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Sire Records

Sire Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Records. The label was founded in 1966 as Sire Productions by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer, each investing ten thousand dollars into the new company, its early releases, in 1968, were distributed by London Records. From the beginning, Sire introduced progressive British bands to the American market. Early releases included the Climax Blues Band, Barclay James Harvest, Matthews Southern Comfort and proto-punks The Deviants; the label was distributed by Polydor Records in 1970 and 1971, during which time the famous logo was introduced, by Famous Music from 1972 to 1974, during which the progressive rock band Focus charted with their 1972 hit "Hocus Pocus", by ABC Records in the U. S. and Phonogram Inc. in Europe from 1974 to 1977. In the 70s, Sire released a number of compilation albums, including the 3 volume "History Of British Rock" series, diverse artists such as Renaissance, The Turtles, Duane Eddy, the Small Faces and Del Shannon.

The UK signing policy was vindicated when Climax Blues Band scored a Top 40 hit in 1977 with "Couldn't Get It Right". In 1977, who had worked with the group in the 1960s, convinced the Shangri-Las to reform and return to the studio, but the trio was unhappy with the quality of material it recorded, opted out of its contract. In the mid-1970s, Sire transformed itself into a successful independent record label and went on to sign artists from the burgeoning punk rock and new wave scenes, including the Ramones, the Dead Boys, the Undertones and Talking Heads. Sire returned to major-label distribution in 1977 with a new arrangement with Warner Bros. Records, the next year, Warner acquired Sire outright. Over the next four years, Sire achieved mainstream status after launching the careers of the Pretenders and Madonna, introduced such acts as Soft Cell, the Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen to North America. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the label had continued success with a wide-ranging roster that included Ministry, k.d. lang, Ice-T, Tommy Page, were early champions of Underworld.

In 1994, Sire switched distribution from Warner Bros. Records to sister label Elektra Records. Stein had been appointed president of Elektra Records under Elektra's newly appointed CEO Sylvia Rhone. Sire left Elektra in 1997, becoming a stand-alone label, and, in 2000, Sire and the US division of London Records were merged to become London-Sire Records; this partnership dissolved in April 2003, at which point the company went back to being called Sire Records, it returned to distribution with Warner Bros. Records again. In 1998, Sire signed a deal with the band The Tragically Hip to distribute their music outside of Canada, it signs newcomers, including the Ready Set and Lights. In 2009, official music videos displayed on the Sire Records website were taken down because of a copyright claim by parent Warner Music Group, after royalty negotiations between WMG and YouTube broke down in December 2008. In September 2009, both parties came with Warner Music restoring its music onto YouTube. In July 2017, Rani Hancock was named the new President of Sire Records.

Co-founder Seymour Stein remained on as Chairman. Hancock had been the Executive Vice President and Head of A&R at Island Records. In July 2018, Stein departed from Sire Records after 51 years. Bryce Vine Cavetown Tegan and Sara List of record labels Official website Discogs profile

Dolly zoom

A dolly zoom is an in-camera effect that appears to undermine normal visual perception. The effect is achieved by zooming a zoom lens to adjust the angle of view while the camera dollies toward or away from the subject in such a way as to keep the subject the same size in the frame throughout. In its classic form, the camera angle is pulled away from a subject while the lens zooms in, or vice versa. Thus, during the zoom, there is a continuous perspective distortion, the most directly noticeable feature being that the background appears to change size relative to the subject; the visual appearance for the viewer is that either the background grows in size and detail and overwhelms the foreground, or the foreground becomes immense and dominates its previous setting, depending on which way the dolly zoom is executed. As the human visual system uses both size and perspective cues to judge the relative sizes of objects, seeing a perspective change without a size change is a unsettling effect with strong emotional impact.

The effect was first conceived by Irmin Roberts, a Paramount second-unit cameraman, in Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo. The shot has since been used in many other films, including Goodfellas and the Lord of the Rings films. A dolly zoom is variously known as: The dolly zoom is used by filmmakers to represent the sensation of vertigo, a "falling-away-from-oneself feeling" or a feeling of unreality, or to suggest that a character is undergoing a realization that causes them to reassess everything they had believed. Alfred Hitchcock popularized the effect, he used it for a climactic revelation in Vertigo. For most purposes, it can be assumed that the image space and the object space are in the same medium. Thus, for an object in focus, the distance between the lens and image plane s i, the distance between lens and the object s o, the focal length f are related by 1 s i + 1 s o = 1 f; the transverse magnification is M = s i s o = f. The axial magnification M ax of an object at s o is the rate of change of the lens–image distance s i as the lens–object distance s o changes.

For an object of finite depth, one can conceive of the average axial magnification as the ratio of the depth of the image and the depth of the object: M ax = | d d s i s o | = | d d f | = | − f 2 | = M 2 f. One can see that if magnification remains constant, a longer focal length results in a smaller axial magnification, a smaller focal length in a larger axial magnification; that is, when using a longer focal length while moving the camera/lens away from the object to maintain the same magnification M, objects seem shallower, the axial distances between objects seem shorter. The opposite—increased axial magnification—happens with shorter focal lengths while moving the camera/lens towards the object. To achieve the effect, the camera needs to be positioned at a certain distance from the object, supposed to remain still during the dolly zoom; the distance depends on how wide the scene is to be filmed and on the field of view of the camera lens. Before calculating the distances needed at the different fields of view, the constant width of the scene has to be calculated: distance = width 2 tan ⁡.

For example, a FOV of 90° and a distance of 2 meters yield a constant width of 4 meters, allowing a 4-meter-wide object to remain still inside the frame during the effect. Vertigo Effect article on TV Tropes

Gold Chains

Gold Chains is an electro rap musician from San Francisco, California. Gold Chains has performed along with Sue Cie, a video artist from the San Francisco area. LaFata grew up in Reading and attended Trinity College in Hartford, where he earned a degree in cognitive neuroscience, he moved to San Francisco in 1995. A massive four-alarm fire in San Francisco's Mission District left one person dead and six injured. Along with the offices of nearby nonprofit Mission Local, the blaze destroyed LaFata's apartment of 18 years, all his belongings and gear, the studio in which he recorded Gold Chains material. Gold Chains EP Straight from your Radio EP Young Miss America When The World Was Our Friend with Sue Cie Sluts Official site for Gold Chains Official site for Sue Cie Topher LaFata on SoundCloud