Producer Giorgio Moroder Discusses Working With Daft Punk and EDM

first_imgIn a candid interview from The Creators Project (an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expression), Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, pioneer of electronic dance music production, discusses everything from Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories and working with them on it, his early work with Donna Summer which revolutionized EDM, “4 on the floor” beats, 120 bpm’s and their correlation to the heart, the wild parties in Ibiza, and why dance music is the new “pop of the world”.He also talks about the first time he heard “One More Time” and how impressed he was, as well as how the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are absolute perfectionists, which gives us a good idea of why it takes Daft Punk so long to come out with an album.As Moroder explains, “It’s time to have something new in the dance world….this is like a step forward. They had to do something which is different….still dance, still electronic, but give that human touch back.”For those of you that may not be familiar with Giorgio Moroder, he has worked with artists such as Donna Summer, David Bowie, Blondie, Freddie Mercury (Queen), Japan, Pat Benatar, and many more.  He is also responsible for the soundtracks to such movies as Scarface, Midnight Express, Battlestar Galactica, American Gigolo, Superman II, and The NeverEnding Story.  And his beats have been sampled by Rick Ross, DJ Shadow, RZA, Mobb Deep, OutKast, Lil’ Wayne, and Madonna.  Yeah, basically he is the man. Check out his original song “From Here to Eternity” below and see where Daft Punk got their early influences from, as well as Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” for that disco fix that you know you want.Check out the interview with Giorgio Moroder here:Giorgio Moroder “From Here to Eternity”:“Love to Love You Baby”:last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 23

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in need In explaining her “no” vote on impeachment Dec. 18, Rep. Elise Stefanik said that the case against the president was “easily disproven” because security assistance and aid was eventually provided to Ukraine and because there was no investigation into the Bidens conducted.Trump didn’t get the result he wanted, so he’s off the hook?For those watching holiday reruns, it’s like arguing that the burglars in “Home Alone” didn’t commit any crimes because they didn’t succeed in making off with any of the McCallisters’ stuff.Like Harry and Marv, the president and Giuliani bungled their operation and got burned and humiliated as a result.But their failures don’t exonerate them of the crimes they did commit.Extortion, solicitation and conspiracy are crimes themselves, whether or not they attain desired ends.Stefanik’s “explanation” evades the serious charges in the case. There have been many sequels to “Home Alone,” but I’d like to see one where Stefanik volunteers to drive a getaway car for Harry and Marv.Janette SchueNiskayunaMcConnell vows not to honor his oathWhen the United States Senate sits as the jury for impeachment, its oath is very different: “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ____, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.”So, when the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is in lock-step with the president, he has violated the oath before he even takes it.Sadly, elected officials are more interested in getting re-elected than doing their jobs and serving the public interest.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice. The 2019 Arctic Report card https://arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2019 has just been issued.The report says: “Warming air temperatures are driving changes in the Arctic environment that affect ecosystems and communities on a regional and global scale.”According to Matthew Druckenmiller from the National Snow and Ice Data Center ,“… thawing of permafrost may now be acting to accelerate global climate change.” He indicates that melting permafrost brings about further change as it releases more carbon into the air.We have family in Alaska where we lived in the 1970s and ’80s. What happens there affects us, not just because of the family connection, but because of what it means to our weather here in New York or any of the other places in the country where we have family and friends.When we lived in the Arctic, seeing the amount of ice on the ocean and walking on the permafrost every day made it seem like it would be there forever. Now we know, more than 30 years later, that things were beginning to change even then. We just couldn’t see it.Serious climate changes are happening in faraway places where we can’t see them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.Florence CarnahanSchenectadycenter_img Climate change not always visible to allIf you look at the globe you can see that it’s round, a facsimile of our planet Earth. There’s no line that stops what happens in one place from impacting what happens in another. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik defense of Trump ignores plotlast_img read more

