With the utmost respect for all sides here.
This is in fact -MY- fuck up. So before everyone decides to blow the roof off this thing, Aaron, I am sorry for blowing your spot, it was absolutely not my intention.
Couple things :
These scopes kinda suck. If people want to fetishize these things, and turn them into ‘hype objects’ so be it, people deserve to pay whatever they do for them because they aren’t worth more than they are currently priced at in a real world capacity.
I thought mistakenly read (and thought) that after these ‘findings’ were in place that this information would in fact be shared, and, for that I am sorry to have dropped the bomb, it is -my bad-. Delete the post. I personally think there are very few people here that want to scoop up $200 scopes, hoard them until a a Chris Cunningham video makes them cool, and sells them for that $600 increase. Seems like a lot of work to me.
I grew up poor. Poor enough that when I was cool with people, we had to share, by default. I also grew up in rap, punk rock, graffiti and design circles, and can tell you that as someone who spent his teens, 20’s and 30’s covering up records and hoarding information, lying about the types of tape I used to record records, and giving bogus gear lists on liner records, that -every single thing I have ever loved- is now just baseball cards for rich people, regardless of my best intentions of the people (and why) I shared things with, and that I firmly believe that mentorship and community is in fact a two-way share.
So, I scooped some off-numbers from the list, gave my .02 and shared my results. I had no intention of fucking it up for anyone, especially you, Aaron, as you were the person to share it in the first place.
If people put in the work, they should be able to do whatever they want with that info, and in this case, it was in fact me talking about something I did not find my my own free will and research.
Since coming to video art circles in the last couple years I have been scolded a couple times for not knowing the weird rules of this ‘private mind garden’ approach to ownership of tools that we did not make and are ultimately abusing and misusing for our creative pursuits… I have stated this before, to other people in this thread, that I am a firm believer in the artist-not-the-tools approach to making stuff and to be honest, probably care a lot less about this than most of the people here.
In complete contradiction that that statement, in my case I am using these tools -because- I am sick of getting my own visual language ripped off my agency assholes that won’t hire me, but ape my shit freely (because digital tools allow for the endless reverse engineering of language).
I am building visual processing toys that make it harder for someone to ‘copy’ the language that I have spent a lifetime learning, the same things that make something like AI tools less of a minefield than being involved in online pissing matches about ownership of things we did not invent.
But I am -always- going to share information about a thing with contemporaries and people in my community, same as I always have about certain ‘rare’ drum machines, synthesizers, bicycles, records, clothing, motorcycle parts and all the other cool stuff I have had, or been involved with, but can no longer afford.
If people are worried about this community being watched for monetary gain, then people should make it a closed community and vet the people coming to it, plain and simple.
The unfortunate and inconvenient truth is this : if people choose to sleep on information as it is presented to them, or to devalue things things in real time (such as me feeling my entire system at the start of pandemic out of panic, and now looking to pay cool-guy tax for a Memory Palace now) then people have to deal with the fact that we live in a bullshit world where this stuff happens, or make everything open source and available to everyone all the time (if that is in their ethical makeup).
If anyone wants to sell me any classic Roland synths, Stanley Cowell records on Strata East, or Studer Tape machines, give a shout. I will be happy to pay what they cost 25 years ago.
And with that, I will be checking out of the forums and go back to watching intently from the sidelines.
Catch y’all in real life and sorry for the disruption.