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Free Nano community modules for Reaktor Blocks, with TidalCycles support and tons of toys

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 11:06 pm

Toybox are going wild with powerful modules for Reaktor Blocks, the Eurorack-style patching environment. And that includes tons and tons of free modules - now with cool features like integration with the TidalCycles live coding environment.

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Atom™ and X1N vs Esplendor Geométrico is just the brutal industrial groove we need now

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 8:02 pm

If your engine needs some oil, look to the latest release from our friends over at raster - made even more brutal with an intervention by some Spanish industrial legends of the 80s.

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December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: License Renewals, EEO Filings, DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Fees, Comment Deadlines and More

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 5:23 pm

December is a busy month for broadcasters with routine filings to complete and action on FCC proceedings that will carry over to the next administration.  Keep on top of these dates and deadlines even as your calendar fills up with holiday celebrations.

We start at the beginning of the month, with December 1 being the deadline for the filing of applications for the renewal of license of radio stations in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and TV stations in Alabama and Georgia.  These stations should have already reviewed their public file (as we noted here, stations should pay particularly close attention to their political files) and be putting the finishing touches on their renewal application (see our article about license renewal preparation here).

These December 1 stations are the first group to file license renewal applications subject to the FCC’s new rules for post-filing announcements.  The FCC has eliminated the previous announcement schedule that required announcements on the 1st and 16th of each month during specific time periods for three months and now requires six announcements over a four-week period, beginning on the date the FCC announces that the renewal application has been accepted for filing.  The new rule also requires commercial and noncommercial stations that are not operating when their renewals are filed to post a notice on their websites or, if the station does not have a website, on the website of a parent or affiliated company, or if the station does not have such a site, on some publicly accessible site (like a community bulletin board, local newspaper site, or that of a state broadcasters association).  Stations with translators also need to post online notice about the translator’s renewal its primary station’s website.  Check out all the new local public notice rules, here, and read our posts providing more details about these requirements here and here.

Stations filing for license renewal must also submit FCC Form 2100, Schedule 396, also known as the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report, even if they are not part of a station employment unit with five or more full-time employees.  A station employment unit is one or more commonly controlled stations in the same geographic area that share at least one employee.

On or before December 1, full power radio and TV stations licensed to communities 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 online public file an annual Equal Employment Opportunity report detailing the employment unit’s hiring and outreach efforts from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020.

By December 1, digital television stations that provided ancillary or supplementary services between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 must submit FCC Form 2100, Schedule G, and pay in fees 5% of the gross revenue derived from any ancillary or supplementary services provided.  Ancillary and supplemental services do not include non-subscription video channels delivered directly to the public but do include any other services provided over the station’s spectrum from which the station receives compensation, including “computer software distribution, data transmissions, teletext, interactive materials, aural messages, paging services, or audio signals, [and] subscription video.”  Stations that provided no such services are no longer required to file a report.

At the Commission’s December 10 Open Meeting, the Commissioners will vote on new rules for Broadcast Internet (ATSC 3.0) services.  The principal changes addressed in the FCC’s draft order are clarifications of the rules on the annual ancillary and supplementary services fee.  The changes in the draft order include reducing the fees to be paid by noncommercial television stations that offer new noncommercial, non-broadcast services through their ATSC 3.0 operations.  Ancillary services are not allowed to “derogate” the broadcast service and, in the draft order, the Commission would retain its current interpretation of “derogate” as meaning that a station must continue to offer at least one standard definition television programming channel.

By December 10, radio stations that entered into a consent decree with the Media Bureau over violations with their online political file in the first round of consent decrees that were released in August and September must submit their first compliance report.  This report documents compliance with the political file rules from October 4, 2020 through Election Day on November 3, 2020.  These stations must email their compliance spreadsheet to the FCC’s political programming staff.  The spreadsheet does not get uploaded to the station’s public file.  Review your consent decree closely for any other requirements applicable to your operations.  We wrote about the consent decrees, here.

Reply briefs in the FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project case are due to the Supreme Court by December 16.  This case is a review of a lower court’s decision to reject the FCC’s 2017 broadcast ownership changes.  These briefs follow the briefs filed in November (you can read them here) by the FCC (through the Solicitor General), the National Association of Broadcasters, and other broadcast industry parties.  The Court is set to hear oral arguments on January 19, 2021 and then issue a decision later in the year.  See our post on this case, here.

Comments are due by December 24 in two FCC proceedings.  The first proceeding is a proposal to enhance and standardize sponsorship identification requirements for broadcast programming that is paid for, or provided by, foreign governments or their representatives.  The proposed rules set out specific disclosure obligations to inform audiences of a foreign government’s influence over the programming to which they are listening or viewing.  Reply comments are due by January 25, 2021.

