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David Nemeth (Acts of Silence) interviewed by Robert Nunnally

Robert Nunnally, in the fourth episode of his podcast, has interviewed David Nemeth, a prolific annotator/commenter in the more exploratory realms of Creative Commons music. Nemeth’s actsofsilence.com is a must-read for reviews of new releases, and the site is a key resource thanks to its massive directory of netlabels, over 500 as of its most recent update. Nemeth also runs theeasypace.com, which is, despite its title, a more rapidly paced survey of recent releases.

Following a brief introduction, during which Nunnally talks about the increasing role of Creative Commons licenses in film, Nemeth speaks at length about his own self-education about electronic music, the benefits and challenges of the approach, and a variety of other related topics. The interview was accomplished in an unusual manner. It isn’t a conversation recorded live. It is Nemeth recording himself responding to written questions he received from Nunnally. The absence of Nunnally’s questions suggests the structure of an Errol Morris documentary. And there is an interesting transition each time a new segment of the Q&A begins, because the background sound can be heard to shift. The result brings to mind short black-screen title cards in a feature-length film:

Graham Wafercast Episode 4, David Nemeth Interview, host: Robert Nunnally (Gurdonark) by Gurdonark on Mixcloud

It’s downloadable from Nunnally’s box.com account. Track originally posted for free streaming at mixcloud.com/gurdonark. More from Gurdonark/Nunnally at gurdonark.blogspot.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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3 Comments

  1. gurdonark
    [ Posted July 8, 2013, at 9:00 am ]

    Thanks for this post discussing the interview. David Nemeth does a lot in the netlabel and Creative Commons community to celebrate exploratory liberally-licensed music. I was delighted he would take the time for an interview to discuss his approach and insights.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted July 8, 2013, at 1:58 pm ]

      Sure thing, man. It was great to hear both your voices.

  2. David Nemeth
    [ Posted July 8, 2013, at 4:11 pm ]

    Marc, thanks for this post. As I was reading it, I realized disquiet was one of the reasons I started writing about Creative Commons and Netlabel music. Much more thanks is needed for that.

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