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Ben Burtt – Sound Designer Behind WALL-E (2008)

Every sound designer is asked to create some sort of a world in sounds. And it’s most inspiring when the whole movie requires an original new world of sound – WALL-E

Ben Burtt is an Academy Award-winning sound designer who did his very first work on first Star Wars movies, and in many ways, he’s considered “a father” of modern sound design. He was born on 12 July 1948 in Jamesville, New York. Graduated in 1975 from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production. He created a whole new world in animated movie WALL-E, from the background sounds and ambiances, the wind, the storm, mechanical sounds of motors, robot arms and legs, the sound of a space-ship, to new imaginary language. It’s really hard to make up an original sound voice, especially for the character like WALL-E, because he doesn’t talk. Sound designer has to pay attention to emotion that needs to be emphasized, and it’s the hardest part in filmmaking because the film can easily lose it sense, it can be misunderstood. WALL-E doesn’t talk in languages we know. Even if he doesn’t talk much in his imaginary robotic language, he uses different sounds like squeaks, pitched sounds, etc. It took nine months for Ben Burtt to create sounds for this movie.

It’s really hard to make up an original sound voice, especially for the character like WALL-E, because he doesn’t talk. Sound designer has to pay attention to emotion that needs to be emphasized, and it’s the hardest part in filmmaking because the film can easily lose it sense, it can be misunderstood. WALL-E doesn’t talk in languages we know. Even if he doesn’t talk much in his imaginary robotic language, he uses different sounds like squeaks, pitched sounds, etc. It took nine months for Ben Burtt to create sounds for WALL-E. Out of improvisations of taking sounds from both the real world and some synthesization, he will fascinate you on what you hear in the movie.

There are around 2600 sound files made for WALL-E, which is a lot. More then he made for any other move. A Star Wars movie, which is huge, usually has around 1000 new sounds. For Ben, this was gigantic, partly because WALL-E needed so much detail in the sound. WALL-E does lots of movements in the film; lots of driving this way, driving that way. They put the sound with everything and convince the audience that this character really exists; this illusion. Obviously, nothing is recorded while you’re making the movie, everything’s added later. “You learn, as a sound designer, that the most important thing is to make the right choice with the right sound in the right moment in a film. The end result is a product which involves thousands, maybe tens of thousands of decisions, and certainly thousands of sounds.  And all this sounds end up in the world of WALL-E.”


If you are wondering what the story is about I recommend that you watch the movie, and here’s a brief introduction (no spoiler alert): 700 years in the future, the world is turned into an uninhabitable garbage dump. Humans are long lost cruising in the galaxies. Back on Earth, there are two signs of life: one is a cockroach, of course. And the other is WALL-E. WALL-E spends his days collecting, compacting and stacking cubes of junk. Then out of the sky comes another, but different robot – EVE. She is in search of planet life, which signifies that it’s time for humans to leave the stars and reclaim their badly abused planet. So that is how the story begins, I recommend this movie to all ages. WALL-E was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, who was the big star behind the biggest Pixar film today Finding Nemo.

Every sound designer is asked to create some sort of a world in sounds. And it’s most inspiring when the whole movie requires an original new world of sound – WALL-E
Ben Burtt is an Academy Award-winning sound designer who did his very first work on first...

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The Best Movies to Watch

Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.

Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets from their subconscious. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Butterfly Effect (2004) Ashton Kutcher is victim of his blackouts during important events of his childhood. Growing up he finds a journal, a way to remember those lost memories, and a way to alter his life. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters. Directors: Erick Bress, J. Mackye Gruber.

Memento (2000) Guy Pearce struggles with keeping his short-term memory loss an obstacle while searching for his wife murderer. Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Annie Moss, Joe Pantolino. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino’s violent “western” story sets in the post Civil War era where a group of criminals against each other found shelter in the wooden cabin. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Django Unchained (2012) Django is a slave who is in Mississippi, with his German friend, trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner. Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. Director: Quentin Tarantino

Interstellar (2014) A team of astronauts on a mission of finding life out of Earth in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Revenant (2015) Leonardo Dicaprio sustains deathly injuries from a brutal bear attack in the wilderness. He must use his survival skills to find back a way to civilization. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter. Director: Alejando G. Inarritu.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Based on true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to the being a billionaire to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Definitely, Maybe (2008) A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year old daughter. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin. Director: Adam Brooks.

