Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dance Uncensored '09

刚看完Dance Uncensored '09。
整体感觉还不错。
不愧是四大combine hall events里最受欢迎的。

我没半点屁舞蹈背景,不敢在舞蹈上乱作点评
就说说今晚单纯的身为一个观众的感受

1)观众
有时我还是很讨厌看hall办的文艺表演…
因为观众不懂在什么时候适时适量的欢呼…
不是说不能理解他们的行为,毕竟我也有许多好朋友在台上表演
但请你们在MC介绍后,或舞蹈结束后拍手欢呼!
不要在跳到一半的时候打扰我的雅兴!
奇怪为什么我不是先说舞蹈而是先谈观众?
因为我觉得做个好观众是对台上表演者最大的尊重。

2)舞蹈
舞蹈大概可以分成几大类
hip hop, lyrical jazz, swing, traditional
更往年一样hip hop dance还是占了整大半
遗憾的是要hip又hip不到家,要break又break得不够劲

比起hip hop个人比较喜欢有特色的舞
的Chicago女强人舞(跳得很有Moulin Rouge的味道),山河舞(KE一贯的武术舞,蛮喜欢山河结合的那一幕)和游乐园射击游戏舞(加了许多小咖,情侣之间的差别反而没那么分明,个人比较喜欢ICN版本)
的Ritual舞(超佩服choreographer善用舞台道具与灯光效果的能力,果然是有production经验的宿舍)
的泼妇舞(看起来还蛮free-style,看她们跳自己都觉得累)
的博物馆舞(蛮有趣的舞,能赢得观众一笑是他们的成功)

3)MC
MC上台前请搞清楚
是King Edward VII Hall不是King Edward 'THE SEVEN' Hall!

继续放在这里不为什么只为时时提醒自己观照自我


3)EMCC (Exxon Mobil Campus Concert)
是不是经济萧条,EMCC也没钱了
灯光效果少了
Booklet quality变差了
一场1700人的UCC Hall变成三场450人的UCC Theatre
而且今年整个NUS Arts Festival都没打到像往年一样热
真的没钱了?还是NUS方向换了?

4)Production Crew
FOH:
炸到!我的票竟然被人领走了!
很明显FOH根本没有检查IC或Matric Card
炸到…真的是给她炸到…

Stage:
今天的lights搞什么鬼
cue走了,lights还没in
一开始还以为是灯光效果,但也未免犯错太多次了吧…

Stage方面还不错
因为几乎都没道具,而且台上人的进出我又看不到,所以出错几率近乎0。
整体flow还不错
只不过上半场舞蹈跟舞蹈之间像赶火车一样,舞蹈员final pose刚摆好,就lights off了。
而且不是dim out,是directly black out的

Sound不过是播CD里的歌,几乎是不可能犯错的
但有经验的混音师和经验不够丰富的水准还是有差
有经验的会让音乐flow得行云流水,没经验的歌与歌之间的transition就做得有点怪怪的
而且有经验的会选择用不损害音质的方法制作,没经验的字典里可能只有mp3
要怎么知道?
只要感受一下一首歌的低频部分能不能够低频到跟UCC Theatre的地板引起resonance就知道了。

BackStage:
我看不到,所以no comment


写着写着,结果我又变成一个不是那么单纯的观众了。
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这里顺便分享一下几个我个人觉得非常惊叹的舞蹈。

飞天

敦煌壁画飞天图

千手观音

注:他们全是聋哑人士
Saturday, March 28, 2009

60 Earth Hour

28th March 2009

save our EARTH, stop GLOBAL WARMING
switch off ALL LIGHTS from 830-930pm.

A small action can make a BIG difference

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The 60 Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March each year. It was initiated by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), asking the public to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour, raising awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

Personally I'm not too sure how much energy can we save by doing this.
But I think this is a very good attempt to raise awareness among earthlings to learn to switch off their lights when they are not in use.
Kudos to the WWF.
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Talk about going black
few years back, some fellow come out with the idea of having a black Google.
And they name it Blackle.
According to their website, they claim that

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen."
Roberson et al, 2002


Not entirely true said another source and Google.

To the contrary, on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75% of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy usage.


oh well... 公说公有理,婆说婆有理
To me, whoever is correct doesn't really matter
It is their effort and ability in influencing the others to go green that I look up upon.
=)




On the one hand, BLACK is the new GREEN
On the other hand, GREEN is the new BLACK

What irony...
Saturday, March 21, 2009

A New Dawn for KE?

