Wednesday, March 28, 2012

還不買票?[have you bought your tickets to double take concert on 21st april?]

Typical of many cool malaysians who buy tickets in the last minute, we have only sold 50% of the tickets, with less than one month left... and this makes us a bit worried..... because Bentley Auditorium's air-condition is very strong and it can get very cold if it is not a FULL-HOUSE....

Roger and Mia are asking us to pass you this message: The earlier you buy, the better seats you get!

Tickets available online and at all Airasia Redtix appointed ticketing outlets like Victoria Music and Rock Corner! Log on to www.airasiaredtix.com to buy online.

Monday, March 26, 2012

鄭澤相寫靡靡之音 [tay cher siang writes about "the jazzy sounds"]

何芸妮:靡靡之音,邓丽君经典爵士乐


终于出版了,制作了近半年的时间。

从去年中的靡靡之音演唱会开始,一直到这个月专辑出版,对这个计划都在步步为营。刚开始接受这个企划时,当然是充满希望,同时也是怀疑是否人们能够接受这 样大胆的计划?碰邓丽君多年来人人会唱,耳熟能详的金曲等于是进入了禁区。接二连三来的批评都是:破坏了原来歌曲的美感,歌手的声音都不像邓丽君的,改到 不伦不类。
不过说真的,爵士乐就是秉持着在经典歌曲上面重新创作的精神,这才叫做爵士乐。如果跟原版一样的话,就叫做口水歌(中文报章都喜欢叫这专辑口水歌,可是却不正确。这是爵士乐,来,大家跟我一起念:爵---士---乐!!!)

爵士乐的精神就是在人人都熟悉的曲子上面,由音乐家的重新想象出发来重新演绎,重新创造,重新赋予新生命。其实想象一下如果音乐就好像是生活一样:我们过生活的方式一定跟爷爷过生活的方式不一样,对吗?可是我们都是在过生活啊,对吗?这就是爵士乐的精神。
太抽象了?
那么我们试试看:

梁山伯祝英台的故事大家都知道吧?

影视界当中一共有七个不同的版本,年代上面的不一样,处理剧情的方式也不一样,可是说的是完全一样的故事,对吗?每个新的时代对待这个故事都有他们自己的看法。而爵士乐就是这么一回事。
同样的一首歌,比如说”泪的小雨“, 邓丽君的版本是非常70年代感觉的。那个 “当当当当当当”的节奏,那个Saxophone 的音色(非常福建歌的音色),吉他的音色,等等都很清楚的构成这个版本的 ”泪的小雨“是属于那个时代的(就连视觉上的效果也是非常那个年代,拍的照片都会朦朦的,口红画成红红的)。我并不是批评那个年代的音乐(反而觉得他们就 是有个别的特色,好过惨谈无色)而是觉得,如果要21世纪的何芸妮唱这首歌的话,不可能以上世纪70年代的声音来给她伴奏;就像我不可能像我爷爷时代指腹 为婚一样(同样是结婚,两个时代的做法是不一样的)

那么爵士乐又只是随随便便改个风格就可以了吗?我的出发点都是以歌曲的主题为主。
 “泪的小雨”是首伤感的歌曲,泪流下,在雨中分离:其实蛮适合比较摇滚蓝调的感觉,那种想呐喊的感觉,对我来说都在在的以摇滚蓝调的感觉在我脑海里盘 旋。在决定了感觉后,吩咐鼓手以最基本的摇滚蓝调节奏来击鼓,不需要太多。其他乐器也都是演奏非常基本的节奏,就是要描绘那个小雨在顽固的下,不太多表 情。而芸妮的唱法就在这个茫茫小雨中嘶喊,发泄歌曲中的压抑情感;渐渐小雨也强了起来,泪似乎也多了。。。。。
我相信音乐是需要很有画面感的。

