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   re:combo - voice of america report                                              
     "h.d.mabuse" <mabuse@manguebit.org.br>                                          

   re:combo - Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz                                    
     "h.d.mabuse" <mabuse@manguebit.org.br>                                          


Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:35:13 -0300
From: "h.d.mabuse" <mabuse@manguebit.org.br>
Subject: re:combo - voice of america report

Brazilian Musicians Display Creativity on the Internet
Nico Colombant
Rio de Janeiro
1 Aug 2002 18:42 UTC

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Music lovers in Brazil are coming together on the Internet to create new 
music unhindered by constraints of traditional music publishing. The 
movement is starting to attract neophyte composers as far away as Eastern 
This is a remix of a classic soccer song well known by Brazilians. The 
result is titled Boasting Delirium. The website where it's found is called 
re:combo as in recombining music, without any barriers.
Technology reporter Paulo Rebelo says it attracts music lovers who feel 
liberated by the Internet.
"It's basically people who are involved with computers, Internet and music. 
There are some singers, local singers from Recife, Sao Paulo and Rio de 
Janeiro and some professors, history professors. For them, re:combo is a 
kind of part-time job since they don't make money from re:combo so they all 
have different jobs and they usually work for re:combo at night or during 
their free time on weekends." 	

This song is Com Certeza eu Vou, meaning I'll go for sure.

Sergio Angelim, a software developer by day, used a friend's message on his 
answering machine as a starting point. The resident of Recife in 
northeastern Brazil explains that re:combo has evolved into a community 
based on sharing and creativity.
"The whole basis for the experience is intellectual generosity and open 
environment for people to work on a project without being tied to any kind 
of contract or anything," he said. "So when we open the content that 
re:combo produces so people can get the content themselves change it and 
recombine it and do different things and so we expect to get this back and 
produce new things again and so it improves." 	[]

Periodically, re:combo organizes what is termed a "Call for Noise." Web 
surfers are asked to contribute material, music but also graphics and 
videos. These are then sampled in a live d.j. session.
The last call for noise attracted neophyte music composers from as far away 
as Romania, and Mr. Angelim says there are no limits.
"The ideal scenario in the future would be like a world tour in a day. 
Re:combo in every city, just playing the group's material. I mean if you 
just have just one person in a city, two people in a city, you can get 
together and make a show, a presentation, and call it a re:combo as long as 
the material is produced by the group, by everyone."

One of the recent calls for noise produced this mysterious samba mix.



Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:25:30 -0300
From: "h.d.mabuse" <mabuse@manguebit.org.br>
Subject: re:combo - Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz

Brazilians' Spin: Remix Music Biz
By Paulo Rebêlo
2:00 a.m. July 22, 2002 PDT

RECIFE, Brazil -- In the eyes of many musicians and artists in Brazil, 
popular music as a form of pleasure and art ended in the Western world long 
The mixing of music with commerce isn't a new concept, but the introduction 
of file-sharing on the Web has turned attention to the problems generated 
by this marriage in an unprecedented way.

Now, a group of musicians, software engineers, DJs, professors, journalists 
and computer geeks -- who have named their cause Re:combo -- have decided 
to "call for noise" against the current rules of copyright established by 
the music industry.
Re:combo (think of recombining the music) is based on two ideas: sharing 
the work of making music for free, and inviting people from all over the 
world to create something different.
Re:combo members first create music and then share it freely over their 
website using the MP3 format. "People are not only invited to download the 
files but to modify them, creating different samples, remixes and stuff," 
said Miguel Pedrosa, singer and history professor. "That is, creating new 
music experiences with different styles and sounds."
Members donate time, ideas and creativity in a collaborative, 
Internet-based work environment that resembles the peer-to-peer concept of 
file-sharing. The group is being developed in Brazilian cities such as 
Recife, Caruaru, João Pessoa, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and 
São Paulo.
Additionally, Re:combo radio enables members to perform for the public 
live, complete with a set of electronic music, images, videos and sounds.
A few weeks before each performance, Re:combo members sponsor a "Call for 
Noise." Using Web discussion lists and forums, members invite people to 
send in their own sounds and images to be sampled and presented to the 
public during the next performance.
Because each radio performance is adapted to public needs, following 
specific objectives, each presentation serves as a kind of unpublished 
experience. According to the members, Re:combo has been receiving lots of 
material, especially from Romania and other Eastern European countries.
"We investigate ... the copyright policies because we believe they're all 
wrong," said h.d. mabuse, designer and one of Re:combo’s founders. "Famous 
artists make a living because of their public presentations and paid TV 
appearances, not by selling discs. The labels take almost everything, 
leaving only a ridiculous tiny percentage for the artist, who doesn't even 
own the phonogram and needs to be attached to a series of contract 
restraints. And we are not the only ones thinking this way."
With World Cup fever still rampant in Brazil, two of the top downloads are 
remixes of a classic soccer song well known by Brazilians. The remixes are 
called "Boasting Delirium" and include "Version 1" and "Version 2." The 
newest songs are available on the Re:combo website.
"When we started this, it was more like a project for music and against 
copyright restraints -- we think that the artist should be the owner and 
the decision maker about what he'd like to do with his intellectual 
production, not the labels or media companies," says Haidée Lima, 
photographer and designer. "But actually, Re:combo has become more like a 
solid initiative related to different kinds of content, including Web art, 
digital video and software."
Mabuse added: "We believe in the possibility of artists creating music, 
art, and films in a collaborative way, open and free -- making money from 
their work, of course, but without the crazy contract attachments we see 
Mabuse also said that copyright is a relatively recent invention, created 
to protect the editor, not the author. Even in the publishing arena, it is 
the editor who owns the right to copy, not the author of the book. In the 
music industry, the songs are owned by the label, not by the artist.
"The industry rules are upside down. However, there are plenty of artists 
out there who cooperate and even pretend ignorance with the current 
situation," Lima said. "There will always be those who want to sleep and 
wake up as millionaires, with zillions of fans around the world idolizing 
them. They want to be the next Madonna and Michael Jackson. For how long? 
Three, six months, until the next one comes around?
"If the situation remains as of nowadays," added Lima, "the labels will 
fall apart. And so will the artists very attached to them."




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