Fairplay relocates in Germany

first_imgAs HLPFI reported here, Fairplay Towage announced plans to acquire Bugsier in June 2017, with Bugsier continuing as a brand in the corporate group of Fairplay Towage.To reflect the acquisition, which aimed to expand and strengthen the group’s presence in Germany and across Europe, Fairplay has established a joint location in Hamburg.The office will be the administrative headquarters for all of the activities of the Fairplay Towage Group.“After the merger last year, moving into a joint office was the next logical step,” said Walter Collet, managing director of the Fairplay Towage Group.“It is very important that we integrate the departments and optimise communication channels. Combining our forces will strengthen our market position.”According to Collet, the requirements in the towage industry have changed considerably and in recent years, Fairplay has invested in the renewal and modernisation of its fleet to keep up with the ever-increasing size of container vessels.The Fairplay Towage Group operates more than 100 tugboats in 29 European ports. Next to assisting seagoing ships in ports, the offshore industry is an important and growing segment for the company.In this industry its fleet of specially equipped offshore tugs are employed in the international oil industry.
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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Leicester: Dubious Antoine Griezmann penalty defeats Foxes

first_imgAntoine Griezmann’s controversial first-half penalty handed Atletico Madrid a tight 1-0 win over gutsy Leicester in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. The France striker was fouled outside the box by Marc Albrighton but referee Jonas Erikssson pointed to the spot – yet the Foxes’ European hopes remain alive. It was deja vu for Leicester after another dubious penalty at the Vicente Calderon helped knock them out of the UEFA Cup in 1997. They will also have to overturn a deficit at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday without Robert Huth, who is suspended after collecting his third booking of the campaign.But the Foxes. who failed to create a meaningful chance, will be encouraged they are in the tie and still have a chance of booking a stunning semi-final spot. They defended well and were vigilant although Atletico’s one-paced second-half performance played into their hands.Atletico dominated from the off and Koke smacked the outside of the post from 25 yards after five minutes before Yannick Carrasco volleyed wide after Huth’s miscued header. Similar to the last 16 first leg against Sevilla, Leicester were pinned back by their Spanish hosts as Atletico marauded forward with growing menace. The Foxes were sloppy and failed to help themselves as they gifted possession back to Atletico with striker Griezmann firing over. There was little early respite as the frantic Leicester defence held firm but slowly the Foxes began to make some ground. Wilfred Ndidi had been vital in stemming the Atletico attack but the visitors were undone in controversial style after 27 minutes. They had looked more comfortable but were caught by a lightning break when Griezmann burst clear on the left. The striker went to sprint into the area but he was clipped by Albrighton and referee awarded a penalty – despite Griezmann being clearly outside the area. There were echoes of 1997 – when Delfi Geli went down softly under Steve Guppy’s challenge to win a penalty in their UEFA Cup meeting – but Griezmann ignored the debate to beat Kasper Schmeichel. Atletico deserved the lead, if not the opening, and Koke went close to making it 2-0 when he lashed wide from 25 yards. Leicester held firm ahead of the break, with Albrighton firing wide, and Andy King replaced Shinji Okazaki at the interval with boss Craig Shakespeare searching for a way back. Atletico played a deep line to nullify Jamie Vardy’s threat after boss Diego Simeone pinpointed him as the main danger before the game.The striker continued to find it tough but the Foxes almost found a way through when Huth’s close range effort was blocked after 54 minutes.But the defender was booked minutes later when he clipped Koke and will now be banned for the second leg. Leicester then survived a scare when Huth was beaten by Fernando Torres but the former Liverpool striker slipped as he shot and the ball bounced out for a throw in. Methodical Madrid continued to try to unpick Leicester and Angel Correa was inches away from connecting with Griezmann’s cross with 16 minutes left. The Foxes, though, remained resolute and still have a chance to keep their European dream alive and clinch an improbable semi-final spot. Antoine Griezmann celebrates with Fernando Torres 1last_img read more