MyTracks Vol III – High Way Sound Scape – MMXV

High Way Sound Scape

MyTracks Vol III – High Way Sound Scape – 2015

01. Shots – Imagine Dragons
02. Xtra Love – We Are Twin
03. Hold Me Down – Halsey
04. Cold – Rae Morris feat Fryars
05. Elastic Heart – Sia
06. Unguarded – Rae Morris
07. Drive – Halsey
08. Here – Alessia Cara
09. Jitter – Grace Mitchell
10. Indian Summer – Marlene
11. Amazing – Foxes
12. The Fall – Imagine Dragons
Bonus Track: Stonemilker – Bjork

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ima2hwq2bvhhf79/MyTracks2015.zip?dl=0

Annual Playlist. Started in 2013 for fun and now became an annual thing. Just a little personal hobby…like making a mixtape or a soundtrack to an imaginary movie. Previous ones:

Volume I – 2013: http://trylobyte.tumblr.com/post/70899436429/mytracks-playlist-for-this-years-imaginary

Vol II Blue Purple Spectrum – 2014: http://trylobyte.tumblr.com/post/116805900622/mytracks-vol-ii-blue-purple-spectrum

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Christmas Eve – Japan railway commercial 1988-1992

Between 1988 – 1992, Japan Railway aired a series of Christmas commercials – all revolving around the theme of couples reuniting during Christmas….. and all set to the song ‘Christmas Eve’ by Tatsuro Yamashita.

I used to live in Japan around that time. I was still in kindergarten but I still fondly remember what an awesome place and time it was to grow up in. I compiled the commercials and put it in one video with the full version of the song.

It’s a nostalgic trip back to the good ol days of Japan.

MyTracks – Playlist for this year’s imaginary movie – MMXIII

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It’s the end of the year and I felt like making a playlist. It’s not necessarily songs from this year.

Enjoy.

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Act I

01 – Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake
02 – Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
03 – Locked Out In Heaven – Bruno Mars
04 – Get Lucky – Daft Punk
05 – Treasure – Bruno Mars
06 – Elevate – St. Lucia
07 – Clarity – Zedd
08 – Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
09 – Just One Yesterday – Fall Out Boy
10 – Youth – Foxes
11 – Counting Stars – OneRepublic
12 – Wake Me Up – Avicii
13 – La La La – Naughty Boy
14 – Right Here – Rudimental

http://www.mediafire.com/download/u9gustacig5jad4/MyTracks_Act_1.zip

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Act II

15 – Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
16 – Royals – Lorde
17 – Tennis Court – Lorde
18 – We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
19 – Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
20 – Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
21 – Stay – Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
22 – Hold My Liquor – Kanye West
23 – No Church in the Wild – Jay Z & Kanye West
24 – Still Sane – Lorde
25 – Home – Foxes
26 – Team – Lorde
27 – On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
28 – Roar – Katy Perry
29 – White Coats – Foxes
30 – What You Wanted – OneRepublic

http://www.mediafire.com/download/aec5bb3ldp5xkbs/MyTracks_Act_2.zip

NOTE: I chose the picture of a Fox because it relates to a singer that makes the most appearance in this playlist (as lead and featured singer). And there is a hidden track somewhere.

Streets of Rage 2 Soundtrack

Was at a Bowling Alley and they played a music that sounded like the one from the classic SEGA beat em up game, Bare Knuckles 2/Streets of Rage 2.

Of course, they definitely weren’t playing an old video game music but would be cool if they did play them. Some of these classic video games soundtrack can be under rated.

PS: Streets of Rage 2 (or Bare Knuckles 2) has one of the coolest VG soundtrack EVER. Beating up bad guys with A and B buttons have never been way cooler.

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Sounds of the decade

Looking back at the music that reminds me of this decade (2000 – 2009)

It wasn’t me – Shaggy

Thong Song – Sisqo

7 days – Craig David

Beautiful Day – U2

Rollin -Limp Bizkit

It’s my life – Bon Jovi

Hero – Enrique Iglesias

there are more…

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Oh Let it Louie, She’s Under Cover..

Here’s a random ‘game’ that my friend and I came up with during a MSN messenger session. It started with him giving me a link to the theme song of the game Metal Gear Solid over at YouTube. I replied with a link to the Battlefield 1942 theme song and so we went back and forth giving links to musical scores we like, be it from a game or a movie. But eventually we started trading YouTube links to songs that we consider to be ‘guilty pleasure’ songs (he started by ‘rickrolling’ me with that Never Gonna Give You Up song). Note that we don’t neccessarily considered these songs to be bad but they are something we enjoyed, laughed and remember fondly.