It was a dramatic election indeed...
From the day I know that there will be a competition
I see the growth of another person who have the heart to serve the hall
I see efforts being put into rallying to gain more votes.. more trust...
I see how politics can change a person
I see the rise of residents' awareness towards hall politics and the future of the hall
and from tonight's DRAMATIC vote counting,
I see a rise in tolerance level of our fellow hallmates towards having representative from the third largest population in the hall
Nationality and racial segregation is inevitable, at least as of now.
It is just human nature to categorize things into smaller group for ease of understanding
But the day we can see each other as KEVIIans and not Mr XY and Ms XX from Country M/S/C, is the day KE7 is truly united.
How I wish things like this can happen in Country M

But I must say the road will not be as smooth
The 1st step to would be to gain support from the senior management and the residents.

Can KE soar up high?
It all depends on you and me...
Friday, March 20, 2009

这一次 让我们好好的投

Monday, March 16, 2009

Who will you vote...

做人难,难做人

好像抱着这样的心情看这次的Election

当官好,好当官,官官好当官官当
看戏好,好看戏,戏戏好看戏戏看

但看情况应该不会这么如意…
唉…

做人难,难做人,人人难做人人做
出事怕,怕出事,事事怕出事事出
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

KE7心谣21周年原创专辑

今天心谣在Dining Hall摆档宣传 20 Mar 的KE7心谣21周年年度原创音乐分享会。
卿嵩手里拎着今年的专辑,拿到我眼前,问我要不要买他们的作品,只需S$6.80
从荷包掏出S$7.00,把专辑拿在手里
心里萌起一个想法
这个想法,说了出来铁定会对不起心谣多年的前辈,但我还是要说了
今年的专辑真的让我有想去买来听的冲动,不再只是看在朋友的面上赏脸
单从包装上,就看得出在制作上有下了一番功夫
虽然还比不上商业市场上那些周杰伦蔡依林的专辑
但整个设计用了同一个theme,看了感觉还蛮舒服的

拿回房仔细聆听
想到他们都还是学生,而且几乎都没制作专辑的经验
我控制不了自己边听边点头,
更控制不了自己边听边记下他们所犯的错,和希望他们可以改进的地方

所选的歌曲的genre,也有很大突破,不再像从前清一色全是慢歌情歌校园歌曲
今年的genre有
摇滚的影后
水晶音乐的第18个许愿瓶
非常有中国风的红豆香
酷似动画主题曲的
还有为今年KE7中文戏剧组演绎的<过客>所写的主题曲-天使

有个制作人全程监督,出来的效果就是不一样
录音的素质,混音的效果,母带的处理
整个专辑真的真的真的制作得非常不错
S$6.80绝对物超所值

强力推荐: 寻找,影后,云,红豆香

很期待他们在20号的发表会。没什么以外的话我应该会去看。还有人想去看吗?
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以下是我刻薄的点评,无法接受的人请不要往下看,后果自负


说完好的,是时候谈谈被忽略的地方了

今年比较失望的是几乎每首歌的歌词不是漏词,就是错别字
就连幕后工作人员的名字都可以打错
而且整张专辑连KE的名字都没有,更甭说KE Hall Crest

以下更使我对每首歌的点评
影后
错别字: '追寻'梦想中的幸福
就算'会'一错再错

第18个许愿瓶
还有最后一段到底在哪里?
加入鼓之后,却只用hi-hat和snare,感觉有点空,建议多加些变化
可用其他乐器填补
毕竟鼓本身是个节奏乐器,没有明显的音高
而钢琴、吉他、大小提琴、贝司等都是旋律性的乐器
还有fade out 未免太久了点

一秒
错别字: 他不会回来 '一切都不再'
枫叶的图片建议选一张resolution较大的,很明显res比其他的底很多

小小的幸福
建议同上,多加些乐器,让混音更完美

红豆香
比较出乎我意料之外的一首歌
主要原因是因为ICN的表演让我留下很不好的印象
但加入编曲,整个感觉就出来了
不错的一首曲子

小狗
如果是为了整张专辑的着想,我建议不要把这首歌放进去
不是因为这首歌录得不好,而是因为它跟其他歌真的太no link了
歌与歌之间的flow就这样被破坏掉了
如果硬是要加入这首歌,可尝试放在最后一首当作是bonus track
还有前面的如果是前奏的话未免太长了,而且也跟这首可爱型的歌有点no link
其实那一段可以考虑拿来当作整个专辑的intro,顺便衬托第一首歌-影后
可参考 飞儿乐团《F.I.R. 第一张专辑》的 'Intro 寻梦之途'
或 Mayday 五月天《为爱而生》的'前传'
还有 整段从 '想我了 伸出......红果果'到底在哪里???

