Daily Archives: April 28, 2009

Brilliant Set of YouTube Mixes by Kutiman

April 28, 2009

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There must have went an unbelievable amount of time (2 months as I read later) in producing this professional web album of YouTube based music mixes.

The album is named “ThruYou” and contains 7 mixes.

The creator has single handed created a new category entry in most pop encyclopedias.

You could start out listening to a mix (a good example is #05 someday) and then be amazed on how well the song sounds. Then click on “credits” and the credits will roll over the screen with the original YouTube movies (e.g. this one). When you click through to the originals you probably will make the “click in your head” how only a genius could recognize the gaps in the overall visible YouTube spectrum.

The author: Kutiman, a musician, composer, producer and animator from Israel. He is best known for creating the online music video project ThruYOU, as well as his self-titled album and collaboration with many other Israeli artists including Hadag Nahash.

Ophir Kutiel was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Zichron Yaacov. He studied piano since the age of six, and then drums and guitar at age 14. When Kutiel was 18, he moved to Tel Aviv to study Jazz at Rimon Music College.

While working at a local convenience store in Tel Aviv, Kutiel tuned into a college radio station that was playing music that was much different than the classical jazz he had been used to playing. Soon after, Sabbo, another Israeli artist and current music partner, introduced him to afrobeat and funk, including the sounds of James Brown and Fela Kuti. His obsession with Fela Kuti and the fact that his last name was similar led him to create the stage-name of Kutiman. He traveled to Jamaica to research reggae and afrobeat and work with Stephen and Damien Marley.

Kutiman was signed to Melting Pot Music, based in Cologne in 2006. Soon After, his first single, "No Groove Where I Come From" was released and soon after, he released a hit song with Karolina of Habanot Nechama, "Music is Ruling My World". His self-titled, debut album, which received an 8.2 in Pitchfork Magazine, was released in the fall of 2007. Under the Radar picked Kutiman as one of the "Artists to Watch in 2008" , along with Glasvegas and MGMT.

Kutiman has worked with many other Israeli artists and is currently working on arrangement and composition of Karolina’s solo album. He has also created animated videos for his song, "Chaser" and Hadag Nahash’s "Eze Kif".

In 2009 Kutiman released ThruYOU, an online music video project mixed from samples of YouTube videos.  After disclosing his work to just twenty friends, Kutiman’s project spread virally across the web, racking up more than one million views in less than a week. After viewing ThruYOU, open source advocate Lawrence Lessig praised the project as a pioneer of a new, less regulated form of media, saying "If you come to the Net armed with the idea that the old system of copyright is going to work just fine here, this more than anything is going to get you to recognize: you need some new ideas."

On here you can find an annotated version of the album.

More Reviews:

http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/9002/kutiman.html
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2009/03/heavy-sifting-a-1.html
http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/03/remix_buy_the_remix.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/the-future-begins-thru-yo_b_174483.html
http://eartothesound.blogspot.com/2008/03/k-is-for-kutiman.html
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/11159-kutiman/
http://mpmsite.com/index.php?area=news&view=detail&id=542

Slowie de Slowie Bloggie

April 28, 2009

This weblog is slow again. Since the admin pages are still blazingly fast it is probably something somewhere on the front end. Either I coded something very inefficient (probably), a plugin is going haywire (could be) or something in one of the widgets takes ages (could be).

So while you are waiting… I’m going to perform some tests.

update: it’s strange but as soon as I delete the cache manually (i cant delete it via the webinterface) everything goes fast again. I also notice some bot filling the cache with pages seconds after I empty it.

So… either the bad bot is ruining this or there is a cache plugin problem with maybe a specific post or page.

update 2: some minutes after i deleted the cache the problem occured again. The cache fills up amazingly quick with a lot of pages due to the bot. I think it is the Googlebot but I’m not sure. Maybe if there are too many pages in the cache that the system freezes up, seems strange but it could be. So I temporarily turned off the cache. In the past I tried other caches like supercache but I noticed that caused an immediate high peek in my cpu and memory usage on the server, it basically sky rocketed probably due to the large amount of pages.

Hmm…?

Idea about a new financial product

April 28, 2009

image I had an idea for a new financial product: the gadget-o-meter.

For end-users: you can build a wish-list of items. You can put books in there, mini camcorders, cds or even a house, whatever. You can embed the list on your website or send it to people before your birthday. It’s really the kind of wishlist you can find on a gazillion websites and of course it will have all the easy simple drag-to-browser “add-to-wishlist” button.

That on itself is not so exciting.

On the other side of the screen however is your money-o-meter, it is coupled to a special bank account especially for this purpose. It is a simple financial product: just an account which you can fill with money or which other people can fill with money. At the moment that the money-o-meter reaches a certain value then the product which is highest on the list automatically gets mailed to you so you don’t even have to think about (nice for shops to include an “add-to-gadge-o-meter” button) and ends up in your have list

The benefit is that you don’t have to do anythingimage besides adding your wishes: you will get stuff send to your house without you even looking at the gadget-o-meter. You might even forget about it and suddenly get send stuff.

Graphically this is of course a mindsketch, the endresult could look much smarter so people would have the feeling that something happens graphically when they enter money in the meter. They should dynamically see the thing move.

The revenue stream is of course on the interest on the associated bank accounts.

On the wishlist side one could partner with webshops

On the money-o-meter side one could partner with web income companies e.g. affiliates, webwritings and the hundreds of other ways to earn money on the web.

If you steal this idea then set me up a gadget-o-meter and donate me a percentage in there worth the idea, I’ll put the widget right here :)