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Monday, October 26, 2009


Many would have tried this before leaving out musical instruments to make music with leaf by holding it on your lower lip. Some might have tried using hack's wrapping paper as well. Well let's get some up-close on leaf music for a change.

Whoa this guy Ricky from Taiping, Malaysia and name of the song "The Bund" 上海灘; pinyin: Shàng Hǎi tān; & "Bangawan Solo"

This guy is from India

Place ~ Trikut hills, Jharkhand, India.

This man's name is Carlos Garcia, Mexico.

The Hmong village girl from Laos

Music Instrument: Leaf of Spathiphyllum, Player: "Leafman" from Japan.

Chi Mao is a tour guide in Sapa.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ø WADAIKO YAMATO - The Drummers of Japan

Wadaiko Yamato  is a Japanese musical group of taiko drummers, brain-child of Masa Ogawa formed in 1993. "Wadaiko" means Japanese drum and "Yamato" was the former name of the city, the present day Nara prefecture, the group's birthplace. It all started when the group played a piece called "Hyuga" composed by Masa Ogawa in a festival held at the Toichi Shrine in Kashihara-shi, Nara. Ever since then, the group has made over one thousand live performances to over one million people in more than 20 countries in across the globe. It was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1998 the group performed their international debut and was awarded the "Spirit of the Fringe" award. Subsequently a year later they headed for more performances on three international tours, covering South America, six countries in Europe, and Israel.

If you have subwoofers, turn them up max! Whoa! You gotta feel the vibration it's sensational..

Wadaiko Yamato performing at 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, Mexico on Sep 28 and 29 2007.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès on December 28 1953 Paris) is a French pianist started learning piano at a very tender age from his father who was a piano teacher. Recalling the early 80s practically one can hear his music in all corners of Taiwan, the whole island inundated with Claydermania.

At age twelve he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire of Music where he won great acclaim in his later adolescent years. To make ends meet due to financial constraints he has to work two jobs; bank clerk in the day and an accompanist to contemporary bands at night.

And now the facts from Wikipedia..In 1976 he was invited by Olivier Toussaint a French record producer and his partner Paul de Senneville to record a gentle piano ballad. Paul de Senneville had composed this ballad as a tribute to his new born daughter “Adeline”. The 23 year old Philippe Pagès was auditioned along with 20 other pianists and got the job. "He was an interesting musician with a soft touch and good technique" says Toussaint. "And he looked good too." Philippe Pagès' name was changed to Richard Clayderman (he adopted his great-grandmother's last name to avoid mispronunciation of his real name outside France) and the single took off selling 22 million copies in 38 countries. It was called Ballade pour Adeline.

He has recorded over 1200 melodies and has created a new romantic style through a repertoire which combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards. He has devoted much of his time to performing concerts and pleasing his fans going as far as playing 200 shows in 250 days. He has clocked up worldwide record sales of approximately 90 million at the last count and a remarkable 267 Gold and 70 Platinum discs to his credit. He is popular in Asia and is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being "“the most successful pianist in the world."

Monday, October 19, 2009

ø OCARINA - The Real Ones

Having posted about making ocarina with veges and fruits now to expect the real stuff which definitely sounds better than any veges. Having a long history of more than 12,000 years obviously it's some great instrument. Funny I have never heard about this amazing wind flute instrument before in my entire life until now. It is another important instrument used in Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures not forgetting both the Mayans and Aztecs had produced versions of the ocarina.

Let's get more technical and let's see what Wikipedia has to say:
How an ocarina works:

1.Air enters through the windway
2.Air strikes the labium, producing sound
3.Air vibrates throughout the inside of the ocarina
4.Covering and uncovering holes lowers and raises the pitch

The ocarina, unlike other vessel flutes, has the unusual quality of not relying on the pipe length to produce a particular tone. Instead the tone is dependent on the ratio of the total surface area of opened holes to the total cubic volume enclosed by the instrument. This means that, unlike a flute or recorder, sound is created by resonance of the entire cavity and the placement of the holes on an ocarina is largely irrelevant — their size is the most important factor. Instruments that have toneholes close to the voicing/embouchure should be avoided, however, because this weakens tonal production since an ocarina is a Helmholtz resonator.

Friday, October 16, 2009

ø OCARINA made from 'A'sparagus to 'Z'ucchini

The Ocarina is an ancient flute-like wind instrument which comes in all kind of shapes and sizes but commonly ocarina is typically oval-shaped. There would be four to twelve finger holes and a mouth tube projecting out from the body. It is often ceramic, but many other materials, such as plastic, wood, glass and metal may also be used. What about vegetables then? No kidding! You can make ocarina using veges from 'A-sparagus' to 'Z-ucchini.'

Ogenkidesu! Nonamesan, sorry not able to find out this Japanese music teacher's  name, he sure has all the talent and ability to make veges ocarina. Take my hat off for him.

Tools required ~ big and small drills, cosh with same diameter as big drill, sharp blade, chisel, round file, ruler, electric drill and lastly tuner, not forgetting of course a great pair of unshaky hands. Good luck!

It's a capsicum..

Of all the veges think the best sound comes from the broccoli and carrot.

ø The BIG Bibik & The Little Nyonyas - Episode 5

It took me quite awhile to decide participating in this 'wok-ing' contest. Wonder it smells fishy for a muzika blog to blend into foodie as it could be an utterly  'mis-steak'. However a peek into the webisodes altered my decision. Will let the foodie experts 'wok' the talk while I'll talk no wok. Furthermore it would be a big surprise to know that veges can make music besides being good as 'microphone' by Vanessa and Meng Meng in episode 6. Let there be music and you shall have music from 'A'spragus to 'Z'ucchini. I shall post about the veges music soon.

