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This t-shirt explains that t-shirts make money for artists and Spotify streaming doesn’t

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 8:33 pm

The Black Dog produced a wonderful piece of self-reflective merch. The sobering message: you’d have to stream on Spotify 6500 times to match this one t-shirt.

The text reads:

One t-shirt is the equivalent to 6500 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music in 2019 is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting an artist.

We’ve heard this message before, but not reflexively on the actual merch. The resentment of mainstream commercial streaming is becoming a chorus – and electronic musicians ought to be specifically concerned, as people actively working with technology.

On the other hand, the implied irony here is that the shirt doesn’t have any particular artistic statement or anything to do with music. It’s a lament and an epitaph, in other words.

While musicians embrace download-focused Bandcamp (and some other services), this also raises questions about Beatport’s streaming offering. Beatport promises higher revenues, and says downloading will continue to complement streaming. We’ve yet to see whether that might offer an additional pathway for music, particularly since DJs tend to rely on downloads.

Here’s the shirt:

The Black Dog aren’t the only ones using t-shirts to protest today’s Internet economics. Artists, exhausted from images being automatically scraped from Twitter and then sold, are fighting back. The hack – hijack the spam sites by posting images complaining about the practice. Andy Baio has the story:

“This site sells STOLEN artwork, do NOT buy from them!” <3 😉

It all certainly raises awareness – though what we don’t have yet is a solution. Until then, the protests continue.

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Reaper 6 is here – and even more the everyday, budget DAW to beat

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 6:47 pm

It’s got a $60 license for nearly everyone, you can evaluate it for free, and now Reaper – yet again – adds a ton of well-implemented power features. Reaper 6 is the newest edition of this exceptionally capable DAW.

New in this release:

Use effects plug-ins right from the tracks/mixer view. So, some DAWs already have something like a little EQ that you can see in the channel strip visually, or maybe a simple compressor. Reaper has gone further, with small versions of the UI for a bunch of popular plug-ins you can embed wherever you want. That means less jumping in and out of windows while you patch.

You get EQ, filtering, compressor, and more. (ReaEQ, ReaFIR, ReaXcomp, graphical JSFX, etc.)

Powerful routing/patching. The Routing Diagram feature gives you an overview of how audio signal is routed throughout the environment, which makes sends and effects and busing and sidechaining and so on visual. It’s like having a graphical patchbay for audio right inside the DAW. (Or it’s like the ghost of the Logic Pro Environment came back and this time, average people actually wanted to use it. )

Auto-stretch audio. Now, various DAWs have attempted this – you want sound to automatically stretch and conform as you adjust tempo or make complex tempo changes. That’s useful for film scoring, for creative purposes, and just because, well, you want things to work that way. Now Reaper’s developers say they’ve made it easy to do this with tempo-mapped and live-recorded materials (Auto-stretch Timebase). This is one we’ll have to test.

Make real envelopes for MIDI. You can draw continuous shapes for your MIDI control adjustments, complete with curve adjustment. That’s a bit like what you get in Ableton Live’s clip envelopes, as well as other DAWs. But it’s a welcome addition to Reaper, which increasingly starts to share the depth of other older DAWs, without the same UI complexity (cough).

It works with high-density displays on Mac and PC. That’s Retina on Mac and the awkwardly-named HiDPI on PC. But the basic idea is, you can natively scale the default theme to 100%, 150%, and 250% on new high-def displays without squinting. Speaking of which

There’s a new tweakable theme. The new theme is set up to be customizable with Tweaker script.

Big projects and displays work better. The developers say they’ve “vastly” optimized 200+ track-count projects. On the Mac, you also get faster screen drawing with support for Apple’s Metal API. (Yeah, everyone griped about that being Mac-only and proprietary, but it seems savvy developers are just writing for it and liking it. I’m honestly unsure what the exact performance implications are of doing the same thing on Windows, though on the other hand I’m happy with how Reaper performs everywhere.)

