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Loopmasters Faze Action: The Nu Sound of Disco

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 9:58 pm
Electronic disco stalwarts Faze action (aka brothers Robin and Simon Lee) have completed a funky and eclectic royalty-free sample collection, Faze Action presents “The Nu Sound of Disco.”

Twisted Tools Buffeater

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 9:55 pm
Buffeater is a real-time, dynamically ordered, granular multi-effect for all versions of Reaktor 5. The effect works by capturing live audio and storing it in a temporary buffer, which allows for real-time processing of the incoming audio using granular synthesis and other methods. Buffeater allows users to take live audio and tweak elements of the sound such as time and pitch while controlling the signal flow of the effects by the order in which a user plays.

FCC Ready to Tap Returned TV Spectrum with New White Spaces Order

Delivered... Brendan Holland | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 8:14 pm

As the media has reported extensively this week (for example here and here) the FCC is poised to tap into the television spectrum to allow the use of that spectrum on an unlicensed basis, potentially leading to a wave of innovative unlicensed devices, including potentially turbo-charged Wi-Fi.  On the tentative agenda released recently for the next open Commission meeting, to be held next Thursday, September 23rd, the Commission has included an item entitled:  "TV White Spaces Second MO&O:  A Second Memorandum Opinion and Order that will create opportunities for investment and innovation in advanced Wi-Fi technologies and a variety of broadband services by finalizing provisions for unlicensed wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum." 

As watchers of the TV white spaces issue will recall, the Commission adopted an Order in late 2008 to permit the operation of unlicensed devices in the so-called "TV white spaces", which is the spectrum in the TV band that is not actively occupied by a television station in a particular geographic area.  (An earlier advisory by Davis Wright Tremaine summarizing the Commission's 2008 Order can be found here.)  Following the adoption of that Order, over a dozen parties sought reconsideration of the Commission's decision; those petitions remain pending.  It is not clear whether the proposed Order would be an Order on Reconsideration, but presumably it will address the issues raised by these petitioners.  In addition, the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and others filed an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking to challenge the FCC's white spaces Order.  That appeal is on hold pending the Commission's resolution of the Petitions for Reconsideration.  Despite the unresolved objections, in late 2009, the FCC moved forward with putting a spectrum management structure in place that would establish a privately maintained database that would permit coordination in order to locate unused spectrum in the TV band in a particular area.  We summarized this step in an earlier blog entry here.  In early 2010, nine parties submitted proposals to be designated TV Band Device Database Managers, but to date the matter remains pending. 

Now, with the announcement of next week's agenda item, it appears that the FCC is ready to move forward aggressively to allow the use of the TV spectrum on an unlicensed basis.  Chairman Genachowski has touted the TV white spaces as a platform for innovation and development.  In particular, it is seen as a way to expand Wi-Fi and extend broadband service, which in turn would take pressure off of existing wireless spectrum.  On the one hand, the use of the TV spectrum on an unlicensed basis is a simple and artful way for the Commission to "return" the spectrum recaptured by the DTV transition to the spectrum pipeline.  Opening the spectrum to unlicensed devices would allow parties to use the frequencies without the need for an FCC auction and would allow for the tapping of returned channels on a piecemeal, market-by-market basis, which avoids the issue of trying to aggregate contiguous television channels for use nationwide.  In contrast to the clearing of TV Channels 52-59 and 60-69, which was mandated by Congress and factored into the DTV transition from the beginning, there is no clear or easy path for clearing more TV channels nationwide barring a radical restructuring of the DTV Table of Allotments, which would undoubtedly be heavily contested by broadcasters in light of the substantial investments made and disruption brought by the recently completed digital transition.  Furthermore, if unlicensed devices are developed and deployed in the TV spectrum to provide Wi-Fi broadband access, this would potentially alleviate some pressure on the wireless carriers and forestall the much-warned-of and oft-debated "spectrum crunch", which is one of the main driving factors in the National Broadband Plan.  

On the other hand, deploying hundreds of thousands if not millions of unlicensed and unaccountable devices into the television spectrum could have a significant impact on the future of Mobile DTV, as well as on the ability for consumers to receive the signals of local TV stations in their homes.  The fact that the Commission is moving quickly and touting the white spaces as a way to release prime spectrum would seem to be a further indication by the Commission that it does not view over-the-air (OTA) TV signals to be as critical as they once were, notwithstanding the fact that Commission bent over backwards to ensure that broadcasters preserved and replicated their former analog OTA service as they were required to spend hundreds of millions converting their stations to digital.  The importance of the OTA TV signal and consumers' reliance on that signal, however, might change rapidly in the near future with a widespread introduction of Mobile DTV, or as folks cut the cable cord and replace cable service with a combination of over-the-air signals and video over the Internet.  In adopting rules and opening the TV spectrum, it will be essential that the Commission ensure that interference protections, frequency coordination efforts, and unlicensed devices all work as anticipated and do not infringe on the reception of over-the-air television signals. 