Shutter Island (2010) Leonardo DiCaprio is investigating a disappearance of a murderess from a hospital for the criminally insane. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Martin Scorsese.

Fight Club (1999) An insomniac office worker forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf. Director: David Fincher.

The Dark Knight (2008) Joker is here, wrecking and creating chaos in town. Bruce Wayne needs to save Gotham City. Stars: Christian Bale, Heather Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. Director: Christopher Nolan.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two men in prison bond over time, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Stars: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton. Director: Frank Darabont.

Now You See Me (2013) An FBI agent and Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank money during the performance and gave it to the audience. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo. Director: Louis Leterrier.

Hope you enjoy this list!

Are you a movies fan? Do you like spending your free nights on the sofa watching good movies? We have a list of movies we found very interesting and entertaining.
Inception (2010) DiCaprio has a rare ability to enter people’s dream and steal their secrets...

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Could There be a Whole New Series of Harry Potter?

In 2007, all Harry Potter novels were completed and in 2011 the movie adaptations of those great books have wrapped up but the story hasn’t even thought of stopping there or slowing down. A stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, some new short stories, theme parks and even the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a brand new spin-off film series that started in November last year. They have all been released in the past six years and that is not all. There is a plan for more in the future, next seven years to be exact when a fifth and final installment of Fantastic Beasts is currently being scheduled to drop. If we would believe the rumors, all of this could just be an introduction for some really big development.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had its premiere on July 30, 2016, at the Palace Theater in London and even before that, there were some speculations that the holder of the Harry Potter cinematic rights, Warner Bros., might be interested in converting this play into a big screen version. Today, we maybe have the biggest piece of evidence yet of this actually happening.

Jim Hill, a historian and a legendary theme park journalist has contacts at Universal and Disney and the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast made him the guest of honor last week to talk about future developments of Universal Orlando Resort. When the conversation turned to Harry Potter, Hill mentioned an apparent detail of the Warners and NBCUniversal’s recent contact which grants exclusive broadcast rights to NBCU’s television channels for the Fantastic Beasts and all Harry Potter movies starting on July 1, 2018. Hill said:” They not only have Potter, they have Fantastic Beasts and, supposedly, if you drill down into the language of the deal, they also have – when they’re finally made – the trilogy of movies that will be based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Later in the conversation, Hill said that 2026, two years after the sub-franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is completed, will be the release date for the first movie. He explained:” I have heard that Warner Bros. has actually had conversations with Emma Watson, with Rupert Grint, and, of course, Daniel Radcliffe about Cursed Child, ‘cause they want this to be, for lack of a better term, Harry Potter: The Force Awakens. They want this trilogy of movies to have the actors that we know and love from the original films, that we watched grow up, as adults. And, of course, they’re hiring a bunch of new, younger actors to play their children with the hope that, if we can lean on J.K. Rowling, maybe there’ll be The Cursed Adolescent.”

Some of the first hints of making a trilogy from the stage play, came out last summer. Also, at that time, there was the report that Warners was courting Daniel Radcliffe to be in the movies. But, all of that came to nothing when the studio quickly denied everything, stating that there were “no plans” of doing this.

In the end, who knows? There is still a lot of time to see what happens.

In 2007, all Harry Potter novels were completed and in 2011 the movie adaptations of those great books have wrapped up but the story hasn’t even thought of stopping there or slowing down. A stage play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, some new short...

Humans Are Awesome

The Architect Behind London 2012 Aquatics Centre Leaves £67m Fortune

The British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, left a fortune worth £67 million, after she suddenly died in March 2016. The architect behind Guangzhou opera house, London Olympics aquatics center and buildings all around the world including Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, left to her business partner Patrik Schumacher a sum of £500,000. She also made her four nieces and nephews richer by £1.7 million and her brother Haytham Hadid by £500,000. Zaha Hadid didn’t have a husband and she didn’t have any children. In 2012 she was made a dame.

