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THE TOMORROWLAND 2020 TICKETS PRESALE IS OPEN

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Sat 25 Jan 2020 5:00 pm
Tomorrowland 2020 tickets are on sale for people who qualify for presale tickets! Worldwide tickets for the general public are on sale starting Feb. 1st.

One to watch: Obongjayar

Delivered... Tara Joshi | Scene | Sat 25 Jan 2020 2:59 pm

Mixing Afrobeat and electronics, Nigerian-born Londoner Steven Umoh makes music befitting a self-styled ‘king’

Much of London’s recent music output is indebted to west Africa. Whether it’s the way that contemporary Nigerian pop genre Afrobeats has melded with rap and dancehall to create the breezy Afroswing that has become a chart mainstay, or the burgeoning jazz scene that pulses with the euphoria of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and Ghanaian highlife, the cross-pollination has created some of the capital’s most vital sounds.

Enter Obongjayar, AKA Steven Umoh. Since his 2016 EP Home, the south London artist, 26, who lived in Nigeria until he was 17, has been carving out a name for himself with music that oozes vitality and spirit, as his contributions to everything from Richard Russell’s Mercury-nominated Everything Is Recorded to rapper Danny Brown’s most recent album attest.

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Resolutions 2020: How to Develop Your Own Signature Sound

Delivered... andreasrichter | Scene | Fri 24 Jan 2020 5:54 pm

A fresh year is upon us, but, unsurprisingly, the hustle in many domains remains the same. In a true ‘each one teach one’ spirit, our new year’s resolution series aims on carving out some guidelines on how to survive as an artist within the electronic music world, or how to enter and make it past the gatekeepers in the first place. With music production becoming more affordable over...

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THE BOTTLEROCK FESTIVAL 2020 FOOD LINEUP IS OUT

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Fri 24 Jan 2020 5:00 pm
Bottlerock isn't just a music festival, it's wine, food and everything that goes along with that.

THE TOMORROWLAND 2020 LINEUP IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Fri 24 Jan 2020 3:00 pm
So. Many. Great. Names. See who's on the list and when tickets are on sale.

Nicolas Godin: Concrete and Glass review

Delivered... Michael Hann | Scene | Fri 24 Jan 2020 11:30 am

(Because Music)
The former Air member’s second solo album is a paean to various architects the veers between elegant and insipid

It’s hard to credit now how revolutionary Air’s first album, Moon Safari, sounded in 1998 – a soufflé of a record so light and fluffy it was irresistible. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel had the same retro-futurist bent as Broadcast, but they also had a sweet tooth for bubblegum to go with their gauzy electronica. The range of musical reference has broadened since then, but Concrete and Glass has a familiar wooziness about it.

Where Godin’s first record, Contrepoint, was inspired by Bach – not that you’d know – this one is the soundtrack to a series of site-specific installations paying tribute to various architects.

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Nicolas Godin: Concrete and Glass review

Delivered... Michael Hann | Scene | Fri 24 Jan 2020 11:30 am

(Because Music)
The former Air member’s second solo album is a paean to various architects the veers between elegant and insipid

It’s hard to credit now how revolutionary Air’s first album, Moon Safari, sounded in 1998 – a soufflé of a record so light and fluffy it was irresistible. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel had the same retro-futurist bent as Broadcast, but they also had a sweet tooth for bubblegum to go with their gauzy electronica. The range of musical reference has broadened since then, but Concrete and Glass has a familiar wooziness about it.

Where Godin’s first record, Contrepoint, was inspired by Bach – not that you’d know – this one is the soundtrack to a series of site-specific installations paying tribute to various architects.

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Exquisite paintings, with analog signal and modular gear as brush

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 23 Jan 2020 11:15 pm

Working with image signal instead of sound remains to many an undiscovered country. One artist is producing beautiful meditations on analog video – and charting his work.

Christopher Konopka treats the Eurorack modular as a canvas, carefully producing slow-moving, richly organic work. He calls them “emotional abstractions” – and relates the experience of navigating new textures to that of our perception of time and memory.

You can watch this, along with musings on what he’s doing and how the patches work, in an exhaustive YouTube channel. It’s some mesmerizing inspiration:

Oh yeah – so how do you remember work, when it exists as ephemeral combinations of knobs and patch cables? Christopher has added one obsessive layer of digital organization, a data project he calls “broadcast-research.” Using scripts and code he shares on his GitHub, he automates the process of recording and organizing texture output, all in open source tools.

So there’s a meeting of digital and analog – and Christopher even suggests this data set could be used with machine learning.

