Soundlab studio – DS Sound Labs http://dssoundlabs.com/ Sat, 14 May 2022 06:06:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dssoundlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-5-120x120.png Soundlab studio – DS Sound Labs http://dssoundlabs.com/ 32 32 The pandemic has forced St. Louis arts groups to go online for good https://dssoundlabs.com/the-pandemic-has-forced-st-louis-arts-groups-to-go-online-for-good/ Fri, 13 May 2022 10:21:00 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/the-pandemic-has-forced-st-louis-arts-groups-to-go-online-for-good/ On an upper level of Powell Hall, behind a place where ushers stand and greet members of the public, there is a nondescript door marked “Firehose Room”. Behind is a narrow space with a high ceiling where, on a recent Friday evening, a team of four gathered to capture the concert in high definition video, […]]]>

On an upper level of Powell Hall, behind a place where ushers stand and greet members of the public, there is a nondescript door marked “Firehose Room”.

Behind is a narrow space with a high ceiling where, on a recent Friday evening, a team of four gathered to capture the concert in high definition video, operating eight cameras by remote control.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra began offering concert streams and educational programs online when the coronavirus pandemic made in-person gatherings unsafe. Capacity restrictions are now long gone, but the organization will create more online deals next season.

Many other organizations moved their programming online early in the pandemic, in what they saw as a short-term emergency measure that doesn’t match the in-person experience.

Then they discovered that online programming offered its own advantages and could attract large audiences. Many arts leaders, once skeptical of online programming, now plan to continue it even after pandemic restrictions end.

“It was an emergency”

Many arts educators initially viewed digital programming as a poor substitute for working in person with students. But they found the new programs reached a much wider audience, allowing young people in rural areas of Missouri and far beyond, or who lack reliable transportation, to participate.

“We were all in territory that we didn’t know how to handle. It was an emergency to find this material,” said Allison Felter, director of education and engagement for the Opera Theater of St. Louis.

Opera Theater completed its ongoing online educational programs in Spring 2020 as a last resort. Then he started planning ways to use online technology to his advantage.

The organization had to scrap a planned school tour of an animated, abridged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” But freed from the constraints of a traveling production, the creative team moved into a rehearsal studio and built more elaborate sets and costumes.

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When the coronavirus pandemic prevented the Opera Theater of St. Louis from showing a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in schools, the organization instead filmed a performance for online distribution at a rehearsal studio.

A typical tour would reach around 4,500 students. The audience for the online version was 87,000, Felter said.

“The impact? Huge. I mean, exponential,” she said. “What we found was that not only did a number of schools in St. Louis benefit, but that schools all over the world took advantage of it because everyone was in the same boat, everyone needed programming.

Digital programming comes with tradeoffs. Students miss the raw excitement of a live performance, and post-show video calls with the cast don’t pack the punch of in-person meetings. For online music lessons, a vocal student will sing along to a pre-recorded piano track rather than teaming up with a live accompanist who can be a creative partner.

“We should never go exclusively digital. We have to stay in person,” Felter said. “It’s a living, living, breathing art form that requires a live audience, I think, to fully enjoy and appreciate it. But it’s another way to deliver this great product.

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David Torretta directs the webcasts of the concerts of the Orchester symphonique de Saint-Louis. While the ensemble plays, Audrey Kwong prereads the score and tells the rest of the team which musicians will be featured in the performance next.

The education department of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has developed a series of videos for elementary students called Soundlab. It combines instructions from an arts educator, footage of musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performing the music in discussion, and videotaped commentary from children.

This school year, 84,000 students have worked with Soundlab in their classrooms, said Maureen Byrne, associate vice president for education and community partnerships. This is 20,000 more than the already impressive total of the previous school year.

“It was kind of an incredible realization for us, that this type of program is so needed and wanted in the early childhood classroom,” Byrne said.

In-person programs are back, but the organization plans to produce a third Soundlab series next season.

A piece? A movie? Maybe both

Performance video presentations, aimed at students or the general public, have different advantages and disadvantages than a live event. One approach is to simply record a live performance on stage, as it is. Another is to treat it more like a movie or TV show, making creative decisions about close-ups and camera angles.

Metro Theater Company tried both approaches. At the start of this experiment, artistic director Julia Flood said, the troupe’s general manager, Joe Gfaller, would ask her why she seemed so stressed.

“He saw me pulling my hair out and I was like, ‘You don’t understand, now we’re doing a play and a movie at the same time,'” Flood said. “It’s a different language, terminology and visual vocabulary.”

But the troupe found that online programming was attracting viewers far beyond its usual geographic reach. Viewers in 40 states and six countries watched a stream of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Gfaller said, and 565 new donors donated money to organizations.

A February production of “Last Stop on Market Street”, which included live shows at the Grandel in the Grand Center as well as an online version, became the highest-grossing show in the company’s history.

The St. Louis Symphony had planned to branch out into concert streams in the future — after a planned $100 million renovation of Powell Hall.

“When the pandemic hit, we put our foot on the accelerator pedal,” said vice president and general manager Erik Finley.

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Sandy King operates four remote-controlled cameras from a small room in Powell Hall.

The organization invested $150,000 in video equipment which it used to record concerts and develop online education programs. Through January, music fans in 10,000 households watched St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts online.

On-demand ticket sales aren’t generating a profit, Finley said, but he expects that to change as the organization builds its video library over time.

