Seeing Sound and Hearing Light

first_imgSynesthesia, the syndrome in which people’s senses become confused, may not be so off the wall.  Research at the University of British Columbia “flips the traditional view of how we perceive the world on its head.” Experiments show that our brains perceive the world by synthesizing multiple inputs.  The latest evidence of this is that we can “hear” through our skin.    BBC News and Live Science reported on experiments by Bryan Gick at the U of BC that show blindfolded subjects perceive words differently when receiving puffs of air on their skin.  He believes that this is very different from traditional interpretations of sense organs as independent channels of perception.  According to Gick, humans are “whole-body perceiving machines.”  The research, he believes, could lead to more effective hearing aids and prostheses for the blind and deaf.Our bodies are marvelously designed whole entities.  Evolution cannot “tinker” with one thing without affecting other things.  Applying a proverb by John Muir to anatomy, the more we try to pick out one function, the more we find it tied to everything else in the body.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Industry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton Brothers

first_imgPremiumBeat sat down with the prolific duo of Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart to discuss how they successfully craft fear.PremiumBeat: Psycho-supernatural horror thrillers seem to be in your wheelhouse. What is it about crafting the soundtrack to terror that appeals to you both?The Newton Brothers: A terrifying soundtrack usually comes with opportunities to try really odd things. Often times, it’s less about just notes and more about a combination of all of the things that make up music — notes, production, rhythm, feel, tone, etc. In a typical score, your goal is to enhance the narrative. When it comes to terror, that’s still the job, but you need to get really uncomfortable with how you do it. If audiences hear something familiar, it can sometimes “instruct” their psyche how to feel. I think the best experience of a film is letting each viewer have their own unique experience, as it relates to them. Enhancing the narrative without pointing the finger is an absolute blast, especially for horror films.The Haunting of Hill House (photo by Steve Dietl/Netflix).PB: The Haunting of Hill House is a reimagining of the 1959 Shirley Jackson book. It’s been nearly fifty years since that novel was published. Were any elements of the score a throwback or homage to the original source material?TNB: We spent a lot of time in the early stages after reading the novel and watching the original film, discussing with each other this exact question. Eventually, through the process of writing, we decided that there were ideas we wanted to think about and incorporate into the TV show, which came from the book and the original film. Fear was one of the big ones. We tried to not make anything feel comfortable and expected. Even the pieces of music that were not meant to invoke fear were all played freestyle, without a click, so that the music felt as if it was breathing. There’s always an element of “anything can happen” when something is breathing.Music can turn on you and keep you guessing, especially when it feels like it’s living and breathing. We had big percussion hits throughout which were also not to a tempo, which also helped with an unexpected feeling. In addition to fear, the idea of sanity — or a lack thereof — was also a concept we talked a lot about before writing. As the season went on, certain cues would be placed in the edit, as it was being assembled, and sometimes they’d work. and other times they’d just be a road map. Mike Flanagan (show creator) would have a specific note about what was or was not working. But even the cues that were working, we made it a point to completely re-score them as an exercise of sanity/insanity. It caused a lot of extra work, but was incredibly effective at giving every scene its own unique score. (Wow, after answering that, we sound slightly crazy.)The Newton Brothers (photo by Josh Shultz).PB: As brothers in music, how do you navigate the collaboration? Do you have a set process between you when crafting a new score?TNB: We do. Typically, we have very little dialogue with each other early on. We’ll talk in broad strokes and then go away separately and try things. Then, we’ll come together and play things for each other and start filtering things and using each other’s sounds/themes that we’re liking. It’s actually a really wonderful process because it taps two wells of thoughts and then brings them together. I don’t think music is ever about a singular person or a singular idea. Music is informed by others and by instruments and by production and by natural chaos in life. Being able to combine thoughts and chords and melodies and sounds is such a fun and rewarding journey, every time.Doctor Sleep (Warner Brothers).PB: What is your approach to a horror score? Do you aim to guide the audience’s emotions or do you play against manipulating their fears and anticipation?TNB: We play against manipulating fears and anticipation. There are times when we will support the narrative, but we’ll rarely do so before dialogue or action on scene has already broken the ice. We’ve become quite sensitive to it in watching films and TV shows. I know that it bumps me pretty hard when I’m watching a film and a piece of score will instruct my emotions before something has occurred. That being said, I think there are occasions for it. A great example is the “Binary Sunset” cue in Star Wars IV when Luke walks out to watch the sun set and John Williams begins giving you the emotional thread, just before you cut to Luke’s face. But, in this case, it propels the narrative and acts as a storyteller with the scene. The entrance of the score in Episode 6 of Haunting was used in a similar way — to give support earlier than dialogue acknowledged, but it was extremely specific to do so, and that was Mike’s idea. It worked brilliantly in context with the episode.The Haunting of Hill House (Jackson Lee/Netflix).PB: You both play multiple instruments. How are your scores typically produced? Do you rely on live musicians or does technology play a big role for you?TNB: We rely on live musicians for everything. We also rely on technology, as well. Both can interact beautifully, as long as we always remember that the live recordings are the heartbeat of the music. There’s magic in the machine, too, though. It’s another tool in the kit and can equally inspire. There’s a Pink Floyd “Live at Pompeii” video from the late ’60s or early ’70s where they’re living this exact situation. They were using the technology of the time in confluence with their skills as artists, musicians, and humans.Extinction (Netflix).PB: Finally, you’ve had so much success bringing thrills and chills to the screen – is there any other genre you’d love to work on?TNB: We both love a variety of genres. We’d love to work on more. Sci-fi and drama have always been our biggest influences. We worked on a film called Extinction, with Director Ben Young, and we loved working in that genre. The melding of that technology and human spirit, and the influence of the infinite is a perfect experience for music. It can be huge or intimate or heroic or desolate. All of the dynamics of life, which opens up every avenue possible, musically. But, in general, we love the prospect of new projects with great teams. It really comes down to the experience — working with the entire team on a great narrative — even more than the genre. I think Pinocchio was a wonderful tale that would be incredible to score.I don’t even know if they’ll redo it, but if they do, that would be a really great project to work on.Cover image via Ouija: Origin of Evil (Universal Pictures).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.VFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR TechnologyIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik ScherrerIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”The Sun is Also a Star Film Composer Herdís Stefánsdóttirlast_img read more

