Yunyu is a musician whose songs range from love to violent murders. Her hobbies include visiting psychosis self help forums and studying murder case files because she finds these things way more inspiring than counting beans that never quite grow into the cloud kingdoms.
As a small child, Yunyu’s father would read Grimm Brothers fairy tales to her every night. The difference being that each time he would change the ending and therefore twist the tale. It was this minor, but repetitive ritual that skewed the way Yunyu viewed life forever more.
Her musical career started when her mum named her Yunyu [beautiful rhythms] and auditioned her into a classical music concentration camp when she was three. Like all misfits, she found the classical environment lacking in humour. After countless, merciless tortures she finally tunneled to freedom using nothing but a very blunt, leadless pencil at aged nine. The trauma of the near death experience caused Yunyu to connect with Zombies and the Spirit world on a deep, personal level. Her musical weapons of choice are many. She plays keyboards, Japanese Drums (Taiko), the gourd flute and also the Gu Zheng – an age old oriental 36 stringed instrument.
It was her own love of Fantasy stories, anime and manga that lead her on a path to many appearances at Science Fiction and pop culture conventions where she met creators from various mediums, including film (Enchanter Productions – Lenore’s Song) and books (Aurealis award winner – Marianne de Pierres “Burn Bright“).
The overall concept of Twisted Tales was created by her royal madness Yunyu after a desperate game of link roulette to end a bad bout of the writer’s flood. It questions “What happens when fairy tales come to live in our universe?”
Each song in Twisted Tales is a richly woven tale of a single fairy tale character coming to live in the modern times. For instance Yunyu’s Dorothy has been blown away by the Kansas winds again. This time, she is a cosmonaut who finds herself stuck in space as Yunyu’s version is based on the urban legends of lost cosmonauts who lie forgotten in space.
Pied Piper, comes back as a cult leader to take the children away time after time. Here he is a real life cult leader who has once again taken the children to a land of no return. While Goldilocks is an east/west piece featuring the Glockenspiel, GuZheng, Double Base and Taiko. In this version, the serial dater Goldilocks muses about her dysfunctional love-life as her lovers are always too hot, too cold, too hard or too soft.
So join her Royal Madness Yunyu, and her motley crew of creators who bring the colourful realms of Twisted Tales to life.
You can read more about her strange journeys into Twisted Tales here
Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1980, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. In 2004, she began drawing a 3-volume mystery-horror series called “The Dreaming” for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP. To date, it has been translated into multiple languages.
She has since collaborated on several single-volume graphic novels with best-selling author Dean Koontz. As prequels to his “Odd Thomas” series of novels, they are called “In Odd We Trust” and “Odd Is On Our Side”, the latter becoming #1 on the New York Times best-seller list the week it came out. The third book “House of Odd” is coming in 20th March, 2012. In 2009, she also provided art for the “Boys Book of Positive Quotations“, by best-selling inspirational author Steve Deger.
She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, and working on the third “Odd Thomas” book, to be published in April 2012.
The Commonist is a creative space, a film and animation production house based in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. We are a collaborative team of visual artists, animators and filmmakers, from artistic ideas to technical execution, we tell stories with the language of film and animation.
The ‘Commonist’ is a portmanteau word, a manifesto we set ourselves forward to achieve as media practitioners. ‘Common’ is our ideology, our starting point and approach to things and matters around us; yet the affix ‘Ist’ is to reflect our attitude towards professionalism.
We are not afraid to be common. In fact, we strive to be common. We see excitement in everyday life, beauty in ordinariness; where the banal can be imaginative, monotonous becomes significant. With this single belief that we seeded in ourselves everyday, which inspire us to constantly produce relatable, cohesive and ultimately exciting works.
Everything is art is everything.
Lee produces, programs, records, arranges and edits the music for Twisted Tales. He met Yunyu in Singapore when she was performing at the Singapore International Arts Festival and has been pushing her to do more and explain her crazy mind since. This has led to a rewarding world of strange tales explored through Yunyu’s random and eclectic world.
In his non Twisted Tales life Lee composes, produces and plays a metal tube made from brass. He has been lucky enough to see the world through musical and artistic pursuits and remembers each day how lucky he is to have stumbled onto the world of music and the arts. You can find out more on Lee at
(Cool)shite on the Tube
(Cool) Shite on the Tube (www.coolshite.net), a podcast dedicated to films, TV, comics, games and anything genre and pop-culture related. They watch stuff and offer their unwarranted opinions on a weekly basis, judging the visual material they ingest on a scale from “COOL” to “SHITE”. They’ve been doing this since March 2005 and are unlikely to stop any time soon.