The second proceeding is an attempt to resolve an open question raised by the NAB about which licensee is legally responsible for the simulcasted programming from another licensee, including programming that airs on a host station’s subchannel as the ATSC 1.0 “lighthouse” signal of another station that has converted to NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0).  See our blog post, here, for more details.  Reply comments are due by January 25, 2021.

We are also expecting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the FCC on the proposal to allow FM boosters to transmit limited amounts of programming different than that being broadcast on their primary station.  This “zonecasting” proposal would allow for different commercials or news reports to be broadcast in different parts of a station’s service area.  See our articles here and here on the initial FCC request for comments on this proposal.

The FCC may also adopt an order on its proposal to expand the use of television distributed transmission systems, as a draft item was circulated among FCC Commissioners for their review last week.  See our article here on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this proposal adopted by the FCC earlier this year.

Be sure to check with your station counsel for more details about these dates and whether there are any other important dates this month applicable to your station’s operations.  We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season – but keep watching for additional regulatory matters that may arise as we count down the remaining days of this year (and as we anticipate the start of a new administration at the FCC in January).

Sinevibes Node packs a 4-op FM synth into KORG gear – even the $99 NTS-1

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 1:53 pm

Our friend Artemiy has raved at length about why he loves KORG's hardware development platform, but he just went and did what's probably the craziest thing yet. Everyone gets an FM engine.

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The Top 7 Mixes of November 2020

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 9:55 am

The 20 best songs of 2020

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes | Scene | Mon 30 Nov 2020 7:00 am

Our writers considered hundreds of contenders – and here are their picks of the year. Listen to all 390 tracks they voted for on our playlist

We kick off our end of 2020 music coverage with Guardian critics’ favourite songs, with our album of the year countdown starting tomorrow. As ever, each critic votes for top 20 songs and albums, with points allocated for each placing, and those points tallied to make these lists. There were 390 songs voted for in all – we’ve put (almost) all of them in a Spotify playlist. Please share your own favourite songs of the year in the comments below, and we’ll hopefully see you in a festival field in 2021 …

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: November 21, 2020 to November 27, 2020

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Sun 29 Nov 2020 3:21 pm

Here are some of the regulatory developments 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 is seeking comment on proposed sponsorship identification requirements for broadcast programming that is paid for, or provided by, foreign governments or their representatives. The proposed rules set out specific disclosure obligations to inform audiences of a foreign government’s influence over the programming to which they are listening or viewing.  Comments are due by December 24, 2020 and reply comments are due by January 25, 2021.  (Federal Register)
  • Parties have until December 24, 2020 to weigh in on a proposal by the NAB to clarify who is legally responsible for the programming on a subchannel of one TV station when that programming is a simulcast of another station’s programming. This would include when that subchannel is acting as the required ATSC 1.0 “lighthouse” signal for the primary video stream of a station that has converted to ATSC 3.0 (Next Gen TV) operations.  The NAB suggests that the originating station, rather than the host station, should be liable for public service, political broadcasting, public file and other legal obligations that arise from that programming.  Reply comments are due by January 25, 2021.  We wrote about this proposal in more detail, here. (FCC Public Notice)
  • A Baltimore television station is looking at a $20,000 proposed fine from the FCC for violations of the limits on commercials in children’s programming. The station, in its license renewal application, disclosed it aired a commercial for the “Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage” eleven times during the “Team Hot Wheels” children’s program.  FCC policies treat the entire program as a commercial when ads featuring characters from the program are aired during the program, deeming it a “program-length commercial.”  Thus, the station will be deemed to have far exceeded the limits on commercial time in children’s programs.  The Video Division noted “that, in the context of the cognitive abilities of young children, airing a commercial for a ‘Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage’ play set during the ‘Team Hot Wheels’ program presents the clear risk for confusion between ‘program content’ and ‘commercial matter’ that the commercial limits rule was designed to avoid.”  See our blog post for more details.  (WUTB(TV) Notice of Apparent Liability)
  • The oral argument date in the FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project was set for January 19, 2021. This case is the Supreme Court’s review of the 2019 decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which overtured the FCC’s 2017 change in the broadcast ownership rules (including the abolition of the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules and the rule requiring eight independent operators before common ownership or joint programming of two TV stations in a market is permitted).  See our post, here, about the case.
  • The FCC denied an Application for Review refusing to overturn a decision by its Media Bureau dismissing an application for a new FM translator filed by a Los Angeles area AM station. The dismissal occurred before the FCC’s new translator interference rules were adopted, and this week’s decision rejected arguments that the dismissal request should have been put on hold until those rules were adopted and took effect.  This case discusses the difference in the old and new standards (and the differences in processing objections to applications that are predicted to cause interference versus objections to actual interference that arise after a translator begins operations) and shows that the FCC will not revisit cases decided under the old translator interference rules, even if the new rules would have led to a different decision. (KGBN Translator Opinion and Order)

Looking ahead to next week, new rules for audio-described programming, adopted in October, are set to be published in the Federal Register on Monday, which will start the clock on the rules taking effect.  If the publication happens as planned, then the new rules will become effective on December 30.  TV stations in DMAs 61-70 that are required to provide audio-described programming should be ready to begin complying on January 1, 2021.  We took a closer look at this proceeding, here.