而南海姑娘的编曲更是向两位作曲家致敬:马来西亚的作曲家汤尼(南海姑娘)以及The Girl From Ipanema 的巴西作曲家Antonio Carlos Jobim。这两位处在世界以南的作曲家(马来西亚华人处在当时中华文化掌握主动权的台湾以南,而巴西则处在西方世界的南方)不约而同的眼光射向向淡淡哀 愁的南海姑娘。

虽然无可考据,不过我天马行空的想象是:The Girl From Ipanema首 先出现(1960年代)。这首歌曲说的是在沙滩上走着的漂亮女孩,虽然她吸引了许多人的目光,可是她却若有所思的走向海边。虽然主人翁想向她表达爱意,她的眼神却投往他方。
这首曲子在当时轰动乐坛,专辑还差点赢得当时的Grammy Award (败给了英伦旋风The Beatles) 所以在马来西亚可能是听得到的,不过当然是在小圈子里面流行吧。而写南海姑娘的汤尼先生可能就喜欢这首曲子,而灵机一动,写下了以马来西亚风情衬托的一首 隽永歌曲:同样的哀愁,同样的思念着远方的那个人,虽然观察者都给予她多多的赞美,她还是不为所动而继续忧伤下去。

同样美丽的两位南海姑娘,串联起来中西合拼,唱出不同的风情:爵士乐就是这么自由的承载体。在这个版本中我们甚至请来了巴西的歌手与敲击乐手Valtinho Anastacio 参与我们的录制工作,带来原汁原味的巴西节奏。

不过说起来,爵士乐除了聆听,其实还得有个旷阔的想象力,许多有趣的小东西就隐藏在编曲,唱法,即兴演奏,节奏,甚至典故当中。一些联想,一点想象力,音乐可以突然超越只是声音的境界。(当然不只是音乐,所有的艺术都是如此吧)


能够有幸完成这个企划,背后许多人的付出,努力,功不可没。
希望你会喜欢。

新聞報導 [press articles]

[china press]

以爵士演繹鄧麗君歌 何芸妮唱青鳥致敬

  • 何芸妮認為大馬爵士女伶這稱號很老套,還說“爵女”這個有個性的稱號比較適合自己。
報導:殷淑欣
攝影:陳梓健
發布會
★日期:15/3/2012
★時間:3.20PM
★地點:万達廣場
★事項:爵女何芸妮向鄧麗君致敬《靡靡之音》專輯發佈會
“任時光匆匆流去,我只在乎你……”

爵女何芸妮唱爵士樂的功力讚,去年連續舉辦了3場舊曲新唱2部曲之鄧麗君《靡靡之音》音樂會,由于反應熱烈,好評如潮,今年唱片公司趁勢為她推出專輯《靡靡之音》。

《靡靡之音》是何芸妮自4年前《2V1G》專輯后,再朝樂壇出發的作品。這專輯收錄了12首歌曲,除了重新以爵士樂演繹鄧麗君的一些名曲外,還有一首出自管啟源和鄭澤相詞曲的原創歌曲《青鳥》。

“《青鳥》是一首對鄧麗君致敬的歌,所以錄製這首歌時,情感的掌控是最大的挑戰。”除了這首原創曲,何芸妮說用爵士樂重新演繹鄧麗君的歌,當中要保留一點鄧麗君的甜美氣息,也是有一定的難度。”

專輯曲風多元化,包括以抒情爵士、芭莎諾瓦、藍調、倫巴、森巴和流行曲風演繹《我只在乎你》、《千言萬語》、《南海姑娘》等鄧麗君的經典名曲。

報名娛協獎
唱片公司pop pop music透露,他們計劃在來臨的《娛協獎》,為這張專輯報名“最佳原創歌曲”、 “最佳專輯”和“最佳演繹女歌手”三個獎項。
不過爵女何芸妮對提名和得獎抱著平常心,只希望能夠把專輯做好。“我們希望這專輯能夠把爵士樂平民化,讓爵士樂變得更平易近人。”
爵女在下半年會到東馬亞庇、澳門和天津等地出席大大小小的音樂會,有望把好聲音帶到不同世界各地,也希望能夠藉由把專輯充當“國際護照”沖出海外。