Many industry players expected demand for online content to decline once in-person events returned, Metro Theater Company’s Gfaller said.

“At least so far, knock on wood, we haven’t seen that happen,” Gfaller said. “I’m sure it will even be okay at some point. But what comforted me the most is that the streaming audience for each subsequent production only increases.

As arts organizations continue to adapt to an evolving pandemic, many will be looking for other ways to make online technology an asset – rather than just a last resort.

Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @jeremydgoodwin

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CHECK OUT: The Droods enter a psychedelic conceptual world with the release of ‘Psychic Institute’ https://dssoundlabs.com/check-out-the-droods-enter-a-psychedelic-conceptual-world-with-the-release-of-psychic-institute/ Tue, 10 May 2022 09:01:50 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/check-out-the-droods-enter-a-psychedelic-conceptual-world-with-the-release-of-psychic-institute/ If there’s one thing The Drood knocks out of the park with their tracks, it’s being able to bring their listeners in and pull them into a dreamlike world, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with this new release, Psychic Institute. Prepare to be transcended in a psychedelic concept scene, which no one is ever […]]]>

If there’s one thing The Drood knocks out of the park with their tracks, it’s being able to bring their listeners in and pull them into a dreamlike world, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with this new release, Psychic Institute. Prepare to be transcended in a psychedelic concept scene, which no one is ever quite ready for. This follows their previous single “It Must Needs Wither”.

The Drood is a duo consisting of Nathan Jamiel and Daniel Watts, the former providing vocals, electric guitar and keyboards, while the latter providing drums and keys, bringing their musical abilities together to form this band. They formed in 2012 in Denver, Colorado and have been releasing dreamy electronic rock ever since. They released their self-titled debut album in 2016 and went on to headline a weekend at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in 2018. Before the pandemic, they opened for The Legendary Pink Dots in Denver and had planned to perform at a Southwest US tour with Dead Voices on Air and Orbit Service, which was canceled due to COVID-19. They released their second studio album Totally comfortable after taking time off from the duo to spend time with family during the pandemic, and now they’ve returned with renewed vigor.

This track was created by the duo themselves and was recorded in their home studio and mastered by SoundLab in Portland, Oregon. The stunning animated music video was created by Tom Nelsen (Sense from Nonsense). Speaking of the track, The Drood said, “We didn’t intend to write a dance song, but that’s what came out! “Psychic Institute” unwittingly evolved into a tribute to the industrial music that shaped our musical inclinations. The lyrical message, if any, is a cautionary tale about the emptiness and transparency of senseless sentimentality.

Watch The Drood’s music video for “Psychic Institute” here:

After releasing a post-rock song earlier this year called “It Must Needs Wither”, The Drood surprises us all by jumping to the other side of the musical scale with this post-dance sound for “Psychic Institute”. Sticking to their identifiable vocals and impressive distorted beats, this creative duo not only shows off their versatile abilities, but immerses the listener in a rhythmic sound tube that forces you to vibrate. The vocals and lyrics struck the world’s attachment to empty sentimentality bringing an unseen nostalgia into this eerie yet thrilling dance floor. The Drood has an incredibly unforgettable track with this “Psychic Institute”.

Taking the psychedelic world and conjuring up an animated world is no easy task, but Tom Nelsen blew us away with this brilliantly crafted music video for The Drood’s song “Psychic Institute.” Following the beat with imaginative transitions, viewers are transported to a trippy distorted dream world full of bright colors and appealing shapes. We watch an animated person wander through this imaginative but biased world, navigating an impossible landscape with determined steps. Will this person make it to their destination? Will they be able to find what they are looking for? Is it really a nightmare? A distorted dream sequence like no other, it connects effortlessly with the song.

Stream “Psychic Institute” on Spotify now:

“Psychic Institute” is already gaining traction with over 10,000 Spotify streams in just over two weeks. It’s available to download and stream now.

Let us know what you think of The Drood’s “Psychic Institute” on Twitter @CelebMix.

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Best Sustainable & Ethical Jewelry Brands in the UK https://dssoundlabs.com/best-sustainable-ethical-jewelry-brands-in-the-uk/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 15:32:31 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/best-sustainable-ethical-jewelry-brands-in-the-uk/ J Jewelery has not always had the reputation of being the most sustainable sector. At the high end are the ethical concerns over the source of the included diamonds, while at the low end the disposable nature of the pieces that turn your fingers, neck, ears or wrists green leaves the majority destined for landfills. […]]]>
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Jewelery has not always had the reputation of being the most sustainable sector.

At the high end are the ethical concerns over the source of the included diamonds, while at the low end the disposable nature of the pieces that turn your fingers, neck, ears or wrists green leaves the majority destined for landfills. But not anymore.

Just as we’re leaning toward more earth-friendly and human-friendly practices in terms of denim, subscription services, vintage products, and even footwear, so too is our bling.

It is perhaps unsurprising to learn that sales of these sparkling products have skyrocketed during the lockdown. Instead of splurging on the holidays, people have turned to their jewelry boxes to spark joy. The amount of commitments has undoubtedly played a part too, as not only have relationships been accelerated, but we’ve been forced to focus on what really matters. I can attest that I spent more time than I should have searching and buying even more gold necklaces to layer with my pajama du jour. But there has certainly been a change.

