Volkswagen Play the Road composes music on the go – BBC News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Saturday 30 November 2013 7:38 am

Music has long been associated with long drives and used in car advertisements to add to the thrill of the ride.

But Volkswagen is taking it one step further and allowing the car to compose music depending on the speed being driven and style of driving.

BBC Click’s Lara Lewington composes her own tune just from the speed she sets and the way that she turns the car.

The quest to turn computers into creative artists

Watch more clips on the Click website. If you are in the UK, you can watch the whole programme on BBC iPlayer.

Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25144456

Tucson ‘Captives Tortured With Loud Music’ – Sky News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 9:30 pm

Three sisters allegedly held captive by their mother and stepfather at their home in Tucson were monitored by video cameras in soundproof rooms, police said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said the couple used “technological and psychological” means to imprison the three girls, aged 12, 13 and 17.

The couple, Sophia and Fernando Richter, were arrested on charges of emotional and physical abuse and three counts of kidnapping.

As police investigating the case were poring over a journal kept by the 17-year-old, details of the alleged captivity emerged.

Music blared loudly and constantly from the girls’ bedrooms. Duct work was sealed and towels were forced against doors to prevent the sound from being heard outside.

Mr Villasenor said: “What the kids are telling us, it was 24-7 either loud music or static.” 

There were motion sensors on the doors to the girls’ bedrooms and video cameras trained on their bed.

Locks on the girls’ bedroom doors kept them from escaping, Mr Villasenor said, adding another method was also used but declined to say what it was.

Tucson Daughters Held Captive
Two girls escaped on Tuesday, the third was found by police. Pic: KOLD TV

If the girls needed to use the bathroom, there was an unspecified signal for them to let the parents know they needed a bathroom break.

The two younger girls escaped through the window of their bedroom on Tuesday after the stepfather, brandishing a knife, tried to break down the room’s door. They ran to a neighbour’s home.

When police arrived at the suburban home, they found the 17-year-old, who was being held separately from her sisters in another room.

The three girls were malnourished and dirty and told officers they had not taken a bath in months.

Investigators hope the diary will help them build a criminal case against the 32-year-old mother and 34-year-old stepfather.

Mr Villasenor declined to reveal the diary’s contents but said the teen kept one of her most prized possessions – a photo of singer Enrique Iglesias – in the journal, which was kept inside a satchel.

“It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,” Mr Villasenor said.

Investigators are also trying to determine the last time the girls attended a school.

No schools in the area had a record of them, Mr Villasenor said, and police have not been able to verify the mother’s claims that the children were home-schooled.

The girls are now together at a group home in the custody of a state child welfare agency.

Source Article from http://news.sky.com/story/1174812/tucson-captives-tortured-with-loud-music

Tucson ‘Captives Tortured With Loud Music’ – Sky News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 4:27 pm

Three sisters allegedly held captive by their mother and stepfather at their home in Tucson were monitored by video cameras in soundproof rooms, police said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said the couple used “technological and psychological” means to imprison the three girls, aged 12, 13 and 17.

The couple, Sophia and Fernando Richter, were arrested on charges of emotional and physical abuse and three counts of kidnapping.

As police investigating the case were poring over a journal kept by the 17-year-old, details of the alleged captivity emerged.

Music blared loudly and constantly from the girls’ bedrooms. Duct work was sealed and towels were forced against doors to prevent the sound from being heard outside.

Mr Villasenor said: “What the kids are telling us, it was 24-7 either loud music or static.” 

There were motion sensors on the doors to the girls’ bedrooms and video cameras trained on their bed.

Locks on the girls’ bedroom doors kept them from escaping, Mr Villasenor said, adding another method was also used but declined to say what it was.

Tucson Daughters Held Captive
Two girls escaped on Tuesday, the third was found by police. Pic: KOLD TV

If the girls needed to use the bathroom, there was an unspecified signal for them to let the parents know they needed a bathroom break.

The two younger girls escaped through the window of their bedroom on Tuesday after the stepfather, brandishing a knife, tried to break down the room’s door. They ran to a neighbour’s home.

When police arrived at the suburban home, they found the 17-year-old, who was being held separately from her sisters in another room.

The three girls were malnourished and dirty and told officers they had not taken a bath in months.

Investigators hope the diary will help them build a criminal case against the 32-year-old mother and 34-year-old stepfather.

Mr Villasenor declined to reveal the diary’s contents but said the teen kept one of her most prized possessions – a photo of singer Enrique Iglesias – in the journal, which was kept inside a satchel.

“It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,” Mr Villasenor said.

Investigators are also trying to determine the last time the girls attended a school.

No schools in the area had a record of them, Mr Villasenor said, and police have not been able to verify the mother’s claims that the children were home-schooled.

