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Legend of Zelda fanfic – Chpt 2 and 3 and a year end rant

apocalypse

Ah well…the end to another year and it looks like humanity’s going to survive. The Mayan thing has been pretty underwhelming…despite the Prime Minister’s claim to the contrary…No Zombie Apocalypse, although it humours me to know that America’s CDC has instructions for what to do if it does occur. If you are a fan of the I am Legend (Although I’m more Omega Man) version, then we are on track for a precursor of the Zombie Apocalypse since we have discovered the ultimate cure for viruses.

Having said that… these could be famous last words.  Julia Gillard might be right.We might all have creative and explosive ends in the next couple of days. So before then a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that…just in case it’s all dandy after all.

Now that that’s out of the way and we are ALL feeling optimistic, I have an announcement to make.

I’ve decided to properly learn me a little more of the technical aspects of music. This includes the theory, orchestration, related sequencing stuff. While making Twisted Tales and (as a result) jumping from genre to genre to accomodate the diverse tales, it had become more apparent that I should really know what goes where…not just whack a sound at things…although that does sometimes work…I just like to make things work a little better…and clearer.

Until recently I have ran screaming from the prospect of learning any aspect of music formally like I would the plague. I was taught piano classically in Singapore, and  music then was more about discipline, physical torture and a lot less about enjoyment. As a result, I’ve watched my brain make a habit of shutting down or firing up its internal screensaving mode in protest whenever there is speak of anything technical in music.

This is a bad habit that I will destroy in 2013. Barring Zombies and the apocalypse of course.

Why now then?

Not being able to speak the same language as fellow musicians is proving decidedly inconvenient. All well and good to have my own invented musical language, until I have to communicate what I really want…then I feel martian, and not in a good way.

There’s a limit to the extent I can analyse the more complex music I like. I can usually splice music up quite comfortably for myself just by hearing it…but frankly I think there’s a limit to my musical developments if I keep running away from the technical aspects of things.

This is also going to give me an excuse to bring you through the realms of my musical journeys…which will be Twisted Tales and Queenie Chan’s Zelda Fanfic all while I learn….and I have miles to go in this aspect of things.

Also…I’d like to open the blackbox that is my creative process. There is a process…I don’t just pull things out of a glued hat with cats….(that’s…. only step 1)

So in 2013, more musical drafts online, me learning how to read music again, and getting better at sequencing and programing and more MORE better music for all.

Weaponry (for they are important for level-upping)

To do this

I have now armed me with

1) Don Sebesky – The contemporary arranger

2) Various theory books. ( I have a feeble memory of grade 5 theory, the neurons have sent a search party for it)

3) Logic (the software and the concept)

4) access to East West samples (thanks Lee!) – awesome sounds but insanely expensive samples I cannot afford (so help?)

5) and the ultimate power-up – Lee McIver the co-producer of Twisted Tales will put the aural shiny on the tracks as they finish as well as point the gaping holes in the compositions…which has happened countless times.

The coming days/ weeks shall have more on Chapt 2 and 3 and the various drafts of my music as well as more of the creative processes.

Meanwhile I leave you with sketches of my music to Chapter 2 and 3 of Queenie Chan’s Zelda Fanfic. made SHINY by my manager/producer Lee McIver.

Queenie Chan’s fantastic ZELDA fanfic lives here
http://www.queeniechan.com/2012/11/12/ legend-of-zelda-fanfiction-the-edge-and-the-light-chapter-2/

Love,

Your Royal Madness

Yunyu

Butterflies and Small Shen – The Trailer

Dear Spiderlings,
Kylie Chan and Queenie Chan’s wonderful book Small Shen is finally out and about. Released by Harper Collins. This book also contains a FREE copy of Butterflies (Third single of Twisted Tales) which is available with the book.

Here’s a trailer

Butterflies – the third single from Twisted Tales

Here it be!

It took a long long while to make…I haz stories to tell. But first FIRST!! the video clip.

This is the third installment of Twisted Tales Butterflies. The tale is based on an old chinese fairytale the Butterfly Lovers It is a rather sad tale of star crossed lovers who only got together in the afterlife.

Cast lists and stories coming soon.

Directed by the very wonderful Tahnee McGuire from Hatch Films.

Buy the song here

From Bandcamp


From itunes

 

Introducing…the third single from Twisted Tales… BUTTERFLIES

How’s tricks? I’m happy to announce that the next single Butterflies has been made part of a hidden track for the awesome Kylie Chan and Queenie Chan’s book Small Shen (available via a QR tag at the back of book.)

SmallShen

Small Shen, the prequel to Kylie Chan’s best-selling “White Tiger” Chinese fantasy series. For those who haven’t heard trilogy introduces Emma Donahoe, who takes a job as nanny to the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Unaware at first that he is in reality a Chinese god, she is drawn into a world of martial arts and magic where gods and demons walk the streets.

