Audio Engineering – Q 2 U http://q-2-u.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:22:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://q-2-u.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/q2u-icon-120x120.jpg Audio Engineering – Q 2 U http://q-2-u.com/ 32 32 Gifts for music lovers and audiophiles https://q-2-u.com/gifts-for-music-lovers-and-audiophiles/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:37:00 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/gifts-for-music-lovers-and-audiophiles/ Luckily for music fans, there are endless choices when it comes to buying gifts for them. Music culture and music technology are changing rapidly and constantly, so there are always new products that can help deepen their passions. From high-quality audio and decorative posters to books that dive deep into music…we’ve rounded up our favorite […]]]>

Luckily for music fans, there are endless choices when it comes to buying gifts for them. Music culture and music technology are changing rapidly and constantly, so there are always new products that can help deepen their passions.

From high-quality audio and decorative posters to books that dive deep into music…we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts for music lovers and audiophiles.

From casual listeners to avid audiophiles, there’s something for every taste and budget. Read on for our top picks.

The best gifts to buy for music lovers and audiophiles

Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones

Bose is one of the biggest names in music technology, widely known for its range of speakers and headphones with high quality sound. QuietComfort 45 headphones are the perfect companion for any avid music lover, offering noise-canceling sound and long battery life.

Not only does Active Noise Cancellation block out sounds and distractions around you, it lets you focus more closely on the details of the music, where the quieter, less noticeable layers become more apparent. The headphones are also water and sweat resistant, and they work compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant for voice control.

We’ve listed the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones in our selection of the best noise-canceling headphones.

Sony PSHX500 record player

SonyPSHX500 record player

A decent vinyl collection deserves a decent player. The Sony PSHX500 turntable sits between quality and affordability – it’s a worthy turntable that’ll give your records a solid treatment without breaking the bank. The turntable’s audio output is co-engineered by Sony and Philips, delivering impressive spatial audio when paired with an audio system.

The player also has a built-in analog-to-digital converter that lets you record audio directly from vinyl to a digital device (like a thumb drive or laptop). Thanks to the sound engineering involved, this converted audio can be recorded at up to DSD 5.6 MHz quality which is superior to most formats we are used to!

For more turntable options across a range of budgets, check out our list of the best turntables.

Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3

Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3

Whether they are music creators or just waiting for the right time to start playing around with music production, this MIDI controller is a great tool to explore. It is a powerful keyboard that allows you to play, create and modify sounds and melodies as you wish.

With audio editing/production software, you can use the Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3 to create full-fledged songs where, with the right plugins, the keyboard can emulate the sounds of other instruments.

Playing Vinyl Wall Mount

Now Playing

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For times when an album is playing in full, it’s a nifty way to show what’s playing. This is a wall mount that you can put a vinyl cover on, so “NOW PLAYING” is right under the album cover.

EU BOOM 3

EU BOOM 3

The UE BOOM is one of the most versatile choices for portable speakers. It’s waterproof to IP67, has long battery life and incredibly deep, balanced sound.

One of its coolest features is its ability to sync with any other BOOM speaker, which is perfect for group settings where a single speaker just isn’t enough. Additionally, the new UE BOOM 3 speaker series is now available in a range of vibrant colors, such as the ‘unicorn’ color pictured above.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

This pocket synth is a fun way to play around with sounds and see what you can create. They’re compatible with other music gear, so the sounds you create can be used in music production, and the synth itself is completely portable, allowing you to make music on the go.

Genius Musical Playing Cards

Genius Musical Playing Cards

This playing card game pays homage to some of the biggest names in music of our time. Music merchandising comes in all shapes and sizes, and now you can even show off your passion for music in the games you play.

Loop Experience High Fidelity Earplugs

Loop Experience High Fidelity Earplugs

Intended for seasoned concert performers and live music enthusiasts, these earplugs are designed to limit damage to your eardrums while preserving the quality of the music you listen to. No one wants to miss any detail, so it’s a surefire way to ensure ears stay protected.

Amazon Echo Studio

Echo Studio

Smart speakers are becoming a more commonly used companion for home listening and internet browsing. There’s a whole range of choices, but Amazon’s Echo Studio is designed specifically for music. The smart speaker features a Dolby Atmos audio system with five speakers to provide a room with powerful surround sound.

Amazon’s Echo Studio has been listed in our pick of the best smart speakers.

Music is History by Questlove

Music is History by Questlove

Questlove, a key member of the iconic and innovative hip-hop group The Roots, has become a leading figure in the ongoing dialogue around musical culture and its history. His book, Music is history, delves into the last fifty years of music in America, with a particular focus on black identity and pop culture from the perspective of the contemporary music scene.

IQbuds MAX

IQbuds MAX

Among the endless wireless headphone options, the IQbuds MAX stand out as a solid choice for audiophiles. The earphones offer excellent customization: you can perform a clinically validated sound test to customize the optimal audio settings for your ears.

