SoundSwell Local Music Collection

June 5, 2014

SoundSwell-Webslide

 

SoundSwell is a new online database of local music that library cardholders can download for FREE. It also establishes an archive of local music that people can listen to for years to come. SoundSwell was created in partnership with Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios. The database is scheduled to go live on June 3, 2014.

To find the SoundSwell Local Music Collection online, visit the library home page or go directly to scmusic.santacruzpl.org. For people without internet access, there is a physical collection of CDs that can be checked out at the Downtown Branch.

Anyone can find and listen to the SoundSwell streaming Local Music Collection. Library cardholders can download songs with active license agreements for free with their card number and PIN or Password. All songs in the collection currently have an active license agreement. All music in the collection is produced by Santa Cruz County musicians.

This project has the potential to bring listeners and the musical community together where public dialog happens— at the library. SCPL wants to help the creators of our local culture connect with each other, connect with the community, disseminate their art, and contribute to the historical record of Santa Cruz while receiving fair compensation for their work. By helping musicians to grow their fan base locally, SoundSwell can have a positive impact on local venue attendance. Ultimately, we hope the library will play a big role in supporting the artistic musical identity of our community. We are dedicated to supporting local musicians and building a collection that celebrates the richness and talent that makes our community so unique. What a fantastic way to explore new music and discover the creative pulse of Santa Cruz.

The SoundSwell project was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Each artist was compensated $50 – $100 per album (depending on number of tracks) for inclusion in the collection.

Local musicians interested in participating in SoundSwell should contact Diane Cowen, Virtual Services Librarian: by mail at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, 117 Union St. SC, 95060; by email at cowend@santacruzpl.org or by phone at 831-427-7706 x 7763.

Krusch Rhoades

May 28, 2014

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First Friday – June 6
Krusch Rhoades

Available to view for the month of June anytime the studio is open.  pillars of my existence,” said Rhoades.

Krusch Rhoades, 33, spent the formative years of his youth in the “armpit of New York, the shoulders of New England and on the polluted teat of New Jersey.”

Since then, Rhoades has travelled all over the country, and currently calls Santa Cruz his home. He has painted, drawn, molded, and scrawled for as long as he can remember.

“Identifying myself as an “artist” at an early age somehow allowed me to view life with a golden preciousness. Being enraptured with the architecture of simplicity, the constant dance of light. I’m so thankful for this perspective,” said Rhoades.

Rhoades enjoys large scale work, especially when working with spray paint, which he calls the “closest synthesis of dance and paint.”

“The large sweeping strokes is so pleasurable when compared to the restricted movements of smaller pieces,” said Rhoades.

That being said, the artist produces work of all scales regularly, and even paints bicycle frames.

“Paint and bicycles have been the most consistent relationships in my life and have therefore becomes the pillars of my existence,” said Rhoades.

April Art

April 3, 2014

Frist Friday April

Photographs by Melanya Hamasyan
Available to view for the month of April anytime the studio is open.

Transitory Frames – Dehistoricized Spaces 

These set of captured video frames are taken from a discourse among people of the Armenian descent, whose ancestors have immigrated to the United States as a direct result of the Armenian Genocide.  They speak of the forgotten cities, villages, and churches of their ancestors.  They speak of fear and loss of identity along with the  loss  of  ancient  cultural  and  historical  spaces.  Although  the  tragedy  of  the physical genocide has ceased, cultural genocide is still being carried out.  In current eastern Turkey (historic Armenia), places are recontextualized to exclude Armenian historical  presence.  Ancient  Armenian  monuments  and  churches  are  being destroyed or appropriated  as  barns and geographical spaces are renamed.  As a result, ancestral spaces are dehistoricized and people uprooted.

Artist Summary

My work often involves cultural and social issues which I explore in photography, video, performance, and multi­media sculpture. These often take the form of installation or socially engaging art. Whether social, historical or literary, research is an integral part of my process as it provides a framework for the final product.  In the past I’ve studied Armenian folklore in photography. I’ve created dialogue in visual poetry using voice, movement, and space within the medium of digital video. Recently I’ve begun to explore dehistoricized spaces and cultural genocide in multimedia. In all my projects, the chosen theme is one that I am personally attached
to but also one that is often a question due for research. Hence, my work isn’t purely documental, as it also enters a very personal realm. Within this realm, there is a strong presence of an intimate act of the hand, whether in the form of calligraphy on bread, puppetry or photographic composition. This in turn creates an intimation of my presence, suggesting a very personal relationship to the question at hand.

 

Lending Library Now Open

March 2, 2014

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I love books and have a bunch related to the music industry (booking, touring, etc.), the entrepreneur spirit and marketing. The following awesome books have been literally collection dust in my house, so I’ve decided to start a little SCRS lending library. Here is how it will work. The books will be at SCRS, if you’d like one, just drop in and give whoever is working your name/number/email and a sincere promise to return the book within 6 months. Then go read.

Books Available so Far:

  • The Indie Bible (11th Edition) – 4200 publications to submit your CD to for review, 3500 radio stations.
  • Tour Smart – first real book about the business of touring
  • The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing – What you need to know about protecting, and profiting from, music copyrights
  • Crush It! – Cash In on Your Passion
  • Anything You Want - 40 Lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur
  • Do the Work! - A Child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.

If you also have books collecting dust that you think other musicians could benefit from. Feel free to bring them by and I’ll add them into the lending mix.