Small Shen will be released through Harper Collins and will be available in all good book stores. More here

Read a preview and enjoy some of Queenie’s art here
http://www.queeniechan.com/2011/11/17/ small-shen-some-art/

Butterflies is a musical track about star-crossed lovers and part of the album Twisted Tales.It is also based on a Chinese tale Butterfly Lovers. You can read all about it Here

Anyways…more coming this fri. Where I unleash the video clip directed by the very talented Tahnee McGuire (Hatch Films)  – she also directed Lenore’s Song.

Legend of Zelda fanfic – with music

How’s all?

Firstly the reason for my long long offline absence. Had a short break to visit family whereupon i have a freak accident with my laptop (bag strap broke…gravity vs free falling laptop…gravity wins) . This is her now… *weep*

Numerous backups and heaps of luck later…I’m happy to report that my puter is back online. Concussions and all. (Although I’ve been told her logic board is now functioning on borrowed time…and I’ll need to get things fixed soon.)

In happier news – a fanfic for Legend of Zelda

My long time Twisted Tales collaborator, the ever talented Queenie Chan asked me if I was game to do some music for some fan fiction she’s written – namely Legend of Zelda.

Of course I was game. Also, writing for worlds beyond my own was something I’ve been wanting to get into for a bit since I’m a huge fan of Queenie’s work I could not think of a better way to start.

She’s doing a chapter by chapter update every friday and I’ll be writing tracks to go with hers (although I’ll be heaps slower since I’ve got a few things to get out of my way..namely festival applications for next year (fingers crossed), and a mad catchup on various things since my laptop went out of commission for 2.5wks.)

Here’s the first of her many chapters!

Queenie’s asked me to approach the writing for this particular chapter in an RPG format in mind…so more “location music” as opposed to “soundtrack – like film music. So this is my take on what Zora’s watery domain will sound like…nothing to do with the legendary Nobuo Umetsu’s original composition. (I think there are many wonderful remakes there…no need for one more version)

Here’s the track, mixed by Lee McIver who’s been really kind to show me the intricate ropes of composing instrumentals.

Go…read Queenie’s wonderful take on Legend of Zelda here

http://legendofzelda.smackjeeves.com/comics/ 1598105/loz-the-edge-and-the-light-chapter-1-page1/

Next up:

News single release coming + more exciting collaborations announced.

 

 

Carriageworks 30th June – Last SHOW

Dear Spiderlings,

it’s been a whirlwind tour. Albeit, a little short.

My band and I have enjoyed playing for you and bending your  reality heaps. It was nice meeting all of you and getting to know you beyond the realm of internet handles.

We get to do it one last time..(for now) HERE. In Sydney.

Carriageworks here we come. 30th June. This Sat. Be there.

Buy Tickets here

 

 

Episode 2 – Bluebeard – OUT NOW

Dear Spiderlings

It is here. The 2nd episode of Twisted Tales. This time it’s Bluebeard (not the pirate). In my twist, Bluebeard is a pervert who uses religion to destroy women and children…in my twist, he doesn’t quite get away with it.

The Song

The voicings in Bluebeard are built on the …_ _ _ … morse code SOS signal. It features a rocking guitar solo by Michael Sheridan and multiple time signature changes. (I challenge you to figure it out – only because I still am)

Lead & female backing Vocals: Yunyu
Males Backing Vocals: Christo Alexander
Guitars: Michael Sheridan
Organ: Alexander Nettelbeck
Bass: Dave Howell
Drums: Ed Rodrigues

The Manga

Queenie Chan believes that Bluebeard is really Henry VIII. So she’s created this awesomeness…a circular manga that never never ends!

Buy Bluebeard

On Bandcamp

on Itunes

Reviews Reviews Reviews

T’was a whirlwind first half of the tour and her Royal Madness, Yunyu has received some really kind reviews from the shows at Brisbane Powerhouse.

http://www.criticalmassblog.net/?p=4777

http://www.pressrecord.com.au/yunyus-twisted-tales-tour-the-powerhouse-theatre-260512/

http://www.spotlightreport.net/wp/slider/on-the-spot-yunyu-twisted-tales-tour-live-at-the-brisbane-powerhouse

Melbourne and Sydney next up!! Love to see you peeps there!

22nd June – Melbourne – Revolver upstairs

With supports: – Amanaska and Aleeoop

Buy Now

30th June – Sydney – Carriageworks

Buy now

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This post was brought to you by Mr Goat, who is now performing with Her Royal Madness, Yunyu. He functions as a town-crier of sorts, but he doesn’t cry, he mostly bleats.

Tours Tours Tours – Her Royal Madness – Yunyu is on the move

Dear Spiderlings

If you ever wondered about where your Prince Charming has gone, why that frog never became a prince when you braved all good sense and Kissed it – then Twisted Tales is for you.

By projecting fairytales into a modern paradigm Yunyu takes them far far away from the benign stories we knew as children, corrupting everyone from Alice in Wonderland and Bluebeard to the Pied Piper and Pinocchio. Twisting the stories into songs, Yunyu meshes them with contemporary animation and manga art to give a whole new meaning to Disney on ice.

