotics lecture

new media
curating new media

Amsterdam Coffeeshops
"radical Moroccan pizza courier"
More on Theo Van Gogh

graffiti/street art
the london police
policestate holland

damien hirst interview

fighting song

Fighting Song is a new media performance collaboration developed by Sydney based artist Hannah Furmage in collaboration with new media artist Wade Marynowsky, boxer Denver Matthews and a small group of professional and amateur boxers.

The performance element of Fighting Song involves a group of boxers presenting a one off evening of live boxing rounds in a ring installed at Artspace. New sensor technologies are attached to Denver Matthews' body. The sensors translate the actions of Matthews' fighting each of his opponents into live sound.

The installation exhibits the debris of the fights, the sound and video recordings from the fights and the paraphernalia of the setting – ring, ropes, stained mats, discarded gloves.

26 January 2006

powerhouse robotics lecture

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Department of Adaptive Robotics and Communications Technologies) will discuss the development of Interactive Humanoids and also give an overview of the latest robotics research out of Japan.

Presented in conjunction with the Intelligent User Interface Conference and the University of Technology, Sydney

Venue: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW
Date: Sunday January 29 2006
Time: 2.00pm
Cost: Free with Museum entry
For further information: Go to

or ph 02 9217 0111

11 January 2006

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09 January 2006

curating new media

22 things that curators should know about installing new media artwork


December 2005 Subject Index

Exhibitions - Australia
ACCA - Melbourne
Concrete Dialogues
Banalities for the Perfect House

Exhibitions - Europe
caged australian animals
body movies
de Brakke Grond
Initiatief Beeldende Kunsten (IBK)

Street Art
merry christmas
verdonk graffiti
serious graffiti
stencil art

call - water
call - D>Art.06
Residency call for entries
call - video art Naples
call for entry - sound art

mein teil
Dutch Punk

Film & Video
Film Festival Rotterdam

see art get hacked
garden gnome liberation front
amsterdam's whores

mac parody
pin-up george
bert & ernie's day off
more barbie


Amsterdam Coffeeshops

"Valo from England. Sent 22 Nov 2004.

Definitely my favourite coffee shop in Amsterdam. The food & drink staff are real friendly and make awesome hot chocolates and the guy behind the weed counter (told me his name was Richard) was probably the coolest/friendliest guy I have ever met in my life!

I usually only smoke grass in the Dam, but being a Floyd fan I opted for some Umma-Gumma has which was a real nice, smooth smoke with a pleasant (not a completely monged out) high. The weed which was recommended by the guy behind the desk was the 'Mothers Finest'. My friend and I spent a few hours here the first day and the box of Mothers Finest was continually open - a very popular smoke on that occasion and I can see why. I have tasted better weeds before, but the high was very different - not too headachy, but very much a weed which expands your mind!

Two days later (our final day), my friend and I had our luggage with us and had a 6 hour wait for the train at CS. We headed back to Pink Floyd where Richard was outside talking to a friend of his - immediately recognised us and welcomed us in with open arms. We felt very welcome spending pretty much the whole day there talking to the staff and some cool Canadian guy we bumped into called Andrew. Would definitely recommend the special cake and tea - especially if your not planning much for about 6 hours :-) "

from The Amsterdam Coffeshop Directory

04 January 2006

More on Theo Van Gogh

"An interesting report has just been translated into English (from Dutch) and published on the Web. It gives a very detailed account about the way in which Dutch Muslim fundamentalists discussed and planned actions on the Internet, before, during and after November 2, 2004, the day that Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh was killed in Amsterdam. The report is written by Albert Benschop, an Internet sociologist who is teaching new media at the Unversity of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA).

Chronicle of a Political Murder Foretold
Jihad in the Netherlands
By dr. Albert Benschop
University of Amsterdam
translation: Connie Menting"


From: Geert Lovink
Subject: Albert Benschop on Internet and the murder of Theo van Gogh
List: nettime

the london police


policestate holland

these didn't stay up for long

damien hirst interview

When Damien Hirst was signing copies of Beautiful, galactic, exploding screenprint, we put a video camera in front of him and got him talking about art, fame, and the new spin print. Download the three clips below to enjoy some Hirst-style insight.