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that's no stranger to incidents of this kind. it has just it hasjust gone it has just gone for a 30 am. a very good sunday morning to you. now on bbc news, click. lara: this week, we're - celebrating music from video games, orchestral style. spencer: in which i get to play in the wind section. high and low notes. then we'll spin more tunes whilst we press some green vinyl that's hopefully not limited edition. and the records aren't the only thing skipping. just look at that majestic, gymnastic, well—coordinated... all right, stop it!
i don't know about you, but this is how i spent my time growing up. while laura was out with friends, i was exploring the universe in my cobra mkiv spacecraft. excuse me. i was a pretty good bmxer in my time. still can't ride an actual bike that well, but as long as i was steering with a keyboard, i was a totally rad rider. 0fficial terminology there, i'm sure. definitely. 0k. look, gaming became really important to a whole generation in the 1980s. and although we're now no longer kids, many of us are still playing, which is why games can now afford to be big—budget blockbusters, and last year the uk games market was worth more than £7 billion. another result of the amount of time that video gaming has been around is the way that it's permeated into other areas of our lives. yes. and equally, it's started to draw on and draw in other
parts of our culture, and that includes music. music: firestarter by the prodigy. the first time i realised that games were starting to take their music scores seriously was when i played wipeout 2097 and realised that the accompanying soundtrack was not some random plinky—plonk. it was firestarter by the prodigy. # i'm a firestarterl twisted firestarter. # hey, hey, hey...#. and in recent years it's been recognised as a major art form. well—known hollywood composers like hans zimmer and michael giacchino have turned their hands to writing scores for games. and that's why this week, video gaming came to the uk's best—known celebration of classical music, the proms, and pokemon took over the royal albert hall. musicians tuning up. so let's give it a go. start the clock. orchestra plays.
i'm at the bbc�*s maida vale studios for the final rehearsals of the first—ever gaming prom, called from 8—bit to infinity. it's a celebration of gaming music through the ages, all played by the royal philharmonic orchestra, a performance that should take many gamers back — way back. in the same way as you hear a song on the radio and it reminds you of a certain time of your life, maybe who you were with, what you were doing, when you hear a piece of music from a video game, it takes you right back to that point in your life that you were at when you were playing that game, and maybe who you were playing it with. so i'm in my thirties. growing up with... mega drive was my first - console, and if i hear sonic, i immediately get put straight into that, that christmas - where me and my two sisters got our first console. -
robert ames is a conductor and arranger who's worked on film scores and who's conducted previous proms based on experimental electronic music and sci—fi movies. he's helped to curate the choice of music here, which is a journey from the �*80s, through pokemon, final fantasy viii, shadow of the colossus, and right up to battlefield 2042. and in order to recreate the sounds and feelings of these games, some of which emerged through tiny, tinny speakers on the zx spectrum, he's augmented the traditional orchestral make—up ever so slightly. you have an electronically expanded orchestra. can you show me your electronic expansion? yeah, ican. ican. it's not a large electronic expansion. well, you know, it's quality not quantity that's important. electronic notes. so this is... this is spectrum sound, i guess you'd call it. so it's loaded with actual zx spectrum sounds. yeah. spencer laughs. yeah, absolutely. yeah. the main expansion, i would say, is finding, like,
super creative ways to make the electronic sound acoustic. i thought this was just a kind of stress reliever when i saw it, but... yeah. steadily vibrating note fast and slow notes. it's good fun. they're awesome, aren't they? this is white noise, basically. crinkling. the sound of that will be coming through, you know, a massive array of speakers. so you get this lovely... do you have to tune these... ..crinkly sound. ..before you go on? no. sure? no. cos the heat would change the note. this is true. you're going next level. yeah. which is great. this is the electronic powerhouse set—up. right. so especially for battlefield. so here you've got a load of electronic stems from the original score and they're being controlled individually and blended in with what the orchestra are doing. a lot of modern video games come with ready—made orchestral scores. that is the music that you hear in the game. but when you think about it, if you're trying to adapt music
from a 1980s computer game, you're basically talking about taking beeps and bloops, that's all it is, just single notes, and somehow adapting it and turning it into something that can be played by an orchestra this size. i mean, that's a hell of a lot of work. game music plays. i say beeps and bloops, but those early theme tunes were actually pretty clever, managing to give the impression of chords and multitrack audio, even though the computers could only make one sound at a time. it's something that astounded a young matt rogers, who's now been asked to arrange a new version of the theme tune to this — the 1987 zx spectrum game chronos. i did like the game, - but i used to load the game more to listen to the music. so i'd be loading that game| and then sitting with my ear to the...to the spectrum. and that's... the thing was, when i came| to arrange it, i already knew it inside—out because i've known it for a long time. | orchestra plays.