BJP scores ‘cent percent’ in Jamner municipal poll

first_imgIn a resounding victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday snared all 24 seats in the Jamner municipal poll in Jalgaon district, with Sadhana Mahajan, the wife of senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan, being elected to the presidential post.The result is expected to strengthen Mr. Mahajan’s bastion in Jalgaon district. The win was especially crucial for the Water Resources Minister as Jamner happens to be his Assembly constituency.Ms. Mahajan, who was the BJP’s nominee in this ‘battle for prestige’, easily trounced the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) candidate Anjali Pawar by more than 8,000 votes to be elected as president of the Jamner Municipal Council.She polled 17,893 votes, coasting to victory by defeating Ms. Pawar, who garnered 9,540 votes. Large numbers of jubilant BJP workers staged a victory rally across Jalgaon district soon after the results.“The people of Jamner have delivered an emphatic verdict by voting for the BJP’s development works. They have rendered the politics of caste practiced by the NCP and the Congress completely ineffectual,” said an ecstatic Mr. Mahajan, who joined the victory procession following the results.In the 2013 election to the Jamner Council, the Congress-NCP alliance was in the ascendant, winning 14 seats with the coalition’s candidate Paras Lalwani serving as president for the first two-and-a-half years.A strange turn in political fortunes led to Ms. Sadhana Mahajan serving as president of the Jamner council in 2015.According to election observers, Ms. Mahajan’s victory this time was a fait accompli as Mr. Mahajan had thrown his full weight in the poll arena, even going so far as to canvass in Jalgaon on his wife’s behalf a fortnight before the polling on April 6. The win also enables Mr. Mahajan, viewed as a close aide to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, to score political brownie points over his party rival, former Minister Eknath Khadse, who is another Jalgaon strongman from the Muktainagar constituency.last_img read more

