Old School Singapore Music

  

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The release of the first musical keyboard of Singapore with ethnic local sounds has been announced. The players at Korg, one of Japan's makers of musical instruments has coupled with a local Japanese distributor to create the instrument. City Music Co. Pte Ltd is this Japanese distributor partnered with Korg. Thanks to the popularity of electronic keyboard and their vast array of instrument sounds from the western world has put the traditional keyboard design all but obsolete. There are not that many people that are familiar with the traditional music instrument and this helps to reduce the popularity of the traditional keyboard.

The idea of Singapore's local traditional ethnic sounds being forgotten was just something that could not be allowed. This was the same thought that Korg shared and as they say great minds think alike, hence the collaboration and the creation of the new fashioned keyboard. Singapore shares three different ethnicity, Chinese, Malay, and Indian. It took the duo of companies approximately a year plus, working with musicians, studios and engineers, to develop the sound of the traditional instrument along with the many different music styles.
The keyboard as referred to as the Pa600SG and this start of the art keyboard boast an expansive database of quality musical sounds and realistic support that make it best to use at home or during a performance. With over three hundred and sixty music styles preloaded within and more than nine hundred sounds that can be fully edited, the Pa600SG is based mainly off the Pa600 that is also created by Korg.
The instrument is also preloaded with over forty different styles of music and thirty one traditional musical instruments. The styles preloaded on the keyboard are all native styles that are generated from the three ethnic groups that make the country. This includes the Cak Lengpong, Gu Zheng, Mridangam, Pi Pa, Dholak and Angklung. The Pa600SG is the owner of a seven inches color display, touch screen and for sound amplification it is equipped with two fifteen watt speakers. The keyboard is equipped with a variety of features and some include four stereo effects master along with the ability to playback files in MP3, KAR and MIDI formats.
For the first time in history, the Republic Polytechnic School for the Arts has collaborated with City Music Co for the City Music's SG50 initiative. Piano, Strings, Brass, Percussion instruments and woodwind are some conventional tones that have long been established in keyboards with very powerful functionality. The music you enjoy today was shaped by these same conventional sounds. There is a lost in interest of some of Singapore's local heritage as it concerns music and with the introduction of the Pa600SG's vast array of local and traditional musical sounds and styles it is the hope of the collaboration that it will help perverse the half a century musical style and sounds of Singapore's history. The keyboard was designed to help with the promotion of Singapore's local music styles. It was also design as Singapore's own musical keyboard. The two companies have shared that they designed the instrument to provide the best traditional musical sounds and music styles that can be used to capture the authenticity of Singapore's traditional music diverged from the country's three ethnic groups. This is the first time that the Chinese, the Malay and the Indian ethnicity has been combined in such a way to provide a bit tradition. This is an idea to ensure that the tradition in terms of the Singapore music stays current or at least relevant, even if it only stays relevant in the minds of the Singaporeans.

 

Manfred Lim

  

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Manfred Lim, or as known as MYRNE, is a Singaporean music producer which often heard this day. He has launched an amazing track release on 2015, like Horned-rimmed Glasses, Artisan, and Croix. His mainstream goes to the electronic local underground scene. He has released his EP (referred to Extended Play) on October 2015, under recording label of Mad Descent entitled Softsins. This EP has made his name climbed up to the top row of Singaporean music artists and DJ.

His big name has been captured by media and make a lot of people interest coming up for him. Also, he has pulled an anxiety of Ryan Hemsworth and Slow Magic to test his ability in music as a DJ and a newly risen beatsmith. His already big name doesn't make him to just sit and relax on his kingdom of fame. Otherwise, he also busied to produce a lot of tracks, including solo and a collaboration with a lot of artists on this couple of months. Anxious? We can see his bustle activity through his SoundCloud pages.
He also made a new EP under Buygore, a Los-Angeles based record label. This EP entitled Fundamentals, containing four tracks which he has made a collaboration with many risen producers from around the world. These are their list: Fzpz from Singapore, Revazz from Washington D.C., Gill Chang from North Carolina, and Holly from Lisbon. This EP is going to be easy to recognize and be cool on the dance floor.
A smooth blend of R&B, future pop and mainstage energy, MYRNE garners fans in both the realms of easy listening and heavy bass alike. His energetic live shows, coupled with his years of classical training has planted him at the forefront of electronic music's newest wave. MYRNE said that this EP has something interesting, that the audience can clearly hear the different style and the influence of each producer on every track. Here are MYRNEs impression for every track of his new unreleased EP:
Flexion - Collaboration between MYRNE and Fzpz; MYRNE said that this track has motivated him to get this EP into a motion. Fzpz has influenced their collaboration to create an atonal synth and an epileptic beat. Chasm - Collaboration between MYRNE and Revazz; This track is brilliant, dominance by rhythm and heavy hitting on synthesizers. He said that Chasm always be a “restroom” tracks for a lot of time when he has to become a DJ, due to its dynamical changing every minute, which will not make everyone get bored. Pretty Things - Collaboration between MYRNE and Gill Chang; This track is said to be slower in the tempo than another usual track of MYRNE because he has inserted the concept of changing the negative space to become an energy lift up. That's better than filling whole space filled with sound, he said. The last track comes up with Rackhead - Collaboration between MYRNE and Holly; Holly has produced a ton of tracks, that he has uploaded as much as 165 tracks in full length. MYRNE said that he is a “Production Monster”. He's really eager to know what kind this track of their collaboration would be like since he had put a lot of experiments on it. And the results are racks, with the bit crusher, the distortion, and the cabinet, which from it has come to the idea for their title of this track.

