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Apple Music goes Lossless, Spatial, Dolby Atmos

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 17 May 2021 7:31 pm

Apple will update its Apple Music subscription service in June with a no-cost addition of new sound features. But more than that, it hints at a world of music listening generally that dumps lossy compression and embraces spatial sound. And you can get started mixing for it right away.

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Does Local News Need Government Assistance to Survive – Legislation Proposed to Set Up Commission to Study the Impact of Changes in Local Media on Local Communities  

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 17 May 2021 5:07 pm

There can be no doubt that local newspapers have been significantly impacted over the last two decades by the ascent of the Internet.  And, as we have written before (see, for instance, our article here), digital media has also had a significant impact on the local revenues of broadcasters, who also have traditionally specialized in covering local events.  To study the effect of the decline in local news sources, legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to create a government committee to look at various aspects of this issue. The “Future of Local News Committee” would include individuals appointed by the majority and minority in the House and Senate, as well as individuals selected by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the US Agency for Global Media.  Each appointee is to be someone experienced in some aspect of local media.  The committee would have one year to deliver a report to Congress.

What would they study?  The legislation suggests that the committee would have broad investigatory powers to review how the change in local media has affected local communities.  The bill’s preface includes language stating that over 2000 newspapers have gone out of business since 2004, and that of the 6,700 remaining, 1000 could be classified as “ghost newspapers” whose staffs have been so reduced that they cannot effectively cover local events.  The bill also cites a Pew Research study that shows that local newsroom employees at newspapers, broadcast outlets and digital sources dropped 25% from 2008-2018.  Perhaps most startling is the statement that newspapers alone lost more than $35,000,000,000 in revenue between 2004 and 2018.  All these factors, and many others cited in the bill, are alleged to show that local media can no longer effectively cover local events.

The committee would have access to government records and is empowered to hold hearings both in Washington and across the country.  In addition, the committee would be charged with reporting on what could be done to help remedy the loss of local news and “reinvigorate” local media.  The only specific remedy mentioned in the legislation is the idea of expanding the mandate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help fund local news or to otherwise provide government economic support to local media.  Presumably, the committee would look at alternative solutions, like the proposal to allow traditional media outlets to collectively negotiate with tech platforms over the terms and conditions of those platforms’ use of the content they create (see our article here about the pending legislation on that proposal).

The bill to create the committee thus far is not a bipartisan proposal, so whether it moves forward or not is an open question.  The idea of studying local media and the impact of changing technology on local media is not new.  Over a decade ago, the FCC itself commissioned a similar study.  Most called it the “Future of Media” report, though the official name of the study was “Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.”  After much controversy over whether the FCC should be involved in reviewing decisions of media outlets as to what to cover (see our article here), the FCC’s report came up with various ideas about enhanced disclosures by broadcasters, including the creation of the broadcast online public file, expansion of LPFM stations, and the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine (see our article here on the findings of that report).  While some of these ideas were implemented by the FCC, they did not result in any significant structural changes in the media industry.

Of course, times have changed in the decade since the Future of Media Report and, as we have written, there are many calls for regulation of social media and other tech platforms given the immense impact that they have had on society.  The idea of the proposed blue-ribbon committee is just one more manifestation of the belief that something needs to be done to regulate the tech giants, though there still seems to be no consensus as to what that regulation would look like (see our article here).  We will see if this proposal moves forward in the coming months.

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes review – playful paean to a musical pioneer

Delivered... Rebecca Nicholson | Scene | Sun 16 May 2021 10:30 pm

Experimental and inventive, Caroline Catz’s film paints a fond, intimate and arty portrait of the influential electronic musician

I hope films like Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes (BBC Four) will still have a home at the BBC after BBC Four becomes an archive-only channel, as is planned. I cannot imagine anything so wilfully arty sitting on a more mainstream channel. This is a wonderfully inventive piece of storytelling that celebrates the strange brilliance of a mysterious pioneer of electronic music. Even if it is not likely to bring in record audiences, it would be a crying shame if it were not on television.

Knowing only a little about Derbyshire’s life before, and feeling much more illuminated afterwards, I think it makes sense that her story is told in this experimental style. It was originally a short film, written and directed by Caroline Catz, who has extended it to feature length. The result feels like several ideas spliced together, surprisingly effectively.

