September 4, 2013 |
Young Guru has helped everyone from Jay Z to Beyoncé to Drake to Eminem to Kanye West shape their sounds. Now, the Grammy Award-nominated engineer-DJ-producer will shape minds at USC as an artist-in-residence for the coming academic year, the university announced Tuesday. The prolific engineer, born Gimel Keaton, will join the faculty of USC Thornton's Contemporary Music Division, where he will work with students in the popular music, music industry and music technology programs. During his post at USC, he will be instrumental in helping the university develop a degree program in music production and will also lecture students studying hip-hop, electronic music, music industry and songwriting.
September 3, 2013 |
Tiny frogs that have no middle ear use their mouths to hear, French scientists say. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the almighty eardrum may not be vertebrates' only solution for picking up sound. Gardiner's Seychelles frogs, known formally as Sechellophryne gardineri , are some of the tiniest amphibians to crawl the Earth, growing to a maximum 11 millimeters long. They and a few other species have evolved in isolation over the last 47 million to 65 million years, and aside from their extreme smallness, the frogs are known for being 'earless' -- they lack a middle ear or an eardrum.
September 1, 2013 |
Nothing seems to go wrong for the Dodgers these days. They play. They win. They count down toward the National League West championship. But, for one scary moment Sunday, they had visions of disaster. Not only had Zack Greinke decided the time was right to try to steal second base, he launched into a headfirst slide to get there. With Greinke following Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers might have the most dominant 1-2 pitching punch in postseason play, but the team's collective heart skipped a beat as Greinke flung himself toward the bag. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 2, Padres 1 "You hold your breath, basically," infielder Nick Punto said.
August 30, 2013 |
Emerging artists are continuing to push boundaries and involve visitors in their work at the P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The studio's fall lineup highlights the diversity of its artists-in-residence. Through Sept. 15, David Sanchez Burr is converting the public space into an experimental sound and interactive sculptural installation titled “New Citadel.” Sanchez Burr's website notes that his work “is based on the study of a material's physical response to natural processes such as decay, vibration [and]
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August 27, 2013 |
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.
August 23, 2013 |
Stephen Moyer will once again tap into his musical-theater roots. The "True Blood" star has been cast as Capt. Georg Von Trapp in NBC's live holiday production of "The Sound of Music,” alongside the previously announced Carrie Underwood as Maria. The three-hour production, set for Dec. 5, is based on the original 1959 Broadway production by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which won a Tony for best musical. The 1965 film version, starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the head of the Von Trapp family, won five Oscars, including best picture.
August 17, 2013 |
While working on her well-received 2012 album "Ekstasis," Los Angeles singer-composer Julia Holter crafted a song that was such a departure that she set it aside. The piece, "Maxim's II," was inspired by a famous scene in the 1958 movie musical "Gigi" and is one of the hubs of her striking new album, "Loud City Song. " In the film, as the titular heroine very publicly moves through the fancy Parisian restaurant Maxim's with her scandalous beau, the entire room takes note. "Everyone's staring at her and gossiping about her when she walks in," said Holter while sitting on a park bench near Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.
August 12, 2013 |
Apple's "tri-tone" that sounds when an iPhone receives a text message has become such a part of the fabric of our lives that it's hard to remember a time before we heard it almost every day. But in a post over the weekend that has Apple geeks buzzing, San Francisco developer Kelly Jacklin told the long, technical and surprising tale of how this little bit of sound came to be. "Back some time in 1998, a friend I used to work with...
August 7, 2013 |
Like any interest, hobby or obsession, craft beer has its own lingo, and navigating a tap list or communicating what your preferences are when ordering at L.A.'s craft-beer-focused establishments can be intimidating. Here are some terms to know that are growing in popularity among craft beer drinkers. Dry-hopped -- Most often seen in reference to hoppy IPAs, dry-hopping is a brewing technique in which additional hops are added during the final stages of the beer's fermentation.
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August 6, 2013 |
Long Beach has erected a new fortification in the battle against freeway noise and air pollution, and it's decidedly low-tech. It's called "The Great Wall of Mulch. " City officials gathered Tuesday to top off a 12-foot-high barrier of shredded tree clippings held together by two chain-link fences - a low-cost structure designed to dampen the sound and block the sight of diesel trucks from the heavily traveled Terminal Island Freeway. "This is not just going to be good for sound pollution, it's not just good for visual blight, but it's the first sound wall that I know of that's also going to improve air quality," said City Councilman James Johnson as he hopped aboard a cherry picker with Mayor Bob Foster to dump a final, golden bucketful of mulch atop the 3-foot-thick wall.