The girls are now together at a group home in the custody of a state child welfare agency.

Source Article from http://news.sky.com/story/1174812/tucson-captives-tortured-with-loud-music

Sheffield bands forge a future away from Arctic Monkeys – The Guardian

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 4:27 pm

Music that’s dripping with wry, smoggy romanticism – that, to many, is Sheffield. The shadow cast by Hawley, Cocker, Turner et al is a mighty long one, but within it hundreds of acts plough subtler furrows, unafraid to experiment. The music coming out of the Steel City at the trumpet end of 2013 is proud of, and utterly dependent on, its city, yet sounds nothing at all like the music of its past icons.

In a place that, more than most, becomes defined by a single act once a decade, standing apart is an essential survival mechanism. Nick Cox, guitarist in joy-rock collective Screaming Maldini, explains: “Maybe non-Sheffielders think we all sound like Arctic Monkeys; a lot of bands here [at one point] did. In trying to escape being tarred with the Pulp/Monkeys brush, our bands have got to go the extra mile musically.”

“We’ve got the freedom to keep making rich, diverse music away from the glare of people who feel they already know what sort of music Sheffield makes,” says Leigh Greenwood, singer of Low Duo, a band steeped in dreamy atmospherics. “In reality, it’s much more diverse here than outsiders assume. A skewed outlook or different slant is celebrated.” Laurie Allport, guitarist of electro-flecked indie troupe Hey Sholay, agrees: “There’s no real assistance from the southern-based music industry. It leaves imaginations to germinate free of influence.” This freedom allows a creative, egalitarian atmosphere to flourish. “The bands all seem to be mates, willing to slug it together,” says Alex Dowson, producer of the BBC Introducing In Sheffield radio show – an observation confirmed by Allport. “The musicians are a community and obsessively modest,” he says.

This is not of scene of leaders and followers. Take the mousetrap-taut garage rock of Radical Boy and the soon-to-be-defunct Wet Nuns – the lads are calling it a day after their current tour (“But hey, at least we’ll never make a shit album!”) – and juxtapose it with the detuned riffery of Dead Sons, the gentle acoustic beauty of Joe Banfi or the dusty Americana of the Payroll Union, and you paint a picture of an indie scene that’s nothing if not diverse. Jake Murray, bassist of melodic quintet Blessa (who met at university in the city) can account for his own band’s individuality, at least. “Sheffield was stuck in a rut; acts riding the tails of bands like Arctic Monkeys. We tried to frame ourselves in opposition to that.”

Blessa and Screaming Maldini – both comprised of members from inside and outside Sheffield – suggest the influx of creative outsiders may also have a part to play in its shifting musical landscape. “Many stay after uni,” says Cox. “It’s a melting pot of creative people from different backgrounds.”

Dowson, however, has a much simpler explanation for Sheffield’s aural vibrancy: “It’s good old Yorkshire graft mate.”

Low Duo play The Forum, Sheffield, 1 Dec; catch Blessa at the Artrocker New Blood festival, Hoxton Bar and Grill, N1, 16 Jan; Hey Sholay appear at Notting Hill Arts Club, W11, 7 Apr. Screaming Maldini’s debut album is out on 4 Feb

Source Article from http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/29/sheffield-bands-blessa-hey-sholay

Empty Pools – Slack Tide: New music – The Guardian (blog)

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 4:27 pm

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Bristol’s Empty Pools came together after guitarist Ben and drummer Aaron put a classified advert in a local paper asking for bandmates. The ad’s list of musical influences was fairly niche, citing Pylon, Marnie Stern, Talking Heads, Helium and Karate as influences. In a twist of fate, it immediately drew the attention of kindred spirits, Matt (who plays bass) and singer, Leah. From there the band released the lovingly lo-fi Vanderbilt Cup single, which was apparently influenced by the rapport between celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s and Patti Smith. While their songs often have the impulsive rush of something that feels like it’s been dashed off in an instant, they’re clearly a band who like to over-think things. Album titles, for example. For their debut album, Saturn Reruns, they sort inspiration from poet David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and the concept of Saturn Return. “I looked it [Saturn Return] up when I got home and understood it to be a pretty cool and romantic way to describe sinking into a hellish depression,” Leah explains. “Each song is a miniature, miserable revelation. The title also pays homage to our favourite rock’n'roll puns.” For the deliciously crumpled sweetness of their new single Slack Tide, the band decided to create possibly one of the most charmingly depressing animated videos of all time. Directed by Francesca Adams (and premiered here), the video shows a sad cartoon man going through the daily monotonies of life as he struggles to cope with living on a series of circular planets. In the end, well, he just jumps off the metaphorical treadmill.

Saturn Reruns is out now via Battle Worldwide Recordings. The band play Thekla in Bristol tomorrow night.

