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weplaycomputers: We made a bunch of exclusive #LostBoysLife merch for you. Hope y'all like it.
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Link:  https://store.darrencriss.com/collections/computer-games
Computer Games, "Lost Boys Life" Music video, August 24, 2017





YouTube: No stranger to the spotlight, @GatenM123 stars in #LostBoysLife from @weplaycomputers & @DarrenCriss goo.gl/vw6mCB

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computergamesst:
   We added 486 HD Screencaptures of the Lost Boys Life music video to our gallery. Check them out here!


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From Darren Criss Army:

I just finished watching Darren on Conan (March 14) a few minutes ago.  I thought Darren did very well.   My favorite part was when he fan-boyed out when Conan was talking about and holding what looked like Computer Games' Lost Boys Life (super-sized) album.    Darren was so cute.   He was so excited about Conan talking about the EP.  Darren did a shout-out to Chuck about how this was a dream come true for Darren and Chuck, for Conan to hold and to talk about the EP by Darren and Chuck   

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@weplaycomputers on #Conan!

3/14/17 http://ift.tt/2n8hpKy

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# Repost charlescriss

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Darren on Conan 3/14/17
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Nice of Mr. Hudson to show his support.  :happy face
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# Repost yongchavez

Hanging out somewhere in Glendale with this Pinoy.

Grab #LostBoysLife, debut EP of Computer Games, his new band with brother Chuck Criss. #EverySingleNight will make you dance! #darrencriss http://ift.tt/2mL2KE1


Note:  Yong Chavez is a TV reporter/Hollywood correspondent with ABS-CBN News TFC.

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mateomorales Congrats boys! Our jam Every Single Night was just played by @elvisduranshow on @z100newyork!! Dope time last night hearing @darrencriss & @charlescriss from @weplaycomputers play their first show! We helped them produce their first EP {#}LostBoysLife{/#} that they just put out yesterday. Had a bunch of fun switching things up and creating with these talented muzos and crazy guyzzz!
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Note:  Mateo Morales is with The Elev3n, a NYC-based music production team.   I remember Alex of DCN had noted The Elev3n in connection with Darren's album.  Darren is listed on their website (http://www.theelev3n.com/) as one of the artists they have collaborated with.  :happy face


The Billboard article mentions that The Elev3n did production on Lost Boys Life.  Darren paralleled their working relationship (two of them are brothers) with his and Chuck's collaboration. It sounds like they added instrumentation after CG wrote the songs.

I've only had time to listen to the whole EP once. I feel like I need more than I got, like at least two albums' worth. :cheeky I was hoping for Chuck to sing lead somewhere, but I could tell that he wrote on these songs. I did appreciate having the demo version of Lost Boys Life because I could hear the chord progression better with just the piano. After the first playthrough, I slightly preferred Every Single Night over the other two, but I think that will change upon further review. celebration dance! love the  music

One thing about all the interviews: whenever the headlines say "brother Chuck", it makes me think of the TV trope "Brother Chuck". sad face Also, I wish Darren wouldn't use the word "festering" to describe anything he does. That makes it sound like his past music has become a cancer, which I doubt is the case. Albatross, maybe, but not something toxic.
From dailydarrennews:


Darren is going to be on iHeartRadio (March 10):  :happy face



via Darren’s Instagram stories on March 9th, 2017
March 09 2017


Thank you Elvis Duran!  I'm sure you had a hand at this.  :happy face





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@iHeartRadio Join us tomorrow at 12pm ET as @DarrenCriss debuts new alt-pop project, Computer Games LIVE on https://www.facebook.com/iHeartRadio











Interesting drawing (would look great on an album cover).  Interesting comments.
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Via Computer Games’ Instagram Stories - March 9, 2017






Yes, it was, Darren!  For both you, Chuck, and your fans!  heart 

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mateomorales Congrats boys! Our jam Every Single Night was just played by @elvisduranshow on @z100newyork!! Dope time last night hearing @darrencriss & @charlescriss from @weplaycomputers play their first show! We helped them produce their first EP #LostBoysLife that they just put out yesterday. Had a bunch of fun switching things up and creating with these talented muzos and crazy guyzzz!
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Note:  Mateo Morales is with The Elev3n, a NYC-based music production team.   I remember Alex of DCN had noted The Elev3n in connection with Darren's album.  Darren is listed on their website (http://www.theelev3n.com/) as one of the artists they have collaborated with.  :happy face







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Note:  Tony Hoffer is a music producer, guitarist and music mixer.









