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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » 2020 » October

Capture the lockdown mood with these short, poetic indie horror games

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 31 Oct 2020 8:01 pm

Architecture and topography themselves become horror in these underground experimental games - titles you can play with a few minutes in the dark.

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Kamixlo Goes Full Slasher Mode on This Halloween Mix

Delivered... whitney | Scene | Sat 31 Oct 2020 6:00 am

Reason for the Season: Free sound packs, inspiration, and … carve a pumpkin

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 30 Oct 2020 6:08 pm

Let's be honest - days are dark in the wrong ways now. Here are some free Halloween sound packs and a software update for Reason to give you some inspiration - plus a pumpkin carving game, just because.

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Pure Data is running in the browser, for free Web-based sound patching

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 30 Oct 2020 5:14 pm

It's just an alpha version, but it's already impressive: the open source visual programming tools Pd is running in a browser window, even with externals.

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FCC to Lift Freeze on TV Station Technical Improvement Applications

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 30 Oct 2020 4:29 pm

A freeze on technical improvements by full-power TV stations is about to come to an end after more than 15 years. Television stations have been unable to improve their coverage areas by a freeze first instituted in 2004 to allow the FCC to deal with a stable database of television stations during the transition to digital operations.  After that, the freeze was soon reinstated to facilitate the incentive auction and subsequent repacking of the TV band into less spectrum so that TV channels above 37 could be auctioned for use for new wireless communications technologies.  The FCC’s Media Bureau yesterday issued a Public Notice announcing that it will finally lift the filing freeze – that thaw to be effective 15 days after the Public Notice is published in the Federal Register.

Specifically, the Bureau will lift the restrictions on the following types of applications:

  • Petitions for rulemaking to change channels in the DTV Table of Allotments (where a station moves from one channel to another) or petitions to swap channels between two existing stations.
  • Petitions for rulemaking for new DTV allotments which could give broadcasters the opportunity to apply for new TV stations.
  • Petitions for rulemaking to change communities of license.
  • Modification applications that increase a full power or Class A station’s service area beyond an area that is already served.

In recent weeks, we saw the FCC accept a number of Petitions for Rulemaking to change the channels of VHF television stations to allow these stations to operate on the UHF channels that have been found to be more conducive to digital television operations (see our mention of those petitions in our article here).  These appear to have been a foreshadowing of this action which will free TV stations to improve their technical facilities without having to seek the waivers that were hard to come by over the last decade and a half.  Look for stations to take advantage of these opportunities (which could be coupled with even more technical improvements to more fully serve a station’s DMA if the FCC adopts its proposals to expand the use of Distributed Transmission Systems – especially with the roll-out of ATSC 3.0, the Next Generation television transmission standard).

TV operators should keep an eye out for the effective date of these changes and begin planning for the opportunities that may be open to them.  But, with any technical change, there may be some downsides – and the Public Notice warns of the possibility that changes by full-power stations could impact LPTV stations or TV translators that operate as secondary stations.  These stations can be forced to change channels or cease operations if a full-power station improves its facilities in a way that would result in a technical conflict with the current facilities of the LPTV or translator station.  Licensees of these stations should thus be on the alert for applications by full-power stations that may impact their operations.  Changes are coming!


The VJ play: InMusic buys ArKaos, live visual developer

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 29 Oct 2020 7:49 pm

From the VJ M&A file: ArKaos, the pioneering developer of live audiovisual tools, has been snapped up by InMusic. That puts this VJ name alongside brands like Akai, Numark, and M-Audio.

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Moog Werkstatt-01 is a $199 analog synth world to explore, hack, and patch

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 29 Oct 2020 5:06 pm

We may be unable to go anywhere this year, but the Moog synth class is coming to us. Moog's Werkstatt-01 analog synth kit packs a ton of analog sound capabilities into a $199 package.

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Changes to FCC Public Notice Requirements Effective October 30 – New Link Required on Commercial Station Websites

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 29 Oct 2020 4:03 pm

In May, the FCC voted to change its requirements for public notices of broadcast applications (see our post here) – standardizing the messages that must be conveyed to the public and eliminating the need for newspaper publication in those instances where it was still required.  The new rules also require that each commercial station include a link on its website to another webpage where public notice of pending applications is provided, and that link needs to be maintained whether or not a commercial station has any applications requiring public notice pending.  That decision will become effective tomorrow (October 30) based on its publication in the Federal Register today.  So we thought that we would revisit the summary we provided of the changes in the notice rules.

When a broadcaster files certain types of applications with the FCC, the public must be informed.  In May, the FCC issued its Order changing the rules regarding the public notice that must be given – consolidating what was a confusing process with different language and timing for notice about different types of applications into one providing standardized disclosures and scheduling for all public notices.  The decision (which is effective tomorrow) eliminates obligations for the newspaper publication that was required for some public notices.  It also requires the inclusion of a permanent “FCC Applications” link on the homepage of each commercial station’s website, whether or not they have any applications pending (noncommercial stations only need to include a link when they have applications pending and their stations are not operational and cannot broadcast the required notice).  Let’s look at some of the other changes that are now effective.

