Apr 30, 2011

Co-curricular Activities 2010/2011


These are the co-curricular activities (CCAs) that I joined in NUS and TH (Temasek Hall) in the academic year 2010/2011, which was my second year in the university.


NUS Chinese Orchestra 國大華樂團
Same as the previous year, it awards 11 points for perforning member and 8 points for non-performing member, there're sectional practice every Thursday for 2 hours and combined practice every Saturday for 5 hours at CFA (Centre for the Arts).

Fortunately, this year NUSCO held its annual concert (Tales of Yore 赤城余韵环四壁) at Esplanade Concert Hall


NUS Piano Ensemble
NUSPE consists of 4 sub-committees, namely Music, Concert Management, Welfare/IT Management and Publicity.
I was introduced by Chu Luei to join this CCA as it's quite slacky and it indeed was.
I was luckily assigned to be a member of Music Subcommittee and there're 8 points already.
Our commitment was to go to CFA every Friday evening for 1-2 hours for some talks or music sharing session and that's all (sometimes there's even no session for the week). I as a Music Subcommittee member was even more slacked - I did nothing other than taking attendance for the entire year. Haha...

Concertino IV
I didn't go through audition to be a performing member (11 points) as I thought I would definitely fail that.

However, a few of us volunteered to perform for Concertino IV, which is a pretty casual internal concert where normal members can showcase their talent.

I performed a duet piece (Funeral March) with Siew Wai for that concert (at least I didn't have to perform all alone) and got 1 extra point from that.

NUSPE's policy is: the awarded points are given according to the member's attendance. So everyone was eagerly looking for their respective subcommittee heads for attendance after each session has ended.


TH Badminton Team
Any sports CCA in Temasek Hall is basically focusing on one thing - IHG (Inter-Hall Games).
I joined TH Badminton Team because this is the only sport that I'm good at, although I'm still not very skillful at it. At least I can do sports other than studies and cultural stuffs.

TH vs KR at Sheares Hall
I wasn't in the main team to go for a match because I wasn't that pro enough, so I was in the training team - still able to train and play (got free shuttlecocks ok ^^).

Temasek Hall is known to be strong in sports, but for badminton, not likely to be said so as its not our major.
We lost in both preliminary matches, but I hope we can get better players, trainings and ultimately, COURT!! TH's badminton court has poor lighting and there're low slanted ceiling and fans in obstruction. Arghh!!!
I was awarded 6 points from the team.


TH Dance

Culture Night 10/11
Like the previous year, we performed for Temasek Hall Culture Night 10/11 in the first semester.
The dance was choreographed by Yayi.

I withdrew in the second semester because studies were too stressful and also I was the head of TH XinYao 10/11. However in the second semester, TH Dance collaborated with TH XinYao for an external concert at NAFA Lee Foundation Auditorium.

I got 8 points and 1.7 demerit point because of the withdrawal.


DanSing! 歌舞聚!


TH XinYao 心謠
As told before, TH XinYao is a Chinese pop band and for this year, it's the most meaningful CCA of mine because... I was the HEAD!!
Wow, I've never been holding such a big responsibility and a title of 'head', guess I was doomed that time. I dragged Chu Luei along to be the vice head and she assisted me all the way long.

Since I was the head, I wanted to modify the structure of bands - decreasing the total number of bands from 9 to 4, increase the number of members (instrumentalists in each band). Basically, my motive was to make a band full, with basic pop band required instrumentalists, because in the previous year, there are hardly anyone playing bass guitar except me. Excuse me, bass is so important in a song arrangement, drum + no bass = WEIRD! unless you're doing stuns.

Singing with minus one (karaoke) accompaniment was also banned from my policy. Muakaka, for the sake of meeting professionalism and quality performance.

Culture Night 10/11 at the Communal Hall
Slightly differently, this year the Culture Night came before our internal concert.

TH XinYao performed 3 songs (如果這就是愛情, 現在我很幸福, K歌之王) for the night.



