Sunday, October 01, 2017

The Millennium - Begin

I came across a video of a Youtuber known as Drew Monson.  In that particular video, he was showing viewers around his apartment, and he showed a few albums for his record player, and one of them was The Millennium - Begin.  I must say that the first thing that got my attention was the design of the cover album.  I just think the simplicity of the design is so interesting that I immediately searched for the album in Youtube. 
*taken from Google Image
I found the full album online, I don't particularly agree on people who monetize videos that they uploaded on Youtube knowing very well that they didn't contribute in the making of that album.  You want to upload the full album because you think the music is great, technically not so right but I'm fine with that, and you give credit to the people involved, that's amazing, but don't monetize the video and make money out of content that you didn't create.  That's just a tad selfish in my opinion.  I got a little off track, sorry about that, getting back to the topic, despite what I felt about the monetization, I am actually grateful that Drew Monson introduced me to this album, because I think that album is of great quality, it is a psychedelic pop album.  It was, in a way, ahead of its time, this album came out in 1968, but a lot of the styles are either still relevant to this day, or just on a different level.

The very first track, Anthem, sounded like current music, with the beat and the repetitive motiff reminds me of today's hip hop music, and at times with a hint of Danny Elfman's style for Tim Burton.  I knew from that moment that this album will be special.  The album itself has different styles, some sounded like it was in its time, and others just sound like current music.  It is an album of great music and styles.  It is nearly 50 minutes long with two bonus tracks making 16 tracks altogether in the album.  I enjoyed all of the music, but then again, I guess I'm a person with an old soul.  I enjoy this kind of music.  However, if you are open to any kind of music, and would love to experience something new, then I would recommend this album to you.

That is all from me so far, have a good day/night and peace out~

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~