Saturday, December 10, 2011

Samsung launches its Youtube talent contest "[STAGE - GALAXY Note] Music to Life"

Samsung recently launched a ultimate Youtube talent contest with
its own "STAGE" Android App (http://www.youtube.com/samsungmobilemoments).


Designed to showcase talents from all over the world,
it’s amazing to see these unknown talents from places u will not expect.


Check out the video introduction for this contest "[STAGE - GALAXY Note] Music to Life"




My personal favorite video is the HouseHold Items Beat/Freestyle Rap.



Some “musical instruments” being used to make musical sounds
are stuff u would not expect...like coins, cereal box, paper and
even microwave! U mean microwave?


Ya…I am not kidding! Check it out at 0:31 in the video above!


Like these talents from all over the world? Want to vote for them?


Just install the "STAGE" Android App on your Android device!


Once its installed, u can start voting your favorite videos!


Samsung devices definitely have made it easier
and more convenient for people to make music videos.


Particularly in the case of Samsung GALAXY NOTE,
its features and applications have its WOW factors.


Check out the video commercial on how u can make music videos with it.



Why would I think that it will make a good device for making music videos?


1) 1080p Full HD video recording & playback
It's pretty impressive for its ability to record in 1080p@24~30fps.
Such recording format allows u to have better flexibility in terms of
recording your videos in different scenarios.


2) World's 1st 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display.
Its ideal 5.3" display screen is big enough yet not too bulky for mobile recording & calling.
Have u ever try editing video in low-resolution screen and jittery screen transitions?
Well I believe that its display will enable one to achieve more with minimum scrolling and better screen
transition in video editing.


3) S Pen Stylus
Imagine being empowered with the ability
to draw pictures, write words or literally
any shapes in your video editing with just your phone?


The S Pen Stylus allows u to express yourself just like the way
how a painter/artist would draw or paint with a brush/pen.


Will MusicArtLifeSG be given a Samsung GALAXY NOTE 
for review? Want me to review the device? How?


Subscribe to my blog by filling up your email address at the top right sidebar.


Then I will keep u guys informed when I get one to review.


Till then, see u guys around!


The post Samsung launches its Youtube talent contest "[STAGE - GALAXY Note] Music to Life" is sponsored by Samsung.

Friday, November 25, 2011

10 Ways To Have An AWESOME Sundown Festival 2011

For those who have bought their tixs to attend the Sundown Festival 2011,
so how do u get yourself enjoying the festival even better?


Check out the answer below!
10 Ways To Have An AWESOME Sundown Festival 2011




Remember to subscribe to MusicArtLifeSG via email at the right top sidebar  as we will be bringing u more media releases plus selected photos of the various artists and bands like TeenTop & ViViD later!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy 2012

I recently had the privilege to
meet and talk to an international
New York based Indonesian pianist
Mr Aryo Wicaksono in Singapore.

From my interactions with him,
he's a real humble and wonderful 
person who shared his interesting
life story with me.

Being the Artistic Director of
Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy,
he is also welcoming musicians & composers (world-wide)
to the festival.

For those who are seeking to explore your musical
horizons in the field of classical/modern music,
look no further.

Check out the festival poster for more details. 


For more details, visit http://www.yogyakartafest.blogspot.com
For those who wants the application form, u can also contact us!

Friday, October 28, 2011

14th Xin Qing Rong Ji 心情溶剂 Regional Chinese Song Writing Competitio​n (October 7, 2011 – December 11, 2011)



All students from Singapore and Malaysia are eligible to participate in this competition.

This year, 14th 心情溶剂 (XQRJ) is supported by Touch Music Publishing House.

Category A: Song composition. Includes lyrics, music, and performance. (The lyricist, composer and performer may not be the same.)
Category B: Lyrics writing. The music will be provided by Touch Music Publishing Pte Ltd.
Category C: Music composition. The lyric will be provided by Touch Music Publishing Pte Ltd.
Note: Participants can only enter one of the categories.

i. Submission period: October 7, 2011 – December 11, 2011
ii. Preliminary round: December 15, 2011
iii. Grand finale: February 12, 2012

The application form can be downloaded at www.xqrj.com.
Please go to www.xqrj.com for more information.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A choice of DaVinci Code or C.C.C.D Code? Deciphering C.C.C.D. Looping interview with Randolf Arriola

If u have to make a choice between
DaVinci Code or C.C.C.D
code, which one will it be?

U probably don't want to crack
your brain in solving DaVinci Code?
Then it's an obvious choice to select
C.C.C.D Code!


But heck...what exactly is C.C.C.D code?
C.C.C.D is the brain title of the debut solo music
album by Singaporean guitarist/singer-songwriter/composer
Mr Randolf Arriola (one of the most respected and
acclaimed live looping musicians in the world)!

This amazing musician has been invited to
perform in Y2K International Live Looping Festival
in USA since 2007.

