Archive for March, 2006

Day 02 @ Sydney, Australia

獨個兒在 Matthew 新加坡的家過了一晚,那一晚跟本沒有可能睡得好,因為今天清早要起來趕飛機往下一站:澳洲悉尼。幸好美國的好友答應致電給我,我才敢進睡。那早上被好友的電話吵醒,他送上的問候和祝福,讓我感到很暖和呢!

新加坡往悉尼的航班是整個旅程最舒適的,Qantas Airline 的食物和頭墊背的電影螢幕應記一功。當然,讓我最安心的還是乘坐的 747 客機,升空時十分穩陣順暢,不像 737。 :P

到達悉尼已是七時半,雖然在飛機上吃了數餐,但也感到餓了。又因澳洲時差比香港快兩小時,機程比我想像中還長,人也很累。在機場兌了點澳幣,便急不及待推著行李找的士去。才步出機場便有職員引路,心想澳洲人可沒想像般「  」。(請自行填充!)可是,不到兩分鐘,我已覺得有點不妥--他不是帶我去的士站,而是他的車。天昏地暗,風有點冷,我一個小女子隻身跑到外地,連的士站也不懂找,膽子又小,四野無人,怎辦?

唉!我有著外遊者的心態,只要他把我送到目的地就行了。所以我就繼續跟著他,也很快的到達他的車子旁,是輛蠻新的七人車。他有禮地替我把行李逐一放好,我們跳進車廂內,我立刻看到擋風玻璃下的 GPS,我這科技痴看到了,已經興奮得忘了剛才有多驚慌。他照著地圖的指示,很快的便到達目的地。

有驚無險。

朋友 Pedro 從教會走出來接我,放好行李便參予他的團契。之後大夥兒更帶我到附近海灣旁的餐廳吃甜品--晚上十時半,即香港時間八時半,我終於開飯囉!

席間我問 Pedro 從機場乘的士到教會要花多少錢,才知道付了兩倍價錢。我便把「的士奇遇」告訴了他們,他們也替我擔心呢!

回到 Pedro 的家,跟他談了很多,都是有關音樂的。他的爸爸還開 hi-fi 給我們聽,他說《李克勤演奏廳》最好聲。嘩!我從香港來,還未曾聽和看這 dual disc 呢!

多謝 Pedro 的安排,讓我不用在悉尼機場坐通宵,還跟他的團友吃喝談天,我們還約定在回程時逗留悉尼多一兩天。

Pedro gives me a big hand in Sydney.

 

Day 01 @ Singapore

短宣的第一天,清早,好友 Tim Tim & Danny 前來我家接冒失的我到機場去。辦好登機手續,我們便到意粉屋吃早餐。才吃了幾口,胃開始投訴。結果,整天都胃痛。護士小姐 Tim Tim 說我太緊張了,幹嗎那麼怕坐飛機。

真的,我怕得要死。

獨個兒帶著兩件手提行李,過海關,在禁區大堂五光十色的商店旁,沒啥興緻的走著。在登機大堂裏,匆匆忙忙的撥過幾個電話,然後乘接駁巴士到候機坪。原來,我坐的不是以往的國泰選用的波音747,而是較小、爬升時機身不斷發抖的波音737。這為我的旅程揭開驚險的序幕。

Matthew 的太太到機場接機,然後整天都跟她和兩個小女兒在一起。她們真的很美,平淡的生活,美得可伸身觸碰。那種幸福,卻不是垂手可得。要出力的維繫。

祝福你們一家。

Tan's family

 

ACM《齊唱新歌14》

ACM《齊唱新歌14》
Secure online purchase at Embrace Music Store

出版及發行 香港基督徒音樂事工協會
監製    葉富生
製作主任  古丹青
製作助理  張慶倫
和音編排  葉富生
錄音    Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio
剪輯    Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio
混音    陳嘉華 @ Vocalese Studio (except track 6)
混音    John Laudon @ Reel Music Studio (track 6)
母帶處理  楊我華 @ Air Studio
平面設計  BusyBees Group
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ACM《齊唱新歌14》「又再起舞」

ACM《齊唱新歌14》
Secure online purchase at Embrace Music Store

出版及發行 香港基督徒音樂事工協會
監製    葉富生
製作主任  古丹青
製作助理  張慶倫
和音編排  葉富生
錄音    Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio
剪輯    Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio
混音    陳嘉華 @ Vocalese Studio
母帶處理  楊我華 @ Air Studio
平面設計  BusyBees Group

曲目

  1. 又再起舞 – Frontline
    作曲    古丹青
    作詞    Ivorquent
    編曲    褚鎮東
    電色士風  褚鎮東
    和聲    Frontline(畢子傑、周凱欣、丁偉傑、許婷婷、江家寶、葉鎮邦)

網址 www.hkacm.org
網上訂購 Embrace Music Store

 

短宣之旅

Matthew Tan takes this photo.  I'll be staying in the house with this view in April for some weeks.  I'm coming, my dear vacation!

