Deftones – Hole In The Earth

Discovered Deftones after watching a link (posted in Facebook by someone else, which another friend linked…)

This particular song is all these at the same time: melodious, sad, uplifting, gritty/ rock.


Wished I could write songs like that.

Maybe I should try.

Deftones is at YouTube channel, here. This Wikipedia entry covers more about their history, influences, and discography.

~ Ivan

My Lunarin Remix #1: “No Sun Under The Sky”

When I posted this, I had already started working on the remix.

Took me about 5 evenings to complete it.

I give the world “No Sun Under The Sky” — an obvious reference to Lunarin’s original title: Creative Commons License“No Sun Under The Sky” by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Singapore License.


The remixed track has been uploaded at my ccMixter page. Some ccMixter reviews/ comments that made my day:

  • (Linda is) a lovely soaring singer and the song has a pretty lyricAdmiral Bob
  • Slowly seething beauty with the piano keeping time…Fireproof_Babies
  • [This one is my favourite!] i think a lot of people miss the musical fusion magic happening in Singapore (and Budapest, too). for me the best new music comes from those two areas.panu moon

Linda was the first to respond to the remix.
Facebook | Linda Ong

She saw it fit to post about it via her FB profile:
Facebook | Linda Ong comments on my remix of Lunarin's The Sky

And that was probably how SG music “heavy weights” like Willy Tan and Patrick Chng dropped by:
Facebook | Remixing Lunarin: “No Sun Under The Sky”

It’s obvious to me that all this CC remixing stuff gives as much exposure to the band and the remixers. This is just a bonus though. The real fun is in the musical process.

I cannot quite play like Lunarin, nor get their sound. Remixing them gives me that little taste of being with my fav band, or dare I say “In” it. If just for a little while 🙂

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You can listen to the original version of “The Sky (Algiers)” in this YouTube vid from Lunarin’s live concert on 1 Oct 2010.
[UPDATE: Lunarin has uploaded the original track, here]

In my remix, I’ve used Linda’s vocals and sampled a bit of the track’s piano, bass and clean guitar. A very long “How It Was Done” post, over at MyRightBrain.

And of course boys and girls, let’s not forget that the very cool Lunarin (Linda, Kah Wye, Eng Teck) made this remix possible.

Thanks for “Sharing Today. Shaping Tomorrow”.

Get your own Lunarin remix going. Do remember to license your remix as CC-BY-NC-SA.

~ Ivan
p.s. For the more astute readers, yeah there is a #2 coming up!

Lunarin invites remixes for their CC-licensed track

WOOT! Just barely after they have cooled their heels after their sell-out concert, my fav SG rock trio, Lunarin, announced that The Sky (Algiers) from Duae (2010), is available for remixing under a BY-NC-SA license.

From their post:

Dear Friends

Even before Duae was released, our friend Ivan suggested that we make one of the songs available for free download for remixing. We thought this was an excellent idea. The only question then was which song to make available for remixing.

Shortly after the album was released, we conducted a poll to ask people which was their favourite track off “Duae”. Interestingly enough, there was an overwhelming response in favour of The Sky (Algiers). We therefore decided to make The Sky (Algiers) available for free download for some of you peeps to take a shot at remixing it.

The file is available in Garage Band format and released under a Creative Commons License:

The Sky (Algiers)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

We would love for you to spend some time with this little song of ours and give it your own interpretation. Feel free to spread the link to your friends and disseminate it on your websites and blogs. Last but not least, we would love to hear the end product of what you’ve done. You can email us at .We would love to hear from you!

With everlasting love


[No permalink at their website though; see the CC-SG blog post instead].

Ah yes, I’ll shamelessly admit here that I’m that Ivan who dropped them the suggestion (I’m the community manager for Creative Commons Singapore, btw).

I knew they were supportive towards Creative Commons, since I heard them speak at this library event. But I wasn’t sure they would be open towards releasing one of their track.

They said they liked the idea.

And now they’ve put action behind words.



You can listen to their “live” performance version of ‘The Sky’, from their 1 Oct 2010 concert:

~ Ivan
p.s. I’ll certainly be doing a remix. Don’t know what, but will think of something.

Sample: MysteryDink

A friend asked if I could create a 1-min track. Had to sound mysterious and/ or suspenseful. This sample was my FAILED attempt! 🙂 It’s a little techno ditty. Maybe someone would be able to use it. Or maybe Adrian will think of something for this:

Here’s the longer sample, with drums.

Samples can be downloaded at this page. “MysteryDink samples” by Ivan Chew. 2010 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0). Click here for how to give credit and other conditions.

~ Ivan


We’re still here. As a band.

It’s the exam/ marking period for Adrian, so his musical output tends to be on hold during this period. Meantime, I’m regular uploading remixes over at ccMixter.

But Adrian found time to email a rough-cut track titled “Monkey Scream”.

I’ll post more about that, later.

We have enough materials for a Mangrove Tree album (as mentioned in the Crystal Tears thank-you podcast).

Probably will be finetuning the songs this coming Nov/ Dec.

~ Ivan

Lunarin: Duae ][

Photos from yesterday’s concert (1 Oct 2010). It was the best I could do with my Nokia e71.

“Lollipops are better because you guys will have something to suck on” ~ Linda Ong.

They sure have a decent niche audience. Full house.

A rock concert where the lead singer wears heels and dresses like she’s going to work.

A story of what sealed their conviction not to beg anyone to listen to their music, ever.

A Singapore band who proves that you can have a non-musical day job AND a musical career, at the same time.

Lunarin rocks!

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Christmas presents comes early for Adrian and I-Ling:
Lunarin: Duae II

~ Ivan