And more. ” Dynamic Split improvements; import and render media with embedded transient information; per-track positive or negative playback offset; faster and higher quality samplerate conversion; and many other fixes and improvements.”

Honestly, I’m already won over by some of these changes, and I had been shifting conventional DAW editing work to Reaper as it was. (That is, sure, Ableton Live and Bitwig Studio and Reason and whatever else are fun for production, but sometimes you want a single DAW for editing and mixdown that is none of those others.)

Where Reaper stands out is its extraordinary budget price and its no-nonsense, dead-simple UI – when you really don’t want the DAW to be too creative, because you want to get to work. It does that, but still has the depth of functionality and customization that means you feel you’re unlikely to outgrow it. That’s not a knock on other excellent DAW choices, but those developers should seriously consider Reaper as real competition. Ask some users out there, and you’ll hear this name a lot.

Now if they just finish that “experimental” native Linux build, they’ll really win some nerd hearts.


Those of you who are deeper into the tool, do let us know if you’ve got some tips to share.

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How It Was Made: Dualist Inquiry – Life Forms – Magnetic Magazine

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 6:35 pm
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The Veronicas, Violent Soho, Jade MacRae: Australia’s best new music for December

Delivered... Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 6:00 pm

Each month we add 20 of the best new Australian songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites below – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 6:00 pm
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More on Required Public File Disclosures of Issue Ads – Comment Dates on NAB Petition for Reconsideration and Another Admonition for Inadequate Disclosures

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 5:23 pm

The FCC on Friday issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition for reconsideration by the NAB and several broadcast groups seeking review of the FCC’s October decision, deemed a “clarification” of the public file disclosure rules for federal political issue ads requiring that all candidates and issues mentioned in any political issue ad be disclosed in the political section of the online public file (see our articles here on the reconsideration filing and here on the FCC’s October decision). The Public Notice sets the deadline for comments on the NAB petition as December 30.

The Public Notice again states that the FCC’s October decision dealt only with issue ads – and not ads from the authorized campaign committees for legally qualified candidates. As we wrote in our article on the reconsideration filing, that was the way I interpreted the FCC decision, based on statements of FCC staff when specifically asked whether the decision applied to candidate ads during the course of a recent webinar that I was moderating, where the staff members cited (and read) footnote 24 in the October decision. That footnote is the one cited in the Public Notice, and states that the October decision applied only to issue ads.

This week, the FCC also released another decision admonishing two broadcasters for the same kinds of public file problems as addressed in its clarification decision in October. In this week’s decision, in connection with issue ads addressing a special election for a vacant seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the FCC found the stations’ public file disclosures wanting. In one case, while the ad buyers did not identify the issue or election addressed by the ads, the station did go so far as to handwrite on the public file disclosure forms (in this case the NAB PB-18 form) “GA CD6” – referring to the 6th Congressional District of Georgia – the race to which the ad was targeted. The FCC found that disclosure to be inadequate, as members of the public would not necessarily know that “GA CD6” would refer to an election for the 6TH Congressional District. The Commission also found the public file disclosure inadequate as it did not specifically name the candidates attacked or supported, nor did the disclosures mention some of the federal issues mentioned in the ad (specifically, in one ad, taxes). The other station had similar issues in not identifying all the candidates and issues identified in the ads.

This case once again emphasizes the FCC’s concern about the complete disclosure of all of the candidates, political races, and issues mentioned in any federal issue ad. While we wait for the FCC to act on the NAB petition, the rules set out in the October clarification remain in effect – so take steps to comply now, and discuss with your own legal counsel how to interpret the meaning of these FCC decisions.


Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 4:00 pm
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The 50 greatest Christmas songs – ranked!

Delivered... Michael Hann | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 1:00 pm

From John Fahey, the Sonics and the Waitresses to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey, we count down the best festive numbers

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News | LISTEN: Winners of tQ’s PRES Competition – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 5 Dec 2019 9:00 am
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News | Field Day Returns For 2020 – The Quietus

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