Old School Singapore Music

Old School Singapore Music

The release of the first musical keyboard of Singapore with ethnic local sounds has been announced. The players at Korg, one of Japan's makers of musical instruments has coupled with a local Japanese distributor to create the instrument. City Music Co. Pte Ltd is this Japanese distributor partnered with Korg. Thanks to the popularity of electronic keyboard and their vast array of instrument sounds from the western world has put the traditional keyboard design all but obsolete. There are not that many people that are familiar with the traditional music instrument and this helps to reduce the popularity of the traditional keyboard.

The idea of Singapore's local traditional ethnic sounds being forgotten was just something that could not be allowed. This was the same thought that Korg shared and as they say great minds think alike, hence the collaboration and the creation of the new fashioned keyboard. Singapore shares three different ethnicity, Chinese, Malay, and Indian. It took the duo of companies approximately a year plus, working with musicians, studios and engineers, to develop the sound of the traditional instrument along with the many different music styles.

The keyboard as referred to as the Pa600SG and this start of the art keyboard boast an expansive database of quality musical sounds and realistic support that make it best to use at home or during a performance. With over three hundred and sixty music styles preloaded within and more than nine hundred sounds that can be fully edited, the Pa600SG is based mainly off the Pa600 that is also created by Korg.

The instrument is also preloaded with over forty different styles of music and thirty one traditional musical instruments. The styles preloaded on the keyboard are all native styles that are generated from the three ethnic groups that make the country. This includes the Cak Lengpong, Gu Zheng, Mridangam, Pi Pa, Dholak and Angklung. The Pa600SG is the owner of a seven inches color display, touch screen and for sound amplification it is equipped with two fifteen watt speakers. The keyboard is equipped with a variety of features and some include four stereo effects master along with the ability to playback files in MP3, KAR and MIDI formats.

For the first time in history, the Republic Polytechnic School for the Arts has collaborated with City Music Co for the City Music's SG50 initiative. Piano, Strings, Brass, Percussion instruments and woodwind are some conventional tones that have long been established in keyboards with very powerful functionality. The music you enjoy today was shaped by these same conventional sounds. There is a lost in interest of some of Singapore's local heritage as it concerns music and with the introduction of the Pa600SG's vast array of local and traditional musical sounds and styles it is the hope of the collaboration that it will help perverse the half a century musical style and sounds of Singapore's history. The keyboard was designed to help with the promotion of Singapore's local music styles. It was also design as Singapore's own musical keyboard. The two companies have shared that they designed the instrument to provide the best traditional musical sounds and music styles that can be used to capture the authenticity of Singapore's traditional music diverged from the country's three ethnic groups. This is the first time that the Chinese, the Malay and the Indian ethnicity has been combined in such a way to provide a bit tradition. This is an idea to ensure that the tradition in terms of the Singapore music stays current or at least relevant, even if it only stays relevant in the minds of the Singaporeans.

Manfred Lim

Manfred Lim

April 2018 latest news: Gentle Bones & MYRNE's B4NGER PROJECT album out now on all digital platforms. Manfred Lim, or as known as MYRNE, is a Singaporean music producer which often heard this day. He has launched an amazing track release on 2015, like Horned-rimmed Glasses, Artisan, and Croix. His mainstream goes to the electronic local underground scene. He has released his EP (referred to Extended Play) on October 2015, under recording label of Mad Descent entitled Softsins. This EP has made his name climbed up to the top row of Singaporean music artists and DJ.

His big name has been captured by media and make a lot of people interest coming up for him. Also, he has pulled an anxiety of Ryan Hemsworth and Slow Magic to test his ability in music as a DJ and a newly risen beatsmith. His already big name doesn't make him to just sit and relax on his kingdom of fame. Otherwise, he also busied to produce a lot of tracks, including solo and a collaboration with a lot of artists on this couple of months. Anxious? We can see his bustle activity through his SoundCloud pages.

He also made a new EP under Buygore, a Los-Angeles based record label. This EP entitled Fundamentals, containing four tracks which he has made a collaboration with many risen producers from around the world. These are their list: Fzpz from Singapore, Revazz from Washington D.C., Gill Chang from North Carolina, and Holly from Lisbon. This EP is going to be easy to recognize and be cool on the dance floor.

