Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Dillinger Escape Plan Live In Malaysia 2012.

Thanks to Amar Husaini ,who'd let me captured their videos. sorry for the crackling audio.

Part 1. 

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8 (Last Part)

Thank You for watching.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Music Gives A Soul To The Universe,Wings To The Mind,Flight To Imagination, And Life To Everything.

History Of Radio.

When asked, in 1938, to explain radio, Albert Einstein said: “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles.
Do you understand this? Radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here – they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”

Old Zenith radio receiver 

It all started with the discovery of “radio waves,” or electromagnetic waves, that have the capacity to transmit music, speech, pictures, and other data invisibly through the air. It was during the 1860s that the existence of radio waves was predicted by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, and only a bit later projected as rapid variations of electric current into space by the German physicist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz. Fascinated by Hertz’s earlier discovery, the Italian Guglielmo Marconi realized that they could be used for sending and receiving messages.

Guglielmo Marconi, the father of the radio.
The wireless telegraph arrived with the first radio signals sent in Italy in 1895. Patented the following year, Marconi’s first radio transmissions were coded signals that were transmitted less than 2 km distance.
Turned down by the Italian government for funding but convinced of the huge potential that this invention held, Marconi moved to England, patented the radio and experimented further. By the end of the 19th century, Marconi’s telegraph was sending transatlantic messages in Morse code, quickly becoming a commercial success and the dominant means of wireless marine communication.

The radio in its early days.
 Although credited as the father and inventor of the radio, Marconi was not the first one who set foot into the unknown territory of wireless telegraphy. History says that the inventor Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first wireless radio in 1893 in Missouri and got the patent for his theoretical radio model in 1900; he is, therefore, often controversially acknowledged as the inventor of the radio even though he did not build the working radio.

A Deutsche Post stamp from 1995 to mark the 100th anniversary of the invention of the radio.
 In 1909, when Marconi shared the Nobel Prize in physics, the arctic explorer Robert E. Peary radio-telegraphed that he had found the Pole. The importance of wireless telegraphy became even more apparent during the First World War: the military used it almost exclusively, thus making it an invaluable communication tool.
The first time a voice, instead of the usual dots and dashes, came through wireless operators was on Christmas Eve in 1906, announcing the era of wireless telephony. The radio as we know it today came only in 1921. Marconi introduced the short wave transmission the following year.

A vintage radio shop.
In the years following the war, amateur radio operators in the United States and Europe started using the technology for long-distance telephone calls. The first broadcasting stations surfaced, playing music or reading newspapers.

The first radio advertisement was heard in 1923. Very soon, radio broadcasters usurped the newspapers, becoming the leading source of information for the public.The historic broadcast of the Pittsburgh-based station KDKA in 1920 marked the beginning of both radio broadcasting and the radio craze, making radios a product of the mass market. The demand for radio receivers was constantly increasing and by 1930, this must-have household fixture entertained 60% of all American families.

Radio-listening was a favorite pastime even during the Great Depression.
 Crystal radios were among the first radio models to be used and manufactured. Until the vacuum tube radios replaced them in the 1930s, crystal radios were the most widely used radio receivers because they did not require batteries or electric power but rather ran on radio waves. As such, they were ideal for use on farms, which were not electrified until the 1930s.

A US farmer listening to a crystal radio around 1922
Early radios, including the crystal ones, needed antennas to operate well. Striving to improve the radio altogether rather than the crystal model only, one inventive young man named Edwin Armstrong made the first radio using the vacuum tube. Emitting clearer sounds over great distances, the vacuum tube radios entered the market in 1924.

By 1925, over 6 million radio sets were purchased in the United States. More than 600 radio stations offered diversified programming, including popular and classical music, sporting events, fictional stories, newscasts, weather reports and political commentary. Edwin Armstrong invented frequency-modulated or the FM radio in 1933. The invention of the transistor in 1947 allowed radios to become small and portable, furthering the mass consumption of radio receivers in general. In 1954, Sony, a small Japanese company at the time, introduced the transistor radio.

A 1955 AM-only Toshiba vacuum tube radio model.
 The outbreak of the Second World War underlined once again the crucial role that radio had in relaying war news to the public and its function as the primary source of information. The boom in FM stations that America saw in the years during and following the war continued, and by 1960, nearly 750 FM stations provided entertainment to the masses, slowly overtaking the original AM stations. AM radios remained popular throughout the 1970s thanks to the already introduced concept of the car stereo. However, the early 1980s gave way to new forms of music and FM became an inseparable part of the new generation’s identity.

The AM radio stations survived the 1970s thanks to the old automobiles with car stereo systems.
 As controversial as any other discovery that changed the world in unprecedented ways, the radio would have been impossible without the crucial findings in electricity by many popular scientists who were working in the dark, and the efforts made by even more enthusiasts whose names will remain unknown forever. An integral part of everyday life, radio technology paved the way for today’s television broadcasters, satellite radio, Internet radio stations, wireless connectivity, mobile phones… and it is still moving forward.

