Creative Commons contribution for the month: One World title track

I know we’ve already adopted and displayed CC licenses on all our posts featuring the songs. I’m just toying with the idea of making an explicit contribution. A Creative Commons contribution for the month.

Although I’ve to admit it sounds kind of lame, since every song we compose and release in this blog is CC-licensed.

We’ll see.

Here’s the title track from our second album.

Stream/ download this track at starfishstories.bandcamp.com/track/one-world-2008. Other Starfish Stories albums, here.

Creative Commons LicenseUnless otherwise stated, all music and creative works by Starfish Stories : The Band is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Based on works at StarfishStories.wordpress.com.

Please ATTRIBUTE the music to StarfishStories.wordpress.com in your website or printed materials (if any). As long as you do that, you are FREE to USE, COPY, SHARE, MODIFY, or SELL any of the songs from this album. Feel free to contact us for clarifications or permissions beyond the scope of this license.

~ Ivan

Song: Good-night Not Good-bye II (2009)

Another collaborative effort made possible with Creative Commons and Public Domain materials. And most of all, some very talented and generous people.

I’m dedicating this song to a perfect stranger, who’s a close kin of this friend.

It’s also a dedication to all those who’ve experienced the very human feeling of loss and grief. And of closure and remembrance.

It’s never Goodbye.

GOOD-NIGHT NOT GOOD-BYE v2.1 Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore. Download at ARCHIVE.ORG. As long as you link back to this post, feel free to copy/ file-share/ distribute/ remix this track. Please credit to “Ivan Chew – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com” and the following authors:


Peace. Originally posted by .m for matthijs under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Huge thanks to MyVanillaWorld for providing her excellent vocals to this earlier track. Details, here.

~ Ivan

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.

STRANGE TOWN

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 TheSixtyOne.com. Check us out some time.

~ 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 – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com“. 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oter/ under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Critique/ comments are welcome.

“How I did it” posted here.

Enjoy!

~ Ivan

Stroke of Midnight v2.0 (Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebula album)

Completed the sound level adjustments from this earlier version. Here’s version 2.0:
STROKE OF MIDNIGHT v2.0
Creative Commons LicenseStroke Of Midnight (2009) by Starfish Stories :: The Band is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License.

What I did differently from version 1:

  • Raised the lead guitar track levels.
  • Created another layer from Adrian’s original riff, and adjusted the EQ settings to make his rhythm guitar part stronger.
  • Around the 1min 10sec mark: Added a short lead and clean guitar pan effect, and a different beat.
  • Miscellaneous adjustments along the track to avoid clipping.
  • Imported the uncompressed file to Audacity, adding a compression effect (I was trying to see if it would help in normalising the track) and exporting it as a 24-bit WAV file. I think it does. Listen to the difference – here’s Version 1:

Stroke of Midnight v2.0 - StarfishStories.wordpress.com

OK.

One down, eight more to go.

~ Ivan

new song: Our Heroes

A remix using a ccMixter sample.

This one is for all the heroes and heroines out there: Firemen, Teachers, Police, Doctors, Nurses, Army buddies, WWII Veterans, ccMixters, Social Workers, Librarians, Wives, Husbands, Mums, Dads.

Download page here. To credit the track, you can copy this block of text:

OUR HEROES by Ivan Chew [MyRightBrain.wordpress.com], featuring a backing track by Scomber [scomber.band-website.com]. 2009 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial (3.0).

Recorded and mixed in GarageBand ’08.
Guitar: Epiphone Les Paul Standard.
Guitar effects: Line 6 Pod Farm.

This is my Pod Farm amp and effects settings:
Our Heroes - Pod Farm settings

Details are posted at MyRightBrain.

~ Ivan

Song created for the GB demo: “Crystal Tears – Epicentre Demo 26jun09”

If you caught my demo at the one-night only GarageBand demo at Epicentre@Orchard, you would have heard this:

“CRYSTAL TEARS – Epicentre Demo 26jun09”

Original composition. Guitars by Adrian Loo. Mixing & other instruments by Ivan Chew. Released under Creative Commons ATTRIBUTION 3.0 Singapore license. Feel free to reuse or remix this song (CC license applies), on the condition that you credit the music as follows:
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Music by: STARFISH STORIES :: THE BAND
Adrian Loo & Ivan Chew
StarfishStories.wordpress.com
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Creative Commons License
Email us at StarfishStories@gmail.com if you need further clarifications. The track can be downloaded at Archive.org.