matt's challenge was notjust to transplant the original arrangement to an orchestra, which, of course, wouldn't sound that great. no — instead, he expanded it in length and in breadth. even the compositions of modern games like battlefield 2042 have to be interpretations, because these days, gaming scores aren't even linear pieces of music. every time you play, the music changes to follow the action. what's important to understand is that composing for a game is such a multifaceted job. you have to compose for when nothing's going on. for when action is happening. you have to account for the fact that the player might do something unpredictable. the amount of music and the amount of talent that goes into even a ten—hour game, let alone a 50 game orioo—hourgame... it really, really takes an awful lot of talent and hard work, notjust from composers, but from everybody who works on game audio, and recognising that's really important. and that recognition
is finally coming. next year, the grammys will feature a category for best video game score soundtrack for the first time. overdue? maybe. it feels like gaming music's really having a moment. i lots of fans, really passionate fans. i i would say there was a point where perhaps the wider musical establishment didn't respect video game music. but i also think that's true for film music and tv music back in...back in time. usually it just takes a little bit of time for cultural and arts institutions to catch up, but i think we can safely say that we've got there in the end. just like a lot of film scores, this is obviously pretty atmospheric. so although it's a perfectly good piece of classical composition, my guess is if you know the game and what bit this relates to... ..it will heighten your enjoyment.
in fact, the battlefield 2042 performance is where those strange additions to the instruments really do theirjob, allowing the orchestra to produce sounds that they really shouldn't be able to do. 0n the night, in the albert hall, the gaming prom sounded beautiful, exciting and innovative, and the audience loved it. if you would like to experience it for yourself, it is on iplayer right now. 0k, more music for you now, and did you know that more than five million vinyl records were sold in the uk last year? sales are now at their highest for 30 years. now, these records are made from pvc — that's polyvinyl chloride, a material that environmental campaign groups and some music lovers would like to see less of in the world, not more. for some music lovers, this experience is one
of the best they can get. music starts. as a record collector and someone who cares about the environment, i am worried about how much plastic is being used. i've come to amsterdam to see how vinyl's made... ..and perhaps buy a few records along the way. amsterdam is home to one of the largest vinyl presses in the world, with millions being made here each year. the process to make one of these albums has been the same for at least 40 years. first, a master disc is made of metal and converted into a stamper. then pvc pellets are loaded into the machine, melted, and pressed into the mould. but according to greenpeace, pvc is the most environmentally damaging of all the plastics.
do you think about the environmental impact? a couple of years ago - in the news, it was that they found a lot of plastic in the oceans. - so the first thing, of course, what happens is that - you get a call like, i "hey, can you press records from the plastic from the ocean?" - it's always difficult - to explain to some people that we can use whatever to make things greener, i while you want to keep . the quality of the product as it is now, - and that's impossible. impossible? well, one company not far away in eindhoven disagrees. i'm harm theunisse... i do it again. i'm harm theunisse... it's a typical dutch name, harm. - i'm from green vinyl records. harm theunisse has ploughed everything into developing and patenting a new robotic pressing machine. we are here trying tol produce and we are... we already succeeded - in making environmentally friendly vinyl records. we use no pvc.
we're using 90% less energy. we don't have the label with the paper. - it's a printed label. ok, so what's happening now? i'm moving the whole injection unit forward to the position - that we can start injecting the plastic— against my negatives. and in every 20 seconds, there's a record coming i out of this press. this is so cool. after the record is moulded, this robot takes over the rest — removing it from the machine, cooling the record, printing the label and pressing it for packing. it uses less energy than typical vinyl production, and avoids using pvc, instead substituting it with pet, a safer form of plastic that can be recycled. one of the main things they've been trying to improve here is how the records actually sound. the quality is equal to better. you're going to buy one - and then listen it to yourself, and then you will...
