Just to let you know what my good friend TJ Chana founder of Asian Underground London FB is up to, you haven’t heard from him in a while as he is working of a few projects behind the scenes – maybe even an interview with the them exclusively for NADA:BRAHMAN – watch this space!
To celebrate Karsh Kale returning home to the UK and the Punditz playing TJ will be commissioning some very special artwork for the event. Having already done four pieces which are on his myspace site, he is working on more! www.myspace.com/tjchana
The Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz artwork can been seen at
(One which is featured by KK himself on Facebook for the UK show!)
TJ has also made an album of images he has captured, most of them are by TJ, some are just images which are too cool. This can be found at
After a short break it was time for an unforgettable audio experience. Watching and posting their “BBC Introducing” vids blogging about these guys over the past few months, Oh how I have waited for this!!
Featuring Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Shahid Abbas Khan, Jenna G and Lena Cullen – it was the fantabulous Engine Earz Experiment.
This 30 minute set drove the crowd insane, with their fusing of indigenous musics from around the world all covered in dark dubstep and unforgiving basslines that really shakes your core. Playing favourites like Lucky By Design, OHM, Reach You featuring Lena Cullen. Not forgetting the infamous putting them on the map track – Kaliyuga: for the first time two studios versions were merged into one explosive performance with English vocals provided by Jenna G and Indian vocals by Abi Sampanthan.
The crowd went fanatical when Introspector was performed with Nathan “Flutebox” Lee. Right now I’m having trouble describing what it was like as you just had to experience in the moment.
Not only was this set about the music, but the stunning visuals that were displayed went hand in hand with every track, each millisecond felt like it went through a well thought out process giving each and every track and visual a deeper meaning that we think. Hats off to you Prash and the crew!
PHEW! … by this time you’d think that was it but wait there’s more, Nathan “Flutebox” Lee and the Clinic an astounding array of talented musicians were up. They provided an acoustic display of explosive blend of musical elements like Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ bass with Western, Indian classical and Funk melodies, definitely one spellbinding act. A guest appearance was made by Mayur Narvekar aka Bandish Projekt. He joined Flutebox for a wiked jamming session, a teaser to what I was to witness the next day!!! PHOWAAR!!
My night finished here. I had to catch the last train back to North London. I was gutted, I didn’t get to see the jam with Chandrasonic and Marty Savale from Asian Dub Foundation and Nerms closing set.
I had a truly magnificent night, it was intense, immense and incredible. For those who missed out, it was an experience worth going through to discover new and diverse music.
Thank you Ash Chandola (Director of Swaraj Music) and Southbank! Hope to see more of these events in the future!
* pics taken by David Reffell
With the recent April 15th publication of an FCC Public Notice in the Federal Register, the due date for Comments regarding possible revisions to the FCC's Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules has been set at May 17th, with Reply Comments due by June 14. By this recent Public Notice, the Commission has requested informal comments regarding revisions to its EAS rules in connection with the forthcoming adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). So what, you might ask, is “CAP”?
CAP stands for “Common Alerting Protocol” and is the next-generation protocol for distributing emergency warnings and safety notifications. In technical jargon it is “an open, interoperable, data interchange format for collecting and distributing all-hazard safety notifications and emergency warnings to multiple information networks, public safety alerting systems, and personal communications devices.” In layman’s terms, it will allow FEMA, the National Weather Service, a state Governor, or others authorized to initiate public alert systems to automatically format and even target a specific geographic area and simultaneously alert the public using multiple media platforms including broadcast television, radio, cable, cell phones, and electronic highway signs. CAP will also allow for alerts specifically formatted for people with disabilities and for non-English speakers.
As part of an EAS Order adopted by the FCC back in 2007, the Commission mandated that all EAS participants -- which would include radio, television, and cable -- must accept CAP-based EAS alerts within 180 days after the date on which FEMA publishes the applicable technical standards for CAP. According to the FCC, FEMA has recently announced its intention to adopt a version of CAP as early as the third quarter of 2010, which would in turn trigger the Commission’s 180-day requirement. Given that the Commission’s current EAS rules pre-date the concept of Common Alerting Protocol, the existing EAS rules will likely need significant revision or even replacement once CAP is adopted and implemented.
Accordingly, in light of the short time frame following FEMA's adoption of the CAP standard, and order to get ahead of any rulemaking that may be necessary to update its rules, on March 25th the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued a Public Notice seeking informal comments regarding what, if any, changes might be necessary to the FCC's EAS Rules in order to accommodate the introduction of CAP. The FCC has asked that commenters specifically identify the existing rules that need to be modified or deleted, and to suggest new rules for EAS system architecture, equipment requirements, organization, operations, testing, access for people with disabilities and non-English speakers, etc. More detailed information regarding the specific questions the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has asked and the information it is hoping to gain from commenters is available in the FCC’s recent Public Notice, which is available here.
Parties interested in commenting have until May 17th to do so, and Reply Comments are due by June 14th. Commenters should be sure to reference the subject public notice and EB Docket No. 04-296. Comments can be filed either via ECFS, the the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal, or in paper with the FCC. Given the impact on broadcasters, we'll continue to follow this issue and report on any changes to the EAS rules as the FCC and FEMA conduct their respective proceedings.