 

KIDS, The band

  

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On a Friday night in March, by 8:30 pm and I was at Legendary Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles eagerly awaiting the restoration of Florida rock / emo band further seems forever. I moved from Singapore through the international date landline, and it took me 15 hrs and over 14,000km to reach the sunshine state, only to watch their performance of their second album which they did with Jason Gleason, my favorite singer. With the local opening band, in fact swelling crowd now as the band close to their musical heroes. "I wonder who these are" kids," My concerts partner that night joked with me about the next band, with the impression revealing the meaning of the two questions. I smiled patiently as he makes more jest about their names.

I know nothing of them, and I know that you can get me acquainted with them. Soon, the curtain rises and standing at the center stage are six youths who are ready to give us a demonstration. Then they started playing -At a point, we realize that these children are more than their name can show. The rock band independent of South City Beach Fort Lauderdale, Florida, KIDS was established on friendship, sealed by brotherhoods, and are joined by music and creativity. Since it was established in 2012, with Josiah Sampson Matthew Barrios (drums) Christian Gonzales (Guitar) and Joshua Diaz (vocals / bass), the band has been expanded to include keyboardist and percussionist AJ woomer and Donald Johnson the trumpeter. In 2011, the original band of brothers –who are already friends and co-jam for a number of years - decided to separate from one another as their musical journey reached a crossroads: Emotions as if they were losing their authenticity, and they are the first to question the purpose and meaning in music which is supposed to bring joy -.
And afterward would they say they were simply proposed to follow Convention? The inquiry concerned the checking of their instinct for answers; and when they at long last met weeks after, each characteristically realized that they would not move in the opposite direction of what they knew that they generally cherished. The Band talked their mind in a meeting with Ground sounds in 2015: "they all had the same thing to say: You can't stop being who you are. Regardless of how any of us has grown up; we will dependably compose and play the music. We can't stop that. If not professionally, we will remain craftsmen until the end of our lives. "and making a citation from Picasso that included how they feel ("All youngsters are craftsmen, the issues is remaining a craftsman when they grow up "), their prevalence as kids was energized by the craving for aggregate articulation of honest to goodness opportunity of workmanship, to take the authentic adoration for their specialty and music and offer with genuine people."We do what we love, and if it implies that we are conversing with individuals, so wonderful, "Diaz replied during a 2015 meeting with MySpace, "and, if not, we will in any case be upbeat.”
I don't know anything about the kids when they made that big appearance and had not heard any of their tunes before their introduction implied that all these new ears have had no trust. In this way, as the principal harmonies of "Man on the Moon filled the room; I understood that this set will be something uncommon.
Music manipulated by Adventure
Children, in general, are quite mindful of their own and wrapped in different dimensions of thought, they often march to the beat of their drum. Like children, to revive the passion for their art is meant to do things their way. Although in spite of many musical influences shared between the band, from the country to 80s – even an element fundamental to all, loyalty "life", as shown by Sampson in 2013 interview with The New Times Broward Palm Beach - the heart of all that, they only wanted to be authentic, to be like themselves.
After receiving attention at the beginning of 2013 for their first EP, Sink or Swim (especially this excellent music video under the correct name of a song), the band wanted to do more to "Translating feelings into music" and "to convey the feelings, rather than just sound or story. Diaz explained the process that finally set the course for the creation of their new album. "Whenever we write, we confine ourselves in in an isolated place, and the impacts are that our sound is as authentic as possible. They want their music to be influenced by adventure; then they went on adventures. If they want their music to be inspired by the mountains, then they went to the hills. "
In summer 2013, the band entered the weekdays-trip” crossing the pines In Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the mountains of northern Georgia, checking for inspiration, using the turn experiences sentiments, all arrangements to offer life to tunes that were made. Different things like outdoors and climbing Appalachian Trail ", the four searched for refuge and asylum in a hotel in Hawk Mountain, Georgia, where they have to "lose correspondence with the world, and to dodge them, with them."Where, They Also saw "spaghetti praiseworthy Western films and Kung Fu calm "while conforming a kind of creating" oval (essayist) Robert Frost and researcher Henry David Thoreau "."This is wonderful," said Gonzales In a suitable contribution in 2015 meeting with All Access Music, "Leaving our lives full and devastate reality ... create a tune with his associates as could sensibly be normal, you can't hint at change than some other. "
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In the wild, to guarantee that there is no experience not checked and prepared. "art implies the elucidation of genuine encounters, "they contemplated," We constantly; so we write constantly. The views of the mountains always seems to boost particular kind of song the time when we all were competing with others for the Appalachian Trail, running and jumping boulders, gaps, and holes the feeling of abandonment that there must be when jumping over a waterfalls, or sliding down on a natural rock slide ... all they did on this trip made it into the records. ""We could not wait to get into the studio." Barrios said continuation of enterprise on the band's narrative The Making of Costa Rica, "the nervousness that we are going to Chattanooga and seeing.
All that we have done we are blasting ". The entire band appeared to lead itself not as artisans, but rather Storytellers: remaining some time recently. The crowd with the desire to share their stories with anyone who is ready to listen - and most of the audience that had sit up slightly straight to show that they are attentive audience it was a great treat to watch them again; It was easy to see that they love their songs as they enjoy playing them with us, not how many times you may have done in the Tour. Members of an account set up to meet him, even when their music voices weave the fabric of the room, so many things happening immediately: the beat of the music, the heads nodding to the rhythm and turning on the quality or launching a mixture of different materials, fingers and fists flying, feet hardly stay still. The Experience is too much to contain at a yet it is, especially appealing to many cloying - in fact, I am enjoying everything all.