First, the FCC did not change the requirements as to which applications require notice to the public.  Local public notice is required for applications for new stations and major technical changes, for assignments (sales) or transfers of station licenses (except for pro forma changes where there is no real change in control over the station), for license renewal applications, minor change technical applications that involve a city-of-license change, and certain applications involving international broadcast stations or for the Section 325 authorizations for the export of programming to foreign stations to be rebroadcast back into the US.  Notice of designation for hearing of any application is also required.  We will concentrate here on the more common applications for changes to US stations, sale and license renewals.

For commercial broadcasters, the FCC abolished all requirements for the publication of public notices in a local newspaper.  Instead, broadcasters are required to place a link to “FCC Applications” on the homepage of their website or, if the station does not have a website, on the website of a parent or affiliated company, or if they do not have such a site, on some publicly accessible site (like a community bulletin board, local newspaper site, or that of a state broadcast association).  That link must link to another webpage on which the specific text that the FCC now requires for public notice is displayed – stating when an application was filed, the name of the applicant, the type of application, and providing a link to the application itself in the FCC’s database.  That link on the homepage for FCC Applications needs to be on the site of all commercial stations whether or not they have applications pending.  If at any time the station has no applications pending, they need to note that fact on the page to which the link takes a website viewer, with a date as to when that notice was last updated.

The written public notice needs to be on the site within 5 days of the FCC’s acceptance for filing of an application.  An application is “accepted for filing” when the FCC itself issues a public notice which starts the clock running for petitions to deny an application.  The notice must be maintained on the website for 30 days.  Broadcasters are encouraged to maintain a screenshot or other proof of this publication in case someone ever challenges whether proper notice was given.

Operating noncommercial stations are not required to provide this written public notice.  Instead, they can instead rely simply on broadcast public notice.

All operating stations, commercial and noncommercial, must also broadcast notice about the filing of certain applications.  Here, too, the FCC standardized the language of the required public notice.  It also standardized the timing for these notices – requiring that they be run 6 times, on 6 different days, at least one each week in the 30-day period following the acceptance for filing of the application.  The public notice can be run anytime between 7 AM and 11 PM local time.  TV stations must give the public notice both by reading the required text and by providing it visually on the screen (not in a crawl).  Once completed, specifics as to the dates and times of the required public notice must be placed in the station’s online public file.  If a station is multicasting, the notice must be provided only on the primary channel of the station.

The FCC also eliminated the pre-filing announcements that had been required for the two months preceding the filing of a license renewal application.  In a separate Order, the FCC made this change effective back in May, even though the rest of the order is only now becoming effective.  Post-filing license renewal announcements are still required, though they are to be given on the new schedule adopted for all other applications.

Special rules were adopted for silent stations, for new stations, and for some less common applications and events (like the designation for hearing of an application).  Broadcasters should carefully review the details of all the changes that we have merely highlighted here to see how they will affect any notices that you must give – and to make sure that your website for any commercial station (or silent noncommercial station with an application pending) has the new FCC Applications link on your station’s homepage, whether or not you have any applications pending.

Teenage Engineering vs. Capcom: Street Fighter Sampler, anyone?

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 9:15 pm

Hadouken! Teenage Engineering is partnering with game legends Capcom to bring Megaman and Street Fighter to their Pocket Operator instruments. The Swedish gear maker’s mobile line always had a lineage from classic gaming – think Nintendo’s Game & Watch series. But Teenagers love Capcom, so they cold-called the Japanese giant and resident game audio guru […]

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Deep dive: Advanced Moog Matriarch, for love of voltage

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 1:51 pm

We finish out our Deep Dive guide to the Moog Matriarch with some live jams and a round-up of tips - and an overview of why playing this instrument really is playing with voltage.

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The Top 7 Mixes of October 2020

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 9:45 am

Shut Up and Dance: the Hackney rap duo who raved against racism

Delivered... Michael Lawson | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 9:26 am

By accelerating hip-hop breakbeats, and pouring the pain of bigotry and authoritarian rule into music, Carl ‘Smiley’ Hyman and Philip ‘PJ’ Johnson blazed a trail that led to rave and jungle

In British dance music history, the likes of Shoom, Spectrum and the Haçienda are often held up as the defining clubs from the scene’s formative years in the late 1980s. But for Carl “Smiley” Hyman and Philip “PJ” Johnson, better known as pioneering duo Shut Up and Dance, the aforementioned clubs paled in comparison to Dungeons on Lea Bridge Road in east London.

“You’re never gonna find a spot like that again,” PJ insists. “There were all these tunnels, each with their own sound system, all linked together like some sewage system. By the end of the night there’d be sweat dripping from the ceiling.”

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Priyanka Chopra announces her next Hollywood project – News Track English

Delivered... | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 8:00 am
Priyanka Chopra announces her next Hollywood project  News Track English

November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Rulemaking Comments, Hearings on Diversity and a New Commissioner, an FCC Open Meeting and More

Delivered... David Oxenford and Adam Sandler | Scene | Wed 28 Oct 2020 4:51 am

November is one of those few months with no routine FCC filing obligations (no renewals, reports, fees or other regularly scheduled deadlines.  While that might seem to suggest that you can take time that you normally devote to regulatory actions to begin your holiday preparations even in this most unusual year, there are still many issues to consider, and you can also use this month to plan for complying with deadlines that fall in December.

