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Fall 2010 – page 6

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: 3799 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver (In the lobby of a residential building, one block north of West Broadway and half a block west of Alma Street) Everyone with a genuine interest in our work is welcome.

Study to develop 'musical prescriptions' for patients

Music prompts a range of emotions for the listener.

Patients could be prescribed music tailored to their needs as a result of new research. Scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University are using a mixture of psychology and audio engineering to see how music can prompt certain responses. They will analyse a composition's lyrics, tone or even the thoughts associated with it.

Those behind the study say it could be used to help those suffering physical pain or conditions like depression. By considering elements of a song's rhythm patterns, melodic range, lyrics or pitch, the team believe music could one day be used to help regulate a patient's mood.

Audio engineer Dr. Don Knox, who is leading the study, said the impact of music on an individual could be significant. He said: "Music expresses emotion as a result of many factors. These include the tone, structure and other technical characteristics of a piece. "Lyrics can have a big impact, too. But so can purely subjective factors:

 

where or when you first heard it, whether youassociate it with happy or sad events and so on." So far the team has carried out detailed audio analysis of certain music, identified as expressing a range of emotions by a panel of volunteers.

Their ultimate aim is to develop a mathematical model that explains music's ability to communicate different emotions. This could, they say, eventually make it possible to develop computer programs that identify music capable of influencing mood.

"By making it possible to search for music and organise collections according to emotional content, such programs could fundamentally change the way we interact with music", said Dr. Knox. "Some online music stores already tag music according to whether a piece is happy or sad. "Our project is refining this approach and giving it a firm scientific foundation, unlocking all kinds of possibilities and opportunities as a result."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
uk scotland glasgow west 11233452


Noise dispute between tenants sparked murderous stabbing

SURREY, B.C. – A stabbing incident on Friday, Aug. 13, that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized in serious condition, resulted from an argument between tenants over a noise issue.

Naib Singh Toor, 33, was stabbed to death while a 42 year old woman was admitted to hospital with serious but non life threatening stab wounds. Iqbal Singh Vinepal, 54, has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He will reappear in court on Aug. 24.

 

Cpl. Dale Carr said the knifing incident in a home in the 12800-block of 99 Avenue appears to have been sparked by a noise dispute between tenants who lived downstairs and others who lived in the upstairs portion of the house.

The female victim’s name has not been released and it remained unclear whether she was related to the person who died or the accused.

http://www.vancouverite.com/2010/08/17/noise- dispute-between-tenants-sparked-murderous- surrey-stabbings/

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Ever more noise to burden the soundscape

The year 2010 is particularly notable for many very noisy events, at times with fatal consequences.

— The Winter Olympics in Vancouver may have surpassed all other Olympic games with respect to noise.

— In South Africa the soccer world cup players and spectators were “vuvuzelerated” either into ecstasy or madness, likely with ringing ears.

— In Duisburg, Germany, some 20 people died and 510 were injured at a deafening love parade, where allegedly 1 to 1.5 million people were expected to converge on a property suitable for maximally 500,000.

— The annual fireworks competition in Vancouver blasted English Bay with highly amplified “music” and sounds of warfare.

 

— Every July the Vancouver Folk Music Festival turns Jericho Park and miles around it into a sonic inferno, and

— Some harbour cruise-boats-turned-floating-discos do their part to keep Burrard Inlet in an acoustic nightmare for hours.

In spite of our society members and others trying hard to stop that noise, our authorities seem unable (unwilling?) to take action. It appears that an addiction to noise is rapidly spreading and the “noise-pushers” are frantically competing to cash in on this pathetic situation. Is there an effective remedy or do we have to let this acoustic quagmire run its course?

— Hans Schmid


There is a proposal to introduce musical recycling bins to entice people to recycle.

— As It Happens, CBC Radio 1

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