A smooth blend of R&B, future pop and mainstage energy, MYRNE garners fans in both the realms of easy listening and heavy bass alike. His energetic live shows, coupled with his years of classical training has planted him at the forefront of electronic music's newest wave. MYRNE said that this EP has something interesting, that the audience can clearly hear the different style and the influence of each producer on every track. Here are MYRNEs impression for every track of his new unreleased EP:

Flexion - Collaboration between MYRNE and Fzpz; MYRNE said that this track has motivated him to get this EP into a motion. Fzpz has influenced their collaboration to create an atonal synth and an epileptic beat. Chasm - Collaboration between MYRNE and Revazz; This track is brilliant, dominance by rhythm and heavy hitting on synthesizers. He said that Chasm always be a “restroom” tracks for a lot of time when he has to become a DJ, due to its dynamical changing every minute, which will not make everyone get bored. Pretty Things - Collaboration between MYRNE and Gill Chang; This track is said to be slower in the tempo than another usual track of MYRNE because he has inserted the concept of changing the negative space to become an energy lift up. That's better than filling whole space filled with sound, he said. The last track comes up with Rackhead - Collaboration between MYRNE and Holly; Holly has produced a ton of tracks, that he has uploaded as much as 165 tracks in full length. MYRNE said that he is a “Production Monster”. He's really eager to know what kind this track of their collaboration would be like since he had put a lot of experiments on it. And the results are racks, with the bit crusher, the distortion, and the cabinet, which from it has come to the idea for their title of this track.

KIDS, The band

KIDS, The band

On a Friday night in March, by 8:30 pm and I was at Legendary Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles eagerly awaiting the restoration of Florida rock / emo band further seems forever. I moved from Singapore through the international date landline, and it took me 15 hrs and over 14,000km to reach the sunshine state, only to watch their performance of their second album which they did with Jason Gleason, my favorite singer. With the local opening band, in fact swelling crowd now as the band close to their musical heroes. "I wonder who these are" kids," My concerts partner that night joked with me about the next band, with the impression revealing the meaning of the two questions. I smiled patiently as he makes more jest about their names.

I know nothing of them, and I know that you can get me acquainted with them. Soon, the curtain rises and standing at the center stage are six youths who are ready to give us a demonstration. Then they started playing -At a point, we realize that these children are more than their name can show. The rock band independent of South City Beach Fort Lauderdale, Florida, KIDS was established on friendship, sealed by brotherhoods, and are joined by music and creativity. Since it was established in 2012, with Josiah Sampson Matthew Barrios (drums) Christian Gonzales (Guitar) and Joshua Diaz (vocals / bass), the band has been expanded to include keyboardist and percussionist AJ woomer and Donald Johnson the trumpeter. In 2011, the original band of brothers –who are already friends and co-jam for a number of years - decided to separate from one another as their musical journey reached a crossroads: Emotions as if they were losing their authenticity, and they are the first to question the purpose and meaning in music which is supposed to bring joy -.

And afterward would they say they were simply proposed to follow Convention? The inquiry concerned the checking of their instinct for answers; and when they at long last met weeks after, each characteristically realized that they would not move in the opposite direction of what they knew that they generally cherished. The Band talked their mind in a meeting with Ground sounds in 2015: "they all had the same thing to say: You can't stop being who you are. Regardless of how any of us has grown up; we will dependably compose and play the music. We can't stop that. If not professionally, we will remain craftsmen until the end of our lives. "and making a citation from Picasso that included how they feel ("All youngsters are craftsmen, the issues is remaining a craftsman when they grow up "), their prevalence as kids was energized by the craving for aggregate articulation of honest to goodness opportunity of workmanship, to take the authentic adoration for their specialty and music and offer with genuine people."We do what we love, and if it implies that we are conversing with individuals, so wonderful, "Diaz replied during a 2015 meeting with MySpace, "and, if not, we will in any case be upbeat.”

I don't know anything about the kids when they made that big appearance and had not heard any of their tunes before their introduction implied that all these new ears have had no trust. In this way, as the principal harmonies of "Man on the Moon filled the room; I understood that this set will be something uncommon.

Music manipulated by Adventure

Children, in general, are quite mindful of their own and wrapped in different dimensions of thought, they often march to the beat of their drum. Like children, to revive the passion for their art is meant to do things their way. Although in spite of many musical influences shared between the band, from the country to 80s – even an element fundamental to all, loyalty "life", as shown by Sampson in 2013 interview with The New Times Broward Palm Beach - the heart of all that, they only wanted to be authentic, to be like themselves.