Channel News Asia Singapore features an interesting
TV news cover report "The Big Picture" on
Randolf Arriola's live looping on
his iPhone Guitar.



His debut solo album, "C.C.C.D"
will be released soon. Expect to catch
his "C.C.C.D" album launch concert
in the Esplanade Recital Studio on 28 October 2011.




Intersted to know more about him?
Well I had the good fortune to interview Mr Randolf Arriola.
Enjoy the interview and glimpse into his world of live looping!

Deciphering C.C.C.D. Looping interview with Randolf Arriola
1.How did u discover and start your journey into the world of live looping music?

I was always fascinated with sound.
From young I’ve always loved music,
that was a given but it was later in my teens
that I discovered that I loved sounds
and especially sounds made by and
with the guitar whether pure or distorted or processed.

I discovered early on the joys and wonders of
patching every available gadget
between the guitar and the amplifier
and the constant playful experiments with turning knobs this way
and oh the world of otherworldly sounds I heard just got me hooked!

I later learned that The Beatles were already experimenting with loops
and sound effects as evident in the 1966 track Tomorrow Never Knows
and then it was Pink Floyd followed by The Police and
then U2’s Unforgettable Fire album in 1984 and then King Crimson
and eventually Brian Eno. I realized that music and sound recreated
a whole world of colours in mood, emotions and ideas.


2.Which live looping artists would u recommend to music lovers who are new to the world of live looping music?
(u are obviously one of the artists we should listen to!)

Terry Riley
Steve Reich
Karlheinz Stockhausen
The Beatles
Pink Floyd
King Crimson
Brian Eno
Robert Fripp
Jaco Pastorius
Pat Metheny

The technology of Live Looping came about shortly
after the invention of tape recording devices in the last century.
But the concept of musical loop goes way back to
call and answer chants and songs in Africa.

The song The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a musical loop,
so is Pachabel's Canon in D. Most of Pop, Rock and Dance
and even in Jazz are based on if not incorporate the use of
musical loop arrangements.

For me it was Brian Eno and Robert Fripp back in 1973
who were the true pioneers of fine tuning the use of reel to
reel tape recorders as a live looping device that introduced
new creative possibilities in spontaneous
improvisation/compositional/performance.


3.Do u use pre-recorded looping music in your set and encourage the use of it in live looping environments?

For Live Looping i do not use any prerecorded music.
I also do not use any quantizing (time correction) midi sequencing,
or auto tune. It may appear ridiculously and unnecessarily difficult
but for me it's much more liberating in a creative sense.


4.What were the challenges u faced in the CCCD album production?

The biggest challenge i constantly face with
any of my own personal creative work is really about
the struggle with option anxiety and coming to terms with necessary
but painful subtractive editing.

CCCD is originally 1 hour 45 mins long which is
impossible to fit in a CD format. It took awhile
before i decided on what's now the 67 min 1 track
CD version. Other than that except for
subtle improvements to the overall levels
and final eq balance no other edits,
no cut and paste corrections were
made to the one take stereo track recording.


5.You mentioned in playing your music with some visual video art loops by your visual medium collaborator Manuel Trucco (San Fancisco, USA) in the upcoming C.C.C.D. album concert. What made u decide upon on a live visual sound performance conception as compared to just playing your songs live with your guitar and looping equipments?

Maybe it's just the twisted way that i preceive things
but i've always sensed an overlapping of the senses.
For example I see shades and colours in sounds and music
and i hear sounds and music in visual images.
So it's only natural for me to express myself through
the combination of light and sound mediums to
communicate and evoke a multi sensory experience.


6.Since the whole CCCD album was recorded live without no overdubs, no cuts and pastings, no corrections except for overall levels and final EQ balance and mastering, what surprises would we be expecting in the songs of your album during your concert?

Improvisation and reinterpretation is where my heart
resides in creative expression. The range of
variations in what i do is very much subject to the external
factors.


7.Who do u like to thank for making the album possible?

NA (Too long a list la!)


8.How did u derive and name your album title as C.C.C.D?

I title my works with quirky codes
that usually has to do with what i'm thinking
or feeling or whatever.

They're like little diary entries to me
and each piece that i listen to today
even from way back still trigger vivid
memories of time and place and the
varying circumstances i was in when i recorded it.


9.What is your album C.C.C.D about?

CCCD is a one take unedited live recording
in the home studio which originally ran 1 hr 45 mins.
Because of the limitations of the cd format
I chose to release the 67 min version from
the complete take.

Basically the album is a personal and
artistic statement and my offering of
something truly unique for everyone
to enjoy and live with.

The creative decision arrived with
full consideration on my part that with
all my acquired knowledge, experience,
skills and know how with music, gear
and technology and the temptation
to create an album of sample resolution,
cut and paste edit and autotune virtual perfection.

I decided to truly reveal myself captured
in the process of creating...one that’s truly me.
I’ve many of such recordings in my own archives
but this particular take had something going,
a flow if you will but most important
of all the entire piece had a a
certain enigmatic power to transport,
and evoke deeper emotional responses.