It's extremely stressful to be a head as what I did was to monitor all 4 bands by attending all the practice to inspect whether there's improvement or space of improvement. Since then, I joined all bands as instrumentalist and perform in most of the songs.

After recruitment, I've even asked some members to play some instruments that they've not played before because we really need that particular instrumentalist in that particular band, and I was the one teaching and guiding them.

Moreover, I had to write chords for all the songs chosen by the singers to be performed. Phew... I'm so kind right? :)

As a head, other than musical matters, there're administrative matters (like poster, venue booking, refreshment, requisition forms, publicity) to care of as well, which... haiz... I really don't like.


TH XinYao 10/11 Internal Concert - Sing It 心摇心动 (At Main TV Lounge, Temasek Hall)

It's pretty soothing that the concert ran smoothly till the end and I received positive comments from some of those who attended, which were very encouraging.

Just when I thought I was free from that, there's still an external concert in the 2nd semester.


DanSing! 歌舞聚!
The external concert (DanSing! 歌舞聚!)was a collaboration of TH XinYao with TH Dance (as mentioned above).
Obviously there'll be unavoidable issues as we're two different cultural CCAs and financial issue sometimes even predominated.

We managed to book a venue at NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre and the rental of venue and equipments was like a few thousand dollars... haiz...
However, till the very day right before the show, one thing cheered us up - FULL HOUSE!!
My goodness, is it because of the number of the seats is too little? Haha... Well, perhaps that's the good side of collaboration.


T.T Sob sob... I miss these great moments so much.
I hope I've done a great job and been a nice head to all of the members.
I'm sorry if I treated you badly or was inconsiderate before. Hope you guys enjoy the time practicing and jamming in the band room. It's nice for me having you all as my members.
TH XinYao will continue to ★☆shine☆★ even brighter in the near future.
I was awarded 10 cultural points for joining TH XinYao and 4 organizational points for serving as head.

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 25, 2011

いくつかの空


その試験の週間、勉強がウザって、何か他のことをしたいと思った、いい音楽を探してから聞くこととか。

突然に、着信アリの主題歌を思い出して、ググってみようと思った。見つかったのはYouTubeでいるユーザーがキングダムハーツIIの動画で作ってアップロードしたいくつかの空のMVだった。


「これだ、僕が探してるの」って、見た後で、「へええ、ぴったりじゃん、本当のMVじゃないのに」って感じが出た。

その上、動画も、歌の編曲も、僕に特別なことを思わせた。家族か彼女の思い出しなんか。悲しくイモなこと。アー、なんで、なんで僕がこの状態に、しくしく...

とにかく、可笑しいと思うのは、「本当にホラー映画の主題歌なの?」。ちょっと、不適当だけど、もし見たことなかったら、「いくつかの空」って歌を知らないはずだ。
その後、歌手の柴咲コウさん自身は「着信アリ」の主演者なのがわかって、そういうわけだ。

歌詞は僕の心で言いたいことみたい。
サヨナラ サヨナラ あなたに会いたい
サヨナラ サヨナラ どこかでもう一度
サヨナラ サヨナラ 偶然のように
孤独のその先に 新しい空がある

悲しそう...( T_T)\(^-^ )

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 24, 2011

Haircut


The next thing after exams is internship.
The next time I go home is probably September!!
My gosh! That's so terrible because I'm gonna miss home like crazy.

One of my concerns was "Who's gonna cut my hair?", as my hair is every time cut by my mum.
If I only get it cut in September, before that I'll just look like a caveman.

Despite having no hair cutting scissors, Joling offered to cut my hair, in the end using an ordinary pair of paper scissors (which I normally use to cut un-tear-able 3 in 1 coffee or Milo sachets).

And for the first time my room turned to a hair saloon.

Fan had to be turned off in such weather, kinda killing.



The outcome...

Looks pretty good (but actually a bit screwed up, haha...:)

The aftermath...

And pity dear dear who's doing the cleaning job.

