everything is remix pt. 2

In West Africa, as mentioned every so often here, cellphones are far more important than television in media diffusion and consumption. Videos are traded, like sound - from short comedic clips to full-length movies. But amongst the plethora of video, nothing stands out like the remix. Using pre-existing sequences, new…

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Digital Sahel

A heads up for the friends across the pond, I'll be bringing some digital Sahel goodness to Europe for the next two weeks in Switzerland and France: From Feb. 6th - 8th is Lift 13, a three day conference "exploring the business and social implications of digital technologies." I'll be…

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paris in the springtime

For mes amis françias, I'm going to be in the country for the next few days. On June 14th and 15th is an international conference on Mobile Phones and Creation, presented by IRCAV Sorbonne Nouvelle. Accompanying a list of some really fascinating speakers, I'll presenting some of my work on…

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sahelsounds and the quest for the emerald mp3

The good folks at 3bute have adapted a former blog post into a "mashable" comic available here. "3bute [pronounced: tribute] is an online anthology devoted to the contexts often missing when African stories are reported. Our mash-up platform lets artists collaborate with writers on 3-page visualizations of their stories and…

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kickstarters for vinyl of music from saharan cellphones

The new proverb says "all roads lead to Kickstarter," and I've joined the fray in this latest push -- to bring "Music from Saharan Cellphones" to a vinyl. In a rather ironic twist the musicians whose sounds were found on communication devices are incredibly difficult to locate. Google search algorithms…

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Home taping is killing music

On a near moonless night, the bus rumbles to a halt. The passengers all debark along the side of the road -- a vast clear plain clouded in by the shadows of the Dogon cliffs -- somewhere on the national highway between Douentza and Hombori. As all the weary passengers…

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