I’m making the album available in
different formats including free downloads
of excerpts or the full album in mp3 resolutions
or the purchase of the cd itself.

Further down the road are plans to
release the album in 5.1 mix with
accompanying HD Video Art loops
perhaps in 2012 if the world doesn’t end that is.

On the coming concert and album launch on 28th Oct
I will perform the re creation of CCCD for the audience.


10.U recently took part online in 1st Boss Loop Station World Championship 2011. Its amazing that your viewership for “With Or Without You (U2 cover song)” have reached over 60,900 views (and still counting on…) as of dated 24 Oct 2011! What was your whole personal experience to be involved in this contest?



Since end of Aug 2010 the video clips on my youtube channel
(http://www.youtube.com/user/randolfarriola) have been watched
by over 105,000 viewers from around the world of which
my live looping reinterpratation of With or Without You by U2
has proven to be most popular followed by my original "Take It All Away".

Interestingly i learned from my youtube account details that the top
10 nations viewing my clips are USA, Singapore , UK, Germany,
Italy, Brazil, Japan, France, Netherlands and Australia.

I was more interested in the opportunity to
reach out to a wider audience around the world
through the event. It isn't my concern in
finding out whoever are the better ones
among in the contest.


                          End of Deciphering C.C.C.D. Looping interview with Randolf Arriola


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Enjoy C.C.C.D (Full Album Preview) by Randolf Arriola

CCCD (Full Album Preview) by Randolf Arriola

Attend his live C.C.C.D album
concert launch in Esplanade
on 28 Oct 11!

Who knows u might end up
deciphering C.C.C.D. and
developing your own new codes 
after the whole live
C.C.C.D. music experience!?




To find out more about Randolf Arriola and purchasing
tickets to watch his live C.C.C.D album concert launch
on 28 Oct 11, some links are provided below:

http://www.sistic.com.sg/eportal/booking/RetrievePriceChartAction.do?skipSelectEvent=true&txtContentCode=randolf1011&txtEventCode=eepr281011
http://www.facebook.com/randolfarriola
http://www.youtube.com/user/randolfarriola
http://soundcloud.com/randolf-arriola
http://embryosongs.com/

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The White Shoes and The Couples Company, SayCet and B-Quartet Concert (8 Nov 11)

Three different bands from different countries (Indonesia, France and our homeland Singapore) will be performing in a concert on 8 Nov 2011.



Some music videos of the bands in the conert:







PRESS RELEASE – Concert

The White Shoes and The Couples
Company (ID), SayCet (FR) and
B-Quartet (SG) – 8 November, 2011
LaSalle College of the Arts, Main Theatre

Singapore – On the 8th of November 2011, LaSalle Main Theatre will host a
unique event in Singapore featuring three of the most innovative and original
emerging artists of the international contemporary indie music scene.

The White Shoes and The Couples Company, celebrated as one of the "best
indie pop band to call Jakarta home" by Allmusic.com will play alongside
local band B-quartet and French band SayCet to transport the audience
into a different dimension of poetic and mesmerizing soundscapes and melodies.

Formed in 2002, The White Shoes and The Couples Company blends 1960’s
Burt Bacharach-inspired melodies with winsome indie pop to create a truly
unique sound that bring us back to the 1970’s or even to the 1930’s, with
charming, distinct melodies and orchestration. Singing in both English and
Indonesian, they have been named "one of the Top 25 bands on MySpace" by
Rolling Stone, featured in Times Magazine and praised by Pitchfork.
http://www.myspace.com/whiteshoesandthecouplescompany


The concert will also showcase two supporting acts including Franco-Lao
outfit SayCet, performing for the first time in Singapore.
Warmly praised by Les Inrocks and Trax, the trio plays
an unforgettable blend of experimental pop and electronica,
matched with bewitching video projections.
http://www.myspace.com/saycet

The second supporting act, B-Quartet is a band that defies genres in search of a unique musical language, challenging conventions from concept to composition. Rising stars of the local scene, their eclectic palette marries jazz with folk and rock accents, topped with exquisite vocal harmonies. With a spontaneous, almost telepathic energy on stage, they enchant and mesmerize audiences, winning fans wherever they go. http://www.myspace.com/bquartet



This concert is brought to you by Figure8 Agency, a Singapore-based
organization specializing in the management of international and local artists;
the production of indie events in Singapore; tour coordination in Asia,
merchandising and promotion (online and offline).

Event details
Date: 8 November 2011
Venue: LaSalle, Main Theatre 1 McNally Street 187940 Singapore
Open: 7.30pm
Start: 8pm
Admission
25$ with reservation
30$ at the door
Reservation: figure8@figure8-agency.com
Tel. +65 986 69259

Last but not least,
Enjoy listening to SayCet Mixtape below:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mnet Asian Music Awards 2011 Coming Soon to Singapore! (29 Nov 11)

Mnet Asian Music Awards (one of the biggest Music Awards in Asia)
will be arriving soon in Singapore on 29 Nov 11.
For those k-pop music lovers in Singapore,
u definitely cannot miss this!

