BETALEVEL


Swap Meet

Piracy – Karaoke – Conviviality

gesture funk

Traffic Apocalypse Edition
Saturday, October 4
10pm until late
Free

Just when we had finally trained you to expect Swap Meet to be the last Saturday of every month, we move it. And just to keep things interesting, we decide to move it to one of the worst nights for downtown traffic evar. On Saturday, there’ll be Dodger playoffs, the Detour Festival, USC game, an opera opening night, Jon Bon Jovi at an Obama fundraiser, and a Neil Diamond concert. Yes, a Neil Diamond concert. Oh and also, rain.

Can you even begin to imagine how amazing it will feel when you finally make it to Swap Meet? (pack a lunch!)


About Swap Meet

Swap Meet is a monthly gathering where you can come with your favorite music files and trade them with other physical human people. Then, holler along with the dulcet tones of handcrafted MIDI karaoke. It’s like the Internet, but with people and beer.

Here’s the (nearly complete) house karaoke list, so you can prepare yourself. If something you’d like to sing is not on the list, you are welcome — nay, encouraged! — to bring your own hand-crafted .KAR files. They’re MIDI-tastic!

What to Bring

  • bring: drinks, or a kindly donation (optional)
  • bring: your singin’ voice and dancin’ shoes (optional)
  • bring: some storage media and/or a Swap Pack (optional)
  • bring: a defiant sense of joy in the face of our eroding cultural freedoms (required)

Swap Pack? What’s a Swap Pack?

  • 1. Take note of the one or two themes chosen for a given month’s Swap Packs
  • 2. Pick out 128 Mb of music (roughly 25-40 MP3s) which interprets, tangents, or ignores one of said themes
  • 3. Put the music into a folder
  • 4. Put the folder onto portable media (flash drives are handy)
  • 5. Take your portable media to Swap Meet
  • 6. Swap
  • 7. And then we sing!
  • (For more details, see the Swap Pack FAQ.)
  • 8. We haven’t really been picking themes for the last few months. But it’s possible we will start doing that again.

Some questions you might have and some answers we might have

Do I need to have an iPod to come?
No. Many people come with hard drives, flash drives, or other alternate file storage devices/media.

Must I swap files at all?
No. You don’t have to swap to sing.

Wait — must I sing?
No. You don’t have to sing to swap. Indeed, you don’t have to sing or swap and you can still be powerfully entertained by the singing and the whatnot. (But beware the power of MIDI karaoke. Maybe you didn’t intend to sing Steve Miller…)



Swap Meet is presented by Superbunker and The Royal Academy of Nuts + Bolts.
For more information and helpful links, please see the Superbunker Swap Meet project page.

Please note:
According to recent legal decisions, inducing anyone to use physical space for the purpose of sharing music may render the space-time continuum illegal. Use the space-time continuum at your own risk.



Make Swap Meet your friend.