Menurut pakar Bahasa Melayu, Universiti Barat Ontario, Cik Izyan yang tinggi lampai, hidup kita ini ada pasang dan surut, kitaran yang baik dan buruk akan sampai juga dekat kita satu hari nanti. Maka untuk dirumitkan lagi, dia menjadikan status hidup dia “Complicated and Confusing”. Dengan beraninya, saya tampil kehadapan…
Wahai saudara Kookie, apakah zatnya yang dunia ini telah berikan pada kamu malam hari ini sehingga kamu menjadi kurang siuman?
Tiada apa, nothing. I’m just gearing up my mood for writing. Susah nak menulis (menaip) tanpa melepaskan idea-idea yang kurang bernas. Panaskan enjin, bak kata orang.
Stages of My Life, Lately.
1. The Power of Internet
Remember the days after SPM, sitting around, doing nothing. Then discovered that my sis has an internet account. That time, streamyx is something very new to Malaysia. The empire is about to expand later. Still new to internet domain (learn about it 1 year before that), chatting was the best thing, for teenagers. Some older people also fall into that domain, you know what I mean. Night and day, chatting over the mIRC was the thrill. Discover new people, that was the intention.
There was also some other activities, you know, I should skip it. The details will create a long post. I can keep on talking about it, and causes me to bifurcate from the main point. In the end, I subscribe to streamyx, hoping that my father can pay for it. I have some balance in my account, I can use it if my father won’t pay the bill (which is under my name). In the end, living allowance end up as the source – ultimately I stop paying, and to my surprise (everyone surprises), there were no longer bills coming to my house. Weird huh.
Internet has open my eyes on how this world is actually one. Everything is there. I know it is illegal to download stuff from internet, but it is worthwhile. It has help me to perceive things, approaching different stuff – stuff that I hated before, stuff that I never know, stuff that make me appreciate how good it is, so many stuff.
2. Samurai Champloo¹
Read about this in magazine. Samurai story that use anachronism: feudal age japan + hip hop subculture. I always intend to watch it, and finally I did it, in Canada.
This is the anime that totally change the course of my music perception, and consequently, my life.
The music from the anime is totally wicked. I never know there was such a nice hip hop music. It was not actually a total hip hop, it is instrumental hip hop – funky jazzy beat. I love jazz, that is the main music that I listen to since I was a child. Together with hip hop, I never knew there exist such music. I hate hip hop. To me, hip hop is the music of the westerners, urban westerners that use music to release their anger, music that appreciate money. Merosakkan budaya. But I am wrong. There are some hip hop music that is beautiful, beautiful enough to change the course of my life.
3. Nujabes and Trip Hop
Nujabes is one of the contributorfor the anime’s soundtrack. What so cool about Nujabes, he is the master. The master of beautiful music. Even Fat Jon, Tsutchie, and Force of Nature. Nujabes able to combine modal jazz and hip hop beat, the result is priceless. Love you man.
I learned about this website posting so many hip hop music. Then I learned about DJ Shadow, and his world of trip hop. His collaboration partner, Cut Chemist, and Ninja Tune. Ninja tune is a recording company that signs many DJs and music producers. All these are from Wikipedia (learn so much from it). From there, I get as many music that is related with them, and then discover The Herbaliser, Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Gotan Project, Funky DL, Kero One, Koala Kid, DJ Food, Guru, The Roots, Portishead, Massive Attack, Sage Francis, Jaga Jazzist and RJD2. Expanding my mind on trip hop, lo-fi, nu jazz and electronic music, that was the best moment of discoveries. That is how I appreciate music more than before. Actually there are some other hip/trip hop musician out there that I not fully discovered yet, especially Madlib. I will get some of the albums, if money is not a problem.
The weird is, why such great musicians born from UK and Europe. There are some in America, but not that unique. There are some, but hard to get.
4. The Beatles
The Fab Four (From: Rolling Stones)
After some excitement, I went back to the oldies. In my campus, I just realized that we can share music with each other iTunes. It was fun, opening up somebody’s library and listening to their music. There was this guy that happen to have 100 GB of music. I listened to The Beatles, you know the happy tunes, rock and roll A Hard Day’s Night, Help, Ticket to Ride, She Loves You, and Eleanor Rigby.
Then came the weird sounding song ever, it was different, compare with the others. Strawberry Field Forever. It was an electronic music, almost sampling. How can the 60’s able to do it? Was the technology available? The Beatles?
I started to look in the web, and found the miracles of it: The Beatles is not an ordinary group. They are the Radiohead of their time. Pioneer in sampling music, avant-garde Paul McCartney, experimentalist John Lennon, rising George Harrison and uncanny Ringo Starr were the Gods in music industry. The top list of the immortals², they open my eyes about music.Total whacked in the head.
The Beatles influence is vast. Their ultimate album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band influence many modern artists and bands. Their musical technique and style, is superb. Their fame is out of bound, but their fate is not that long (break up).
Greatest Album of All Time
This is a shame post.People already listen to Radiohead for a long time, I’ve just knew them, never heard any (except Karma Police). After those experience above, I knew they are not normal, they are the best of our time. It’s true, all of their albums never have a dull moment, always great.
Also with Radiohead, there are some british indie bands that are good, yet to discover by me (if I have enough time), Oasis, Muse, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs etc.
And yet, there is also group that I try to follow the music lately, old band, but also one of the greatest. Pink Floyd. Let’s hope that I can get it done some day.
There are underground groups/band out there in Malaysia that are upgrading every single time. I heard some of the potentials (Thanks to master Jal in Manchester, and bro Baim), I believe that these people can give new revolution in our music industry. Become one of the greatest, that is a man destiny on this world.
Hujan: The Progressive Band.
That’s it folk. Sayonara.
1. Samurai Champloo is created by Shinichiro Watanabe, Manglobe Inc. 2005
2. Elvis Costello. The Immortals 1:) The Beatles. Rolling Stones. April 2004.