Here's the teaser video for
Mnet Asian Music Awards below:



Apparently the tickets sale are not released yet.
I will keep u guys informed about the sales of
the tickets commencement date
if I have any news from the organiser
for this event. Do subscribe via email
to my blog!

A Shuffle Dance contest!
Check out the video below
to see how u can win cool prizes
as well as meet your kpop idols!



In the meanwhile, check out the awesome youtube
music cover of SNSD (Girls' Generation) - Mr.Taxi Collab
by Singaporean musicians & Hongkong singer below!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Interview with Raphael Lim (RGEN Entertainment) Part 2

The 2nd part of the interview video with Raphael Lim (RGEN Entertainment) 2011 is
shown below. (If u have not seen the 1st part of the interview video, click
here to watch it.)




Check out the credits after the video interview...
(I will be sharing u guys some information 
on a interesting video).

For those who attended the talk by Raphael Lim,
u can contact us to share your experience
or thoughts about the talk as well as your music
website (if u are a musician or involved in
any music aspects).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Interview with Raphael Lim (RGEN Entertainment) Part 1

Raphael Lim (Australian presenter)
was in Singapore during July 2011 to
conduct a lecture on
"How to organise a Youtube
celebrity concert"
in
School of Management (Sma).

And I had the honor to conduct an interview with him.

Here's the awaited....
MusicArtLifeSG interview with Raphael Lim (RGEN Entertainment)
Video Part 1



Subscribe to MusicArtLifeSG
via email for the upcoming 
2nd part of the interview.

If u are interested in contributing
music entertainment/international
news from Singapore or
become part of MusicArtLifeSG
Team, contact us here

Saturday, October 8, 2011

S2S & TAB present an exclusive Bevlyn Khoo performance! (19 Oct 11) - Postponed

For Immediate Release (By S2S Music Label: Latest News As of 12 Oct 2011)

Bevlyn Khoo’s performance postponed due to unforeseen circumstances

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bevlyn's performance at TAB scheduled for next Wednesday, October 19th has been postponed till further notice. S2S deeply apologises to Bevlyn’s fans for the sudden postponement of the concert.

The concert at TAB was to be Bevlyn’s second solo performance for her latest album <> and her attempt to reach out to the English Jazz Community.

Tickets will be refunded as soon as possible. The company apologises for the inconvenience caused and would like to thank fans for their patience and support.




For Immediate Release

S2S & TAB present an exclusive Bevlyn Khoo performance! (Postponed)

Earlier this year in July, Bevlyn successfully capped a sold-out concert together with her 3rd major album launch "Feel about you" at Late Night @ Esplanade. It was deemed so successful that Bevlyn, winner of the 2009 Indie Award, is now set to wow the crowd once more at TAB this coming October 2011. This will be the second concert for her latest album and is a significant milestone in Bevlyn’s attempt to reach out to the English market in Singapore.

TAB specializes in showcasing international talent. They recently brought in Youtube stars, Jayesslee and David Choi, who both gave a fantastic performance for their Singaporean fans. This time, they are bringing in local talent Bevlyn Khoo. Fans will stand a chance to enjoy her performance live at TAB’s special concert venue.

For fans who had missed her at Esplanade and fans who wish to see her perform once more, this will be a great chance to catch Bevlyn sing her heart out and showcase her soothing vocals at Orchard Road, TAB, on 19th October 2011, 8.30 pm, Wednesday. There will also be a meet-and-greet session with Bevlyn as well

Singapore local talent Bevlyn Khoo, who has been a singer since 1999, has come up with 3 previous albums which were well received in the Jazz Community, most notably her sophomore effort "Bistro Affair", the all French easy listening album which charted in the top 3 in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan’s Jazz charts. "You are my Angel" from 2009 was in the HMV Singapore Jazz Chart at the 4th position. The experienced singer is sure to give a performance that you will not want to miss!

There will also be a guest performance from Kevin Mathews, who is best known for the hit song “My One and Only” in 1993 with his previous band, Watchmen.

Fans who wish to buy tickets can get theirs via TAB’s official website, www.tab.com.sg

Venue:
442 Orchard Road
#02-29, Singapore 238879

Date: 19th October 2011
Doors Open: 7.30pm
Performance start: 8.30pm
Ticket Price: $25

Bevlyn:
http://www.bevlynkhoo.com/info/bio/
http://www.facebook.com/bevlyn.khooyilin

Kevin Mathews:
http://kamcomusic.blogspot.com/p/kevin-mathews-at-tab.html

Friday, October 7, 2011

“Reggae Singapura” by Bushmen (15 Oct 11)

Does reggae music even exist in Singapore?
Of course it does!!! In fact Bushmen (one
of the Reggae band based in Singapore)
is launching their concert at Substation Theatre
on 15 Oct 11.