The Remix Album Defined 2020 — And Gave Dance Music a Social Bubble

Delivered... ztippitt | Scene | Sun 29 Nov 2020 8:00 am

One to watch: Porij

Delivered... Kate Hutchinson | Scene | Sat 28 Nov 2020 3:00 pm

In just a year, this carefree dance foursome have traded the Royal Northern College of Music for the 6 Music playlist

Squeaky-new foursome Porij (as in porridge) became a proper band quicker than they’d planned. Eggy (vocals and keys), Tommy (vocals and guitar), Jammo (bass) and Tom (drums) were sharing university halls and studying popular music together at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and had tentatively started to make beats. But when a friend’s band pulled out of a live show, they were asked to step in with only a week to write a setlist.

Just over a year later, and they look like four Christine and the Queenses in their matching check suits – the kind of band you can imagine performing at the prom in Sex Education. And whatever came out of those hurried sessions has bloomed into an endearing blend of house, garage, new wave and lo-fi pop.

Porij’s Breakfast mixtape is out now on Oat Gang Records

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GucciFest Illuminated Fashion’s Intersectionality

Delivered... ztippitt | Scene | Sat 28 Nov 2020 8:00 am

The best motion and VJ deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 27 Nov 2020 10:34 pm

Live visual software makers have made Black Friday a kind of ritual, too - which means now is probably the best time to get that VJ license you've been wanting. (Bonus: in 2020, you alone may stand between a viewer and an abyss of boredom in a livestream.)

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Flohio: No Panic No Pain review – rapper leaves no mould unbroken

Delivered... Kemi Alemoru | Scene | Fri 27 Nov 2020 9:00 am

The south Londoner broadens and deepens her emotional range, while continuing to select unexpected production partners

Flohio escapes labels. In fact, she actively contests them, asserting she’s not a grime artist as so many observers assume London rappers are. Since 2016 the Bermondsey rapper, who goes by a portmanteau of her real name Funmi Ohiosumah, has become known for unabashed stage presence and rapid-fire flows, spitting over the beats of electronic artists such as God Colony and Modeselektor rather than only rap producers. These daring, genre-resistant tracks earned her a place in the BBC’s Sound of 2019 poll.

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Tomorrow You Start Again: Octo Octa and Eris Drew Confront Ephemerality

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Fri 27 Nov 2020 8:30 am

The xx’s Romy: ‘I can now write about loving a woman and not feel afraid’

Delivered... Aimee Cliff | Scene | Fri 27 Nov 2020 7:00 am

Her forthcoming solo album is a love letter to formative years of queer clubbing and 00s Euro-dance, as the singer swaps black clothes and bleak moods for Technicolor euphoria

The problem with being an introvert writing dance music is that eventually you will have to dance in front of other people. “I’m definitely quite a shy dancer,” says Romy Madley Croft over a video call from the home she shares with her girlfriend, the photographer Vic Lentaigne, in north London. In lockdown, with no prospect of live shows, this wasn’t a problem, but now she’s starting to nervously ponder how she will perform her upbeat, house-indebted new music. “It’s taken a long time to get to the place where I really enjoy being on stage.”

Fifteen years, in fact. The familiar image of Madley Croft is as bassist and singer with the xx, the band she formed with London schoolfriends in 2005: dressed in black, shielded by her guitar, expression ranging between pensive and troubled. Even performing a sparkling dance track on stage, such as Loud Places by her fellow wallflower and bandmate Jamie xx (“I go to loud places to find someone to be quiet with,” she sings on the chorus), she stayed largely rooted to the spot. Yet on the cover of her debut solo single, Lifetime, in an acid-hued image captured – like the ones accompanying this article – by Lentaigne, she is caught in motion, arms raised high, hair swooshed.

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Free synth – bring back Radio Shack synthesis with the MG-1 Plus

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 27 Nov 2020 3:21 am

At the dawn of the 1980s, anyone could buy a Moog-manufactured synth for $500 - at their local Radio Shack. And now you can add this distinctive synth for free.

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