A moviegoer at the midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ claims he saw someone prop open the emergency exit door that the gunman entered through.
Although police initially thought ‘Dark Knight’ alleged shooter James Holmes acted alone, a witness told CBS that the shooter may have had an accomplice.
“As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it seemed like he got a phone call,” the witness told CBS. “So he went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call. And it seemed like he probably pried it open, or probably did not let it latch all the way.”
The witness believes the person who took the phone call may have propped open the emergency exit door, making it easy for the shooter to enter the theater.
“As soon as the movie started, somebody came in, all black, gas mask, armour, and threw a gas can into the audience, and it went off, and then there were gunshots that took place,” the witness said.
Although the witness’ claim could point to an accomplice in the ‘Dark Knight’ shootings, police are still focusing on James as the only suspect.
“All the evidence we have, every single indicator, is that this was all Mr. Holmes’s activity,” police chief Daniel Oates told CBS. “He wasn’t particularly aided by anyone else.”
LONDON, July 26, 2012 (Reuters) — Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.
Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.
A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.
"We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse," Serra told Reuters. "In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations - roughly speaking chords plus melodies - has consistently diminished in the last 50 years."
They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.
Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier.
The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a 'loudness war' but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.
The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, offers a handy recipe for musicians in a creative drought.
Old tunes re-recorded with increased loudness, simpler chord progressions and different instruments could sound new and fashionable. The Rolling Stones in their 50th anniversary year should take note.
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