our guitar man has some exciting toy up his sleeve!
says roger wang: "I have commissioned a new guitar to be built for me by a local luthier. It's in the building process right now and should be completed by April. I would like to use this guitar for the recording. It's actually a special kind of guitar called the Harp Guitar. It's rare and with only a small group of guitarist around the world using it, but interest in the harp guitar is growing. It's actually a regular 6 string guitar with an extra 6 open bass strings on top. This will give me the bass notes that I would need to get a fuller sound. I believe it will help a lot with 2V1G's songs".
he adds further: "I think the harp guitar will work well for 2v1g .... I am already reaching the limits of what 6 strings can do. The limited style and similar chord progression in Chinese pop music makes it even harder to stay fresh and different. The extra bass strings will open up more possibilities for the arrangement without having to move away from the voice and 1 guitar format".
but roger, we hope your toy wouldn't look as big and ugly as the one in the video! smaller and sexier, please!
fans of 2v1g, you can expect a new sound in 2v1g's new album~!
life is too boring; music is too bland; friends are too busy; money is too little; sex is too infrequent; mood is too low;
listen to orangegrass [橙草] and you may get a spiritual lift....
frankly, i am slightly disappointed with cheer chen's immortal, it doesn't inspire me like before... hardly any album that is inspiring of late, with the exception of orangegrass's "cumulonimbus" [橙草- 积雨云].....
this taiwanese emo-band cooks up some melodious noise that is coolly uplifting. i don't think highly of many taiwanese rock bands, not even soda green [苏打绿] can make it into my list of good rock band.
orangegrass has influences from many western rock bands; in fact, too many to mention. what is so precious is while they are darn noisy, they have got a strong hook in their music.
to appreciate orangegrass fully, you need to blast up the volume!
time and time again, orangegrass' music cures my depression....
besides, we will also consider starbucks cafes nationwide.... any other places, please suggest to us!
some key contents:
0) fantastic contest to win 3 tickets to watch nah youn sun live at kk jazz festival in june! 1) roger wang speaking on 2v1g's crisis 2) interview with jz8, the dynamic chinese jazz duo 3) leslie loh [positive vibes] - leslie recommends 5 top chinese albums of 2008 4) joseph ki [listen critically] - audiophile guru joseph talking about 5 audiophile albums that impress him 5) chow kam leong [jukebox] - chow travels down memory lane with some classic memorable his from the 70s 6) tay cher siang [ talking jazz] - cher siang talks about 5 jazz albums that influence his career 7) axcess tickets' calender 8) no black tie's calender for march and april 2009 9) many previews of audiophile albums from interglobal
the first 3 minutes is hilarious. exactly our sentiments about chinese cd packaging~!
when my producer and i decided on the packaging of 2v1g, we were dead against the ridiculous and outrageous packaging of those typical chinese cds from those "idol" singers. we wanted something conventional - the normal-sized jewel case with a standard inlay - that can fit into the normal cd racks.
i think only in the chinese (especially hk) music industry can one see such ridiculous packaging. it is not about music anymore.
we wanted to capture some photos of jz8 for marketing and promotion purposes as well as for MTX.
the photo session started early at 9am, at cher siang's house. the reason for the choice of venue is because cher siang has a beautiful kawai grand piano.
we hired two young and talented photographers for the task, one is a lomography expert too! despite their age, they looked professional and they took the task with meticulousness and style.
while cher siang is at his usual straight-n-serious self, lydia is all sassy and sexy, ready to show the best side of her infront of the camera. she brought a whole suitcase of clothes for the occasion! women, are they vain? ;-)
as they posed, jz8 also jammed along. cher siang's repertoire of chinese songs is amazing and he is so versatile to adapt to lydia's style. they are an impressive duo!
the photo session ended at 12 noon. we have yet to see the final outcome but here you get to see my photos, captured using my point-n-shoot camera!