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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 11:00 pm
Orbital and Kano headline! DJ EZ / Gorgon City, Little Simz, Fisher, Peggy Gou/DJ Harvey, Shy FX/M Huncho. Andy C also top the lineup.

Afrorack and Africa’s first DIY modular synth make some wild, delicious grooves

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 8:20 pm

Bamanya Brian from Uganda wanted to explore modular synthesis – so he turned his electronics skills to making the instruments he needed himself. The gear is DIY; the resulting music is irresistible.

Meet Afrorack (artist name and a nice fitting moniker for his monster modular, too)!

Brian is actually here in Berlin right now, playing tonight at HAU2 (if you’re at CTM Festival), and participating in our Musicmakers Hacklab Sunday at Radialsystem. That has me … quite busy, so I’ll resort to some copy-paste here, but of course Brian, you’re welcome to go on at length whenever you like! The Afrorack modular itself is in our rehearsal studio and its electronic grooving tones are interweaving with jams and collaborations in our group. In his solo work, Afrorack is making unique, homebrewed techno, but also more complex polyrhythmic compositions and ambient drones, too.

Watch him give an overview, fresh from this month:

The modular phenomenon, nice as it is, has often been confined to deep pockets and particular geographies. So I’m sure this story will speak to anyone who feels isolated and/or on too tight a budget for some of the gear out there. He writes:

A few months ago I dipped my feet into the world of modular synths. The entire African continent has a handful of shops selling Euro rack modules which is really sad. Also, Euro rack modules are overly priced for someone in my context. My only option was to go the DIY route. I looked up schematics and started modifying some circuits and building others from scratch. All parts in my modular were sourced locally. In a few months I have learnt so much about electronics and analog synths and I have built what is an almost decent modular synth. I believe this is Africa’s first home made modular synth. I hope this video inspires someone out there to build their own synth. Feel free to ask any questions and please share and subscribe.

Arturia shot an interview with him, too:

So, there you get a lot of techno and acid sounds, but Afrorack is also exploring the musical language of his part of the world. Here’s a video featuring some self-described African rhythms, at a literal source – Lake Victoria, which borders Uganda and has its outflow into the Nile.

Now these asymmetrical grooves really speak my language, for sure…

The techno is also nicely weird and out there, in all the right ways:

Africa is continent-sized, of course, but the growth of Nyege Nyege Festival is helping put artists from not only Uganda but around the region on a global map. Crucially, this also lets festivals like ours in Berlin collapse geography and allow artists to meet in person and play together, and to allow unforgettable cross-pollination for artists, curators, and listeners.

Here’s Brian captured by Boiler Room (and the voice is the unmistakable Michail Stangl, who’s also not coincidentally one of the CTM Festival curators in Berlin):

By the way, if you’re curious about DIY yourself, here’s the resource Afrorack says he found most helpful:

And keep an eye out on Brian’s site, as it looks like more is coming:

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 7:00 pm
A$AP Rocky, Skepta and Meek Mill headline! D-Block Europe, Quality Control: The Takeover, AJ Tracey, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Baby also top the lineup!


Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 7:00 pm
Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Adam Beyer, deadmau5, Boris Brejcha, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, Gareth Emery, Oliver Heldens and more top the list of new names!

Did You Know that There is a Rule that Broadcasters Have to Tell Their Audience that a Program Is Recorded When It Seems to Be Live? – FCC Sends a $50,000 Reminder

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 2:45 pm

Did you know that the FCC has a rule that requires that a broadcaster notify its audience that a program has been pre-recorded when the program “creates the impression” that it is live?  Probably many broadcasters had forgotten about that rule (if they ever knew it existed).  This week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a Consent Decree with Salem Media Group, in which Salem agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty and set up a monitoring and compliance plan for 3 years, after admitting that it violated this FCC rule.  The Enforcement Bureau specifically states that the action “will send a signal to the industry that the Commission remains vigilant in its duty to ensure that licensees adhere to the live broadcasting rule.” Consider yourself warned!

Section 73.1208 of the FCC’s rules requires broadcast stations to disclose to their audience that program material is prerecorded when “time is of special significance, or . . . [when] an affirmative attempt is made to create the impression that [the program material] is occurring simultaneously with the broadcast.”  The program that led to the Enforcement Bureau action was called HealthLine Live, airing on Saturdays on over 20 Salem stations.  The FCC, in its initial investigatory letter to Salem station KRLA(AM), the originating station (a letter available, as of the date of this article in the station’s public file), noted that because the word “Live” was in the title of the program, and because the program featured listener calls, the program gave the impression that it was being broadcast live.  Reviewing the transcripts of the program provided by the licensee, it certainly seemed to convey the impression that the program was a live discussion of health issues. 

The FCC began its investigation as a listener complained to the FCC that the program could not be live as the host had died before the program was broadcast.  The program apparently continued to run for several months between the date that the listener stated that they originally heard the program after the host’s death and the date that the listener filed the complaint with the FCC.

In response to the FCC’s investigatory letter, the licensee admitted that the program was in fact prerecorded, and that the host was indeed dead.  Because of the number of stations that broadcast the program, and the fact that only a handful of those stations mentioned to their listeners that the program was prerecorded, the FCC determined that a significant penalty was appropriate.

The rule requires that broadcasters notify their audience when a seemingly live program has in fact been prerecorded.  That notification must come at the beginning of the program and be clear and understandable to the audience.  On TV, the rule states that the notice can be given either visually or aurally.  Commercials, promos and PSAs are exempt from the requirement.

With the warning provided by this case, broadcasters need to make sure to review all of their programming to be sure that they are not airing programs, or segments of programs (including any network programs), that appear to be live but are in fact not live, without providing notice to their listeners or viewers.  Don’t re-run a talk show when the host is on vacation without mentioning that the program was recorded at an earlier date.  Don’t include pre-taped phone calls in a program without providing notice that the calls have been prerecorded.  If you include some live and some prerecorded calls in a program, disclose at the beginning of the program that portions of the program have been prerecorded.  With the explicit warning that the FCC has provided in this Consent Decree, broadcasters need to be vigilant to avoid problems that can result in a costly lesson.

News | Roskilde Adds 32 New Acts To 2020 Line-Up – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 30 Jan 2020 9:00 am
News | Roskilde Adds 32 New Acts To 2020 Line-Up  The Quietus
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