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News | WRWTFWW To Reissue Two Boillat Thérace Quintet Albums – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 8:00 am
News | WRWTFWW To Reissue Two Boillat Thérace Quintet Albums  The Quietus

News | Boomkat Editions Releases New Work By Hieroglyphic Being – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 28 May 2020 8:00 am
News | Boomkat Editions Releases New Work By Hieroglyphic Being  The Quietus

Yaeltex V2: realizing the music and visual controller hardware you wanted in your head

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 27 May 2020 8:33 pm

Finally, an open browser tab can bring you something good for your music and performance - like helping you build your dream controller, visually. A first look at Yaeltex V2.

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The 100 greatest UK No 1s: No 8, The Prodigy – Firestarter

Delivered... Chal Ravens | Scene | Wed 27 May 2020 9:00 am

A surreal and terrifying mix of big-beat pyrotechnics, lyrical vitriol and tabloid outrage. ‘Ban This Sick Fire Record,’ squawked the Mail on Sunday – but it was much too late

It starts with a riff: not a distorted guitar but a contorted squeal from a twisted fairground. It’s a riff nonetheless, the instantly sticky sign of an unstoppable hit single. Firestarter was one of the biggest pop-cultural events of 1996 and by the end of the year the Prodigy were one of the world’s biggest bands. The Essex four-piece’s first No 1 was a flashpoint of teen angst, TV infamy, moral panic and tabloid outrage, carried aloft by big-beat pyrotechnics and a lethal barrage of lyrical vitriol. “Ban This Sick Fire Record,” squawked the Mail on Sunday – but it was much too late.

The Prodigy were already a dominant force in pop. All but one of their singles since 1991 had made the Top 15, including 1991’s Charly, the cartoon-sampling hit that famously “killed rave”, according to clubbers’ bible Mixmag. Liam Howlett, the band’s musical engine, was bored with cranking out rave hits to a formula and started experimenting with elements of hip-hop and rock on their second album, Music for the Jilted Generation. Now the Prodigy were ready to reintroduce themselves as stadium-sized heroes with The Fat of the Land, taking dance music deep into the moshpit while promoting dancer-cum-hypeman Keith Flint to songwriter and vocalist. As an opening salvo, Firestarter was flamboyant, surreal, terrifying – and, like all the best pop songs, totally novel.

Related: Keith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British pop

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News | Bright Eyes Share New Song, ‘One And Done’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Wed 27 May 2020 8:00 am
News | Bright Eyes Share New Song, 'One And Done'  The Quietus

News | Shirley Collins To Release New Album, ‘Heart’s Ease’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Wed 27 May 2020 8:00 am
News | Shirley Collins To Release New Album, 'Heart's Ease'  The Quietus

News | Primavera Sound Reveals First Names For 2021 Edition – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Wed 27 May 2020 8:00 am
News | Primavera Sound Reveals First Names For 2021 Edition  The Quietus

In Slovakia, the rave goes on: social distancing with a taped-off grid for dancers

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 26 May 2020 5:37 pm

How do you party without putting people at risk – but without killing the reason for partying in the first place? Here’s Slovakia with a novel concept. It’s not that we haven’t had ideas for nightlife in the era of social distancing. It’s that a lot of those take something crucial away. Here in Berlin, […]

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Eye see: visual live-programming vvvv comes together online

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 26 May 2020 5:19 pm

Visual development environment vvvv is at it again, with a worldwide meetup of leading artists - and a ground-up new release, too.

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Reminder:  PSAs Featuring Candidates Can Give Rise to Equal Time and Public File Obligations

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 26 May 2020 4:46 pm

In recent weeks, with so many government officials looking to get messages out about the coronavirus pandemic, we have received many questions about issues that arise when political candidates appear on public service-type announcements – either free PSAs provided by the station or paid spots purchased by some governmental entity.  While such announcements can be run by stations, if a legally qualified candidate personally appears in the spot (their recognizable voice in a radio ad or their voice or picture in a TV ad), stations need to note the advertising purchase in their FCC Online Public Inspection File, as these spots constitute a “use” by a candidate, and they can also give rise to equal opportunities by opposing candidates.