Buy less, buy better is not a new idea but a way of shopping that has been embraced with aplomb by many looking to transform every aspect of their lives to be kinder to the planet and counter the associated throwaway culture. to fast fashion jewelry.

However, being sustainable goes beyond the simple choice of materials. While recycled and hard-wearing products designed to stand the test of time are important, there is the whole supply chain to consider; from the sourcing and manufacturing process to the treatment of everyone involved in the trade – something especially worth investigating in the jewelry industry.

If you’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio in blood diamond, you are aware of the sometimes controversial use of money from the sale of diamonds, which has led to options specifically labeled “conflict-free”. Going further, ethical diamonds refer to those that are mined with safe working conditions, fair pay, no abuse of human rights and environmentally friendly practices. Lab-grown diamonds are another genre to consider, where the stones are man-made to be chemically identical to traditional diamonds with the same characteristics but are much more affordable and no mining is required.

Another takeaway from the lockdown is the amount and visibility of smaller independent labels, which over the years have become discoverable on social media. This means you no longer have to rely on big, established brands to find something sentimental or a worthy gift.

Check out stylish sustainable jewelry brands below.

shiny earth

shiny earth

Since its inception, Brilliant Earth has been on a mission to bring more transparency to the jewelry trade. The brand insists that quality and conscientiousness need not be mutually exclusive – and so each diamond goes through a rigorous protocol before being set in one of its sparkling pieces. Trademarked Beyond Conflict Free Diamonds, natural diamonds, recycled gold and recycled diamonds have verifiable ethical and environmentally responsible origins, and the use of recycled precious metals reduces mining.

The San Francisco-born label welcomes these special occasion pieces to mark defining moments in your life; engagement rings can be purchased by style, metal, diamond shape or you can create your own, while wedding and anniversary collections include platinum, yellow, white and rose gold rings for men and women.

In addition to classic diamonds, there are gemstones that can be chosen to match birthstones or color preferences and, in addition to rings, there are earrings, necklaces, bracelets or charms that you can layer on an existing chain.

Taylor and Hart

Taylor and Hart

Taylor & Hart brings a personal touch to your jewelry selection. When it comes to popping the question, the brand encourages you to work with them to create a bespoke ring that best represents your fiancé-to-be — without the high prices typically associated with creating your own custom jewelry. The service is free and you don’t need to commit to further purchase until you are fully satisfied.

Along with this there is a range of styles with solitaire, pavé, halo or trilogy designs using platinum, rose, yellow or white gold. There are a variety of different stone shapes ranging from hexagon to cushion and inspired by vintage, Art Deco or contemporary designs.

Taylor & Hart chooses ethically sourced materials and demonstrates transparency throughout the process – from sourcing to manufacturing – by working directly with suppliers. The diamonds comply with the United Nations Kimberley Process which legitimizes that they are conflict free.

Monique Vinader

Monique Vinader

Monica Vinader has published several sustainability reports to give more responsibility to her practices. The carbon-neutral brand already uses 100% recycled gold vermeil and 100% recycled sterling silver to reduce carbon emissions, and has received the Butterfly brand as certification from Positive Luxury. This rarely achieved accreditation was awarded due to the label’s responsible sourcing, supply chain transparency and philanthropy. Diamonds are ethical (and Kimberley Process approved). You’ll also get a five-year warranty, lifetime repair service so you can keep it in pristine condition for longer, and the packaging is fully recyclable – no single-use plastic here.

The brand became famous with its sophisticated version of friendship bracelets where engravable bars were attached to a colored string. Over the years it has evolved but still creates timeless and universally appealing styles that were made to be gifted. The extensive collections include rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, pieces designed for men and now even housewares.

Mejuri

Mejuri

If you haven’t heard of Toronto-born jewelry brand Mejuri, you’ll no doubt have seen her designs as the brand is a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Oprah, Bella Hadid, Emily Blunt and Billie Eilish to name a few.

Mejuri has redefined “fine jewelry” with luxurious pieces that can be worn every day. Its delicate designs transcend trends and seasons to remain eternally chic.

The selection includes 14k gold rings, micropaved diamonds and initial embellishments. Stack your finger with the delicate, stackable designs and wrap yourself in as many necklaces as you like.

The brand opts for thoughtful materials without sacrificing quality. The diamonds are ethically sourced and the gold is certified recycled. All manufacturers are audited by the Responsible Jewelery Council.

Giving back, the label launched the Mejuri Empowerment Fund which supports higher education for underrepresented women and non-binary people.

BAR Jewelry

BAR Jewelry

Worn by Meghan Markle, Emma Watson and Jenna Coleman, BAR jewelry is instantly recognizable for its initial designs which take an abstract approach to the letters of the alphabet created with molten wax that is then cast in recycled solid silver. Whether you wear your own name or layer your family members, the pieces are striking and sentimental at the same time.

With each new launch, the brand pays particular attention to its environmental impact. Some jewelry is made locally in the brand’s studio in east London or in a family business in the west of England. The intricately hand-formed designs are made in factories in Bali or Thailand that give back to the local community with an emphasis on ethical standards. Fair wages, training and safe working conditions are guaranteed and workers are recruited locally.

BAR Jewelery favors recycled materials over all newly mined materials, and specifically recycled 925 sterling silver sourced from Europe from a member of the Responsible Jewelery Council. In the construction process, they opt for natural or biodegradable alternatives when it comes to chemicals and the packaging is made from FSC-certified cardboard.

