About Salim

Avant-garde ancient art-rocker from Iran

I am timelost… A praise on Amir Reza Koohestani’s Timeloss play

Timeloss - Amir Reza Koohestani

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I am timelost. Amir Reza Koohestni’s play, “Timeloss” took me to 12 years earlier, the time I was despaired and depressed. I had a lost love (maybe alike Amir’s own story depicted at play’s comments in his website) and a semester took off as I did not like to continue at university. I discovered “Dance on Glasses” play from Reza Ashofteh’s review in Shargh newspaper and went to see it. I went to see in 7 consequent nights. I was so emotional, so recorded a few improvised electric guitar parts I had played being affected by the play.

Now I am recalling those days because of Timeloss play. I guess I am timelost…

Dance on Glasses - Amir Reza KoohestaniI think nothing is more moving, deep and affecting than encountering one’s self. On Dance on Glasses stage I encountered myself and so within these years it has remained in my head as a sound yet cautioning dream…

Cautioning against the truth that we are lost. I have never found myself belonging to my time and place. Maybe like artists belonging to a time sooner or later than theirs…

I have no homeland, idol or memory. Sometimes I fall in love with things and people and I get busy myself. The same as I fell in love with Dance on Glasses actors whom I sought in Timeloss play. But they were not there.

I am lost. Among homelands, idols and memories. Like Timeloss characters that are lost among themselves, their recorded pictures and time.

Before going to see Timeloss, make sure to see Dance on Glasses too and of course it is your own problem if this play has not staged within past 8 years. Maybe you have to go back in time. Just be careful to lose no more!

Salim Ghazi Saeedi
Tehran, Iran

How CDbaby helped my music to survive in Iran

Salim Ghazi Saeedi

Salim Ghazi Saeedi, 2012

I grew up in Iran, a country in which artists encounter publication as a government-monopolized industry. So during days of self-teaching music and flourishing of my musical capabilities (mainly in instrumental rock context), my main concern had always been how to overcome the domestic limitations of publication. Because otherwise I had to undertake the process of obtaining permission from Iranian Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance, who is known as an old opposition toward western music and art. Here is the story:

It was 2005 and at my age of 24, DIY culture was rushing into digital content production. At first I started to sell downloads directly myself and publicized my work on tribe.net. Then I found a website called magnatune.com. Their pitch caught me in fear: “We are not evil!”. I thought “Gee! Evil! I don’t like them!” I also remember reading their terms of service and it seemed a little one-way at the time. Googling for self-publication services, I found CDBaby as a cozy website with humorous tone and friendly staff. Once they even photographed my arrived CD package that was all tore up that most probably was due Iranian postal service.

During years CDBbay has always fueled my motivation for the art I produce mainly by making an easy way to overcome my publication limitations in Iran. Of course like majority of other indie artists these days, I sell in small amounts but truly every dollar that CDBaby pays, my eye twinkles! I remember reading an entrepreneurship advice in Derek Sivers’ eBook, Anything You Want that he started in the business by focusing on resolving people’s problems and gradually expanded. Of course in my case, Derek Sivers’ concern may has not directly been providing freedom of expression to artists like me, but at the end his good intention had other good side effects too!

Salim Ghazi Saeedi is an Iranian independent composer and guitarist, mostly known in avant-prog and rock in opposition genres and compared to King Crimson, Univers Zero, John Zorn, etc. www.salimworld.com

DIY DMCA Takedown Procedure

When you confront a copyright infringement of your content in a website, the straightforward method to take the material down is to ask the website owner by standard DMCA procedure as explained in this wikiHow article: “How to Write a DMCA Take Down Request”.

As a musician, I have found many DMCA take-down cases going to great lengths of complexity. So in the following diagram I have shared my experience to help others in the process. At the end I have also provided comments about some steps. It would be great if you share your opinions or experiences with me (at end comments or my contact page) and I will update the procedure if needed. And of course I will not forget to mention your name and your kind assistance!

