Friday, November 20, 2009

The last day of school.

Last day of school 2009. But I didn't go school, way too bored. Nevertheless, this is another milestone in my life, bravo!

So many things we did in this year of 2009, and yet it felt so short, left to be memories of sweetness.

I bid 4SA farewell, and prepare to enter 5SB. I shall do better, mark my words 2010, I will succeed, I will achieve my target!

And so, I will go forth with dignity and pride.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rest is for the greater journey.

Just left with 2 days before the start of the year-end holidays. This is probably the 2nd last time I get to enjoy the holidays, my time as a lower student is over, higher education is calling me.

They say, rest is for the greater distance. I know far too well that 2010 is going to knock me off my feet before I can say happy new year.

Jia Xun found a job for the holiday, good for him, hoping to see your new phone! I'll be pretty busy with travelling. I don't mean to brag, but me and my family is going to China for a tour, and in a mean time, visit our distant relatives, and visit our origin.

In addition, after the trip, I'll probably go to my primary school class gathering. Recently manage to reconnect with my friends back in Subang. Lucky for me, they do remember me, much to my delight. Looking forward to meeting them.

And so, to the form 5, good luck with SPM. For the form 3s, the scary world of upper form awaits you, muahahaha. The rest? All I can say? Time will become faster as you grow older.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

25th Anniversary Studio Ghibli Concert DVD

I found it! I found it!!! YES!!! I actually found this Magnificent illusive DVD. The 25th Anniversary Studio Ghibli Concert DVD, the one we saw on youtube. The whole event consist of Joe Hisaishi, the composer and arranger for the music of that night’s concert, who himself is present to conduct and perform the piano solos, a 200 piece orchestra, fully equipped and well amplified by perfect amplification device, and a 800 strong choir group, ensuring the purest voice can be heard without need of amplification. I was a lucky man to stumble across the DVD on sale in Ipoh Parade’s Popular Bookstore outlet just yesterday. I am so in love with it! It even comes with a free CD recording. Now I can listen to it in my iPod XD, yay! If you’d like one to keep for yourself, I think most Popular Bookstores should have it, and it only cost RM29.90, worth the price if you ask me, not to mention it comes with a free CD.

Friday, November 13, 2009

For where lies trials.

We were shocked by that news... Of the possibilities... Why? It was that time of the year again, where we gather and celebrate, cheer and shout the joys of the year. It was the time for bonding, where music is everything. We humble agents of this magnificent power came together and with our pure souls express this very nature of emotions.

GONE! Why?! I ask... I refuse to believe it. It has always been what I looked forward to every year since 2007... It was such a thing to look forward to, the time where I can smile, laugh, cry and get carried away to the clouds of joy. Such a wonder, it is...

Such is that I want so much of it, I fear of my own selfishness. I will not stand any of this! I want what of?

Pure Joy of course! I want this magnificent art form to be able to pass through generations. I want the young ones to feel as I do feel it, to understand the joy of what music can bring, and the greater joy of being able to make music...

But all I can do, all we can do, is to just wait, for even the most divine of arts is stained by the realities of the world. Alas!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

If tis' the fate that will befall upon us.

Alas... ALAS!!! I can't say enough of it... So far, there is no word in my vocabulary to describe how I feel now. I feel, sad, disappointed, hopeless, and yet, there still last a small glimmer of joy and hope. It's complicated, twas' what happened.

It was depressing... Felt so helpless... How can brothers turn to enemies this way? Years of friendship torn by a single rotten apple... I feel... I just want to make music!!! Why everything has politics involved nowadays?

Peaceful events of, the nature of melodies, the artistic colours of music, where a group of people formed together unite and play... One wonders whether such beauty still exist now...

Alas... For now, all I can say... Is disappointment...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Defination of Epic.

In this blog update, I will share with you all the few "Epics" in music, that is my personal preferance that is. Please do watch before judging or jumping into conclusion.

In the movie soundtrack genre: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Joe Hisaishi.

In the modern classical genre: The Firebird Suite, Finale by Igor Stravinsky.

In the Classical Genre: Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner.

In the jazz genre: Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin.
Part 1

Part 2

In the drum and bugle corps genre: Cavaliers 2002: Frameworks

In solo instrument genre: Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach (Sorry, couldn't find a decent live version)

In broadway musical genre: Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

If I find anymore epics, I will continue. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This is... As I feared, BORING!


I hate this feeling... Feel like doing something, then don't do it...

Boredom, it kills everything...

Even band time seems a bit laid back...

And school life can't get anymore emptier... At least we are still going on with Chemistry, something that is hard to get XD...

Holidays? Hopefully will be better...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time comes knocking at the door.

"Hey! Are you there?"
That time of the year again. Time lapse becomes more apparent. I hear that phrase every so often... Can't this torment end? School days, we were yearning for holidays. Now? Holidays, I'm yearning for some homework!

Time, such an enigma, so mysterious, it can never be understood, probably one of God's most impressive creation in terms of existence. We can think and believe it is constant. But ever thought of constant eternity? Hard to imagine that there will be no end to time.

Before long, I'll be celebrating Christmas and the next thing you know, I'm in the school hall sitting the SPM examination. It's scary, really...

Time, such wonder, so often misunderstood... Just magnificent of such existence, I'll wait for eternity to prevail...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Analysis on the concert percussion ensemble.

A re-post of an old blog entry 1 year ago, link.

Nan Hwa Marching Band has reach the stage of “Passing Out” season and is now changing to Nan Hwa Symphonic Wind Band…. So Woodwinds has increased, Brass toned down, and who can Ignore? The Percussion has brought out, like always, the Many characters that can’t be found during the marching season….