Evolution of UB40

  

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Many people are confused with British pop band UB40. The first version of the band was disbanded when lead singer and vocalist Ali Campbell quit the original member group to seek a brand new solo career. In 2013, Mickey Virtue, the lead keyboardist and Astro, the lead percussionist joined Ali to form a new band named We Are UB 40. Tickets purchased for UB40's live performances will actually be performed by We Are UB 40 members. The new group has one original member of the UB40 cast. There is some legal complication behind the change in group name but many are not concerned as long there are good music produced.

The 2nd reincarnated UB40 version headed by the three group team live up to their expectation as they put up a wonderful and amazing Saturday night performance at Marina Bay Mastercard Theatres, back in 2016. The trio was supported by a seven member band and they put up a glorious performance for two full hours filled with reggae music with a mix of fusion pieces. They went from their past golden chart topping music right to music materials from a brand new album called Silhouette.
The opening was full of energy and dynamism. UB40 started the evening performance with a lovely cover of their 1991 hit song, followed by the wonderful melody of Chi-Lites and Homely Girl. The group's main 3 member team and the seven member band played their respective instruments with extreme precision. Jaunty grooves accompanied the songs that pierced right through the soul. Perfect equilibrium was maintained for the rhythm of each song. The concert presented a revitalized and renewed UB40. In the concert, they updated many popular 80's music materials with modern patches and at the same time preserving the original tune and flavor. This new UB40 version was delighted to carry on the name of the band. They had lots of fun on stage and long queues can be seen outside the drink counter. Every single member of the audience had been enjoying with them.
Astro shouted a question asking the member audience whether they were having a great time. Everyone screamed “Yes” in agreement and threw their support physically by raising their hand high up. Red wine was almost spilled on the table. The band's latest materials were pleasing to the ears. Silhouette was a great cover as well in the classic segment. However, the most popular song is from their Labor of Love album. Campbell showed his affection to the audience by screaming the he wants to listen to louder cheers, before starting on the many hit songs such as Cherry Oh Baby.
The band enjoyed commercial success by re-producing existing music and songs. They have also many original covers in their production room such as Fijian Sunset. Cyber Bully Boy, a new song as well received heartwarming reactions as it is about lead singer Campbell's past experience of being bullied by the original member of the UB40. Despite the harsh meaning behind the songs, the band never displayed any grouses publicly and continued performing with class.
The highlight of the performance was specially booked for the finale which includes “I Cannot Help To Fall in Love”, Red Wine and Kingston Town. UB40 had a very huge avid fan base and many could not believe their own eyes to see their musical heroes on stage giving their best. Even only 3 authentic members present, it was as close as anyone can get to UB40. It does not matter which band name they select, it will always be clear UB40 will resume their career and glory by making a good name within the reggae and pop music scene for many years to come.

 

Getai Group

  

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It was in 2015 when Timothy De Cotta, Carmen Low as well as Lionel Ang discovered the Getai Group. They have exerted so much effort in trying to pursue the local arts as well as the music world to its new ventures. This group has made it to the top all the time whenever they join some events like the Getai electronica, Getai Holidays, Getai Mash+Ups to name some. Their viewpoint is very inspiring, since it has been focused on reaching the Singaporeans and make them believe and love all their original arts. It has persuaded to see them lured to more than 10,000 who have attended the local centric and other alternative themed events for the previous years.

