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Resolume adds transitions, better gradients – and here’s how to stream with it

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 27 Apr 2020 9:48 pm

Resolume brings some subtle but powerful improvements to this live visual/VJ/media server tool. Here’s a look – plus a quick tutorial for streaming live with OBS.

Resolume is a unique favorite in the live visual world partly for its elegant, straightforward UI. That hides some powerful features, which might not be immediately apparent if you’re used to tons of toolbars and palettes. These little changes pretty well fit in that category.

There’s a new gradient tool that handles multiple colors – so, basically, taste the rainbow, folks!

But what I think will have you really interested is the “Transition Phase.” Described in words, it sounds kind of boring – blah, blah, clip … parameter … linking … something. What?

Okay, let me put it this way – it lets you do mind-blowing animations between clips. So you can muck with stuff. And glitch stuff. And do wacky animation things in between clips, so you can edit together… motion… well, like this:

That looks like a nice way not only for live visuals (you know, the stuff that requires audiences) but also editing slick visuals fast. I don’t know about you, but that latter one is important, so I can get back to jogging/wheezing time and playing video games.

And these kinds of live tools have long been a secret weapon of people making edits faster.

If you do want to stream the results live, though, Resolume have a tutorial up for streaming – which will simultaneously bring you up to speed on OBS (the popular free streaming tool), OBS NDI (a tool for routing video textures between apps), and YouTube streaming.

OBS: obsproject.com/
OBS NDI plugin: obsproject.com/forum/resources/obs-ndi-newtek-ndi%E2%84%A2-integration-into-obs-studio.528/
Youtube Tutorial: youtube.com/watch?v=Ok3qM3ecWJU&t=3s
Streaming Resolume: resolume.com/support/en/Streaming

Okay, enough tutorials, I want to see some raving EDM flamingos, and wish granted:

And this is trippy and beautiful:

And this is boxy:

Lots of other quick video tips are on Resolume’s Vimeo channel – and they really are fast, as great video tips should be:

https://vimeo.com/resolume

More on the software:

https://resolume.com

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Bandcamp will repeat their Friday give-backs to artists in May, June, and July

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Labels,Scene | Mon 27 Apr 2020 9:18 pm

It was a simple idea, but it sent a message. And now Bandcamp is set to repeat the experiment, promoting the idea of buying from artists directly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 20, Bandcamp waived their revenue share on purchases. But the result was seismic: on that one date, people purchased US$4.3 million in music and merch, a fifteen-fold increase on normal Friday sales, the company says.

Now they want to do the same on the first Fridays in May (end of this week), June, and July – that’s May 1, June 5, and July 3. (Midnight to midnight Pacific USA time – so until 9AM Saturday here in Berlin.)

I don’t want to be overly Polyanna-ish here. First, it’s a little scary to talk about “helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications.” The need there is too big for $4.3 million to be anything other than a drop in the bucket in groceries alone in a single small country, let alone worldwide. And that sets up lots of independent artists for failure – it wasn’t uncommon for people to see one or two sales, so maybe enough for a couple of packages of instant ramen. You don’t have to be a socialist to see that there’s then a need for government-level intervention.

Second, there’s the fact that Bandcamp’s server got hammered. That may have cost sales. It also likely generated some further attention, but … that particular detail is probably not a good thing to try to repeat.

That said, for some artists, anecdotally, this really did pay rent and groceries – buying some critical time. I heard that not just from big-name artists but on a case-by-case basis from some fairly underground electronic creators. If you were in the one sale/no sale category, you were in good company – no reason to feel bad. But this did help at least some artists reach some critical mass, and that’s a good thing.

And there’s another way to look at this. As a way of marketing the idea of supporting artists directly and valuing their work, this was a knockout. That’s something the rest of the industry could do more – talk about actual individual artists, and simultaneously stop underestimating their fans. This wasn’t just an economic crisis for the arts, but for the planet. And it demonstrated that people wanted to pay to own music and get that money directly to the artist. That just isn’t the kind of concept we hear about in the music business – and that’s, frankly, insane.

Case in point: labels like Polyvinyl are following Bandcamp’s lead and passing on those revenues directly to artists:

So now is the test: if Bandcamp can build on this idea, keep their servers running, and keep spreading this notion, it could send some ripples through the business. And that message needed to go (cough) viral long before the pandemic arrived.

There’s more, too. Bandcamp have some resources in their blog post both for fans wanting to make a difference and artists wanting some advice on how to survive:

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser

Specifically, you’ll want to read through this if you’re an artist releasing music:

https://bandcamp.com/guide

Bandcamp are also transparent about their revenue share when they do take a slice – and quite frankly I’m happy to see sales on any day, with or without their share. (I think the main thing here is really the message.)

And they’re doing a nice job of highlighting new music, too, at a time when the music press are also seeing cutbacks. So see, for instance, their latest experimental guide:

COVID-19 is triggering some great compilations, like Stamp the Wax’s rich outing:

https://stampthewax.bandcamp.com/album/isolation-therapy

Electronic fans won’t want to miss this superb compilation from Rome’s Enisslab, running from Alessandro Cortini and Dino Sabatini to Erika and BMG and Caterina Barbieri and Lucy and Mike Parker and Shifted and TM404 and Tobias and Wata Igarashi – and basically every contributor is a who’s who. Fundraising goes to The Red Cross.

https://enisslab.bandcamp.com

I’ll be highlighting some other compilations this week leading up to Friday and … well, you know, all the time. In case you missed it, for instance, there was this Bandcamp release of music from the late Mike Huckaby, via Pacou, as covered over the weekend right here:

Oh, also I’m really excited to be part of this compilation. Self-promo alert, but since you can’t hear mine at the moment anyway, let me talk about how much I love Femanyst’s latest tracks!