Vintage-looking radio equipment.
Digital terrestrial radio, radio advertising and growing podcast audiences already indicate the future of this low-cost, flexible and far-from-dying medium. Over 33,000 radio stations and over 2 billion radio sets in use worldwide prove that the radio star is shining as brightly as it did over a century ago when it changed the world for the first time.

Petra Bjelica

Why So Angry ?

(Sin Chew Daily) If you're young, (and not so young) talented and angry, what do you do? Use your artistic skills to protest.

I'm sure many of us possess talent in artistic creation. Man have always used art to express themselves.To put their message across. Through songs, poems, drawings, stage play, satires.

In the 1960s Bob Dylan with his protests songs made his mark. Very anti Vietnam war. Alongside Dylan during the Woodstock era were John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and County Joe McDonald famous for his The "fish" cheer/ I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag.

In the late 1970s there were The Sex Pistols with Johnny Rotten as its lead singer. In 1980s Green day came to the fore. Then we were "hit" with the angst of teen spirit.Grunge music pioneered by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Even Bob Marley's reggae tunes were penned with anti social injustices messages.

At home during the reformasi era the authorities bore the onslaught of political cartoonist Zunar. (in fact Zunar is still at it). Anti government satires were staged, directed by activist Hishamuddin Rais.

Anyone can come up with songs as well as on-line 'biting' video clips, though it has got these people into trouble a couple of times. But I'm sure they knew of the consequences right from the start. But they went on to do it anyway.

Some call these works "kurang ajar", obscene, rude. I've never met these young men ( and I love to have a chat with them over the tarik). But to me they're honest. They're not one who "keep everything in his chest". That is better than keeping the anger until it explode.

Many youngsters are angry. No doubt about that. Angry with the system. Angry with the establishment. The logical thing for the authorities to do is, find out what he is angry about and why. Then solve it. At least try – because these artists are not alone. There are many angry souls out there. Young and not so young. (By MOHSIN ABDULLAH/ MySinchew)

Perception : Something to think about.


. . . Something To Think About . . .


In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Konsert Suara Aman 2003

Artikel ini sudah agak lama disiarkan di Utusan Melayu, kira-kira sudah 6 tahun berlalu. Tapi, benarkan saya siarkan kembali kerana ia masih relevan untuk kita semua. Silakan membaca.

MALAM tadi ( 23/02/03 ) telah berlangsung Perhimpunan Aman Malaysia di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil. Antara pengisian perhimpunan aman peringkat nasional itu adalah konsert yang dijayakan oleh artis-artis tempatan. Mereka dikatakan turut menyuarakan rasa prihatin untuk berkempen ke arah keamanan di dunia.

Kalau orang biasa yang bukan artis, suara mereka disalurkan menerusi kain rentang, poster dan sebagainya. Tetapi bagi artis, mereka mempunyai medium tersendiri iaitu karya lagu yang dinyanyikan.

Lagu apa agaknya yang dinyanyikan pada konsert yang mempunyai tema menyeru ke arah keamanan? Barangkali ada yang bertanya dalam koleksi industri muzik kita, berapa banyak lagu yang bertemakan sosial selain lagu cinta monyet?

Kita hanya mempunyai beberapa nama pencipta lagu saja yang berminat dengan lagu bertemakan sosial. Nisbahnya sangat kecil. Sebabnya lagu begini bukan selera peminat yang menjadi pelanggan kepada industri muzik kita.

Adakah malam tadi juga mereka menyanyikan lagu cinta monyet yang selalu dinyanyikan di fun fair ? Tentu ada yang tidak kena kalau hal ini berlaku. Sebelum ini artis tempatan telah menjadi sebahagian daripada individu penting dalam acara amal.

Konsert Aman Malaysia ini bukan kali pertama menggunakan artis untuk meraih sambutan. Tetapi artis kita tidak mempunyai banyak lagu yang bertemakan sosial. Maka terpaksalah menyanyikan lagu popular mereka yang tidak sesuai sama sekali.

Dalam jumlah yang kecil itu tertulislah nama M.Nasir, Suhaimi Mohd Zain,Ramli Sarip,Kumpulan Kopratasa dan beberapa lagi. M.Nasir misalnya boleh berbangga dengan Andalusia atau Phoenix Bangkit . Sementara Kopratasa dengan lagu-lagu sosial yang diangkat daripada puisi-puisi tersohor.Tetapi jumlah ini sangat kecil untuk mengisi sebuah konsert yang mempunyai tema khusus mengenai keamanan.

