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The CDMDJ is the most ridiculous possible CDJ mod, not real

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 30 May 2019 6:15 pm

Transparent CDJs? We can top that. Meet the CDMDJ: a custom edition Pioneer CDJ so limited, none will be made.

If you missed it, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (ah, I spent some good times there) will be showing Virgil Abloh’s Pioneer’s CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2. And they’re… well, normal CDJs, except they’re see-through. Supposedly, staring at them while you play is meant to give you a “different sound while DJing. And perhaps a new way for music technology and human interaction to equal a different result.” (I tried wearing transparent plastic clothes once; that for sure got a different result.)

They also let you “go beyond the music” – uh, presumably to cigarette burns on the DJ booth underneath or something. Is this art? Well it definitely isn’t crass commercialism in a major art institution taking up space when independent and radical voices in the art world lack a platform – I mean, that would be ridiculous.

This is definitely art, though, from our friend Vincent “Instagram Sucks” Neumann and Techno: the Gathering. May you play it well:

But it all got me fantastizing about what I’d do with my own special edition CDJ. And… I’m not even sure I’m still joking about this. Behold: the CDMDJ. It’s a game changer.

Full specs:

High-fidelity or the highway. Built-in MOD support. MP3 compatibility removed, FLAC lossless support exclusively for digital audio, plus MOD file format, Amiga and Atari emulation, and native internal SID chip for chip music playback.

Play four decks – or only one. Single deck mode allows you to mix on a single deck by queuing and mixing a second track onboard, with variable crossfader curves and a switch to apply the pitch fader to crossfade (labeled Confusion Mode).

How much more black can it be? Vantablack paint absorbs nearly all light (up to 99.96% of visible light at 663 nm perpendicular, to be exact).

More on the paint:

“It’s like staring into a black hole” which is how a lot of us feel when DJing anyway, so like more so:

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No labels – no n00bs. All labels are printed, but in fully light-absorbing Vantablack lettering on Vantablack background and backlit using antilight from an alternate dimension which is immediately absorbed into the Vantablack ink.

Noir display. Monochromatic OLED or optional e-ink display substituted for standard display.

Waveforms are for the past. Waveforms shown in spectral mode only, or as direct binary stream (Computer Operator Mode) or backwards Kanji characters (Matrix Mode).

This sync button will actually hurt you. Standard sync button is available but has been electrified with shock technology licensed exclusively from PainStation, optimized for “reconditioning” beginning DJs or “satisfying” masochists / providing more alertness in late night / afterhours gigs.

The haptic-est. Pitch platters have been motorized, and overclocked beyond safety limits, which can produce smoothies and margaritas using optional blender attachment.

Professional ins and outs, designed for producers. I/O has been outfitted with MIDI DIN in/out/thru, custom circuitry converting Pioneer’s sync techology to MIDI clock, DIN Sync, CV/gate, and for some reason MPE.

Expressive DJing. Platters add pressure sensitivity, transmitted as channel aftertouch.

Go further with your music. Pitch range can be adjusted to 1/1000 – 1000x range via custom firmware.

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Electromagnetically shielded smuggling compartments modeled on The Millennium Falcon, for safe transport across borders of … uh … you know, like, music stuff

STEMS. We’re sorry. Support for STEMS files, which we didn’t want but Native Instruments made us do it. This is unsupported on the CDJ user interface, though; rooted access to the firmware is necessary to mix individual stems via command line interface and recompiling the firmware.

Prophetic. Dave Smith / Sequential filter, high pass only, with adjustable FM.

Fast like MiG, or VW Golf or something. Afterburners, Turbocharged direct injection.

Autograph edition – so you know it’s good. In honor of the Editor-in-chief-for-Life-of-CDM, the unit says Peter Kirn Signature Edition in really huge letters. Maybe. It’s Vantablack on Vantablack so based on my sources it EITHER says Peter Kirn Signature Edition or Peter Kirn is a Penis, with a little drawing of a penis, but I can’t be sure because the lettering of course doesn’t reflect light. Really, either way you know it has my name on it, which is really a sign of quality assurance or something.

Availability and pricing unknown, or check Behringer social media for a series of polls asking what they should do with their own version; pricing for CDM edition expected to be in the low six figures.

Prototypes will be shown – where else? – at Berlin’s iconic Berghain/Panorama Bar. Berghain asks all visitors to please obey its strict photography policy, so when you can’t find any photo evidence of this, you can’t say it didn’t happen, can you?

Note: CDMDJ is not real.

Nothing is real.

Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

* Note: in place of a manual, you get collected quotes of Friedrich Nietzsche.