If the use is in a spot on which the candidate appears is a paid-for spot, then any equal time to which opposing candidates are entitled would be on a similar paid-for basis.  This is the same situation as if a commercial advertiser who voices or appears in their own ads decides to run for office (see our article here).  But if the spot is a free PSA, then the appearance of a legally qualified candidate, even if the PSA says nothing about their campaign, can trigger the requirement to give free equal time to any opposing candidates who make any equal opportunities request within seven days.

To avoid these issues, if the candidate does not personally appear in a spot, and the spot is not about their campaign, no equal opportunities and likely no public file obligations will arise.  So, for instance, an ad from a Congressman’s office that refers constituents to the Congressman’s website for more information about relief efforts, that is voiced by a staff person to the Congressman, likely will not trigger these obligations.  Similarly, a professionally voiced ad on behalf of the state Attorney General or Secretary of State would likely not trigger public file or equal time issues, even if the office-holder is running for office, as long as the candidate does not appear, and as long as the ad does not raise political or controversial issues.

Appearances by political candidates in exempt programs – news or public affairs or on-the-spot-coverage of a news event – don’t trigger equal opportunities or public file obligations.  A discussion with a Congressman or other local elected official on your news or talk program to discuss current issues, where the program and its content is controlled by the station and where decisions about guests are made on the basis of their newsworthiness and not for partisan purposes, should not trigger equal opportunities or public file obligations.  The same would be true for coverage of press conferences or similar events that have current news value.  See our article here for more on these exempt programs.

Of course, all these legal determinations depend very much on the facts, and thus on any specific legal issue, you should talk to your station’s own attorney who can provide a more detailed answer based on the circumstances in specific cases.   Just be alert to these circumstances where the appearance of a candidate in a PSA can trigger both public file and equal opportunities issues.

 

Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | The Many Faces Of Housekeeping: How Wealth & Privilege Are Distorting Underground Music – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Tue 26 May 2020 8:00 am
Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | The Many Faces Of Housekeeping: How Wealth & Privilege Are Distorting Underground Music  The Quietus

Your snares are weak; here are the free snares (and kicks) you need in Live, from Dial F

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 25 May 2020 7:25 pm

What does it take to make snares hot again? This free Live rack, that’s what. Dial F aka David Abravanel has been cooking up new music and more sounds – and stick around for exhaustive kicks. It all started with Tom Hall, and a terrific snare synth built in Max/MSP – so yeah, if you’re […]

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Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular 2.0 is here – and friendlier, feature-rich, with more modules

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 25 May 2020 4:39 pm

Software modular just keeps getting better. Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular looks like a top contender, with a major (free) 2.0 update and changes to support free and affordable module add-ons. https://cherryaudio.com/news/2020-05-19/voltage-modular-2-0-is-here Where Cherry fits Just think how rich and accessible the modular world is in software – and Cherry just made it more so. VCV […]

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News | Muslimgauze & Zoviet France Remixes Of Pan Sonic Unearthed – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Mon 25 May 2020 8:00 am
News | Muslimgauze & Zoviet France Remixes Of Pan Sonic Unearthed  The Quietus

This Week at the FCC: May 16, 2020 to May 22, 2020

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Sun 24 May 2020 5:00 pm

Here are some of the FCC regulatory and legal actions of the last week of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