Regardless of where one stands on the use of the TV white spaces, and whether the FCC is picking winners and losers by advancing particular devices, services, and innovations to the detriment of existing license holders and industries, the issue is moving forward and will present some fascinating issues in the future.  For example, if a video program is broadcast over-the-air on a TV channel by a television station, it is subject to numerous restrictions and regulations, including the prohibition on indecent material, limitations on commercials in children's programming, rules governing political advertising, etc.  However, if a video program is transmitted through the Internet, which is then, in turn, streamed into the home via a vacant television channel, there would be no such restrictions, despite the fact that it is an identical video program that is being delivered via the same television spectrum.  In that scenario, it would be possible to essentially provide a broadcast-like service on a broadcast TV channel but with no broadcast restrictions and with no license.  Previously, when the Commission reallocated portions of the reclaimed television Channels 52 to 69 for commercial wireless services, it required that if the new licensees of the reauctioned 700 MHz spectrum provided "broadcast-type services" then those services would be subject to all of the applicable broadcast rules.  In the hypothetical posed above, however, there would be no new licensee providing a licensed service, but rather an unlicensed Wi-Fi operation permitting access to the Internet via the television spectrum.  And, with the FCC pushing for universal access to broadband, the differences between television and the new media seem to disappear.  What effect this evolution of media and technology has on the foundation of broadcast regulation remains to be seen.

Ride the Kettenkarussell

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 8:07 pm
Here's an interview with the increasingly respected German duo who will play live this Friday for the first time in London.

News : Catch Fool’s Gold At The Troubador This Thursday!

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 7:55 pm
Catch Fool’s Gold At The Troubador This Thursday!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, this one is for you!

LA's Afro-pop collective Fool's Gold will be headlining at Los Angeles' Troubador this Thursday, September 23rd! Opening the show will be neon funkers Wallpaper and local dance makers Rainbow^Arabia.

Tickets are $12 and are available here.

The show starts at 8pm and you can get all of the venue info right here.

Fool's Gold's latest self-titled album is out now.

Shed meets LWE

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 4:33 pm
Rene Pawlowitz offers a frank extended chat with the site in which he discusses his latest album, his love for Diplo and why he doesn't want to be labeled as a dubstep DJ.

Design takes over London!

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 4:22 pm

The London Design Festival is already in its eighth year and is now considered one of the preeminent lifestyle and design festivals in Europe, if not the world.

Last year saw over 200 exhibitions and commissioned installations, with over 150 launches, private viewings and parties. This year it proves to be bigger and better, with over 160 partner organisations across the design spectrum from around the world. Alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, London Design week is an integral part of the cultural calendar and looks to bring some of the brightest and most talented names in the business to the city.

With people from all over the world visiting the event, and an attendance of 300,000 every year, the festival now receives hefty financial support from government organizations like the Arts Council of England.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said of the festival:

"The London Design Festival offers an outstanding showcase of some of most exciting design anywhere in the world. Amidst international competition and as we move out of the downturn, it is imperative we continue to support design and celebrate its importance."

Have a look at some of the more standout designs from the London Design Festival over the years:

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The London Design Festival takes place from the 18th -26th of September, 2010

CDM in Stockholm, Android for Music and Visual Apps, Call for Swedish Artists

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Events,Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 4:04 pm

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I’ll be in Stockholm the week of 27 September, speaking at Stockholm’s Android Only conference Wednesday/Thursday 29-30. I’m particularly excited by the lineup, because it emphasizes pushing the envelope of Android and cross-platform development. I’ll talk about how Processing for Android can allow “sketching” audiovisual apps on mobile. Martin Roth of RjDj will talk high-performance audio development. There’s also discussion of advanced uses in embedded hardware, cross-platform PhoneGap development, CouchDB and JavaScript goodness, hardware-accelerated graphics … all good stuff, and all potentially relevant to creative music and visual development not only on Android but future platforms generally.

I need to revisit Android on this site, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in the platform, MusicRadar did an exceptional round-up:
The best Android music making apps in the world today

I’ll have more information for everyone (whether or not you’re in Stockholm) in time for the conference on CDM.

But beyond Android…

Calling All Swedes! CDM is co-hosting a party Wednesday night 29 September at the conference venue in Stockholm, with .SE, Dialect, and most importantly the fantastic Swedish music mag Studio Magazine.

If you’re a CDM reader and music artist in the Stockholm area and have a project/studio to show off, and/or if you’re up for playing (with or without an Android device involved), please let me know right away, send some music/images/info, and we can discuss details. We’ll finalize the lineup over the weekend. I’ll also try to make a visit or two in my free time, limited as it may be.