After winning the second runner-up in Band Alert Contest
organised by YAMAHA and MTV in 1998, they got
signed with Hunters Records(s) for a recording contract
in 1999. Shortly in March 2000, they released their mini album “RISE UP”.

Check out Bushmen's live cover song performance "Concrete Jungle"
by the late Bob Marley (Reggae's first Jamaican iconic artist figure to achieve international superstardom):



A video on Bushmen talking about music in their lives (featuring music "RISE UP")



PRESS RELEASE

“Reggae Singapura” by Bushmen
Saturday 15 October 2011, 7.30pm
The Substation Theatre
Tickets at $18 available at The Substation Box Office
(6337 7800; boxoffice@substation.org)

Bushmen returns onto the artistic stage with old time 'feel good' hits plus their original fusion of Malay reggae music in a true Singapore style. Whether you are into discovering the talent of homegrown trendsetters or wanting to soak in some nostalgia of the rocking good times, the Bushmen will give you the ultimate reggae experience in their one night only performance at the Substation, home of the alternative and experimental. Join us!

For the band, it may sound strange to most that a reggae band would sprout from an eclectic scene that is dominated by the top 40s and the international arena at large. But for the young members of Bushmen, theirs was a co-existence realised by a common aim when they start performing at the International School of Singapore in 1997.

Taking the assemble on the road, lead vocal and rhythm guitar Izaar, lead guitar Restam, bass guitar Hassan, keyboardist Hairul, drums Sofy, and percussionist Rahman performed live and direct to the masses at local pubs, clubs and restaurants. Harking back to an older generation of musicians who built up their followers by performing live, Bushmen’s popularity soared at venues such as the Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, The American School, Youth Park and La Salle School of Arts.
The first steps towards success were embraced when the band placed second runner-up in Band Alert Contest organised by YAMAHA and MTV in 1998. The following year, the group signed a recording contract with Hunters Records(s) and March 2000 sees the released “RISE UP”.

This mini album features five original compositions that are filled with lively hooks and grooves that draw the attention of local and international media and listeners. Track “Don’t you worry” was also featured in the local movie soundtrack “Stories About Love”. To date after the release of “RISE UP”, Bushmen has been invited to work and perform at countless prestigious venues and events.

Check out Bushmen's bio & music link: www.myspace.com/bushmen

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Live Lounge Presents: Smells Like Nirvana (29 Sept 11)


For Immediate Release (NUS Radio Pulze)


SINGAPORE, 29th September 2011 – National University of Singapore goes local with
Live Lounge, a concert series hosted by Radio Pulze, the NUS Studentsʼ Deejay Group.
Chill out at the open-air plaza at Yusof Ishak House on campus and enjoy some of the
best homegrown talent that our humble shores offer! 29th September, we bring to three
of the best homegrown talents, who will be gigging out with some of the best original
music, and Nirvana tributes!

There will also be food and beverages on site! It will be from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Live Lounge aims to expose the University demographic to homegrown musicians by
providing a platform from which to showcase their awesome talent. It is a free-of-charge
concert in an open-air environment and is located in the central part of the National
University of Singapore.

About Live Lounge:
Radio Pulze Live Lounge was established in 2007 with the aim of being a prominent,
easily accessible platform for the NUS community to experience and embrace local
and original musical talent. With two successful seasons spanning from 2007 to 2009,
Radio Pulze Live Lounge managed to galvanize and excite the NUS community with its
unique melding of free-of-charge live concert format, exclusive interviews with local
performing artistes and intimate, lounge-like ambience.

To date, Radio Pulze Live Lounge has successfully played host to many established
and promising local music acts many of which have gone on to attain significant
reputation in the local music scene (refer to annex. A). All this was done while
simultaneously enriching the NUS community with original Singapore music.
Unlike its predecessors of past years, this semester’s Live Lounge will move from
being a studio/café centered event to a brand new outdoor venue – the Plaza@YIH (for
floor plans refer to annex. B). Drawing reference from past concerts similar to Live
Lounge, for example Timbre Musicfest on campus, the event is expected to draw a
sizeable audience due to its nature and large venue. And unlike past incarnations of
Live Lounge, this time round, Live Lounge at the Plaza@YIH will be open to the general
public.

Live Lounge promises to be the first event of its kind in NUS as well as other
tertiary institutes.


Annex. A:

Amnesia Haze
http://www.facebook.com/amnesiahazesg
Amnesia Haze is an alternative rock quintet, hailing from the sunny shores and concrete mazes
of Singapore.
Whether you prefer sweating it out to crunchy guitar tones or kicking it back surrounded by
ambient swirls, their songs aim to meander you through a diversely influenced soundscape,
with inspirations ranging from strained relationships, to sci-fi impressions of dystopia.
With its foundations laid in friendships forged over years of teenage school-ground exploits,
the band fluidly translates this dynamism into its craft; and as it hopes, into the anthemic
refrains of all who care to take a listen.