Hadid’s mathematically inspired curving buildings made her one of the most famous architects in the world. She was on a holiday in Miami when she had a heart failure and died. She was 65 years old at that time. The Architect Journal showed, as stated in Hadid’s will, the net value of her estate was £67,249,458.

Hadid’s London-based practice has been taken over by the German architect Patrik Schumacher. In November last year, he made a provocative speech that advocated abandoning the closure of art schools, building over the Hyde Park and social housing. By doing that, Schumacher angered other executors of Hadid’s will. the architect’s niece Rana Hadid, the artist Brian Clarke and the property developer Peter Palumbo were other executors of the will and they judged Schumacher in a public statement saying:”Zaha Hadid would have been totally opposed to these views”.

Executors were given the power, by Hadid, to distribute the income from some of her businesses to a wide range of parties. Office holders of the companies and the future, present and past employees are included, but also the Zaha Hadid Foundation. The Foundation was made to promote exhibitions of Hadid’s work and architectural education. Charities and family members are the others who could benefit from it.

One of the things that was stated in the will is that the trustees, “for the moment” are her executors Brian Clarke, Peter Palumbo, Rana Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.

Hadid’s birth town is Baghdad and she was born in 1950. Even though she had many struggles for many years to win the commissions in the UK, she became a revolutionary force in British architecture. Before her rich architectural career was launched at the Architectural Association in London, she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut.

Zaha Hadid Architects is the practice that she established in 1979 by herself in London. Kurfürstendamm 70 in Berlin (1986), the Peak in Hong Kong (1983) and the Cardiff Bay opera house in Wales (1994) were her fascinating theoretical works that gave her a reputation all over the world. A fire station in Weil em Rhein in Germany called the Vitra, was Hadid’s first major build commission that gave her a well deserved international recognition. That was in 1993. At that time, she also had the scheme to build the Cardiff opera house. Unfortunately, that idea wasn’t a success and actually the first major building in the UK that she produced was the Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow. It was completed in 2011.

Hadid won the RIBA Stirling prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, twice and in 2004, she became the first female winner of the Pritzker architecture prize.

The British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, left a fortune worth £67 million, after she suddenly died in March 2016. The architect behind Guangzhou opera house, London Olympics aquatics center and buildings all around the world including Azerbaijan, Saudi...

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Big Art Strike on Inauguration Day

Donald Trump will have his inauguration on January 20th 2017, where he will become 45th sworn president of the United States. A group of 130 critics and artists will use this event to make a protest. They signed a petition in which cultural institutions around the country are being called to close for the whole day.

This protest, J20 Art Strike, requires theaters, concert halls, galleries, museums, non-profits, schools and studios to stop with their everyday business for 24 hours and try to resist the “normalization of Trumpism ― a toxic mix of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, militarism, and oligarchic rule,” as organizers called it. On that day, creative citizens are being invited to go on the streets and protest against the role of such cultural spaces.

The petition states:” We consider Art Strike to be one tactic among others. Like any tactic, it is not an end in itself, but rather an intervention that will ramify into the future. It is not a strike against art, theater, or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced. However you choose to respond to this call, Art Strike is an occasion for public accountability, an opportunity to affirm and enact the values that our cultural institutions claim to embody.”

Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Joan Jonas, Dread Scott, Trevor Paglen and Simone Leigh are just some of the many artists who signed the petition. Also, a few critics like Chris Kraus, Lucy Lippard and Hilton Als decided to participate as well. But, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, decided to stay open during this protest on the inauguration day. The New York Times got an email from Miranda Carroll, the director of communications in LA County Museum of Art:” Our entire program and mission, every day, is an expression of inclusion and appreciation of every culture.”