The headphones’ drivers prioritize clarity over bass, ensuring all sounds pass through smoothly without noise loss. They also have a feature that allows you to hear your surroundings in greater detail, which is especially useful for people with different levels of hearing loss.

Read our full review of the IQbuds MAX in our list of the best wireless earbuds.

concrete phone speaker

concrete phone speaker

This concrete phone speaker is a great way to amplify the volume of your phone’s output. It’s an efficient, more energy-efficient alternative to buying a portable speaker, and requires no setup or connection other than inserting your phone.

Panasonic SC-PMX92 Micro hi-fi system

Panasonic SC-PMX92EB-K Micro Hi-Fi System

This hi-fi music system from Panasonic is a versatile listening setup. It can play music via CD and Bluetooth from a phone or computer, as well as being able to connect to record players and advanced music systems. There is also a USB port to charge your phone while listening.

This setup would pair beautifully with the Sony PSHX500 turntable listed above, or any other turntable. The two speakers can provide spatial sound with deep clarity in the different tones.

AudioQuest DragonFly DAC

AudioQuest DragonFly DAC

For true audiophiles, a DAC is an indispensable tool. It can convert audio from an analog source (a vinyl record, for example) into a digital format that can be recorded and played at any time.

AudioQuest’s DragonFly is an impressive device to have – packed into a small USB drive is the ability to convert and amplify the quality of your audio. It can help music sound cleaner by using a feature that reduces or eliminates background noise, so only the details you want are visible.

The color of iconic albums

The color of iconic albums

Dorothy produces an exciting range of music-themed gifts, from posters to postcards to playing cards. This poster features some of the most iconic albums in music history, simplified to the distinct colors of their album covers. The visuals include albums from Kate Bush, The Beatles, Kanye West – plus many other household names.

Numark Mixtrack Pro FX

Numark Mixtrack Pro FX

DJing is an immersive way to engage with the music you listen to. A DJ controller like the Numark Mixtrack Pro FX is a solid starting point without spending too much, it works by controlling DJ software on a computer rather than acting as its own mixer.

These turntables from Numark would make a great gift for anyone who likes to be on the speakerphone at parties – it gives them the ability to mix songs more seamlessly and creatively.

Art record covers by Francesco Spampinato

Art record covers

Francesco Spampinato looks at the relationship between music and the visual arts that adorn album covers. Going back as far as the 1950s, the book features some of the most beloved and familiar albums.

12” white vinyl frame

12'' white vinyl frame

Decorating a wall with vinyl records is one of the oldest ways for a music lover to show off their favorites. This frame can fit all standard 12” vinyl.

1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew Grant Jackson

1965: The most revolutionary year in music

1965 was a revolutionary year in music. Many of the genres we love today were born during this time when the world was in a state of rapid change. This revolutionary moment in our history sparked a revolutionary moment in music, and this book traces the movers and shakers who shaped the myriad of styles that have since become iconic. An exciting read for music lovers.

Roberts Revival RD70

Roberts Revival RD70DE

With its retro aesthetic and soft pastel tones, it’s a radio that looks as good as it looks. It is a digital radio that also works as a Bluetooth speaker and alarm clock.

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Anthony Adoki releases a new single, Loke-loke https://q-2-u.com/anthony-adoki-releases-a-new-single-loke-loke/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:56:40 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/anthony-adoki-releases-a-new-single-loke-loke/ Young musician Anthony Adoki has released a new single “Loke-loke” The single from the stable of the sensational music act is generating more buzz among fans around the world. His new song, Loke-Loke, titled in a language widely spoken in the popular southwestern region of Nigeria, performed in English as “Higher-Higher”, is stunning classical music […]]]>

Young musician Anthony Adoki has released a new single “Loke-loke” The single from the stable of the sensational music act is generating more buzz among fans around the world. His new song, Loke-Loke, titled in a language widely spoken in the popular southwestern region of Nigeria, performed in English as “Higher-Higher”, is stunning classical music and was produced by Flo Rocka .

His debut album “Don’t Give Up” was launched in 2010 with his hit song “Durotimi” (Stay With Me), was number one on Inspirational FM station in Lagos for several weeks and also topped many charts music across the country. Anthony Adoki holds a Certificate in Music Business from the School of Audio Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa, which won several music awards during its early years.

Anthony Adoki and his gospel band through their music always feature a fusion of African and Western musical instruments mixed with both local and English languages ​​which makes their music so appealing. River State born gospel singer, Anthony Adoki grew up in Lagos and started his music professionally in 1996 where he worked with several local and internationally renowned artists.

