Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Long Overdue

Hi.  I know, I've been missing for quite awhile.  I admit I have been busy.  I watched Beauty and the Beast on release day and I didn't even write a review about that *sigh* and that film is literally the only film I've seen so far in 2017.  I just have a lot to do at the moment, practicing and rehearsals.  But I plan to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 5 when it comes out.  We'll see.  I can't really guarantee that I will update more often after this, I can only try.  I don't really know if this blog has any readers, but I like writing something in here because it's a place for me rant or just express my opinions on many different things.  But of course, I haven't really got that much chance to write anything here lately.  My final recital is coming up on the May 24th at 9:15am (UK time) here in RWCMD.  I can't believe I am at the end of this chapter of my life.  I still don't know yet what is coming my way, or what I will do in the future.  Part of me is a little anxious for the unknown, but another part of me is looking forward to it.

The last few months, I actually wrote two new music, and one arrangement.  As part of my portfolio for an elective module here in RWCMD.  I wrote a composition for string quartet, and a solo piano.  I also made an arrangement consisting of music by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton's films for a mixed quintet ensemble.  I love doing it, and it is without a doubt that writing music, may it be an arrangement or a new composition, is something that I truly love.  I know there are loads of great composers and arrangers out there, but I really do hope I can have a place among them one day.  Hopefully.  These are the three music that I include as my portfolio:

Colours of Life for String Quartet

This is the longest music out of the three that I wrote.  It's for string quartet.  Definitely grateful to these girls that helped me through the process of recording this.  Colours of Life is basically me trying to celebrate life, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, all of it.  All these things give colours to life and give meaning to it.  

Cermin for Solo Piano

Solo piano is a simple one.  I wrote it based on pentatonic scale, to give it a more atmospheric/gamelan style of music.  I try to make it to flow as organically as possible, and I think Jin Yee, the pianist, did such an excellent job in giving this music the right feel.  Also, this music is a retrograde.  Can you hear the point of retrograde from the recording?  

The Sound of Tim Burton for Mixed Quintet

As a fan of Tim Burton's works, and an even bigger fan of the collaboration between Burton and Danny Elfman, is enough to inspire me to arrange a medley to highlight just a few of the great works that Elfman did for Burton's films.  Can you recognize the themes?  ^_^

I think that is it for now.  Like I said, I have a lot to do at the moment, I can't guarantee that I write more.  But hopefully I will, at some point.  Especially after my final recital.  Until then, I see you when I see you.  Toodles~

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mad World

It's a funny world we're living in right now, don't you think so?  We are living in a world where the moment someone disagrees with you, or have different preference, people just start to lose their mind and just be defensive and/or offensive.  It's becoming a challenge to just disagree and discuss about it rationally rather than everyone just start to get angry and throwing insults for no reason.  The media doesn't seem to help either, they don't care about their content anymore, all they care about is getting the views, getting the clicks.  I remember hearing Denzel Washington said "if you don't read the news, you're uninformed, but if you read the news, you're misinformed."  I was paraphrasing, but in just one sentence he pretty much sums it all up.

People want equality, but only if it's equal to "their kind."  For example, it is extremely wrong and offensive for straight people to make fun of gay people's sexuality, but for some reason it is okay for gay people to make fun of straight people's sexuality.  Or, having an all-white cast in a film doesn't promote diversity, but having an all-black cast, or all-Asian cast in a film is okay.  You see, I know one side might seems "more okay" because they are the minority, so people don't get so worked up about it, but that doesn't make it equal.  Just because you get it your way, doesn't make it equal.  Equality is simple, let me put it this way:  If it is wrong for a man to hit a woman and be abusive, then it is EQUALLY wrong for a woman to hit a man and be abusive.  If it is wrong for straight people to bully and make fun of people of LGBT, then it is EQUALLY wrong for LGBT people to bully and make fun of straight people.  If a film with all-white cast is not diverse, then any other cast with only the same race, may it be all black, or all Asian, or all Latinos, are all EQUALLY not diverse.  It is such a simple concept, but too often overlooked.  Why?  Because of the mentality of "they have it their way for too long, it's time they feel the way we feel and be discriminated once in awhile."  You might have a different opinion than me, but the way I look at it, you cannot expect to have a positive change with a negative attitude and/or mindset.  If it's wrong one way, it should be wrong the other way as well.  As simple as that.

*taken from Tumblr

Then we have the people of religion/faith, those that believe in God, and the people of atheism, those that don't.  This is a funny scenario, because it's basically the same kind of thinking but on different side of the coin.  An atheist can go to an individual with faith and asks "can you prove to me that God exists?" and the faithful person said "No" then the atheist said "then I don't believe you."  But then, the person of faith asks the atheist "Well, can you prove to me that God doesn't exist?" and the atheist said "No." and the faithful person said "Then I don't believe you too."  Can't you just see how exactly the same thinking the two person have but just on different spectrum?  So why can't people just respect the fact that people have different beliefs?  And being judgemental doesn't require you to believe in God or in a higher power.  The moment you start looking down on people who believe differently from you, may it be in a different God, or in no God at all, you're being a judgemental asshole.  Being judgemental comes from pride and ego, not from believing in God or not.

And this judgemental mindset doesn't end there.  No, hell no.  It also exists in so many other aspects of life.  As long as you are holding on to your ego, and the desire to be the righteous one, you will always be judgemental.  This includes to race, and even something like someone's diet, like the conflict between vegans and non-vegans.  Look, I have met all sorts of people with all sorts of diet.  I, myself, don't drink alcohol and don't eat pork and a few other things.  And I have friends who are vegetarian, who are vegan, who live on gluten-free diet, who hates chocolate, and much more.  So I don't get how non-vegans (meat eaters) can immediately look down at vegans, just as much as I don't get how vegans can immediately look down at meat eaters.  I know for vegans, you want to spread awareness, you want to help the animals, and you want more people to be vegans because you think that's the right thing to do, therefore you think you're the righteous one.  But you can't just shove down your beliefs down other people's throat and lose your shit when people spit them back out.  You cannot expect to be making a difference through negative acts sugar coated with the "for the greater good" principles.  As for meat eaters, I know you probably think some vegans are a little extreme, and just ridiculous, but it's their choice.  I don't see why you need to be judgemental over people who are living on a different diet from you.  If you want to bring positive change to the world, to the environment, you have to lead by example.  You can't just go to people and attack them by saying "YOU'RE WRONG!! YOU'RE ON THE WRONG!! I'M THE RIGHT ONE!!! BE LIKE MEEEEE!!!!"  You will just end up pushing people away even further.  We need to come into terms to work together, slowly, make our way in the directions that can bring positive changes, not just to us, but to all creatures of earth.

*taken from Tumblr
Such madness in the world right now.  So tiring to just think about them.  People are too self-righteous, clinging too much to their ego and pride, thinking too much of being right, that they forget the most basic thing:  Being respectful.  People are only choosing to hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see, and believe what they want to believe, that anything that doesn't go the way they want to hear, see, or believe, is just plain wrong and offensive.  Everyone continue expecting other people to change, that they forgot that they need to change too.  Be the change you want to see in the world...