Snare Drums:

Pearl Championship Carbonply Series High-Tension Snares

Change to this:

Pearl Symphonic Snare

Big Change ya? No more hard hitting action… literally..

Snares are the icing on the cake during concerts, they give that satisfying rhythm beat. Often times the snare parts are Complex and Demanding, especially the Contemporary pieces. Usually in the Background, they sometimes can be quite aggressive in certain songs, which demands the player to be super fast in playing. There you have it, the snares.

Bass Drum:

Pearl Carbonply Championship Series Bass Drum

Change to this:

Ludwig Suspended Concert Bass Drum

No more Rim shoots ya? hehe

The bass drum is heartbeat, not only to the percussion, but to the whole band. When they play, they play with confidence, the bass player is always ready for that hard hitting climax, or maybe to deliver that soft muffled hit, it’s all in a days work for them. The bass drum is flexible in it’s own right, able to create different effects through out the song, soft and mysterious, piano, or maybe loud and climatic, forte? they can do it all.

Keyboard Percussion:

Yamaha Marching Bells

Yamaha Marching Xylophone

Change to this:

Adams Marimba

Adams Vibraphone

No more back aches, haha…

Keyboard percussion playing is executed with much required accuracy, and demands much dexterity. From slow, ambient sounds, to fierce striking passages, the keyboards are slow yet fast. Their running notes are faster than Olympic sprinters, so accuracy is key to successful playing. The players usually accompany their fast paced actions with flowing body movements, sometimes even jumping once in a while, which can be entertaining for the audience.

The Timpani:

Adams Timpani

If the Bass Drum is the heartbeat of the band, The Timpani may very well be the Backbone. The Timpani’s sustaining sound enables it to be create a resonance effect in the band, making it a very Important Instrument in almost any modern concert band performance. The percussive nature of the Timpani, along with it’s tunable range, gives it a strong bass sound no other instrument can produce, making it unique. The players are usually swift with hands, because playing four drums at the same time can be a challenge. The Timpani, whether soft soothing beats, or loud rolling crescendos, is always ready to bring the band to a whole new level of playing.

The Cymbals:

Marching Cymbal

Change to this:

Concert Cymbal

No More hanging those cymbals for 1 minute, haha..

On the field, Inside the band room, anywhere you go, when there’s a Cymbal, you can bet that there are going to be bright flashing lights. A part from playing those loud crashes, the Cymbalist will open up the Cymbal pairs to project the sound towards the Audience, ensuring the the crash be heard for climatic ends. The Cymbals, are oftentimes, well…. loud. But that doesn’t mean they don’t play soft, some songs require the sizzle effect from the cymbal. Most of the times, the Cymbals are used to make that final climatic crash where the band cannot go any louder, or to bring the music to a dead stop with a final crash.

Auxiliary Percussion:

All the etc of the percussion

The Auxiliary percussion, as it name suggest, are the supporting instruments. You can do away with them, seriously….. But expect extremely dull performance. The Auxiliaries are actually very important because they add the Colours to the music. Like a cherry on a cake, the put a finishing touch into the music. Without them, they won’t be any feeling in the music, no matter how good the other players are.

So to conclude, the percussion section is a very important aspect in the Concert Band, especially in Modern Contemporary music.

The Percussion Ensemble, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Timpano! Tympani! IT's TIMPANI!

Yeah man. Freedom, no studies, computer, card games and fun all day. And to top it up, concert band season is in the air again.

And at long last, I finally get to say hello to Ms. Timpani again today. Ahhh... Nearly a year since I touched the Timpani mallets. What grand feeling.

And how could I forget, the keyboards? I'm coming Chimes!

Not to mention all the kalachang Auxiliary percussion XD. We got the cymbals, suspended cymbals, triangles, maracas, tambourine, shakers, cabasas, claves, castanets, finger cymbals, bongos, congas, gongs, tom toms, etc etc...

I love concert season :D

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And so it goes.

AHHHHH~ FREAK OUT!!! Yeah man, finally, a gruelling 15 days finally pass and gone. YEAH!

So many things to do now, just to start with now, this Thursday's presentation and so on... Band and travelling are the few main things to occupy my coming holiday.

And this will officially be the end of form 4 for me... Form 5 is just around the corner. But before I get apocalyptic, let us rejoice for now and forget our worries. As for the 2009 SPM candidates, Good Luck!

End credits for my study year 2009:
To the teachers:
1) Malay: Strict teacher of nightmares. I give you my thanks because nevertheless, you pushed us all in the Malay subject with much determination, I salute you.
2) Chinese: For Pn. Yu, although I only listen to a handful of your lessons, I still appreciate your efforts. For the new teacher (whose name I forget), I just say thank-you good enough -_-
3) English: Psychological master of torment. I say no thank-you because being the reverse psychologist, you will interpret it as 'thank-you'
4) Sejarah: I only paid attention for the first week. But I can tell that you are a great teacher to the willing student. My gratitude to you.
5) Maths: Mr Chow, we all will miss you, the best teacher a student can ask for. As for the rest, just a plain thank-you. But Pn. Lisa, I must say, for a fledgling new teacher, you have the aura of well experience teacher, good luck in your career!
6) Add. Maths: Mr. Ngoh, all I can say is... err, Thanks... As for Ms. Lim, well, good luck in your career...
7) Physics: Mr. Siah, I respect your long years of experience as a teacher, and so I say thank you for the many good sleeps in class.
8) Chemistry: Ms. Chek, still new into your career, I say too a big thank-you, I'll try my best in Chemistry in the future.
9) Biology: Mr. Pang, also thank-you.

As for the rest, also I must say thank you, just that I'm lazy to list out all.
2010 SPM here we COME!!!