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Autolus Therapeutics in Partic – GuruFocus.com https://q-2-u.com/autolus-therapeutics-in-partic-gurufocus-com/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 13:16:59 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/autolus-therapeutics-in-partic-gurufocus-com/ LONDON, May 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Autolus Therapeutics plc (AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T-cell therapies, today announces that management will attend the Jefferies Healthcare Conference at Marriott Marquis in New York City. Autolus Chief Executive Dr. Christian Itin will participate in a fireside chat on Thursday, June 9 from 9:00 […]]]>

LONDON, May 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Autolus Therapeutics plc (AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T-cell therapies, today announces that management will attend the Jefferies Healthcare Conference at Marriott Marquis in New York City. Autolus Chief Executive Dr. Christian Itin will participate in a fireside chat on Thursday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET (2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. BST) and the company will also participate in individual meetings with investors. at the event.

An audio webcast of the Fireside Chat will be available in the Events section of the Autolus website. An archived version will also be available on the company’s website for a limited time after the call.

About Autolus Therapeutics plc
Autolus is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T-cell therapies for the treatment of cancer. Using a wide range of proprietary and modular T cell programming technologies, the company designs targeted, controlled and highly active T cell therapies designed to better recognize cancer cells, break down their defense mechanisms and eliminate these cells. Autolus has a pipeline of product candidates in development for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors. For more information, visit www.autolus.com.

Contact:

Olivia Manser
+44 (0) 7780 471568
[email protected]

Julia Wilson
+44 (0) 7818 430877
[email protected]

Susan A. Noonan
SA Noonan Communications
+1-917-513-5303
[email protected]

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Species 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming This Summer https://q-2-u.com/species-4k-uhd-collectors-edition-blu-ray-coming-this-summer/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:45:00 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/species-4k-uhd-collectors-edition-blu-ray-coming-this-summer/ Scream Factory comes out Species Collector’s Edition in 4K UHD Blu-ray combo pack this summer. This 1995 sci-fi horror film follows a team of scientists and government agents as they search for a handsome and beautiful human-alien hybrid named Sil. They hope to catch her before she manages to mate with a male human. The […]]]>

Scream Factory comes out Species Collector’s Edition in 4K UHD Blu-ray combo pack this summer. This 1995 sci-fi horror film follows a team of scientists and government agents as they search for a handsome and beautiful human-alien hybrid named Sil. They hope to catch her before she manages to mate with a male human.

The film is a strange combination of John Carpenter The thing and by Mary Shelley Frankensteinputting a bizarre twist on the usual alien horror movie tropes established by earlier films like by Ridley Scott Extraterrestrialeven having HR Giger create the look of Sil herself. The film showcases the acting talents of Ben Kingley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Whitaker Forest, Marg Helgenbergerand serves as by Natasha Henstridge screen debut.

Currently, Shout! Factory has a special offer for fans to take advantage of. If the collection is ordered from ShoutFactory.com, an exclusive rolled poster featuring the original theatrical artwork will be added to the mix. It is important to mention that these posters are in limited quantity, so it is a “first come, first served” offer.

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The contents found on Disc 1 are as follows:

  • New 4K scan of the original negative
  • Audio commentary with Henstridge, Madsen and the director Roger Donaldson
  • Audio Commentary with Makeup Effects Creator Donaldson Steve Johnsonvisual effects supervisor Richard Edlundand Producer Frank Mancuso Jr..

Disc 2 is the Blu-ray edition of the film and contains the same bonus features as Disc 1. Disc 3 is packed with bonus features exploring different aspects of the film’s production and will contain the following:

  • Afterbirth: the evolution of species with interviews with Donaldson, director of photography Andzej Bartkowiakdecorator Jean-MutoComposer Christopher YoungCreature Designer Steve Johnsonand more
  • From Sil to Eve – An interview with Henstridge
  • Life Engineering
  • HR Giger at work
  • The making of species: the origin, the concept, the discovery
  • Design a hybrid
  • Theatrical trailer
  • An alternate ending
  • Photo galleries (production design, creature designs, film stills, behind the scenes photos, posters and presentation cards)


For those who don’t know, Scream! Factory is an entertainment company specializing in cult films and classic television. His dedication to giving fans a chance to own remastered collections and additional features of beloved series and movies has made him a leading figure in entertainment production. Shout! Factory also has several well-known properties, such as Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Shout Kids, Shout Select, and a streaming service called Shout! Factory TV – all of which contribute to the goal of keeping classic media alive.

Species is an unorthodox take on the alien invasion trope that only the 90s could produce. With wonderful special effects, heart-pounding suspense, and an impressive cast, it’s well worth checking out if you haven’t watched it yet. And with the release of the Collector’s Edition, fans of the film will be able to enjoy it in a whole new way.


4K UHD Blu-ray from Species will be released on July 26, 2022.

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Meet a visually impaired music producer who inspires young people with disabilities to aim for the moon https://q-2-u.com/meet-a-visually-impaired-music-producer-who-inspires-young-people-with-disabilities-to-aim-for-the-moon/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 02:04:23 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/meet-a-visually-impaired-music-producer-who-inspires-young-people-with-disabilities-to-aim-for-the-moon/ Although he can’t see, Fitzville Martin deftly maneuvers the keypad and levers on the control panel, quickly judging which button performs which function. He was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. As a child, he could still see through his peripheral vision. Once, as he rode his bike down the street, he looked […]]]>

Although he can’t see, Fitzville Martin deftly maneuvers the keypad and levers on the control panel, quickly judging which button performs which function.