As for the hoodie that says I LOVE TECHNO in big letters and costs nearly two grand, I think I actually am staring into the abyss. I got nothing.

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June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – License Renewal, EEO Reports, Reg Fee Comments, Ownership Appeal Argument and More

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 30 May 2019 4:51 pm

The license renewal cycle, about which we have been warning broadcasters for at least the last year (see, for instance, our posts here, here and here), is now upon us. June 3 is the filing deadline for license renewals for radio stations in Maryland, DC, Virginia and West Virginia. Radio stations (including FM translators and LPFMs) licensed to any community in any of those states should be filing their renewal applications in the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) by Monday’s deadline. The new FCC forms, as we wrote here, have been available since early May, so the renewal and the accompanying EEO program report should either be on file or ready to be filed in LMS by the June 3 filing deadline. These stations should also be running their postfiling license renewal announcements on the 1st and 16th of June, July and August. Radio stations in the next renewal group, in North and South Carolina, should begin their license renewal pre-filing announcements on June 1st and 16th as well, informing the public about the upcoming filing of their renewals due on August 1. See this article on pre-filing announcements for more information.

In addition, broadcasters in Arizona, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia that are part of an Employment Unit with 5 or more full-time employees should also be preparing to add to their online public inspection file their Annual EEO Public File Report. This report is due to be added to their online public files by June 1. A link to this report should also be placed on the station’s website, if it has a website.

There are also comment deadlines in an FCC proceeding of interest. The FCC has asked for comments on its proposed regulatory fees for 2019, which will be paid before October 1 at a time that will be set by the FCC after considering the comments on the proposed fees.   October 1 is when the government’s new fiscal year begins. The fee proposal, available here, would set radio fees about 20% higher than in previous years, with little apparent explanation as to why the fees have increased. The FCC also proposes to go to a new methodology for computing TV regulatory fees. Eventually, the fees are to be based entirely on the population of the service area of each individual station. This year, however, the fees are proposed to be a blend of last year’s DMA-based methodology and the new population-based determination. For many TV stations, fees would decline or stay relatively flat. However, some TV stations may see very significant increases – especially VHF stations in the northeast that have increased power beyond the normal limits for such stations, in an effort to make up for the inferiority of coverage for these stations when operating digitally. Comments on these proposals are due June 7.

June 11 is the date on which the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the appeal of the FCC’s ownership decision from late 2017 in which the FCC, among other actions, abolished the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules and the rules requiring that there be 8 independent owners in a television market before a company could hold two TV licenses in that market. The rules are being challenged by a number of public interest groups who believe that the FCC has not done enough to foster the entry of minorities and other new entrants into broadcast ownership, and that, until an effective plan is implemented to bring about this ownership diversity, the FCC is precluded from changing any ownership rules (these groups argue that the FCC’s incubator program, about which we wrote here, is inadequate). The court will likely take several months after the argument to finally resolve these issues. This resolution is important as, if the court sides with those appealing the 2017 decision, the decision could effectively put on hold the current Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules (which, as we wrote here, is targeted principally at radio ownership deregulation) until a more effective diversity plan is devised.

The FCC’s June meeting is light on broadcast matters. The one media issue on the agenda is the FCC’s proposal to review its leased access rules – the rules requiring that cable companies provide some portion of their channel capacity to independent parties who want to lease that capacity to provide their own programming. The FCC is expected to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review these requirements. The draft NPRM is available here. The FCC’s monthly meeting will be held on June 6.

June 21 brings to an end Phase 3 of the television repacking process following the incentive auction, when stations in that window are supposed to have completed their transition to a new channel. Phase 4 begins the next day, when stations in the next stage can begin testing on their new channel for operations.

On June 28, the FCC will host a workshop designed to promote the use of multilingual emergency alerting. The workshop will include presentations covering the multilingual capabilities of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and alternative methods for delivering emergency information to non-English speakers. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT and will be webcast. Check the FCC’s website for further information. See the FCC Public Notice about the workshop, here.

Looking ahead to July, July 10 will bring the due date for the next round of Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and the Quarterly Children’s Television Reports. With the renewal cycle having now started, as we have written many times (here, here and here), these quarterly filings take on added significance as the failure to make timely filings will likely lead to FCC fines. So be prepared for the July 10 deadline. July 10 is also the deadline for repacked stations to file their quarterly Form 387 transition status reports (unless the station has already transitioned to its new channel).

As always, these are just the regulatory deadlines on which we happen to be focused. Consult with your own counsel for information about any deadlines we may have missed and any deadlines of particular importance to your own station. To look ahead at some of the other upcoming deadlines, see our Broadcaster’s Calendar, here.

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