Although many of the art world inhabitants uphold and believe in the J20 Art Strike mission, also think that it is very important that art institutions stay open on January 20th. Jonathan Jones, the Guardian art critic doubts the protest’s effectiveness. He wrote:” Such a protest can only help the participants feel good about themselves. It is at best a way of saying ‘not in my name,’ and cannot conceivably do anything to curb Trump or ensure his electoral defeat next time around. Let’s face it: art and serious culture are completely marginal to American life. Trump’s victory proves that. Closing museums is not likely to have any impact on those who support him. With all due respect, they might be affected a lot more if reality television shows went on strike.”

There is only a few days before The Inauguration Day, so creative individuals and cultural institutions need to ask themselves if they will participate in this art protest and will it have any effect. Those who decide to go out on the streets will absolutely have some very gifted thinkers and artists by their side.

One thing is certain; it is going to be one difficult day.

Donald Trump will have his inauguration on January 20th 2017, where he will become 45th sworn president of the United States. A group of 130 critics and artists will use this event to make a protest. They signed a petition in which cultural institutions...

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New Fantasy Trilogy by Marlon James

Alternate universes and faraway lands are homes of sci-fi and fantasy stories, but they all have one thing in common; it doesn’t matter if the setting is in King’s Landing or the Middle East, pretty much everyone is white. Marlon James has an upcoming trilogy that will be a fantasy with much more diversity. That is the exact thing this genre needed.

James is the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. His The Dark Star Trilogy is said to be the “African Game of Thrones.” The Boy, the Moon and the Tracker will be the main three characters in the book. They will try to find out what happened during a search for a missing child.

Our three main characters are mercenaries. They were hired to find a kidnapped child by a slave trader. At the beginning, there were eight mercenaries, but at the point where the book takes place, five of them are already dead, as well as the missing kid. Using not that reliable witness testimony, the book tries to realize what the missing pieces are. We are looking forward to some new magical techniques, underworld darkness, new dwarf race and much other geeky stuff.

Entertainment Weekly had an interview with James in which he stated that he is frustrated that there are much less characters of color in exciting fantasy books. So that inspired him to write The Dark Star Trilogy. James said:” Originally it came from a fight that I had with somebody. I think it was when they announced the casting for ‘The Hobbit’. I remember saying, ‘You know, if an Asian or a black hobbit came out of the Shire, nobody would have cared. We would have just moved on.’ And my friend said, ‘Well, Lord of the Rings is all this British and Celtic mythology.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know … Lord of the Rings isn’t real.’ It just turned into one of these arguments we have about diversity and inclusion.”

James talked about the Man of the World magazine about his standpoint and among other things, said:” I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings.”

Some of the works that influenced on James to create the trilogy are Marvel’s Luke Cage, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and even some Salvador Dali paintings. But, the things that helped James the most to shape his books are The Epic of Askia Mohammed and The Epic of Son-Jara, the African epics. They were made around the time when Beowulf was created.

James also said to the Entertainment Weekly:” It made me start to think about the fantastic African epic traditions — some of the stories I grew up with, like ‘Anansi the Spider.’ I just realized that there is this huge pool of fantastic stories to draw from. It’s sort of like my being a scholar of African history and mythology, and my being a total sci-fi/fantasy geek who rereads things like The Mists of Avalon, they just sort of came together.”

By the end of 2017, James should finish the trilogy and their release is expected in the fall of 2018. 12-year-old geeks and sci-fi heads, prepare yourselves!

Alternate universes and faraway lands are homes of sci-fi and fantasy stories, but they all have one thing in common; it doesn’t matter if the setting is in King’s Landing or the Middle East, pretty much everyone is white. Marlon James has an upcoming...

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U2 2017 : Joshua Tree Tour

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end. OneRepublic, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers will rotate as opening acts. The tour starts at BC Place on May 12th and ends in Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium on July 1st. Then, the group will fly to Europe and run shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The first time in the history of U2, The Joshua Tree Tour will be an event where the group will play a classic album in concert. The album that they picked is probably one of the greatest and full of hits like “With or Without You”, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Some of the rarely played songs like “In God’s Country”, “Trip Through Your Wires” and “Exit” will make those hardcore fans very happy. Also, “Red Hill Mining Town” will live up to its first live performance.