It’s kinda funny listening (and watch the music videos!!) to songs like Modern Talking’s ‘Brother Louie’ or Mc Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ again. We continually went “hey, remember this song?” or “OMG, this song used to…” back and forth. This went on for about an hour and some of these songs are now stuck in my head thanks to it.

Click More to see some of the songs that we ‘rediscovered’ during our little game over MSN. Enjoy the trip back in time :mrgreen:

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I support the Arts :-)

Several things that led me into writing this post:

  • I watched a recent episode of LOST and it showed, through flashbacks, how one character, John Locke, struggled with an identity crisis when he was young. He wanted to be a hunter and loves sports, cars and boxing. But what he didn’t realize was that he was trying to be someone he’s not. The idea of “who you are” vs “who you want to be” intrigued me.
  • I listened to a news over my local radio about a musical performance by school band held recently in one of the local college. Kinda cool to see how nowadays students in my country are getting more opportunity with doing music in schools.
  • A conversation I had with an old friend about school. Actually, it was more like listening (reading actually, it’s a chat through MSN) to him releasing feelings he hid had during high school. It was all ‘this sucked and that sucked, that girl was hot and that guy was an asshole, that subjects sucked but that one was good, etc 

All that led me here; writing about Arts education (music, arts, drama, etc). My stance? I strongly support the Arts being part of the education. First of all, I want to make it clear that I’m not what people consider the Artsy guy. If you were to place me in one of those cliche student type, it would be the more academic inclined group (or a nerd lol).

So if you’re more of an academic person then why the hell would you give a damn about Arts programs in school.

The obvious reason is that I pity those who have talents in the Arts but feel wasted when they are forced to face academic subjects. I have a lot of friends who just give up with studying and take pride when they fail a test. One of my academic leaning friend called them ‘gila’ or ‘palui’ (crazy or stupid respectively) but I see them as simply expressing their frustration (or maybe I’m wrong and they really are bunch of dumbasses). But that very same group of people are musically talented and funny as hell (they could be great actors). Another friend of mine told me once how his mom wanted him to go to the local university but he didn’t want to. His reason? “Blajar lagi tu!!” (I’ll have to study again!!). What he really wants to do is take a course in cooking and become a chef (he’s actually good at cooking). So I think a greater emphasis on the Arts education could help these students. Although I don’t expect to see subjects like music be compulsory in local schools in the next few years, I like how schools are opening up to it with students having more opportunity in showcasing their musical talents.

So is that your only reason Trylobyte? Don’t tell me you support Arts because you feel sorry for the other people who didn’t get good grades as you?

Ok, that is not my only reason. My other reason, more of a personal reason, is that I have a soft spot for the Arts. Like I already mentioned, I would be categorised in the the more academic inclined group aka nerd. But i don’t believe in those lame labelling type. I believe we all have that nerdy, artsy and more ‘physical active’ side within ourself but it’s just that some sides are more dominant than the other. This brings back to that scene from the latest episode of LOST that I mentioned in the beginning where Locke refused to believe that he has that nerdy ‘science camp’ side to him.

I have a soft spot for the Arts because I sorta admit that, not trying to brag myself, I do have some talents or interest in  the Arts rather than the usual academic stuff. I don’t know how to read musical notes but I like of musical scores (especially movie soundtrack scores). I’m not a great artist but I do enjoy drawing comics (i used to do that a lot in school. I remember planning to scan and upload those comics here but some of them are offensive so nevermind hehe). I’m not an actor yet I don’t realize that I do ‘acting’ when I make jokes to people.

Let’s start with visual art. I like drawing when I was a kid because it had something to do with the way you can create your own world. If you want a whale with dragon wings then you get a whale with dragon wings!! 🙂 I remember decorating the walls at my bedroom by pasting the drawings I made. I won a bronze medal for an artwork back in kindergarten in Japan (although I can’t remember exactly what I drew lol). I remember finding my Elementary school art class to be fun. That’s right, just because I like studying doesn’t mean that I find academic classes to be fun! Haha! Music classes that I took at some schools I’ve been to were fun as well. Although I didn’t really prioritize music class over geography or science but I never detest it. I remember knowing how to play recorder and showed off to my friends by playing the Star Wars theme song on the keyboard hehe. Sadly, I forgot how to play those instruments 🙄