Dame time: Blazers guard continues to beat the odds

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Now a four-time All-Star, Lillard had another series-clinching 3-pointer, back in 2014 in the first-round against the Houston Rockets.For the past several years, the Blazers have had a reputation as the West’s overachieving underdogs — a smaller market team that always puts up a fight in a conference dominated by the Warriors. In a way, the whole team has taken on Lillard’s prove-them-wrong persona.Portland has been swept in the postseason’s opening round for the past two seasons. Last season especially stung because the Blazers were a third seed with homecourt advantage over New Orleans.Lillard was asked at practice this week whether the Blazers are playing with a chip on their collective shoulder, given the recent past. His drew on his own story when talking about his teammates.“Over time you’ve gotta grow and you gotta move on from stuff. You gotta let it play its part, you can’t just hold to it,” he said. “I know what my story is, I know I was under recruited, I went to a small school but I don’t come in here every day like ‘They didn’t want to recruit me.’ It was what it was. It kind of pushed me to where I was at that time.“Then you just move on to the next thing. I think that’s where we are.”Lillard has moved on from the first-round series, from the shot and perhaps from his past. While he’s known to point to his wrist after big shots, indicating “Lillard Time,” it’s now as if that’s no longer necessary. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments “It’s was a great, great feeling to go out that way, and get that series,” Lillard said. “But at the end of the day it’s just the first round, you don’t want to get too emotionally excited about it, and try to trying to move forward and lay an egg because you’re too emotional about this whole thing. It’s a great feeling, I’m excited about it. But I’m ready to move on.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shooting kills college football player, injures Giants’ pick Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid He averaged 33 points over the five games against the Thunder, best for a playoff series in franchise history.He has the Nuggets attention — along with the rest of the NBA.“Damian Lillard’s on a tear right now,” Denver’s Paul Millsap acknowledged.Lillard averaged 23.8 points per game to lead the Blazers in the regular season. Portland finished third in the Western Conference with 53 wins for a sixth straight appearance in the playoffs. Lillard has been on each of those teams.“This was not a coming-out party. This is who he is,” said Blazers guard Seth Curry. “You watch basketball, you pay attention, you watch highlights, you know who he is as a player. He has done this all year and he’s been doing this every year.”ADVERTISEMENT Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard leaves the court after hitting the game-winning three-pointer to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-115 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. — After he made his unforgettable 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch Portland’s first-round series over Oklahoma City, Damian Lillard was mobbed by his teammates.The television camera moved into the scrum, and Lillard looked directly into the lens. His expression was pure told-you-so.ADVERTISEMENT Said teammate Rodney Hood: “It is time to put him up there with the top players in the league. This was icing on the cake. I know he is one of the best players in the league, now this performance will put him on the radar nationally.”It seems the 28-year-old Lillard has spent his entire basketball career off the radar.Lillard didn’t get a lot of interest from recruiters when he was a kid growing up in Oakland, California, and wound up at Weber State. He grabbed Portland’s attention and after an impressive hour-long solo workout and a dinner with owner Paul Allen, the Blazers took him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Obviously he can score the ball with the best of them. But Dame has a chip on his shoulder, and he has since the day he walked into this league,” said Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. “Just the way he grinds, he played like a guy from Oakland with a chip on his shoulder and a guy who has been doubted forever.”The doubters don’t bother the 6-foot-3 Lillard. They seem to motivate him, fuel his hunger to prove them wrong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe enters the NBA conference semifinals on a roll, as confident as ever.And it’s not just because of the 37-footer that eliminated the Thunder: He had 50 points in last Tuesday’s deciding game, a 118-115 Game 5 victory that sent the Blazers through to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in three seasons. He had 34 points in the first half and finished with 10 3-pointers, second most ever in the playoffs. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Analysis: Of course Serena Williams unsatisfied by Paris run

