Music industry, tech world forging success together
“You are on it, then off it for a few days, then on it again.” ‘Not taking the real thing’ Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams said the county crime laboratory on average gets one positive for MDMA a week in seized drugs, but gets several weekly positives for Molly look-alike drugs that are variations of MDMA. “There are a lot of that whole class of drugs around, but Molly is rare in terms of drugs seized,” he said. “My lab tests every seized drug. People might think they are getting Molly, but it’s not showing up in the lab. “They are not taking the real thing,” he said. “There is not that much pure stuff around, but there are other similar compounds with the base molecule that are amphetamine look-alikes.” Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said heroin and cocaine continue to rule the local drug scene and command most of the attention of drug enforcement. Despite perceptions that it’s safer than Ecstasy, Molly is claiming lives nationwide, in particular in connection with electronic dance music events. In late August, during a Zedd concert in Boston, one person died from an MDMA overdose and two others were hospitalized. There also was a reported MDMA overdose death in August during the HARD Summer festival in Los Angeles. Two people died from overdoses of MDMA and four others were hospitalized in critical condition on Aug.
Focus@Will Delivers Music to Help You Concentrate
“It’s a human thing,” he said. “We tend to listen to music while we do things.” But while most commercially produced music is created to distract you, Henshall asked himself whether there was another kind of music that could help people concentrate. And so he began to investigate how to harness the power of music to help people while they work. After two and a half years of research and development, which included the help of two neuroscientists at UCLA, 200 alpha testers, and 20,000 beta testers, Henshall created foucs@will this past May. The app engages the part of the brain known as the limbic system, the area that stays on the lookout for danger and other distractions. Each piece of music in the app is engineered and arranged in a way to calm this system, allowing you to concentrate for longer periods of time and work in a more focused way. Focus@will is designed, Henshall says, “to engage the brain enough, but not too much.” The secret sauce in the app, Henshall says, is in the way the music is put together; using something called phased sequencing, the developers reedited, remixed, and remastered the music, all of it all instrumental, paying attention to things like speed, recording style and intensity in order to enhance people’s ability to maintain their concentration. For most people who use the app (there are approximately 300,000 users as of this article), the results have proven significant, according to Henshall. In his research, Henshall said he discovered the average person can concentrate for approximately 20 minutes before finding themselves distracted. Those who used the app, on average, increased the amount of time they could remain focused by 400 percent, or 80 to 100 minutes, according to his findings. Is it easy to install?: Users can download the app from the iTunes or Google Play store or go to the website and launch it from there. The app provides up to 60 minutes of music for free for guest users and up to five hours of free music on each channel for those who sign up with a personal account. A subscription to the service will grant you access to the entire library as well as customizable features. Should I try it?: If you’re part the population of people who like to listen to music while you work, then you should give focus@will a whirl.
Poster:Everywhere from the Library of Congress to the Harry Ransom Collection at the University of Texas. Or Vince Giordano, our band leader, he collects these period pieces. We really do go back to the period source, and sometimes even have to do transcriptions because we can’t find something. VIDEO:’Saturday Night Live’: Steve Buscemi Skewers Miley Cyrus, ‘Dateline,’ and College Sex Abuse Scandals THR: Do you feel like youve had a college education music of this era? Poster: Sort of. I’d like to think that I just finished middle school. Hopefully there’s a lot more to learn. THR: The soundtrack features such recognizable voices as David Johansen (doing “Strut Miss Lizzie”) and Liza Minelli (“You’ve Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All)” how did you ensure that such recognizable voices dont come off hokey? Poster: All the singers that we invite to work with us have a vocal distinction as well as a certain sensitivity and an insight into the repertoire — because they’re tricky songs, these period pieces, especially with the arrangements. So I think that we cast the singers because they have a particular musical personality. David, for instance, has a very theatrical delivery, and that’s sort of akin to what one might have discovered in 1923 or 1924. It’s just really selling the song. And our band has been completely thrilled and flabbergasted to find themselves backing such renowned performers. THR: You won a Grammy for Boardwalk Empire Volume 1; Does that put extra pressure on part two?
Music scene’s Molly is not a friend to drug users
2 ): We are all for healthy debate about the future of the music business, but John E. Sununus recent piece was so misinformed it deserves a response. Sununu refers to companies such as YouTube and Spotify and the success they have enjoyed as somehow happening in a vacuum independent of the music business. Those technology firms and many others are successful in large part because of the various partnerships forged with music labels. The success of the modern music business and technology companies is interdependent and intertwined. Popular musicians are among the most followed on Twitter and Facebook, and professional music videos top the most-watched list on YouTube. Music is at the heart of the online social media experience. The music business now earns about 60 percent of its revenues from a variety of digital formats. We have transformed how we do business and have embraced an array of digital methods, often free to the consumer, for enjoying music. The fundamental mistake Sununu makes is the premise that its either-or: Innovate or protect rights. Thats a false choice. Smart industries do both. In fact, a number of independent analysts have attested that protecting creators rights, such as the case against file sharing service LimeWire, have directly helped boost music sales. Sununus op-ed regurgitated an antiquated view that doesnt reflect the contemporary music business. Jonathan Lamy
Zubin’s music, guns boom in Jammu & Kashmir
Indeed everything that Bavarian State Orchestra showcased under the expert baton of the peerless Zubin Mehta was unforgettable at the scenic Shalimar Bagh on Saturday. But in Kashmir, death and celebration are often two sides of the same coin. On a day when the strife-torn city also witnessed a near total shutdown due to separatists call protesting the concert, four young men were shot dead by paramilitary forces in Shopian district about 50 kms from the state capital. And just at the time when the 2,000 plus audience was listening to Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D major, the CRPF fired on a speeding car, injuring the driver in both legs in the city’s Budshah Chowk. Unidentified militants also threw a hand grenade at a police party in Pulwama in south Kashmir on the same day leaving seven injured. Locals said those killed in Shopian were innocent civilians. But CRPF director-general Dilip Trivedi said, “They attacked our check-post. Weapons and grenades have also been found on them.” The killings triggered protests in Shopian, underlying once again that peace always hangs by a thin thread in these parts. At the 17th century Shalimar Bagh, home to 450-year-old chinar trees and a range of flowers that would leave any botanist in swoon, it was a different world. Most A list invitees had preferred to miss the show. But there were specially flown in guests all the same. The dresses were high couture: off-shoulder designer gowns, backless blouses and shorts skirts.