Friday, August 27, 2010

Glass Box HQ



In the middle of the night, I just figured out how to straight away transfer my song from the keyboard to the computer. Better quality right. That's right, in the previous post most of the beat and strings cannot hear properly.

Glass Box

You must be wondering why I posted the storyline of Tsubasa and Spirited away and find it weird. There's always a reason behind.

I love to watch spirited away and while I'm watching I'm touched with how Chihiro struggle to escape from the spirit world. Then my inspiration came and I wrote the melody out. Writing lyrics is a challenge to me so I ended up searching for ideas until I flip the pages of Tsubasa. I love the drawings of this comic and I flip until a particular page where both main character got separated from this glass wall and cannot reach each other so I say "This is good." I finally finished my lyrics like that. If you haven't read my introduction of these 2 stories, you can go to my previous posts.

Since I will be typing the lyrics out, I don't think there's a need for me to type a description. But no worries, I'm not going to sing so don't exit my page now.

Here's the new song:

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Instruments: Oboe(main), strings, horn, piano, drum

Lyrics with English Translation

(verse 1)
住进那玻璃盒 (I've been living in the glass box)
已过几前年了 (Thousands of years has passed)
感动的那一刻 (The moment I once felt touched)
变得很模糊 (Seems so far away and blur)

(verse 2)
双手碰不到你 (I can't feel you)
耳朵也听不到你的歌声 (I can't hear you)
之间就被隔着这道墙 (This wall has separated both of us)
怎样能敲碎呢 (How can I break it down)

(chorus)
过了万年也无法把这缘分割舍 (Another ten thousand years has passed but our affinity just never end)
我对你的爱已经别无选择 (You are the only one that is in my heart)
只有心碎的声音穿梭了玻璃盒 (Only our heart break penetrate through this glass wall)
眼泪滑过我的脸颊心无法负荷 (I can't endure it as my tears roll down from my eyes)
(repeat)

The English translation don't fit into the song. If any of you are interested to fill in the English lyrics, you can contact me as I welcome anyone to do so but you must inform me first.

Once I can sing better, I will definitely post it up by not now. So stay tune to my next song!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle


I've only read this comic, I think most of you would be interested to watch this anime. As my numerical age starts to increase, these fantasies does not really interest me. If you are interested, you can go to watch it.

Storyline of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
This manga typically talked about Syaron trying to save Sakura by gathering her memories back for her. In order to do so, Syaron have to go to another world to search for this magical feathers which has change form from her pieces of memories to an object (the feather). He went up to a witch for an exchange for Sakura's memory to have him excluded to a trip all around the world to search for the feather. He started to head off with the company of Sakura of course, a fluff (Mokona), Kurogane and Fye.

The last book that I've read talks about Syaron is actually a specimen of the real Syaron and the both Syaron were fighting against each other. However, Sakura was really worried for the clone Syoran and went to search for him. End up she caught herself in danger.

If you are interested, you can go and watch the anime or read the manga yourself and I won't continue on the story because I don't seem to remember what actually happened and I'm confused so the storyline that I wrote also came out confusing. Forget it.

This manga is written by CLAMP. CLAMP has published books like Card Captor Sakura and Holicxx.

Spirited Away


This Japanese anime movie also known as Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, is filmed in 2001. I've watched it more than 5 times years ago and would like to recommend this show.

Spirited Away Storyline
Chihiro is a very pampered little girl and love to whine a lot. Unknowingly, her nightmare began to start as she was whining. Her parents took a wrong path into roads of tombs when their intention is to head towards their new home. However, they don't feel awkward about it. Finally, they stopped at the dead end and they came out of their car. A tunnel leads them into a beautiful garden and Chihiro's parents happily walked across an "invisible river" which will gradually lead them to a town.

This town has lots of food placed at the stores but no one is tending them. Chihiro's parents saw the delicious food and sat down greedily, thinking that they would just pay their bills later. Chihiro was scared and refused to join them. As night falls, she saw her parents turned into pigs. She was petrified and confused.

What will happen next? Go watch the movie yourself, it is an interesting movie and worth watching. I don't feel like writing the whole story out.