Computer Games release party (March 8, 2017) in NYC:



Nice set of black and white photos:
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belleybuttons:
    justpressrecord:  people say don’t let your emotions control you  well how can that be  without them i never could know you  will you dance with me  every single night
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Cute pic of Darren and Mia (and the band?).  :happy face  Lilikoiluv, do you recognize any of the band members?   Are they from U of Michigan?
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  via Mia’s snapchat (March 9th, 2017)






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amelodysosweet:
  Computer Games - Lost Boys Life EP Release Party, March 8, 2017
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Nice pic:
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Computer Games’ EP release party at Mercury Lounge - March 8, 2017 [x]
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This is cute.  Darren recognizing their release party was on International Women's Day.  The way he giggles when he exclaims:  "That means there's some ladies in the house!"  Haha!!! :laughing  Love the enthusiastic crowd.   "Which is why I brought a red head band."  :amused
 

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  darren criss on international women’s day // 3-8-17
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Rehearsal before the release party?


weplaycomputers: #tbt first rehearsal. bridge. every single night
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Darren on the Elvis Duran Show (March 9, 2017):

haha!  :big grin
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@ElvisDuranShow  We are LOVING @DarrenCriss and @Chuck_Criss new group @weplaycomputers. Check out the Lost Boys Life EP available now!








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@elvisduran: Thanks for stopping by @DarrenCriss @Chuck_Criss! Go check out @weplaycomputers new EP, out now!





I enjoyed listening to Darren singing Rihanna's song (and liked his fun "sexy" introduction to the song):









Love on the Brain live on the Elvis Duran Show
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March 09 2017
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Very interesting interview, talking about their expectations for their music.


Note:  Darren stated that both he and Chuck are independent artists, indie artists.

Elvis asked why isn't the EP on iHeart?  Darren:  "That's up to you, Mr. Duran.  That's why we came here."   :big grin haha.  Elvis Duran isn't quite sure how to put Lost Boys Life EP on iHeart.   haha!  Elvis wants to know their schedule, and Darren and Chuck are just going with the flow.   Elvis:  "What's the plan?!"  " You're such San Francisco boys."  haha!  :amused  And aw, Elvis is so sweet and supportive, asking that caller to the radio show to buy the Lost Boys Life EP.  






Via Computer Games’ Instagram Stories - March 9, 2017
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[LQ] Darren Criss and Chuck Criss visit the ‘Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show'at Z100 Studio on March 9, 2017 in New York City
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[LQ] Darren Criss and Chuck Criss visit the ‘Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show'at Z100 Studio on March 9, 2017 in New York City





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[LQ] Darren Criss visits the ‘Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show'at Z100 Studio on March 9, 2017 in New York City








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Computer Games release party (March 8, 2017) in NYC:

Warning: Some Flashing Lights!

This looks impressive, Chuck!


[size=13]# Repost   [/size][size=13]charlescriss shameless shredding post because #shredding is v important. Thanks #jamesgabriel !! http://ift.tt/2mLPkZ7
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I love this pic and the fan's message. :laughing
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   The only real photo worth sharing
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@weplaycomputers
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From dailydarrenews:

Top 100 Albums iTunes Chart (March 8, 2017)!  Congrats Darren and Chuck!  thumbs up


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@weplaycomputers: Wow! Thanks for making us #4 on iTunes!
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Current international itunes charts position for Lost Boys Life - March 8, 2017
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Darren is going to be on the Elvis Duran show again (tomorrow, Thursday, March 9)

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@ElvisDuranShow: TOMORROW: We have @DarrenCriss and his brother @Chuck_Criss (aka @weplaycomputers) IN-STUDIO with us to perform LIVE! #LostBoysLife





I knew Billboard would cover this.  They have a supportive relationship with Darren.  :happy face


Billboard wrote:
Darren Criss & Brother Chuck Talk New, 'Unapologetically Fun' Alt-Pop Project, Computer Games

March 8, 2017

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Darren Criss was always destined to make a career out of music. He studied the violin from age 5 well into his teenage years, picking up other instruments along the way, while also pursuing a love for musical theater. But he credits his own musical endeavors to the environment in which he grew up – particularly his older brother, Chuck, who brought other musical interests to the table especially when they were in high school.