(Cool) Shite on the Tube, have produced a radio play in the form of a nag-tag surrounding Yunyu’s Twisted Tales. Nagtags are gentle reminders that you have received FREE tracks from Yunyu’s Twisted Tales – released on a QUIRTz.
Radio play in a Nag-Tag
All alone, broadcasting from JSP FM’s Studio 666, Q “Howlin’” Dawg, hosts his Horror Hour. The show is a cult favourite amongst conspiracy theorists and doomsday enthusiasts. Q “Howlin’” Dawg is accustomed to baloney tales, and doomsayers; he’s familiar with complete whackjobs who see unicorn-shaped UFOs but, in the last hour… the callers become more frantic and seem to be broadcasting from situations too horrifying and too real to be pure and simple delusions…
Q “Howlin’” Dawg’s story unfolds with every new single release as a nagtag. Follow his tale and the mysterious callers as you journey through the realm of Twisted Tales…
Produced by: Bruce Moyle (Joffre Street Productions)
Written and Directed by: Chris Rattray
Featuring the voice talents of: David Quinn, Chris Rattray, and Sophie Hart
Bruce Moyle (Producer)
Bruce Moyle can be called many things, but in reality he is a puzzle stuck together with gaffer tape. A media junkie of the first order. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Tasmania, a web designer, podcaster, new media producer, sound engineer and on occasion cosplay herder. When he isn’t enriching his brain with a direct connection the the internet you can find him in a cinema or face stuck in a book.
Director of Joffre Street Productions, Bruce has created one of the longest running indy pop culture podcast in Australia, (Cool) Shite on the Tube (www.coolshite.net). He is also the technical director for the biggest pop culture event in Australia, Supanova (www.supanova.com.au). Between these fun gigs, he will be coding, advising, filming, recording and learning new and interesting things for his clients.
He has a great love of wrangling 50 foot robots!
Chris Rattray, writer/director
“That is not dead,
Which can eternal lie,
And yet with strange aeons,
Even death may die.” – H.P. Lovecraft.
These words fascinated a young Chris Rattray, back in 1985, as he stared at the cassette tape cover of Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death” double album, the one with the extra songs on it like “Phantom of the Opera” and stuff.
On the cover, Maiden’s mascot, Eddie, smashes out of a grave under a headstone upon which this short poem is inscribed with lightning coming out of his head and it is totally awesome.
At that moment, as Bruce Dickinson’s voice sliced through Rattray’s fluffy headphones, which added to the awesome, his only thought was, “I want to be as awesome as this album.”
Skip ahead to 2012 and he totally is kind of awesome, and he even has lightning coming out of his head. So watch out.
David Quinn (Voice Talent)
David Quinn has been working in new media and podcasting for the past 7 years as a part of (Cool) Shite on the Tube and has been an actor since 1995. He has performed in hundreds of hours of online entertainment, acted in numerous stage shows and directed theatre from tiny 2 men shows to huge musicals with a cast of over a hundred.
In recent years he has also been directing audio including voice actors for cartoons and radio plays. He works with Supanova Pop Culture Expo as a host and website content manager and is a host for the upcoming Web TV Show The Periodic Table of Awesome.
Sophie Hart (Voice Talent)
Sophie Hart has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts: Theatre Stream and has been happily searching for activities to keep strengthening her ‘acting muscle’.
After performing in a number of stage shows at Uni, some student films and writing and directing her very own short script, she was delighted to engage in her first ever audio experience with two highly talented ‘pros’ in the business.
The Sand Artist – Brett Bower
Brett Bower is a classically trained animator starting his career in 1982 working on cartoon classics like Scooby Doo, The Smurfs and Footrot Flats A Dogs Tail. He has worked in London and United States as a cartoonist and animator. Bower creates images that tell amazing stories by drawing on a backlit sand covered light box. As each image evolves into the next, the story continues.
Brett’s focus is producing uniquely Australian stories. Coming to Australia, Waltzing Matilda and the story of Gallipoli are three Amazing stories that will move you.