Spotted! mux

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mux is a collective formed by Bani Haykal, Luqman Hakim and Siraaj Anwar; out to experiment and device new performances weaving sound design, music and text.

mux’s approach to performance deals greatly with the coexistence of lateral storytelling and layered, yet minimal, sound and music compositions. The stories they tell incorporate streams of consciousness, almost always resulting the text to become more of an ambient than a direction leading towards an end.

The collective works extensively with guitar pedals, phrase recorders, microphones and various appliances and props to generate live sound samples. Aside from sound ambient, their music works are written and arranged to allow the trio room to intensify the songs, complimenting the nature of the text and its delivery.

Within the collective, Bani Haykal writes and experiments with prose, monologues, poetry and screenplays, often exploring the bleak nature of existence intertwined with fictitious backstories and characters. Luqman Hakim performs the main musical compositions, arranging the pieces to offer fluctuating temperament accordingly. Siraaj Anwar is a sound effects manipulator whose array of props includes an electric shaver, a glockenspiel and wind chimes, creating textures of the performance.

mux has just completed a short story performance -Wally The Watchmaker- for The new Substation website. Watch their facebook page for updates.

Miso Flamingo Girl DJ Bootcamp

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Miso Flamingo’s Girl DJ Bootcamp is back by popular demand for a second time this August. Held at the creative social House on Dempsey Hill, the Bootcamp returns with its mission to train aspiring girl DJs, providing support, exposure and education.

Guest lecturers include Pop My Cherry!, Analog Girl, Pushin’ On and ex-Zouk DJ Brendon P among others to be confirmed.

Twelve girls, selected through an application process, will be schooled in the roots of electronic music and learn basic practical mixing tips and tricks – from selecting their first equipment to landing their first gig.

Interested? Contact Jon Ramsay.

Wordwide Festival: Ticket Giveaway!

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Worldwide Festival will be back on 7, 8, 9 and 10 May, with an explosive weekend of pure musical bliss featuring the cream of international live acts and DJs. The event will be staged around various venues, clubs and settings to celebrate the return of one massive week end to remember with DJ Kentaro, Gilles Peterson, Jose James, Jack Beats, J.A.M (Soil & “Pimp” Sessions trio), Taylor McFerrin, Mr.V, Oveous Maximus, Christian Prommer, Todd Terje, Dorian Concept, Alex From Tokyo aka Tokyo Black Star, Toshio Matsuura, Al Haca, Harmonic 313 aka Mark Pritchard, The Nextmen, Stereotyp, Lexie lee, Ku Bo, LeftO, Simbad, Garfld, Lil Monsta, Aldrin, NovoBloco + Bloco Singapura, Cosa Nostra, Miss Sangeetha, Vinnie, Dubwise and many more …  Click here for full program and ticketing info.

The good folks at WF are giving away one pair of festival tickets. Interested? Email me before April 30. [Update: We have a winner].

* Contest is open to Singapore residents only!

Worldwide Festival Asia-Pacific: Talent Search

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Blasting off on 7 May is Singapore’s second edition of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival. To celebrate the launch, a season of activities has been lined up. Kicking off the calendar will be the WF Asia Pacific Talent Search, launching on 23 February.

Open to both solo artists and bands -signed or unsigned- from around Asia Pacific, the WF Talent Search is unique in its purpose to discover original and ground-breaking artists. Staying true in the spirit of the WF music policy and Gilles’ passion for eclectic music, this search spans across many genres; Progressive Rock, Folk, Samba, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Afro Beat, Electronica, Techno, House, Electro, Hip Hop, Dub, Reggae, Drum & Bass, R&B, Breaks, Neo Soul, New Jazz, Dubstep and everything else in between the lines of quality music.

Artists and or bands can enter the competition by signing up online via the Worldwide Festival Singapore website. They will then obtain a voting widget that can be put up on their artist profile pages for the public to click and vote. A shortlist of the top twenty most highly rated acts by the public will be presented to a panel of top music industry experts led by Gilles Peterson. The winner will then be selected to perform at Worldwide Festival Singapore, which takes place between 7 and 10 May.