The structure of the show is still under construction. U2 guitarist The Edge said:” The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 “Where The Streets Have No Name” because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment and we are still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go.”

Last year, at the time the group was working on the finishing touches for their new album Songs of Experience, the idea for The Joshua Tree tour was born. The Edge said:” The election happened and suddenly the world changed. We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.”

Guys in the group came to the conclusion that worldwide political situation is very similar to like it was back in 1987 when The Joshua Tree was made. So the band saw the opportunity to make a tour and give themselves some time to think about the new album. Edge said:”The Joshua Tree album was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

The singer, Bono, also had a few words to say about The Joshua Tree and the upcoming tour:” Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years and it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats. I’ve sung some of these songs a lot, but never all of them. I’m up for it and if our audience is as excited as we are, it’s going to be a great night.”

If you are interested to hear U2 again, tickets sale starts on Tuesday, January 17th, for the US shows.       

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end...

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Chris Brown is About to Face Bankruptcy

We all know that Chris Brown is a big spender. His ex-manager said that his reckless spending habits will soon dry out his bank accounts and that he is getting too close to bankruptcy. If he doesn’t act quickly, a financial disaster could come even this year.

Michael Guirguis, Chris’s former manager, testified on the court that the star is spending an enormous amount of his money and that it is way beyond his means. He also said that at this pace, Chris won’t be able to get out of this situation and that his bankruptcy is inevitable.

Court paperwork is saying that the biggest problem is that Brown is spending more than he is earning by far. If you combine that with his unpaid bills and debt that is getting bigger and bigger, a major financial disaster doesn’t seem that weird.

His manager Michael Guirguis, who in the business world goes by “Mike G”, has seen these large amounts of money being spent with his own eyes. On December 22nd, Guirguis outlined Brown’s great amount of unpaid debt and his serious spending habits in a sworn statement for LA Superior Court.

“Brown’s Spending Habits and Solvency” is the title of one section of Guirguis’s testimony where he explains some aspects of Brown’s finances. The testimony says:” I have worked with Brown since 2012 and have witnessed firsthand Brown’s lavish spending habits. For example, Brown’s music video shoots often have exceeded his record label’s budget and Brown has paid out-of-pocket for the additional costs. These were, at times, six-figure overages.”

Brown also has a private jet and when it comes to traveling, the only transportation vehicle is that jet. Guirguis said:”Brown also travels on private jets domestically and internationally, and spends anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 per trip.  He pays for this himself.” Another interesting fact is that Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas, who paid Brown almost 3 million dollars a year, fired him in July 2016 for unprofessional and violent behavior. This was just one of Brown’s self-destructing and self- sabotaging acts. On that matter, Guirguis stated in the testimony:”In July 2016, Brown was fired from his Las Vegas residency at Drai’s Nightclub.  Drai’s had paid Brown approximately $3 million a year.  Prior to terminating Brown, Drai’s Management Group, LLC had sent a letter warning Brown about his behavior.” Should we say that this gig was easy millions?

Guirguis gave the testimony because NiteVision, his management team, and he are suing Chris Brown after a violent argument between them. To make it short, after a disagreement, Brown attacked Guirguis, and the result was a break-up and subsequent lawsuit. Guirguis has a concern that if he wins at this court, Brown won’t be able to pay after all. We are talking millions in damages. Guirguis said:”As NiteVision’s chief executive officer, I am concerned about Brown’s future solvency and his inability to satisfy a judgment in NiteVision’s favor.  NiteVision will suffer great or irreparable injury if Brown is allowed to continue dissipating funds that are unlikely to be replenished through new sources of income.”

Chris Brown is not the only musician who managed to spend all of his money and drive himself to bankruptcy. Among many others, that list includes Toni Braxton, DMX, Lauryn Hill, Scott Storch, Rick Ross and 50 Cent.

LA Superior Court will proceed with a trial against Chris Brown on March 7th.