I also want to thank Paul Resnikoff at digitalmusicnews.com who shared the story to one of my DMCA take-down cases and made me to think of writing this article!

DIY DMCA Takedown-Procedure

DIY DMCA Takedown-Procedure

Please first study the diagram. Complementary comments regarding some of procedure steps follows:

Finding a website infringing your copyright

I suggest that you set up a Google Alert to search for your name or band’s name (enclosed in quotations). Then Google Alert will email you at each online coverage occurrence. This way, not only you will find out about your press coverage or fan discussions, but also infringing websites.

Who is responsible for hosting the infringing content?

At first, the content provider (website owner) and second, the hosting service provider (either free or paid). So according to various steps described in the diagram you should first try to contact the website owner itself and then the host provider. Generally in case the host provider’s service is free (like blogspot or wordpress.com, etc), they react faster.

Finding website owner’s email address

There are website owners that do not provide their address at their website. In these cases you should check whois.net or website’s domain NIC (Network Information Center) website: For “.fr” websites google “.fr NIC” i.e. www.afnic.fr  or for “.eu” websites google “.eu NIC” i.e. www.eurid.eu and so on.

If whois.net or NIC website does not provide website owner’s contact address, contact their support. They usually take their customer’s identity issues seriously.

Issues regarding website owner’s email address

Confronting websites with no or non-responsive email address, you may face 4 scenarios in whois.net or other NIC host information websites:

  1. Website owner’s real email is available: That you may use for sending DMCA take down notice.
  2. Website owner has asked its host not to divulge its personal info: Instead you may find machine generated emails like proxy34983@theirhosting.com . Contacting these will notify the real owner.
  3. Hosting service uses websites like “Privacy Protect”. You may contact the owner through such 3rd party websites.
  4. There is no contact information: You may contact the host or NIC domain support to provide the information. More detailed steps are explained in the diagram.

Reporting the copyright infringement to 3rd party web service providers

One of the last resorts is to study the source code of infringing website pages. e.g. in Firefox you may right-click on the page and click “View Page Source”. You may notice that the website may have links to websites like apis.google.com or any other 3rd party web service – that may handle menus, photo galleries, search engine, etc. – engaged as website tools. In these cases you can contact these 3rd party web service providers and report. Bear in mind that they will only take action if their web service is actually a part of showing or processing the content you are claiming for.

And the last note, sometimes it is a good idea if you follow various scenario steps explained above steps concurrently to obtain faster results. Like working on 3rd party web services and hosting providers in parallel.

Asking your permission to walk

Dear presidents, leaders, prime ministers, kings and queens of the world,
Dear governments of the world,

As a human being who has been born a few years ago as a naked and innocent boy,
who also loves the arts and enjoys the days,
I would be thankful if you grant me the permission to walk.
I ask so because I heard in the news that you own some parts of the world.

You may reach me at www.salimworld.com

Thanks in advance,
Salim Ghazi Saeedi

A futeristic excitement for death of duality. An annunciation of freedom finally?

Now human being is capable of procreating by more than 2 parents: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21806911

I think this is the beginning of a revolution about human’s notion toward his/her sexuality. No doubt popularization of this practice and its accessibility to public will change human’s dual conceptualization in course of time…

As an artist I can not help it but fantasize and produce words and music about the changes in society and human values we have ahead of ourselves for next hundreds of years of more advanced civilizations.

Viva Life!

Parzival just did a press release

Iran, Tehran: Dear People of the World,

As I was born near the place I am standing right now, I have read in some newspapers that the world is a beautiful place. So I have decided to embark a journey to see how it look likes.

After considerable amount of thinking now I am sure and confident what I need to start:
(1) I have a pair of shoes, that are clean and somehow polished.
(2) This morning I ate my breakfast in full, so I have the energy required for a considerable amount of time.
(3) I have a beating heart in my chest motivating my steps. So I have no doubt.

I am all in love and ready. So please prepare my stay and all your hospitality.

PS: I am also carrying entertainment things by myselfl like my guitar and cards. There will be fun!

Yours truly,
Salim Ghazi Saeedi