Down Under

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Today is the sad day of the death of Greg Ham, the brilliant flautist and saxaphone player of one of my all time favorite groups Men at Work.

I grew up listening to Men at Work as a kid in Australia. The song “Down Under” was like a national anthem to us. To me as a kid it made me feel very cool to be Australian, and encapsulated the spirit that Australians have of being rebellious and free spirited.

As I grow up, more and more of the people who were part of my youth are dying. I will always feel a tinge of warmth and remembrance of lost youth when I listen to the classic “Down Under”

Down Under – Men At Work (HQ Audio) (by Luiscmck8Os2)

Men at Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in his Melbourne home.

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A 1983 issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring Men at Work musician Greg Ham. (AAP) Men at Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in his Melbourne home. Men at Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in his Melbourne home. The musician behind the famous flute riff from the Australian band’s smash hit Down Under died on Thursday, aged 58. Two friends found Ham’s body when they went to his Carlton North home on Thursday morning after not hearing from him for the last week. Police are yet to say how he died or if the circumstances are suspicious, and homicide squad detectives are at the scene. “There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we’re assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred,” homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell told reporters. A post-mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death. “At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we’re not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred,” Det Sen Sgt O’Connell said. A friend went to check on Ham on Thursday morning after not being able to get in contact with him for the past week, leaving when no one answered the door. He later returned with another friend and they found the body. Ham lived by himself at the home. Men at Work achieved international fame in the 1980s but Ham feared he’d end up being remembered mostly for the copyright dispute over the flute riff in their 80s hit Down Under. A court in 2010 found the riff was unmistakably the same as Kookaburra, penned by Toorak teacher Marion Sinclair more than 75 years ago for a Girl Guides competition. The decision left Ham shattered. “It has destroyed so much of my song,” he told Fairfax at the time. “It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. “I’m terribly disappointed that that’s the way I’m going to be remembered – for copying something.” Men at Work’s recording company, EMI Songs Australia, and Down Under songwriters Colin Hay and Ron Strykert were ordered to pay five per cent of royalties earned from the song since 2002 and from its future earnings. Men at Work in October lost their final court bid to prove they did not steal the distinctive riff from the popular children’s tune. Neighbour John Nassar said he knew Ham for about 30 years and the pair would stop and say hello. “He was a lovely human being, never judgmental about anyone, ” Mr Nassar told reporters. “He was a very friendly human being.” Ham joined Men at Work in 1979 as a replacement for Greg Sneddon, playing flute, harmonica, saxophone and keyboards. Down Under and the album it was on, Business As Usual, reached No.1 on the Australian, American and British charts in early 1983. That year, Men at Work won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Men at Work disbanded in 1985.

Lift Asia: Embodied Media and Mixed Reality for Social and Physical Interactive Communication.

Adrian David Cheok describes his recent and intriguing projects about mixed reality and networked objects, some of them focusing on human-animal interaction. He show new facilities within human media spaces supporting embodied interaction between humans, animals, and computation both socially and physically, with the aim of novel interactive communication and entertainment.

Check out my cousin Matt’s radio show. Cool and crazy!

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Rapture Episode 125 – 16/04/12 – Fresh 92.7 [www.fresh927.com.au] – Matt Reverie

1. Rhapsody (Darren Porter Remix) – Christian Drost
2. Defender – Ehren Stowers
3. Insert Generic Title (Bangin’ Mix) – Daniel Kandi
4. Remote Kontrol (Adam Nickey Remix) – Peter Dafnous, Tania Mann & Apollonia
5. M.I.R.A. (Daniel Kandi Remix) – Sunny Lax
6. Illusion – Estigma
7. Snow Leopard (Photographer Remix) – Danyella & Cygnus X-1
8. Save This Moment (Gareth Emery Remix) – John O’Callaghan & Betsie Larkin
9. Last Train To Moscow – Bobina & Richard Durand
10. Iridium (Function C Remix) – Mr Carefull
11. Desire (Adam Nickey Remix) – Veselin Tasev
12. Distant Moon (TrancEye Remix) – Johan Ekman & Manuel Juvera
13. Home (Daniel Kandi Retrofit Remix) – Susana
14. Azzura – Boom Jinx & Daniel Kandi
15. Tayrona (Activa Remix) – Sly One vs Jurrane
16. Biscay Bay (Ferry Tayle Neverending Story Remix) – ReOrder & Stine Grove
17. One Wish (Daniel Kandi & Mark Andrez Remix) – Evbointh
18. Anjunabeach – Above & Beyond

ACE 2012 Nepal

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ACE – the Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference – has become the leading scientific forum for dissemination of cutting-edge research results in the area of entertainment computing. Interactive entertainment is one of the most vibrant areas of interest in modern society and is amongst the fastest growing industries in the world. ACE 2012 will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present their innovative work and discuss all aspects and challenges of interactive entertainment technology, in an exciting emerging world environment of Nepal. ACE is by nature a multi-disciplinary conference, therefore attracting people across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines including computer science, design, arts, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and marketing. The main goal of ACE is to stimulate discussion in the development of new and compelling entertainment computing and interactive art concepts and applications. All ACE participants are encouraged to present work they believe will shape the future of the industry, going beyond its established paradigms. This is the 9th ACE conference, and the first time that such an entertainment computing conference is being held in the emerging world. Our theme this year is “Entertainment for the Whole World”. We wish to strike discussions and projects which will benefit the emerging world through digital entertainment. For example, youth in emerging markets can become creators as well as consumers of digital entertainment. They can distribute their work through apps and internet, and through media creativity benefit their country and economy.

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