CC-remix: A Japanese Techno-pop Rock instrumental – “Strange Town”

My attempt at a Japanese Anime soundtrack. BTW, I’m not saying Japan or any Japanese cities are strange. The title came from the Japanese spoken words I used in the remix. Details here.


2009 – Licensed under Creative Commons Noncommercial Sampling Plus. Featuring samples from urmymuse, morgantj, yewbic, and hanstimm. For full listing of credits or to download the track, please visit the ccMixter page.

“Tokyo Lights” originally uploaded by OiMax under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

I’ll be releasing this at the Starfish Stories page at Check us out some time.

~ Ivan

Elizabeth Koh reviews One World One Moment

Got to know Elizabeth Koh recently, at a gathering of friends.

Learned from her Twitter account profile that she plays bass. So I DMed her asking if it was the orchestra bass or electric. She replied it was the latter, which she picked up while playing in her church band. Cool!

I tweeted her the link to the OWOM album.

She was nice enough to email me this review (posted with her permission):

oh my. wow. u put in so much effort in your music! Just listened to one world. Really like the melodies and the blend of electric guitar and synth. But must say that the sound is a bit too electronic, and there is no “end sound” to the electric guitar, (when it stops playing the particular note), so it becomes a bit too spacey and drifty for my taste. The bass sounds good too, but not accompanied by drums all the time, which is unusual.

Her opening words of “oh my. wow” was enough to make my day, LOL.

End sound? Hmm… gotta think about that. Adrian and I don’t have formal musical backgrounds. We just kinda create and mix the music intuitively. Musically, we’re still trying to find our unique sound. Every piece of review, comments, critique, criticism helps a lot.

Thanks Elizabeth!

~ Ivan

Circle of Love (Thread Two)

I dedicate this to my wife. Happy 10th wedding anniversary soon.

2009 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0). Please credit this to “Ivan Chew –“. You are free to copy/ share/ remix this under the terms specified here.

This is a new-agey bitter-sweet semi-rock version of this earlier version, that was inspired by the 3/4 piano of colab, with a touch of string from illusionsofsounds, and graced with the vocals from presse and Linda.

I wanted this version to sound opera-like. The mix ended up a bit noisy though. Ah well, that sounds just like love. 🙂

“Marriage” – Originally uploaded by jcoterhals at under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Critique/ comments are welcome.

“How I did it” posted here.


~ Ivan