After receiving attention at the beginning of 2013 for their first EP, Sink or Swim (especially this excellent music video under the correct name of a song), the band wanted to do more to "Translating feelings into music" and "to convey the feelings, rather than just sound or story. Diaz explained the process that finally set the course for the creation of their new album. "Whenever we write, we confine ourselves in in an isolated place, and the impacts are that our sound is as authentic as possible. They want their music to be influenced by adventure; then they went on adventures. If they want their music to be inspired by the mountains, then they went to the hills. "

In summer 2013, the band entered the weekdays-trip” crossing the pines In Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the mountains of northern Georgia, checking for inspiration, using the turn experiences sentiments, all arrangements to offer life to tunes that were made. Different things like outdoors and climbing Appalachian Trail ", the four searched for refuge and asylum in a hotel in Hawk Mountain, Georgia, where they have to "lose correspondence with the world, and to dodge them, with them."Where, They Also saw "spaghetti praiseworthy Western films and Kung Fu calm "while conforming a kind of creating" oval (essayist) Robert Frost and researcher Henry David Thoreau "."This is wonderful," said Gonzales In a suitable contribution in 2015 meeting with All Access Music, "Leaving our lives full and devastate reality ... create a tune with his associates as could sensibly be normal, you can't hint at change than some other. "

Band owes quite a bit of their time

In the wild, to guarantee that there is no experience not checked and prepared. "art implies the elucidation of genuine encounters, "they contemplated," We constantly; so we write constantly. The views of the mountains always seems to boost particular kind of song the time when we all were competing with others for the Appalachian Trail, running and jumping boulders, gaps, and holes the feeling of abandonment that there must be when jumping over a waterfalls, or sliding down on a natural rock slide ... all they did on this trip made it into the records. ""We could not wait to get into the studio." Barrios said continuation of enterprise on the band's narrative The Making of Costa Rica, "the nervousness that we are going to Chattanooga and seeing.

All that we have done we are blasting ". The entire band appeared to lead itself not as artisans, but rather Storytellers: remaining some time recently. The crowd with the desire to share their stories with anyone who is ready to listen - and most of the audience that had sit up slightly straight to show that they are attentive audience it was a great treat to watch them again; It was easy to see that they love their songs as they enjoy playing them with us, not how many times you may have done in the Tour. Members of an account set up to meet him, even when their music voices weave the fabric of the room, so many things happening immediately: the beat of the music, the heads nodding to the rhythm and turning on the quality or launching a mixture of different materials, fingers and fists flying, feet hardly stay still. The Experience is too much to contain at a yet it is, especially appealing to many cloying - in fact, I am enjoying everything all.

Evolution of UB40

Evolution of UB40

Many people are confused with British pop band UB40. The first version of the band was disbanded when lead singer and vocalist Ali Campbell quit the original member group to seek a brand new solo career. In 2013, Mickey Virtue, the lead keyboardist and Astro, the lead percussionist joined Ali to form a new band named We Are UB 40. Tickets purchased for UB40's live performances will actually be performed by We Are UB 40 members. The new group has one original member of the UB40 cast. There is some legal complication behind the change in group name but many are not concerned as long there are good music produced.

The 2nd reincarnated UB40 version headed by the three group team live up to their expectation as they put up a wonderful and amazing Saturday night performance at Marina Bay Mastercard Theatres, back in 2016. The trio was supported by a seven member band and they put up a glorious performance for two full hours filled with reggae music with a mix of fusion pieces. They went from their past golden chart topping music right to music materials from a brand new album called Silhouette.

The opening was full of energy and dynamism. UB40 started the evening performance with a lovely cover of their 1991 hit song, followed by the wonderful melody of Chi-Lites and Homely Girl. The group's main 3 member team and the seven member band played their respective instruments with extreme precision. Jaunty grooves accompanied the songs that pierced right through the soul. Perfect equilibrium was maintained for the rhythm of each song. The concert presented a revitalized and renewed UB40. In the concert, they updated many popular 80's music materials with modern patches and at the same time preserving the original tune and flavor. This new UB40 version was delighted to carry on the name of the band. They had lots of fun on stage and long queues can be seen outside the drink counter. Every single member of the audience had been enjoying with them.

Astro shouted a question asking the member audience whether they were having a great time. Everyone screamed “Yes” in agreement and threw their support physically by raising their hand high up. Red wine was almost spilled on the table. The band's latest materials were pleasing to the ears. Silhouette was a great cover as well in the classic segment. However, the most popular song is from their Labor of Love album. Campbell showed his affection to the audience by screaming the he wants to listen to louder cheers, before starting on the many hit songs such as Cherry Oh Baby.

The band enjoyed commercial success by re-producing existing music and songs. They have also many original covers in their production room such as Fijian Sunset. Cyber Bully Boy, a new song as well received heartwarming reactions as it is about lead singer Campbell's past experience of being bullied by the original member of the UB40. Despite the harsh meaning behind the songs, the band never displayed any grouses publicly and continued performing with class.

The highlight of the performance was specially booked for the finale which includes “I Cannot Help To Fall in Love”, Red Wine and Kingston Town. UB40 had a very huge avid fan base and many could not believe their own eyes to see their musical heroes on stage giving their best. Even only 3 authentic members present, it was as close as anyone can get to UB40. It does not matter which band name they select, it will always be clear UB40 will resume their career and glory by making a good name within the reggae and pop music scene for many years to come.