Yunyu’s manager, an award-winning composer/producer who straddles both the theatrical and musical worlds, made his mind to sign her just ten minutes into a showcase set. “I’ve seen a lot of artists work with visuals but they’re somewhat overlaid and mostly make no sense to the music or the mood and they can even be distracting.  Yunyu’s visuals connect in a compelling and emotional way to the mood of the music. I found the balance very exciting and can envisage where it could develop to”, says manager Lee McIver.
In this cross-art form collaboration, Yunyu has teamed up with New York Times #1 Best Selling Manga Artist Queenie Chan and leading animators from around the world to give their characters life. Merging live music with cutting edge technology, this innovative show will be brought to you by Yunyu, her five piece band, VJ and designer Imogen Ross.  Twisted Tales will lead you down the yellow brick road to a universe so twisted that you’ll need a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way home.

Touring to Byron Bay, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney throughout May & June, take this opportunity to see Twisted Tales come to life in a totally new way.
Twisted Tales Tour Dates

Thursday 24 May
Buddha Bar, Byron Bay
www.buddhabarbyronbay.com

 Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May
Brisbane Powerhouse – BUY TICKETS NOW!!
www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

 Friday 22 June
Revolver, Melbourne
www.revolverupstairs.com.au

 Saturday 30 June
Carriageworks, Sydney
www.carriageworks.com.au

This post is written by The Goat. Most times he wears a mask and prances about on stage while her Royal Madness performs. Online, he has recently been ordered to write all the information dissemination stuff. In some cultures, he is referred to as the town crier, but this isn’t quite accurate. He doesn’t cry…he mostly bleats.

Queenie Chan – the wonderful talent behind the visual realm of Twisted Tales

Dear Spiderlings

You’ve seen Queenie’s art through the worlds of Twisted Tales, so before I tell you more about the next single etc, I thought I’d tell you more about the wonderful talent behind the very visual world of Twisted Tales.

You can still buy Dorothy

here on itunes // bandcamp // video on itunes too.

On to the tale

I met Queenie Chan in 2005 through Trevor Stafford, who was then chairman of Conflux, a cool scifi convention . I think it was shortly after I played there. Trevor sent me an excited email saying that there’s someone who does amazing manga and had just released vol 1 of a horror trilogy called the dreaming and that whatever I do, I absolutely have to meet her. This is, of course, Queenie Chan.

Apparently, Queenie was also at Conflux but given that I was busy performing, and she was busy book signing at panels ; both of us completely missed each other.

I remember going onto her website Queeniechan.com and really loving what I saw. I adore manga (it’s Manhwa where I come from) and I don’t remember an existence without it in my life without it ever. What I saw on Queenie’s site was quite something to behold.

I remember  reading everything that was on Queenie’s website in one sitting. I love everything from the storytelling to the artwork.

My first thoughts were that Queenie’s work was really different and she had a particular style of drawing that had a very distinctive signature. So I emailed her…introduced myself and invited her to my next show.

Long story short, Queenie turned up at the gig and the very, next day I had a very nice email from Queenie, accompanied by an awesome caricature sketch of me playing. Like so… I think from then on we were pretty much catching up once a week every week for the next 7 years. Not very long time I know, but it does feel like I’ve known Queenie for a millennium or 2.

Queenie came up with a few more art pieces for me after that. I always wanted to return the favour, but being a somewhat morbid kind of storyteller, the protagonists in my song-tales tend to have mortality issues. So it’s not like I can wax lyrical about my good mate…given the subject matter. The next best thing, I suppose, was to invite Queenie to have a little fun in a universe I created called Twisted Tales.

You can see some progress of Queenie’s art in Twisted Tales here.

Her initial sketches to a character based on me…and here’s the final incarnation of the character in the realm of Twisted Tales. (the chinese character you see is “si”, meaning death…typical. )

Though the character is somewhat based on me, our nickname for this character is Kiangshi girl. Kiangshi is some kind of ghoul in chinese mythology – for simplicity’s sake, it is a hybrid of a Zombie and a Vampire. It feeds on “Life force” instead of blood and it jumps around alot.
Kiangshi girl runs around alot on Twisted Tales as you can see on the site. Just what she is running from is revealed in time.

Meet the Pickwicks

What happens when you get to be Wendy’s neighbours? What happens when you watch them fly but can never be a part of the magic? Meet the Pickwicks. Queenie releases her own take of Peter Pan on her website this week. Check it out. It’s done in an unusual style of Manga and Prose (Which she calls Graphic Prose and explains her reasons for its creation here)

Check out also the rest of her wonderful work here.

Buy Queenie Chan’s very latest release

– A collaboration with Dean Koontz  – Called the House of Odd

 (It’s currently #7 on the New York Times bestseller list!!)

 

Next up: our secret project with Coolshite on the Tube and impending tours in Australia

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