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Reviews for "Nanyang Journey (Instrumental)"

Admiral Bob
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 5:18 AM
When it first began, I thought it would be purely traditional Han folk music, and then the sweet guitar comes in, followed by lots of other interesting keyboard textures along with aggressive percussion that definitely seems to be more urgent and passionate than simple folk music could muster on its own.

All in all, that’s a wordy way of saying this is great, super guitar, and definitely a departure!
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 6:45 AM
In truth, I don’t really know how to compose Han folk music :) Thanks for the review (wordy? Nah!) Glad the percussion worked out well. I wanted to work in something to convey the sense of trepidation, urgency and excitement which might have been felt by those who made the southwards journey, so many decades ago.
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 7:15 AM
oh my! An ed-pick!!! For fear of appearing uncool… THANK YOU THANK YOU.
panu
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 5:54 AM
lovely with a nice modern-asian-cinematic feel. beautiful sound on this.
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 7:02 AM
thanks, panu. i was aiming for cinematic (will add that to the tags)
septahelix
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 8:17 AM
this is fantastic. can definitely picture it in a picture. like in an intro, credits rolling, aerial view of jungle. it has a sort of eighties epic feel but manages to not be “cheesy,” remaining captivating and authentic instead.
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:12 AM
Quote: septahelixcan definitely picture it in a picture. like in an intro, credits rolling, aerial view of jungle.My own mental picture has aerial shots of beat up junks (boats) weathering the angry seas and storms. But yeah, the rolling view of the southeast Asian jungles works too. thanks!
urmymuse
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 10:00 AM
Hi Ivan . this is really good. Grabs you from the start , full of interest and evocative. Top track
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:16 AM
Thanks, friend. Btw, as an aisde: the Nanyang journey had the East India Company to thank, in a way (any chance you’re related to Raffles or Farqhuar? Heh) And of course the Dutch.
Carosone
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 10:19 AM
Beautiful thing. Percussions are well curated and contrast the long guitar tones. They say 2from the start”, than they say “an intro”; I say: the end is great.
I also like the sounds.
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:18 AM
Thanks! The understated hero in this mix goes to Papa Zulu. The MIDI tracks gave me a heck of a lot of flexibility to tweak around.
Snowflake
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permalink   Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 12:57 PM
thank you for the introduction and the history/language/geography lesson. i’ve been transported in time and place. all of your instrument choices and performances are excellent. and the guitar work perfectly crunch and sonorous (and very well placed volume-wise).

well deserved Ed Pick.
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:21 AM
Quote: snowflakethank you for the introduction and the history/language/geography lesson. i’ve been transported in time and place. It’s awesome that you saw it that way. thank you!
SackJo22
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permalink   Wed, Sep 14, 2011 @ 11:48 AM
Fantastic work Ivan. Rich. Atmospheric. Evocative. And congrats on a well deserved ed pick!
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Tue, Sep 20, 2011 @ 6:13 AM
Thank you for starting the tubed_by_you idea!
economix
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permalink   Fri, Sep 16, 2011 @ 8:49 AM
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Tue, Sep 20, 2011 @ 6:17 AM
Hey there! Thanks for the mash up! Love it when people use my CC licensed stems for their remixes, plus proper credits (you rock!) btw, where can I find the video you used? I’m interested in doing a remix myself. Nice find!
 
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permalink   economix Sat, Oct 15, 2011 @ 8:13 AM
Ivan, this is a poor substitute for the version I deleted, I hope you can forgive a humble lounge room scrap book tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Sat, Oct 15, 2011 @ 8:51 PM
As you say in your country, No Worries, mate! Besides, what’s there to forgive? Thanks for the remix.
Papa_Zulu
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permalink   Sat, Sep 17, 2011 @ 8:24 PM
Dang Ivan, this is top notch work - you brought alot of excitement to this piece yet still maintained that melancholy feeling from Island Journey (trepedatious is a great description). This track definately captures your creative genius - awesome man (gratz on the editors pick too!), and its an honor you chose those midis!
 
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permalink   Ivan Chew Tue, Sep 20, 2011 @ 6:30 AM
Your MIDIs made it happen. Gave me the flexibility to churn out the different instrumentation. I’m not just saying that. Hope this doesn’t sound patronizing to you, but man, I’m sharing this Ed Pick with ya! :)