Very glad to have the opportunity and the generosity of  foongpc to come out with this contest who is a crafty blogger himself, always keeping the viewers in suspense with his abrupt 'ending' so as to keep them hungry and craving for more. Must jointly thank foongpc and also QuaChee for sharing this series of webisodes on cooking made easy by BIG Bibik  with the recommended recipes for cooking enthusiasts.  As the saying goes 'the way to a person's heart is to 'wok' by the stomach'. Check this out and you would be amased how simple it would be to cook 'Sambal Bendeh' (Orkra Salad), commendable excellent acting by BIG Bibik and also the three little gorgeous and playful nyonyas for spicing up the webisodes. Eminently good storyline with a couple of hilarious 'whacking' and 'bashing' for mistakes committed by the ignorant little nyonyas.  Whoa! I love the sound effects and graphics which added more sugar and spice into the peranakan cooking especially the part where the whole house was shaking with the throbbing sound of a sledge-hammer to amplify the pounding of chillis and belacan. Sugar is a must in nyonya cooking and guess you may agree with me BIG Bibik's 'little' bit of sugar weighs almost a 'kilogram' [chuckle]. No wonder the Nyonyas are so sweet and lovely. Kudos and congratulations to the whole webisodes team.

Would be looking forward for more new arrival of the webisodes and if you are interested to catch up on the whole series and the recipes click on bookmarQC .

Check this out in my next post on making music from vegetables A-Z.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

ø PIANO STAIRS - TheFunTheory.com

The most easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better is by way of music thus making it fun to do and the best alternate way to keep fit and stay healthy. Just look at the sudden change of percentage of people hopping onto the "piano" instead of using the escalator. Let there be music, people just wanna have be fun. ~ Place: Odenplan, Stockholm

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Erhu (Chinese: 二胡; pinyin: èrhú), also called nanhu (南胡, "southern fiddle"), and sometimes known in the West as the "Chinese violin" or "Chinese two-string fiddle," is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, introduced into China a thousand years ago.

Not debating on how the name came about as it is obvious (二, èr, two) refers to the two strings and some states that it comes from the second highest pitch. The second character (胡, hú) has a high possibility in relation to a member of the huqin family originated from a Mongolian tribe.  

The shape of erhu is like a drum like usually  hexagonal  and 13cm in length which is covered with python snake skin at the front and the back is left open. It function as a music box amplifying the vibrations of the strings. The same material of ebony or sandalwood is used for the drum and the neck measuring about 81cm with two tuning pegs at the end of the stem. There is no frets or touching board, the player creates different pitches by touching the strings at various positions along the neck of the instrument.

The bow is 81 cm long arched with horse hair in the same way as the bow of violin and runs between the two strings which were usually silk or nylon but nowadays metal is getting popular. In another word, one cannot take off the bow from the instrument unless one of the two strings is taken off or broken. Professional players were using purpose made D and A steel erhu strings as standard. The cost of a set of erhu ranges from U$144 - U$800.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


The Kalimba is a musical instrument invented in southern Africa some 3000 years ago. The name kalimba is a Bantu word which basically means "little music" and aka African thumb piano. Simply made from a wooden box and a few tines of flattened metal are plucked with the thumb or fingers, and the reed vibrations are amplified by a hollow box resonator or a sounding board.

An Englishman by the name of Hugh Tracey, fell in love with African music and was instrumental in setting up a company called African Musical Instruments (AMI). AMI was responsible for exporting the first kalimba commercially out of Africa in the late 1950s. Tracey founded the The International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954, and become its director. ILAM publishes the African Music Society Journal.

A few artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Jo Mango, King Crimson and Laura Barrett, have also incorporated the kalimba into Western pop music styles.

Need more information about Kalimba kindly click HERE or Wikipedia

Friday, October 9, 2009

ø SAREGAMA : Organic-Electronic World Fusion

SaReGaMa is a nick name picked by this composer who has an affinity to Indian classical music thus the name Sa, Re, Ga and Ma, the first 4 notes of Saptak or the series of seven notes in a musical scale. He created his music as a hobby which he truly enjoys the most and more than happy to give it away for free merely depending solely on donations. You are free to share, copy, distribute, transmit and remix his music but must adhere to his only condition that it must stay FREE and no profits should derived from it. 

He defined his music as Organic-Electronic World Fusion using piano, guitar, flutes, didgeridoo, percussions, kalimba and jew's harp which are mostly homemade. An ironical part of his musical preferences is he has all ears for almost every music except Pop, Rock and Trance and admitted being funny that he began with Electronic music making Trance. For me I love any kind of music as long as timing and mood is in congruence.

Music stimulates the mind and can create wonders, this is good for relaxation and meditation. Click here for more elaborate instructions on listening to his kind of music.

Friday, October 2, 2009

ø Making Civic Noises

What the swiiiiiiiiisshhh is going on? What are all these strange and funny noises, have they gone insane? Nope! This is a rehearsal for a TV commercial done in 2006. A selected choir of 34 men and 26 women comprising of sopranos, mezzo sopranos/altos, tenors, baritones and basses doing a rehearsal in a Catholic primary school. Definitely I am not promoting this commercial but was merely fascinated and intrigued by their very own natural ability to produce such a great masterpiece. Credit goes to the conductor and composer Steve Sidwell and The Weiden+Kennedy London Creative Team.

The sound for the ad was recorded in a studio, with the filming of the choir in the multi story car park done for the visual effect. It is really amazing that all the sounds were made naturally by human body. It's a challenging task for Steve Sidwell to synchronize a large mixed voice choirs and calls for a perfect concerted timing of vocal effects, whistling, chest thumps, teeth taps, beat-boxing and more to mimic the sounds of the car's engine, tyres grinding on road, sweeping windscreen wipers, rain on the roof top etc with superb accuracy.