Ars Electronica 2000 – Subi’s Illustrated Commentary

Subi and Distance of monotonik were invited to the Ars Electronica Festival by Electrolobby to talk about music on the ‘net before MP3 (explain what .MODs are basically). They went. Sadly Subi took a digital camera with him… daily updates!

 

Thursday 31st August
Got here on 31st August, driven from the airport by a guy with garage (Subi) or Lenny Kravitz (Distance) blasting out of his portable CD player (yuk!).
This is the room I was given. Apparantly this hotel is actually a student hall of residence, but they make more money renting it out as a hotel. The TV channels are pretty much terrible, in other words, exactly like home. ๐Ÿ˜‰ …and this is the view from the room. Well, at least it’s better than the Manchester skyline.

 

Friday 1st September
We started setting up (read: finding some decent soundcards and videocards ๐Ÿ˜‰ the day after. I spent four hours getting FastTracker to work with the SB Lives we eventually managed to get hold of, and I still have to do it on two other machines. Agh.I got interviewed by Kim Danders (the web host), a Real Video of which you can get here. Man, did I suck that day or what? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here Distance pretends to look busy on IRC. This weird spherical yellow thing is one of the chairs we were given to sit on. Mail us with your comments! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The inhabitants of #tpolm were not impressed…

 

Saturday 2nd September
Today was fun. First I sliced open my hand getting a Diamond Viper 770 into my machine (so we could play demos like Wonder – Sunflower on the big screens during Distance’s MOD mixing), then the card set the refresh rate too high for the monitor. So I had to find another monitor to change the settings on, then connect it back to the LCD ones we’re using.
A pair of journalists from Der Kourier, a big newspaper here. They couldn’t get their head around the fact that we do music for free, and I think I told them that I thought Napster would destroy the record industry… buy your copies on Monday! MONOTONIK PROPHESIZE DOOM FOR COMMERCIAL LABELS! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The evening was spent in an ice rink…
…which had been turned into a club for the occasion. Not a good idea – very slippery dancefloor!
Much D&B and 2Step in the area. (L-R) Someone who’s name I can’t remember, Chris from lo-ser.org who does very odd things with GameBoys, one of the DJs, Hans from FM4 (the radio station we’re doing the .MOD workshop with) and Distance.

 

Sunday 3rd September
Not much during the day today, except Stefan & Stefan from FM4 arrived and sorted Distance out with some “software”, so now he’s a happy bunny. We had a brief chat as to what we were going to do in the workshop, as we’re on the webcast with it tomorrow. I think we’re going to argue about Napster and say “.MODs were here first!” ๐Ÿ˜‰
The evening WAS interesting, if only because I started taking photos in the club we went to when there was a sign (in German) saying “No Photos!” Well, I got grabbed and shouted at in German, but fortunately Hans came to my rescue. And once I’d shown them the photos (glad it’s a digital camera!) they let me keep them. But I’ve blanked everybody out just in case… But this was what the main point of the evening was about. “Zwei beir, bitte!” I think…
So instead of pictures of the evening, here’s a picture of my teddy bear guarding my room against cleaners. From beer to bear? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Monday 4th September
Overslept today (too much beer!) and missed breakfast. I can’t function without my daily cup of tea. Also I begin to notice a tendancy to speak in clipped form of English which is easy for non-English to understand. Agh, i’m doing it again! We did the first tracker workshop, with Stefan explaining most of the details, mainly because he can speak German and we can’t. Showed a few demos to general approval, although one person complained that “Spot” wasn’t coded, but an animation… ๐Ÿ˜‰ We also burnt a few mono tracks onto an audio CD so we can play Vib Ribbon on the PlayStation during the big presentation tomorrow and make it somehow relevant. And Hotwire, my bear says “Hi!”. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Another journalist, this one from a Viennese cable TV station called TIV. More interviewing, more fame! Someone finally found a decent use for those chairs… Austria may do better in the World Cup when this little one grows up! ๐Ÿ˜‰
We went for dinner in possibly the slowest restaurent in the world ever. The dark-haired woman in the blue is Tina, one of the Electrolobby organisers, and you can see Chris on the right searching vainly for his meal.. Andrew Leonard, from the Free Software Project (the connection is that .MODs are open source music), and Bruno, the other Electrolobby organiser. I’d finished my meal before Distance had even got his.
Kim Danders, the guy going the webcast interviews and Joshua, who runs memepool.com. I’ve sampled Kim’s .MOD comments from his interview with me, and spent much of the afternoon playing around with them making them sound as silly as possible. I feel a track coming on… ๐Ÿ˜‰ We found a semi-interesting magazine in the restaurent. Austrians too are clued up about drugs. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Some of Fthr’s graphics were used in the festival catalogue… …Distance’ll show you for real when he gets back Fthr, but for now, here’s the proof.