The Pinholes
http://www.myspace.com/thepinholes
Comprising the power-packed act of brothers Famie and Rahmat "Modjo" Suliman on riffing
guitars and vocals, Andi Rahmat on bass and vocals, and Azril Zakaria on drums, percussions
and vocals, this quartet is all out to make your day. This tightly-knit bunch has no doubts about
delivering an awesome party, no objections to a special collaboration and definitely no qualms
about performing great music while having their tongues-in-their-cheek; all of those at the
same time!

Born and bred in "The West Side" (of Singapore, that is), these musicians from "Gomz Street"
met over a strong affinity for music, with the likes of The Quests, The Swallows, Stoned
Revivals, Siglap Five and MC5. And as quickly as they bonded, The Pinholes' profound
passion for music evolved into a unique sound. Expect a brilliant blend of kaleidoscopic beats
and local compositions that capture the soul of Stray Dogs, the dynamism of Mick Jagger and
the harmonic pitching of Beach Boys.

With the naughty "Shake & Bake", refreshing "Never Gonna Take My Life" and the catchy singalong
"Longlive Rock & Roll", it's no surprise the band has hosts of fans and friends in the
league of nine hundred and counting. Their snazzy, original tunes and more have been
performed live on Suria MediaCorp TV; 98.7FM radio shows; Flipside Festival (2009), Lime
Sonic Bang (2007); Rampage the Durian!, Rock the City, Making Waves and Year End
Celebrations (all at Esplanade, 2007); Zouk Out! (2007); 2006 Sembawang Fest; Baybeats
(2005 and 2006) and 2004 F1 Powerboat; as well as collaborated with special projects such as
Rewind: Hitam Puteh Cinema on Wheels (2008), Jazzyjazz and The Razzmatazz with Cake
Theatre (2008).

So, if you're searching for some booty-shaking, anthem-singing, laughter-inducing, fun and
good merry-making Rock and Roll, it's time to catch onto these vivacious vibes. As the song
"Shake & Bake" begins, "If you want it, come and shake it, if it pleases you!"

Plainsunset
http://www.myspace.com/plainsunset
On May 26 2008, local indie-pop-punk legends Plainsunset will release “PLAINSUNSET”, their
first widely distributed studio album. PLAINSUNSET is the band's self-titled fourth release,
since reforming after their breakup in 2004. Drawing heavily on the influences that inspired
them to make music of their own - from the more familiar U2 and New Order, to power-pop
powerhouses Hey Mercedes and The Starting Line - this album boasts some of Plainsunset's
most accessible music to date. From the opening strains of “Johari Window”, to the plaintive
“River Song” and the hopeful, yet cynical “Children”, lead singer Jonathan Chan’s desire to
relate is obvious. “Our musical approach was to aim for timeless songs. We were more open to
pulling in our older influences to receive input from the timeless to create the timeless,” says
the 33-year-old fine artist.

For the members of Plainsunset, – Jonathan Chan (vocals and guitars), Norsham Husaini
(guitars and backing vocals), Nizam Sukri (bass) and Ronny Laily (drums) all age 33, this much
anticipated fourth release documents Plainsunset’s best and most consistent music to date,
and is also their most adventurous, mature, and accessible studio release. The album is not
just a return to form, but a reinvention of the Plainsunset sound, a tribute to the music that
fuels their heart and soul. PLAINSUNSET is the sound of a band rediscovering and paying
tribute to the music that originally inspired them.

This album certainly charts the 12-year-old band’s steady progression to maturity and
popularity. From their early days, playing to as little as 30 kids at local community centres, to
touring Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and New Zealand, Plainsunset have
had quite an impressive, if convoluted, history. After breaking up in 2004, they set the record
for the greatest attendance in a single set at the Esplanade’s Baybeats Festival (Singapore’s
biggest Indie-Alternative rock festival) with their spectacular comeback performance in 2006.
Most recently, Plainsunset have made a stride into the world of commercial music, with 5
tracks from their upcoming album featured in Star World’s HEROES Season 2 promotional
campaign aired earlier this year.

So for those who have yet to be mesmerized by their explosive live performances, or who have
yet to take notice of Plainsunset’s inspiring tunes and lyrics with a heart, now is the time;
Because as the age old saying goes – “The sun will rise

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet (27 Sept 11 - 28 Sept 11)



Sample Sound: http://webmedia.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/all_jazz/media/asian_jazz.mp4

PRESS RELEASE
Showtime Productions Presents
In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
featuring Jeremy Monteiro (Organ), Eugene Pao (Guitar), Tots Tolentino (Saxophone), and Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan (Drums)
27 & 28 Sep 2011, Tue & Wed, 7.30pm
Esplanade Recital Studio

Expect nothing less than an enigmatic extraordinary performance when you put four of Asia’s top jazzmen on the same stage.

