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tv   Click - Short Edition  BBC News  August 7, 2022 10:45pm-11:01pm BST

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planet, the focus is very saving the planet, the focus is very much on adapting to climate change, and it's something we seriously have to look into. we have to leave it there, we've run out of time but we will do it again at 11:30pm. thanks very much to both of you, join us again then for the papers, and tony and caroline will be back with me again. you're watching bbc news. i don't know about you, but this is how i spent my time growing up. while lara was out with friends, i was exploring the universe in my cobra mk iii spacecraft.
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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. official 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 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 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 decided to take their music scores seriously was when i played wipeout
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2097 and realised that the accompanying soundtrack was not random plinky—plock, it was "firestarter" by the prodigy. 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 videogame came to the uk's best—known celebration of classical music, the proms, and pokemon took over the albert hall. so let's give it a go — start from the top. i'm at the bbc�*s maida vale studios for the final warehouses of the first ever gaming prom, called from 8—bit to infinity. it's a celebration of gaming music through the ages, all played
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by the royal philharmonic orchestra, a performance that should take many gamers back — way back. so i'm in my 30s, growing up with — megadrive was my first console, and if i hear sonic, i immediately get put straight into that christmas where me and my two sisters got our first console. robert eames 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 choise of music here, which is a journey through the �*80s, through pokemon, final fantasy viii, shadow of the colossus, and all the way 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.
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you have an electronically expanded orchestra. can you show me your electronic expansion? yeah, ican. ican. it's not a large expansion. well, you know, it's quality, not quantity, that's important. so this is spectrum sound, basically. so it's loaded with actual zx spectrum sounds? yeah, yeah, absolutely. the main expansion, i would say, is finding 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, they're awesome, aren't they? this is white noise, basically. the sound of that will be coming through, you know, a massive array of speakers, so you get this — this lovely crinkly sound.
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bell hear you had a a lot of modern video games come with ready—made orchestral scores, thatis with ready—made orchestral scores, that is the music 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 boops — 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. i say beeps and boops, but some of those early theme songs were pretty clever, giving the feeling of chords and multitrack audio even though computers could only create 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
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to listen to the music. i would be sitting with my ear to the spectrum. and the thing was when i came to arrange it, i already knew it inside out, because i have known it for a long time. 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 201i2, 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. or 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 talent that goes into even a 10—hour
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game, let alone a 50 or ioo—hour game, it takes an awful lot of talent and hard work — notjust from composers but everyone who works on game audio — and recognising it is really important. and that recognition is finally coming. next year, the grammys will feature a category for best videogame score soundtrack for the first time. overdue? maybe. it feels like gaming music's really having a moment. lots of fans. really passionate fans. 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. on the night, in the albert hall, the gaming prom sounded beautiful, exciting, and innovative. and if you'd like to experience it
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yourself, it's on iplayer right now. my name is mike poole. i was a graphic designer and did a lot of shoots around the world. it was good fun. seven years ago, his globe—trotting career came to a halt literally overnight. on friday night, we went to a party and i went to work on saturday morning and went to get out of bed and fell and landed on the floor and my wife wanted to know what i was doing. i said i cannot feel my legs. and that was it. and then i was told i had a stroke. mike is one of 1.3 million stroke survivors in the uk. like him, the majority left hospital with a disability. he can't feel his left arm, hand or leg. i don't quite know where it is going yet.
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since his stroke he has taken up painting, regularly visiting headway, a day centre for people affected by brain injury in east london. trying to rescue an old painting. very blue, i can see. quite blue. if i could get my left arm to work again it would be fantastic. even if i could just use my arm to hold down something or chopping vegetables or something. that would be a great help. through the charity he has been trying out, and on, new bit of kit that aims to restore movement to his left hand. i'm literally happy to give anything ago that to restore normality to my life. it senses a muscle running all the way up here. he is participating in research. alongside neuroscientists it is developing smart assisted clothing that so far, apparently, has seen a 30—50% boost in recovery function and the secret is in the sleeve.
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this device here connects a foster 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 is to be worn for several hours a day as current data suggests the longer the garment keeps tapping away, the greater the results. do you feel anything? nothing. i feel a slight sort of pulsing but no real response in my hand yet. the gains are not necessarily seen immediately. and that is really important to know. so what we're doing is we're paring a companion app with the technology so that you can see what is happening and trying to make it as transparent as possible. because if you do not 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
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of wearables, like the thing that they will put on time after time. this could be a t—shirt, this could be an everyday shirt this could be just something that you wear and people don't go "hey, what's that and why are you wearing that? what is that for?" what that ends up doing is that it brings back this trauma, the experience, the story behind their stroke or their brain injury which they then have to relive again and again. it will literallyjust do that all the time? the garment is also designed to be worn along with headphones that will deliver a click sound that will help trigger a physical reaction. if you deliver a tap and then a stuttering sound second you can activate muscle activity. if you reverse the order and deliver a sound and then a tap you can suppress muscle activity. it is very early days. the system is currently being only
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lab tested and while participants show muscle response, it could be sometime before we see any life—changing results. that is it for the short cut of click this week. the full—length version is waiting for you right now on iplayer. see you next week. hello there. it's been a very warm day for most of us today. it will get hotter, though, over the week ahead. through tonight, it's going to be dryjust about everywhere with clearer skies. the patchy light rain that was seen in western scotland clearing away. and later in the night we'll see a little rain arriving in the far north west of the country. ahead of that temperatures could be
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as low as 11—12 celsius tonight. there are some much warmer nights to come over the week ahead. this is how we start the new week, with some rain and cloud and stronger breeze, this time again in the northwest of scotland, highlands and islands. away from here, just some fair weather cloud, lots of sunshine, light winds, a little bit cooler, perhaps around coastal areas, thanks to some sea breezes. but inland temperatures are continuing to climb, getting close to 30 celsius already on monday in the london area. and across england and wales in particular, temperatures are set to soar over the week ahead with heatwave conditions on the way. and by friday in southern england, temperatures could be reaching 36 celsius.
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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... one year on since the taliban takeover of afghanistan, the number of newborn deaths and miscarriages almost double in parts of the country — where women weak from hunger are losing babies. translation: | drink. tea in the morning, tea translation: | drink - tea in the morning, tea tea in the morning, tea for lunch, and for dinner, we find something to cook and eat. we had no food the day this happened. a ceasefire comes into effect between israel and the palestinian militant group, islamichhad, but there are already reports of continued fighting.

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