He was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. As a child, he could still see through his peripheral vision. Once, as he rode his bike down the street, he looked sideways to see where he was going. But a lady passing by shouted at him: “Look where you are going! assuming he was casually looking sideways.

His parents didn’t stop him from playing in the street or doing what the other kids were doing. “They let me live. … It wasn’t, ‘Oh you have vision problems, so you can’t go out,’” he said. Their attitude encouraged Martin to pursue what he wanted.

From an early age, Martin got into music. Around the age of 10 and before immigrating to the United States with his Jamaican family, he frequently played with his uncle’s band. “Whoever didn’t show up out of his band, I played the instrument,” he said. The drummer often backed down, so Martin became a skilled drummer, often playing at weddings. “I always knew that music would be part of my life,” he said.

Today, Martin, 46, is a notable producer and CEO of Willpower Entertainment, a studio known for working with hip hop and R&B pioneers like Jay Z and Toni Braxton. Nicknamed Funkmaster Flex, he has produced records for many emerging talents from Brooklyn’s hip hop industry. He also mentors young people, disabled or not, to learn audio engineering and enter the music industry. “I wanted to find a smoother way for them to be on their own, a smoother path to adulthood,” he said, noting that many teenagers growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Brooklyn struggle to avoid trouble. He wanted to give them opportunities to grow.

He believes his mission is to help people with vision loss live their lives to the fullest. “I didn’t have anyone like me when I was growing up,” Martin said, to show her that it was possible to carve a path in the music industry. He cited current statistics that say about 70% of blind Americans are unemployed — and he hopes to change that through his advocacy nonprofit, Voices for the Blind. In a way, he thinks people with vision loss are gifted with a special gift: extraordinary hearing ability, which can be turned into successful careers using those skills.

“If you have 20/20 vision, you’re a good marksman. If your ears are what you live for, music is your thing,” he said. Martin is able to use his hearing to detect modulations in the music he produces, or sense when someone is approaching the door. He uses his other senses to help him get through daily life without depending on anyone: putting on his suit, walking down the street, maneuvering in the workshop he built from scratch in the garden of his house when he had about 20 years. He wants to be living proof that blind people can do anything anyone else can.

Childhood

Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in the 1980s was a difficult time. But because of his vision loss, Martin attended specialized private schools. “I think it’s a blessing, … to have a vision problem. I think it saved me from natural trouble. He remembers the nuns at the Catholic school who would put him in his place. “I’d do my cool Jamaican walk down the hall, and Sister Mariana would rush at me, ‘Uh uh. Go to class,” he fondly recalls.

His parents also instilled a work ethic that emphasized self-reliance. Her mother worked as a cashier in a supermarket. “Instead of spending money on us [siblings], she will take us to pack our bags next to her. She will say: ‘He is my son. You better tip him. We will come home as a young kid, $100, $200 every weekend,” he recalled. At night, his mother worked in a telephone company. She also went to school and took computer classes. She then became an accountant for the supermarket chain.

His cousin and iconic rapper, Special Ed, frequently recorded music in the studio. Martin followed and learned the tricks of the trade on his own. “I was just a calm, just listening, paying attention to everything,” he said. Back then, there were no tools accessible to the blind, such as text-to-speech features and the special braille tablets he uses today when working in the studio or taking notes at Baruch College. , where he is preparing a master’s degree in music. and politics. “I had to remember what happens when you press a button.” He taught himself how to record, mix and master music. After building his own studio, he began working with artists, earning $40 an hour. He quickly became a well-regarded name in the industry. But he still wanted to get a formal education, and he went on to earn an associate’s degree in video arts and technology.

Mentoring

What gives her the most joy is being able to help others achieve the same goal. He started Voices for the Blind in 1999 to teach high school graduates life skills and audio engineering. He recently mentored a teenager with epilepsy. He wanted to become a DJ but was worried about having an episode while working. Martin encouraged him to overcome the mental hurdle, suggesting that he prepare a pre-recorded mix and play it when he detects an incoming episode. Today, he DJs at quinceañera parties and other celebrations. Martin told another hand-impaired teenager who was afraid to get into the music industry, “Use your mind and do the right thing.” Martin said he realized early on that “you are only as strong as what can break you”. He encourages the young people he mentors to support them, no matter how difficult things may seem.

Currently, he is working on making industry-standard audio software, Ableton Live, accessible to the blind. He hopes to be able to develop the association in order to be able to help at least 20 teenagers per semester. “When I wanted to give back, … that’s when I really got everything I wanted,” he said, explaining that he feels most fulfilled when he is able to open up. doors to others.

