The Day the Music Died, Otherwise Known As The Dawning Era of Negotiations

Several readers have observed this quite eloquently, but let’s summarize: laws around music are complicated, messy, and confusing. If they don’t seem that way to you, you’re either a lawyer or you haven’t done your homework. That said, without question, proposed changes to streaming music licensing fees would be devastating to Internet radio, because not just top 40 music requires license fees — even many indie labels are RIAA members and participate in SoundExchange. But here’s the key: they’d be devastating as proposed. And suddenly, at the eleventh hour, SoundExchange seems to be backpedaling. (Their strategy, evidently: push as hard …

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Eerie Quiet, Days Before Monday’s “End of Internet Radio” Deadline

Photo: geodesic. Cricket sound: provided by you. Hear that? Nothing. No, it’s not silence making a political point, as with the Internet Radio Day of Silence staged last week by web radio to protest punishing new royalty rates by showing what they could cause. This is an even more disturbing silence: as the deadline for new US rates for Net radio approaches, online radio’s supporters seem to be desperate and exhausted. Here’s the problem: net radio supporters, concerned that new rates (and the backdated royalty rates that would be owed along with them) could kill Internet radio, haven’t exactly gotten …

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Today is Internet Radio Day of Silence; Join Musicians in Support of Fair Rates

If you switch on your favorite radio stream and hear something unusual — people talking about Internet policy, ambient sounds, or nothing at all — you’re getting a glimpse of a world that could be here by next month. To illustrate the devastating effect new US royalty rates could have on online broadcasters, broadcasters large and small are making today, Tuesday, June 26, a “day of silence.” They’re not just being dramatic: online broadcasters from public radio stations to big services like Rhapsody have said they simply won’t be able to swallow the new rates. Small broadcasters don’t have the …

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May 15 Could be End of Internet Radio; US Legislation to Intervene

The clock is ticking for Internet radio, from public broadcasting streams from stations like KCRW to Internet-only streaming services like Pandora. The Copyright Royalties Board recently approved new rates and restrictions that would increase costs for streamers by three to twelve times their previous rate. This month, the CRB rejected an appeal by broadcasters to reconsider the rates. As a result, by May 15 streamers will have to not only begin paying the 2007 rate but also back-dated royalties going back to the beginning of 2006. Without changes to the rules, many stations will simply shutter on the 15th of …

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Radio Wonderlands: Moogerfooger April 1 Edition, Max/MSP Radio Remixing

FM radio and electronic music making: they just go together. Sure, to Moog Music such combinations are the stuff of April Fool’s pranks. Yes, I’m late with this one, but that’s just what Moog came up with last week — and promptly leaked onto the Web before April Fool’s Day even hit. The MF/FM has an on-board analog radio tuner, capable of locking into frequencies across the FM radio band. Mix any instrument with live radio signals, and tweak the voltage controlled oscillator for modulated madness and creativity. The MF/FM accepts instrument to line-level input and the signal is passed …

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If Streaming Rates Stand, “We’ll Have to Shutter”, Says Pandora Founder

A Copyright Royalty Board decision last week chose to adopt a strict new fee structure proposed by a collection body of the RIAA for all web streams, far out of proportion to the fees paid by other media (broadcast, satellite radio) and previous paid by radio streams. Will the higher fees benefit musicians? Not if you ask the streamers; numerous arguments online suggest the cost of the new fees would actually exceed income, from everyone from small streams to enormous ones, and could threaten services like Pandora. For additional background: Webcast royalty rate decision announced at the Radio and Internet …

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CBC Radio 3 Takes on Gear Lust in Canada

“I would rather have a robot singing our songs than myself.” So explains the lead singer vocoder user for the electro-rock band Shout Out Out Out Out on a new feature on CBC Radio 3. The new program takes on gadget love among musicians. “Our resident gear-freak Tariq Hussain gets the skinny on some of the out-of-the-ordinary equipment used by Canadian musicians,” explains CBC’s John Paolozzi. The idea is to learn how bands get a certain sound. CBC Radio 3: Gear Heads Episode 1 The first band interview is a decent one, and it seems CBC is pumping out lots …

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Moog Space Jam II: Jordan Rudess + Richard Lainhart, Free and Live on the Radio and Web

Two master electronic performers, Jordan Rudess (also of Dream Theater) and CDM regular Richard Lainhart, are teaming up for an evening of music, performance, and discussion, broadcast live worldwide (and over Ye Olde Radio, if you happen to be in the Hudson Valley of New York). These are two really unbelievable musicians, composers, producers, and more, and I’ll be interested to hear what they have to say, what they perform, and what they spin. From the CDM forums: On Friday evening, May 19, starting at 7:00 PM EDST, musicians Jordan Rudess and Richard Lainhart will perform live in WDFH’s Studio …

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