Related: Delia Derbyshire and the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop: From the archive, 3 September 1970

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: May 8, 2021 to May 14, 2021

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Sun 16 May 2021 3:28 pm

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

  • In a speech to the Media Institute, FCC Commissioner Starks spoke of the importance of diversity in media ownership and how it should be considered in making any decisions on revisions to the media ownership rules. In addition, the Commissioner stated that a proposal is now circulating among the Commissioners to regularly gather details from broadcasters on the race and gender of their employees.  That information has not been collected for almost 20 years after questions were raised about the constitutionality of the use of such data in assessing broadcasters hiring practices.  The text of the Commissioner’s speech is here.
  • Commissioner Carr issued a statement arguing that the Commission should not interfere with a broadcast station’s newsroom decisions following a complaint filed by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office about a TV station’s coverage of its office. [Complaint and Carr Statement]. We looked at this complaint and similar cases and the role of the First Amendment in broadcast regulation, here.
  • The NAB released a study prepared by BIA Advisory Services finding that social media and other online platforms underpay broadcasters by billions of dollars each year for use of their content, undermining the economic support for local news that these stations provide. [NAB Statement and Study].  NAB President Gordon Smith at the NAB Leadership Conference this week mentioned this report and Congressional proposals to remedy this situation. [Smith Statement].  We wrote here about the details of the pending legislative proposal to give broadcasters more bargaining power with tech platforms.
  • The regulation of online platforms was much discussed at the Leadership Conference and has otherwise been in the news. In another article, we wrote about how this regulation (including reforms of Section 230 which insulates online platforms from liability for content posted by others) could affect advertising on such platforms.
  • As we noted in last week’s update, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sets out its tentative plan for assessing broadcast regulatory fees to be collected before October 1 of this year, with comments due on or before June 3 and reply comments due by June 18. (Federal Register). The FCC’s proposals include increases in some broadcast fees and questions as to whether the Commission needs to accommodate broadcasters and other regulated companies who experienced economic hardship because of the pandemic.  The Commission this week released several decisions by its Office of Managing Director on individual requests for waivers of the payment of annual regulatory fees – decisions that made clear the high burden that an applicant faces in receiving such a waiver. [Summary of denials, full decisions available at links in FCC’s Daily Digest]
  • The FCC’s Media Bureau this week released announcements of consent decrees with nine different radio broadcasters over late uploads to their online political file disclosed in their license renewal applications. The FCC in the previous week announced ten additional consent decrees with other broadcasters.  The consent decrees mandate training programs for station employees on political file obligations and two years of regular reporting requirements where these broadcasters must provide specifics on their compliance to the FCC.  These consent decrees show just how seriously the FCC takes violations of a broadcaster’s obligations to immediately upload information about political advertising orders to their online public inspection files.  We wrote about political consent decrees and what they require here.

Fatima Al Qadiri: Medieval Femme review – ancient and otherworldly

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sun 16 May 2021 9:00 am

This LA-based Kuwaiti artist combines early music with digital dubs to dreamlike effect

A decade into a career at the confluence of digital music and art, the latest album by LA-based Kuwaiti electronic composer Fatima Al Qadiri is full of echoes. Her 2017 EP, Shaneera, was a party-facing tribute to the “evil queens” in Arab culture, thriving in spite of oppression. More recently, her immersive score for Mati Diop’s contemporary ghost story, Atlantics, helped earn the film the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2019.

Medieval Femme, by contrast, hymns some very different Arab women to Shaneera – those of the medieval period – with the otherworldly delicacy honed on Al Qadiri’s soundtrack work. She has often played with perspective (how the west views the east) as well as place (often hyper-real) and time (juxtapositions, anachronisms), but never quite like this. Sheba sounds like early music laced with sighs of sensual longing and the merest scissor snip of 21st-century percussion. The meditative Tasakuba features sorrowful couplets from the seventh-century elegiac poet Al-Khansa. Apart from the more contemporary dystopian digitals of Golden, the feel throughout is ancient and enigmatic. But these lute tones and classical Arabic music figures are rendered digitally; the cloister garden is an interior dream-space.

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A new Machinima age is nigh, with NVIDIA, AI, game effects and faces and poses

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 14 May 2021 7:21 pm

When artists can get their hands on the latest NVIDIA GPUs, expect a bumper crop of AI-assisted poses and faces and music videos. The toys keep coming - NVIDIA Machinima just hit public beta.

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Regulation of Online Platforms and the Effect on Advertising – Including Section 230 Reforms

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 14 May 2021 4:35 pm

Next week, I will be discussing regulatory issues for media companies with Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter (who covers legal issues on their must-read THR, Esq site) in a “Candid Conversation” hosted by Matrix Solutions (more information here, including a registration link).  The sponsor of this conversation consults on media advertising matters, so the content will likely be geared toward the impact of changes on the advertising industry.  While the conversation will cover structural media regulation issues, like broadcast ownership, the relationship between television and various multichannel video providers (both traditional, like cable and satellite television, and online), and similar matters, I think one of most interesting topics will be a discussion of the proposed regulation of tech platforms.  In thinking about that issue (about which we have written many times, including recent articles here and here), it occurs to me that such regulation could have a huge impact on the digital and social media giants that have arisen in the modern media world.