This movie/manga is written by Hayao Mayazaki who is also the author of Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Completed a song - Sweet Summer

I just said yesterday I can't complete a song and now I just completed a lively, summer song. I'm so weird haha I'm laughing at myself. My new song is named 'Sweet Summer.' I guess I can complete this song is because of the trip to ecp. I must thank sam.k, chari, yi, sasa for going to east coast park with me. Thanks! Now what is left is the recordings for Unwoken Sleep and this song, rest I've already recorded earlier but I'm not going to post all my songs in one go because I still want to keep updating my blog LOL.

I would say Unwoken Sleep is my triumph card up until today. After I post this song you guys will know why and I will keep the answer in suspense first. I may like my songs but I will never be satisfy with the song and this is what a composer must be.

Songs I like consist of:
1) Dark Forest - Still acceptable to me and I guess most of you prefer this song.
2) Journey Ahead - I haven't post the song yet but it is way nicer than the songs I wrote before that.
3) Unwoken Sleep - Yup, my triumph card

The songs I posted up until today I won't call myself a composer, I will just say it's my interest. But songs I've written from Journey Ahead onwards I will dare to call myself a composer. So stay tune to hear more songs!

* 23rd August 2010, Abbie.S completed a song named "Sweet Summer."

Empty Cup with No Creativity

I feel that I can't write songs that satisfy me. I may be happy with it for a month or 2 but as time passes, I just know that I can write something better but I'm not writing anything that is good. This makes me frustrated. I haven't completed any songs since March. I have 8 to 9 songs that are still stagnant. No ideas. Maybe life is too good after I no longer have people that would bring "negative forces" to my life. Negative forces? What am I talking about? Oh well. I better stay away from these people for goodness sake.

I think my life just circulate within this and that all the time. Nothing new. No new environment, no new people, no new stories. The best time when I can get to experience different things maybe is after I graduate. I may have the time to experience new surroundings and environment.

I love observing people to get new ideas. I need some crazy, positive people who love life a lot to affect me to write something different. I don't want to write songs that always make use of minor scales and so emotional. No point in doing so because my life don't just revolve in sad things. I may be happy but I'm not feeling happy to the extreme. Extreme emotional will write nice songs.

My creativity is draining off and left with an empty cup. Most likely I will finish another 3 songs this year after adding chords and change the chords but the songs just won't satisfy me because all are still sad songs.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Childhood Memories

My new is song out and it sounds different from the songs I uploaded before. Chords were added to add colors to the music as what I mentioned in my previous post.

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Childhood Memories
Recall stories that I was young. Childhood may consist of pleasant and unpleasant stories but that are part of my memories, part of my past.

If you are interested to know which songs I am going to post next week or in the future, you may visit the link at the top bar (composition information). It would show when I composed those pieces and what pieces I'm going to post next following down the list. In addition, after I post a song, I will update the date I've posted.

Furthermore, if you want to listen to my previous songs, you do not need to search in the archives, you can just find all my songs at the right side bar titled "Songs Posted"

Follow me next week to listen to my new songs. I would also write posts related to music between the span of 1 week after I posted my songs. See ya!

Monday, August 16, 2010

New blog created

I have the cravings to write my personal story just like having cravings to eat ice-cream. But I find it weird to write in the music blog because I would be out-of-topic. I doubt many of you would want to know what I'm thinking. If you are interested, you can visit my new blog click here or scroll down to my "Favourite Links" found at the right side bar. And please vote for my poll at the left hand side! <--------------------- I found out that no one is voting except for 2 people....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dong Yi


I'm wondering if any of you watched Dong Yi already? For people who do not know what I'm referring to, I'm talking about the Korean historical currently the HOTTEST drama in South Korea. It is a true-based story which revolves around one of King Sukjong's concubine's tragic life.

Storyline of Dong Yi
The drama typically is about a slave girl whose father is the chief of Sword Fraternity which is formed to protect the lower cast people. However, one of the minister from the South Faction accused the Sword Fraternity for killing the nobles. The main culprit turned out to be not the Sword Fraternity but the minister from the South Faction. This slave girl ended up losing her family and being chased by the police officers for being a criminal's daughter. She ended up working from a salve to a palace maid in the palace. During her stay at the palace, she met the King and ended up becoming one of his concubine.

