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Conventional wisdom would suggest that the best way to lure great white sharks is to bait the water with chum, but one Australian ocean tour operator says he’s found something that works even better: hard rock. It’s been known for a while now that some music has the power to repel sharks, though evidently particular tunes can have the opposite effect — specifically hits from the band AC/DC. While it may seem a bit far-fetched that the ocean predators would have a soft spot for hit-making Aussie rockers, the logic is actually, well, sound.
According to a report from Adelaide Now, shark tour operator Matt Waller discovered the fish-friendlier alternative to chum, saying music is even more effective at luring great white sharks than ground-up fish. He consulted shark experts and found that the animals are most attracted to sounds within a specific frequency — and one band seems to strike the right chord.
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MARI KIMURA: The violinist displayed her knack for experimentation during a May 20 show sponsored by the Vilcek Foundation at New York City’s Bohemian National Hall. On her right bow hand she wore a white fingerless glove laden with sensors that let her communicate wirelessly with her laptop as she played.
Image: COURTESY OF THE VILCEK FOUNDATION
Halfway into a recent performance at New York City’s Bohemian National Hall violinist Mari Kimura had already performed “Preludio” from Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major followed by several pieces in which she deftly demonstrated her innovative “subharmonics” techniques for extending the octave range of her instrument. Then things got really interesting.
Kimura donned a white fingerless glove laden with wireless sensors, plugged her “augmented” violin into her laptop onstage, and proceeded to demonstrate how she is redefining the relationship musicians have with both their instruments and their music. After a few moments setting up her interactive bowing technology Kimura launched into her composition Voyage Apollonian, during which her bow strokes controlled an animation sequence created by New York University computer science professor Ken Perlin. As she played, the glove’s sensors sent data to software running on her laptop, prompting a black-and-white butterfly on the large screen behind her to morph into various shapes and patterns before returning to its original winged configuration.
The sensors are part of module that includes 3-D accelerometers and three axis gyroscopes as well as a wireless transmitter that sends data about Kimura’s bowing to her computer as she plays. The module functions as an electronic controller for real-time digital sound processes, such as sound transformation and sound synthesis, says Frédéric Bevilacqua, who leads the Paris Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique’s (IRCAM) Real-Time Musical Interactions Team, which developed the module.
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