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Local Natives Release Entirety Of "Gorilla Manor" For Remix

Local Natives have just finished an epic year, touring the world in support of their critically acclaimed debut Gorilla Manor.  But just before they go into hiding to start work on their second record, they're wrapping a few things up first.

The band are adding the last four unreleased stems to their remix site, allowing fans and other artists to remix any song they like. All tracks are then posted for the world to download and enjoy.

Local Natives are planning on releasing their favorites on a special compilation later this month, so any remixes must be submitted by Dec 15th to be eligible.

"We are happy to announce that we just released the stems to the remaining last four songs from the album on our remix site (Airplanes, Warning Sign, Cubism Dream, and Stranger Things).  Also, in light of all the awesome remixes we've received over the past six months, we're going to pick our favorites and package them into a sort of "Best-Of" compilation, so make sure to get any remixes in by December 15th to make the cut.  Here is a download of a groovy take of "Stranger Things" by Wallpaper.  Enjoy, and happy holiday remixing!  Spike that eggnog, hug your loved ones, and feel that spirit."

Click here for more info.

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Flemish Sign Language

Alphabet- for the Grateful Web

Column 3: Being deaf

 

Since October, I'm taking evening classes in Flemish sign language. Therefore, I want to introduce you in the deaf culture as well.

 

Like spoken languages, sign languages developed spontaneously since people wanted to communicate with each other. There are several sign languages in the world: American, French, Flemish, etc. The sign languages even differ concerning the region you're in (e.g. for Belgium: Ghent, Bruges, etc.). After all, 90-95% of the deaf children have parents who hear, by which these children learn to sign from each other at school. Consequently, between the different schools, there is a variation in the signs noticeable, which in turn explains the (small) differences per region. Sign languages also have their own grammar and structure. In other words, it is an independent language as well

 

Most, if not all, deaf people are a member of a "deaf club". In the beginning, these clubs were solely accessible for deaf people, but today, people who hear are allowed in too. Lots of activities are arranged: e.g. sports, journeys, formation evenings, etc. In the clubs, they (of course) pass on the aspects of the deaf culture. I'll give some examples of aspects of the Flemish Deaf Community:

 

° You are not allowed to look away during a conversation; this is insulting

° If you want to draw the attention of a deaf person, you may touch him/her on the arm or shoulder, or provoke vibrations by stamping your feet… You are not allowed to touch him/her at the back since they might be frightened then. If you want the attention of a whole group, you can switch off and on the light very quickly

° You are not allowed to hold someone's hands while he/she is signing. This is the same as putting your hand on someone's mouth while speaking.

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To conclude, I'll write something about the 20th Deaflympics, which took place Jan 5-16 in Melbourne, Australia. The origin of the Deaflympics dates back to 1924. That year, the first games (then called "Deaf World Games") took place in Paris. Nine countries, including Belgium, participated. These games are no part of the Paralympics, which started in 1960. There is only one reason for that: COMMUNICATION. In general, deaf athletes do sport following the same rules as hearing athletes. Technics and tactics hardly differ. Adaptations mainly have to do with communication (e.g. light signals instead of whistle). Participating athletes are submitted to dope tests and hearing tests. A hearing loss of at least 55dB at the best ear should be detected to get permission to join in. Hearing aids are not allowed.

 

In 1953, Belgium (Brussels) organised the 7th edition of the Deaflympics: 16 countries, 524 athletes participated. As mentioned before, this year the games were organised in Melbourne, Australia: 90 countries, 3500 athletes joined in. For the first time, the Deaflympic flame was lighted! For Belgium, four swimmers, four table-tennis players, and two beach-volley teams (men and women) were involved. It was the first time beach volley was an Olympic game. For more information regarding the games, I'd like to refer you to the following websites: www.deaflympics.com and www.belgiumdeafsport.be

 

The next Deaflympics will take place in 2009 in Taiwan (Taipei). Looking forward to that!