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MADE IN AMERICA HAPPENS THIS WEEKEND!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 7:15 pm
Made in America 2018 is held in Philadelphia, and features a lineup of hip hop, electronic music, pop and rock music. It was created by Jay-Z (with Budweiser and Live Nation).

Hacking and 3D printing the future of violins, in a growing community

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 5:22 pm

Violins: they’re often the first example people site when talking about traditional acoustic instruments. But using new pickup techniques and rapid prototyping, that could be about to change.

violinmakers.org is a community for this new kind of digital age luthier – a place to discuss 3D printing and magnetic pickup possibilities and electric violin fabrication, rather than gut strings and wood carving.

Community member Guy Sheffer spoke recently about why this matters. All that legacy of instrument building has perfected acoustic violins, but electric violins remain crude. As Guy writes: “The challenge is, that while modern instruments have been developing effects and new sounds, acoustic violins have been acoustic for the past 400 years.”

Post about why I set up this community

While exploring new frontiers, then, these hacker-luthiers need a place to discuss their experimental craft. Enter violinmakers:

https://violinmakers.org/

There’s already some cool stuff there: open source, 3D-printable electric violins and files for Thingiverse, the repository of 3D printing files. (This is way better than 3D printing guns, obviously.)

Post your designs here

Guy has also shared his own spaced-out, trippy first build, logging the whole process. Yeah, you might as well combine your 3D printed electric violin with some airbrush work, no?

Guy’s own first build. 3D printing + custom paint job. (Now you just need a tour van to match… maybe some custom-built electric, not just an old Ford.)

It’s also worth checking out the open synth platform Guy is using, the Raspberry Pi-based Zynthian. That’s suggestive of a new potential sound source to match the new physical instrument:

http://zynthian.org/

Open sourcing in this case has important implications: it allows this new generation of builders to do what the acoustic makers did generations before, constantly improving and adjusting features like the chin rest or bridge.

There’s clearly a lot of innovation that could happen in acoustic instruments and derivatives – innovation that has often failed to happen because designs are not only conservative, but stuck in very specific modes, and because markets and technologies haven’t developed to serve potential evolution. But it could be that now is the moment. For a past look at my own instrument of choice, the piano, see the separate stories I’ve done on that (including an interview with David Klavins, who will talk passionately about why he wants to see the grand piano evolve past the Steinway Model D):

These piano breakthroughs changed music forever

Acoustic Revelation: Inside the Una Corda, the 100kg, 21st Century Piano Built for Nils Frahm

I’d love to hear more. Got experience with 3D printing, pickups … on violins or other instruments? Do let us know.

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FCC Approves Another Radio Station Acquisition by a Company that is 100% Foreign-Owned

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 2:14 pm

The FCC yesterday issued a Declaratory Ruling approving the acquisition of an FM radio station in upstate New York by a company that is 100% controlled by two individuals, neither of whom is a US citizen. One is a UK citizen, the second a citizen of Poland. These individuals have lived in the US for three years. As the Foreign Investment Review Staff at the Department of Justice indicated to the FCC that it had no objection to the sale after coordinating with other Executive Branch agencies, the FCC concluded that the public interest favored this foreign investment to insure continuity in the operation of the radio station.

This is the third case where the FCC has approved ownership of US broadcast stations by a company 100% owned by foreign citizens (see our articles here and here on earlier cases). In each of these cases, the acquisitions have been by individual investors of smaller, privately-owned stations. In 2016, the FCC issued a ruling providing greater opportunity for more foreign investment in public companies (see our article here), but large public companies have been slow to take advantage of this liberalized regulatory regime. We have seen companies including Univision obtain approval for non-controlling foreign interests, but as of this point, we have not seen a situation where a public company has sought approval for majority foreign ownership. Even under the FCC’s liberalized rules, there still need to be specific foreign investors identified and approved by the Executive Branch agencies involved in homeland security issues before they can take control of any company. So the process is not a wide-open invitation for any foreign owner to come into the US and buy a broadcast company. But in the 5 years since the FCC first made clear that they would allow foreign ownership above 25% of a company controlling a broadcast station (see our article here), significant foreign investment in US broadcast stations has occurred, and we expect the trend to continue.

A 15-Track Guide To The Wildly Creative House Music Of Sex Tags Mania

Delivered... By Finn Johannsen | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 1:26 pm

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A 15-Track Guide To The Wildly Creative House Music Of Sex Tags Mania

Delivered... By Finn Johannsen | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 1:26 pm

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Bland on Blonde: why the old rock music canon is finished

Delivered... Michael Hann | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 11:35 am

The 1970s brought about the idea that rock was important – and needed a canon of greatest albums to match. But in a digital age, is definitive musical excellence a ridiculous notion?

Rock’s flight into seriousness in the 1970s had many ill effects. There was prog rock, jamming, not releasing singles – and the idea that the couple of decades since Elvis had produced enough music of sufficient worth to produce a canon. In 1974, like a university English department sending out a reading list to undergraduates, NME polled its writers and published its list of the top 100 albums of all time. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was No 1, Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde was No 2, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds was No 3 – you could imagine just such a top three being published today.

A few period pieces aside – it’s a long time since Spirit, Frank Zappa, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker or Country Joe and the Fish featured in a generalist greatest albums list – it set a template for the pop canon that has remained largely untouched for more than 40 years, by adhering to certain rules.

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TREEFORT MUSIC FEST TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT WEEK

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 29 Aug 2018 6:15 am
It's an indie music festival held at various locations in Boise. Check out a lineup of great indie music that ranges all over the spectrum: indie rock, punk, indie pop, alternative hip hop, and electronic music!
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