Apr
30
2008
0

Kou Chou Ching album reviewed

The Kou Chou Ching album that I mixed and mastered, Kou!! It’s Coming Out!!!, is reviewed in the Taipei Times today. I get a kind mention ;^)

Written by moshang in: News |
Sep
27
2007
0

Kou Chou Ching – new album

Kou Chou Ching must have liked what I did with Black Heart and Tiu Tiu Ssu Hsiang Chi, because they’ve asked me to mix and master their new 12 track album. As was the case with Chang Jui-chuan’s recent Resurrection album, Kou have received a grant from the Taiwanese government for the project, but unfortunately the grant comes with some serious time constraints, meaning that I have about a month to work on my contribution to the album. Considering that my remixes for them took about a month each, it stands to reason that I won’t be able to do the same kind of make over on these 12 tracks. On the other hand, this is also not required – it is Kou’s album, so I consider my job to be to make what they’ve given me sound as good as possible. Possibly with some creative addition or substitution here and there.

I’ve just started serious work on the project (back from a long-weekend break in Kenting at the southernmost tip of Taiwan), but right now it’s rather boring technical work moving all the multi-track projects from Nuendo into Sonar, my preferred audio-midi sequencing package. Somehow, I couldn’t get OMF-export to work in Nuendo – the OMF format usually makes transporting multitrack mixes between packages a doddle – so, I’m stuck doing it by hand. It’s taking quite a bit of time, but I should be done with it today or tomorrow. Can’t wait to get creative on the tracks!

Written by moshang in: News |
Apr
19
2007
0

Kou Chou Ching – Tiu Tiu Ssu Hsiang Chi (Little DingDong Mix)

Apparently some remixes are harder to do than others; or at least take me longer. My last remix for Jui-chuan took upwards of three weeks to complete, as did this one – my second for Kou Chou Ching. Actually, if I’m to include the three weeks I spent on vacation and didn’t work on the track, this remix took close on two months! I’d be tempted to think I just work slowly, if it weren’t for the fact that I can apparently also do a remix in two days if needs be (see the post above).

The Little DingDong Mix of Tiu Tiu Ssu Hsiang Chi is currently Track 2 in the MoShang Radio sidebar player (that’s on moshang.net if you happen to be reading this blog elsewhere). Little DingDong is the Chinese name for the Japanese cartoon character Doraemon, by the way… Kou Chou Ching’s original is from their album FuKe and here are their liner notes for the song:

Do you still remember? Do you remember your life when you were a kid? Do you remember when you were a kid how you used to wait for each day’s new installment of comics and eat junk food, back when your favorite superheroes still battled against their arch nemeses?

Time flies and people cannot avoid change. The stresses of life and the influence of the workaday world settle upon us like dust. We can no longer return to our youthful innocence, nor can we reclaim that feeling of satisfaction we had when we were young. Thinking about how this story plays itself out again and again in the city, we decided to start from our childhood experiences to write this song.

As its name suggests, this song takes two Taiwanese folk tunes as its central structure. The first, “Tiu Tiu Tang,” comes from Ilan County in Taiwan’s northeast corner; while the second, “Su Siang Khi,” is from Hengchun, a town in the far south of the island. Together, the two tunes make this song a complete mix of north and south. We have also brought into the tune upbeat funk styles. Finally, to give the tune a relaxed and lively feel, we have inserted sounds from very familiar video games of our youth. Bringing together the old, the new, domestic, and foreign is this tune’s most important mission.

Written by moshang in: Remixes |
Sep
19
2006
4

Kou Chou Ching – Black Heart (Soft Center Mix)

Kou Chou Ching

 

Not long ago, I met a Taiwanese hip-hop band on MySpace called Kou Chou Ching. Kou graciously bought both my albums and I offered to do a remix for them. Well, I’m right in the middle of a remix for their track Black Heart and I thought I’d share my excitement about it. On the one hand it’s really exciting to be collaborating with Taiwanese artists again (I collaborated with singer Sonja V. from Taipei on Chill Dynasty – whom I incidentally also met on MySpace) – besides rapping in a combination of Mandarin, Taiwanese and the aboriginal language Hakka, Kou Chou Ching also incorporate traditional Chinese instrumentation in their music. Since I only understand a little of the Mandarin (and nothing of the rest), I’m kinda reduced to looking at the vocals as percussion – emotional percussion; I don’t really see this as an impediment. On the other hand, I’m really excited about the way the track is coming along; it had me bopping around in the studio a bit yesterday (!) – always cool when that happens!

Return to Innocence

Speaking of Taiwanese aboriginal music, Mark Forman phoned on the weekend asking if I remembered who the band was that got sued by a Taiwanese aboriginal singer. First I’d heard of it, so I looked it up on the net and it turned out to be German group Enigma. They had a huge hit with a track called Return to Innocence (that’s the album cover of the single above) in 1994. It was later used to promote the 1998 Olympics and was also used in Virgin Atlantic’s advertising. Difang, a traditional singer of the Ami people of Taiwan was watching TV one day and was shocked to hear himself singing a traditional song on a world-wide hit. There’s more on the story here. I had no idea those vocals were from Taiwan… live and learn.

Written by moshang in: Remixes |
Jan
22
2008
1

Kou!! It’s Coming Out!!! Album Launch

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Em. and I shot through to Taipei by Taiwan’s High Speed Rail on Wednesday the 16th for the launch of Kou Chou Ching’s new album, “Kou!! It’s Coming Out!!!”. Since I’d been heavily involved with the double-disk album, I thought it important to be there. I did a short set and had a mini heart-attack when my MidAir midi wireless system stopped working just as I started – luckily I had a backup wired midi system in the T-box that performed flawlessly. No idea what’s up with the MidAir – seems not to work off battery power anymore :^( I’d say you get what you pay for, but the Taiwan made T-box was really cheap, too. I did a couple of tracks with Chang Jui-chuan, too – nice preperation for the performance on the 19th.

Kou had a really cool turnout for the event. I had a great time finally putting faces to many of the artists I had heard while mixing the album.

Written by moshang in: MoShang Live |

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