Musicalvore Lamoillevt

An essential element of a creative economy is the dynamism between the rich place based resources of content creation and consumption–localvore, and global interconnected personal networks that each of us participates in.  Cultural resilience and cultural evolution are no where so evident and vital as in the music scene.  A healthy music scene is an economic incubator for many industries in the creative sector –and an absolutely essential component of a sustainable 21st Century economy. I am always amazed at the diversity of music and creativity in the local music scene.  It is one thing to consider the scene in an urban setting–but what about a rural environment? Vermont is rich with musical traditions, global influences, and the experimentation of individuals young and old, native and transplants, to this region. As an advocate for the vision and fulfillment of a creative economy, I often find myself down playing the "creative" arts to allow the discussion about creativity in all disciplines to emerge.  The Bounty of the County and musicalvore idea, on the other hand, are unashamedly about creativity in the arts as a driver in a rural sustainable creative 21st Century economy.

Yet showcasing and honoring local creative talent remains a perpetual occupation if you are concerned about retaining our youth, creating jobs (I prefer 'facilitating entrepreneurs') and fostering 21st Century literacy's. In an uncanny manner music unites the years, technologies, diversity, tastes, genres and styles and empowers people to participate in the digital meta verse. Be there virtually at

Bounty of the County Line-up:

Dibden is very excited to be hosting the First Annual  ‘Bounty of the County’ Showcase featuring a $1000 grand Prize for the best band/musician featuring only original tunes from musicians based in the Lamoille Region of Vermont.


Here is the lineup:


1)      7:00 Canyonero (Honky Tonk, JSC Alums)

2)      7:20 Jimmy T Thurston and the Sleepy Hollow Boys (Country/ Country Rock)

3)      7:40 Conscious Roots (Reggae)

4)      8:00 Ocean For Moon (alt)

5)      8:20 Musical Manslaughter (Metal)

6)      8:45 The Writhing (Alt Rock, High School Band)

7)      9:10 Marcel and the Train Wreck (Rock Duo, JSC Students)

8)      9:30 Kamel Cross (Solo vocalist, JSC Freshman)

9)      9:45 Hamiltones (JSC Students and Alums)

10)   9:45 jamFace (Jam band, JSC Students

The Judges Panel includes:


Tammy Fletcher, Tammy Fletcher and the Disciplies

(Little)Anthony Geraci, Adjunct Professor JSC, Little Anthony and the Locomotives, Sugar Ray, etc.

Gabe Jarrett, Adjunct Professor JSC, Vorzca

Bethany Plissey, Assistant professor JSC

Garrett Beeman- Editor/owner Mountain Ear Magazine

Mark Sustic-Young Tradition Vermont, etc.

Gregory J Martin  LMHC,  JSC Alum, Counselor Brown’s River Middle School (Higher ground Investor)

Kurt  Herrmann former Publisher of Country Music Magazine


Sponsors include:



River Arts

Mountain Ear Magazine

Young Tradition Vermont

Dibden Center for the Arts


The event will be streamed live on:


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Dibden3D Update

Dibden3D is a Unique Augmented Reality Project

Virtual worlds can be considered separate from the "real world".  The Dibden3D Project is an attempt to use a mixed reality model that augments reality in a comprehensive, hyper local context. As an anchor, in a specific location, the build mirrors the physical place, and the community is the focus of the augmentation.  In the creative environment of Second Life (and the OpenSim worlds as well) Dibden3D is envisioned as the new citadel; as a castle of old.
Creative industries and communities spawn, clustered nearby, nurtured by the focus of Center.  A number of philosophies and technologies converge in this project.  Economically, creativity and financial permaculture contribute to the knowledge base of opportunity.  Deep ecology provides the ontology.  Connectivism and constructivism round out the pedagogical and epistemological side of things.  New media is in such flux and the opportunities are so exciting it is hard to point to one thing–which may be the point–multiplicity of perceptions, of media, of content and emergence. 

Live video is an augmentation we are experimenting with.  The raw footage is here on

In a hyper local context, the Lamoille region of Vermont, we partner content and "workforce training" with the local public Access TV;
Take a look at "Tonight from Dibden" on channel 15 Green Mountian Public Access Television

What additional data streams would be useful?  In the coming months we will be exlporing these ideas and questions as we look to bring partners aboard and look for more ways to interweave the virtual and augmented with the 'real,' to bring sustainability and prosperity to the region. If you have any ideas in this regard, feel free to share them–and if you are a Lamoille region resident, or have any other conection to this area please contact me about land grants and other partnering opportunities.

Dibden 3D Ground Plan rezzed today

Dibden 3D Ground Plan rezzed today
Pausanius Raymaker announced today the ground breaking construction of Dibden 3D, here in Lamoille County, Vt. #npvt. Dibden3D is envisioned as a step into the semantic and 3D web for the Performing Arts Center and the Transformed Learning Community housed there. A very generous donor, who prefered to stay anonymouns, endowed the project, Raymaker reported. Construction began immediately and grand opening ceremonies are in the planning stages. A wide variety of programming and an enormous amount of other opportunties can be found in the virtual world, according to Raymaker.

Creating a Knowledge Economy with Wikipedia

Reflecting on the power of wiki’s, I wonder about the correlation between number of entries in a given language and GNP in Wikipedia? When we think of a knowledge economy and how to transition to one, what are the steps necessary? How can we measure and assess the transition? Most of all how can we facilitate this transition?

The lesson of environmental economics is that the cost of resource extraction to the biome is not accounted for in the price of the item. Buckminster Fuller suggested that the ‘cost’ to the planet to produce one gallon of gasoline was a million dollars. Was that in the 50’s? I can’t fine the quote at the moment. But clearly this insight suggests that we are dearly in debt to our planet and that cost will be felt in the up coming years. The idea of a knowledge economy compares to this debt ridden extraction economy along the lines of extracting ideas instead. Of course, we will always be extracting resources in some way, but hopefully in a more sustainable manner. But the resource of human capital–as it is sometimes called– is limitless. I am not comfortable with the characterization of human capacity as ‘capital.’ The process of acquiring the ‘goods’ is also not one of ‘extraction.’ This is entirely a new beast, like the transition from agrarian to industrial. “Fossil fuel’ thinking, as I like to characterize the extraction model, is consumptive and imperialistic because it can be monopolized and hoarded. But creativity and self knowledge, this is different.

The creative economy, or the creative industries are aspects of the emergent knowledge economy, but not its end sate. There are embedded techniques in the creative economy process that can help raise a community into an awareness of itself, its resources and potential. This step in self knowledge is a process where the medium is the message.

I’ll keep working on this, what do you think?