Our friends over at Qwartz held in Paris on 3 April the 5th edition of the Qwartz awards for electronic and experimental music.
|photo Alexandra Lebon|
The Honorary Qwartz for innovation granted to professor Lawrence Lessig and the presence of Taylor Deupree as Honorary President placed this edition of the Qwartz awards under the sign of Creative Commons. Lawrence Lessig received the award for creating Creative Commons licenses and offering new opportunities for artists. Taylor Deupree, a photographer and composer from New York affiliated to the minimalist or microscopic electronic music movement, publishes much of his works, as well as those of his label 12k, under CC licenses.
|Lawrence Lessig photo Julien Lombardi|
After the Qwartz jury reviewed 430 albums anonymously and thousands of people voted on the Qwartz website, three of the prized albums happen to be published under Creative Commons: Urlaub auf Balkonien by krill.minima (Thinner Netlabel), who won the Best Album award, Minimental by Pirata (Pueblo Nuevo Netlabel), in the Discovery category, and the copilation Autumn Leaves, on the label Gruenrekorder.
UbuWeb, a website that archives and makes available a great number of avant-garde audio, video and written works, also received an award: Kenneth Goldsmith was granted the Qwartz Web award.
All the nominated and awarded albums can be listened to here: http://www.qwartz.org/