The Getai Group is even eager in attending some concerts and parties, even those that were thrown at a beaten path venue. Their efforts never stopped and so do their rigid programming, even if it has slowed off, however, they have fueled a healthy and well appreciated culture in boosting the Westernized community. The discussion has focused on the passion of the Getai Group's co-founder and they're one of a kind bassist Tim De Cotta. How everything has been built together, their objectives, their dream, the challenges that they have gone through, how they faced the Getai Soul in 2016 and the dependable individuals behind their success.
It was Tim who courageously talks about how the Getai Group started. He took back the people to where they began. As he tells it all, Getai Group is an outcome of a soaring struggle and hard work. It was Getai Electronica that took them into the limelight. It was their very first big event that they were not familiar with and never expected things to be that big. During those times, Lionel Ang as well as Carmen Low who planned to put up the Lepark had a chance to be involved in the TAJ that happened in January. It was a show that the group is conducting at the Esplanade Waterfront Stage. It was for the benefit of a show entitled All Things New. They fell in love with it right away and then move towards the rooftop show. Tim just said yes to this show without even having second thoughts, he uttered.
How did he feel about it? It was a mixture of probabilities as well as the chance to have an added experience as well. But the truth is that, it may have been noted down if it occurred over a year back, since Tim never knew who they were in the first place, he also didn't know about the predictions as well as the sources they have had. However, there was something that just enabled him to pursue the event and say yes. They exchanged phone numbers and after a week's time, Tm went to the Lionel to the rooftop of the People's Park Complex. This is where they have been blown away. How about the primary Getai Electronica event took place? TAJ has been an apple of the eye, said Tim. To this day, they are still considered as a family as they released their debut EP a week back prior to the Getai Electronica event that occurred on February 7 of 2015.
There was also a realization when he was on the rooftop. He has thought of if it will just be a mess to just have a particular band with the use of an incredible place, particularly with the city skyline sight. So he came up with a mini concern, it was a ghetto style for 5 bands to join. It was from 5pm-10pm. He contacted who he thought will work perfectly for this show and in 2 days' time, he got confirmations from Disco Hue, GIF, Spacedays, TAJ as well as the The Good Life Project. All of these take place just 1 week before the said event. It was just so simple to promote the show that will be held at the rooftop to anyone. It has been so basic for me.
Tim, Carmen and Lionel banded together to pull over their means as they come in contact with the F&B, marketing and sounds, however, they did not really do so much and before they knew it, the rooftop party was just spreading all through the social media. It was all because of the Coconuts as well as the Bandwagon who took up all of it. They are the ones that spread the news to the other online editorials and through social media. It was very surprising how soon the people were able to take the news and more media are asking about it through their online portals. It was just so surprising, knowing that all have been roughly prepared and it was just all a Do It Yourself preparation.
They were all shocked at that point, knowing that they have used the basic tools, which they carried. They also just use some crates to complete the stage setup, all of the musicians who joined us carried the crates and stacked all of them as well. It was just all basic, from the concepts to the execution of the musicians who joined them. It was just a joyful event knowing that they did what they have to do under the heat of the sun. They also do the setup of the stage and at that point in time, they do not have any idea of what is in store for them. However, there has been a belief in what they do. Who would think that a DIY event like this will gather more than two hundred people at the onset of the night. As the night went on, there were more than a thousand people all relaxing and enjoying the night. It was just so amazing to see them having fun with the groups.

 

Dick Lee tells how to be True Blue Singaporean

  

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Dick Lee is a famous music icon in Singapore. In an interview conducted for the 938 LIVE's Bharati Jagdish that it took him some time to build the guts to say that the music he wrote is based on a Singaporean concept. Dick Lee is one of the finest music icons in Singapore. He is a singer and a songwriter. One of this famous songs is entitled Home. It was written and released twenty years back, but still it is being sung by most Singaporeans to this day. In fact, it has become among Singaporeans. He has been in the music industry for over forty years and to this day he is still significant in terms of composing the pop music, national songs and scores for musicals. To this day, he is also working in the fashion industry, he works for events management and advertising companies.