Lark & ​​Bay

Lark & ​​Bay

With its statement, sparkling fine jewelry designs, you wouldn’t know that Lark & ​​Berry has only used lab-grown diamonds since its inception. But more than that, these unmined diamonds are grown using completely renewable energy.

The brand has partnered with Climeworks – a leader in Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology – to remove 65kg of excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for every £5,000 spent on diamonds.

From its piercing range to engagement rings, Lark & ​​Berry offers timeless, sculptural and nature-inspired pieces. The pomp is set with silver, gold and platinum.

ByGlaze

ByGlaze

Born out of lockdown by a mother-daughter duo, ByGlaze has been a sold-out success since its launch where the first collection flew away in just 10 minutes. The influencer favorite label has been worn by Jessica Skye, Tally Rye, Megan Williams and Cat Meffan who are undoubtedly fans of the brand’s timeless, minimalist aesthetic. Everyday creations include square hugs, coral pendants, chunky chains and thin necklaces.

All pieces are produced sustainably and ethically, with the brand opting for recycled sterling silver and responsibly sourced 18k gold plating.

With love darling

With love darling

Storytelling and sustainability are With Love Darling’s raison d’être. The brand appeals to artisans around the world, especially in disadvantaged areas, to encourage workers to learn skills and earn a living responsibly without undermining their human rights. Charms, for example, are made in Jordan by Syrian refugees.

Designs are crafted from 18k gold vermeil (18k yellow gold micron plating over sterling silver) or sterling silver where the latter is nickel free and rhodium plated.

These are pieces that will form the basis of your jewelry layering with hoop earrings, hugs, and serious necklace stacking potential.

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The International Children’s Arts Festival returns with an in-person format https://dssoundlabs.com/the-international-childrens-arts-festival-returns-with-an-in-person-format/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/the-international-childrens-arts-festival-returns-with-an-in-person-format/ The clumsiness, silliness and joyful laughter of children walking around the grounds of the International Festival of Children’s Arts will soon be a reality again. And the organizers are delighted with the long-awaited in-person return of the festival. But due to the unpredictability of COVID variants, the normal six-day festival has been shortened to four […]]]>

The clumsiness, silliness and joyful laughter of children walking around the grounds of the International Festival of Children’s Arts will soon be a reality again.

And the organizers are delighted with the long-awaited in-person return of the festival.

But due to the unpredictability of COVID variants, the normal six-day festival has been shortened to four days, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.

“Schools were our usual audience on weekdays. Since it takes a year to plan a festival, and we were in the middle of COVID when we were planning, and we weren’t sure schools would be able to come back…we decided to shorten it,” said said Andrea Gammon, responsible for children. festival coordinator.

She is quick to point out that the festival will be much like previous years with an outdoor stage, traveling acts, workshops, free activities, traditional Indigenous games, a toddlers’ zone and highly anticipated performances.

“The main difference is that eight to twelve months ago, when we were planning the festival, we decided to keep as much outside as possible. At the time, indoor shows were a problem.

Main Stage Shows

The festival’s six main shows, designed to inspire creativity and stimulate curiosity, bring back festival favorites Koo Koo Kanga Roo and the St. Albert Children’s Theatre.

New faces include FLIP Fabrique Snow stormMikey Harris and the dancers of Ivan Flett, Jam Up with the Kif-Kif Sisters, and The Silver Starlets aerobatic show.

By Snow storm, the Quebec circus troupe FLIP Fabrique takes the public on a poetic and gentle journey through the dark nights of winter. It allows spectators to experience the wonders of winter before the cold snow melts in the spring.

“They are very theatrical. They manage to combine circus and storytelling. Many circuses focus on either acrobatics or physical comedy. As the storyline goes through winter, it takes on everything and involves acrobatics. It’s a big troupe and it’s quite a show. And it’s very timely as we navigate this crazy winter,” Gammon noted.

Last performing to sold-out crowds in 2019, Koo Koo Kanga Roo is back with his eerie energy and wacky humor as he jokes about chats, potty visits, mutual aid and dance videos.” brain break”. After debuting “Slow Clap,” a hip-hop-centric sound with plenty of grooving bass lines and monstrous drumming, the duo became a YouTube sensation.

However, at the festival, Koo Koo Kanga Roo will be armed only with an iPod, two microphones, a giant rainbow and golden sneakers. In this stripped-down show, the energetic duo will get kids moving and dancing to infectious beats and catchy pop tunes.

TikTok sensation Mikey “Dizzyfeet” Harris and his siblings Jacob and Cieanna are the Ivan Flett Dancers, a hybrid of traditional Métis Red River jigging and modern hip-hop. In this cultural mix of dance styles, audiences can experience a new side of native culture while enjoying modern hip hop.

If a charming cocktail of quintessentially Francophone vaudeville, circus, magic, puppetry and madness is your jam, check out twin sisters Françoise and Josette. At the Kif-Kif sisters Jam Upthe twins perform bizarre acrobatics such as juggling umbrellas, flying french fries, and battling giant pink monsters.

“They’re great for all age groups and for our bilingual audience, it’s an engaging show.”

The main stage shows will be presented primarily in the city’s downtown area, at the Arden Theater and Millennium Park. This year, the only outlier is the newly renovated City Arts Space in Campbell Park, home to the St. Albert Children’s Theatre. He will present the troupe’s annual production Junie B’s Essential School Survival Guide.