We all know that Chris Brown is a big spender. His ex-manager said that his reckless spending habits will soon dry out his bank accounts and that he is getting too close to bankruptcy. If he doesn’t act quickly, a financial disaster could come even this...

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The Five Greatest Pianists From the 20th Century

The piano, one of the most popular musical instruments in the world, is so diverse that it can be heard in almost all music genres. In this article, I will introduce you to the five greatest pianists who lived during 20th century. If you don’t recognize some of the names, I’m sure you’ll be glad to listen to their artwork.

  1. Emil Gilels (1916-1985)

Emil Gilels was a Soviet classical pianist who started playing piano when he was six years old. He’s most famous for performing Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, Vocalise, Op.34: No.14, Sonata in C major, K.159 and Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28. He won the USSR State Prize, 1st Prize-All Soviet Union Piano Competition (1933), a Gold Medal of the City of Paris, France and he was named  Hero of Socialist Labour and an Honorary Member of Royal Academy of Music, London.

  1. Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)

Thelonious was an American jazz pianist and composer who was best known for his distinctive style in suits, hats, and sunglasses. He’s recognized by his unique improvisational style and major contribution to the jazz repertoire. His most famous compositions are Ruby, My Dear; Blue Monk; Round Midnight and Well, You Needn’t. He became a Grammy Hall of Fame member and won a Pulitzer Prize from the Special Citations and Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

  1. Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)

The famous Arthur Rubenstein was a Polish-American classical pianist, known as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters of his time. His sound and the remarkable combination of simplicity and directness of thought, whit, supreme, and elegance made him unique. He performed in public for eight decades. He’s well known for his performances of Bach’s Chaccone; Franck’s Prelude, Chorale, Fugue; Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor; and Chopin’s Nocturnes, Ballades, and Scherzos. He won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album (1977), Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and became a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

  1. Artur Schnabel (1905-1951)

Schnabel was an Austrian classical pianist, composer and professor, known as “the man who invented Beethoven”. He specialized in playing core German composers and made his first complete recording of the Beethoven sonatas. Schnabel was well known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician and avoiding pure technical bravura. In Berlin University of the Arts, an intern piano competition is named Artur Schnabel Wettbewerb in his honor. His solo piano compositions include Three Piano Pieces, Three Fantasy Pieces, Dance Suite, Sonata for Piano, Piece in Seven Movements and Seven Piano Pieces. He also became a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame.

  1. Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989)

The great Vladimir Horowitz is a Russian-born, American classical pianist and composer known for his perfect technique and unprecedented ear. During World War II, he championed contemporary Russian music, giving the American premieres of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos.6,7,8; and Kabalevsky’s Piano Sonatas Nos.2,3. Horowitz is best known for his performances of Romantic piano repertoire. He was also well known for his versions of several of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. He was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra).

The piano, one of the most popular musical instruments in the world, is so diverse that it can be heard in almost all music genres. In this article, I will introduce you to the five greatest pianists who lived during 20th century. If you don’t recognize...

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Superheros that Are Bound to Die in 2017

The year 2017 will, without question, be a superhero year. Over the course of the next 12 months, the theaters will be full of amazing comic book movies. However, the stakes are being raised higher than ever before. Throughout this year, many superheroes will hit the big screens. Unfortunately, not all of them have a bright future. Before we talk about the ones in danger, lets get the safe heroes out of the way to ease your minds: Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, X-23, Superman, Aquaman, Gamora, Iron Man, Drax, Thor, Star-Lord and Wonder Woman. Now, although in the world of superheroes nobody is actually safe, they have the best shots of surviving this year. Another reason is that all of them already have sequels that are announced for the future, so it will be off beat to kill them now.

-Here are those you probably won’t see in 2018-

A Green Lantern

Rumors are that during the events of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the Green Lantern Corps will lose at least one member. They are an easy target because there are many of them. These intergalactic cops will show in some numbers considering that the bigger threat is coming from the stars. It could be Hal Jordan or Abin Sur. In the matter of fact, it could be someone else entirely, but one thing is certain; Green Lantern will not be the same in this year.

Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will probably bring us the death of one of the Guardians of the Galaxy team members. The one with the biggest chance of leaving us is the Rocket Raccoon. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, the main protagonist is Star-Lord, and Rocket Raccoon is nothing like him. Second, his character is not explicitly linked to the conflict with Thanos (Josh Brolin), like Gamora or Drax are. However, the fact that is probably the most important is that Rocket Raccoon is the absolute favorite among Marvel fans, and his dramatic death will have a strong influence and emotional impact on audience.

Valkyrie

During the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will have a debut. Nobody knows much about her character, but she doesn’t get many chances of surviving because of the fact that Thor and the Hulk pretty much can’t die. If she does die, one thing is certain. Her death will be memorable and she will go in a blaze of glory.

Wolverine

We will probably have at least one dead Wolverine in March this year. The reasoning behind this is that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is pretty exhausted and burned out and his powers are slowly beginning to fade out. In addition to that fact, Jackman has said many times that he wants to retire from the X-Men Universe. Even further, Wolverine has done so much and it will probably be a good time for him to pass the claws down to X-23 and die.

Professor X

Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier (Professor X) is presented as an old man who is losing his abilities and powers. If you like to gamble, here is one really great tip: Put your money that Professor X will die in 2017. Fans all around the world have already put him in the hands of The Reavers. Charles, you were a dynamic father and a great mentor, but it could be that its your time to see yourself out the door. We wish you the best!

The year 2017 will, without question, be a superhero year. Over the course of the next 12 months, the theaters will be full of amazing comic book movies. However, the stakes are being raised higher than ever before. Throughout this year, many superheroes...

Science

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Egyptian Pyramids are some of the greatest structures that man has ever made. The most famous of them all is the Great Pyramids of Giza. At the time, Egypt was one of the most powerful civilizations in the world and certainly one of the richest. The massive scale of pyramids pointed at Pharaoh or at the king’s special and unique role in ancient Egyptian society. Men started building pyramids in the beginning of the Old Kingdom and all the way to the fourth century A.D. and the close of the Ptolemaic period. However, building pyramids had the biggest peak at the time of the late third dynasty and lasted until the sixth. That was around 2325 B.C. Egypt today, still has this magnificent structures. Even after 4,000 years, pyramids provide great insight into the glorious and rich past that Egypt once had.

 

A Little Bit of Background

The Great Pyramids of Giza are located just outside of the border line of today’s Cairo and on the west shore of the Nile River. These are the most famous and celebrated pyramids of all. There are three pyramids in Giza and the Great Pyramid is the only wonder of the Seven Wonders that is still standing. Cheops pyramid was built for the second of the eight kings of the fourth dynasty, Khufu. Beside of his magnificent pyramid, there is not much known about Khufu accept that he ruled from 2589 B.C. to 2566 B.C. The original height of this pyramid was 147 meters and the four sides have the length of 230 meters. Khufu’s queens also had their own pyramids. These three are standing right next to the Great Pyramid.  The tomb of Queen Hetepheres, the king’s mother, was found nearby and it contained an empty sarcophagus. To support and accompany him in the afterlife, the king’s relatives and officials were buried in mastabas surrounding the pyramid.

 

The King’s of the Pyramids

Kafare, the son of Khufu who lived from 2558 to 2532 B.C., had the middle pyramid. The Great Sphinx, a statue with a body of the lion and a head of a man carved in limestone, was built inside the complex of Khafare’s pyramid to guard him. With the length of 73 meters and height of 20 meters, it was the biggest statue in the ancient world. It became the image of the God Horus and was worshiped around 1500 B.C at the time of te 18th dynasty. Khufu had another son Menkaure and another pyramid for him. It is the most southern and shortest pyramid of the three at Giza wit the height of 66 meters.

Every block of stone weighs about 2.5 tons and it took approximately 2.3 million of those to be carved, transported, and put together to build the world’s biggest pyramid, the Great Pyramid. By the words of Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, there were 100,000 men put to work for 20 years to build this pyramid. Archaeological evidence later suggested that the number of people who were building it was closer to 20,000.