While there are no significant comment dates on broadcast matters yet set in November, look for dates to be set in the FCC’s proceeding to determine whether there should be a limit on the number of applications that one party can file in the upcoming window for the filing of applications for new noncommercial, reserved band FM stations.  See our article here on the FCC’s request for comments in this proceeding.

Also note the FCC’s proceeding that was just announced to require enhanced sponsorship identifications when programming is paid or provided for free by foreign governments or their representatives may also be set this month. The FCC just released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this matter, and we plan to provide more details later this week.  The FCC may also release its previewed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides substantial immunity to internet companies from potential liability for content posted by third parties.  The FCC’s general counsel recently posted his analysis as to why he believes that the FCC has jurisdiction in this area.  We wrote about what Section 230 provides in our article here.

One of the supporters of the President’s proposals for the FCC to make rules governing the conduct of online platforms under Section 230, will have his confirmation hearing in November.  FCC Commissioner nominee Nathan Simington will visit the Senate Commerce Committee on November 10 in the next step in the Senate’s consideration of his nomination to replace Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.

On November 6, the FCC will hold an all-day virtual symposium designed to look at the access to capital issues faced by small and minority broadcasters, titled the “Path to Media Ownership and Stability.”  Broadcasters and lenders will discuss financing for broadcast station transactions in today’s challenging financial environment and experts will discuss the history of the broadcast tax certificate policy and the potential for a new tax certificate policy to increase broadcast ownership diversity.  The congressional update on media diversity initiatives is likely to include discussion of the Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act—we recently looked at this congressional legislation that seeks to increase diversity in ownership of broadcast properties.  Read the Public Notice for more details on the event, including how to stream it online, and see the full agenda here.

With the Supreme Court agreeing to review the Third Circuit’s decision overturning the FCC’s 2017 media ownership decision, in the Prometheus Radio Project cases, the parties are readying their briefs to submit to the Court on or before November 16.  Oral arguments are expected to be held early in 2021, with a decision by the Court expected in late June or early July of 2021.  The FCC’s 2017 media ownership decision, among other things, abolished the newspaper-broadcast and radio-TV cross-ownership bans and allowed common ownership of two TV stations in the same market even when there were not 8 independent operators and, in some cases, even allowed combinations of two of the top-4 rated TV stations in a market.  See our post, here, about the Supreme Court review.

The FCC will hold its monthly Open Meeting on November 18.  Though the agenda for this meeting will be announced later this week, this will be the first post-election Open Meeting at the Commission. Depending on the outcome of the election, we could see Commissioners use the meeting as an opportunity to hint at their post-inauguration plans (we already know that Commissioner Mike O’Rielly will leave the Commission at the end of the year; his replacement, Nathan Simington, is making his way through the Senate confirmation process).

If history is a guide, Chairman Pai will publish a blog post on November 18 with the items to be considered at the December 10 Open Meeting.  Draft documents of those items should be released on the FCC website on November 19.  Be sure to check the blog for our updates on any broadcast items on the agenda.

Looking ahead to early December, radio stations in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and TV stations in Alabama and Georgia, must submit their applications for renewal of their license by December 1.  These stations should already be reviewing their public file and starting to prepare their renewal application (See our article about license renewal preparation here).  Though the renewal application itself is fairly short, it should be taken seriously as it requires that stations certify, among other things, that their public file contains all required documents and that those documents were uploaded on time (as we noted here, stations should pay particularly close attention to their political files).  These stations should also have their post-filing announcements ready and scheduled to begin airing on December 1.  The schedule for post-filing announcements and sample announcement language is here for radio stations and here for TV stations (though note that the FCC voted to change the timing and text of post-filing renewal announcements.  The rule change is not yet effective, but that effective date could occur soon).  Stations filing for license renewal must also submit FCC Form 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report.

On or before December 1, full power radio and TV stations in Alabama, Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont with five or more full-time employees in their station employment unit must upload to their public file and website, if the station has a website, an annual Equal Employment Opportunity report detailing the employment unit’s hiring and outreach efforts for the period December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020.  A station employment unit is one or more commonly controlled stations in the same geographic area that share at least one employee.

As you are planning for submitting your renewal application and EEO report, note that December 1 is the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  To avoid imposing on your staff’s holiday plans, start early on these December 1 filing deadlines.

As always, keep an eye on the calendar and be in touch with your legal counsel to discuss these and other dates and deadlines that may be applicable to your operation.

AIMP is the MP3 player, reborn – and it’ll look like a gorgeous vintage Soviet tape player, too

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 27 Oct 2020 10:28 pm

2020 is the year enthusiasts revived their love of downloaded music - thanks, Bandcamp. So now we just need a player to match, whether you miss Winamp - or even if you miss vintage Soviet hi-fi machines.

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