first_img“When you play Serena, you’ve got to control all the points, you’ve got to dictate, because she’s going to take control of the points,” Kenin said. “She’s the best of the best.”This was Williams’ earliest Grand Slam loss since 2014, and her performance was as shaky as can be. She lost eight of the initial 10 games, ended up with twice as many unforced errors as Kenin and often was left shaking her head or muttering to herself or gesticulating in despair after dropping a point.Since twisting her ankle along the way to blowing four match points in the Australian Open quarterfinals, Williams had played only four matches in 2019, going 2-2.She pulled out of Indian Wells because she was sick, then the Miami Open and the Italian Open because of her knee.“She had such a short period of time to prepare,” Mouratoglou said after the loss to Kenin. “All I know is, she was not ready and it was obvious, I think. … She was fighting, but she’s not prepared enough to win those matches.”Williams agreed with that assessment.“I’m just pretty far away, but … the optimistic part is I haven’t been able to be on the court as much as I would have,” she said. “That’s OK. At least I can start trying to put the time in now.”To that end, Williams did not rule out entering a grass-court tuneup tournament ahead of the next Grand Slam tournament on the calendar, Wimbledon.She hasn’t done that since 2011.“I’m definitely feeling short on matches, and just getting in the swing of things. I don’t really like playing out points when I practice,” she said. “I have some time on my hands, so maybe I’ll jump in and get a wild card on one of these grass-court events and see what happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Serena Williams hadn’t played much all year. Hadn’t practiced much, either. She dealt with an injured ankle in January, a viral illness in March, then a bad left knee in March, April and May.She wasn’t sure whether it even made sense to show up for the French Open at all.ADVERTISEMENT But here’s the thing: Williams needs to be closer to her highest level than she was in Paris if she is going to do what she wants to do, which is raise her Grand Slam trophy count. Right now she’s at 23, more than anyone in the professional era. In the history of tennis, only Margaret Court has more, with 24, some won against amateur competition.On Sunday, Williams already was looking ahead, writing on Instagram: “Yesterday was not my day. But it’s about getting up time and time again after you fall. Here’s to a multitude of tomorrows.”It’s not as if Williams can’t still summon the elite strokes and strategy necessary to thrive. She demonstrated that by getting to the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, when she returned to the tour following the September 2017 birth of her daughter.Williams, though, is no longer at the stage of her career, or perhaps an age, where she can get by purely on her considerable will or muscle memory or champion’s aura.Especially when facing gutsy opponents like the 35th-ranked Kenin.ADVERTISEMENT As usual, all eyes will be on Williams when play starts at the All England Club on July 1.“I want her to be ready,” Mouratoglou said. “Whatever we need to do we will do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Angkas adds new safety measures for six-month pilot run PLAY LIST 02:17Angkas adds new safety measures for six-month pilot run01:10Angkas re-training 15,000 drivers, eyes pilot run by end of June00:35Tennis legend Moya marvels at Manila crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Neymar denies rape allegations So, a reporter wanted to know, given all of that, would the 37-year-old Williams have been satisfied ahead of time if someone had told her she would wind up making it to the third round?Hahahahahaha. Are you kidding? This is Williams we’re talking about here, as talented and competitive an athlete as there is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I would have thought they were lying, because I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” came the reply Saturday evening, after Williams was beaten 6-2, 7-5 in that round by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. “So I would have been like, ‘That’s not true.’”Here is the way Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, summed up her mindset: “She doesn’t come here to do second round, third round, quarters or semis. She comes to win.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Seaspan Eyes USD 250 Mn Debt from Fairfax

first_imgzoom Containership manager and owner Seaspan Corporation is looking to secure up to USD 250 million of investment from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.In late December 2017, the company entered into a letter of intent pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through certain subsidiaries, will make the investment in exchange for the issuance of 5.5% interest bearing unsecured debentures and Class A Common Share purchase warrants.Seaspan informed that it intends to use the proceeds from this USD 250 million investment to fund future growth initiatives, debt repayment and for general corporate purposes.Fairfax has agreed to subscribe on a private placement basis, and subject to certain conditions, for debentures in a maximum aggregate amount of USD 250 million.The debentures, which will be unsecured obligations, will mature in seven years and will be guaranteed by certain of Seaspan’s subsidiaries. The company will have the right to redeem the debentures at face value plus all accrued but unpaid interest thereon at any time after the fifth anniversary of issuance.Seaspan has also agreed to issue 38,461,539 warrants, each exercisable into one class A common share in the capital of Seaspan and exercisable at USD 6.50 per share. Each warrant will be exercisable within seven years.“The investment by Fairfax will strengthen and simplify our balance sheet, while increasing our financial flexibility to take advantage of compelling opportunities,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan Corporation, said.Fairfax will have the right to nominate two independent directors to the board of directors of Seaspan for so long as at least 50% of the debentures remain outstanding. Fairfax will have the right to nominate one independent director to the board of directors of Seaspan if less than 50%, but more than 20%, of the debentures remain outstanding.Furthermore, Seaspan has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Fairfax pursuant to which it has agreed that it will not solicit interest from any other party in relation to any potential capital raising or financial transaction involving debt or equity of Seaspan until January 19, 2018.Closing of the transaction is subject to the settlement of mutually agreeable definitive documentation, and other customary closing conditions.last_img read more