Joanna Dong’s Lullaby Nomad

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‘Lullaby Nomad’ is the opener from Joanna Dong‘s finely crafted debut released last September. The album is a collection of humble luxuries, with hopes to pacify each childlike soul, and comprises songs with lyrics both in English and Mandarin. “Lullaby Nomad is the story of a mother who travels in search for songs to sing to her baby. One for every day of the week,” Joanna adds. “The music is the only luxury she can afford for her child, and her voice, the infant’s only comfort. Translating and rewriting the lyrics to popular bossa nova standard So Nice, as well as afro-cuban jazz instrumental Afro Blue, I hope to refresh existing notions of Mandarin jazz music that equate the “Old Shanghai” style.”

Joanna has been into music for quite some time; flitting between styles, spheres and contexts, soaking up everything from opera to folk songs, she now concentrates on jazz. “I used to mimic my father as he bellowed Pavarotti and Domingo around the house. My father’s love for European operatic singing, coupled with the karaoke-fever of that era -it was in the 80s- favoring mandarin oldies and folk songs, certainly laid the foundations for the diversity of singing styles I was eventually to experiment with.”

Lullaby Nomad can be purchased from Sembawang Music Centre, The Asylum and Casual Poet.

I\D’s Midnight Hot Giveaway!

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Erh no … this hot babe is not the giveaway … she is the visual representation of I\D‘s second album, entitled Midnight Hot. This noise-rock improvising collective, formed in 2005, releasing their debut CD -Elite. kVlt. Irrevocably tr00- in May 2007. Members profess a shared love for 70s progressive rock and jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, harsh noise, experimental electronics, postpunk and disco. Says member Harald Seah: ‘We don’t give a damn about what is or isn’t ‘tasteful’, it just needs to rock n’ disco you hard …”

Harold about the new release: “Midnight Hot is our second album. It is a trip deep into the hard of darkness -or is that the dark of hardness- subliminally invoking the spirits of Krautrock greats like Can, Neu!, Cosmic Jokers, postpunk geniuses Public Image Limited and electric Miles Davis. The music on this vinyl-length 32min album is 100% improvised and given the Teo Macero-Lee Perry sonic treatment.”

Grab the album from Roxy Records or Earshot … or … oh yeah … there is a contest right here on our site for 3 CDs. So if you’re itching to get your hands on a copy, then simply email me.

* Contest is open to Singapore residents only!

Electrolab 2009: Ticket Giveaway!

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Just Can’t Get Enough of Depeche Mode‘s distinctive sound?

February 19 will be a blissful night as four local bands will take the stage at the Eplanade Recital Studio for an homage to one of Britain’s most influential electronic bands. Enjoy Depeche Mode’s music delivered in skank mode by Singapore’s longest-lasting reggae band, Bushmen and given a hip-hop take by Freaky Z. Hear its industrial sound get possibly grittier in the hands of veteran hardcore band 4sides, and its electronic textures remade by electronic duo, The Karl Maka.

The event starts at 8pm, and we can give away one pair of passes. You can have them if you are the first person to email me before 7 February. So get moving! Update: We have a winner.

Lunar Node to launch Debut EP

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As part of the launch of their debut EP, instrumental-rock outfit Lunar Node will be showcasing their repertoire of emotive instrumental music on Saturday, 7 February at The Arts House Playden. Titled “Exploring Unknown Territory”, their five-track EP release marks the end of the band’s year-long journey of discovery since its formation in 2008.

Gerald about the band: “Lunar Node is the result of a collaborative, spontaneous decision to break away from the norm. Early 2008, Daniaal left his previous band with a vision to create music that would connect people through eclectic and emotive sounds. He then got together with Asyraf and myself to see if we shared a common dream.With a weird stroke of luck, we discovered we had the same love for experimental shoegaze and post-rock music, even though we all have varied musical backgrounds ranging from indie and metal to alternative and pop.”

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