It is just that he says he is sorry for the upcoming projects and the musicians must do to succeed in a competitive global market. However, he started to relay about his background as an artist and how he started in the business. He added, for him, growing up has never been simple, it was not a bed roses. As a teen, penetrating the music world and pushing through the pop culture back then is still not allowed. There was a big hindrance with regards to the negative aspects of the Western culture. He added, if you want to pursue rock music, it wasn't possible, then, since it was linked with drugs. If you wanted to pursue the pop culture, you must also be involved in some heavy metal music along the way. Did you push through with it? He eagerly says yes. He did and his parents were suspicious of him them. Rock concerts were banned during those times and so do with long hair. These cool things back then are all unlawful.
But is it the challenge that made him push through with his career in music? Somehow yes, he uttered. There is just this rebellious feeling in his and it never stopped him from pushing through with the music that he likes the most, even if he must go through rough times. But why did he say that it was hard back then? Is it because of his parents? Is it because of the judgmental minds of the people? He simply answered yes without elaborating his answer. But how did he able to go through the times when his parents are suspicious of him and doesn't want him to go through those unlawful kinds of music trends then? He simply says that he just did what he must do in a secretive manner. That made interesting for him, he added. This was during 1970s. It was just after the big music boom in the 1960s. He added, to this day, you can still say that it is still the golden age of Singapore pop music genre. It was when the local bands are everywhere with fans screaming for their music, then it just disappeared through time. That must be because of the National Service.
What is the National Service and why did he think that it may be the reason for it? It was around 1970-1971 when he started to work on his compositions and there was nothing to start with. All of the bands are nowhere. They must have rounded up all of the kids, their hair might be cut short and they might be placed in the army. It is truly hard to find, out why they are all broke during those times. The recording industry might have died just like that. When he started to be in the big music world, he started to write some music. He may be perceived as weird or as a freak back then, people may start to ask why would anyone write songs if this is not trendy at all.
He started to recall how people were able to cover some of his songs and that started the age of the Talents. They were the only few methods for them to sing the songs they have made and then let them be heard by a lot of people. The Talent Time Contestants mostly sand the cover versions of the songs as well. The hardest things were, the more he pushed through in his career and his thrive to be heard. But apart from the rebellious urge, what does he say in his effort to write music and to be a performer. As he recalled things, when he was still in the 6th grade, he considers himself as a typical kid. However, when he reached grade 10-12, he started to be lured in pop music and he thought that that is where it all started. He enjoyed learning and playing the piano all at the same time, he was sure then that he will get into the pop music world.
When he was 17 years of age, he started to work at his mom's shop, he started designing for teen clothes and he also runs some fashion shows. But the question is, were he not scared to go off the beat from the path that he wanted to take. He said that he was just a kid back then. There were no responsibilities, yes, he was so fearless and is ready to embrace fear in particular. That is the difference of Dick Lee to some of the teens today, he was so fearless then, while the new generation today easily gives up on something. He started to send demo songs back then only to be rejected due to his lack of experience. However, why does he took the hard path when he came from a well off family. He eagerly says yes, he came from a well off family, but there are so many things to do in life than to just be merely fed on a silver spoon by the parents.

 

CULT tracks

  

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CULT, the latest album from Caulfield Cult, is by far the most mature album so far, with a total of 23 minutes playing time. As one listens from track to track from start to finish, one becomes more mesmerized by the lyrics and ideas. The band previously launched two albums before CULT, and it is the result from a band that is not afraid to stand on its own and producing unique music. They are not your typical punk bands. Their ideas and lyrics represent a hint of clarity, hence carving out a niche for them. The music may sound heavy but it is more than compensated by the deeply meaningful lyrics.

Nicholas Wong, the main poster boy and vocalist for the band, commented that the band is trying to go for clarity in sound, while not going too far up, and has taken into consideration the effects of performing better musically compared to live shows. There are a total of 4 member in the band, consisting of Nicholas as introduced, Brian the bass and backup vocalist, Feroze the guitarist and Andrew the drummer.
Nicholas Wong had been the key person for the album's production. He gave a detailed walkthrough for the whole album by describing a little about every single track. He also shared on ways that the band juggled between different themes concerning relationships, self-esteem and jealousy. Wong emphasized that he aims to write the lyrics in a transparent manner while avoiding overused metaphors which will bury the meaning of the lyrics. If you want to find out more on Wong's opinion about other famous songs such as I Cannot Save You by Patrick Kindlon, you must read on and stream CULT.
For the first track ‘I Do not want you anymore', it was in the instant that Nicholas wrote the song that it will be the opening track. The influence he had in the mid-00s octave chords which are common for Cult's music is the perfect formula for maintaining their musicianship. The main theme for the song is to be less temperamental and upset over petty issues. Wong shared that the recurring theme is not to give up whenever tragedy strikes. It is not exactly written in a positive manner, but it was from the view and experience that Wong gained since young and being a heavy traveller. According to Wong, there will always be someone out there who is in a worse situation than you.
For the second track 'Deadpan', Wong's friend showed him an article where a famous band was interested in Caulfield Cult. It was collaboration between Suis LaLune which provided the vocals recording to Wong. Wong was extremely pleased with the collaboration with a big name band and they consider themselves lucky for an obscure band like Caulfield.
The third track ‘Jealous' is actually not a typical track and it is a band culture to place at least one song that sounds unique and non-conventional. Wong was made to repeat the singing multiple time by his sound engineer as a test to seek out the best use for Wong's vocals. It is discovered that Wong's vocals are limited and have very little endurance. The meaning behind the song is actually about a human being who wants to be over possessive over another companion. It may be interpreted as between two romantic couples. The person in the song tried hard to be open minded.
The fourth track ‘Marwood' was selected over another song called Abolition as Wong preferred this song over the other. Another reason was because they do not have a backup guitarist. The title of the song makes reference to a main cast for a 1987 movie titled Whitnail & I. Marwood is actually a jobless actor who relied heavily on drugs and booze. He is more rational and will be stressed out on any issues they fall into. In the end he finally got back his act together and started pursuing a real career by leaving Whitnail. The song was not written entirely for Marwood persona, but there is very little difference on the track's mood. It has a deeper meaning for listeners which encourage people to slow down and analyze a bad situation more rationally and be more content and happy in a low profile career.
The fifth track title 'Our Wounded Vessels', was inspired by a movie line. The quote which goes by "we make the trip back to our wounded vessels” was very interesting to me and relevant. It has the meaning of soldiering on in a badly damaged ship after many hardships. The entire quote was too long, hence the simplified version for the song title. It is clear as to the meaning of the song. Our band thinks this could be the hit but I do not have any specific comments and just let them have their own say.
The final track '2 Weeks from every-where' is actually taken from a movie quote. It was supposed to be an introductory song but there were many other better songs that could be sung right away. It is for the purpose of adding a dynamic twist to our live performance and singing to a live audience.