“Music has always been the backbone of our relationship and our household,” Darren tells Billboard. “We both had a voracious appetite for music, but I think high school is when we started playing together and being to communicate on a level that changed everything. I think the kind of music we played is probably loud garage rock, because we were just playing in the basement.”

Once they graduated, though, the Criss brothers decided to take their own paths. Darren independently released a solo EP, Human, in July 2010, just months before debuting in his breakthrough role as dreamy choir head Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee, while Chuck found a home in New York City and became a founding member of indie-rock fivesome Freelance Whales.

With Glee seeing its end in 2015 and Freelance Whales' most recent album hailing from 2012, both Criss brothers were itching to do something new musically -- so they thought, why not relive the days of the brotherly collaborations? And come March 8, 2017, behold, the Criss alt-pop project Computer Games.

Paying homage to Darren and Chuck's other childhood love of computer games (yes, like Oregon Trail and SimCity), Darren, who serves as the project's frontman, calls it a "total passion project," and a perfect opportunity to play music with his brother again. "I was really trying to figure out what I was going to do and I was trying to decide if I was going to have a band, or a pop moniker, or what the thing was gonna be to make it something new and exciting as opposed to just being myself. I was shying less and less away from just me -- I don’t really like that, I think that puts a lot of pressure on you because it’s just you, you, you."

After dropping mysterious social media hints, Computer Games officially launched Wednesday (March  8 with the release of its first official EP, Lost Boys Life, featuring three songs and a demo cut. Billboard sat down with Chuck and Darren ahead of the big day to talk about why now is the time for a Criss brother project, how they found their "unapologetically fun" sound, and what they hope to see come of it.

What made you decide that now is the right time for you two to actually release music together?

Darren:
I was at the crossroads of what I was going to do next -- Glee was over, there’s been a festering solo record, which people have been asking me about forever. Between all the songs I’ve written and produced over the years, I wanted to start fresh. Chuck and I were writing songs, and I was like, “Why don’t we just do this together? These are both our songs.” I’ve always wanted to do something with Chuck, and life’s too short, so here we are.

It’s a really cool way to break the door down, and then we’ll see what people react to. We win either way, because we wanted to record these [songs] and we’re happy about these -- nobody was shoving this down our throats, it didn’t feel forced. In that regard, it was a personal victory. We’ll see what people say and what they want, and we’ll give the people what they want.

How has the dynamic changed working with your brother now, rather than working with other people or on your own?

Chuck:
I think it’s been better. Darren comes from a different background, more of a pop sensibility and more of an understanding of harmony -- especially from the Broadway world, a really strong attention to songwriting detail. There are things that I’m not typically used to working with, but it was really cool. I would have an initial idea, and then the way Darren would flesh it out is much different than the way it would work with the Whales.

Darren:
There’s a familiarity between Chuck and I that there’s not a lot of red tape to cut through. I’m hyper-specific and very militant -- as chill of a guy as I am, I treat music and anything I create with hyper-specificity, and kind of maniacally so. So it’s nice to have Chuck’s looser grip on certain things, which is good for creativity. Chuck will just kind of splatter stuff against the wall, and then I can kind of pick up the pieces. It’s like making a face out of a doodle.

Chuck:
But it’s great, because me as a doodler -- since we’ve known each other for so long and have written songs together for so long -- I can kind of be abstract, and he still kind of knows what I’m talking about. I don’t have to go through that extra step of explaining. Or, I can reference "that thing we did in the basement."

[. . . ]

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Can you elaborate on what makes Computer Games' music "unapologetically fun pop"?

Darren:
Yeah, that’s more to apologize to our producer friends, because one of the lead tracks on it -- the song “Every Single Night” -- is so layered. Harmonically and production-wise, there’s so much happening that typically I would be like, “No, no, no, we gotta take some of this out.” I come from a world where when I record I like to try and have it be ready for a live experience as much as possible. I kind of threw that to the wind once I started Computer Games. As long as it sounds good... 

