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the music stream i ran with Raag earlier this year is making a comeback during the current lockdown every friday night. it'd be lovely to see some of y'all in the chat if you have the energy :) it's 8-11pm AEST tomorrow night at

Interesting article from Robin James on the 'vibe' focus of Spotify, compared with the use of genre on Peloton, and the role of streamed music in having, as James puts it, 'workers produce the nuanced affects and comportments that investors and algorithms use to estimate the speculative possibilities inhering in both the workers themselves and the companies exploiting their work'.

@darius recently went from private to open sign ups and I noticed the form includes an extra password confirmation and website field, both labelled '(do not fill in)'. I've dropped in some custom CSS to get rid of them short term to avoid confusion, but do you have any tips on why? I notice other Hometown and Masto instances don't seem to have them, though the fields seem to be there but disabled. I've looked but for the life of me can't figure out where that is set.

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Living Cities Forum streaming due to the current Victorian lockdown - session starting now featuring Timothy Morton, Sarah Lynn Rees, and Bruce Pascoe:

@p_hase One of the authors, Jaz Choi, is on staff in Design at RMIT too

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Interesting article on 'aesthetic flattening', linking underpowered personal computers to the tyranny of zoom

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Killer new web project curated by Zoe Baumgartner and Mara Schwerdtfeger

Just discovered Charmaine Lee's work and am swiftly becoming a big fan

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Paguyuban Algorave Indonesia in collaboration with Proyecto MUTAR present you the first series of the Latency Music Concert

A series of events that explore live and collaborative musical performance between people in different parts of the world, where we embrace latency as a phenomenon that requires us to exploit our creativity in the moment. In this first series of concerts, livecoders from Perú and Indonesia will experience this format playing together in real time.

Make sure to check your timezone:

Perú: Saturday, June 19th 2021 at 21:00 pm (UTC-5)
Indonesia: Sunday, June 20th 2021 at 09:00 am (WIB/Western Indonesian Time)

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YouTube: Paguyuban Algorave Indonesia (
Proyecto MUTAR’s 3d space in Mozilla Hubs

Latency Music Concerts are organized by Proyecto MUTAR (@proyectomutar) and Paguyuban Algorave Indonesia (, with the partnership of October Meeting – CMM (@octobermeeting) and Art Music Today (@artmusictoday).

#livecoding #hydrasynth #sonicpi #supercollider #foxdot #tidalcycles #orcλ #kodelife #jitsi #mozillahubs #perú #indonesia #algorave #metaverse #paguyubanalgoraveindonesia #proyectomutar #octobermeetingcmm #artmusictoday #creativecoding #toplap #latencymusicconcert #firstseries

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The next Headless Blood Idol livestream show is on this Weekend... if you are in Australia it starts at 10.30am AEST on Sunday. We'll also be premiering our first community compilation at the afterparty in our discord.

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On monday I'm presenting a paper on during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.

In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.

The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.

However, it also self-criticizes for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..

Pixelache fest is coming live from Helsinki this week via Open Radio for those looking for some lockdown listening

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"the NFT deploys the category of art to extract private property from freely available information"

excellent essay by Geraldine Juárez


Experimental Sound Studio going live now out of the US with Eiko Ishibashi, Jim O'Rourke a bunch of others -

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Meeting, discussion and sharing space for those working critically and creatively with experimental digital sound, art and design, especially listening, technology, ecologies, capitalism and living through and beyond all of these

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