In this 60-minute musical, plucky Junie B. is a self-proclaimed expert in all things freshman. But as she deals with writer’s block and gets into trouble, she begins to realize that she still has a lot to learn.

“It’s upbeat, fun, and a great way to see the city’s new arts space.”

Workshops

Organizers are expected to hold eight workshops located at various locations, including the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Celebration Garden, Cornerstone Hall, Heritage River Trail System, Heritage Museum and Visual Arts Studio at St. Albert Place.

One of the festival’s most popular workshops, printmaking, always makes an impression. Youngsters learn to look for engraving in signs, books, stickers, clothing, packaging and even money.

“It’s happening at the Visual Arts Studio, and they’re using screen printing. It’s popular because they don’t always have the opportunity to do it at school or at home,” Gammon said.

The Saint-Albert Art Gallery has also partnered with the festival to host It’s time to goa 45-minute workshop that will allow visitors to experience mask making.

This year – 2022 – is the year of the garden and Heritage Museum is reintroducing Lois Hole through her family garden heritage. A second woman honored is Dr. Anne Anderson, who has sought to preserve the Cree language with a series of tactile objects from the Dr. Anne Anderson Métis Garden. It’s also a way to learn more about pollinators and the important role they play.

Improvised campfire stories have a way of bringing people together. At the Theater of Little Souls Firestone Stories bilingual workshop, a facilitator begins a narration.

“The focus is on interactive storytelling. You start with an outline, then have students select elements that will change the direction of the story. »

Sangea Academy talk about the drum is back after their ultra-successful virtual performance at last year’s festival.

“Their music is based on West African rhythms. There is room for 45 participants and it works best with students in grades 3-6. This is an opportunity to learn the beats and rhythms of West Africa.

Discovery of the Fizzlewit Fairy turns launches a treasure hunt in a magical and fairy kingdom. Children must solve puzzles and search for clues to find Flutterby, a missing fairy princess. And along the way, participants encounter pocket fairies, toilet goblins, gnomes, and nail fairies.

“He leads a party through a fairy forest. There’s a whole story and mystery to solve.

In Sound Lab, Dr. Dave Clarke, a mad sound genius, provides guidance on creating sound effects and music to bring movies and games to life.

“Children hear the sound effects recorded in the movies, but they may not realize that they are recorded separately. Dave Clarke shows you how movies are recorded and the tracks overlaid on them.

Two Shumka dancers will also lead a workshop showing participants some swirling moves.

“It was planned quite early, but it is very appropriate now with what is happening in Ukraine. The two dancers will teach some of the basic techniques and simpler tricks. Visitors will also learn the context of the dances and costumes,” Gammon said.

Virtual shows

Additionally, organizers have scheduled four virtual shows for families who cannot attend the festivities in person. Award-winning playwright and children’s writer Marty Chan returns, hosting Unlock the safe. This is a virtual escape room where students use their wits and knowledge of math, science, and language arts to complete challenges.

In Super Agent Jon Le Bon, Montreal cartoonist Alex A. reveals the secrets of his comic book character Jon Le Bon. And award-winning American author Eric Litwin mixes music and literacy while strumming a guitar and giving interactive readings from peter the cat, Nuts, and Groovy Joe.

Finally, in the Australian production Child Nation, kids use an internet-connected device, allowing them to follow a series of prompts to physically explore and text along the way. The project allows child users to access magical secrets that might otherwise go unnoticed.

For families who prefer to stroll around the festival site, there is a series of free inclusive events and activities. They range from a kid’s self-guided maze and airbrush tattoos to visiting stilt walkers and magicians.

Gammon added, “It’s such a joyful place. There is something for every taste. Just being outside, being happy and laughing in the company of others is something we missed.

Tickets for shows and workshops on the Main Stage will go on sale Wednesday, April 13. Shows on the main stage are $13 per ticket and workshops are $6 per ticket.

“We are about 30% full for school days (Thursday/Friday), although individual performances/workshops will vary. Junie B. is almost sold out and Snow storm is sold at almost 50% and all workshops are sold at more than 50%.

Prior to COVID, the festival’s budget was approximately $1.3 million from multiple sources including ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and government funding. With fewer festival days, Gammon said the budget is two-thirds of the stated amount.

This year, the City of St. Albert’s cash contribution to the festival is $178,000, plus in-kind staff costs. Canadian Heritage donated $95,000 and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts provided $38,000.

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Construction of Ohio State Arts District progresses, building expected to be completed in April https://dssoundlabs.com/construction-of-ohio-state-arts-district-progresses-building-expected-to-be-completed-in-april/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 00:05:28 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/construction-of-ohio-state-arts-district-progresses-building-expected-to-be-completed-in-april/ Architectural rendering of the Ohio State Arts District which includes the Timashev Family Music Building and the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts Building. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State University. Arts students across Ohio State will soon have a new neighborhood to settle in as construction continues on two new Arts District buildings. Located […]]]>

Architectural rendering of the Ohio State Arts District which includes the Timashev Family Music Building and the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts Building. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State University.

Arts students across Ohio State will soon have a new neighborhood to settle in as construction continues on two new Arts District buildings.

