Access Frame: Collectivity by Kamizdat sound art

Access Frame: Collectivity by Kamizdat on bandcamp.

A 2018 Netlabel Day release – a compilation of Slovenian artists, with many original works that span a wide spectrum of electronic music genres: from noise and sonic art, via bass, breaks, all the way to acid techno. The concept of the compilation is to bring attention to the conflict between necessity of free culture and enclosure of culture by copyright law. The conflict which is temporarily solved by Creative Commons licences.

An act of publishing music under the conditions of a free culture licence is a political act. In times of continuous global expansion of individualism which is often tightly connected to capitalist exploitation, it communicates a clear message: a desire to build a collectivity. For an artist acting on her own, or a small niche label, it is a significant move towards the creation of equitable access to works of art. This act is an actual and concrete contribution to a pool of culture shared by all, an entering of a work and its creator into a collective consciousness. It is not a supression of individual desires and rights – as would false dichotomy of collectivism vs individualism perhaps imply. Instead it is an opening of creative process towards the global community and the public. It is an abandonment of a phantasm of fame and fortune based on maximisation of profits, exploitation of copyright, and intellectual property. Publishing one’s work as free culture is an action of an individual desiring to communicate her art with a collective humanity. It is an intentional gift to any and every potential individual who thusly belongs to a global collective of humanity and is empowered to follow her individual creative paths: listening, learning, composing, reworking, remixing, and sharing.

Access Frame is a series of compilations of adventurous music published by Kamizdat under a Creative Commons licence on 14. July – International Netlabel Day. It tries to establish a practice of thinking critically about access to, and distribution of, art. It poses a question: what is the frame through which we are allowed, and able, to access culture? How is it created, by whom, and can such frame of access be modified and transgressed?

  1. beepblip: 一点一滴 05:06
  2. Zergon: NTU 05:36
  3. Terranigma: Osoje 2k5 03:18
  4. BeatMyth: Jewels 03:00
  5. A Humanoid Individual: #303_2 06:04
  6. aeuum: Explored 06:02
  7. rouge-ah: stepbystep 03:14
  8. Kikiriki: Sellfish 06:02
  9. Gašper Torkar: Inchoate Crimes 08:18
  10. Lifecutter: GHB nerve smash 09:13
  11. Luka Prinčič: I.F. II Metal Rach 05:53
  12. agapea: Tides (excerpt) 08:04

Design: Stella Ivšek
Fold & print: Maruša Hren
Executive production: Luka Prinčič

CDR with printed cover and handmade paper-only packaging in hexagon shape designed by Stella Ivšek.

Media support by Radio Študent Ljubljana
Financially supported by City Municipality of Ljubljana

Released by Kamizdat
2018 Emanat production

KAMIZDAT is a slovenian netlabel releasing local electronic and experimental music. Digital releases are free/nyp under Creative Commons licence. Physical releases are created in limited editions through ecological in locally sustainable practices in creative collaboration with local artists.

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