More Derek Webb/Stockholm Syndrome

by dub on May 21, 2009 in music

This has turned into an all out scavenger hunt, apparently with the prizes being new music from Derek Webb’s not-yet-released album, Stockholm Syndrome.

Some places to follow the developments:

We Are The Stories

Bloggable Music Network

ShaneBertou.com

She Must and Shall No Longer Exist

Yesterday, I inadvertently discovered one of the pieces of the puzzle.  Checking my twitter search for ssyndrome, @thievingpoet noted that one of the words (r_eal) on the second of the emails posted on DerekWebb.com had been hyperlinked, and leads to a form page.

I immediately jumped over to investigate.

The form page had a single text box preceeded by the number 1 and surrounded by quotes.  I knew that there had to be a clue somewhere about what to enter in that form box.  I went back to the emails to look for words in quotes.  There were none.  But, I did discover that one of the words (trouble) was hyperlinked in the first email.  This link leads to an article on Relevant Magazine’s website that was somewhat critical of this publicity stunt.

My previous hunch was satisfied when I found that there were in fact several words in quotes in the article (click through to the links to see them).  When  I entered these words in order on the form page, I received the download of a zip file called tsvtkd.zip.  The zip archive contained a premix mp3 of the song “The Spirit vs The Kickdrum” and a rtf file (text) that contained only the characters “10-2-4″.

Of course, as soon as I figured it out, I @ replied @thievingpoet with the news, and posted a comment on the ongoing discussion at We Are the Stories.

I’m happy that I got to make a small contribution to the process, although, I can’t take full credit .  I would have never went on my hunt without the original tweet from @thievingpoet.

On to a different discussion of this whole fiasco:

This “publicity stunt”, “alternate reality game” or “heist” as some people are referring to it, seems to be having two effects on the interested parties.

There are those who are not so enthralled with the whole idea of the “heist”.  Some are frustrated that it is moving slowly and is somewhat complicated.  Some are upset at Derek directly, as they feel that engaging in a publicity stunt undermines his “authenticity” (especially if the “trouble” with the record label turns out to be manufactured to facilitate this process).

Then are those who are taking it at face value and playing along (like myself). This is a very creative way for an artist to reach out to their fans and get them involved (similar things have been done before, so this is nothing new).

To me, this is Derek’s music, and he can do with it whatever he wants, and release and/or promote it however it wants.  I find it ridiculous to hear some of the commentary from those following this who are down on the whole idea with some type of self-righteous music purist attitude.  No one’s making you play along.

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2 responses to More Derek Webb/Stockholm Syndrome

  1. So sorry to leave this comment/question here, but you recently commented on someone’s blog…I believe the blog was called something like “meanderings of hope”…do you happen to have the web address for that blog? I would like to get back to it and lost it. :( Thanks in advance. I’m new to blogging. In fact, if you could even email me in reply to tammy1217@gmail.com, I would really appreciate it!

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  1. Stockhome Syndrome: For Dummies - Dub Dynomite - May 22, 2009

    [...] Then there was silence.  Until the next day, when someone noticed that one of the words in the emails on derekwebb.com had been turned into a hyperlink (r_eal in the second email) and posted it on twitter. The link lead to yet another form submit page, with a form box preceded by the number 1 and enclosed in quotes.  I got into investigative mode and found another hyperlink on the page (trouble in the first email) that lead to the previously mentioned Relevant article.  I figured out that entering the words in quotes from the article in the form box, in order, individually, resulted in a download of a zip file.  The file contained a pre-mix mp3 of “The Spirit vs The Kickdrum” and a text file, containing only the characters 10-2-4.  I blogged more about this here. [...]