Located between 15th and 18th Avenues, the $165.3 million project includes the creation of the Timashev Family Music Building and the new Theater, Film and Media Arts Department Building, as well as the renovation and expansion of the current music school at Weigel Hall. said university spokesman Dan Hedman.

Ratmir Timashev, an Ohio State 1996 alumnus and CEO of Veeam Software, provided $17 million for the College of Arts and Sciences construction project, according to Ohio State News.

Construction of the Timashev Family Music Building began in June 2019 and is expected to be complete and ready for classes and programming by this fall. The as-yet-unnamed Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts building is scheduled to open in February 2023, according to the Arts District of the College of Arts and Sciences. website.

“The idea is that all arts units will be in close proximity to each other,” said Lisa Florman, associate dean of interdisciplinary studies and community engagement at the College of Arts and Sciences. “Sharing spaces will foster collaborations and catalyze interactions that can, you know, make us more than the sum of our parts.”

The Timashev Family Music Building will be adjacent to the newly renovated Weigel Hall, located at 1866 College Road, to create a combined 96,000 square foot music school. Hughes Hall — the current music school counterpart of Weigel Hall — will soon be decommissioned, but not demolished, from now on, Florman said.

Arved Ashby, professor of musicology at the School of Music since 1995, said he had taught primarily at Hughes Hall, but would soon be moving to the Timashev Family Music Building.

“I’m just thrilled to be working in a building fit for purpose,” Ashby said. “Hughes Hall was not built for musicians, and its most basic problems are structural—unsolvable. I know I will be spending a lot more time in the new building than in Hughes.

The new five-story building will include classrooms, studios, offices, and recording and performance spaces. The two buildings of the School of Music will be connected by a common hall, according to the College of Arts and Sciences Arts District Page.

Specific design details have been done to ensure efficient sound spaces that aim to prevent sound from traveling while maintaining strong acoustics, and Florman said each room is designed to be as soundproof as possible.

“It was really designed for the sound to reverberate as much and ideally as possible at the same time,” Florman said. “There’s what the architects have called box-in-box construction, so each room has sort of two walls and two stories with something like a quarter or half inch of space in between that maintains the sound.”

After construction began in November 2020, the 100,000 square foot Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts building is 40% complete as of March 17, according to Ohio State Arts District Updates. The new five-story building will replace the Drake Performance and Event Center, which is located at 1849 Cannon Drive and will be demolished around 2023, Hedman said.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts building will house a lighting lab, design studio, costume shop and a new works lab for experimental projects, according to the College of Arts and Sciences Arts District Page. Similarly, film students will have access to two sound stages, editing suites, a sound lab and a screening room. Performance spaces will include a 450-seat proscenium theater and a hybrid push and black box theater.

The Timashev Family Music Building and the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts building will be close to each other, with a connecting outdoor plaza and a single ticket office to make them feel like one. cohesive block, said Florman.

“I prefer the term ‘the arts center,'” Florman said. “In my opinion, a neighborhood is something autonomous, whereas the image of a hub suggests rays that radiate, in this case, through the campus and into the community. That’s very much the vision for the arts at Ohio State that I’m trying to help promote. And I think these two new buildings will go a long way towards that.

Not only are the buildings meant to be visually connected, but people using the spaces are meant to feel a sense of uniformity, Ashby said. With all art mediums having facilities in the same general region, connections between artists and audiences can be better developed, he said.

“It will help to have theater people and musicians close enough now that we can actually greet and wave to each other through our windows. These proximities will at least make us feel ashamed to talk to each other and work together more often and more closely,” Ashby said. “At the same time, we hope the new facilities will be more welcoming to the public and entice them to attend more events.”

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Pavement’s Terror Twilight Story https://dssoundlabs.com/pavements-terror-twilight-story/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 14:06:06 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/pavements-terror-twilight-story/ NIGEL GODRICH: Funny, you get a really polarized reaction from Pavement fans. Some people actually say it’s their favorite record, and a lot of people say, “That’s not a real Pavement record!” Both are totally valid. STEVE WEST: Bob and I had a song that we used to sing to each other as a joke: […]]]>

NIGEL GODRICH: Funny, you get a really polarized reaction from Pavement fans. Some people actually say it’s their favorite record, and a lot of people say, “That’s not a real Pavement record!” Both are totally valid.

STEVE WEST: Bob and I had a song that we used to sing to each other as a joke: “The Terrible Twilight! / It’s Gonna Get You Tonight!” But every album is different, and if some of the feeling that the other Pavement albums had was gone, that was fine with me.

STEPHEN MALKMUS: On the internet, you’ll find people saying this is their favorite Pavement record. And that’s cool. I think it may be true.

NIGEL GODRICH: In the most snobbish and condescending way, I would say it doesn’t matter if Stephen likes the album or not, because that’s what it is. But I know he likes it – I think he just doesn’t want to be seen like that [laughs].

STEPHEN MALKMUS: Nigel and I are still good. He comes to my solo shows every time. I wouldn’t hesitate to ask him to mix something. He’s a totally giving guy, who I relate to — he’s just like, ‘I like you, I’ll do it for you.’ It’s not like, “My rate is $5 billion.” It’s good when you don’t feel like you’re in a business relationship.

Proof that there are no hard feelings, the long-awaited Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal the reissue restores Godrich’s original sequence alongside early Malkmus synth demos, remnants of the aborted Jackpot! and Echo Canyon sessions, B-sides, recordings from a June 1999 show at New York’s Irving Plaza, and at least one unearthed rough diamond, “Be the Hook”.

