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The Metaphysician


I recently ran across Doctor Paradox (a.k.a. Barb). She creates very funky, fun, and creative sample-loop-based music using Ableton Live and other tools for the Mac.

I recently spoke with her about CC licensing, found art in remixes, and music in general. Apparently I caught her in the middle of reading Larry Lessig’s The Future of Ideas, so she had a lot of good things say on the matter, not the least of which is the idea that: “all art is found art to some degree. Ideas have origins and everything is fundamentally connected.”

She sees CC licensing as a part of the re-connecting of art to what it is meant to be, an organic part of everyday lifestyle: “Even as recently as a few decades ago, music was still something people did in their homes to entertain themselves, their families, and friends. Now in the midst of a radical technological revolution, we are starting to have access to the tools we need to craft music in our own vision, according to our own philosophies.”

“For me, the dream and vision of Creative Commons is that by making an enormous amount of high-quality art available to society, our culture’s demand for, and appreciation of art itself is bound to increase.”

Well, we appreciate her artistic contribution — that’s for sure. Her entire album “Frame Independent” is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Give it a spin.

Posted 30 April 2004