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Classical radio station experiments with new media

first_imgRarely do Tchaikovsky and Twitter go together.But KUSC 91.5 FM — USC’s classical radio station and the country’s most listened to public radio station — is hoping to change that by working with the Integrated Media Systems Center to combine classical music with new media. On air · Alan Chapman, a host for KUSC, sits behind the control booth at the LA studio. KUSC is the most listened to public radio station. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanKUSC and IMSC, a research facility focused on new media based in the Viterbi School of Engineering, will be letting students shape the future of music with a venture called the Music X Project.“The X means different things to different people; it’s a funny title,” said James Baker, director of IMSC. “I’m a mathematician, so to me X means ‘unknown.’ To Robert Cutietta, who’s dean of the School of Music, it means ‘Generation X.’”Through the Music X project, students will be able to submit proposals for multimedia projects that bring classical music to the digital age, and the best ideas from these proposals will be developed.“All music is becoming more accessible because of new media,” said Brenda Barnes, president of KUSC. “What we wanted to do with IMSC is to see how they might help us translate what we do more effectively into the new media world.”Barnes approached Baker over the summer wanting to find ways to move KUSC into the new media realm.“We need to be online because there are things we can do online that we can’t do on the radio,” Barnes said. “On the radio, all we can offer is one programming stream. Online we can offer multiple classical music channels — we could have a channel that’s all Mozart, that’s all opera, a study mix for people who want to listen to classical music while they’re studying.”Baker said he predicts the convergence of radio and Internet, and he was excited to be involved with KUSC’s endeavor.“This was one of the most interesting projects that had come my way,” he said. “There’s going to be a major change in the system coming in the future. We’re going to have an opportunity to influence that … We have a technical approach to go about it, at least to get started, and there’s no clear answer to where we are or where we should be going — and this is what really intrigued me.”The program Barnes and Baker decided on was the Music X Project, which will let students drive KUSC’s emergence into new media.“Where did we get the big software we use today on our personal computers?” Baker said. “We got that from a kid who was a freshman in college — Bill Gates. [New technology] comes by young people who get some really out-of-the-box ideas.”In early October, students will be able to submit essays on their ideas for the future of music and technology. The best essays will receive a cash prize and the best ideas will receive a stipend; Baker expects to eventually develop six stipend-based projects.For Barnes, the Music X project is about putting KUSC at the forefront of the radio and new media marriage movement, and not about saving classical music.“Classical music has withstood the test of time,” Barnes said. “It’s been around for hundreds of years and yet it’s still popular and still relevant for people. I think that classical music and the arts remind us of the wonderful things human beings are capable of … We need to be online because there are things we can do online that we can’t do on the radio.”Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta, agreed that classical music does not need saving. He noted, however, that integrating new media will bring classical music to new generations.“The distribution and recording of music have changed so much in the last 10 years, it’s going to be a critical part of how we go forward as musicians, and how we reach our audiences,” Cutietta said.Baker considers holding on to culture a critical aspect of new technology, which makes classical music, the hub of musical culture, a necessary base.“If we lose our aspirations of looking at great art, whether it’s music, film, visual arts or architecture, I think we’ve lost an important part of what it means to be human,” Cutietta said.last_img read more

Australia favourites as Ashes fever descends on Brisbane

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Australia and England have a rivalry steeped in history, one that particularly comes to the fore whenever the two nations are pitted against each other in a sporting arena.That is epitomised by the Ashes, with the tiny urn the ultimate prize for whichever side can hold their nerve in the various cauldrons of noise over the course of the next two months.Criticism has been laid at England’s feet since their squad announcement, while the home side have been lambasted in recent days for comments coming out their camp.Despite this though Australia are listed as favourites worldwide, with England mere rank outsiders.Rick Wallace, Media Relations Manager at Australian gambling company Tabcorp, gave an insight into how an Ashes Series is viewed ‘down under,’ and the huge numbers expected to be waged by punters across the five tests: “It’s one of the biggest events on our sporting calendar both from a betting and interest point of view.“We are expecting to hold around the $5 million mark for the Ashes series. In context, this is approximately the same hold as what we had for the McGregor v Mayweather fight a few months ago“While the Aussies are favourites, England certainly are in with a chance. There remains uncertainty around Australia’s line up, and while we expect plenty of patriotic money for Australia, there will no doubt also be support for England.”What was once a series entrenched with Australian dominance, with all eight contests between 1989 and 2003 won by the Aussies, has developed into one that the hosts normally come out triumphant.Only once in the last eight series have an away side managed to come out victorious after five tests, with England taking advantage of a poor Australian side in 2010/11 to emerge on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline.In the sport mad nation of Australia, cricket quite rightly plays a huge part, however, as Wallace points out The Ashes has major competition from consumers throughout the country, adding: “While the Ashes is big, the trend from a betting point of view with cricket is moving towards the Big Bash.”The first Ashes test gets underway at The Gabba in Brisbane at midnight tonight UK time, ie the first minutes of Thursday 23 November, and 10am local time. Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Kang becomes first Indian to qualify for javelin throw finals, Neeraj out,Kang becomes first Indian to qualify for javelin throw finals, Neeraj out

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL kang August 11, 2017 kang × null COMMENT Published on SHARE Davinder Kang disappoints in javelin final, finishes 12th RELATED COMMENTS Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships here while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.Competing in the qualification round Group B yesterday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. He had a 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.The 26 year-old athlete from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw. He did it in style by sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp.Thirteen throwers—five from Group A and seven from Group B—crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12.Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped.No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round in any world championship.“After I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for the final round. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” Kang said after his race.“I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that a big problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to do some stretching before my third and final throw,” he said showing his right shoulder injury. “It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow’s rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,” he added.Kang was tested positive for marijuana in June but was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.Earlier in Group A qualification round, Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance.Carrying the hopes of the entire country on his young shoulders, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.The 19 year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here.For Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just thee throws.“I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimetres. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” Chopra said after the race.“It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. I don’t know what had happened today, I cannot say now whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added.Neeraj was considered the best bet for India to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships.He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year.The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month—where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively—which had boosted his confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world.last_img read more