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The Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar – Product feature

Samsung Electronics have today announced that the HW-K950 is the latest addition to its premium soundbar portfolio and the industry’s first to be custom developed to deliver captivating sound with Dolby Atmos technology, is now available to buy in the UK. The Samsung HW-K950 is the world’s first 5.1.4 playback system to offer next-generation home theatre sound sporting 15 speakers, including four upward-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers and two rear wireless speakers, delivering overhead and surround sound. At just 2.1” high, the HW-K950’s slim and sleek design features 15 built-in speakers including three forward-facing and two upwards-facing units which produce a rich, full sound big enough to fill a room. Specifically engineered wide range tweeters deliver the best audio in any seat, allowing people to enjoy crystal clear, accurate sound alongside realistic, cinematic detail for a breath-taking home audio experience. The soundbar connects wirelessly to the subwoofer and rear speaker units, for a practical and seamless solution in any living space. This also means that ceiling-fitted speakers are not required for moving, multi-dimensional audio. Not …

AirTurn PED Hands-Free Controller – A Preview

      The Product: AirTurn PED Bluetooth SMART (for the foot control of your tablet or computer device) Developer – AirTurn Inc – The Netherlands – Manufactured in the US $69.00 (47.10 GBP) Compatibility: works with most Bluetooth SMART READY Equipped Tablets including iPad 3 and later, and Computers (Mac, PC) and iPhone 4S and later, Android 4.3 or later with Bluetooth 4. Note: A compatible app is required http://www.airturn.com/apps Mode: six available. PED-APP-Direct and HID (not all compatible apps will function in both modes) Size: measures 4 inches H (76mm) x 6 inches L (152mm) x less than 7 inches (18mm) D Suitable for hands free page turning while reading or controlling applications on a Bluetooth SMART READY device FIRST IMPRESSION(S) An assistive type of technology I see as being useful in foot controlling a tablet or computer, so that musicians specifically, can view/read or page turn sheet music, guitar tablature and song lyrics via an app on a Smart ready device, so that during music playing and/or live performances there needs to be …

Stage Review – Yet Another Evening with Rick Wakeman

In a short set, before the interval and I think deviating from the original plan intended, we had the pleasure to be entertained by Wakeman’s second son, Adam. Adam Wakeman is a songwriter and accomplished pianist and keyboard player; currently on the books of the reformed Black Sabbath. His performance introduced us to the flavour of the night, with relaxed and engaging verbal presentations ahead of lengthier instrumentals on the piano, and, in his case alone, some singing and guitar playing too. A grabbing kind of opportunity for this fine musician, who might otherwise be making music behind the scenes or be studio based, to showcase his own songs and to tell his own story in an acoustic setting. When Wakeman senior takes to the De Monfort Hall stage we immediately get his funny turn of phrase. Like Mozart, he was a boy who started learning the piano from a particularly young age. Unlike Mozart he did not demonstrate any prodigious ability until later on, nor did he start to use the piano to compose …

A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War

A Time and Place is a World War One themed live event incorporating uniquely original folk music with both existing and new poetry; so the fantastic storytelling, in other words, is channeled through music and songs. The live projection is the work of Birmingham’s Matt Watkins (Gorillaz – Plastic Beach Tour). In his intro Mercury prize nominee, Sam Lee – folk artist and singer, explained how he and his project collaborators, while down in South West England, had met with some of those who had been close to people who had passed on their firsthand accounts of their own experiences of World War One. The voice of a woman is heard recalling a conversation she held with an ex WW1 soldier. This recollection inspired the first song that is performed called Bideford Bridge. I have seen a few fine examples of this kind of insightful approach taken with the transference of thought and the transformation of traditional pre-existing material being fused with new writing, singing and instrument playing, as well as technical input providing stimulus …