Source Article from http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/nov/28/empty-pools-slack-tide

Lostprophets’ music removed from HMV following Ian Watkins trial – The Guardian

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 4:27 pm

HMV have announced that they will no longer sell releases by Lostprophets. The high-street retailer has vowed to remove the band’s past music from all 140 of their stores after frontman Ian Watkins admitted to 11 sex abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Speaking to NME, a spokesperson for HMV confirmed that their staff have been instructed to remove all Lostprophets albums, singles and EPs from their shelves. Although the Welsh group’s music is still available via the HMV website, the company apparently plans to end online sales.

HMV’s decision reflects the gravity of Watkins’ crimes. It is unusual for a major retailer to entirely remove an artist’s catalogue, even after a major conviction: HMV continue to sell records by Gary Glitter, Burzum and Charles Manson. At the time of writing, other major retailers, including Amazon and the iTunes Music Store, continue to sell Lostprophets albums.

Lostprophets released five albums, including four top ten hits, before announcing their split last month. Following Watkins’ arrest, the remaining five members said they could “no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets”. “We look forward to the next phase of our lives.”

They have not responded to HMV’s announcement.

Source Article from http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/29/lostprophets-removed-hmv-ian-watkins

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in music video – BBC News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 4:27 pm























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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been featured in an online music video, entitled Nowsafar (New Journey).

It shows Mr Rouhani delivering a speech at his endorsement ceremony in Tehran on 3 August set to music, with Iranians singing or speaking his words.

Shot in black and white, it bears a close resemblance to the 2008 Yes We Can video, which featured one of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign speeches.

It comes 100 days since Mr Rouhani appointed his cabinet.

The lyrics of the song are based on Mr Rouhani’s first speech as president following his endorsement by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.



















will.i.am and Barack Obama

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It begins: “Let us give all Iranians who love their country the opportunity to serve it. Let us allow elites to serve the nation. Let us allow the hearts to be cleansed from hatred.

“Let us have love, peace, and friendship instead of anger and antagonism. Let us allow Islam with its peaceful face, Iran with its rational face, the revolution with its humane face, and the establishment, with its affecting face, continue to create epics.”

The video features Iranian media personalities and men, women and children, with some of the cast using sign language.

The video was produced by Hoseyn Dehbashi who was also responsible for Mr Rouhani’s election campaign videos, according to a translation of the text posted on the video-sharing website Aparat.com.

In 2008, Black-Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am led an all-star cast in a music video inspired by a speech Barack Obama gave after the New Hampshire primary, before he was elected as US president.

That video garnered millions of hits on YouTube.


Twitter

A link to the video was tweeted from Mr Rouhani’s unofficial Twitter accounts: @Rouhani_ir in Persian and @HassanRouhani in English.

Mr Rouhani, whose campaign slogan was “moderation and wisdom”, has had a presence on Twitter since running for election.

But there has been some confusion over who is actually operating Mr Rouhani’s Twitter account.

The president’s Twitter handle has not been authenticated by Twitter, which puts a blue tick on profiles it confirms are genuine.

His office has told reporters that the account is controlled by those close to the president, and that he does not personally author the tweets.

Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25117118

Tucson ‘Captives Tortured With Loud Music’ – Sky News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 11:22 am

Three sisters allegedly held captive by their mother and stepfather at their home in Tucson were monitored by video cameras in soundproof rooms, police said.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said the couple used “technological and psychological” means to imprison the three girls, aged 12, 13 and 17.

The couple, Sophia and Fernando Richter, were arrested on charges of emotional and physical abuse and three counts of kidnapping.

As police investigating the case were poring over a journal kept by the 17-year-old, details of the alleged captivity emerged.

Music blared loudly and constantly from the girls’ bedrooms. Duct work was sealed and towels were forced against doors to prevent the sound from being heard outside.

Mr Villasenor said: “What the kids are telling us, it was 24-7 either loud music or static.” 

There were motion sensors on the doors to the girls’ bedrooms and video cameras trained on their bed.

Locks on the girls’ bedroom doors kept them from escaping, Mr Villasenor said, adding another method was also used but declined to say what it was.

Tucson Daughters Held Captive
Two girls escaped on Tuesday, the third was found by police. Pic: KOLD TV

If the girls needed to use the bathroom, there was an unspecified signal for them to let the parents know they needed a bathroom break.

The two younger girls escaped through the window of their bedroom on Tuesday after the stepfather, brandishing a knife, tried to break down the room’s door. They ran to a neighbour’s home.

When police arrived at the suburban home, they found the 17-year-old, who was being held separately from her sisters in another room.

The three girls were malnourished and dirty and told officers they had not taken a bath in months.

Investigators hope the diary will help them build a criminal case against the 32-year-old mother and 34-year-old stepfather.

Mr Villasenor declined to reveal the diary’s contents but said the teen kept one of her most prized possessions – a photo of singer Enrique Iglesias – in the journal, which was kept inside a satchel.

“It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,” Mr Villasenor said.

Investigators are also trying to determine the last time the girls attended a school.

No schools in the area had a record of them, Mr Villasenor said, and police have not been able to verify the mother’s claims that the children were home-schooled.

The girls are now together at a group home in the custody of a state child welfare agency.

Source Article from http://news.sky.com/story/1174812/tucson-captives-tortured-with-loud-music

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in music video – BBC News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 11:22 am























Iran president in 'yes we can' video

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Watch an excerpt from the Iranian video








Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been featured in an online music video, entitled Nowsafar (New Journey).

It shows Mr Rouhani delivering a speech at his endorsement ceremony in Tehran on 3 August set to music, with Iranians singing or speaking his words.

Shot in black and white, it bears a close resemblance to the 2008 Yes We Can video, which featured one of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign speeches.

It comes 100 days since Mr Rouhani appointed his cabinet.

The lyrics of the song are based on Mr Rouhani’s first speech as president following his endorsement by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.



















will.i.am and Barack Obama

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Black-Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am led an all-star cast in the 2008 video








It begins: “Let us give all Iranians who love their country the opportunity to serve it. Let us allow elites to serve the nation. Let us allow the hearts to be cleansed from hatred.

“Let us have love, peace, and friendship instead of anger and antagonism. Let us allow Islam with its peaceful face, Iran with its rational face, the revolution with its humane face, and the establishment, with its affecting face, continue to create epics.”

The video features Iranian media personalities and men, women and children, with some of the cast using sign language.

The video was produced by Hoseyn Dehbashi who was also responsible for Mr Rouhani’s election campaign videos, according to a translation of the text posted on the video-sharing website Aparat.com.

In 2008, Black-Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am led an all-star cast in a music video inspired by a speech Barack Obama gave after the New Hampshire primary, before he was elected as US president.

That video garnered millions of hits on YouTube.


Twitter

A link to the video was tweeted from Mr Rouhani’s unofficial Twitter accounts: @Rouhani_ir in Persian and @HassanRouhani in English.

Mr Rouhani, whose campaign slogan was “moderation and wisdom”, has had a presence on Twitter since running for election.

But there has been some confusion over who is actually operating Mr Rouhani’s Twitter account.

The president’s Twitter handle has not been authenticated by Twitter, which puts a blue tick on profiles it confirms are genuine.

His office has told reporters that the account is controlled by those close to the president, and that he does not personally author the tweets.

Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25117118

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in music video – BBC News

Posted by Google News | Industry News | Friday 29 November 2013 6:21 am























Iran president in 'yes we can' video

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Watch an excerpt from the Iranian video








Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been featured in an online music video, entitled Nowsafar (New Journey).

It shows Mr Rouhani delivering a speech at his endorsement ceremony in Tehran on 3 August set to music, with Iranians singing or speaking his words.

Shot in black and white, it bears a close resemblance to the 2008 Yes We Can video, which featured one of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign speeches.

It comes 100 days since Mr Rouhani appointed his cabinet.

The lyrics of the song are based on Mr Rouhani’s first speech as president following his endorsement by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.



















will.i.am and Barack Obama

Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play.










Black-Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am led an all-star cast in the 2008 video








It begins: “Let us give all Iranians who love their country the opportunity to serve it. Let us allow elites to serve the nation. Let us allow the hearts to be cleansed from hatred.

“Let us have love, peace, and friendship instead of anger and antagonism. Let us allow Islam with its peaceful face, Iran with its rational face, the revolution with its humane face, and the establishment, with its affecting face, continue to create epics.”

The video features Iranian media personalities and men, women and children, with some of the cast using sign language.

The video was produced by Hoseyn Dehbashi who was also responsible for Mr Rouhani’s election campaign videos, according to a translation of the text posted on the video-sharing website Aparat.com.

In 2008, Black-Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am led an all-star cast in a music video inspired by a speech Barack Obama gave after the New Hampshire primary, before he was elected as US president.

That video garnered millions of hits on YouTube.


Twitter

A link to the video was tweeted from Mr Rouhani’s unofficial Twitter accounts: @Rouhani_ir in Persian and @HassanRouhani in English.

Mr Rouhani, whose campaign slogan was “moderation and wisdom”, has had a presence on Twitter since running for election.

But there has been some confusion over who is actually operating Mr Rouhani’s Twitter account.

The president’s Twitter handle has not been authenticated by Twitter, which puts a blue tick on profiles it confirms are genuine.

His office has told reporters that the account is controlled by those close to the president, and that he does not personally author the tweets.

Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25117118

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