 [sinchew]

獲爵女稱號‧何芸妮想當當女版麥可布普雷


(雪蘭莪‧八打靈再也16日訊)“爵女”何芸妮推出爵士樂專輯《靡靡之音》,甫“上市”即有機會到香港和台灣發行,而公司也計劃為她這張專輯報名參加《2012娛協獎》,何芸妮更受邀出席12月在澳門舉行的爵士音樂節,代表馬來西亞與來自世界各地的爵士歌手同台表演!

何芸妮受邀出席於12月8日在澳門舉行的爵士音樂節,讓她非常期待,能借此機會跟其他海外爵士歌手在音樂上互相交流。在到澳門之前,她6月份亦會在 怡保和東馬亞庇、8月飛到中國天津等地演出。何芸妮除了將出席6月16日舉行的東馬亞庇爵士音樂節,屆時她還會在當地辦一場迷你《靡靡之音》爵士派對。

昨日在萬達廣場為新專輯《靡靡之音》舉行發佈會的何芸妮,同時亦宣佈將報名參加本屆《娛協獎》,Pop Pop音樂公司首席執行員羅溢平表示,將會為這張專輯報名“最佳原創歌曲”、“最佳專輯”及“最佳女歌手”3個獎項。何芸妮自言沒有特別信心會拿甚麼獎, 她對於得獎的事只抱平常心看待,“我比較在乎的是怎麼把好音樂介紹給大家,這對我來說比較重要。”

何芸妮之所以獲“爵女”這個新稱號,原來公司是打算以“爵士女伶”來形容她,但何芸妮甚為抗拒,覺得“爵士女伶”把她叫老了,而自封“爵女”,也算頗有新意啊!

何芸妮表示:“其實爵士也可以很平民化、也可以是平易近人的音樂,像麥可布普雷(Michael Buble)就是很好的例子,他唱爵士也可以變成商業和主流。”何芸妮夢想成為“女版”麥可布雷,她非常敬仰對方享受舞台的表演風範。另外,何芸妮也非常 欣賞台灣爵士女歌手玫熹(Macy Chen),其獨特的音樂性讓她覺是得個很好的學習對象。

向鄧麗君致敬
雖然之前曾演繹過鄧麗君的歌曲,但今次在新專輯《靡靡之音》里,何芸妮嘗試了較少接觸的《淚的小雨》,並跟“芭莎公主”欣彥合唱《君心我心》等歌 曲,而專輯里也收錄一首由音樂人鄭澤相譜曲、管啟源填詞的全新創作《青鳥》,借此歌曲向鄧麗君致敬。何芸妮坦言,這首歌折磨得她很慘,“我在錄音室裡真的 是受盡折磨,這首歌的情緒很難拿捏,不能太Over又不能過於壓抑,低音的部份太低;高音的部份又太高,很難唱。”

(星洲日報/娛樂‧報導:游嵐赧)


[nanyang press]

何芸妮封爵士女伶 年底赴澳门参加爵士音乐节

  • 何芸妮推出爵士乐专辑《靡靡之音》,被视为是一张通往国际舞台的护照。
(吉隆坡16日讯)何芸妮近年来在爵士乐方面耕耘获得不俗反应,并获得澳门爵士音乐节邀请,年底12月8日将与全世界爵士乐音乐人齐聚澳门共襄盛举。
何芸妮推出向邓丽君致敬的新专辑《靡靡之音》,周四举行记者会获得不少圈内好友出席力挺。唱片 公司老板罗溢平指出,这张爵士乐专辑是一张通往国际的“护照”,专辑一发行,台湾、香港第一时间要求发行权,而12月的澳门音乐爵士音乐节,与来临7月的 沙巴亚庇音乐节也主动邀请何芸妮演出,不负唱片公司将她打造成“爵士女伶”。

