The Way You Respond To Music May Be Linked To Success, A New Study Suggests

In today’s world, we see how tech and science has dominated and shaped our lives. There is no doubt that innovation in those disciplines has redefined our understanding of what innovation really means. As we look around us, we see that our world was transformed by computers, gadgets, as well as the various apps associated with them. The areas of medicine, as well as finance, have been revolutionized by STEM. For example, most recently, immunotherapies have shed light on how we can eradicate various disease, while advances in fintech have introduced new ways of thinking about money through the creation of digital currencies. It is easy to see that innovation, and thereby careers, in the mathematical and technical sciences require a very specialized type of abstract thinking and problem-solving. This is intelligence is also emphasized in our education system, and measured by various tests. It is known as IQ. Although this types of skill is an important one and high IQ may be a predictor of success, there is also another type of intelligence that recently came under the spotlight. This type of intelligence is known as the EQ or the emotional quotient. Sometimes people refer to the IQ as the hard skills while they refer to EQ as the soft-skills.

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How one teen explores — and escapes — through music

Rio Samaniego by Vanessa Valencia-Lopez. Portrait Project High School Journalism Institute 2018.

Rio Samaniego came home from another isolating day of school.

Once again, he sat alone during lunch, ostracized by his seventh-grade peers.

He lay in his bed and put on a new album recommended to him by a friend: “Worlds” by Porter Robinson. To Rio, the album conveyed nostalgia and sadness, themes that he related to and distracted him from the bullying at school.

“You can block out the negative aspects of life,” Rio said. “Some people use poetry or art, but I use music.”

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Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival 2018

  Hubby Jenkins

The Sugar Maple Traditional music festival, which marks its 15th anniversary this year, has a lineup and a structure that consistently aims to add a bit of context to how local audiences conceive of American folk music. The artists themselves tend to have a genuine interest in pursuing and re-interpreting the elusive strands that informed the folk music we hear today, highlighting little-known material and reminding us that folk music can’t and shouldn’t be neatly codified. Carolina Chocolate Drops member Hubby Jenkins (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.) uses banjo, guitar, and a supple but gravelly voice to make songs from across the history of blues, ragtime, and “old-time” music feel fiercely present—not really through attempting to update these traditions, but by inhabiting them with neither inhibition nor pretense. Nashville quartet Hawktail (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) channels bluegrass traditions into instrumentals that often make space for complexity and contemplation, favoring lyrical bowed bass parts as much as it does rapid-fire fiddle and mandolin.


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Creating music without borders

Creating music without borders

The sweet smell of freshly worked tone wood hangs in the air at the Mark Weber Violins workshop. The luthier has prepared the shop for a special visitor, lining up some of his most recent builds for inspection by an expert instructor and violin player.

Working together, Weber and Music Conservatory of Sandpoint co-founder Ruth Klinginsmith have come up with a way to tie his mastery with the conservatory’s mission of bridging cultures through music.

According to the plan, when the International Summer Youth Orchestra – made up of local students playing alongside musicians from the Red Rio Nuevo Orchestra in Mexicali, Mexico – comes together over the next couple of weeks, two of his instruments will find their way into the hands of deserving, young violinists. From there, the fine violins will impact the lives and, in some cases, careers, of future players, as well.

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A Nigerian Photographer’s Portraits Of The Mind

Etinosa Yvonne Osayimwen’s goal is to get inside her subjects’ heads.

The self-trained, 28-year-old documentary photographer does just that by using a double-exposure technique. She takes portraits of Nigerian survivors of violence and terrorism — then superimposes it with an image of something that reminds them of how their lives have changed.

In one photo, for example, a construction plan is layered over the profile of a building engineer whose community was attacked by Boko Haram. Another image shows a woman’s profile covered in another photo of the same woman on crutches after she was shot in the leg.

In July, the Nigerian was awarded a grant by Women Photograph to pursue her project, “It’s All In My Head.”

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A sleeping fox, a leaping whippet and a straggly terrier: Winners of global photography competition revealed…and they were all taken on iPhones

First Place – Animals goes to 'Django' shot by Robin Robertis. The old man baby dog. His owner says: 'Django is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.' Location: Carlsbad, California

A sleeping fox, a leaping whippet and an ‘old man baby dog’ have topped the animals category of a prestigious photography competition.

The images beat off thousands of entries in the international competition that saw photographers only use iPhones to capture their shots.

The iPhone Photography Awards is now in it’s eleventh year and has seen entries from more than hundred countries.

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Garden of Eden: The art of macro photography

First Place: Petar Sabol of Croatia for Mayflies - The gorgeous, enriching light of a new day covered this pair of mayflies, basking on a poppy.

The art of macro photography has generated these striking images for one category in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Macro photography, or macrography, uses a special lens that reproduces the subject at a ratio of 1:1 or larger – all other photography reduces the subject.

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Avoiding Tropes and Being Original in Photography

Photography is full of tropes and established looks, and that’s fine; after all, they’ve become mainstays at least partially because they’re solid, effective styles. Nonetheless, if we never work outside those common styles, we’re losing out on a lot of creativity.

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