you'll hear the difference. so hot off the press, we've got this record that has just come off the machine. music starts. crystal clear. and you've got some good artists on the books now. tom odell is someone that you're pressing for, you know. do you feel that the artists are more environmentally conscious? no, not at all. so it may be a long way to go before bands and singers are pushing for this change in production methods. but what about the traditional manufacturers? i was involved in the green vinyl project when they started up because of course i was interested in the way that they try to make records. so if the product which comes from an injection—moulding press is good enough, looks well enough for our customers, it might be worthwhile to look into that. saying that, these machines are massively more expensive than the presses we use over here and we just bought. back home, and i'm thinking differently about my record
collection after my trip to the netherlands. and although there's a long way to go until the table is turned, there's hope that future generations will be able to relish listening to music on vinyl without worrying about its impact on our planet. today shaking up after results were not as good as expected. he has only been ceo for a year and departure is nothing to do with the fact we only talk to her recently. surgeons have use virtual reality to help successfully separate brazilian twins born with fused brains. doctors in brazil and britain wore vr headset to test techniques before operating on the three—year—olds stop you there is a lot of planning involved with this type of surgery and all the planning runs, the simulations we ran,
the actual surgery, i physically went to rio and did the surgery that with the team. it was an exceptionally talented team and with our experience we managed to deliver a good outcome. site is in the us have created a wearable ultrasound sticker the size of a postage stamp capable of imaging internal organs. it is hoped the device will give doctors a more detailed picture of health and cut the need for bulky equipment. and a group of deaf people in the uk have started testing out these classes that when connected to a phone can convert conversations into subtitles. it can recognise you are speaking and will soon be available on the ee network. my name is mike poole. for 31 years, i was a graphic designer. i did a lot of trips for different brands doing shoots around the world. it's good fun.
nick: seven years ago, mike's globetrotting career came to a halt literally overnight. we had gone to a party on the friday night. i woke up on the saturday morning, just went to get out of bed and i couldn't stop myself falling. and i landed on the floor, and my wife said, "what's going on? what are you doing down there? i said, "i can't move... can't feel my legs." and that was it. an hour later i was in the uch, being told i had a right—sided stroke. mike is one of 1.3 million stroke survivors in the uk, and like him, the majority left hospital with a disability. he can't feel his left arm, hand or leg. it's going 0k. i mean, i'm not quite sure where it's going yet. since his stroke, he's taken up painting, regularly visiting headway, a day centre for people affected by brain injury in east london. trying to sort of rescue an old painting. uh-huh. very blue. it's very blue. going through my blue period, yeah. if i could get my left arm to work again, that
would be fantastic. even if i could just use my arm to hold down something, maybe if i'm chopping vegetables. if i could cook again, that would be a great help. through the charity, he's been trying out, and on, a new piece of kit which aims to restore movement to his left hand. i'm willing to give anything a go which would help return some normality to my life. the extensor is the muscle that is running all the way up here. he's participating in research by knitregen, a medical tech firm housed in the royal college of arts accelerator. alongside neuroscientists, it's developing smart assistive clothing that so far apparently has seen a 30 to 50% boost in recovered function. and the secret is in the sleeve. this device here directs a force to a specific muscle in the wearer's arm so that over time it can retrain the brain so that eventually a wearer can regain control of their limb. it's to be worn for several hours per day, as current data
suggests the longer the garment keeps tapping away, the greater the results. can you feel anything? can't feel anything. no sensation. i do feel a slight sort of pulsing, but... but no real response in my hand yet. the gains aren't necessarily seen immediately, and that's really important to note. so what we're doing is we're pairing a companion app with the technology so you can see what's happening to try and make it as transparent as possible. because if you don't see any gains to begin with, you might give up. a huge problem with medical devices for rehabilitation is getting people to want to use them, and in the case of wearables, like the thing they'll put on time after time. this could be a t—shirt. this could be an everyday shirt. just something that you wear that people don't go, "hey, what's that? why are you wearing that? what's it for?" because what that ends up doing
is it brings back this trauma, the experience, the story behind their stroke or their brain injury, which they have to then relive and tell again and again. so just, it will literallyjust do that all the time? the garment is also designed to be worn along with headphones, which would deliver a click sound that would help trigger a physical reaction. if you deliver a tap... ..and then a startling sound second, you can activate muscle activity. if you reverse the order and you deliver a sound and then a tap, you can suppress muscle activity. some people say, "well, this is part of my life experience, you know, and this is who i am now." absolutely fine. but we want people to have a choice. it's very early days. the system is currently being only lab—tested, and whilst participants are showing a muscle response, it could be some time before they see any life—changing results.
