Disney Hall’s Architecture, Not Its Music, Lures Many

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She gave the project its first $50 million in 1987. It took an additional $274 million to actually design and build Disney Hall, with fundraising taking 12 years and construction taking four, Hilander explained to the group. Donors are thanked with discreet signage inside and outside the hall. The names of major ones are spelled out in steel lettering embedded in laser-cut industrial felt that lines one interior wall, she said. Donors’ names are also incorporated in outdoor courtyards. The building is illuminated by a combination of natural light and subtle electric lighting, she said. The backlighted Walt Disney Concert Hall sign near the hall’s main entrance at Grand Avenue and 1st Street is part of the signage that the Bruce Mau graphics firm created using a new typographic font called “Frank” in honor of Gehry. The designers said their goal was to have lettering that was “equally at home with philharmonic formal and downtown funky.” Leading the group into the performance hall, Hilander told of how Gehry even designed the look of the concert organ’s curved wooden pipes, built by German organ maker Caspar Glatter-Gotz in collaboration with tonal designer Manuel Rosales. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years The soundproof concert hall has a mere 2% echo, she explained. “The acoustics here, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, are the best in the world.” As the tour continued, Hilander led the group to an area where the building’s structural skeleton has been left uncovered by the building’s 6,800 steel panels. “There are no right angles here,” she explained. She pointed to a rain gutter “lip” which keeps water from sheeting down the curving side of the building during stormy weather. “The most frequently asked question is, ‘How is this building washed?'” she added. A good rain is the easiest way, although maintenance crews use ladders, cherry pickers and an automated rooftop device for cleaning.

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The upbeat folk tune has topped the charts around the world. It has peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, where the song is platinum. Avicii, born Tim Bergling in Sweden, fuses many genres on his debut album, “True,” released this week. The 24-year-old prefers the term folk over country, and believes folk and electronic music aren’t so different. “(Folk is) really stripped down and it’s not as complicated as a lot of other things, so to put a 4/4 beat under it and play around and add synths, it really wasn’t hard,” he said. “I never felt like I was forcing anything at all, it just felt completely natural, otherwise, I never would have done it.” His next single, “You Make Me,” is following in the footsteps of the ultra-successful “Wake Me Up,” which was co-written with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Aloe Blacc, who sings on the monster tune. The back-to-back hits come as no surprise: Avicii has been one of the world’s top DJs since his song “Le7els” took off internationally in 2011. He’s constantly booked to headline festivals around the world, and he’s had success releasing singles like “I Could Be the One” and “Silhouettes” in various territories. Because of his worldwide acclaim, Avicii said he’s finally ready to release his first full-length album. “I’ve always wanted to have an album, but there hasn’t been time for me to not tour and actually sit down and finish an album the way I want my album to sound,” he said of “True,” which he recorded in three months.

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I’ve met so many people. I hear so many different types of music from all over the world. Like you go to Germany and Spain, you hear what they are listening to in the clubs over there. It’s different in different parts of the country. Even parts of America, music is getting there in different places, so I like to be the one that play some shit for the first time so some people in a different part of the country where they don’t know yet. I want to expand THAT, that new mindset. What do you attribute to your success thus far? I think it’s about being real and making real songs that are meaningful to me. Connecting with people. I find that Colorado is very unique in that there is so many artists and producers they are all helping and bringing each other up and supporting each other and trading ideas. I think that more than anything, I feel like when I was in college I went to a music school, and the main thing about the school and the most that I learned was playing with other musicians. More than the classes. More than everything else. It was about meeting the musicians that you vibe and gel with, and you create some new shit.

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Assign repeating musical elements (beats, melodies, voices) to each character, and listen as the sounds layer on one another. Because all of the sounds seem to “fit” together, kids are encouraged to experiment freely. Garageband (age 10+) is a powerful app that allows kids to sequence pre-recorded loops, play virtual instruments, and record live instruments and vocals. You’ll find a sophisticated music-making tool that’s surprisingly good for kids who don’t know formal notation. Noteflight (age 13+) is a site well matched for teens interested in learning about standard notation. Teens select a key, clef, and other elements, helping them gain some music theory fundamentals. They’ll also get to observe how effects like a crescendo alter the sound. Be sure to note our recommended age, as there are site forums and comments. Help them discover new artists Stumbling across new bands can be life changing for tweens and teens. These picks will serve up a variety of both famous and little-known artists, prompting kids to listen harder and with open ears. Just be sure to pay attention to privacy and sharing capabilities. Franktown Rocks (age 10+) is a social networking site that encourages kids to meet friends and learn about music through an eclectic but tween-pleasing G-rated collection of songs, games, videos, and virtual-world play.