He is a state delegate for the American Council for the Blind, acting as an intermediary between local government and the blind community. He attends conferences on innovations that benefit the blind and advocates for legislation that benefits the visually impaired. During the pandemic, the organization helped blind people get groceries and essential goods. The next step for Martin is to go to law school, so he can continue to advocate for the blind community. He can’t wait for the day to come; he developed a curiosity for this field when he was young. “You have to go through what you go through in life. Just be strong and keep pushing,” he said.

This article originally appeared in American Essence magazine.

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The WJDX building, radio station, is being restored: Jackson, Mississippi https://q-2-u.com/the-wjdx-building-radio-station-is-being-restored-jackson-mississippi/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:01:44 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/the-wjdx-building-radio-station-is-being-restored-jackson-mississippi/ The walls recently collapsed on the site of a nearly century-old historic building in Jackson, originally designed by prominent Mississippi architect NW Overstreet. But don’t expect tears or protests from the story’s defenders. The demolition did not involve the historic building itself, but rather an indiscriminate cinder block addition in front of the building, which […]]]>

The walls recently collapsed on the site of a nearly century-old historic building in Jackson, originally designed by prominent Mississippi architect NW Overstreet.

But don’t expect tears or protests from the story’s defenders. The demolition did not involve the historic building itself, but rather an indiscriminate cinder block addition in front of the building, which for years obscured the view of the original art deco-themed structure on North State Street near of Beasley Road.

The original two-story brick and concrete building, completed in 1929, served as the transmitter site for radio station WJDX. It was designed, according to legend, to look like a massive console-style Philco radio of the day.

Demolition began June 8 on this 1960s cinder block addition to the historic WJDX transmitter building.

According to new owner Scott Allen of A Plus Signs and Creative, Inc., the goal now is to restore the original building to its former glory.

“It’s a great feeling that exceeded my expectations,” Allen said of the demolition process that brings the original structure back as planned. “The building now looks more quaint and smaller – and so much better aesthetically to look at.”

A view of the transmitter building as it appeared in the December 1937 edition of

As for long-term plans, Allen said he remains open-minded but inclined to turn the space into an artists’ studio.

“I’m an artist myself and I believe in doing what you know,” he said.

The most immediate goal is to have the building inspected by a structural engineer and to meet with Barry White, director of the Historic Preservation Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, to ensure that future renovations follow state guidelines.

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Tony Tony’s Latest ‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Best New Musical – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel https://q-2-u.com/tony-tonys-latest-a-strange-loop-wins-best-new-musical-los-angeles-sentinel-los-angeles-sentinel/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:31:25 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/tony-tonys-latest-a-strange-loop-wins-best-new-musical-los-angeles-sentinel-los-angeles-sentinel/ The cast of “A Strange Loop” performs during the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) The latest news on the Tony Awards (all local times): 11 p.m. “A Strange Loop,” an utterly unforgettable idiosyncratic journey into one man’s psyche, […]]]>

The cast of “A Strange Loop” performs during the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The latest news on the Tony Awards (all local times):

11 p.m.

“A Strange Loop,” an utterly unforgettable idiosyncratic journey into one man’s psyche, won the Tony Award for Best New Musical, beating more commercial fare.

Michael R. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a theatrical meta-journey – a melodious show about a black gay man writing a show about a black gay man. This show is also called “A Strange Loop”.

At its center is Usher, an ill-fated playwright who crumbles as an usher to “The Lion King.” He is haunted by a chorus of Greek voices – his thoughts as well as homophobic family members – hammering, undermining and scolding him.

Jackson, who in real life was an usher on “The Lion King,” is also the songwriter, and he wrote all 18 songs in Broadway tradition, a cocktail of rock and R&B, fused harmonies, ballads and belts.

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“A Strange Loop” beat out “Girl From the North Country”, “MJ”, “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Paradise Square”, and “Six: The Musical”.

Kalukango won for his work in “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and black Americans scrambling to survive in Civil War-era New York.

Kalukango’s credits include Lifetime’s “The Mahalia Jackson Story,” featuring her former “The Color Purple” castmate Danielle Brooks, and Amazon’s “One Night…in Miami” as Betty Shabazz.

She said her name means “established by God” and she thanked God and her parents during her acceptance speech.

She was also on the set of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” on Broadway and appeared in Ava DuVernay’s Exonerated Five miniseries “When They See Us.” She was nominated for a Tony Award for Jeremy O. Harris’ groundbreaking “Slave Play.”

For the Tony, she beat Sharon D Clarke on “Caroline, or Change”, Carmen Cusack on “Flying Over Sunset”, Sutton Foster on “The Music Man” and Mare Winningham on “Girl From the North Country”.

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10:45 p.m.

Myles Frost won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for playing Michael Jackson and becomes the category’s youngest solo winner.

