The Goth community in Singapore has always been very supportive of our music, and Ben is now resident DJ of the Back in Black event series (next event Saturday 21 October 2017 at Chimichanga, 36 Dunlop Street) organized by the Singapore Dark Alternative Movement.
The opening DJ is MNRV who plays post punk, dark wave, EBM (Wulfband), and industrial (3Teeth and Youth Code)
Prime time is helmed by DJ RED, a consummate professional multi-genre DJ who plays EBM and industrial when she’s at Back in Black
And Ben rounds off the night with darkwave, synthwave, and new wave classic remixes, including some Cosmic Armchair remixes and live mashups.
The first Back in Black of the series succeeded in reuniting the Goth Community in Singapore after a hiatus of a few years.
We’re very glad to be welcomed by the Gothic Community in Singapore, as far back as Outbreed, the first ever large-scale alternative party in Singapore, at the unconventional remote location of Mandai Orchid Garden. Gathered in one mind blowing live gig were the biggest alternative musical talents in the local scene as well as resident Goth DJs. The Goth and alternative communities came in full force to enjoy genres of music spanning the entire spectrum of dark-alternative, all in one wild night.
On Saturday 19 August we’ll be showcasing our new album CONTACT at Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day, NUS’ annual homecoming to welcome alumni, students, faculty, staff and their families back to Kent Ridge Campus. We’re performing with Brannlum on keyboards and Kids with Laptops on visuals.
More about the event –
Held at the University Town, participants will get a glimpse of modern campus life, enjoy carnival activities, network with students and alumni at the Faculty booths and be entertained by stage performances by fellow alumni. The festivities will culminate in the largest outdoor movie screening on campus of a popular animated film, Trolls.
Saturday, 19 August 2017
5.00pm – 9.30pm (our showcase starts 7.30 pm)
Colourful and Casual!
Stephen Riady Centre
Education Resource Centre
· Festival Drummers comprising members of the NUS Alumni Orchestra and
NUS Wind Symphony
· TO Ensemble
Alumni Art Exhibition
Alumni-Students Volleyball Challenge
Student Life Fair
Battle of theAlumNUSFoodpreneurs
Faculty Networking Booths
· Jonathan Leong & Pennylane featuring Stasha Wong
· Kapap / Modern Street Combatives Self-Defence Demonstration
For the occasion of « Record Store Day », our label Alfa Matrix has launched a special -30% discount code on their whole music catalog including our own releases! CD’s, vinyls, digital: EVERYTHING! Simply apply the following code: RSD2017 and get 30% discount on all your music purchases on www.alfa-matrix-store.com or http://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com This code is valid until May 1st so take your chance now and thanks again for your support!
You can buy our previous EPs
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You can buy other albums where we appear, and check out all the other cool alternative electronic music from our label-mates
And albums by other cool electronic artists who we’ve remixed songs for
as well as
There’s lots to choose from!
What is Record Store Day?
Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007 and held on one Saturday every April to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store”. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world.
Recently when I conducted the two day workshop on Producing Electronic Music for School of Music Arts (SOMA), I decided to use the Yoga Home 500 PC/Tablet for teaching. In the process, I discovered 3 benefits:
1. Using the same computer for production and performance is more efficient
Until now, we’ve been making music in our personal studio on a heavy duty desktop computer (Lenovo A720) with a large screen. The powerful CPU enabled us to experiment with multiple instruments and effects, and the large screen enabled us to see many channels of music, instruments and effects at the same time. We even performed with it at the Esplanade Waterfront.
Cosmic Armchair playing touchscreen at Esplanade Waterfront
But that desktop was not only heavy duty, it was also heavy. So for many live performances, we had to duplicate our files onto our IdeaPad ultrabook instead. And if we made any new changes during the rehearsal or performance, we had to duplicate them back to the desktop. This led to messy duplicates and sometimes versions went missing or were over written.
Now our Yoga Home 500 not only has all the CPU power and screen size of a desktop PC, but is also portable enough to be brought out to the performance (or in this case, the lesson). The foldable stand turns it into a tablet that can be carried in a tote bag, and the wireless keyboard and mouse mean there are less messy cables.
2. Teaching by touchscreen is easier than teaching by mouse
My students used to have to strain their eyes to see where my mouse pointer was clicking on screen, even after increasing screen size and pointer size. Now that I use the touchscreen of the Yoga Home 500 to teach, students can see exactly where my fingers are pressing, and follow along on their own computers.
3. Performing live on the touchscreen is intuitive and fun
The multi-touch touchscreen of the Yoga Home 500 allows my students to experience hands on the ability to play live on the Ableton Live software, triggering and manipulating music with their fingers (see below) without requiring additional hardware or configuration.
Playing Ableton Live on touchscreen
We pioneered playing the touchscreen PC as a musical instrument with our Lenovo A720 at larger shows like our Esplanade Waterfront show (see first photo above). The Yoga Home 500 is more portable which means we can bring it for almost any performance. This versatility is a great benefit for teaching electronic music, and I’m looking forward to playing it in live performances as well.
We recently uploaded our current single, I DON’T BELONG HERE, to the two leading online mastering sites, LANDR and EMastered, to see which one would do a better job of mastering* our music. Both sites use proprietary artificial intelligence and algorithms to do the job automatically, at a fraction of the time and cost of human beings. Ideally we prefer to give our music to a good (human) mastering engineer with experience in our genre, but we wanted to explore if these automated sites could do the job for a quick demo.
(* ‘mastering’ is the final part of audio post production before releasing the song, where the final mix is processed with EQ, compression, limiting and other enhancements, and makes it sound professional)
The results between the sites are close, so you should listen to the examples and decide for yourself, preferably on good headphones or speakers (not earbuds). You may also want to compare the loudest parts where the beats kick in.
What you hear below is the original WAV file without mastering, as a baseline.
What you hear next is the result of uploading the WAV file to LANDR.com
Compare it with the result of uploading the WAV file to EMastered.com
Finally, here is the version that is available for you to buy in the Alfa Matrix store (hint, hint)
So , which one do you prefer? Please tell us in the comments.
We’re back in the studio after a long hiatus and our first recording of 2016 is this mixtape of our favourite synthpop / electro / EBM tracks from the Matrix Downloaded 4 compilation by Alfa Matrix, the top international alternative electro / synthpop / EBM label.
Yes we had our hands full with other matters in 2015 – new addition to family, new full time job, new live Peranakan electropop show – and we’re very sorry to our label mates whom we were unable to remix in time for your great EP and album releases (they sound great!) – but we’re back in action producing and remixing and ready to go!
You’ll find our favourite synthpop / electropop / alternative tracks from the Matrix Downloaded 4 (available at http://alfa-matrix-store.com/ ) featuring PSY’AVIAH feat. MARI KATTMAN, AYRIA, COSMIC ARMCHAIR (ourselves!), ESSENCE OF MIND, UNTER NULL, METROLAND, DIFFUZION, ENTRZELLE, SUICIDAL ROMANCE, AESTHETISCHE, STUDIO-X vs. SIMON CARTER, DREAM RECALL, and AVARICE IN AUDIO.
This is a series of video interviews that the NUS Centre of the Arts team recorded during our photo shoot for the show. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing more of our adventure, in creating our first Digital Dondang Sayang show, with you.
What is Cosmic Armchair?
What is Digital Dondang Sayang about?
Why do you enjoy working with the NUS Electronic Music Lab?