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    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    I have issues.

    Updating this blog isn't easy because I don't really have all that much to say that I think would be of interest to most people out there. And I spend 85% of my waking moments working. Truth to the matter is, I've never been comfortable with what I do for a living, which is writing and producing music. And I don't really like to talk about it. It might have something to do with the fact that I am Chinese and by default, I should have a more respectable job. I should be an accountant or engineer. Not a musician. (Which I am not, by the way. I don't read music or play an instrument well.)

    So when people ask me what I do, I usually flat out lie and say I work at IKEA. I am the guy who names the furniture. Or I am a dentist. Which usually makes people suddenly aware of their teeth and thus wanting to keep their mouth closed. Works for me.

    Again, I have issues.

    Although in all honesty, part of the reason is me not wanting to explain my job and then have this most annoying question asked: "If I give you this song on a CD, can you remove the vocals?"

    Anyway, I am going to deal with my issues. I am going to talk about my work.

    I just finalised tracks for Kaer. It has been one long project. Since April. And it is almost over. It started with two songs and then it became six new tracks and two remixes. The final tracks are going to Nick Lee for mastering on Thursday. It has been an interesting project because Kaer is willing to try something different. None of those suicide ballads. Bless the man for allowing me to go hog wild. We have Malay dance music folks!

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    I got famous and powerful music people to do this! woo!

    Khairil, Aidit Alfian, Habsah Hassan, Ad Samad. And below, Ziana Zain.

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    I want to take a moment from my busy schedule to give props and love to one of the greatest software applications ever developed for music that has not only saved my career as a music producer, but also the careers of thousands of singers all over the world. I am talking about Antares Auto-Tune. This little gem will fix vocal tracks with questionable pitching by singers who may have had a bad day or perhaps should consider a different line of work. So as I am in the thick of mega-vocal editing sessions, I am ever so grateful to Auto-Tune, despite it's name, you also have the option to tune manually. Ask for it by name. Accept no substitutes.