Squarepusher presents Shobadleader One

Delivered... Posted by Beatportal | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 2:17 pm
Warp Records has posted a brand-new video for Squarepusher's Shobaleader One project, which finds the former drill'n'bass miscreant getting all funk-rock (or something) in the context of a full band. As he tells us in an interview at Warp, Shobaleader One is a full band that grew out of a "fantasy group" in the 'pusher's brain, featuring "basically a bunch of people who you may or may not have heard of from other bands and projects. Part of their idea is that this music is a completely clean break with whatever they've done in the past so I'm not allowed to mention any names. I can tell you that they are pretty frightening players." 'Megazine', the song in the video, will feature on Shobaleader One's forthcoming 'd'Demonstrator' album on October 18. In the meantime, however, you can check out the first Shobaleader One output on the 'Cryptic Motion' single on Ed Banger. Busy P's label teased us a month back with a Mr. Oizo remix of the same, and now they bring us the original track, a slow-motion funk extravaganza that sounds a little like Gary Numan getting down with George Clinton—or Isolee with Zapp, maybe. Twisted stuff that's also shockingly beautiful.

Watch this video on Beatportal

Darkstar’s tough journey north

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 12:04 pm
Martin Clark uses his latest grime and dubstep Pitchfork column to speak with the Hyperdub duo about the often torturous decision making and work that went into their forthcoming album, North.

Focus on France: I:Cube

Delivered... Posted by Beatportal | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 11:57 am
We continue our coverage of the French electronic-music scene with this short-but sweet interview with I:Cube, aka Nicolas Chaix. Since the mid '90s, I:Cube has played a crucial role at Paris' Versatile Records, one of the city's most iconic (if idiosyncratic) labels. I:Cube's productions are typically grounded in classic house and techno, but they're never retro, simply timeless: discerning DJs are still playing I:Cube cuts like 2003's 'Vacuum Jackers', 2004's 'Oblivion' EP (with its devastating Dixon and Maurice Fulton mixes), 2005's 'Rhythm Track' EP, and 2006's 'Acid Tablet'—to say nothing of his 1996 smash 'Disco Cubizm', with its legendary Daft Punk remix. Recent I:Cube singles have been just as essential: check out January's versatile (no pun intended) 'Falling' EP, and May's 'Mérovingienne' EP for proof. He may not be the most prolific producer, but that's as it should be: emphasizing quality over quantity, I:Cube brings us only the tunes that are proven to be truly lasting. Read on for Chaix's reflections on the Parisian scene. And don't forget to get your free copy of our 'Focus On France' compilation featuring downloads from Cassius, dOP, Dan Ghenacia, Martin Solveig, and more.

Read more on Beatportal

Renaissance goes belly up?

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 11:53 am

Respected house imprint Renaissance has rumored to be finally closing the curtains on its operations. As of this week, London-based insolvency firm ReSolve Partners LLP sent out a notice stating that the imprint had gone into administration.

Started out in 1994 by founder Geoff Oakes, Renaissance was tightly linked to the mix CD trend as well championing careers like Sasha, John Digweed and Hernan Cattaneo. Also well known for its heady club scene, interiors of its Renaissance nights included gold cherubs and velvet drapes.

Mix CDs back in the day were highly prized and used a serious marketing and music tool for the club scene, Sasha and John Digweed’s Renaissance: The Mix Collection is still considered one of the first and finest official mix CDs to be released.

We can only surmise why such a successful imprint has run out of steam, but if we look back to our feature on the demise of the mix CD, it might have something to do with it.

Whilst more contemporary artists like Gui Boratto and Hercules and The Love Affair have taken over the helms of Renaissance, the popularity of Renaissance and other companies like Global Underground have been waning for some time. Could it be the tastes of the dance music scene is finally moving on, similar to the disco movement in the 80s dying out.

Please remember right now this is all still unconfirmed, if you remember the Technics insolvency rumor that spread last year, which turned out to be false. More news to come.

United Arab Emirates unleashes Darling Farah

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 10:44 am

Sometimes the most inspirational art comes from the most unlikely of places, and for Darling Farah that seems to be his home country the the United Arab Emirates, a country not really known for its club music.
But this fresh faced 18-year-old is looking to change all that, readying his first 12" for the world’s ears, entitled Berline. This is exactly what we love to see, not just the same cities like London, New York and Berlin constantly popping up on our music radar but artists like Farah creating something unique and interesting.

Would you believe us even if we told you that playing music in public is banned in the UAE. A severely restrictive country, subsequently the UAE underground now regards Farrah as one of their leaders.
Farrah was born in Detroit so the DNA for making solid quality techno/house was already in his blood, and only recently signing to Civil Music, the home of Drums of Death and Rusko, big things are to come from this young man.

Off of the Berline 12" comes remixes from big names like Dirty Bird’s Christian Martin, Clara Moto and the futuristic stylings of Funkineven.

Civil Music will release Darling Farah’s 12" debut on October 4th.

Alexander Robotnick showcases his edits

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 8:01 am
The Italo-disco legend has uploaded a series of four live videos to his Youtube channel, which feature his own special edits of Charlie, DHS, Progression and My Mine.

New Pornographers Show Cancelled In Hysterical Overreaction to Their Name

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 15 Sep 2010 7:00 am
What's in a name? A lot, apparently. The New Pornographers have had a show cancelled at a Christian College in Michigan, based on the fact that the college couldn't get past the band's name.
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