 

Universal Music Singapore are hiring

  

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Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's leading music and entertainment organisation, incorporating recorded music, music publishing and artist merchandise activities. The Group discovers, develops, markets and distributes recorded music through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees in 77 countries worldwide.

Universal Music has market leading artists in the Region including Jacky Cheung, Nana Ouyang, Sa Dingding, Eason Chan, Alan Tam, Priscilla Chan, Kelly Chen, SamSons, Dean, Siri Nurhaliza, Darren Espanto, Gentle Bones, A-Mei, and Yanzi Sun.
Universal's Global roster includes Taylor Swift, Drake, Mumford and Sons, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Sam Smith, Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, Andre Rieu, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Florence and the Machine, and many more.
Universal Music Group are the global market leader in music-based entertainment, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories, working across recording, publishing, merchandising and artist management. Just as Universal Music Group have the most talented recording artists and songwriters in the world, Universal Music Group also have the most talented employees and are proud to be an employer of choice. Universal Music Group know that an organization is only as good as its employees so Universal Music Group continues to seek out the best. If you live for music, value innovation, thrive in creative environments and want to be part of an exciting culture then Universal Music encourage you to apply for one of their openings or join our talent community.
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Avoiding Stress

  

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Stress often comes to everyone suddenly, without prediction, and sometimes makes us ruin our relations with our beloved one or other people around us. A lot of work, disturbance while doing something, and a lot of things around the world that makes us blow out of our mind. The bad thing is it is hard to avoid. It is happening to adult and even children. What may cause it, is our hormone inside our body, called cortisol or stress hormone.

Cortisol is produced while our body or our psychological is in stress. Nonetheless, cortisol not always a bad hormone, we also need it. In a proper dose, it can help us to be more alert and concentrated. But in an excessive amount, it will cause a lot of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, and many other diseases related to it.
The researcher has made 22 kinds of research and the result is remaining the same, that listening to a music with some settings can reduce cortisol levels, even when it is located in a hospital or laboratory. Right now, they are trying a new research related to music. The research held in London, with 117 people as a volunteer. Next, the researcher has them listen to live music held by composer Eric Whitacre. They are collecting the volunteer's saliva to be tested in order to measure the amount of cortisol hormone on it. They took two sample; The first sample taken before the concert. And the second are taken during the concert. And the result is clear, there's a decreasing level of cortisol hormone in the second sample saliva which is taken during the concert.
The researcher is willing to do the other test with a lot of different things to try. They used to do this research with a classical music, but now they try a live music. Can't wait to know what the results are when they try with a metal. Why not? Since every research with a different genre of music has shown positive results so far. They also looking for an answer about the engagement between music, art, and cultural setting to human biologically, and even psychologically, for a very generous purpose, which is to enhance human health and become a well-being.
Usually, people listen to music by hearing it. But, for some artists, they could even ‘see' the music as a colour. This condition what is called with synesthesia. This known as a phenomenon of a neurological. Synesthesia is a condition when one of the usual sensories do the work, but then elicit with another sensory. By the former sample on this paragraph, the hearing sensory are elicited with the vision sensory.
The artist who have this ability and have revealed it is Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, and Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington, the legend of jazz has said that he heard the note played with one of his band members, and it is in one colour. Then he heard someone else playing the same note, but it is revealed as a different colour. The people with synesthesia can see music manifested in many colours. It is so interested from where the usual people see this different.
Later, Melissa McCracken has interpreted this colour of music into a painting. The results are very interesting; Karma Police painted in many colours, and Prince interpreted in an aggressive stroke of the brush till out of the canvas. There's also another painting by her which is an interpretation of the synesthetic vision. There's also an Israeli artist called Michal Levy's who has to interpret "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane.