It’s kind of marrying these two schools, of thought of being a purist, and also just accepting what’s hip. Chuck, you kept saying this when we were in the recording studio -- I was like “Having 13 guitars is kind of wacky,” and you were like, “I don’t know, it sounds good.” And that to me just trumps all. You let go of making concessions and you just say, “We’re not sorry!” We just want it to sound f--king rad.

How did you guys figure out the "rad" sound you wanted?

Chuck:
We had the songs written, and then it was just a matter of, “What kind of clothes do you want to put on this?”

Darren:
So we teamed up with a crew that I have always admired called The Elev3n. Chuck and I, our sensibilities are a little more mom-and-pop, and more band-y. And The Elev3n guys are straight-up pop producers, and they’re really strong pop producers. They have a vocabulary that we don’t have and we certainly have a vocabulary that they don’t have, so we thought it would be kind of cool to meet halfway with these guys and see what they do.

I’d like to think that Chuck and I could hold our own, but for the most part, I would play something out and then be like, “All right, Dave you do it better. It’ll take me 30 takes, it’ll take you three.”

Chuck: We probably could’ve made this record on our own, it just would’ve taken 10 years instead of two weeks.

It only took two weeks to make?


Chuck:
No, no, but at least [just the] time in the studio.

Darren:
The reality is, Chuck and I live in different cities. Chuck’s full time in New York, and I’m full-time nowhere...  I have a life running around the world doing whatever I gotta do. So this was really kind of put together sort of when convenient -- which is not the most ideal way to make something, but it certainly prioritizes what you need to do. With The Elev3n, they do have such a strong pop-influenced way of thinking, and we welcomed that into the way that we were making this because we wanted to make it accessible.

When you are making anything, all you can do is chase the idea that exists and then see where it goes. It’s like having a child and seeing what the child gets into. If a song sounds a certain way, we go, “Okay cool, we should probably let it sound like that and mix it accordingly, as opposed to trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.”

Chuck:
Yeah because these songs ended up having an ‘80s aesthetic, but by no means were we stepping into it like, “We gotta make an ‘80s record.” It did end up sounding like music that was popular when we were kids, but it was almost like, when we were kids, we weren’t even rocking out to that stuff, it was just kind of in the ether. I was born the same year Phil Collins was a superstar, but I didn’t start listening to Phil Collins until I was in college, maybe later. My ear was completely tuned out to it.

Darren:
And now your ear is just like, “Oh man, this is the best s--t ever.”

And what made you decide that Lost Boys Life was going to be the name of the EP?

Darren:
The thing that Chuck and I share is, we're men grappling with this concept of adulthood, but still one foot is forever stuck in adolescence. All the music is thematically sort of adolescent, and sonically adolescent – it sounds like the popular sounds of the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, when we were little kids. In that sense, it’s about not wanting to give that up, and sort of living this Lost Boys Life. All the songs have something to do with growing up in some weird way. It’s also just a title that I f---ing love, to be real. [Laughs.]

Chuck:
Yeah, it kind of sums up the EP nicely. What I like about it -- it does kind of have that Peter Pan-y lost boys thing, but then I like it more as a vibe of the Kiefer Sutherland movie.

Darren:
Yeah, people forget – they’re like, "Oh, Peter Pan." And we’re like, "No, vampires."

Even though it's still pretty new, do you guys have any goals or hopes for Computer Games?


Darren:
 All you can hope for -- it’s not that people like what you’re doing, it’s that people have any reaction at all. We’re not making incredibly heavy, pensive music. But the prime objective of what we’ve created is, like we said, [to be] unapologetically fun. So if you’re singing or dancing, or laughing, or smiling, f--k yeah. That’s all we really ask... or hope for, because we’re not asking for anything.

Particularly people who don’t know who we are -- the people who don’t know Freelance Whales, the people who didn’t watch Glee -- those are the people that I hope to reach. I look forward to the blank slate, and I look forward to these songs grabbing people objectively.