《青鸟》献给邓丽君
尽管被封“爵士女伶”,何芸妮却笑言:“爵士女伶听起来很老气,我要当爵女,听起来比较有个 性!”新专辑除了翻唱邓丽君作品外,也找来管启源写出一首原创歌曲《青鸟》,献给已过世的邓丽君。谈及录制此曲,何芸妮说:“录制的过程非常折磨人,情绪 的掌控很重要,太过煽情显得俗气,但又不能太压抑,高音的部分很高,低音的又很低,是相当难演绎的一首歌。” 

唱片公司将为何芸妮报名来临的《2012娱协奖》“最佳专辑”、“最佳原创歌曲”及“最佳演绎女歌手”奖项,何芸妮表示对于奖项抱着平常心,唱歌的目的在于分享好音乐。她于记者会上赠送老板一罐麦片,意指“唱片大卖”,老板搞笑回答:“不用送我礼物,帮我赚钱就好!”

报道:黄金靓/摄影:许鸣祥


[kwong wah press]

大唱流行爵士乐 何芸妮要当男版Michael Buble

二零一二年三月十六日 下午三时五十七分

(吉隆坡16日讯)2011年举办过3场旧曲新唱二部曲之邓丽君《靡靡之音》音乐会大获好评,让公司决定推出《靡靡之音》专辑;以爵士风格重新演绎邓丽君歌曲,何芸妮坦言十分压力,她说:“除了要曲风改编好听之余,歌声又不能比邓丽君逊色,所以是极具挑战。”

谈及灌录专辑最为挑战的歌曲时,何芸妮立即指是《青鸟》一曲,她大吐苦水说:“这首歌真的很难唱,因为情绪要掌握得很好,不能太过放,也不能太过压抑,不然会影响了整首歌。”
专辑除了在大马发行之外,也获得香港和台湾两国的发行权,让何芸妮成功冲出海外;同时,公司也透露,在接下来的几个月将会到东马亚庇、天津,以及澳门当地爵士音乐节演出。

自2008年发了2V1G畅销发烧专辑,何芸妮经过4年的岁月的洗礼,她的唱功蜕变,让外界大赞;而在媒体的询问下,她也为自己设下目标,希望能够成为男版的加拿大爵士天王Michael Buble。

另外,何芸妮也将打算凭这专辑报名《2012娱协奖》颁奖典礼,角逐“最佳原创歌曲”、“最佳女歌手”,以及《最佳专辑》奖项。问她有信心夺得任何奖项?她摇头笑说:“没有,我只是以平常心面对,重要的是希望能把爵士乐介绍给大家。”



Friday, March 23, 2012

錢從哪里來 [where does the money come from]



marketing wise, we are happy with how CD-RAMA has helped us
in winnie's album, track #3 "where does the wind come from" is actually one of my faves. love the arrangement to bits, love winnie's heavenly tone.....

now, where does the money come from?

many people have commented on the album, mostly good, some ordinary (especially from old-school teresa teng fans but.... do we care about less-than-favorable feedback?  ;-)

no one has done teresa teng the way we did it and it is fantastic as much as it is controversial. we love to be controversial for it generates interest and talking-point. in fact, we would like to penetrate china market and shock them with our version of teresa teng. we are planning to release this album in LP format for the china market......

truth be told, we are no longer relying entirely on album sales to survive, this we have made it clear many times in this blog. that's why we sell the album so cheap and that's why we are even willing to give free download of one song.

gone are the days a music label relies on album sales to pay the bills. CD sales have shrunk more than 10 times in the last 4 years. when we launched 2v1g in 2008, we received more than 200+ online orders. now with this album, which is 20 times more artistic and musically richer and complete than 2v1g, we received less than 10 orders.