First Friday March

February 13, 2014

First Friday, March 7
Dream Scapes:Fleeting Lines From the Human Consciousness Paintings by Whitney Romberg
Available to view for the month of March anytime the studio is open.

Artist Statement: From a young age, I have always been fascinated by the concept of dreams within the human brain. Within these paintings, I strive to explore the tangibility of dream scapes using color, texture, and symbolism to illustrate the vagueness that our conscience is capable of making, expressing our deepest thoughts that our rational mind isolates during waking.

A Very Vinyl Christmas

December 1, 2013

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Second Annual
A Very Vinyl Christmas:  A Collection of the Finest Holiday Vinyl
First Friday, December 6
Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookie Reception: 6-9 p.m.
Dedicated to Streetlight Music who provided the bulk of our temporary collection.

The LP cover has always been considered a form of art and the “holiday” LP cover is a special gem to be uncovered and admired during the holiday season.

The show will be available for the entire month of December and can be viewed any time the studio is open.

The Rock Series

October 14, 2013

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First Friday, Nov. 1
The Rock Series by June

The series will be up for the entire month of November and can be viewed any time the studio is open.

“I was watching a documentary about Janis Joplin late one night.  More than half way into the film I was in a trance watching her ethereally heaving herself across the stage deeply immersed in the blues.  Her hair was flying fiercely about and quite suddenly, like a light wave, my mind saw everything with brilliant clarity…I must put all this energy on canvas….Not just paint her, but somehow convey the emotion and the visceral effect of that music…of that time.  I envisioned her hair whipping thru tie dye color….and thus became the birth of the Rock Series..”

The Rock Series by June are large scale, original, acrylic on 2″ gallery wrap canvas…some with a little extra like silver leaf and wax, or paper. June is also available to do commissioned pieces of your favorite Rock Icons. Contact.

The Cruz

September 28, 2013

 

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Check out Kirby Scudder’s new book The Cruz—an exploration of art and artists in Santa Cruz. Our very own SCRS is honored to be included. A great article on the current arts culture of Santa Cruz can be read here.

Santa Cruz Public Library SoundSwell Project

June 5, 2013

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Attention all Santa Cruz musicians. Our library system is amazing and is ready to pay you to make your music available via download with an Santa Cruz Public Library card. Read all the details below.

Get your paperwork and CD in ASAP in order to be included!

DETAILS:

The SoundSwell team is looking forward to working with you on our local music database project. The library has always been a place where people can find music, movies and other materials for entertainment and enrichment. Other libraries across the country are starting to incorporate local music into their systems and with our thriving music scene, we thought it would be a great fit in Santa Cruz as well. Our hope is that it will be win/win for you and our library patrons. Ideally in addition to monetary compensation, we would like to help expose more people to your music and convert more fans, while helping our patrons diversify their local music collections.

The SoundSwell project is supported by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Eureka! Grant. The grant funding period covers most of the cost for licensing for the initial test database, which should be completed in August 2013. Under the licensing agreement, the library will pay you for a 2 year license as follows: $100 for a full length LP consisting of 9 or more songs, $75 for an EP consisting of 6-8 songs, and $50 for an EP consisting of 4-5 songs. During the term of the license, only those users with a valid library card will be able to download licensed songs. To raise this much revenue from iTunes, you would typically need 100 people to download one of your songs. If 100 people download your song from SoundSwell, you could gain 100 new local fans. That’s 100 people living in Santa Cruz who might tell a friend about your music or attend a show!

Another goal of the SoundSwell project is to establish a historical archive of the local music of Santa Cruz County. Although this aspect of the project will not be implemented until the database has been well established for at least a year, we believe that preserving this aspect of local community identity is important. That is why we ask in the license agreement for your permission to use your album in perpetuity in the archive. This archive will be streaming, but the music will not be available for download. Both the downloadable database and streaming archive will display live links to your band’s website or Facebook Page, making it easy for new fans to connect with your band, your projects, and your performances.

To receive a licensing agreement to review, sign and return email Jennifer at jenn@santacruzrehearsalstudios.com or Diane at cowend@santacruzpl.org . Please let either of us know if you have any questions or concerns or would like to meet in person to go over any aspect of the agreement prior to signing. Once fully executed, we would need you to deliver your CD to the library office downtown no later than one week, at which point the library will mail you your agreement fee.

To return signed license agreement:

Make an appointment with Diane Cowen to deliver the agreement in person or send the agreement with your original signature and W-9 form via US mail. Once the agreement has been received and signed by the library Director, the document will be scanned and emailed back to you with both signatures for your records.

First Friday, June 7 – Sara True

May 29, 2013

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Don’t bleed so loud, I can’t hear the TV

Artist Reception: 6-9 PM

artist statement:

Shadows are revealed in my paintings through humorous abstract narratives, featuring pop culture symbolisms of femininity. In “Dear Jimmy America”, a darkly intimate poem is paired with a comically painterly bra, while “The Great Mother Tit of America” depicts a red-and-white-striped breast lactating ice cream.

In “fun fair i-iii” I explore subtle emotive energies through gestural expressions of vibrant color. Triangular and pentagonal pieces of wood are painted with quick, intuitive movements of wrist and finger. Impressions of vegetal and organic forms emerge, but, like clouds, patterns continue to shift, leaving definition open to viewers’ imaginations.


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