“MJ” depicts Frost’s 22-year-old Broadway debut as he plays Jackson with a high, whispering voice, Lady Diana-like coquetry and fierce embrace of Jackson’s signature dancing and singing style, down to rhythmic breathing and pivoting. head.

Frost thanked her parents and sang during her acceptance speech.

Frost was raised by his mother in Fort Washington, Maryland. After high school, he put acting aside to pursue a career in music. He attended Belmont University in Nashville for two years to major in audio engineering. He transferred to Bowie State University in Maryland for his final two years.

The organic musical is packed with the King of Pop’s greatest hits, including “ABC,” “Black or White,” “Blame it on the Boogie,” “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Off the Wall,” Thriller” and “I’ll be there.”

Frost defeated Billy Crystal on “Mr. Saturday Night”, Hugh Jackman of “The Music Man”, Rob McClure on “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and Jaquel Spivey on “A Strange Loop”. Frost knocked out Ben Platt as the youngest performer to win best male lead in a musical singlehandedly for “Dear Evan Hansen.” (Three young men won to play Billy Elliot in 2009).

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10:31 p.m.

Deirdre O’Connell won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in “Dana H.”

“Dana H.,” which has been described as a “heartbreaking one-room fugue state,” is about a woman kidnapped by a former convict and member of a white supremacist fraternity and held hostage for five months. It is written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters.

O’Connell never speaks in the room. Instead, she’s sitting on a set that looks like a Florida motel room and lip-syncing to an edited recording by survivor, Dana Higginbotham. In her acceptance speech, O’Connell said she wanted her award to be a “token” for those wondering if they should try to create something for theater.

O’Connell’s other Broadway credits include “Magic/Bird” and “The Front Page.” For the Tony, O’Connell beat Gabby Beans, LaChanze, Ruth Negga and Mary-Louise Parker.

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ROKT APPOINTS FORMER AMAZON EXECUTIVE BILL BARTON AS CHIEF PRODUCT AND ENGINEER TO LEAD ALL R&D https://q-2-u.com/rokt-appoints-former-amazon-executive-bill-barton-as-chief-product-and-engineer-to-lead-all-rd/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/rokt-appoints-former-amazon-executive-bill-barton-as-chief-product-and-engineer-to-lead-all-rd/ NEW YORK, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rokt, the leading e-commerce technology using machine learning to make transactions more relevant to every shopper, today announced that it has named Bill Barton as Chief Product and Engineering Officer, effective June 27, 2022. In this newly created role, Barton will report directly to the CEO Bruce Buchanan […]]]>

NEW YORK, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rokt, the leading e-commerce technology using machine learning to make transactions more relevant to every shopper, today announced that it has named Bill Barton as Chief Product and Engineering Officer, effective June 27, 2022. In this newly created role, Barton will report directly to the CEO Bruce Buchanan and will lead the company’s R&D organization. With over 35 years of product and engineering experience at companies including Amazon, Nokia and Microsoft, Barton has a proven track record of building high performing teams across a range of hardware and software disciplines.

“We are delighted to welcome Bill Barton to lead our R&D efforts as we continue to evolve our R&D team to realize our vision for e-commerce,” said Bruce Buchanan, CEO of Rokt. “We invest in projects that require a long-term commitment to solve – our time horizons are 7-10 years into the future – which requires a leader, like Bill, with a proven ability to solve complex R&D problems on a long period of time.”

“Rokt has an excellent reputation as a provider of cutting-edge e-commerce technologies that help online brands drive revenue and customer engagement,” said Bill Barton, director of product and engineering at Rokt. “I am thrilled to join the company at such a crucial time in its growth trajectory and lead the next chapter of the R&D organization.”

Barton is a seasoned, hands-on product development manager with expertise spanning mobile advertising; multimedia communications; speech, audio and voice; IP systems and switched networks; mobile and wireless systems; web applications; interactive advertising; and the development of algorithms. He most recently served as Vice President, Alexa Proactive Experience at Amazon, where he spent the past 10 years building and leading teams that developed Alexa’s spoken language awareness and comprehension capabilities. Previous roles include director of product development at NAVTEQ, director of product development at Nokia Location & Commerce, vice president of engineering at Revolabs, senior vice president of engineering at Unveil Technologies (acquired by Microsoft ) and Vice President of Engineering at Voice Signal Technologies. Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University.

About Rokt
Rokt is the global leader in e-commerce technology, helping businesses unlock the full potential of every transactional moment to increase revenue, acquire new customers at scale, and deepen relationships with existing customers. Live Nation, Groupon, Staples, Lands’ End, Fanatics, GoDaddy, Vistaprint and HelloFresh are among more than 2,500 leading global businesses and advertisers using Rokt’s solutions to drive more value with every transaction by delivering messages highly relevant to their customers about when they are most likely to convert. Founded in Australiawith US headquarters in New York Citythe company now operates in 19 countries across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. To learn more, visit Rokt.com.