Supporting artists is easy. Buy downloads from Bandcamp, or Bleep, or Beatport – well, that’s just the ones starting with the letter ‘b,’ but buy them.

And tell them. Leave a review. Leave a note on their page. We can tell each other that we care, as artists. Heck, most artists are really glad if you just listen to their free promo.

Music making is something a lot of us do when alone, but it doesn’t mean we want to feel alone when doing it.

So stay strong out there, and I hope I get to listen to and support lots of music, too.

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May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – License Renewal Preparations, FCC Meeting, and Comments on the Communications Marketplace, Significant Viewing and FM Zonecasting

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 27 Apr 2020 5:04 pm

During most months, FCC procedures, rules and regulations, with their mostly predictable schedules and deadlines, give broadcasters a feeling of routine.  In this time of stay-at-home orders, social distancing measures, and face-mask wearing, even FCC deadlines cannot provide the semblance of normality we are all looking for.  In fact, May is one of those months where there are no regularly scheduled regulatory filings (e.g., no renewals, EEO reports, fee filings, or scheduled public file disclosures).  Nevertheless, as always, there are a number of important regulatory dates—and changes in some dates—for May of which broadcasters should be aware.

The radio license renewal process continues its march across the country, and the renewal cycle for television begins with the required filing by June 1 of license renewals by full-power TV, Class A TV, TV translator, and LPTV stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Those stations should be working on their renewals in May, looking to file them on or before the June 1 deadline.  See our article here on the FCC’s recent announcement of the procedures for filing TV renewal applications.

June 1 is also the deadline for license renewals by full-power AM and FM stations and LPFM and FM translators in Michigan and Ohio.  While the FCC on April 9 issued an Order waiving the requirement that radio and TV stations with June 1 filing deadlines air pre-filing announcements in May to relieve their administrative and compliance burdens when airing more coverage and public service announcements about the COVID-19 pandemic, the renewal filing deadlines remain in place.  Stations are still required to air post-filing announcements.  Thus, radio operators in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee who filed their renewals on or before April 1 need to run their post-filing announcements on May 1 and May 16.

Other routine business of the FCC also marches on.   The FCC’s May Open Meeting is scheduled for May 13, with two items on the agenda that will interest broadcasters.  The first is a media modernization item that proposes to modernize and simplify the written and on-air public notices broadcasters must provide upon the filing of certain applications (see our post from 2019 about this issue here).  The second is a draft Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the assessment of 2020 regulatory fees.  In the draft Report and Order, the Commission rejects proposals by VHF TV licensees to lower population-based regulatory fees to account for signal limitations and degradation (we wrote about this issue here and here).  In the draft NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on its proposal to assess 2020 fees for full-power TV stations based on the population covered by the station’s contour and proposes applying a factor of .78 of one cent ($.007837) [per person served] for 2020 fees.  TV stations can find their proposed fee in Appendix G.  With the FCC building effectively shut down, Chairman Pai, the commissioners, and staff will again conduct the meeting by teleconference.  If recent history is a guide, items are likely to be voted on circulation ahead of the meeting, with the Chairman and Commissioners making short remarks during the teleconference meeting.

The FCC in late February released a Public Notice seeking public comment on the State of Competition in the Communications marketplace, which we wrote about here.  The FCC will use public comments it receives to craft the report that it must submit to Congress every even-numbered year.  That report is then used to inform the FCC’s and Congress’s views on the communications marketplace when writing legislation and rules and regulations, including rules on broadcast ownership (see our article here).  Due to the coronavirus outbreak, those dates have been pushed back to April 27 and May 28, so if you are interested in informing Congress and the FCC about the state of the marketplace for radio and TV (and other industries regulated by the FCC), you can still file reply comments in this proceeding before the May 28 deadline.

The FCC is also accepting comments on a petition for rulemaking that asks the Commission to look at changing the rules around FM zonecasting.  We wrote in more detail about this issue here.  In short, the petition seeks a rule change that would allow FM boosters, currently required to pass through 100% of a primary station’s programming, to instead transmit short pieces of more localized content, like news and weather reports and advertising applicable to the booster’s coverage area.  Initial comments on the petition for rulemaking are due by May 4.  These are but initial comments to advise the FCC as to whether there is sufficient interest to pursue this matter further.  If there is, then the FCC would still need to formulate proposed rules for the service and offer those rules up for public comment in a subsequent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  So this is an idea unlikely to become reality for at least another year, even if there is general support in the record.

Dates have been set for comments and reply comments on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Significant Viewing.  The NPRM looks at updating the methodology for determining whether a station is “significantly viewed” in a community outside of its local market, and thus may be treated as a local station in that community for certain broadcast carriage purposes. You can read the NPRM here and we wrote here about some of the specific questions asked in the Notice.  Comments and reply comments are due May 14 and June 15, respectively.

The business and regulation of broadcasting continues so, as always, stay tuned to the blog for updates and watch the FCC’s website for announcements and date changes, and always consult your own attorney for other dates and deadlines that might affect your operations.

 

How Architecture Transforms the Clubbing Experience

Delivered... whitney | Scene | Mon 27 Apr 2020 4:54 pm

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