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Youth Voices Concert 2009

Posted by chanxj on 20 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Music, The A Cappella Scene, Youth Activities

Many of you may know that I am a huge fan of the The A Cappella Society Youth Voices training programme. Its a programme where youths meet weekly to sing and jam A Cappella music together. It fosters great teamwork and life skills into the youth through the various activities they do such as singing in small groups, managing the Youth Voices itself through their committee, giving shows at various venues such as malls.

This May, they would be given the chance to perform at The Esplanade Recital Studio for their own concert and they are pretty excited about it. Everyone, go on down to give them your support!

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Vocaldente in Singapore

Posted by chanxj on 23 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Music, Photography, The A Cappella Scene

On the 15th and 16th of October this year, we had the honour of the great sounding German Group Vocaldente Sing in the 1st A Cappella Festival at the Arts House organised by The A Cappella Society. I have there for snaps the first 2 days and was doing the sound for the last two nights for the local groups. Here are some photos I took. Reflections will come when I have more time :)

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

A Cappella Championships 2008

Posted by chanxj on 17 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Music, Photography, The A Cappella Scene, Youth Activities

So what have I been busy with recently?

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and

The A Cappella Championships.

btw, photos on the poster are taken by me last year :D

A little background information on this competition. Organised by The A Cappella Soceity annually, it is its sixth installment and is growing bigger by the year. This year, the competition has been held at both the esplanade and Republic Poly Cultural Center (its the best equipped and designed hall in any polytechnics. SP is FAR lagging behind it.)

A new category called the pop choir category was started this year and saw a mix of primary school kids, secondary school students and even adults compete in it.

For the college and open ensemble categories, the tickets were guess what? SOLD OUT!!!

Yes it was filled to the brim that night and I personally feel that the singing standards have been raised to a very high level. To share some photos of that night:

If ur wondering why all photos are from the same angle, the reason was that esplanade only allows photographers to shot static from one location

A Tip for Minimizing Audio Feedback

Posted by chanxj on 03 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Live Sound, Music, The A Cappella Scene

Many times people ask me how can one minimise feedback in a live sound scenario. There is one thing which many people including me constantly overlook.

I was mixing at The A Cappella Festival organised by The A Cappella Society, and was wondering why was I getting so much feedback, and I finally found out what was causing the trouble.

See that red arrow in the picture? The monitor Speakers are pointing towards the partition, And the partition was reflecting the sounds from the monitors STRAIGHT into the performers mic, causing me significant loss of allowable gain/volume.

After moving away the partition, the system works far better.

So the tip is, speaker placement plays a large role in minimising feedback. Do not hesitate in taking remedial steps where possible.

Jamaica Cafe @ A Cappella Festival 2008

Posted by chanxj on 01 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Music, The A Cappella Scene

I was at The A Cappella Festival 2008 organised by The A Cappella Society. We had a guest team who came all the way from indonesia called Jamaica Cafe which charmed the crowd with the beautiful voice. Below is a short video on them produced by me.


Jamaica Cafe @ A Cappella Festival 2008

Isotonic – Tone’s Inaugural Concert

Posted by chanxj on 07 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: Music, Photography, The A Cappella Scene

These days, there are many people who love to Sing, but very rarely will you find a youth group holding their concert at the esplanade.

On the 3rd and 4th of June, i was covering such a concert by Tone, a youth A Cappella Group in Singapore. With the gracious help of The A Cappella Society, they successfully held 2 nights of concert which was almost full at the Esplanade Recital Studio

Here are some pictures of the event :)

Ella Ella Eh, Under my umbrella......

Reliance on Electronics

Posted by chanxj on 05 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Music

My job as a soundman brings me to many places and day by day, I see the evolution of our reliance on electronics.

Over at Republic Poly sometime in march last year, they have a state of the art cultural center fitted with wonderful state of the art sound equipment such as the sennheiser 3000 series wireless mics and the industry reowned Yamaha PM1D Digital sound mixer. Below is me with the mixer.

Giant Yamaha pm1d Mixer at Republic Polytechnic Cultural centre

A Digital mixer is really a godsend if the performance ur mixing for involves more than 1 A Cappella Group UNTIL

The mixer crashes!!! YES IT CRASHES. Its technically a “computer” remember? That is the very time, I’m really wishing i had the analog mixer that i always want to junk.

The effects are not patched through, the sound kept clipping due to the processor not working properly etc.

This is one of those days where we really have to think whether we should increase our reliance on electronics.

Isotonic

Posted by chanxj on 04 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: The A Cappella Scene

The music scene in Singapore is growing, and i would like to applaud The A Cappella Society in supporting the youth group Tone in holding its inaugural concert.

For all music lovers, Tone’s inaugural concert called isotonic is a must go. Though young, these guys and girls really have a passion for music. Details below.

one\'s Inaugural Concert Isotonic Presented by The A Cappella Society

TAS Youth Voices

Posted by chanxj on 15 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: The A Cappella Scene

The TAS Youth Voices is the youth training program by The A Cappella Society. They currently train every Saturday at The A Cappella Society’s office at TAPAC @ Telok Ayer Performing Arts Center.

I had the honor of holding a group photo shoot on 15th March with this fun loving group of kids at the Istana Park opposite the Istana. We got them to stand in the water, but well we were afraid of flouting any rules, we did not go in deep into the water :D