Much has been written, particularly in recent days, about the antitrust regulation to which these tech giants may be subject – with calls for action from both the political right and left (see, for instance, this article drawing parallels between the books recently written about this subject by Amy Klobuchar and Josh Hawley).  Even if such sweeping changes are not adopted, there are more targeted regulatory proposals that could have a direct impact on the advertising on these online platforms.  As we have noted before, advertising on online platforms is now estimated to constitute over 50% of the local advertising sales in virtually every geographic market.  Certainly, privacy regulation limiting the ability of companies to track users across various online platforms could affect such sales.  Less publicized has been the impact of Section 230 reform, which in at least one bill would exempt advertising from the protections afforded companies for the online content that they host.

As we wrote here, Section 230 of the Communications Act was designed to insulate online platforms from liability for content created by others that is hosted on their sites.  Section 230 provides broad protections to providers or users of an “interactive computer service” who, according to the Act, shall not be treated as the “publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”  An interactive computer service is defined broadly to cover virtually all websites and any other electronic platform that makes available content accessible by the public.  An information content provider is essentially anyone who develops content that is posted on one of these interactive computer services.  While there are some exceptions to these protections, they are narrow, and have provided social media sites and other online platforms the ability to host user-generated content with little fear of liability for the contents of that content.  Advertising inserted by third-parties, too, can be hosted on a site with little fear of liability for the content of those ads.  In a bill introduced in Congress earlier this year, the SAFE TECH Act, that would change.

The SAFE TECH Act would, among other things, create an exception from the protections afforded by Section 230 where “the provider or user has accepted payment to make the speech available…”   In a fact sheet provided by the sponsors of this legislation, they made clear that this was meant to apply to advertising to prevent online platforms from profiting from potentially objectionable or illegal content:

The SAFE TECH Act would make clear that Section 230:

    • Doesn’t apply to ads or other paid content – ensuring that platforms cannot continue to profit as their services are used to target vulnerable consumers with ads enabling frauds and scams;

While this legislation has been introduced in the Senate and discussed in various committee hearings, it has not moved through those committees yet, and its ultimate disposition is uncertain.  But with the clamor about tech regulation in Washington and in other political discussions across the nation, watching whether these concepts are adopted in this bill or incorporated into other legislation will be important.  These changes could have a profound impact on the online advertising industry – not just for the huge online platforms, but potentially for anyone that hosts any website or other internet-based content that features programmatic advertising inserted by various ad servers over which the site owner may have little or no control.  All of those ads would need to be monitored for potential liability issues, as we have warned before for broadcasters and other companies taking such advertising (see, for instance, our articles here and here).

This will be just one of the many topics to be discussed in our webinar next week.  Consider joining the conversation next Tuesday.



Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 13 May 2021 7:00 pm
The BottleRock lineup is out Monday, May 17 at 8:00 AM PST! Weekend tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 AM PST. BottleRock has said that there's a limited amount of passes.

Canilla’s love ballads sing from code and dismantled accordions; LP first listen here

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Thu 13 May 2021 6:54 pm

The ruins of fractured accordions are reanimated with hybrid mechanical-digital constructions, to sing the imagined love ballads of a wounded forest. Canilla's latest creation deserves a full listen - so let's premiere it here together, right now.

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Shaper2 is futuristic, glitchy, aggressive K-Devices plug-in waveshaper FX goodness

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 12 May 2021 9:02 pm

Feeling destructive? K-Devices’ Shaper2 is a fast route to digital edginess, it’s on discount now. And it is not mentally demanding – it’s a beautiful magical Thor’s hammer, in a good way. There are quite a lot of waveshapers about. But K-Devices has combined a number of harmonious (or rather intentionally disharmonious) modules for particularly […]

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 12 May 2021 5:00 pm
New additions include Brandi Carlile, Spoon, Cold War Kids and Black Pumas. Kings of Leon, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam will headline. Kings of Leon, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam will headline. There are still options for you to get Ohana Festival 2021 tickets. They're available in General Admission and VIP tickets as single-day or weekend passes. There's also the Ultimate VIP ticket if you want to live LARGE.


Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 11 May 2021 8:00 pm
Alison Wonderland, Anfisa Letyago, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Layton Giordani, Markus Schulz, Nicole Moudaber and more all top the list. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 13 at 12:00 PM PST. They start at just $10 down.