are we in despair? no. this is the rule of the game. we have to accept that only hardcore music lovers still buy CDs nowadays. casual music lovers just download or listen to radio while they sweep the floor or read the newspapers..

we are adapting quite well to changing climate, but not our distributors in other countries. they are still brick-n-mortar distributor of CDs and LPs, which frankly is dying rather rapidly. our distributors are all crying, we just don't know how to help them.
 
so, where does the money come from? there are many ways, and that's the most pressing job on our desk now.     

the sky is the limit, the best part of our job is the immense room for creativity and dare.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

阿飛又來啦![another wild party tomorrow!]


this may be extremely late announcement but we are having another tribute to leslie cheung in melaka tomorrow!

this time it is held in renaissance hotel melaka!

there are still some seats left..... so why not come and catch the mini concert and stay a night in melaka!

let's "stand up" and sing "thanks, thanks, thanks" again!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

高析檔案免費下載! [High-Res 96KHz/24bit download - FREE]



Latest update : Hosting problem solved! Please try again!

Apologies: This is finally the 96KHz/24bit as promised! Hope you like it!


Dear Music Lovers and Audiophiles,

As a leading Chinese Jazz music label in this region, we are always doing unprecedented things to please music lovers. We are offering the first-ever high-res (96 KHz/24 bit) download of  ONE song (Teresa Teng's Cantonese hit, 忘記他, Forgetting Him) from our latest album: Winnie HO "The Jazzy Sounds of Teresa Teng".

This is a free service extended to readers of this blog and we hope if you like it enough, you would buy the album!

Here's the download instructions:

1) Please paste this link onto your browser

http://www.poppop-music.com/forgethim9624.wav


2)  Once the file is properly downloaded, right click on your mouse to save the source (a WAV file) onto your pc hard drive.  depending on your browser, this service may be chargeable. For example,  if you use Apple QuickTime, you need QuickTime Pro, which is chargeable. If you use Google Chrome, then this service is totally FOC. So, please explore with your browser.

3) Sit back and enjoy the most sensational Teresa Teng tribute album ever!

Worthy of mention is the saxophone in this song was played by late Salvador Guerzo, from the Solianos Clan, also affectionately called "The Stan Getz fo Malaysia". Salvador left us last month.... how much we miss him and his sax tone....    

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

人, 為什么懷舊? [why do men become nostalgic?]



because....

1. they are getting old and old memories are precious and worth a price
2. old stuff have more heart and substance and not superficial like new stuff
3. because old stuff are made in either UK or USA, and not china
4. because old-school recording engineers were better trained and qualified
5. because old records have better artwork, artistic values and sound quality
6. because it is cooler to playing records/vinyls than clicking/touching on mp3 files on your ipads
7. because it is way cooler to give LP/records as a gift to the hot chick in the school, than passing her a USB drive with your favorite songs in it. 
8. still on the chick factor, because you can do your own compilation on cassettes to impress her. again, it has the human touches that USB drive doesn't
9. cleaning old LPs is a labor of love. scanning your music files is done mostly to check whether they are infected with virus,

and lastly

10. old folks like us like something tangible, like money in the bank, books in the shelves, food in the fridge. we cherish physical ownership.


Monday, March 19, 2012

發布會那一天 [ the press conference that was]

a radiant winnie ho
winnie ho's greatest moment

frankly speaking, we alone would never dream of having a press conference of this scale. ask yourself, how much would it cost to rent 1-utama oval concourse for an event?

thanks to CD-RAMA for making it, for believing is us, for making us look good in front of everyone.

the whole press conference was short and sweet, and effective too, for we delivered the message clearly to the chinese media, who, in the past, really didn't know much about us, and how we engineered this chinese jazz movement.

joann see, the marketing manager of CD-RAMA giving her speech

we talked about this album being the "international musical passport" to launch winnie ho to the international arena, we talked about being the pioneer of chinese jazz movement in this region.