Thank you dear dear!

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 21, 2011

MIDI Composition


MIDI Composition is one of the CA's (Continual Assessments) in GEK1519/PC1327 Science of Music, which I read in my 4th semester (AY10/11 Semester 2) in NUS.

The breakdown of the grading is as follow:
25% Mid-term test (24%)
25% End-of-term test (25%)
20% Essay (Nil)
20% MIDI Composition (Nil)
10% Tutorial attendance (10%)


Bracketed are scores attained. I did one stupid mistake in the Mid-term test, making my score imperfect.

The criteria of MIDI composition are:
At least 20 seconds, but not more than 60 seconds.
• It should be for at least two different General MIDI (GM) instruments, and for not more than five different General MIDI (GM) instruments.
• Any GM instruments can be used except for instruments no. 121 to 128.
• Whatever number of GM instruments used from two to five should all be different instruments i.e. if the same instrument is used twice for more than one track/channel, it will be considered as one instrument.
• It must begin with not more than two GM instruments, and continue this for at least 8 seconds. Additional GM instruments should only enter the music after 8 seconds.
Channel 10 percussion instruments will be counted as one instrument.

I made use of the criteria by using total of five instruments, using two for exactly the first 8 seconds and my piece is exactly 60 seconds.

Instead of using Anvil Studio introduced by the lecturer, I used Sibelius 4, which I've been using for 5 years.
              

I think I spent roughly 4 hours composing the MIDI on one of the days in the recess week.
This is my MIDI composition in MP3 format which I've mixed from the MIDI file. It's named mU096095W.mid because that's the submission file name format, where m stands for MIDI and U096095W was my matriculation number. Hope you'll like it.



You might find these past year papers useful:
GEK 1519 Class Test (with solutions)

*UPDATE: Click here if you're interested to know my results.

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 15, 2011

ポスター発表 Poster Presentation


それは日本語五自由研究で、二人か三人で日本と関係があるトピックを決めてから、ポスターを作ったり、皆に発表したりすることだった。

僕は同じT2のウィー・ジェイさんとグループになって、「伝統的な日本音楽」っていうテーマに決定して、楽しくそれに対して調べた。何が日本音楽の伝統的さの訳だろうか、考えてみた。

理由だと思うのは、楽器、音階、イメージ、三つのことだ。僕は楽器と音階についてビデオを作っておいた、楚蕾さんのおかげで。たくさん書かなくて良くなるので、どうぞご覧ください。

今学期最後の週、最後の日、ポスター発表の時だった。A2サイズのポスターがウィー・ジェイさんに印刷されて、持って来られた。
音楽のことだったから、面白かったのはさすがに作ったビデオだったかも。

琴クラブの先生だっていらっしゃったくらい全てのNUSにいる日本人の先生がいらっしゃったので、怖くて、きっと緊張するじゃん?


パートナーのウィー・ジェイさん


「ベスト・ミュージシャン 賞」をいただいた

最後の日だったため、送別会みたいなパーティーが行われた。
皆さんからのありがとうよりおかしいことが撮られたビデオを先生に見せた。


当然、グループ写真を撮った。


日本語三から五まで三つの学期連続日本語を教えて下さってる永見昌紀先生

来学期か再来学期は日本語が取れなくて、いつまた日本語を習うかな...
ヘ(´o`)ヘ

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 13, 2011

TH Appreciation Night 10/11


TH Appreciation Night is an event with certificate awarding and FOOD (from Sheares supper)!!
XinYao MV and some videos of hall events were screened in the communal hall.

This year, as the head of TH XinYao 10/11, I was once again awarded a certificate of appreciation by Temasek Hall. I recommended two outstanding freshmen, namely Chua Wei Jian and Yu Binhe from TH XinYao as well for appreciation.


Certificate awarded by A/Prof. Francis Tay

After the awarding of certificates, all the hungry ghosts as usual grabbed their food as fiercely as possible (nuggets are always the most wanted ones).