 

Tuesday 5th September
Okay, today was the day of the big “Music on the Internet” symposium. I got in plenty of stuff about the history of .MODs, told everyone who Hubbard and Obarski were, and then we laid into the record companies and talked about MP3 and Napster. We also showed the big screen playing Vib Ribbon with some of Vim! and Croaker’s monotonik tracks.Then we went and had something traditional for dinner, some dumplings and sauerkraut. Apparantly the dumplings were mostly composed of pork fat… ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is Stefan from FM4, the reason we were invited here. We’ve been remixing each others tracks, and it only took him ten minutes to get FT to work. Lucky sod! ๐Ÿ™‚ It occured to me I ought to take some pictures of Electrolobby, to prove we’re here…
We have looked around the rest of the festival… …but the batteries in my camera gave out. We’ll try again!
This is from the public musical experiment going on outside the building. I WANT THAT SPEAKER SYSTEM IN MY FLAT! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, they’ve got this here as well. AGH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Wednesday 6th September
Nothing much to do today, so I’ve been finishing off my tracks so we can play them tomorrow. It also finally occured to me to get in touch with the guys at work, but I interrupted the lunchtime Quake III session. Forgot the time difference… ๐Ÿ˜› Also found more Real Video of me here. Bit dark I’m afraid. Hopefully they’ll put up the ‘net music one later today or tomorrow. At dinner we got harrassed by a mad tramp. Last time I eat outside… ๐Ÿ˜‰
At the insistance of Distance (hey! A rhyme! ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the guys at work… …here’s some pictures of me. Hello!
Chris taught a dog how to play football.

 

Thursday 7th September
Okay, last day for the festival. As promised we got hold of some new batteries and went around the festival with it. Also, the “Future of Music” Real Video is here. DEATH TO THE BIG FOUR! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kim’s just starting the webcast as I type this, and he’s got the CD with our tracks on it. One IDM (Distance), one hip-hop (Stefan) and one D&B (me).
This computer has 75 mice attached through the keyboard. The mice are systematically destroying an HTML file. This robot is building a Lego city from instructions given to it over the ‘net. Can’t find the URL though. ๐Ÿ˜‰
In the future, gardens will be controlled by compuer. A poetry garden. This has letters projected onto it (which were destroyed by the flash :P). Quite fun to play with actually.
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…/td> …and Distance just had to give the VR a try. It’s powered by the Unreal engine on a 233. Bit chuggy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
They’re making new colours of butterfly in there. …and whatever they’re doing in here, it’s blue. Again. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Artificial wombs. With Barbie dolls. The results of the sperm race. Who won? Whoever he was, he won by a mile…
Brave new porn… …what was that 10 foot square picture you mentioned Vim…? ๐Ÿ˜‰
So it’s time to go. Just like to say thanks to Tina & Bruno for organising Electrolobby and inviting us, and apologise to Kim for sampling him on my track. We enjoyed it. Cheers! …and there go the lights. HEY! COULDN’T YOU GUYS HAVE WAITED?! I’M TRYING TO UPDATE A WEBPAGE HERE! Over and out… ๐Ÿ˜‰