  • The FCC released the agenda for its June 9 Open Meeting announcing that it will consider an item of interest to TV broadcasters planning to transition to ATSC 3.0, the next generation television transmission standard. The item deals with what the FCC is calling “Broadcast Internet services,” new IP based services compatible with other Internet devices that will allow TV broadcasters to monetize their ATSC 3.0 spectrum in new ways.  If adopted at the June meeting, the item, which we summarized in this article on the Broadcast Law Blog, would do two things:
    • It would allow a broadcaster to enter into spectrum lease agreements with other companies who offer Broadcast Internet services on the spectrum of several television stations in the same market without triggering the Commission’s attribution or multiple ownership rules.
    • It would seek comment on ideas for changing the FCC’s rules to further promote the deployment of Broadcast Internet services as part of ATSC 3.0. (draft of the Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
  • The FCC last week announced that comments are due by June 22 in the review of its video description rules. Video description refers to an audio channel provided to accompany TV programming giving a narration of what is happening on the screen to aid blind or visually impaired persons.  Currently, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC stations in the top 60 markets must supply video described programming, but under the FCC’s proposed new rules, those requirements would extend to markets 61 through 100 by January 1, 2021, with ten markets being added in the following four years.  For more on the proposed rule changes, see our post at the Broadcast Law Blog.  (Public Notice)
  • After announcing the settlement terms earlier this month, the FCC released the details of its consent decree with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The consent decree dealt with (i) disclosure issues around Sinclair’s failed takeover of Tribune Media Company; (ii) the accuracy and completeness of certain Sinclair applications; (iii) complaints of Sinclair’s noncompliance with the good-faith rules for retransmission consent negotiations; and (iv) on-air sponsor identification lapses.  Though the Commission ultimately found that Sinclair structured the Tribune deal and made disclosures about its plans according to a good faith interpretation of the Commission’s rules, Sinclair nevertheless agreed to a $48 million penalty and four-year compliance plan to resolve all issues about these matters.  (Order)  See Broadcast Law Blog articles on the sponsorship identification issue when it was first raised  in a 2017 Notice of Apparent Liability (here) and a prior Sinclair issue with retransmission consent negotiations (here).
  • FCC staff last week clarified, albeit informally as part of a webcast (as part of the NAB Show Express, available on demand here), that stations in states where the primary election date has been pushed back due to public health concerns may be subject to longer lowest unit charge (LUC) periods. In states where the 45-day window opened and then the primary election date was pushed back, a new window begins 45 days before the new date of the primary election.  This could potentially result in a nearly 90-day LUC window tied to one election.  See our article here from the Broadcast Law Blog where we explained how the postponed primaries would extend LUC windows.
    • As part of that same webcast, FCC staff reminded stations running special COVID-related public service announcements that featuring a candidate standing for election this year can trigger equal opportunities and public file obligations. If the candidate appearance is on a paid spot, the equal opportunities rights of opposing candidates would be to buy an equal number of paid spots.  If the PSAs were run for free, then the candidate’s opponents are entitled, upon request, to the equivalent amount of free airtime.  Look for more on this issue in the Broadcast Law Blog this week.
  • The FCC acted last week in two TV market modification proceedings that are good illustrations of the necessary elements of a petition for a change in the television market to which a county or other geographical subdivision is assigned for determining which stations are local for cable of satellite television carriage purposes. In the first, it rejected a petition submitted by Montezuma County, Colorado to modify the county’s DMA, so the county’s DISH Network customers could receive Denver’s KUSA.  The Commission found that the county did not submit enough evidence to prove the need for market modification.  In the second, the Commission upheld its Media Bureau’s decision to modify the markets of three Georgia counties, so that DISH and DIRECTV customers in those counties could receive four Atlanta TV stations.  The Commission denied the appeal of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson DMA TV stations carefully analyzing the factors necessary to support the modification of the market and finding no reason to change the Bureau’s ruling.  (Montezuma Market Modification) (Atlanta Market Modification)
  • The FCC declined to review its decision to cancel the license of KCPM(TV), Fargo, ND. The Media Bureau found that the station failed to transmit a signal for twelve consecutive months, which resulted in an automatic expiration of the license.  This is a good reminder for station operators, and especially important for stations that may have gone silent during the current pandemic, to notify the FCC when a station goes silent and to re-commence operations within a year to avoid automatic cancellation  of the station’s license. (FCC Letter) See this article from the Broadcast Law Blog about the FCC requirements for notice when a station goes silent, the article here about actions that the FCC can take against stations that fail to operate regularly during a license renewal term, and the article here about the strict interpretation that the FCC gives to Section 312(g) of the Communications Act which provides for the automatic cancellation of a license if a station has been silent for a year unless the FCC finds that preserving the license is necessary for reasons of equity and fairness, a finding rarely made.
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