转身
no comment

寻找
专辑里比较成熟的一首,个人比较喜欢的歌
注意:天气晴朗'还'是下雨或阴天
用繁体'還'本来问题应该还不大
最大问题就出现在'還'的font跟其他的不一样


很有Kokoro《洛可可动画馆》的主题曲的感觉
参考http://www.kokoro.com.tw/

想对你说
图片里的copyright 麻烦作些手脚把它拿掉好吗...
副歌和音可以少一些或小声一些。感觉很乱

搁浅
可以更好听的,如果编曲在副歌能再有爆发力些,鼓可以更多样化,或加多些乐器如贝斯

天使
错别字: Chorus: 洗干净以往,全部都遗忘
2nd verse: 这个世界瞬间很短暂
记得第一次听的时候觉得有点怪怪的。
但不懂为何配上<过客>的照片感觉又不一样了
可能因为<过客>也是一部有点让我摸不着头脑的剧
怪怪的剧配上怪怪的歌,来个负负得正,所以还蛮搭的 =)

整体来说中高频部分混得还不错,只不过有些歌曲的低频部分还有很大的进步空间
低频部分如果做的好,构成一个丰满又立体的低频基础,那么中高频部分只要没有太大的漏洞,整曲就很容易混的很漂亮

编曲>录音>混音>母带处理
1。没有好的编曲,配器完全悖离声学原则的话,那么再好的录音设备和录音师也会无奈。
2。没有好的录音,得到一个糟糕的前期,那么再好的混音师也无法将其变成完美的声音。
3。没有好的混音,交一个垃圾的MIX成品给母带工程师,再好的设备和技术,也无法做出合格的MASTER。
请别忘记这条原则。

以上全是小弟的个人见解,也参考了些网站
如有得罪,请多多原谅
如想交流,请多多联络

参考网站
http://www.whrock.com/whrock_article/e3/770.html
Monday, March 9, 2009

1st Time Sinking a Fort

Woo Hoo! I sank Pazziz Fort.
It was mere luck. cos to be honest, the average damage dealt with my ship is only ~50-60,000.
Putting luck aside, sinking a fort and getting that gargantuan Exp
It sure is SYOK!


Join us at Battle Station
http://apps.facebook.com/battlestations/
Monday, March 2, 2009

My Name? An Ambigram?

The farewell gift from Siou Ting,
I realise my name can actually be an ambigram
You can still more or less tell the letters 'ENGSENG' even when it's upside down!!

With the help of the website below, I created my own real ambigram.

=)
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Talk about ambigram, I am so looking forward to
Another novel by Dan Brown. Movie to be released in May 2009

Personally, I think Angels and Demons is much better than Da Vinci Code.
The 节奏 is more 紧凑, as everything is happening in just 24 hours.
I shall not give any spoilers here.
Wait for a few more months for the movie. Or even better go read the novel.
Trust me, you will understand the movie more.

The four elements of the Illuminati
Try clicking on the ambigram
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Create your own ambigram of your name here:
http://www.flipscript.com/create-ambigram.aspx OR
http://ambigram.matic.com/

Farewell, Siou Ting..

Last week we bid farewell to our dear Assistant Research Officer (ARO), Siou Ting, as it was her last week here with us in our lab in TLL.
It has been few days since she left for Malaysia.
And it really doesn't feel the same anymore, without her laugher and voice.

I wonder how the lab will be after all of us leave..
Shan Shan, Edwin, Norman, Seng Wee & I, the attachment students leaving after we completed our Honours/UROPS attachment
Sun Bo & Kian Hong most likely leaving in a year's time after they completed their PhD
Then the lab will be left with the Post Doc, Yifeng, Yuki & Kazue, and of cos Boss, Dr Ito...
Well, I guess it's a cycle that every lab faces.
Students come, students go...

A small farewell gathering at the Level 4 Pantry in TLL
Siou Ting giving each of us a pen as a farewell gift.
A last group photo of my whole lab, with Siou Ting
(from left: Yifeng, Yuki, Dr Ito, Kian Hong, Seng Wee, Siou Ting, Me, Shan Shan, Edwin, Sun Bo, Norman)
When you are away..
The souvenir from Siou Ting

We will miss you...
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lightning Strikes Merlion

Singapore was showered by a torrential downpour with thunderstorm yesterday.
Yes, it's just another thunderstorm here.
But this time, the thunder struck the icon of Singapore, the Merlion at the Singapore River.

From Channel News Asia

Is this a bad omen, a mandate from heaven?
I sure hope not...
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What will happen if the Kuching Cat at Padungan is struck by lightning...