(Hot tip – even if you’re happy to let your own creations disappear “like tears in the rain” and all that jazz, you might poke around hit GitHub repository and fork it as you’ll find some handy recipes and models for working with these tools for other projects. It’s done in Go + Bash command line scripts + free graphics tools FFprobe, FFmpeg, and ImageMagick, which are great alternatives to getting sucked into Photoshop glacially loading and then crashing. Ahem.)

The hardware in question:

Lots more – including an artist statement – on his site:

https://github.com/cskonopka/broadcast-research

ImageMagick is genius, by the way – time to do another recipe round-up, a la (see also comments here):

Previously, related:

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February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters—License Renewals, EEO Reporting, Rulemaking Comments, FM Auction Filing Deadline, Lowest Unit Rate Windows, and More

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 23 Jan 2020 5:12 pm

With the holiday season getting smaller in the rear-view mirror and many parts of the country dealing with ice, snow, and single-digit temperatures, broadcasters could be forgiven for dreaming about the sunshine and warmth that come with spring.  Before spring arrives, however, broadcasters need to tend to important regulatory matters in February.  And, if you find yourself eager to plan past February, use our 2020 Broadcasters’ Calendar as a reference tool for tracking regulatory dates through the end of 2020.

But focusing on the month ahead, by February 3, all AM, FM, LPFM, and FM translator stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi must file their license renewal applications.  For the full-power stations in the state, there’s an additional EEO task to complete irrespective of how many employees a station employment unit (SEU) has.  Before filing for license renewal, stations in these three states must submit FCC Schedule 396. This schedule is the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report, which is a reporting to the FCC of the SEU’s equal employment opportunity activities for the last license period (SEUs with fewer than five full-time employees are not required to maintain an EEO recruitment program and are only required to check a box that they have fewer than 5 full-time employees and skip ahead to the certification).  The sequencing here is important: When filing for license renewal, the application (Schedule 303-S) asks for the file number of your already-filed Schedule 396.  So, without having already filed the schedule, you won’t be able to complete your renewal application.

Beginning February 1, stations filing renewals must begin airing a series of six post-filing announcements (one announcement each on February 1, February 16, March 1, March 16, April 1, and April 16).  Stations in Alabama and Georgia that filed earlier in the renewal cycle air their fifth post-filing announcement on February 1 and their sixth and final announcement on February 16.  These stations must then place in their online public file certifications of air times and dates for all the pre- and post-filing announcements they ran.

Full-power AM, FM, LPFM, and FM translator stations in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are due to file license renewal applications by April 1, but, before that, those stations must air a series of announcements alerting listeners to their upcoming license renewal filing.  The first of four of these pre-filing announcements must air on February 1, with announcements two, three, and four airing on February 16, March 1, and March 16 respectively.

Stations are required to air pre-filing announcements in the two months prior to the month in which their license renewal application is due.  For more on pre-filing announcements, including the timing of the announcements and sample text to use, visit the FCC’s radio license renewal page here.

February 1 also brings the obligation for full-power radio and television stations in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and Oklahoma with five or more full-time employees in their SEU to place in their online public file and on their station website an EEO report reporting on their hiring from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.  An SEU is one or more stations under common control, serving the same area, and sharing one or more full-time staff person.  As a reminder, your Annual EEO Public Inspection File Report should include, among other things, a list of all full-time vacancies filled by the SEU during the year, identified by job title and the recruitment source(s) used to fill the vacancy, the recruitment source that referred the person(s) hired for each full-time vacancy during the year, data showing how many people were interviewed for full-time openings, and a showing of your efforts throughout the year to engage in non-vacancy specific EEO recruitment activities to inform your community about broadcast employment and to train people for broadcast positions.  Remember,  the FCC conducts random EEO audits and has not been shy over the last few years about fining stations for EEO violations.

In addition to these routine deadlines, there is plenty more going on for broadcaster to consider.  Turn on any news program, and there is bound to be some discussion of the early presidential primaries and caucuses happening in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.  Don’t forget that those four contests are merely a pre-cursor to the dozens of primaries and caucuses that follow across the country.  Several primaries and caucuses happen in March and April, so lowest unit rate (LUR) windows for several states open throughout February. These begin on February 1 with LUR windows opening in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, N. Mariana Islands (R), and Ohio.  LUR windows open later in the month in the following states (in some cases only dealing with contests for the Republican or Democratic nomination): February 5 (Kentucky (R)); February 8 (American Samoa (R) and Georgia); February 11 (North Dakota (R)); February 13 (Puerto Rico (D)); February 19 (Alaska (D), Hawaii (D), Louisiana, and Wyoming (D)); and February 22 (Wisconsin). For more on issues computing lowest unit rates, see our articles herehere and here (this last article dealing with the issues of package plans and how to determine the rates applicable to spots in such plans), and our Political Broadcasting Guide, here.