 

Red Dot August 1 - 31 Aug 2017

  

In the month of Red Dot August, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay celebrates Singapore nation's birthday with a difference.
Besides presenting a slice of Singapore's unique diversity and immense talent through music, film, literature and our oral traditions, Esplanade also acknowledge the challenges and sacrifices of the many communities living and working in Singapore, and celebrate their courage and contributions.
This month, Esplanade are proud to feature a tribute to the father of our National Anthem, Zubir Said; put the spotlight on Singapore filmmakers and composers in SG Film Screenings and SG Inspirations: Music and Poetry that reflect our evolving identity and many aspirations; and celebrate the urban legends Esplanade continue to pass down in Late Night Ghost Stories: SEVEN. Esplanade also collaborate with Dialogue in the Dark Singapore and our migrant worker community to present experiences of Singapore that are different from the lives most of us lead daily.

Here's a taster of just some of the music highlights happening from now:

Fym Summer

Fym Summer. 4 Aug, Fri. Fym Summer's musical works are notable for her dreamy intimate vocals, rueful narrative songwriting and her recordings taken in bold single takes or with minimal embellishments.
Vivienne's Verdict. 4 Aug, Fri. Moving on from the release of their debut album Depiction, Singapore based metalcore and hard rock band Vivienne's Verdict is back with a brand new single Hurricane.
Police QuintetPolice Quintet. 5 Aug, Sat - 6 Aug, Sun. Catch our Singapore police officers, together with special guests, former police NSmen Hady Mirza and Abdul Thaqif Bani, in a slightly different light as they entertain you with their renditions of National Day songs and popular chart-toppers.
Cadence. 5 Aug, Sat. Cadence is a Singapore alternative rock band. A quintet mix of musicians who have played in the Singapore indie scene for years and three who are diving into it for the first time, the line- up merges experience with fresh eyes and ears to create an energetic rock outfit with a strong emphasis on melodies and concise arrangements.
Tammy YingTammy Ying. 6 Aug, Sun - 7 Aug, Mon. Tammy Ying is a Singapore singer-songwriter and music educator based in New York City. If you can't find her teaching her students, she's probably up to some harmless mischief in the music realm—like writing a song or filming a short video!
General LeeGeneral Lee. 6 Aug, Sun. General Lee is a Singapore-based rock and roll band. Hard-driving bass-lines and authoritative drumming provide the backdrop for swaggering vocals and raucous guitar, covering the musical ground from slashing slide riffs and swampy blues to greasy funk and rockabilly train beats.
Creating a Home Away from Home. 5 Aug – 3 Sep. An exhibition of objects from Singapore's migrant worker community. How do you make a foreign place your home? This is an exhibition of personal objects contributed by members of the migrant community, who call Singapore home for now.
Leon Markcus. 10 Aug, Thu. Apart from turning out chart-toppers, Leon Markcus' EP was also featured on Apple International's A-List Playlist for Singapore Music, as well as The Strait Times' Gig Pick and Teenage Magazine's Artist to look out for in the Month of November 2016. Back in May 2017, Markcus released a stand-alone music collaboration with THIEVVES and Sherlyn Veronica (from Disco Hue), a remix of his debut single Circles.
A Zubir Said Tribute. 11 Aug, Fri - 12 Aug, Sat. Zubir Said is best known as the composer of the Singapore National Anthem, Majulah Singapura.
Hafizah Naser feat. Pink Saturday. 13 Aug, Sun. Hafizah Naser and Pink Saturday takes you down memory lane with familiar tunes by the legendary P Ramlee and Singapore diva Anita Sarawak.
HAI Definition. 13 Aug, Sun. HAI Definition is, simply put, the way Ismahairie (also fondly known as Hai by his family and friends) sees and defines his musical style.
Hillary Francis. 15 & 16 Aug, Tue & Wed. In 1975, he made his international debut representing Singapore as a finalist at the prestigious World Popular Song Festival in Budokan, Tokyo. Francis has released three charity albums to date and is still active in the Singapore music scene.
Jayden ChiaJayden Chia. 17 & 18 Aug, Thu & Fri. Jayden Chia presents an up-close and personal acoustic performance of his original compositions, based on real-life experiences and inspired by the thing people face in life, and a selection of iconic Singapore National Day songs.
Mashed UpsThe Mashed Ups. 18 Aug, Fri. A night filled with delicious mix of Cantonese and Hokkien Hits, with songs mainly from Singapore composers, including songs from your favourite local TV serials and homegrown singers.
