Jan 28, 2013

2nd ChurpChurp Cashout


And this is my 2nd ChurpChurp cashout cheque, worth $117.20.

My first cashout was $125.60. Like the first one, it's quite informal, envelope with handwritten address and stamp.

Well, just posted this entry to keep track.

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

Jan 26, 2013

Sparkz 2013 Finale @ NUS


In my previous blog entry Sparkz Audition @ NUS I wrote about our audition in the annual NUS talent show Sparkz and an update of us making it to the final.


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And here we are today for the final, competing with other 9 finalists.

We performed Titanium, but there's a history behind the song selection process. We initially planned to do a mash up of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful and The Cab's La La. Coincidentally they're of the same key although we did both one key lower.

Well, and this changed our decision of song choice which we had less than a week left to practice - our former mash up idea didn't seem to be favored by the judges, after meeting them during the mentoring session one week right before the finale. And so our hard work of practicing the mash up songs was kinda fruitless, and we're left with less than a week.

As we came across a Titanium cover on YouTube, we decided to follow the pop rock style of the song. I really like pop rock, and the arrangement blends together with the music so well, it's somewhere I will immerse in.

In the final, there are prizes for the champion ($1000), 1st runner up ($500) and audience's choice winner ($500). When we listened to the judges' comment on every contestant, we didn't think we stand any chance to win this competition.

There was an SMS voting going on at the end of the finale which they only opened for 3 minutes and whichever contestant has the highest number of unique votes wins the audience's choice winner award.

Before they announced the champion and the 1st runner up, they announced the top 5 contestants, which I really don't understand why they did that, because soon they will the top 2, perhaps they want to disappoint the rest of the 5 contestants, and we are one of them. We're just loaded with disappointment. And as soon as they announced the audience's choice award winner, "THreahold", I literally uttered "HUH?!". It was just an epic stunning moment, and we're more than delighted to 'hopped' to the front of the stage and received the award.


It was really fruitful for me that we actually won something with our effort and time. I told my band members that they can have the money and I take the fame. It's a joke, but, it's another moment of glory I had with THreshold, another memorable event in my final semester.

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

Jan 22, 2013

David Guetta feat. Sia - Titanium (Cover by Gary Song)


In high schools, we're required to memorize the chemical elements with atomic number 1-20, namely hydrogen to calcium. Often when you ask a non-chemistry major, he/she doesn't know where the element Titanium falls in the periodic table. Well, titanium has an atomic number of 22, just 2 more than calcium, and it's a transition metal with low density, so it's in one of the middle columns of the periodic table.

Back to the real stuff, Titanium is a famous and powerful English song sung by Australian singer Sia. The original genre of this song is house music (dance). However, this song is composed of nice melody which sounds wonderful as well in acoustic style. I used to think that this song is sung by David Guetta, the French DJ who produced the song and was thinking, "This guy must be crazy as he's able to sing at such higher pitch."

Long ago, Gary, Justin and I had thought of making an acoustic cover of Titanium where I'll be playing erhu, which we finally did it today. G for Gary, so we covered in G major key, which is 5 keys down from the original E♭ major key.

One apparent mistake that we did was me sitting on the right while Justin standing on the left of the video frame. Not only my face is blocked by the erhu neck and tuning pegs, the mic recording from the erhu sound box is visible. But never mind, how the overall outcome sounds is much more important.

I really think adding a Chinese traditional instrument into this Western song cover is really giving it a plus, as you don't find much of these fusion stuffs, putting in erhu is making this cover a special something, besides showing others how possible is to blend erhu in.

Furthermore, I post-harmonized to Gary's singing, at both higher and lower harmony, enhancing the surroundedness.

Thanks for watching and if you like it, like, favorite and subscribe!!

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

Jan 20, 2013

P!nk - Try (Cover by Gary Song & Javin Tham)


I think the melody of Try, sung by P!nk is pretty beautiful, despite being rock in the original version. It's one of those songs that makes one get high while singing.

When I first watched the MV, I really felt that it's at sixes and sevens. Semi-nudity, paints on body parts. But after watching P!nk's live convert where she danced and sang at the same time, I think she's powerful, I dance as well so I understand how tiring is that kind of dance, moreover she sang.

And here's a new cover done by Gary and me, in acoustic style. I harmonized in lower pitches than the melody to avoid using falsetto. And oh my goodness, I looked so ugly with my short hair as I had a haircut that afternoon.

Enjoy my first video of the year 2013!

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