I mentioned this because I'm going to write a song after watching finish this drama. I find the main character so pitiful but at the same time, she has a very strong personality. Such a sad story! If you are interested, you can go and watch this super nice drama!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tempora

This song as mentioned in my earlier post is written in 2007 and was recorded in a tape which was transferred into the com later. "Tempora" is a name given from my elder brother as I seem to be frustrated with what name to give for this song. He mentioned that this song sounds very "tempoish" so he gave the name "tempora". The song consists of no accompaniment except for the drum. I played it using my keyboard and I used guitar as my main instrument.

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Tempora
Like the tempo, I try to run as fast as I can. Wash away all the troubles spinning in my head over and over again.

SPOILER!!!

1) The girl in the video is not me. I just found her while goggling.

2) The song sounded too long which make me wonder how to keep the video ongoing. I know the video storyline does not seem to be nice but endure with it.

3) As mentioned, it is recorded in a tape so it sounded very dry at first. So i transferred in audacity and added 0.01 secs of echo and bass to the song.

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So visit me next week for new songs. Next piece is written after my 'O' levels and would sound a little different from the first few songs. See ya!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Music composition



Maybe some of you are wondering how I started to come up an idea to write finish a song or maybe you are also interested to test and write up a song too. This post I'm going to fill up your curiosity, just briefly. I AM NOT A PRO. I don't know whether it will help you though.

Before that, I want to wish Singapore a happy belated birthday!

When I start to write a song, most probably I would draft out the melody first, the chord first or maybe the tempo first. It depends. For my case, I haven't succeed in drafting the lyrics first. There is no definite answer to this. You may either sing or use an instrument to help you when drafting. Next is inspiration. Find out what you are writing for. To what or to who. I don't know whether others may agree to this but song writers tend to be very emotional. I have mood swings and I have to admit to this. My mood is never in the middle range, it is always to the extreme (very calm / go nuts). If you don't agree that I have very extreme emotions, most probably is I'm acting in front of you. Mood swings definitely make your music nice!

Next is getting the chords right. I won't talk too in-depth about this because this is found in a music theory book. In between a song, I would usually use imperfect cadence (I-V / C to G in C major) or even suspension (Gsus4 - G). In other words, these would act as a comma in an essay. When I'm going to end a song, I would use a perfect cadence (V-I / G to C in C major). There are also many other types of chords but I'm not going to elaborate on this. Like Maths, music composition also has a formula. It has Pentatonic (Chinese), Japanese, Egyptian, Arabian, Indian, Jazz and many more scales. Just stick to the notes from the scales, you definitely would have the essence of the type of songs you want.

Then choose what type of instruments you want to play in the song.

Add colors to your music by adding accompaniment. Either by 3rd apart, 6th apart or octave apart. If you are pro, most probably you would write the scores for different accompaniment instruments and how they sound to bring the essence of the music out. Lastly, add the dynamics(loud or soft) in.

The songs I uploaded till today does not consist any big changes of the chords as I just started writing songs during that time. The next upload also won't include anything got to do with chords but I will start uploading songs that has chords next week. Then you will see a big difference with one with chords and one with no chords. Chords is important because it would help to add colors to your song and you won't keep writing songs that sounds almost the same.

That's it! Oh ya, if you are also wondering why I have so much time to write songs, I would reply that stress help me to hum the melody out. That is why I always have 3 to 4 sentences saved in my thumb drive during submission that can drive me crazy. Then I would just join the sentences to form the whole song.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Are you emo?


Are you feeling very sad, depressed and super emo? Yup, I'm writing this post to encourage people like you.

I saw my surrounding people some always look so sad. Most probably you will be thinking "Life sucks" "The world just sucks" "The people around me sucks". I used to think that way too but I think differently now. If you change your way of thinking like "Life rocks!" "The world is so interesting with me around!" "To haters: Why are you wasting your brain memory to remember me? I don't mind because you will remember me." won't things be different.