SCOTT KANNBERG: I really like Nigel’s order, so that’s why we’re bringing it back, because it’s really interesting.

NIGEL GODRICH: When I read that they were going to do the reissue with [my original sequence], I was like, “Oh, I don’t know how I feel about this!” I was flattered, but I also thought, ‘That’s not really fair’, because records grow, they have their own life and they change as the world changes – they have l look different from a different place. And starting this record with “Spit on a Stranger” feels pretty definitive to me now.

SCOTT KANNBERG: The reissue has been on our minds since probably 2009, but [their U.S. label] Matador didn’t want to release it because there weren’t really any good extras. And we were just starting that first reunion tour [in 2010], so we set it aside. But when we made our global deal with Matador [in 2020]they were like, “Okay, we gotta do Twilight Terror, everyone keeps asking about it. jesper [Eklow, Matador’s former director of production and Farewell Horizontal overseer] convinced Stephen to release some of his demos, and we found a bunch of rehearsal tapes that we didn’t have before. For a fanatic, it’s going to be cool. But for the casual fans, I don’t know if they’ll want to hear the “Billie” rehearsal tape, you know? [laughs]

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ELO’s 1974 album “Eldorado” will be reissued on high quality vinyl and CD formats https://dssoundlabs.com/elos-1974-album-eldorado-will-be-reissued-on-high-quality-vinyl-and-cd-formats/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 11:19:38 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/elos-1974-album-eldorado-will-be-reissued-on-high-quality-vinyl-and-cd-formats/ High quality audiophile versions of the Electric Light Orchestra‘s fourth studio, 1974 Eldoradowill be released in the coming months by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab — as a two-LP box set mastered 45 rpm, single LP mastered standard 33 rpm, and in hybrid SACD format. All three versions have been remastered from the original analog tapes […]]]>

High quality audiophile versions of the Electric Light Orchestra‘s fourth studio, 1974 Eldoradowill be released in the coming months by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab — as a two-LP box set mastered 45 rpm, single LP mastered standard 33 rpm, and in hybrid SACD format.

All three versions have been remastered from the original analog tapes and can be pre-ordered now at MusicDirect.com.

The single-LP version and vinyl box sets, both of which are pressed on 180-gram “SuperVinyl,” will be available in March and September, respectively, for $59.99 and $125.

The two-disc collection LPs were created using Mobile Fidelity’s ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step lacquering process. The boxes are limited to 10,000 numbered copies.

The SACD version will be released in April and is priced at $29.99.

Originally released in September 1974 in the United States, Eldorado was a concept album that the leader Jeff Lynne wrote about a man who escapes the disillusionment of his dull life by traveling to fantasy worlds via his dreams. Musically, the record is heavily influenced by The Beatlesand mixes pop and rock sounds with orchestral and choral elements.

Eldorado became ELO’s first album to enter the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at 16th place. It featured the band’s first US hit, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”, which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Our team is proud and honored to re-release ELO’s groundbreaking album EldoradoSays Mobile Fidelity Executive Chairman John K. Wood. “We want to bring fans closer to the music by revealing all of the intricate sonic details and subtle nuances of Jeff Lynne’s mix from this iconic album.”

Here is the complete Eldorado track list:

“El Dorado Overture”
“I can’t get it out of my head”
“Blue Boy”
“Laredo Tornado”
“Poor Boy (The Greenwood)”
“Mr Kingdom”
“Nobody’s Child”
“Illusions in G major”
“Eldorado”
“End of El Dorado”

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ELO’s ‘Eldorado’ gets the Mobile Fidelity treatment https://dssoundlabs.com/elos-eldorado-gets-the-mobile-fidelity-treatment/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 17:03:53 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/elos-eldorado-gets-the-mobile-fidelity-treatment/ The classic album will be available on SACD and UltraDisc One-Step LP 180 grams Classic rock fans will rediscover the Electric Light Orchestra Eldorado in a whole new light as Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) teams up with Legacy Recordings to release the beloved concept album on its UltraDisc One-Step box set in 180 gram […]]]>

The classic album will be available on SACD and UltraDisc One-Step LP 180 grams

Classic rock fans will rediscover the Electric Light Orchestra Eldorado in a whole new light as Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) teams up with Legacy Recordings to release the beloved concept album on its UltraDisc One-Step box set in 180 gram 2 LP, 180 gram single LP and Super Audio CD formats .

Originally published in 1974, Eldorado was the album that introduced the band to millions of American fans, thanks to the single “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”. Today, nearly 50 years later, “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” remains an enduring classic, ELO is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Eldorado is revered around the world as a leader- groundbreaking work, more deeply appreciated now than it was when it was first released.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab will reissue the album in three audiophile formats, including the 180-gram 2 LP UltraDisc One-Stope box set, the 180-gram single LP, and the Super Audio CD (SACD).

The 180 gram 2 LP UltraDisc One-Step box set is cut at 45 rpm for optimum sound quality, and pressed on SuperVinylTM. Mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed onto 180-gram SuperVinyl at the RTI pressing facility, housed in a keepsake box, and limited to 10,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity’s UltraDisc One-Step set is the presentation the most detailed, powerful and pristine piece of this music ever made available.