Known as The Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet, the band comprises Singapore’s own ‘King of Swing’ jazz pianist/organ maestro Jeremy Monteiro; Eugene Pao, arguably Asia’s top jazz guitarist from Hong Kong; Tots Tolentino, saxophone extraordinaire from Philippines; and Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan, one of the most innovative and exciting drummers to emerge in the Asian jazz scene, from Thailand.

This powerful amalgamation of Asian jazz leaders is bound to create musical alchemy for their shows taking place in the intimate setting of Esplanade Recital Studio.

Eugene’s stratospheric guitar lines & power riffs; Jeremy’s synthesis of bluesy organ licks coupled with Ravel-esque harmonies; Tots’ kaleidoscopic sound shapes & melodic tapestries; plus Hong’s groovy swing juxtaposed with his innovative polyrhythmic embellishments will stimulate you intellectually and warm your hearts at the same time.

Joining them on stage with her vocal sheen is local jazz singer Rani Singam. Be mesmerised in a night of jazz by the astonishing chemistry between these charismatic musicians as they perform an eclectic selection of old and new standards well spiced with original compositions.

(1hr 15mins, no intermission)
Tickets: $42 (Limited concession for students, NSF and senior citizens: $26)
Bring Your Own Quartet special: Get 10% savings for 4 tickets (limited packages available)

More details on the concert: http://esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/the_asian_jazz_all-stars_power_quartet/index.jsp

One minute with the Sony Tablet S (Part 2)

Information (Given by Waggener Edstrom Worldwide)

Here’s the third and final comic strip, showing you how you can use the Sony Tablet S not just as a remote for your household appliance such as TV and radio, but also how you can be a pro at romancing someone like Hitch, Will Smith’s professional matchmaker character in the similarly-titled movie.



Connectivity

The Sony Tablet S wirelessly connects to DLNA compatible devices, such as Sony BRAVIA televisions, so users can “throw” their favourite photos and movies onto a big screen for greater enjoyment with friends, family and that special one. A built-in infrared sensor also allows the Sony Tablet S to function as a remote control. Here’s how you can woo that special someone with the Sony Tablet S:

Friday, September 16, 2011

One minute with the Sony Tablet S

Information (Given by Waggener Edstrom Worldwide)

Sony recently announced the Sony Tablet S delivering the perfect combination of hardware, content and networking with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging experience. Running on the Android 3.2 OS, the Sony Tablet S is the world’s first and only Android Honeycomb tablet with a built-in A/V remote control.



Design

Sony’s Tablet S features a new unique ergonomic asymmetric design which allows it to be easily held for long periods of time. Either at the gym or as you attend to calls of nature; the Sony Tablet S unique form factor shifts the device’s weight closer to your palm, making it feel lighter and more comfortable while reading a book or magazine. The screen slopes gently when placed on a flat surface, enhancing visibility and making typing more comfortable.


Performance

Optimised with the Android 3.2 OS (Honeycomb) and driven by the powerful NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile processor, the Sony Tablet S never misses a beat, responding instantly and accurately to every touch, drag, zoom, or twist of the fingers. With both Quick touch and Quick view capabilities, loading of information-heavy websites and high touch-responsiveness is a breeze. To showcase how important quick loading speeds are, here’s a comic for you to enjoy: David and Bala are two men with no luck in love and have decided to find the woman of their dreams on a social dating website. David’s Sony Tablet S with Quick view capabilities gives him the upper hand over Bala. When it comes to the ladies…you have to act fast!



More information to come....

New Music Interview/Technology Section in MusicArtLifeSG!

Hi readers,

if u have been visiting my music blog,
a new music interview/technology section
focusing on music interviews and technology
has been added. 

I hope to bring the latest music
interviews and technology
(whether be it music gadgets or applications
on PC, Lion O/S, iOS, Android, Win7 etc)
to my readers.

If u guys have any news on
music technology to share,
u can share with me via HERE 

If u are a musician/music lover
exploring music technology,
do contact me too.

I am always on a lookout for users to
test out new music gadgets or technology.

Upcoming exciting news
on my next two blog posts,
I will be introducing

1) Android Gadget Sony Tablet S (if u want me to get the tablet for review,
do remember to subscribe to my blog and follow my twitter page)
2) Interview with Raphael Lim (RGEN Entertainment)

Till then, catch u guys again soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pearl Jam Rocks the Big Screen At Golden Village! (20 Sept 11)

Check out the video game
Rock Band 2 - Guitar Score Duel -
Song "Alive" by Pearl Jam




Like the song "Alive"?
It belongs to the legendary
alternative rock band "Pearl Jam".

A film "Pearl Jam Twenty"
featuring Pearl Jam will be
be shown in Golden Village
only for one night (20 Sept 11)!
Tickets are now on sale in Golden Village!