Kerana itu kita terpaksa mengakui bahawa sebahagian besar pencipta lagu kita hanya mencipta lagu untuk hidup. Apa yang menjadi keperluan semasa peminat mereka, maka itulah yang dihidangkan.

Kita tidak mempunyai Scorpions atau kumpulan U2 misalnya. Scorpions dengan imej rock yang selekeh telah menghasilkan lagu penting sebagai merakam kejatuhan negara-negara blok komunis dalam Wind of Change atau Moment of Glory.

Lagu-lagu ini bukan saja sebagai bahan hiburan tetapi lebih jauh daripada itu ia tertanam di tugu peringatan tentang keruntuhan komunisme di sepanjang zaman.Begitu juga dengan U2 yang pernah membuat konsert jelajah empat negara Afrika demi kemanusiaan.

Mereka tentunya menjejaki langkah penyanyi rock Irish, Bob Geldof yang mengasaskan konsert amal 1985 Live Aid untuk membantu mangsa kebuluran di Uthopia.

Memang dipuji komitmen artis kita dengan kerja-kerja sosial seperti ini. Tetapi tentu lebih baik lagi kalau mereka boleh menyampaikan suara mereka dalam lagu yang dinyanyikan. Suara golongan seniman bukanlah kata-kata. Suara seniman dituangkan dalam hasil karya mereka. Maka yang perlu dilakukan ialah selain memenuhi selera terbanyak, pencipta lagu juga perlu memenuhi selera dirinya sendiri sebagai seniman.

E-mel :

Kementerian Penerangan adalah Organisasi Lanun Terancang

I know the first impression of my article will be "it's expected for Tulang Besi to support Pas Youth because he's an Islamist". But I beg you to read my reasoning first before you draw your conclusion.

My support stems from the fact that Malays are encouraged to indulge in "entertainment". Don't take my word for it, just turn on your Astro and compare the contents of "Malay" channels, as compared to other channels. I mean, at least with the English channels, we have the news channel, documentaries like the Discovery channel; there's even a BBC Food channel and also the sports channel.

But when it comes to Malay channels, nothing but mindless and empty entertainment. Day in and day out. It is still not too far away from our memories when Siti Nurhaliza's wedding was televised live on national TV. At the same time, ASTRO didn't want to concede ratings therefore an interview with Mawi and Ina specifically discussing the break-up of Mawi's engagement with Ina was organized.

I mean, what do I care about Mawi's breakup with Ina? It's a family affair and let them settle it among their respective families. As for Siti Nurhaliza, I waited for any of the Women's Rights groups to condemn the wedding ceremony but sadly none dared open their mouths. I mean, Siti Nurhaliza married another woman's husband. She broke up a happy family. Now, is that something we should have condoned, what more televised on national TV?

Entertainment is a major tool of UMNO for many reasons. The main reason is to keep Malays from thinking about politics and to prevent Malays from developing sensitivities towards how the government is being run and how their money is being spent. I mean, if you spend your days and nights talking about Siti Nurhaliza, or why Nurul and Ijai divorced, where can you find time to discuss the effects of corruption in the country's economy, or should the Malays change their government or not.

And it worked. In 2008, Malays, on the average, voted opposition only at 40%. The other 60% went to Barisan Nasional. The entertainment tool was instrumental in keeping the Malays intoxicated with trivial and insignificant issues. The real issues evaded the Malays and entertainment seemed to provide the Malays with a fictitious feeling of contentment and satisfaction.

The Malays' level of maturity as a nation is also hampered deliberately using the entertainment tool. As long as Malays are intoxicated, they will forever remain uncritical and insensitive. This will make UMNO's propaganda easier to administer upon the Malays.

In short, it's all a mind control strategy by UMNO; and entertainment is one of the most important tools. It creates apathy among the Malays faster than any other programs. And apathy is the best ally to dictators, as someone said.

At the same time, Malaysian artistes too, suffer from economic deprivation. Many of their works are easily pirated and they struggle to make ends meet. Their only sure source of income is concerts and it seems Malaysian artistes are forced to do concerts their whole lives just to survive.

I had the pleasure of having a conversation with ITO, the lead singer of the Blues Gang. He told me that he was once warned by somebody high in the Information Ministry not to highlight the problem of piracy. Blues Gang right now is still performing in clubs and functions despite having an evergreen hit "Apo Nak Dikato" because their work has been pirated to the maximum. They gain very little from their work and somebody high in the government is apparently protecting the pirates. Ito was that close to being banned by RTM.

In conclusion, both the Malays and the artistes in Malaysia are being kicked in the stomach by UMNO and Barisan Nasional. UMNO gets support from the Malays based on the artistes' activities and they also get some form of material benefits from piracy (based on my conversation with Ito).

In Malaysia, everything that happens, UMNO will be the final beneficiary, it seems.