The First Amendment’s Role in Broadcast and Online Regulation

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 11 May 2021 4:52 pm

Everyone knows that a fundamental principle of American democracy is the First Amendment – guaranteeing many freedoms to US citizens including freedom of the press and freedom of speech.  It is one of those concepts that underlies our society, but is often mentioned only in passing, and rarely considered in practice.  Few people – even broadcasters and other media companies – have cause to think about First Amendment principles in their day-to-day operations.  The concepts embodied by the First Amendment are almost a given – except when they are not.

In our politically polarized society, there are more and more arguments made about regulation of speech in various contexts – often made without significant consideration of those First Amendment principles.  On the broadcast side, we have seen Commissioner Carr react to two cases where the FCC has seemingly been called on to regulate the speech (or anticipated speech) of broadcasters.  One case involved a call to deny the sale of a broadcast station allegedly based on a perceived change in the political orientation of its programming from liberal to conservative (see the Carr statement here), and another calling for the FCC to investigate a TV station in Baltimore for allegedly being too focused on investigations into a local government official (see the Carr statement here and an NAB statement also weighing in on the controversy here).  While there may well be issues in each case that go beyond the question of the proposed speech of the broadcasters involved, the issue of whether the FCC can get involved in the regulation of political positions taken by broadcasters is one that is addressed both by statute and past FCC precedent.

We have written many times about how the FCC is restricted by the First Amendment and Section 326 of the Communications Act from regulating the speech of broadcasters.  Section 326 states:

Nothing in this chapter shall be understood or construed to give the Commission the power of censorship over the radio communications or signals transmitted by any radio station, and no regulation or condition shall be promulgated or fixed by the Commission which shall interfere with the right of free speech by means of radio communication.

The FCC has weighed the impact of the First Amendment and Section 326 in numerous cases and found that these principles keep it out of content regulation (with certain limited exceptions, such as indecency and obscenity).  This hands-off policy has been a consistent theme through the FCC’s decisions in a variety of areas.  See, for instance our article last year denying complaints about stations airing President Trump’s news conferences based on allegations that they contained false information that violated the broadcast hoax rule;  our article here on the FCC’s reluctance to get involved in assessing the truth of attacks made in political ads; our articles here and here on the FCC’s policy that it does not regulate the format of broadcast stations; the FCC’s decision to end enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine (see our article here); its denial of previous requests that it penalize a licensee for allegedly airing fake news reports (see our article here); and its decisions to not substitute its judgement for that of the licensee in cases where the FCC was asked to deny renewal applications based on a petitioner’s assessment that the programming selected by the licensee did not best serve the public interest (see our article here).

This consistent position keeps the FCC out of regulating the political speech of broadcasters.  But these same issues are now being raised by both liberals and conservatives in the context of regulating online speech.  We have seen calls for the regulation of Internet platforms that do not limit the speech of some individuals (see, for instance, the controversy last week around the continued ban of former President Trump on Facebook), as well as calls from others to forbid these platforms from blocking individuals, particularly where these platforms provide access to some but not all candidates for political office.  Because online platforms are private companies with their own free speech rights, including the right not to be associated with certain speech of others or with hate speech, it is not necessarily the same analysis as content regulation by government actors.  The First Amendment generally will not apply to the decisions of private online platforms in the same way that it does to government actors, like the FCC, which generally are barred from injecting themselves into content decisions.  But there are still calls for online regulation of these platforms – and we will delve into some of those arguments and their implications for the First Amendment in an article to be published in the near future.

Deep Bitwig tips: learn modular patching on The Grid, integrate with NI controllers

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 11 May 2021 3:36 pm

Bitwig has posted some really useful deep-dive tutorials lately. That includes building up your own from-scratch tools in the modular environment The Grid - and working with integration with Maschine+/MK3 and NI keyboards.

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Everything but the gull: how Ben Watt fought the Covid blues with birdsong

Delivered... Sam Wollaston | Scene | Mon 10 May 2021 11:15 am

Blackcap! Chiffchaff! Warbler! The Everything But the Girl star is fighting to save a nature reserve in the heart of the city. As his new album Storm Shelter is released, we join him for some birdwatching

Cetti’s warbler!” says Ben Watt suddenly, raising a finger to indicate the new addition to the ambient soundscape. Listen, he says, to the opening “chi” followed by what sounds “almost like a little typewriter going off”. Watt does that, interrupts himself, or the silence if he’s not talking, to announce a new bird he’s seen or heard. “Blackcap!” he’ll exclaim. “Chiffchaff!”

We’re sitting in a bird hide overlooking a reed bed and an expanse of water on a gorgeous spring day. A heron stands, still as a photo, two metres in front of us. It could be rural East Anglia – apart from the roar of traffic and the giant arched structure in the background. These are, respectively, the A406 north circular and Wembley Stadium. And the place we’re at is the Welsh Harp reservoir, named after a pub that no longer exists.

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