Art and Music Have Something in Commons

Last night, the LA Creative Commons (CC) Salon filled Found Gallery with an exciting buzz of community and art. Creative Commons serves as a malleable copyright for artists, scientists, and anyone who creates something and would like to share it with others, using their own discretion.

Currently, Creative Commons and the now non-profit Dublab, the first full time web radio collective, are working together with the help of hundreds of visual and audio artists to promote and expand their newest project, IntoInfinity(.org).

The creators of Dublab, Mark McNeill and Ale Cohen, explained some of the ideas behind the IntoInfinity project at Found. IntoInfinity allows people to share their audio and visual art with others, within a remix setting. In 8 second loops (hence infinity) new art mixes with old on the screen while the audio loop changes simultaneously.

With a click you can access the genius of CC licenses to learn more about a contributor, hear or see more from the same source, download the “ear” or the “eye” of the screen, or just explore the database at any pace you’d like. Mark and Ale mentioned that the natural equation of the infinity remix creates interesting creative developments on its own.

Mark emphasized the humanity of this project. Even though this is an online program, it’s also a venue and starting place for people to connect, discover, and create art. You can even print out your work. Mark and Ale brought some creations to give to the Found Gallery audience. They also recorded a few 8-second loops of the audience making noise, mostly beer cans opening, claps, and mooing (?) so we could all be a part of this collective.

After a short break, Lucas Gonze continued the evening’s discussion, taking the focus back to music and the internet. Gonze, XSPF developer, explored the more technical aspect of sharing and community, expanding on the permissive licensing of online music. The conversation, got to love an intimate setting!, flowed into the very CC topic of self-distribution and business approaches to sharing art.

Overall, the night was a huge success for all artists and audiences who wish to create collectively, on their own terms.

Click to check out the plethora of upcoming Dublab events. Specifically, this Sunday, you can pay a little money to see and hear the Part Time Punks Festival at the Echo, curated by Dublab’s friend Michael Stock.

Also, this Tuesday you can play with some multi-touch tables while listening to the tunes of DAEDELUS, Brick Table, and dEaThSaUce at the RedCat Lounge in Downtown. Stay tuned to BoredLA for more related events!


WHAT: Dublab, Lucas Gonze, and Creative Commons
WHERE:: currently, the World Wide Web
Photos: Molly Cranna

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