spencer: right. summer's here, so time maybe to get fit and relax. but there's no real need to go very far when there are so many summer gadgets around to help, and lara has been checking some of them out. aah. first comes a break from all that hard work with a device called sensate, which aims to replicate the benefits of meditation without all the practice. you put on the device around your neck like this, connect to the smartphone app, pop these in, and it's time to relax for ten, 20 or 30 minutes. water ripples. soothing music. you can choose the soothing music you listen to whilst the device uses what's called infrasound resonance, which is carried via bone conduction technology and aims to train the vagus nerve. whilst there is no medical validation for sensate, it's claimed that the device,
which is based on science, will over time strengthen that nerve and in doing so improve resilience to stress. it does provide a rather comforting hum, which i think does feel relaxing. so i may not feel like i've been on holiday after using it, but possibly this is how you feel after meditation. now time to spend some energy. this is the renpho smartjump rope. it connects to your mobile phone so you can track your skipping for a bit of cardio anywhere, any time. she laughs. the rope connects via bluetooth and is meant to be tracking skip time, number of skips, calories burned, and tangles. for me, more of the latter. oh, and now the minute's up but i haven't done anything! ok, let's start again. well, that was a bit rubbish, wasn't it? i'm going for free jump.
less pressure. we did manage to catch a fewjumps on camera, as well as fill up the click outtakes collection. oh! once you get into it, it's all right. although i feel like i've done a half—hour workout, and i've done about 20 jumps. and it's quite fun if you're any good at skipping. if you can'tjump over the rope, well, that is a problem straight away, even though it has quite a nice system of being able to make it the right length, and it feels like a decent rope. i think ijust need to be swapped in for someone else. definitely enough of that. this pair of devices are called jlab frames and you attach them to the side of a pair of sunglasses or regular glasses to turn them into audio glasses. and they are a lot cheaper than buying the glasses that do the job. they have eight hours' battery life. they also have a microphone and speakerjust here, so you can talk to anybody and listen. you can even summon your virtual assistant.
they do feel a bit clumsy to wear, but you get used to them soon enough and the sound quality is pretty decent. it'sjust, would i really choose wearing these over a pair of earbuds, when it comes to it? and finally, to choose what to listen to on a fine summer's day. blinkist is an app that takes nonfiction books and breaks them down into 15 minutes' worth of content, which you can either read or listen to. each chapter, or blink, as it's called, sums up a key message from the book. and yes, i know this concept isn't for everyone orfor all the time. of course there are times when you want to listen to or read the whole book, and i am worried that sometimes it does stop me. but generally this just gives you the opportunity to learn about subjects that you might not want to invest so much time in. so there you have it. maybe all the relaxation, entertainment and activity you could possibly want, without needing to go anywhere. or maybe not.
i was doing this fine yesterday before we were filming. so basically, you just wanted to play with some toys, yes? yes, but i only get to do it twice a year, ces and the summer. you can do anything in the summer. ok. yes, you can. but i should have practiced the skipping a bit more off—camera because it was a little bit clumsy. and they were the best bits. they were the best bits? yeah. blimey. i know where the outtakes are... listen, that's it from us. thanks for watching. we'll see you soon. bye— bye. hello there. it'll be turning sunnier and warmer as we move through the weekend and into next week — we're expecting heatwave conditions certainly for england and wales. nights and days will become warmer. if it's rain you're looking
for, most of that will be reserved for the north of the uk, as you can see here, particularly western scotland — barely any across england and wales here. it's expected to stay dry throughout. now for part two of the weekend, england and wales seeing the lion's share of the sunshine. more cloud for scotland and northern ireland, probably eastern scotland not faring to badly with the sunshine. but there'll be some splashes of rain around, particularly western scotland where it'll stay quite breezy. high teens here, low—20s in eastern scotland, and up to around 28 celsius across the southeast of england. little change as we head through sunday night — it stays rather cloudy, quite breezy across the northwest of the country, some splashes of rain in towards the western isles. further south, lengthy, clearskies, light winds, temperatures falling down to around 10—15 celsius, so even the night—time temperatures are beginning to creep up, as well. monday, then, we start the new working week off with a lot of sunshine across the board, more for southern and eastern scotland and northern ireland with the windier, cloudy, wet conditions reserved for the northwest of scotland.
so again, mid—to—high teens here, low—20s where it's sunnier in scotland and northern ireland, up to around 29 celsius in the warmest spots across southeast england, but generally the mid—to—high—20s for england and wales. tuesday it's warmer still again, quite windy across the northwest of scotland with gusts up to 40mph here with some splashes of rain. best of the sunshine, southern and eastern scotland, northern ireland, and england and wales — as you can see, temperatures widely in the low—20s, up to 29—30 celsius in the southeast. and then, by around midweek, it looks like we'll see heat wave conditions for england and wales — that's because we'll see temperatures well above average for more than three days. and we could be up to the mid—30s in celsius as we move towards the end of the week. the reason for it is our area of high pressure will start to migrate towards the east of the uk, and that will draw up this very warm air from the near content across the country on a fairly light and moderate southeasterly wind. so temperatures will be
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