Then there was the Drama class. I remember when I first arrived at that international school in Singapore, I was terrified with sight of ‘Drama’ as a compulsory subject. WTF! I’m cool with music and art but Drama?! That’s gay. Yeah, that’s what I thought, “that’s gay!”. But it turned out to be probably the most fun class I ever had. Middle school drama class was what I called ‘the only time in school where you can get silly’ . It’s escapism at its best as you get to act in different characters. I’ve played roles ranging from Batman to an evil drug dealer 😛 I didn’t continue taking Drama at High School because by that level it gets more serious and stuff. I never intended to pursue an acting career or anything LOL. My english teacher asked me once after my friend and I acted as Arthur and Zaphod respectively from Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, “Have you ever consider a career on television” I answered ‘no’ ofcourse 😆

So you want more schools to adapt or at least opening up to Arts education because you had fun with it. Not everyone will have as much fun as you with these types of classes. Some students are just academic type and nothing more. I guess you’re just bragging yourself.

Some students are seen to be just academic types and nothing more because they were never given a chance to do something else. They may not try to pursue a career in the Arts but I think it’s good if they could try to tap another side of themselves. That’s like saying Physical education shouldn’t be taught because some people are just ‘not the PE type’. Again, referring back to that episode of Lost, the idea of ‘who you are’ and ‘who you want to be’

You know, if you didn’t go to schools that provide Arts classes, you wouldn’t be saying these stuff on your blog

Yeah, I know hehe. But the fact is that I’ve experienced it and enjoyed it. I assume that others would enjoy it too and probably discover that they have some hidden talents or interest in it. Hell, they could find it a life changing experience, who knows!!

But public schools are already crowded with subjects

Then incorporate elements of Arts into available subject if it’s possible. I mean, I had dancing as part of module in my elementary school PE class. How’s that! :mrgreen: Geography and art? of course! Where did you think I got my excellent colour shading skills hehe (inside joke, sorry). Some can be easy like drama and English class while some can be difficult like incorporating History and Music Imagine learning about Napoleon’s retreat from Russia while the 1812 Overture playing full blast volume.  Maths and music?? Maths and Art could work I think.

But..But…

But what?! ok enough questions. Just go home.

I can’t

Why not?

I’m your subconscious. You’re not really talking to anybody.

Oh…I need friends don’t I

No shit!

Kickass Classical Music

You can never beat classical music. I stumbled upon this site, http://www.kickassclassical.com/, an informative page on almost every popular classical music that you’ve probably heard before (I recognized more than half of the music on the list). It’s kinda cool to learn more about music that you just took for granted because you hear it everywhere from movies to cartoons to ads. Here are some of interesting facts that I learned from the website:

  • The Lullaby aka cradle song was composed by a German, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Wow, so it’s that old.
  • The American Graduation song was composed by an English composer, Edward Elgar (1857-1934). The title is Pomp And Circumstance.
  • The Clown/circus music was actually called ‘Entry of the Gladiators’ by a Czech military orchestra composer, Julius Fucik (1872-1916). LOL
  • Haha..Yes I finally found out who made that song from the Cookie Monster segment in the Sesame Street. It’s Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738).
  • If it wasn’t for Mozart, you wouldn’t sing “twinkle2 little star”, “Black Sheep” and the “Alphabet song”
  • The intense music that you always hear from movie trailers. O Fortuna by Carl Orff (1895-1982)
  • The Strauss of the Blue Danube and the Strauss of Also Sprach Zarathustra are different person. I thought it was the same guy due to similar surname and both piece appearing in 2001 Space Odyssey
  • The cliche love theme composed by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), who also made the “blow-up-parliament-V-for-Vendetta-theme
  • Richard Wagner– The guy who composed the badass “Ride of the Valkyries” was the same guy who made the infamous Wedding tune.

To close this post, I present you THE one hit wonder, Pachelbel’s Canon. I discovered this musical piece back in High School and instantly fell in love with it. A beautiful piece although I never play it myself (not a musician, I don’t know how to read a musical note). But then you start hearing it everywhere and the song eventually bores you. I would also like to thank this Asian dude back in Highschool, never knew his name, who keeps on playing the canon with the piano at the music room almost everyday after school. It helped ruined the song for me. So Thanks ALOT!!! 

Here’s Pachelbel Canon if you want to listen to it:

And then check this video where the guy rants about how he hates the Pachelbel Canon so much.

Click Here for the Pachelbel Rant