Lunarin, at the Esplanade

Free concert.

If you weren’t there, too bad.

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You missed a nice, tight, solid punchy gig.

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Their brand of Gothic Rock.

I like.

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My fav Singapore rock band.

And apparently a favourite of quite a number of people too.

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As always, your sets seem so short lah. 🙂

Can’t believe the 45 minutes rocked past just like that.

Nice one, Lunarin.
[Update: Youth.SG interviews Lunarin, 27 May 08]

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Mash-up: One World (2008) – Firdaus on vocals

Woah.

Firdaus blew me away with his version (with vocals) of One World, posted just a few days ago.

Listen!
ONE WORLD (Firdaus on Vocals) Listen/ download at ARCHIVE.ORG

I say!

He’s done a very nice job doing a this remix. He’s edited the start slight. I know, ‘cos I played the song but you probably wouldn’t have detected it.

Firdaus was worried that I might be unhappy or something; that he might have messed up my song. Dude, why would I be? It’s all in the spirit of collaboration.

Besides, the song is released under the attribute-SHARE-ALIKE-noncommercial creative commons license.

Good or bad mash-up, I wouldn’t have minded.

BUT IT IS GOOD, and I. Am. Simply. LOVING IT.

I’m bobbing my head as I listen to his version. It’s like, he GETS what I was trying to convey through the song and the choice of title.

One World.
One Family.
One Life.

His vocal melody aptly expressed what I had in mind but wasn’t able to sing. AND THEN SOME.

Man, I’m having the goosebumpy feeling. 🙂

Mash-ups like this is precisely what I (and I’m sure Adrian as well) had hoped to achieve, when we decided to release music online.

Thanks, Firdaus (and also to those who bothered to listen and leave comments to the song).

One World.

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New Song: “One World”

This is my new song and I’m a-loving it!

ONE WORLDListen/ download at ARCHIVE.ORG

I am super happy with this song. I seldom say that I’m pleased with my compositions, or playing or mixing. But this is one of the rare times I really cannot complain.

It was a fun song to compose and play as well. The mixing took a long, long time. About 4 weeks, ‘cos I worked on the track on and off.

This is the version without the lead. Try jamming along with it and create your own version (Creative Commons license applies):

ONE WORLD (minus the lead)Link to Archive.org

Total of 19 layers (including the four layers for the lead). Quite a complex song by my standards, so much so that I craved for more computing power and RAM (my 2GB was not sufficient).

The lead melody was composed, recorded and edited in one session. Over 12 hours I think. I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop. Many takes and edits as usual (my ‘live’ playing is nowhere as smooth as what you hear).

One World.band Part 1
One World.band Part 2

First I recorded the rhythm track (A/ E/ B/ C#m) and then added the drum loops. The drums played a very important part in this song because it gave the whole upbeat feel. You can see from the screen shot that it’s a layer of three loops, and each layer are heavily spliced with a mix of quite a few loops. I sampled the GB loops and picked out those that gave me the drum notes I wanted. Then spliced them in. This took quite a bit of time.

Then another major part was spent on the bass (three four layers). In truth, it was due to this song that made me go out and buy a bass guitar! Then I watched some YouTube videos to learn how to play it (I played it like a guitar at first). Apparently the YouTube lessons paid off! LOL

I discovered that by combining two amp effects, I could make the guitar sounds much more solid sounding and/ or crunchier. Here’s one example of the lead guitar effects:
One World.band Lead Guitar Effects

OK, I hope you enjoy this song.

I consider this my signature song for 2008.

[UPDATE: Check this out!!! Firdaus does a mash-up]

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Linda (of Lunarin) reviews the song “Here And Now”

I don’t know many Singaporean rock musicians personally. But I happen to know Linda, Lunarin‘s singer/ bassist (we got acquainted from a library-related event).

So anyway, I emailed Linda about the song, “Here And Now“, since it wasn’t that bad.

She obligingly listened to it and emailed me her comments. So nice of her to do so! Here’s what she thought about the song (posted with permission):

Ok, I took a listen to this last night and have listened to it again this morning.

Overall the sound quality is great! Will certainly ask you for tips next time when I set up my home studio.

In terms of arrangement I really dig the mid section part onwards. In terms of the intro, I thought perhaps the two guitar parts could balance out a bit – I thought the background rhythm guitar could be a little jarring at times. But once the song moves on to the next movement – now that I really dig! And I am beginning to realize the mid section is quite “your sound” and is what I like about your compositions so far.

Thanks so much, Linda.

Encouragements like this one… priceless.

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