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Sweden’s Bowers & Wilkins Presents the Worlds First Christmas Song with a Calming Effect


Here comes an innovative idea from one of the most premium sound company, Bowers & Wilkins. The outcome? A creative piece of sound made togheter with some of Sweden's best sound experts. Check out the process behind the case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctUwJSvLP-g&feature=youtu.be

Every year, as the holidays approach, we hear the same Christmas songs played over and over again. But instead of spreading joy, experts and media warn that this can actually increase stress. To help counter the negative effects of repetitive seasonal music, Bowers & Wilkins introduces ’Sound SPA’ – a song scientifically proven to reduce stress.

’Sound SPA’ is the first song for the holidays that is uniquely designed to help people relax. Produced by world famous music producer and sound expert Marcus Bergqvist and composer Joel Danell in collaboration with stress scientist and internationally renowned professor Töres Theorell.

Sound SPA gives the listener a unique audio experience, a track that is the perfect combination of scientific research and sound. As cars are getting smarter and the user experience evolving rapidly, the in-car audio experience plays an even bigger role. In a future where the car is not just a place for driving, the experience for passengers will evolve even more, becoming a place of work, relaxation, play. We see tracks such as Sound SPA to be a major part of that experience. The soothing melody and de-stressing effects of Sound SPA are heightened further by the high quality in car audio system, where the sound surrounds the listener, transporting them to a place of stillness, bringing them closer to the music“
– Georgina Lovegrove, marketing manager at Bowers & Wilkins.


The song is available both as an edited version and a longer “session” – fifteen minutes being the recommended time needed for people to truly unwind. But to really feel the relaxing benefits of the song, it's recommended to be experienced in the right conditions. And there is nowhere better than a car with a high-quality sound system when you want a piece of music to transport you out of the everyday. The song is the most effective played in a car fitted with a high-quality sound system. When you’re traveling from A to B, you are almost forced to unwind and block out any unwanted noise or intrusive thoughts. But the song is still available for everyone!

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1bIdqkmcANOIE8YiC9DP2r
Listen on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/sound-spa-ep/1445911657

Credits: Bowers & Wilkins and acency Stendahls, Sweden.

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Barney Cokeliss Takes Leica on an Evocative Mocturnal Journey in “Like the Night”



Sometimes thrilling, sometimes dangerous, some of the greatest moments happen at night. In “Like the Night,” award-winning director Barney Cokeliss brings all that after dusk has to offer to life for legendary camera brand Leica.

Cinematic and dappled in darkness, the filmic spot serves to demonstrate the moving-image capabilities of the Leica SL and was launched with a special screening at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum on October 16th.

Shot in locations as varied as Soweto, New York, Berlin, Bucharest, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Paris, “Like the Night” follows several photographers as they wander through nocturnal environments looking for a moment to capture. Set to a glitchy rendering of Byron’s poem “She Walks in Beauty,” the piece paints a cinematic scene that ranges from sultry to sinister, disorienting to arresting.

“For me, the night has always been a time of photographic fascination and atmospheric mystery. I didn’t want to tell a straight narrative story, but instead make something enigmatic, with lots of implicit storylines,” says Cokeliss. “I hope there’s an oscillation there that keeps people intrigued.”

Cokeliss says “She Walks in Beauty” was the first poem that came to mind when contemplating the tone for the piece.

“I reinterpreted it to mean a woman walking in the beauty of the night and with ‘beauty’ interpreted in a broad way,” he says. “There can be a certain beauty, after all, in nocturnal images of loneliness, or mystery, as well of course as more classically beautiful imagery in low-light. Walking in the street, finding beauty in what you come across is an essentially Leica activity. A Leica is the camera you’d take if, like, say, Cartier-Bresson, you’re looking for your inspiration out in the world and finding unobtrusively ways to capture what happens in front of you.”

The project itself came from a shared desire between Cokeliss and Leica UK to collaborate on a film.

“Leica has always been a story-telling brand, says Jason Heward, managing director of Leica UK. “We are known for the still images that have captured special moments in the last century and with our SL System we have the capability to tell our story through cinema-quality film. When Barney showed me his previous films, I could instantly see the creative fit. He immediately understood the narrative of the Leica brand and how to translate this to the big screen. Working with Barney has been an absolute pleasure: his creativity, vision and passion are all visible in ‘Like the Night’.”

“Being able to shoot at night and in the street are hallmarks of Leica’s small cameras and fast lenses,” adds Cokeliss. “Much of the film was shot on the famous Noctilux, which has an unheard-of maximum aperture of f0.95, so a film which journeyed through the night seemed right.”


Credits:
Title: Like the Night
Client: Leica UK
Managing Director: Jason Heward

Director + Writer: Barney Cokeliss
Production Company: Paddington Pictures
Director of Photography: Barney Cokeliss, Philippe Kress
Music: Anné Kulonen
Editor: Ben Corfield, Stitch Editing
Sound Design and Mix: Ben Leeves, Jungle Studios
Colour: Simone Grattarola and Myles Bevan, Time Based Arts
VFX: Duncan Malcolm, Glassworks
Production Service Companies: Bubbles Films (Berlin), Icon Films (Romania), Them Media (US), Kojak Films (South Africa)


About Leica Camera
Leica stands for craftsmanship, design and experience. With over 100 years of history, the brand represents a beautiful combination of art and engineering with the future of form and functionality. Based in Wetzlar, the original birthplace of Leica, the German company is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. Leica’s legendary status is founded on its long tradition of excellence and supreme quality found in their cameras and lenses. Leica are committed to supporting the creation and preservation of iconic photography, past, present and future and the artists behind them.


About Barney Cokeliss

Barney Cokeliss is a multi-award-winning director and an accomplished photographer, whose films have been selected for festivals including Sundance, and Venice. His latest short, ‘Night Dancing’ has just won its tenth international festival award after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and being selected to screen at NYC’s Lincoln Center.

In the realm of advertising, Barney has directed spots for clients including Lexus, Peugeot, Credit Suisse, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Prints of several of his images shot on the Leica SL will be on display at Leica Store Mayfair, 64-66 Duke Street, London, W1K 6JD.

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