The track was created in under 15-mins. For the demo, I imported the rhythm track from Adrian’s Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebulae (still WIP as of this post). Showed a simple split/ copy tracks; added fade in-out. Added drum loops. Using GB’s software instruments; duplicating a MIDI track and adapting it for another software instrument effect. Exported the track.
Crystal Tears - Epicentre Demo 26jun09

I felt the demo went well, but then the audience would be a better judge. If you’re one of those who stayed for the demo, feel free to leave a comment. I had fun with the demo.

A big THANK YOU to the folks at Epicentre@Orchard (esp. the dude who fixed the screen resolution settings!); City Music (Mike, YL, HL); Kestrel and Lisa (you two rock!); SOFT (pleasure meeting you, James).

In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to do the demo.

This was reward enough:
One night only! “Best of GarageBand ‘09″ demo, 26 Jun 09

~ Ivan

Song: New Beginning (2009)

Another combined-effort rock instrumental (I’m now working on a music video using this track):

StarFish Stories :: The Band 09
NEW BEGINNING (2009)

Creative Commons LicenseNEW BEGINNING (2009) by Adrian Loo & Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at StarfishStories [at] gmail.com.

Composed, recorded, arranged, mixed/ sound engineered by Ivan Chew. Rhythm and lead guitars by Ivan Chew. Additional guitar by Adrian Loo. Feel free to use/ distribute/ re-post/ modify/ sell this track, as per the conditions stated in this Creative Commons BY-3.0. Singapore license. All we required is that you give clear and proper attribution to our band. Like this: “Adrian Loo & Ivan Chew – StarfishStories.wordpress.com. This track can be downloaded at www.archive.org.

Adrian came over to my apartment on a Friday evening ‘cos I wanted to show off my KB37 (i.e. the gadget on the floor, in the image below). I fired up GarageBand on my Macbook Pro. It opened up a recent composition (i.e. New Beginning). I asked Adrian to jam to the pre-recorded tracks. He got into the groove after about five takes, doing his jangly guitar bits.
One dinosaur at work!

The next day, I reviewed what Adrian had recorded. Moved some of his tracks around. In the end, I used his jangly echo-y clean guitar portions for the starting riff, at the break, and the end of the track.

That evening was one of the super-rare occasions that the two of us could meet. We’ll still be creating our music via the usual email-comment-post-to-blog way.

I enjoyed creating this track.

Here’s the version without the main guitar parts. Feel free to create your own lead; chop it up etc (CC license applies):

~ Ivan

Song: Vox Humana (2009)

Completed this piano-based piece today.

VOX HUMANA (2009)

Creative Commons LicenseVOX HUMANA (2009) by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at ramblinglibrarian [at] gmail.com.

Composed, recorded, arranged, mixed/ sound engineered by Ivan Chew. Feel free to use/ distribute/ re-post/ modify/ sell this track, as per the conditions stated in this Creative Commons BY-3.0. Singapore license. All that is required is that you give clear and proper attribution to the original creator. Like this: “Ivan Chew. MyRightBrain.wordpress.com“. The track can be downloaded at www.archive.org.


“Earthrise / Apollo 8”, uploaded at Flickr by woodleywonderworks.

The track was more or less completed a few months ago. Decided to work on sound level adjustments today (the most tedious and least creative part in producing a track, imho). Added an orchestral strings layer. Threw in an Erhu and a Bansuri flute to make the vox part more interesting.
Vox Humana 2009 - GarageBand

The words “Vox Humana” came from a sound effect setting from my digital piano. Some months back, I was toying with the C/ Am keys. Which led to me recording the basic arrangement in GarageBand. At first I used the digital piano’s “Vox Humana” effect and recorded it as a “Live Instrument”. But didn’t like the recording. So I used the GarageBand “African Voices” software instrument (from the World Music Jam Pack) for the vocal effects.

Arrangement-wise, I wanted the song to sound “inspirational”. “Vox Humana” sounds like “Voices of Humanity”. The song culminates in voices rising together.

OK, enjoy!

~ Ivan

New song: “To Be Free”

A rock anthem that I composed and arranged over the week.

Playing my bass guitar

TO BE FREE (2009)
Download at www.archive.org
Composed, performed (electric lead and bass guitars), arranged, mixed and sound engineered by Ivan Chew. Please credit to MyRightBrain.wordpress.com
Creative Commons LicenseTo Be Free (2009) by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at ramblinglibrarian [at] gmail.com.

Details at MyRightBrain.wordpress.com

Enjoy!

~ Ivan