The 180 gram single LP is cut at 33 RPM and pressed on SuperVinylTM. Mastered from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180-gram SuperVinyl at RTI, and housed in a spiked sleeve, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered edition of Eldorado as a single LP lets fans enjoy dynamic, new tones and colors.

Like the vinyl releases, the SACD is mastered from the original analog master tapes, and it’s packed with layers upon layers of sonic detail, which can now be heard exactly as musicians, producers and engineers intended. The SACD benefits from superb separation and immersive atmospheres revealed by the remastering process.

The single LP version is scheduled for release in March 2022, followed by the SACD in April 2022. The UltraDisc One-Step will arrive in September 2022.

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne has done more than figuratively reach for the skies on Eldorado. He created a landmark in rock history. A Technicolor escapade marked by lush melodies and a heady mix of energetic rock and sweeping orchestral elements, the album marries remarkable imagery with unforgettable melodies.

In the hands of Lynne and company, reality and fantasy collide. The proof is not just in the epic sound production, but in the timeless and catchy nature of the songs, such as the magnificent ‘Boy Blue’, the everlasting ‘Illusions in G Major’ and, of course, the aptly titled ‘ Can’t get it out of my head. Eldorado is a shining example of why many fans and critics consider ELO to be one of the most innovative bands of all time.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (commonly referred to as MoFi by music lovers) has earned an excellent reputation for creating the best vinyl and SACD reissues in the industry. This new collaboration between Mobile Fidelity and ELO – a group renowned for its meticulous studio craftsmanship – represents the ideal fusion of transcendent craftsmanship, superior technology and unparalleled manufacturing processes.

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Van Halen, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Warner Records will release premium versions… https://dssoundlabs.com/van-halen-mobile-fidelity-sound-lab-and-warner-records-will-release-premium-versions/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:20:00 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/van-halen-mobile-fidelity-sound-lab-and-warner-records-will-release-premium-versions/ Six studio albums released as Supervinyl Premium 180g, SACDS AND 180G 45RPM 2LPS box sets MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB (MOFI) partners with WARNER RECORDS and VAN HALEN to release the band’s first six studio albums as 180g premium supervinyl, SACDS AND 180G 45RPM 2LPS box sets. Exclusively […]]]>



Six studio albums released as Supervinyl Premium 180g, SACDS AND 180G 45RPM 2LPS box sets



MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB (MOFI) partners with WARNER RECORDS and VAN HALEN to release the band’s first six studio albums as 180g premium supervinyl, SACDS AND 180G 45RPM 2LPS box sets. Exclusively limited to 10,000 numbered copies, each UD1S box set will be mastered from the original analog master tapes and pressed at RTI on MOFI SuperVinyl. In addition to the limited edition 45 rpm UltraDisc One-Step vinyl, numbered edition Super Audio CDs (SACDs) will be packaged in a mini-gatefold sleeve and will be mastered from the original tapes. The first of six studio albums, VAN HALEN (1978), is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2022, followed by VAN HALEN II (1979), WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST (1980), FAIR WARNING (1981), DIVER DOWN (1982) and 1984 (1984).

Pres./MUSIC DIRECT and MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB JIM DAVIS said, “MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB is thrilled to release VAN HALEN’s first six iconic albums in UD1S and SACD formats for the first time. Fans will experience VAN HALEN’s original blend of raw power and HOLLYWOOD flair like never before with these limited-edition audiophile-grade One-Step vinyl sets.

Box sets and SACDs are available for pre-order now.




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High-quality vinyl and CD reissues of Van Halen’s first six albums soon to be released https://dssoundlabs.com/high-quality-vinyl-and-cd-reissues-of-van-halens-first-six-albums-soon-to-be-released/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://dssoundlabs.com/high-quality-vinyl-and-cd-reissues-of-van-halens-first-six-albums-soon-to-be-released/ Warner Records/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab High quality audiophile versions of Van HalenThe first six studio albums will be released later this year as mastered 45-rpm two-LP box sets, as well as in SACD format, by the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, beginning with the band’s self-titled debut album in 1978. Two-LP and SACD vinyl releases from […]]]>
Warner Records/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

High quality audiophile versions of Van HalenThe first six studio albums will be released later this year as mastered 45-rpm two-LP box sets, as well as in SACD format, by the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, beginning with the band’s self-titled debut album in 1978.

Two-LP and SACD vinyl releases from the 1979s Van Halen II1980s Women and children firstnineteen eighty one fair warning1982 diver down and 1984, uh, 1984 will then be released at a later date.

The vinyl box sets, which are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, will include LPs created using Mobile Fidelity’s ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step lacquering process. The LPs are housed in a deluxe box that includes special stamped jackets.

All six albums can be pre-ordered now from MusicDirect.com, with LP sets priced at $125 and SACDs at $29.99. The albums will also be available in both formats on MoFi.com.

Van Halen’s first six albums all featured the bandleader’s classic lineup David Lee Rothguitarist Eddie Van Halendrummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony. The records have all been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, with Van Halen and 1984 both being Diamond certified for sales of at least 10 million copies in the United States

“Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab is thrilled to release Van Halen’s first six iconic albums in the [UltraDisc One-Step] and SACD for the first time,” says the company’s president, Jim Davis. “Fans will experience Van Halen’s original blend of raw power and Hollywood flair like never before with these limited-edition audiophile-grade One-Step vinyl sets.”

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