Also in February is the close of the filing window for the latest FM auction.  See our articles here and here on the upcoming auction and the new FM channels that are available.  If you want to participate in the April auction, you need to file an FCC Short-Form application by February 11 at 6 PM Eastern Time.  Note that there is a freeze on FM minor change applications during the filing window for that auction – from January 29 through February 11.

Reply comments are due in February in FCC proceedings to assess whether to allow the continuation of FM operation on channel 6 LPTV stations (so-called Franken FMs), which we wrote about here.  Reply comments are due by February 6.  Reply comments are also due that day on the FCC’s proposal to change the prohibition on the duplication of more than 25% of the programming on two AMs or two FMs that serve substantially the same area.  See our article here on this proposal.

February will also bring an FCC decision as to whether or not to appeal to the Supreme Court the Third Circuit’s decision throwing out the FCC’s 2017 changes to the ownership rules, including the abolition of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership prohibition and the rule that required that there remain 8 independent TV owners and operators in a market before two TV stations can be commonly owned. We wrote about the Third Circuit decision and its aftermath here, here and here.

Parties should also be preparing for the March 9 filing deadline for comments in the FCC’s rulemaking on whether or not to allow AM stations to voluntarily convert to all-digital operations.  See our articles here and here on that proposal.

As always, consult with legal counsel and the FCC rules to be sure your station is meeting all of its obligations, and stay tuned to broadcastlawblog.com for updates.

 

The Death and Rebirth of Aquarian

Delivered... whitney | Scene | Thu 23 Jan 2020 3:16 pm

An ouroboros, a creature originating from Egyptian mythology, swallows its own unfurling tail. Aquarian’s debut album title, The Snake That Eats Itself, releasing digitally tomorrow on Bedouin Records, directly references this ancient symbol as a conduit through which he communicates the revolutions of death and rebirth as a young artist in a rapidly accelerating, and often unforgiving, industry.

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Get your groove on – Bangalore Mirror

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 23 Jan 2020 1:30 am
Get your groove on  Bangalore Mirror

THE PHASE TWO ULTRA 2020 LINEUP IS OUT

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 23 Jan 2020 12:30 am
The phase two Ultra 2020 lineup is out! Gryffin (live) Kygo, Lazerface by Gareth Emery (live) KSHMR presents Dharma and more!

MORE NAMES FOR THE PHOENIX LIGHTS 2020 LINEUP

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 22 Jan 2020 9:30 pm
More names are rolling out this week, check for updates on the lineup!

This how-to for beginning VJs is probably… not ideally where you want to start

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 22 Jan 2020 7:54 pm

VJ communities on social media today have been puzzling over a wiki on “How to Become a Popular Vj.” Get ready for the knowledge.

Some advice is just vague – “What is your favorite music?” “Make business cards.” And of course something about clip libraries

Then the technical advice is where things really go off the rails. Commercial software VDMX from Vidvox is described as “free.” (Maybe they pirated it?) And it comes with this peculiar warning:

“DO NOT wait the day of the show to learn to use it. And don’t pretend that you can learn to use it if you don’t have a projector. Learning to throw the image onto the large screen is different for every program and computer. “

Uh… what?

Then there’s a reference to “VGM cables.” (VGA? What?) Sure, could be a typo, except then it also points you to a “VGM adapter.” (I was going to make a joke here, but this acronym doesn’t stand for much in any context.)

Oddly enough, this article has 11 authors. All I can think is that someone maybe edited a reasonable wiki article as a joke?

In which case, uh – thanks for the distraction. Keep on editin’ here:

https://m.wikihow.com/Become-a-Popular-Vj

So, uh, I guess I should have some more Create Digital Motion articles real soon, huh, if this is the state of online knowledge? I mean, we’re not going to watch a YouTube video – even as a VJ.

Just get on behind that mixer and go.

Looks legit. Hey, did they install a light inside the speaker monitor there? Whoa. Dude.

Image credit – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ – WikiHow.

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The month’s best mixes: mutating moods and club-ready wreckers

Delivered... Tayyab Amin | Scene | Wed 22 Jan 2020 5:11 pm

DJ Taj turns on the charm, Stellar OM Source hurtles towards revelation, while Elijah and Skilliam unveil a mix manifesto

Related: The best underground dance music of 2019

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