April 27, 2012

Because I Know The Subject Very Well #1

This is the first post, later on each of us numbnuts will write a thing or two about ourselves in relation to music and astrophysics. There will also be a lot of 'I's in the series, so it might be a good idea to have a bucket near you (or just read it before having a meal).

Okay, here we go!

1. A cliche, but my first experience with music was listening to my Dad's CDs. He had this towering cabinet filled with them in his room where I used to sneak in and played all of them in order. They were mainly jazz and pop songs by popular artists like Nat King Cole, Sinatra and his Rat Pack, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel etc, you know, your typical suburban Dad's collection. And when he's around, The Beatles was something that he played more often than the rest on his stereo, it's like on every weekend, so we kinda grew up with their songs, well I guess us and two thirds of the Earth's population that is.

2. Just before I went to primary school, there was this period when my auntie tried to influence us kids with her favourite music. She often brought us cassettes, mainly '80s - early '90s pop music, and taught us how to sing them. One of the most terrifying songs that she had at the time was Tommy Page's A Shoulder to Cry On...yes that song. And I remember that we spent like a couple of nights singing it before we went to bed. I think that's how we learned English for the first time too.

3. In the first or second grade, I wrote my first "song". It was a stupid song that sounded like a national anthem or some kinda hymn or something, cause those were the type of songs that they taught us at school. I remember that coconut and banana trees were mentioned a lot in the lyric (I think it's something to do with the banana field that we got in front of our house back then). The process was kinda similar to now, I "composed" the notes with this tiny little toy keyboard, don't remember if it's a Casio or some other brand, and then tried to come up with lyrics as I went through the melodies again. I have the keys numbered and so I could write them on my doodling book. It was like a secret thing that I had at the time, because making music or  pretty much doing anything creative was not a common thing in my family, so it's like this new strange thing, almost felt like doing a crime or being involved in some kinda exciting and yet forbidden cult ritual, I practically locked myself in our guest room and have the toy keyboard set at the lowest volume, so that no one could hear, it was like a real bad ass move.

Well I guess that's enough for now, but worry not because there will be more 'I's coming soon, so don't get your hopes high. Cheers!

- Gilar.

April 5, 2012

Old Stuff

Stumbled upon an old video that I made in 2004. It's basically me doing these things that you're not supposed to with a cheap guitar effect and a crappy handycam. Everything was done old school analog, from the audio to the visual. I don't really recall exactly how I did it, I only remember that I made it during the winter that year.

shaky cloudy from aria on Vimeo.

- gilar

April 3, 2012

Another Collaboration

This time, our multi-talented friend Isha Hening came with her own composition, and she was well equipped- she brought her own harmonica. She came with a song that she wrote early in the morning that day, and which we recorded later in the night.

The following day Ninu heard the rough version of it while I played it on the computer, and it didn't take long until he picked up his drum set and asked if he could join us.

The song is called 'Giver', written by Isha Hening, performed by her (vocal, harmonica), me (vocal, guitar, keyboards, bass) and Ninu (drums). The video is made of a footage that she took while visiting England.

Giver from Isha Hening on Vimeo.

- gilar.