Song: This Side of the Moon

Excluding the ccMixter remixes, I’ve not composed a full original rock guitar instrumental since releasing the DEKA album last year. This one took about 2 weeks. Enjoy!

The track can be streamed or downloaded from my Bandcamp.com page (artistivanchew.bandcamp.com)

“Jakarta Hills” (#61: Project 365 Sketches)

“Jakarta Hills” (#61: Project 365 Sketches)
"Jakarta Hills" (#61: Project 365 Sketches)
Sketch Club app; iPhone.

2013, Sat 2 Mar. I’ve never been to Jakarta. Saw an Instagram upload from a young friend (a talented film-medium artist). Thought it would make a good speed sketch exercise on a Saturday evening. Completed in about 25mins. #365sketches

Homemade essential oil spray

My wife concocted a homemade essential oil spray. She did a bit of research over the Internet. To get rid of bed bugs. She says it works.

I thought it made our home smell like a classy boutique hotel. I asked her what name she’s calling the fragrance.

“No Bed Bugs Essential Spray”, she says.

Recipe:

Reuse a 120ml spray bottle or perfume atomiser.

Fill it up slightly more than 3 quarters full with boiled water (in lieu of distilled water).

Add:

  • Cedar wood essential oil x 10 drops
  • Clove essential oil x 5 drops
  • Lavender essential oil x 20 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil x 5 drops

Shake like mad.


Red Potion
Originally uploaded by Artform Canada

BTW, you can freely copy the above. A mere listing of ingredients and procedures cannot be copyrighted. Unless the listings have “substantial literary expression-—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example-—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook”. Source: U.S. Copyright office (Singapore follows U.S. Copyright law pretty closely).
U.S. Copyright Office - Recipes

I’ve been called a “Local Musician”

This was a pleasant surprise 🙂

At this Infocomm123 article, their resident blogger Daniel Tsou listed me as one of the three online Creative Commons musicians he’s come across:
Discovering or Sharing New Music Online | Infocomm 123 – Ask. Learn. Explore | Blog

He calls me:

A local musician who writes great music, some of which are even used on local podcasts such as Simply Geek!

Discovering or Sharing New Music Online | Infocomm 123 – Ask. Learn. Explore | Blog

It’ll be super cool if he wrote that I’m a librarian in there, somewhere. But I’m not complaining! Just very tickled to be called a musician.

ASIDE
I couldn’t help but think about how the dots connected.

Daniel is one of the guys over at Tech65. Other than one or two emails and one Skype chat, I don’t really know him (in case any one wonders if I prodded him to be included in the article, heh).

I didn’t meet Daniel directly. It was through one of his Tech65 counterpart, Chinmay, who attended this GarageBand meetup in 2008 that I organised. Chinmay said he was recording podcast episodes for their online show.

Think it was about a year later when Chinmay emailed to let me know he was using my CC-licensed track for their podcasts. Which later led to them inviting me on episode 12 of Simply Geek. That’s when I first conversed with Daniel. Which led to the Infocomm123 article.

That’s how the dots connected.

Through music.

MV by Ivan Bridgewater – “1st Symphony 1st Movement”

Wow.

I’ve never had a Music Video (MV) dedicated to me before.


LINK

Mr. Ivan Bridgewater and I have never met.

I learned of his work when I was looking for Creative Commons licensed works at the Internet Archive, for my One World MV.

Was much impressed by how many videos Mr. Bridgewater has shared on Internet Archive (see this link).

After I completed the One World MV, I invited Mr. Bridgewater to listen to the album. He was nice enough to do so, and also gave me his feedback.

It’s people like Mr. Ivan Bridgewater who’ve convinced me that the benefits of sharing one’s content on the Internet outweighs potential risks and opportunity costs.

Thank you, sir.