Ken Loh. 19 Aug, Sat. A raw and intimate showcase, singer-songwriter Ken Loh tells stories and performs songs off his upcoming EP Songs About Them, as well as songs that have deeply influenced his EP.
Dawn Ho & ASTRAL + CO. 19 Aug, Sat. Dawn Ho, a jazz, bossa nova and samba vocalist hailing from Singapore, began her informal training in singing at the age of eight with The Amazing Grace Presbyterian church choir. Her vocal timbre makes her a natural in jazz and bossa nova, and her style has been described as sophisticated and vibrant with a tinge of sexiness.
Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre. 20 Aug, Sun. S.P.O.T celebrates the works of Singapore composers.
LOCAL TIDBEATS by SHISHA. 20 Aug, Sun. Enjoy the evening with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shamroz Khan and vocalist Sivaranjini Das, together known as SHISHA.
Glen WeeGlen Wee. 21 Aug, Mon. Glen Wee first saw his music career take flight when he joined and made it to top four of the nationwide singing competition The Final 1.
Lincoln Lim. 22 Aug, Tue - 23 Aug, Wed (Featuring Benjamin Jacob & Shak'thiya Subramaniamm). Lincoln Lim recently released his very first single Her and is currently recording his second with plans to release a full-length EP by mid-2018.
Umar Sirhan. 24 Aug, Thu. At the age of just 19, Umar Sirhan is one of the youngest upcoming artists in the Singapore music scene. He is best known for his soulful vocals and his expressive guitar playing. His influences include John Mayer, John Legend, Ray LaMontagne and James Morrison.
Kevin Loh. 25 Aug, Fri. Loh returns to the Esplanade Concourse for his 10th year in music, and shares with us more music on the classical guitar. He presents classic Singapore tunes specially arranged for the guitar as we celebrate our National Day this August!
NELSONNELSON. 25 Aug, Fri. Singer-Songwriter NELSON, aka “Bird”, plays bass for Singapore indie bands In Each Hand A Cutlass , Tujuhband and features for Kevin Mathews & The Groovy People. As a solo artist, he has released three Chinese albums, two English albums and his latest single Clover was recently released on 4 July 2017.
Tujuhband. 25 Aug, Fri. Tujuhband performed at the Singapore Expo, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, as well as opening for Indonesian band Ungu when they held their first-ever concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 24 Apr 2010.
Leslie Low. 26 Aug, Sat. Leslie Low writes songs, sings and plays guitar. He just released two demo albums, Currents and To my shadow, together with two new albums that were recorded live, Nature and Child of the Island.
Ronald Goh. 27 Aug, Sun. Ronald Goh is a funk-soul singer-songwriter with a knack for penning groovy hooks, melodic rhymes and introspective lyrics. Inspired by R&B, jazz and folk-pop music, Goh aspires to create a soundscape of emotions with an emphasis on feel-good tunes and the occasional confessional ballad.
Sugie and VanessaSugie and Vanessa. 27 Aug, Sun. Sugie and Vanessa presents wonderful songs from pop culture and musical theatre that you might have heard but never expected to have been made in Singapore.
Joyce x Kelly Raphaelle. With Kelly's ethereal vocals and Joyce's down-to-earth songwriting style they channel their similar experiences into music and in spite of differences in their personalities, they find common ground during songwriting sessions and performances.
Anthem of Hearts. 29 Aug, Tue. Since its sounding in 2008 by Ganesh Murusamy, the band (then known as Sharnaz) has grown from a small acoustic band trio to a 13-member musical experience amalgamating the various talents of band members. With musical influences from the hindustanic, carnatic, jazz, Middle Eastern and rock, the band produces and reproduces popular songs.
Lorraine Tan. 30 Aug, Wed. Lorraine Tan performs her original songs, sharing the stories behind each of her compositions and her journey as a singer, songwriter, performer and educator. Enjoy an evening of romantic, heartwarming and patriotic songs with Tan and her talented team of Singapore musicians choir. She is accompanied by Dr SM Yuen (piano), Rizal Sanip (percussion) and Daniel Chai (guitar).Ramona
OpusNovus. 31 Aug, Thu. OpusNovus, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory's new music ensemble, presents a selection of works by Singapore student composers.
Ramona. 31 Aug, Thu. Ramona is a German-Slovenian singer and songwriter. Since early 2015, she has been part of big music productions, performing along with world-famous singer/actor James Edward Robert Sampson from the group The Platters across Asia. After working on various music projects in London, Brazil and Indonesia, she moved back to Singapore where she had the opportunity to sing along Singapore's most-known names in the music industry. She is currently working on releasing her album.

 

  
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