還有十天,我便展開第一次短宣旅程。

目的地是新西蘭,我將會跟新加坡頌宣音樂的同工前往數個城市,舉辦敬拜讚美聚會、佈道聚會及工作坊,整個行程接近三星期。

所以朋友啊,我會短暫離開香港,四月中才回來。

最近為到公司將推出的新製作忙得天昏地暗,所以還未能開始準備四月的行程。眼見還有不多的時間就要起程,自己也沒多出門的經驗,真的有點不知所措。所以朋友們,如果你知道一些出門小智慧(包括執捨行李甚至在外地要注意的地方),不妨給我留個訊息。

又因為我要離開一段時間,我在網上閒逛時也特別留意有沒有甚麼服務可以幫助我跟朋友們保持聯絡。今日在豬欄找到 Odeo,我把它的超鏈結放在 siderbar 的 “Dream Special”,你可以使用簡單的 flash 介面錄製留言給我。

Send Me A Message

 

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland's Celebrity Playlist @ iTMS
One of my favorite actor, Kiefer Sutherland, want to share with you his music preference at Celebrity Playlist @ iTunes Music Store.

And I know, I’m going to buy all songs in his list.

Don’t you know he’s the only guy appearing on my desktop wallpaper? :D

For more information about Kiefer, visit The Official 24 Website & one of his fans’ website, get to know more about his biography and Ironworks Music, the music label, recording studio and production company he owns. Don’t forget my favorite: Mac TV Ads with Kiefer’s voice-over.

He’ll appear as voice-over for Ryan’s father, Samson… which is a lion (:P), in the upcoming Disney Walt Disney Pictures’ latest animated adventure, The Wild. Go and watch the trailer.

HBmybuddy!

 

Companion

Everyone needs companion, and so do kitten and rooster.

I’m glad that my good friend helps me in translating the Japanese voice-over. For friends who don’t know Japanese like me, the video is about the love story between the kitten and the rooster, while the kitten exercises ninja techniques to get inside the cage to visit the rooster.

Hope the lovely video gives you a nice start in crazily busy days!

 

Google Mars

Google Mars

Did you notice Google’s logo will change from time to time? Sometimes it’s specially designed for festivals or events, and this time, their new service called Google Mars.

The interface of Google Mars is similar to Google Local / Google Map and Google Earth (much powerful standalone program of Google Local). You can get lots of information about Mars there by clicking different categories next to the logo.

Have fun on Mars!

 

There’s a song that makes me cry…

Sentimental. Ten years ago, Steven picked me to join a singing group from a large choir because I’m emotional in singing.

There should be lists of songs which drive my tears.

After joining music business / ministry for some years, I learn to listen to songs technically… analyzing the melodies, lyrics, arrangements, singers’ expression, recording, editing, mixing, mastering, graphics design, album concept, text, printing, producing… you name it.

A composer once asked me about the singer’s performance. Guess what’s my answer?
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Apple

Apple IIe is the first Mac I touched in my life. I was studying F.1 in secondary school, in Computer Literacy lessons. We learned Logo, a programming language that provides a simple input prompt, showing graphics and words. In days of studying Information Systems in HKUST, I love to sit in front of those little old unattended Mac to do email checking and BBS or MUD telnet, while tons of people are queuing for crapy PC. I used Finale for Mac to type score when studying Sound Design and Music Recording in HKAPA.

I bought my first Mac in year 2000, with the salary I earned in the first month being a teacher. It’s a PowerMac G4 450MHz, with Applevision 850 Display. It just sits there for a couple of years… occassionally I’ll switch it on, using the little mouse to click here and there. But since I haven’t bought any softwares, it’s quite useless for me. I still remember the price… HK$19,600.

When I moved out and live alone, I put the Mac in my reading room, for DVD-playing purpose. (I don’t have DVD-ROM in my PC)

One day, my friend came and helped me out in designing Frontline’s namecard, installing three fancy graphic design softwares… the life of G4 changes!

I fell in love with those softwares, bought tons of design books to read, experiment with fancy ideas, illustrations and photos. My next homework is art director of Frontline’s concert. It’s fun and it’s tough! In that year, I worked for several freelance including companies’ coupons, namecards and letterheads, websites, wedding cards and program booklet.

In the same year, I started my job as recording engineer, using Mac everyday. Some years later, I bought DIGI001 as audio interface, installing ProTools and AutoTune 4.0, and started editing vocal tracks at home.

This year, I started making demos at home after buying GarageBand, Jam Pack and Logic Pro 7.0. This is also the moment I started to compose music seriously.

The future plan is to replace my 6 years’ old G4 with new powerful Intel-core PC, either MacBookPro or wait until the next generation of PowerMac G5 but with Intel chip. I’m considering to phase out PC running Microsoft Windows in my life. After running pilot test in my office one month later, I will discard the old PC when it comes to the end of its days.

This is the story about Apple and I.

Yesterday night I visit Apple’s website, knowing they’re launching two new products, namely Mac mini and iPod Hi-Fi. iPod Hi-Fi is the gear I’m looking for a long time… ouch!

This morning when I read Mac news like what I did in past, I come across this lovely piece: Steve Bass’s Tips & Tweaks – Apple’s Ho Hum Big Announcement (And a Funny iPod Video). Click and check it out, especially the funny iPod video at the end. It tunes my day with happy mood, and I’m sure I can work efficiently till midnight!

Have a nice day!