we would like to thank the chinese press/media for turning up in full force. this is the second time we organized press conference without the help of a PR/media agent and we are grateful that the chinese press treats us well.


marketing, marketing, marketing

it is getting very clear to them that pop pop music is one of the very few chinese music labels that still releases albums - and a full-length album with 12 songs to boot - at these very trying times in the music business.  they can see that we are sincere in making good music and we are sincere in promoting chinese jazz and malaysian talents.

we mentioned salvador guerzo (ador) in the speech because it is great man like him who inspired us to continue in making great music. we are proud that we captured his best saxophone in the album.

the turn out was good with many of our friends - musicians, supporters, celebrities - taking the time to come to witness this proud moment. of course, the crowd we drew can never be compared to idols like aska yang and jj lin.

one local singer (who quit singing and became a business woman) congratulated us and commented: "winnie is a shining example that you don't need to do chinese pop and be able to survive in malaysia". what brilliant observation it was. this is exactly the message we wanted to deliver too. in music, there is no boundary, every genre of music can sell as long as it is good music.  

winnie ho presented a gift to me, a full container of "oats" which means "good sales" in chinese. i acted nonchalant and told her, in front of everyone that, "all i care is you just earn money for me!". i guess that was funny but nonetheless realistic of the nature of the business. you can't go on contributing to the arts and culture, without taking care of the rice bowl.        

the road ahead is full of challenges, but with a strong profile like " the jazzy sounds of teresa teng", we are confident we would explore unchartered terratories in chinese jazz, never before explored in the past.

many thanks to everyone who attended the press conference!

p/s of interest is because ZYan the bossa princess has a duet in the album with winnie, it also helped to push the sales of her album "brasileiro" which is already more than one yaer old! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

一人一吉他 [one voice, one guitar]



god knows how many made-in-hk "audiophile" CDs we have thrown into the rubbish bin in the past 12 months.

this one, we will keep.

albert au is the godfather of audiophile acoustic pop, with his signature one-voice, one guitar format.

no pretensions, no jazzy inclinations (like other pseudo jazz audiophile albums in the market with weird arrangement), direct, simple, earnest, melodious, no frills.... just pure music and a seasoned voice.

available at CD-RAMA music carnival @1-utama new wing concourse.

ps: be warned, the repertoire is super "K" (karaoke) ballads ;-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

上架啦![it is out!]

for popular card members who purchase the album from CD-RAMA, remember to claim this FOC showcase pass from them!

seriously, people don't buy CDs nowadays, save for the hardcore music lovers like you. 

as we have said, we don't need to rely on retail sales to survive, this album is very much our strongest portfoliio/resume for us to venture overseas!

but we don't mind too if it can sell over 10,000 copies! ;-))))

please support CD-RAMA!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

音樂嘉年華即將開幕![counting down: 1 more day. let the music carnival begins!]

hot from the oven at 12pm today!

the labor pain is definitely great but the baby girl comes out pretty and classy.

we hope she will grow up to be a popular girl  who gets to travel to all over the world. i mean, we hope this album would travel the world. as they say, wherever there is chinese, there is teresa teng.


the stage is set for the annual popular CD-RAMA music carnival at 1-utama, new wing concourse. this is where our press conference on thursday is gonna be held.

CD-RAMA spends big money annually for their music carnival and it is a bargain galore for the budget conscious. we saw many eason chan CDs selling at RM12.90. my goodness, how pathetic the chinese/cantopop CDs are! at least our CDs can maintain full price ever since day one.    

besides our press conference cum album launching, winnie ho will also be having a meet-n-greet showcase on 24th march, 4pm-5pm at the same place, new wing concourse.

artistes invited by CD-RAMA this year include aska yang (yang zhong wei), JJ Lin and jess lee, the singing champion. winnie ho does not look a wee bit intimidated standing besides all these pop stars more famous than her.  if she can't beat them in height, she will beat them in voice!



this is the special booth decidated to winnie ho's CDs. how helpful CD-RAMA has been to us. we are the only chinese artiste who has this privilege to have a dedicated booth with listening station!

and look at the crazy price!!!!!! RM36.90 for popular card members.