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 12, 2011

Eeyore Plush


It was a night in Week 13, when exams were drawing near. And Chu Luei was in my room using my laptop because hers was unfortunately spoilt.

When I visited and left the washroom, I noticed some sneaky movement of a figure at the corridor near the entrance gate of D1. Nevermind, I just walked back to my room.
After a while, a girl appeared in front of my room and handed me something, which is a Baby Eeyore plush and a letter card. I think she just mentioned, "快遞 (express delivery)" and left (I didn't know her actually).


After opening the letter, I realized that it's kinda like an appreciation gift, which is from Hongyu, Junhu, Liwei, Maqian and Wang Cong, some of my TH XinYao members.

Thank you guys!!!


Thanks for noticin'.
- Eeyore


I love stuffed toys, but sorry Eeyore, I have limited space on my bed, so be a good boy in my wardrobe ya.

"Gingy, you have a new friend."
"笨驢 (Jackass)!"


There there Gingy, you have to be friend with Eeyore ok?

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 7, 2011

TH XinYao: Sheares Supper



Thursday is a bad day for chickens because their population decreases every Thursday.
Well, actually it's because Sheares Hall has chickens every Thursday for supper and we have to make a call to reserve one day in advance.
Sadly, this would be the last semester for this caterer to serve for Sheares supper.

A good head like me was giving XinYao members a treat at Sheares Hall after our external concert (DanSing!). I treated four chickens, which was $13 each (it was $12 before that), making up a total of $52. Phew...
Our vice head, Tay Chu Luei was kind enough as well to treat everyone a cup of cold chrysanthemum tea.

I hope at least this would show my little effort of making bonding within this committee. Hope that I've been a good head throughout the academic year and hope that TH XinYao will continue to shine!!


Goodbye, Temasek Hall XinYao 10/11

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

XinYao MV 《我們都是一家人》


This academia year Temasek Hall VPU (Video Production Unit) proposed to make TH XinYao an MV.
As a narcissistic head like me, I decided to use one of my compositions 《我們都是一家人》 as the song of the MV as it fits the theme.

演員列表:   Cast:
主 席:譚凱升 Head: Tham Kai Sheng
副主席:戴楚蕾 Vice head: Tay Chu Luei
秘 書:劉沛良 Secretary: Low Pei Liang
財 政:陳偉勝 Treasurer: Tan Wil Sen
陳嘉琪     Chin Kar Kay
蔡偉建     Chua Wei Jian
馮美媚     Foong Mei Mei
黎嘉宜     Loi Kar Yee
呂筱迪     Lu Xiaodi
馬 茜     Ma Qian
吳思融     Michelle Goh Si Rong
佘君虎     She Junhu
陳喬尚     Tan Chiaw Sang
田鴻羽     Tian Hong Yu
王 聰     Wang Cong
王加玺     Wang Jiaxi
王麗唯     Wang Liwei
殷術晴     Yin Shuqing
於槟赫     Yu Binhe

This song was actually upon a favor asked by some friends in Penang to be sung in a children camp, and I asked May, the singer to sing me this song to be recorded in the first semester (2010), and it was then synced while filming in the second semester (2011).

Behind the scene:

XinYao members were waiting for VPU-in-charges to bring the "BOOM" mic

The filming was done on 15 Jan 2011, sadly within Temasek Hall only. I thought going out of hall would be lot better as it won't be too dull for hall people as they've been watching short films which were mostly filmed in hall.

VPU-in-charges were patiently and skillfully filming all the scenes.
お疲れ様でした!!

Things like filming MV for a committee like XinYao with original composition should be the first time happened in Temasek Hall, I guess.
It was an honor to me, and to TH XinYao 10/11.

I was so satisfied as I could watch my very own composition MV.

Last but not least, dear XinYao members, remember,
我們都是一家人 身上同樣的體溫
帶走你的冷 一切不開心的我都忘了

Javin Tham, MSc, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist