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November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years. " Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take. Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God. " "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.
December 7, 2012
Sound Where: 1642 Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood When: Planned to open Dec. 31 Info:
April 21, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO-- California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he'll seek a state investigation into California's supervision of sex offenders that goes beyond the circumstances of two Orange County transients recently accused of killing multiple women while they were supervised by state and federal agents and tracked on electronic monitors. Steinberg's staff said Friday that the Sacramento Democrat planned Monday to formally request a probe by the Office of the Inspector General. However, speaking at a public policy forum Monday afternoon, Steinberg said his office is still drafting a call for an inquiry into the $63.5 million California spends each year supervising some 6,000 sex offenders with GPS monitors.
September 15, 1999
What do earthquakes, sonograms, music and baby talk have in common? They are all produced by sound waves, which are created when any substance vibrates. Sounds can be used not only for communication, but also for navigating through the ocean or viewing parts of the body for medical diagnosis. Learn about what sound is, how hearing works and the many uses of sound through the direct links on The Times' Launch Point Web site:
March 8, 2010
Sound mixing "The Hurt Locker" Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett In what was the second award of the night for sound editor Paul N.J. Ottosson and the first for mixer Ray Beckett, "The Hurt Locker" swept the sound categories, perhaps proof, at the least, of the common Oscar wisdom that the loudest war film always wins. The mixing took its cues from the characters in Kathryn Bigelow's testosterone-drenched film, as well as a rich sense of place. Speaking backstage, Ottosson called Staff Sgt. William James, played by Jeremy Renner, "a very confident man. So we were trying to duplicate that as well in sound throughout the movie."
March 9, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The directors of the delightful 2001 short film "Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers," which showcases the noncutesy melodic possibilities of squeak toys, toothbrushes and vacuum cleaners, successfully build upon the premise in "Sound of Noise. " Spoofing police procedurals while bowing deeply to John Cage, the cheeky Swedish feature pits a music-loathing yet sympathetic detective against a group of anarchist percussionists. In lesser hands the mash-up might be nothing more than an act of cinematic contortion.
May 9, 2012
When it comes to your tech tools and toys, can you name that sound? Play along. Bloo-bloop. That's TiVo. The grand and broad-sounding G flat/F sharp major chord, Baaaaah . That's the Mac startup sound. Dong-dong-dong-dong. That tells you Intel is inside. Then there's the signature cutting swoosh of an Xbox booting up. And you know that distinctive synthesized crescendo of disparate elements that resolve into a singular auditory thread you feel in your core -- Deep Note --that means you're listening to THX . Now you can add the synthesized xylophonic tink-tink -- the sound of launching Siri.
December 22, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The stated goal of the new combination book and compact disc "Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980" is impressively brash: "It's a collection that seeks to challenge existing assumptions about what historical audio itself is," writes author and scholar Patrick Feaster. Specifically, Feaster gathers from throughout history depictions of sound waves and alternative sound recording methods, some from before Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877, others simply different means of capturing sounds, and presents them along with illustrations and the stories of their creation.
February 12, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The advent of "smart" television sets helped introduce the masses to the idea of tuning in content from a home network and the Internet, not just traditional sources of TV programming (e.g., local broadcasters and cable networks). Now, Santa Barbara-based Sonos -- a leading manufacturer of connected home audio devices -- is adding a similar kind of intelligence to a TV sound bar. On Tuesday the company announced the Playbar , a 4-inch deep, 3-foot-long rectangle stuffed with nine independently driven speakers.
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
April 11, 2014 | By Paige St. John and Chris Megerian
ORLAND, Calif. - Witnesses to the immediate aftermath of a fiery crash Thursday between a FedEx freight truck and a bus carrying students to Humboldt State University, killing at least 10, described a gruesome, panicked scene. Victoria Posvanvz, 19, was getting ready for her shift at a local grocery store when she heard "what sounded like a bomb. " She ran out of the house, and saw mothers calling their children inside, and other neighbors running. Turning, she saw a huge black cloud rising from Interstate 5 four houses away, and then, a man in flames running along the fence.
April 7, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Ever wonder why some sounds are described as "high" and others "low," or why melodies are described as rising or falling? Well, a team of cognitive scientists has, and they argued that humans are hard-wired to assign spatial positions to different types of noises. In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers in Germany found that people were more likely to identify high-pitched noises - think of a mosquito's buzz - as originating from elevated positions. Low-pitched noises, however - like the thud of a rock - were assumed to come from low elevations.
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- An Australian ship towing a U.S. Navy "pinger" locator has twice picked up sustained signals that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's "black boxes," and searchers are likely to deploy an underwater exploratory vehicle soon to look for wreckage, authorities said Monday. The first acoustic event detected by the Ocean Shield lasted two hours and 20 minutes, and the second lasted 13 minutes, said Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating search efforts from Perth, Australia.
March 31, 2014 | David Lazarus
Yelp just can't stop living the thug life. Five years ago, I asked whether the popular review site was a shakedown racket for merchants. I quoted a number of small-business owners who said Yelp had threatened to run negative reviews more prominently if they didn't pay for advertising. Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's chief executive, told me at the time that the San Francisco company doesn't strong-arm merchants. He blamed talk of shakedowns on disgruntled business owners spreading "false rumors.
March 28, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Dare we say it? Lindsay Lohan actually sounds put together in her latest interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Knock on wood - maybe she's just a good actress - but the frequently wayward Lilo sounds pretty darned grounded during a chat that will air Monday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show. " Even if pole dancing is now part of her regular exercise routine. It definitely isn't the same type of guarded, strike-and-parry encounter she had about a year ago with David Letterman, though admittedly Letterman and DeGeneres are very different interviewers, with Ellen erring on the kinder and gentler side.
May 20, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Coral larvae, tiny hair-covered sacs of cells, can "hear" reefs and actually swim toward them, researchers report. The finding suggests that sound is far more important in underwater ecosystem development than previously thought. Further, marine biologists say, human noise pollution has the potential to block the larvae's ability to seek out nearby reefs and settle there, ultimately harming other marine life. Coral are tiny sea creatures that build the rocky, often colorful structures associated with them; these structures ring islands and can span thousands of miles.
March 27, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The xx hasn't released a new album since "Coexist" in 2012, but the British electro-soul trio is having something of a moment nonetheless. For starters, the group is in New York nearing the end of a run of unique shows at the Park Avenue Armory in which it's playing nightly to audiences of approximately 40 people -- a different vibe, needless to say, than the xx's main-stage performances last year at Coachella. And then there's the new Coldplay single, " Magic ," which has been widely compared to the xx, and for good reason: With its spindly guitar line and gentle machine beat, the song sounds exactly like the xx. INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. Now the band's resident beatmeister, Jamie xx, has added to the proceedings with a solo tune posted online early Thursday.
March 25, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply criticized part of President Obama's healthcare law Tuesday, suggesting they will rule later this year that requiring Christian-owned corporations to offer their employees contraceptives coverage violates the freedom of religion. “Your reasoning would permit requiring profit-making corporations to pay for abortions,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy told U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who defended the contraceptives provision of the Affordable Care Act. The administration's lawyer warned that the court would be adopting a “dangerous principle” if it gave employers a right to exempt themselves from federal laws based on their religious beliefs.
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