MEDIA PRESS RELEASE (By Public Relation company "SPRG")



Monday, September 12, 2011

WHITESNAKE Forevermore Tour 2011 (1st Nov 11)


Coming this Oct 2011 - WhiteSnake (the legendary
rock ’n’ roll legacy founded and formed by
renowned singer/songwriter David Coverdale)
will be performing in Singapore
for WHITESNAKE Forevermore Tour 2011.

Check out the promotion videos for the Singapore Tour



Mr David Coverdale's Greeting to Singapore:



I have been offered two complimentary tixs of the tour concert (Courtesy of LAMC Productions).

Want to win these tickets by answering some questions?

Subscribe to MUSICARTLIFESG via email
and u will be among in my mailing list for
the announced time and date for the questions
released in my blog and twitterpage.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FOR WHITESNAKE Forevermore Tour 2011 (By LAMC Productions):

WHITESNAKE, the legendary rock ’n’ roll legacy founded and formed by renowned singer/songwriter David Coverdale, plans on making a huge splash on this side of the pacific on the Asian leg of the 2011 'FOREVERMORE' Tour, playing at the historic Fort Canning Park in the beautiful and exciting city of Singapore on November 1 at 8pm.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands. Coverdale’s blues and soul roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound, and add to that Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship and you have a failsafe recipe for success.

Tickets on sale now at all authorized Sistic outlets, by calling 6348-5555 or book online at www.sistic.com.sg

http://www.lamcproductions.com/whitesnake

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Speak Good English Movement Carnival 2011 (10 Sept 11 - 11 Sept 11)



Speak Good English Movement
is back once again.

What's great is that a carnival filled with
fun activities and music gigs has been organised
on 10 Sept 11 - 11 Sept 11.

And I also have been invited by Bang PR to attend the carnival
tour program! :)

More details on Speak Good English Movement Carnival 2011
below:




Check out Mr Brown Show on Speak Good English Movement:





More information: http://www.goodenglish.org.sg/movement/speak-good-english-carnival-2011/

Monday, August 29, 2011

Poetry of Song Competition! Brought by Timbre Music Academy & Singapore Writers Festival! (27 July to 5 September 2011)

I recently received an media release from
Fulford Public Relations on a poem
writing competition from
Singapore Writers Festival.

Apparently they are encouraging anyone
who can take up a pen and write
their own poems... .

What's cool is that u get to work
with singer-songwriters from
Timbre Music Academy to turn
your poem into a song if u win!

More Details of the Poetry of Song Competition below:

27 July to 5 September 2011

Sing us a love note! Timbre Music Academy, by Timbre Group, and the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) bring you Poetry of Song! Win a chance to work with professional singer-songwriters from Timbre Music Academy, who will work with you to turn your poem to a song.
The theme is ‘Love Notes’, so write one to your special someone, your evil ex, your mum or your BFF - as long as it's a poem - and email it to tma@timbregroup.asia with your full name (as in NRIC) and mobile number.
Five shortlisted poems will be turned into songs and showcased on the SWF website – www.singaporewritersfestival.com.The most popular song will be performed live at SWF in October. Better yet, there’s $1,500 worth of prize money at stake for the most popular song!
Submissions open on 27 July 2011 and will close on 5 September 2011.
More information can be found at http://www.timbregroup.asia/timbremusic/event_pos.html.


Rules & Regulations:
• All entries must be in English.
• Entries must be no more than 200 words in length and can be in any poem form.
• Entries must be original and must never been published before in print or online (book, anthology, journal and magazine).
• The competition is open to all Singaporeans/ PRs and residents of Singapore.
• Shortlisted writers will receive a cash prize of SGD800 and the writer with the most popular song will receive a cash prize of SGD1,500.
• Entrants must be aged 18 and above to enter the competition.
• Multiple entries are accepted.
• The schedule of the competition is as follows:
o 27 Jul: Submissions open
o 5 Sep: Submissions close
o 10 Sep: 5 poems shortlisted; shortlisted writers will be notified
o 11 Sep: Song Composition Stage
o 7 Oct: Song recording
o 15 Oct: Release songs at SWF website, public vote for most popular song
o 26 Oct: Finale performance and prize giving; live voting

About Singapore Writers Festival
The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is one of Asia’s premier literary events, organised by the National Arts Council. Inaugurated in 1986 as a component of the Singapore Festival of Arts (now known as Singapore Arts Festival), it later evolved to become the ‘Singapore Writers Festival’ in 1991.The festival presents some of the world's major literary talents to Singaporeans, and promotes new and emerging Singaporean and Asian writing to an international audience. SWF has featured many writers from around the world and delighted book lovers with literary celebrities such as Arnošt Lustig, Taichi Yamada, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Ma Jian, Tash Aw, and comic book writers Gail Simone and Mark Waid. To date, it remains one of the few literary festivals in the world that is multi-lingual, focusing on the official languages of Singapore – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

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