Archive for 三月, 2005

My first lesson in graphic design

Being singer of Frontline, a local singing group specialize in multi-part harmony contemporary Chinese Christian music, I got exposure in music, audio, adminstrative and PR things. But I never think of it as my first step in graphic design. I would say it’s just one of chances passing by me in one day, however I’m grasped by the magic, and start to spend time and money in exploring the real art of graphic design.
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I’m just having fun

My occupation is recording / sound engineer, while I love to involve in graphic design projects in leisure. Not a graphic designer, since there’s still a long way to go. I’m just having fun in graphic design.

Having no formal training at all, I learn graphic design by observation. I love to watch people doing graphic design, and that’s the way I learn software and design process. I do read a lot of design books, and I love to dig into design elements in daily life. “Design” is so cool to me, it’s visual mean to communicate, to express emotions and to enhance beauty (aesthetics). When I come across design items in daily life, no matter in areas of interior design, furniture design, product design or graphic design, I know that there’re designers backstage taking care of me. They bring convenience and beauty to my “would be” ordinary life, and I’m really thankful to all of them.

Being a “free”lancer, I didn’t get outside jobs aggressively from day one. My major works are for Frontline (a singing group involves in Hong Kong’s Chinese Christian music scene which I’ve joined over ten years), friends’ weddings and ad hoc outside jobs refered by clients. I never think of displaying my portfolio in public, since most of the works are conservative and not-that-fun to me. Upon my recent work: wedding invitation card and programme booklet for my friends Danny and Tim Tim, I start to become much adventurous in using fonts, color, and other graphical element. I start to enjoy graphic design so much, and unexpectedly I’m addicted in my own works. Clients can read messages from my works, which encourage me to share my works with more people, to hear from you, thus enhancing my ability in communication.

It’s not my wish to get all of you “loving” my work. I’m just here to get some noise from you, no matter good or bad. I love to know your interpretation and feeling over my works.

 

遺失的美好

終於熬過了。

二月至三月,每天每夜都在趕錄音。雖然白天不需要上班,但晚上的錄音工作卻耗盡精力心神。而且每晚回家已是深夜,精神卻仍在亢奮狀態,需要數個小時 unwind 自己,偶爾看看電郵,跟朋友們 YM 一下,聽點輕音樂才能進睡。

最近兩星期,我們進入了後期階段,最初的數天還要回錄音室補錄部份歌曲,在家的時間實在很難集中精神做後期,可是無論如何還得開始。那段天氣反覆無常的日子,我著自己要特別留意身體,若挎下去就不成了。手和腳都是冰冷的,在家圍著頸巾對著電腦不眠不休,我開始埋怨天氣的錯。回暖那數天,工作得特別起勁。但長期的睡眠不足讓我意識到我的工作效率正不斷下降。直至上星期我陸續交歌給監製,我開始擔心真的熬得過去嗎?
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Believers《Believers》

Believers《Believers》
Secure online purchase at Embrace Music Store

版權及出版 沙田浸信會
執行監製  沙田浸信會彌賽亞音樂中心
監製    葉富生
和聲編排  葉富生
主唱及和唱 Believers
錄音    陳嘉華 @ 彌賽亞音樂中心 (Track 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
      Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio (Track 2, 3, 6, 10, 11)
聲音剪輯  陳嘉華 @ 彌賽亞音樂中心 (Track 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
      Sheta Chow @ Vocalese Studio (Track 2, 3, 6, 10, 11)
混音    陳嘉華 @ 彌賽亞音樂中心 (Track 1, 4 – 11)
      John Laudon (Track 2, 3)
母帶處理  楊我華 @ air studio
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探戈在杜鵑花開時

Come and join us tango in March Milonga

It’s the time to try something new and refreshing!
Come and join us tango!

 

農曆新年以後,日子變得很難過。

天氣總是陰冷的,人也提不起勁來。我的工作間設在露台,就算把窗戶緊緊關上,寒風總是找到辦法來訪。每天穿著同樣的衣飾,把自己圍著圍著,身體臃腫得不辨雌雄。

等了那麼久才盼到陽光,冷峰卻又慢慢形成,明天來襲。

朋友們,記得多加衣裳,天文台預料明早氣溫由攝氐二十度急降至傍晚十二度,星期天會下降至九度。小心保重,不要弄壞身子啊!

 

Deadlines……

明和電機呼拉圈娃娃陪伴我跟監製渡過不少錄音及後期製作的艱辛歲月。

Sorry for keep you waiting… (if there’re really some people waiting…)

As Carrie said, I’m very busy in these weeks, for we’re going to deliever a music production for a male CCM singing group “Believers” of Shatin Baptist Church. Now we’re at the final stage of recording, entering the post-production stage. I have to edit at least 5 songs within one week. Hopefully I can deliver good vocal tracks. Please pray for the project, producer Steven Ip, recording and editing engineer Sheta, and mixing engineer Ka-wah. Pray for our health, spirit and good judgment.

I got many inspirations in these days, and I’m developing several stories and passages in my mind. Moreover I’ll start a blog in graphic design, and planning to work on my first personal website integrating several blogs together. (Thanks John for giving me inspiration about blogging!) I hope to bring deeper understanding and new horizons to my friends and readers (if really any).

Do visit here often, for new blogs keep coming. It’s nice to hear from all of you, so please kindly leave notes / messages / comments / praises to me. Haha~

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