The next most important key factor to happiness is to do things that you like to do. Actually, doing stuff that you like to do and even know what you like to do is difficult. Ok, let's start with things that you like to do. Usually people around us will restrict us from doing the things that we like to do most. But why bother about them? What matters is yourself because you are leading your own life. There's a saying: Life is like a show and a show is like your life from a Chinese saying. You are the main character of your own show/drama. So make yourself shine. People who do things that they like always shine. Take for an example my classmate Mel. She always look so stress in class and upset. But when she is doing make-up for someone else, she shine so brilliantly! (If you are reading this post, I just want to say go do the things that you really like.)

Next is finding things that you like to do. Once my brother and cousin asked me the same question: "I don't know what I like to do." I finally found a reply to that. I have to say just get out of your seat and walk around, travel around, get exposure to many stuffs, you will eventually find one thing that you really like to do. Instead of just siting at your seat or always do the regular stuffs that you always do, try something different.

I remembered earlier this year one of my lecturer came up to me and asked me whether I want to pursue Architecture in university when I graduate. My reply was: "I don't know, my dad want me to." That was like after attachment so he asked me. Then he replied something like he did not know that he will become a lecturer now and life changes. He mentioned a lot of stuffs and I don't remembered already but I started to change my thoughts about whether I should go ahead to do things that I really want and like to do. That is why I started opening this blog.

So go ahead! Do the things that you like and live your life to the fullest. Once that day is gone, it is forever over and never to repeat again.

I know this is awkward but I still want to share that I LOVE COMPOSING!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Black Hole

Since I'm always so free on a Saturday midnight, I think I will upload the songs on Saturday instead of Sunday.

I never played this song for quite some time already and this song was recorded in a tape in year 2007 (also written in year 2007). Then I transferred my songs into the computer. I remembered that year I brought my tape and ask few of my surrounding people to listen and Sam.W laughed at me and said: "What you recorded in a tape? I'm sorry I don't have a tape player and why do you have to record in a tape? It's so out-dated!" Ok fine I'm outdated. That time quite a number of people said that this song sounds like Dark Forest. Most probably is because I had not have any new ways of writing a song. So enjoy!

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Black Hole
I feel like I'm dropping into a black hole. Deeper and deeper. What will I see after walking into the hole?

SPOILER!!!
If you hear closely, most probably you would hear a screeching sound. It is not a sound effect, it's my piano's pedal. And yes!!! That person in the video is me acting emo... not because I'm emo.

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So stay tune to my new songs next Saturday! Next song is also written in year 2007. I wrote 3 songs that year. Also visit http://www.lestyleglamour.blogspot.com/ after listening to my songs!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New blog skin

I changed a new blog skin! Since I opened my blog, I changed 4 blog skins already. 1st one was super ugly! Why I change again? I can't stand my hand being chopped off in the previous skin, I just feel very pain when looking at it. It just make me so uncomfortable. How is my new blog skin? Please comment or tag me.

Let's celebrate! Today submission is over and holiday is coming! I'm super happy now but I caught a flu because of submission. *Sneeze* *Cough* Hope I will get better by tomorrow.

Actually I'm not supposed to tell anyone but I still want to say. My younger brother played basketball 2 days ago and someone pushed him. There he go, injury on his chin plus his front teeth broken. OMG. He went to the doctor and got 5 stitches from the doctor (omg omg so pain) and went to the dentist to fix his teeth. So people who know him, maybe you would want to show your concern. It look serious.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Le-Style-Glamour

Le-Style-Glamour
My cousin opened an online shop http://www.lestyleglamour.blogspot.com .The website is typically selling cute stuffs, accessories and clothes. I find her so cool ... so please go and support her and visit her online shop!

Twitter
I closed my twitter account so if you are going to add me or what, just drop the idea. That is because I have 1 pathetic friend in my twitter only and I don't use it. So if you have not add me in facebook, you can go ahead and add me. Thank you!

Tag box
If you have found out, I added a tag box at the left side bar. So please tag me! Tag as many as u want!

Remember to visit my cousin's shop, she will be waiting for you!

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