RM36.90 and you can own an album that costs RM70k to produce.

you tell me whether it is worth it ;-)

Monday, March 12, 2012

幽默一下吧! [counting down: 2 days. a bit of humor won't harm!]

our present to CD-RAMA for the upcoming press conference on thursday
Dear Mr. Leslie,

I come from Indonesia. Because it is very hard to find Hokkian songs here.

I think that you are a composer, and you are very famous. Nice and glad to meet you.

Do you have any recommendation for Hokkian Audiophile Songs?

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Mr.D

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Hmmm...Hokkien audiophile songs, anyone can help?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CD-RAMA 的活動 [counting down: 3 days. collaboration with CD-RAMA]


special promotion by CD-RAMA

those who buy the album (exclusively for CD-RAMA) before 21st July will be entitled to a FOC admission to a mini showcase of Winnie Ho! Entitlement applicable only to Popular Card members (CD priced at RM39.90)

Details:

Date of Showcase: 21st July 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: Bentley Music Auditorium
Time: 3pm-4pm 
 Capacity: 600 pax 

精致的成品[counting down: 4 days. great looking finished product]

gorgeous looking!
as of last night, we have got the inlay but without the disc!

but it is enough to convince us that this is the most beautiful looking album artwork we have ever had. a great sense of pride envelops us. we are pretty sure no chinese music label in malaysia spends this kind of money and thoughts on artwork, not to mention the quality of music.

so, here's an invitation that goes to you, the readers of this blog.

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各界朋友, 兄弟姐妹, 舊雨新知, 愛人同志, 情人知己, 姨媽姑姐, 三姑六婆, 鄉親父老

friends, comrades, brothers, sisters, lovers, ex-lovers, uncles, aunties, you are cordially invited to attend winnie ho's album launch and press conference!

诚邀出席 15 March 2012 爵女何芸妮《靡靡之音》专辑发布会!

Invitation to winnie ho's album launch cum press conference on 15th march 2012

details:
日期:15-03-.2012 (thursday, 星期四)
时间:3.00pm – 4.00pm
地点:1-Utama Shopping Mall, New Wing LG Oval, Stage Area

 

你將會第一時間擁有《靡靡之音》第一版, 還有何芸妮親筆簽名和精美海報!
出席者, 在這里留言就可以了!

be the one to get the first pressing of winnie's ho album with her autograph and a gorgeous poster!

those who like to attend, just leave a note here!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

監督印刷 [counting down: 6 days. monitoring the printing]

to get the best print results, you have to be at the printer to monitor the colors and tones

could it be that we know we won't be making anymore big-budget albums that we adopt a  perfectionist attitude in the post-production of this album?

being a perfectionist is tiring, though it is rewarding at the same time. what upsets us most is we hired the best photographer for the job, the best graphic designer but the printer screws it up! it happened before but this time, it would not happen because we were there to monitor the printing closely.

we have solved the wrong speling of "terasa teng", let's pray that there won't be any more surprises. our hearts are getting weak.

the search for perfection is never-ending but at least, if you try hard, you can get 80-90% perfect, and that's higher than the batting average of local music industry  

6 more days to go!   

倒數七天 [counting down: 7 days. who is terasa teng?]

who is "terasa" teng?
more stress follows. we found out in the very last minute that "teresa teng" was spelt as "terasa Teng" throughout our inlay. blame our designer who always makes such intolerable mistakes. what stunning mistake it would be if it was left unchecked!

panicked, we stopped the printer from proceeding. so what happened is another day delay as the printer has to come out with another film. could you believe this happening when every minute counts?