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Combating the Industry’s Unspoken Problem: Electronic Packaging Waste https://q-2-u.com/combating-the-industrys-unspoken-problem-electronic-packaging-waste/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:48:35 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/combating-the-industrys-unspoken-problem-electronic-packaging-waste/ The custom electronics industry has a serious problem that is rarely discussed openly: electronic packaging waste. The only way to solve this problem is for fabricators and installers – the people who end up dealing with the waste – to work together. We haven’t seen much like a “waste summit” or a public speaking out […]]]>

The custom electronics industry has a serious problem that is rarely discussed openly: electronic packaging waste. The only way to solve this problem is for fabricators and installers – the people who end up dealing with the waste – to work together.

We haven’t seen much like a “waste summit” or a public speaking out from manufacturers or integration companies on this topic. So while we wait for any development there, I wanted to take a closer look at the issue and think about why it should be considered a top priority in the industry.

Although headlines might glance at this article and think, “Huh, going green? Yeah, I’ve heard it time and time again,” they might not stop to think about the relative silence on trash when it comes to the custom electronics industry.

Is it because the industry does not see how to get around the problem? If so, that would seem to reflect the general public’s view of Google regarding packaging waste. The graph below, created with Google Trends, analyzes the overall search volume of queries related to the topic:

As you can see, “packaging waste” didn’t even overtake “electronic packaging” in search volume until just a few years ago, and neither topic received much hit. attention recently compared to the year 2004.

Of course, these data are very subjective and do not tell us much. But the fact that packaging waste – phrased here to mean ANY type, not just electronics packaging – hasn’t gotten much attention from people interested enough to google it in the first place. , testifies to the idea that the problem is not of primary importance. to the general public.

So why should it be so for the audiovisual industry?

Installers don’t want to deal with it

Many installers have commented on my blog on Commercial Integrator out of solidarity and frustration, citing excess packaging as a major issue in their installations.

Ben Stigler from Performing Arts Audio reached out to say that Pro Audio is full of electronics packaging waste.

“Each short BNC cable for 1/4 wave antenna to the front panel is in its own bag. There will always be a pair, why not put them together? Or better, put them in a large ziplock bag with all other mid-size brackets, rubber feet, etc., and eliminate individual sleeves.If you’re worried about scratching the black paint on the rack bracket, wrapped in recycled paper, not plastic.

“Some cable makers ship 1,000′ pop boxes with a wooden spool inside the box. This may be necessary to prevent some types of cables from twisting when the cable is pulled out, but it also leads to significant waste. Our area doesn’t burn a lot of wood (air quality issues), and those spools end up in landfills or maybe compost. »

Kenneth Williams, who works for Auburn University, lamented the ubiquitous use of polystyrene foam in AV electronics packaging.

“I also save and reuse resealable bags. And I have a boatload of extra screws and I often find uses for them. What I’m saying is I’m trying to do my part, but the industry often chooses the cheapest way to protect their product or, more often, goes well above cost to impress the buyer, but in the process, overpacks the items. ”

A commenter on the “AV Install Nightmares” Facebook group echoed the desire of many bulk packaging installers.

“Very annoying…There must be a bulk packaging option for the items,” they said.

Little progress made against electronic packaging waste

Before you start presenting yourself with statistics, think about the reality of a of the following facts, and what it means for the planet as a whole.

Put aside the inconvenience to you of disposing of excess styrofoam and imagine the inconvenience this poses to humanity as a whole as the world’s populations increase:

What the Custom Electronics Industry Can Do

Nearly endless volumes have been composed on the ease of neglecting responsibility. It’s far, far too easy to think, “humans create waste there is nothing we can do about it… And it’s even easier to look at it from a narrower point of view: “Does this small gesture really make a difference?

If I have to pose an answer to this question, maybe there really is no hope.

More seriously, I’m not going to pose a problem without at least making a few suggestions to remedy it:

Integrators should hold technology manufacturers accountable

As insinuated earlier, installers are the ones who really have to deal with the consequences of electronic packaging waste, it follows that they are in the best position to inform manufacturers of the problems they encounter around this.

In fact, it seems to me that integrators are the primary way to attack this problem, as long as they aren’t afraid to be specific in their thoughts on packaging a particular product.

Related: Best Buy launches Haul-Away recycling service for home electronics

It’s this specific use case information that will give manufacturers’ product designers something actionable to bring back to the packaging design drawing board.

Even if you don’t have specific ideas for them, simply reaching out to your local representative (and encouraging your industry peers to do the same) can make a difference.

“I often call out to companies about unnecessary plastic. Take a picture, tag them on a public social media platform asking what the extra plastic is for,” said one user of the AV Install Nightmares Facebook group.

“I get a lot of positive responses. This is unacceptable. A lot of packaging is essential to get it to the site safely, but a huge amount is nothing more than superficial.

The promise of bioengineering

With a little ingenuity, the days of non-biodegradable packaging materials may be behind us.