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The Pyramids Today

Funeral goods and bodies were removed by vandals and tomb robbers in ancient time as well as in our modern time. The exterior of the pyramids is also plundered. Today, the height of the pyramids are no longer the same as they were before because their coverings of smooth white limestone are stripped off. Despite all that, Egypt’s glorious and rich past still draws millions of people all around the world to come to visit the pyramids.

The Egyptian Pyramids are some of the greatest structures that man has ever made. The most famous of them all is the Great Pyramids of Giza. At the time, Egypt was one of the most powerful civilizations in the world and certainly one of the richest. The...

Entertainment

South Park Lovers Will Love These Fun Facts

We all know that “South Park” and its producers are brilliant and incorporate satire into the episodes, making them more genius than ever. We found some very interesting facts about the show that will make you appreciate the subtle brilliance even more. Read along and enjoy! 

 

  1. In the episode “Fishsticks” starring Kanye West, there is a deleted ending where Kanye’s lifeless body is recovered by the Coast Guard after he drowns.
  1. September 11th is Butters’s date of birth.

  1. Comedy Central has been put “on the map” and TV executive Doug Herzog credits “South Park” for doing that.
  1. Glenn Hughes of the Village People and Mr. Slave have an uncanny resemblance.
  1. The Church of Scientology hired some private investigators after “Trapped in the Closet”. They wanted to dig up dirt on Matt Stone and Tray Parker (the creators of the show), and even tried to blackmail them. As it turns out, they couldn’t find anything on them.
  1. To make one episode, today the crew needs somewhere from three to six days. For the first episode, the pilot took almost three months to create.
  1. Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of the Chairman of Scientology and author of “Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape” left the Church right after she learned about Xenu, the alien dictator and how he brought millions of ancient humans to earth from “South Park”.
  1. In episode “200”, Buddha is snorting cocaine. Because of that, “South Park” is banned in Sri Lanka.
  1. Matt’s and Trey’s birthdays are May 26th and October 19th, respectively. That is the same as Kyle and Stan.
  1. Theodore is Cartman’s middle name.
  1. When you combine the first letter of Kyle’s name with “Ike”, his adopted little brother’s full name, you get a very offensive slur. Matt Stone gives voice to both of them, and he is Jewish.
  1. A mutated gene called kep1 causes adult fruit flies to die within two days after bacterial infection. It is alleged that Dr. Sophie Rutschmann of the University of Strasbourg named this gene after Kenny McCormick.
  1. Comedy Central and Frito-Lay sold 1.5 million of Cheesy Poofs at Walmart back in 2011.
  1. Trey’s high school classmate Matt Karpman was the inspiration for Cartman’s character. They are still friends.
  1. Trey’s childhood also brought the inspiration for the character of Mr. Hankey. His father warned him that Mr. Hankey would come out of the toilet and eat him alive if he didn’t flush the toilet.
  1. In episode “The Succubus”, there is a picture of a white token in the background of Mr. Garrison’s classroom; he as a ‘T’ on his shirt.
  1. Randy Marsh has had a lot of jobs: geologist, mall security, Sarcastaball coach, chef, Blockbuster owner, Lorde, boy-band singer, Broadway playwriter, and last but not the least a cock magician.
  1. Tray and Matt wrote “Scott Tenorman Must Die” so that they could introduce the real Eric Cartman, “the most evil kid in the world” and as the series went on, Cartman was becoming more evil every episode.
  1. “South Park” employees usually spend around 100 to 120 hours per week in the six days it takes to make one episode.
  1. Cartman has been arrested just six times, list of his felonies include: war crimes, child abuse, vandalism, murder, rape, arson, animal abuse, hate crimes, grave robbery, prostitution, enforced cannibalism, attempted genocide, manslaughter, theft, piracy, and embezzlement, smuggling, armed robbery, shoplifting, terrorism and many more.

 

We all know that “South Park” and its producers are brilliant and incorporate satire into the episodes, making them more genius than ever. We found some very interesting facts about the show that will make you appreciate the subtle...