some new friends (one of whom is a celebrity writer) came to our house to listen to the master, freshly delivered from hong kong via electronic transfer. they were in owe of the music, the arrangement and winnie's singing! they even kneeled down in front of tay cher siang and do the "worshipping" gesture! it was hilarious but it just goes to show many people still don't know what incredible talents we have in pop pop.

another good news is, while many chinese commercial radio stations have turned us down for the reason "we sing oldies", one-FM has kindly allowed us to do a promotion and an interview with winnie ho in their prime time slot.

another great news is: we are gonna release malaysia's first ever high-resolution download of the song "forgetting him" 【忘記他】 in 7 days' time, in this blog! this high-resolution is in 96Khz/24bit and is meant for audiophiles who play CAS (computer as source), and not those who dabble in ipods and mp3! (those are low-res, compressed format) 

please download dropbox in anticipation of this (http://www.dropbox.com) as we are gonna share this as a public file.

please broadcast this incredible news!   


winnie's schedule for march is packed like sardine, we could hardly breathe too but we are gonna have fun no matter what.


are you gonna attend the press conference next thursday 3pm at 1-utama new wing oval? come la!  
    

Monday, March 5, 2012

倒數十天! [counting down 10 days!]

wonderful shot of tay cher siang, winnie ho and roger wang

definition of stress: you are left with 10 days to do your mastering in hk, replicate the discs and package them into finished products ready for the a major launch.

winnie ho's album is the most arduous task we have ever handled in terms of mixing. roger wang had to do 6 rounds of mixing to satisfy our uncompromising standards. so much so even a patient guy like roger wang almost wanted to give up towards the end of the 6th round.

fortunately, we squeezed thru the deadline to submit the final mix to hk for keith yip.  so it is now left to keith to do the miraculous stunt of finishing the mastering in 3 days time! we pray hard.

Popular CDRAMA has set the date of 15th march 2012 3pm to be our press conference and launch date, in conjuction with their annual MUSIC CARNIVAL held at 1-utama new wing oval. for the first time, we will be having a press conference in shopping mall! do come along if you happen to be around that area next thursday to get the first press of the CD!

we can assure you, in terms of album artwork, artistry of music, voice and recording quality, "the jazzy sounds of teresa teng" is absolutely our best to-date.  it has to best cos we have spent all our money on this album. if it fails, it better fails gloriously cos we don't want a neither-here-nor-there results or outcome.

with this in mind, let's start counting down..... 10 days, 9 days, 8 days......   


 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

喜相逢 [double take in concert 2012]


they didn't officially split, they just seldom perform together.

one remains in kk as a celebrity musician, another left for tasmania to pursue her studies.... now she will be coming back to kl for a reunion concert with him in kl......

yes, double take is back for a reunion concert in bentley auditorium on 21st april 2012 and it is hosted by pop pop music!

are you ready? we sure are!

tickets start selling on Monday 5th March 2012, at all Airasia Redtix appointed ticketing outlets! log on to http://www.airasiaredtix.com now! 

Malaysia’s premier vocal/guitar duo, Double Take, will celebrate their 12 years of musical partnership with this highly anticipated concert.

This will be Double Take’s first public performance since their sold-out 2009 concert at the prestigious Petronas Philharmonic Hall in Kuala Lumpur and will most likely be the only one for 2012. 

Double Take will also be releasing an EP featuring 4 brand new recordings exclusively for this concert.

Special Incentive offered by pop pop music

Those who own a copy of Roger Wang's "Milestones" are entitled to a 10% rebate (RM5 and RM8 respectively). Remember to bring that CD to claim your rebate and get  Roger's autograph as well. Rebate counter will be set up outside the auditorium. 

Those who buy the "Milestones" album at the venue will also be entitled to 10% rebate!   


Thursday, March 1, 2012

苦盡甘來 [sweetness comes after hardwork]


no matter how much you like an album, after listening to it for 1,304 times, wouldn't you be numbed?

enough is enough, we have finalized our final mixing and today we are sending the final mix files to keith yip of hong kong via electronic transfer!

story to come!