There is a company that fuses agricultural waste with a specific type of mushroom to produce an economical alternative to polystyrene foam. But they’re far from alone in designing alternatives, and their work took off in 2009.

More than 10 years later, bioengineering processes have improved their profitability and created an entire industry around biodegradable electronic packaging waste. There are now far too many options to list here, but suffice it to say: AV manufacturers, if you’re reading this you know what to do.

Bulk packaging needs a rebrand

Another requirement from manufacturers: please try to use bulk packaging whenever possible. Not only would this make life easier for the installer, but it would also reduce cardboard and plastic film waste.

Recycling incentive programs

I can’t lecture seasoned business leaders on how to do their jobs, but doesn’t it make sense that if you want your business to be even vaguely philanthropic, you need to provide incentives?

I mentioned ways for integrators to hold manufacturers accountable, but the reverse must also happen if the industry is to take this issue seriously.

Incentive programs that reward partner installers for ingenious packaging reuse or extra dedication to recycling could be effective. Let’s face it, you were going to create some sort of incentive program anyway, weren’t you? Why not center one around that?

Tackling electronics packaging waste won’t be easy, but the custom electronics industry is uniquely positioned to do its part. Let’s start spreading the word and hopefully we’ll form better habits.


This post was created on our partner site, Commercial Integrator.

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Aspen Public Radio News Team Adds Players and Changes Lineup for Summer 2022 https://q-2-u.com/aspen-public-radio-news-team-adds-players-and-changes-lineup-for-summer-2022/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:16:00 +0000 https://q-2-u.com/aspen-public-radio-news-team-adds-players-and-changes-lineup-for-summer-2022/ Aspen Public Radio heads into the summer 2022 season with strategic changes to the station’s on-air talent lineup, as well as an increased focus on coverage of local events, all in service of our community. . Aspen Public Radio reporter Hall Zander was promoted to the position of anchor of All things Considered, during one […]]]>

Aspen Public Radio heads into the summer 2022 season with strategic changes to the station’s on-air talent lineup, as well as an increased focus on coverage of local events, all in service of our community. .

Aspen Public Radio reporter Hall Zander was promoted to the position of anchor of All things Considered, during one of the station’s highest-rated time slots, broadcasting from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays on 88.9FM and 91.5FM. Information Director Brent GardnerSmithwho has held the position since being hired last fall, will continue to oversee Aspen Public Radio’s award-winning news team, which includes Zander, as well as reporters. Eleanor Bennett, Dominic Anthony Walsh, and Caroline Llanes. “Halle sounds great on air and is a solid reporter and writer,” says Gardner-Smith. “It’s a natural afternoon anchor.” This move allows Gardner-Smith to fully utilize his expertise and knowledge of the Roaring Fork Valley to expand the newsroom’s local reporting efforts as a full-time news director.

As previously announced, the classical music lover Chris Mohr is back in Aspen, joining the Aspen Public Radio news team as a reporter. Mohr will devote his eight-week tenure to providing comprehensive coverage of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer lineup. In addition, Jenna McMurtry joined Aspen Public Radio as a news intern for the summer 2022 season. McMurtry, who grew up in the Vail Valley and Summit County, is currently the editor of her college newspaper at Pomona College and has been recognized by the California College Media Association and the California News Publisher Association for his work. She says, “I couldn’t be more excited to embark on a summer experience with Aspen Public Radio. Having already learned so much with such experienced staff, I look forward to seeing what the next few months will bring.

Haley Tidd will also be joining the station this summer as an audio production intern, supporting community engagement efforts by recording and producing audio in the studios, at live events and in the field. Tidd, who is studying audio engineering technology with a minor in classical music at Belmont University School of Music, will manage audio production for station promotions and support recently announced Sonic ID initiative which will be launched this summer with the support of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. Tidd will also help the station expand its efforts to capture more public programming throughout the region by assisting with the taping, production and distribution of events hosted by a distinguished group of community partners, including:

These events will be archived on the station’s website, with selected programs scheduled to air on Aspen Public Radio, as a way for listeners to engage in thought-provoking conversations and hear locally focused discussions. taking place here in our community.
To this collection will be added selected events from the Aspen Institute Aspen Festival of Ideas, with 2022 marking the return of live broadcasts and specials from Aspen Public Radio, sharing festival highlights with listeners for the duration of the festival, thanks to the support of Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel. Full broadcast schedule to come.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Aspen Institute to bring these world-class events to a wider audience here throughout our community. It’s so critical to our mission and allows us to be a unifier in new and exciting ways,” said the executive director of Aspen Public Radio. Richardson Breeze. “I was already looking forward to summer in the valley, but I’m really excited to hear the stories that our local newsroom will feature alongside this expansion of local content on our airwaves, thanks to our team of reporters and producers who proudly call this community home. This is the power of local journalism, and it’s such a privilege to be able to serve the valley in this way. Thank you to our staff, our community partners and all of our listeners and supporters for making this work possible.

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