Music

My new jazz band

We just met last Saturday and we’ll be having 2 more rehearsals before the school concert. We’re so new, we don’t even have a name yet. Sounds drastic? Well, we’ve been practising on our own and finally are merging our efforts and working out the kinks. We’ll be playing two jazz numbers – one’s an …

How I rate music in iTunes (and how it can be applied to other aspects of life)

Throughout my life and work, I’ve found that ratings are subjective. You can use quantitative methods to make the methodology more objective, but often these are based on qualitative assessments as well. Of course, if you are looking at something very mechanical, like quality control for widget production, then there’s little to argue about. But …

Maxwell’s new album

About 10 years ago, as a university student, I was influenced by the likes of nu soul artistes such as Maxwell and Erykah Badu. They have greatly influenced how I write and produce some of my own music. Now, Maxwell is about to launch his new album, BLACKsummer’snight on 7 July after an 8 year …

Music studio fixes

I intended to spend my 4-day break fixing my home music studio, which has been experiencing various malfunctions. In August, my faithful G5 PowerMac suddenly couldn’t start up. I tried everything suggested in the help forums (Apple and unofficial) and mailing lists, to no avail. Pulling out the power plug and leaving it for days …

Discovering Roy Ayers

One of my favourite acid jazz songs is ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’. As a beginner to acid jazz in my university days, I listened to compilation CDs and thought the song was written by The Quiet Boys, until I heard a new, jazzier rendition of it on our local radio station Lush 99.5. I then …

Rehearsing for grandma’s birthday

I and two of my cousins played at my grandmother’s birthday dinner on Saturday. These are recordings from our rehearsal on the day itself. It was a last-minute affair, since we were ‘volunteered’ for it! Violin and piano rendition of ‘Think Of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Violin, cello …

GarageBand Singapore group

[Ivan](http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com/)’s just started one. Sign up at the [new blog](http://garagebandmeetupsingapore.wordpress.com/). I am actually more of a Logic Pro user but I did use GarageBand initially when I got my first Mac. Thanks to integration by Apple, which bought over Logic, the latest version of Logic feels very much like GarageBand. What I hope to get …

Is Today’s Big Money in Cross-Media Licensing?

SXSW music panel. Katrina Carden McMullan, Bill Hochberg (moderator), Jessica Darraby. [Official description:](http://2008.sxsw.com/music/conference/panels_schedule/?action=show&id=MP060324) This panel will explore legal and business issues arising from nontraditional uses of music-related intellectual property (music and graphic art copyrights, trademarks, band names and rights of publicity), such as for restaurants, advertising campaigns, gift book publishing, technology sub-branding, and licensing of …