Please click on the Billboard article to give it numbers:  http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7717175/darren-criss-computer-games-brother-chuck-lost-boys-life-interview







Yahoo.com wrote:
Darren Criss and Brother Chuck Play with '80s Sounds in New Duo Computer Games


For Darren Criss, the dream of making music with his older brother Chuck started in basement jam sessions when the two were in high school growing up in San Francisco. Now that the former Glee star and his older sibling have hit their thirties, they’re finally making that dream come true with the new Lost Boys Life EP from their alt-pop outfit Computer Games.

“It’s almost frustrating how it took this long,” says Darren of their recording debut. “I just turned 30 and I was like, ‘All right, if we don’t do this now, I’m gonna go insane.’ It’s not like we were sitting on our asses doing nothing, so I can’t get too mad at myself for never having done this before. Chuck and I were very lucky to fall into these separate rabbit holes — for me as an actor and Chuck as a musician.”

[. . .]

Darren believes that the “timing seemed right” for the independently released project: “Luckily, because of the successes that we’ve had on our own, it’s sort of afforded us a pretty good perspective on things. I wonder if we had pursued this when we were [younger], the focuses would have been different. But it’s just been this sort of festering itch that we needed to scratch for so long. Another 10 years would have gone by in the blink of an eye, and then it would be arguably too late. So here we are.”


As a kid, Darren was the first of the Criss brothers to catch the music bug, playing the guitar, the violin, and the drums as well as developing a “voracious appetite” for the Beatles. For Chuck — a fan of classic rock, the White Stripes and the Strokes growing up — the itch to pick up instruments came later in high school: “I didn’t start playing any music until I was like 16 or 17. My first instrument was the banjo. Then I learned how to play the guitar and the bass and stuff.” Recalls Darren: “I remember when Chuck started playing guitar and me just being so annoyed because I played my whole life and Chuck was getting so good so fast.”

That all led to plenty of rocking out in the Criss household. “All of our friends who also played music would come over every day after school and it would just get crazy loud,” says Darren. “I can only imagine how annoying it could have been for our parents, but they loved it. I think they were really enjoying the fact that their boys were connecting so hard on music.”

The Criss brothers bring that same sense of fun to Computer Games. “That’s kind of where the name Computer Games came from,” explains Darren. “We’re just having fun. The whole notion of the band is playful. It’s having fun with computers, having fun with loops and just having fun playing. We just wanted to make something as fun as humanly possible.”

For the Lost Boys Life EP, Chuck says, “We wanted to bring back certain things that we love in music. I think that’s why with these [songs] there’s a little more ’80s vibe to them. We wanted to have guitar solos and a lot of percussion and synth horns.” Adds Darren: “The lead single of the EP [‘Every Single Night’] has this sort of Miami Sound Machine/Lionel Richie/Phil Collins ’80s dance record vibe. We’re pulling from all the stuff that people would generally roll their eyes at but they’re secretly smiling on the inside.”

So, are there ever any sibling spats between the two brothers in Computer Games? “Chuck and I rarely disagree on anything,” says Darren. “It is a really good collaboration. Chuck is really a great doodler. I’m sort of like the song surgeon, I guess. I’m just such a perfectionist.” Chuck breaks it down this way: “I think I’m really good about having that initial idea. Darren has a knack for good lyrics and he’s a great harmonizer. We each have our strengths and weaknesses. He’ll pick up the slack where maybe I’m lacking and vice versa.”

Darren hopes that Glee fans will follow him in his new role as pop artist. “I’m certainly not the kind of person that runs away from what people know me from,” says the Emmy nominee, who will reunite with Glee creator Ryan Murphy to star in Versace: American Crime Story for the third season of Murphy’s FX series. “I am so lucky to have people even know [me], to have a leg up. Being an artist starting out with no fanbase is really a hard thing to do. We’re happy to embrace that.”

As for the future of Computer Games, Chuck says, “We’d love to record an album at some point, if there’s demand for it. Even if there isn’t maybe we’ll just do it anyway because obviously we’re doing this to fulfill a promise to ourselves.” Adds Darren: “It’s something that we’re passionate about, and if it catches on, then great, but if it doesn’t, we still win. We’re still so thrilled that we got to get together and put this out into the world. It’s not just to make our parents happy.”

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Link:  https://www.yahoo.com/music/darren-criss-and-brother-chuck-play-with-80s-sounds-in-new-duo-computer-games-201511871.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw



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