Lucas Gonze

Fresh Hot Radio

Mike Linksvayer, March 3rd, 2009

Net music innovator and philosopher Lucas Gonze (mentioned on this blog many times, e.g., about net native music) writes in about his new thing:

Hey CC guys, this is a note to announce that my new app is live.

The app:
http://freshhotradio.com

The FAQ:
http://freshhotradio.com/help

What’s special about this is that it’s a mainstream-friendly experience oriented towards casual listeners, but the content is from web-based sources like bulletin boards for musicians to get technical advice on their mixes.

It is deliberate that this is a zero-option experience, unlike Pandora. The experience is modeled after terrestrial radio. You go there and the music just starts, which makes it easier to use and less of a distraction.

Notice that this project has a lot in common with Webjay: it’s about new music, not hits. The content is legal. The curation has a strong identity and voice. The hosting is all deep links. There is an incentive to click through to the song host on whatever web site it came from, and from there to explore the fringes of the music web. You can always download the song. The song is always MP3. The experience is about the browser.

And at the same time, the form is completely different. This is not a social site, and it’s not about listener curation. It is brutally simple — one player page, one playlist, and a static page of documentation.

One way to think of this is Techmeme for music. It’s a single point of entry for the sprawl of web-based music. Another way to think of it is as a netlabel, along similar lines as RCRD LBL. Or maybe it’s a blog crossed with a webcast. Dunno.

It’s important that a lot — but not all — of this music is Creative Commons. What I’m doing to advance the cause is to create an application model that can bring totally unknown CC music to mainstream listeners without having the listeners feel like they’re eating nasty vegetables just for the sake of some abstract good. *But* I’m not slicing the whole problem from the licensing angle but rather than from angle of the originating culture. CC is important because of the ways that it leads to thriving creator communities. And as you’d expect there’s music from Mixter in the new site.

best,
Lucas

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CC Salon LA 11/11/08 recap

Eric Steuer, November 12th, 2008

Last night, we hosted another edition of our CC Salon series in Los Angeles. Dublab‘s Mark McNeill and Ale Cohen discussed their endeavors in Web radio, art, and film – as well as Into Infinity, the art and music exhibition they’re producing in collaboration with Creative Commons. Lucas Gonze gave a presentation about the economics of online music, which developed into an extended audience conversation about media business models and self-distribution. The night was a great success, with some of the most thoughtful interaction we’ve seen come out of these events. Thanks to the presenters, all of the attendees, and to Jonny Coleman of Found Gallery, who has graciously let us use his space for CC Salon LA for the past year.

There are a few photos of the event online at Flickr, in the creativecommoners CC Salon LA set.

Update: Thanks to Flavorpill for pointing people our way. Also thanks to boredLA for coming through, checking out what we’re all about, and posting a great event write-up.

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CC Salon LA TONIGHT: Dublab and Lucas Gonze

Cameron Parkins, November 11th, 2008

A reminder that TONIGHT CC Salon LA returns with a fantastic combination of presenters – joining us will be web radio collective Dublab and Lucas Gonze, net-label theorist and XSPF developer.

Both presentations will discuss how CC, and ‘openness’ in general, is affecting web radio and net labels, both from an economic and artistic vantage, with a Q&A to follow each. Additionally, Dublab will ask salon attendees to create noise – both as a group and as individuals – which will be recorded and turned into audio loops that will be used for the Into Infinity project, a new art exhibition produced in collaboration with Creative Commons.

The Salon will be taking place at the always wonderful FOUND Gallery (Google map) between 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Follow the event on Upcoming, mark attending on Facebook, and make sure to come down and hear from two exemplary members of the CC community on their experiences with open licensing. As always, there will be free (as in beer) drinks for the entire night.

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CC Salon LA (11/11/08): Dublab and Lucas Gonze

Cameron Parkins, October 30th, 2008

In a little under two weeks, CC Salon LA returns (11/11/08) with a fantastic combination of presenters – joining us will be web radio collective Dublab and Lucas Gonze, net-label theorist and XSPF developer.

Both presentations will discuss how CC, and ‘openness’ in general, is affecting web radio and net labels, both from an economic and artistic vantage, with a Q&A to follow each. Additionally, Dublab will be bringing a physical ‘Into Infinity’ loop station, allowing Salon goers to create their own 8-second loops in the vein of Into Infinity, the CC/Dublab co-sponsored art exhibit ask salon attendees to create noise – both as a group and as individuals – which will be recorded and turned into audio loops that will be used for the Into Infinity project, a new art exhibition produced in collaboration with Creative Commons.

The Salon will be taking place at the always wonderful FOUND Gallery (Google map) between 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Follow the event on Upcoming, mark attending on Facebook, and make sure to come down and hear from two exemplary members of the CC community on their experiences with open licensing. As always, there will be free (as in beer) drinks for the entire night.

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