Month: January 2018

This M’sian musician’s EP was mastered by the same guy who mastered for the Rolling Stones

All images credit Brendan de Cruz Ever heard of Pete Maher? For those who’re scratching their heads, Pete is a renowned mastering engineer abroad and has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Snow Patrol, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger, Lana Del Rey, Damien Rice, and the list goes on and on. You can read more here. Hailing from London, United Kingdom, Pete had entered the UK music scene in the 90’s as a musician. But in 2002, he discovered his passion in audio mastering when he stumbled upon some audio mastering tools. But wait,...

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BOOK REVIEW | Micro Malaysians!

Editor: Anwar Hadi Publisher: Fixi Novo Genre: Fiction Novel Pages: 144 Micro Malaysians! is a collection of 100 stories, chosen from 1,163 entries from all across Malaysia, each no longer than 150 words. Accompanied by illustrations by Caryn Koh, the book promises “a smorgasbord of the Malaysian experience, bite-sized and biting”. On first glance, this book does not seem to have a particular audience in mind, aiming to simply satisfy one’s curiosity just how much a writer could tell with so little, and if the tales are truly reflective of the Malaysian scene. The stories are not arranged via...

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This woman is reshaping people’s perception of OCD through theatre

Image credit The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Ho Lee Ching was eight-years-old when she began making involuntarily sounds and movements for no apparent reason. Her parents who initially thought that she was just being a mischievous kid later grew concerned and took her to a doctor. “I was 14 when the doctors confirmed that I have Tourette Syndrome,” the 27-year-old says. The syndrome is a neurological disorder largely characterised by repetitive and involuntary movements and sounds (they’re called tics). “Tics that produce movements are called “motor tics” while those that produce sounds are called “vocal tics”. I have...

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BOOK REVIEW | Dark Demon Rising by Tunku Halim

Author : Tunku Halim Publisher : Buku Fixi Genre : Fiction Novel Pages : 264   For many, an inheritance is typically physical property one inherits when one’s parents passes away. In some unfortunate cases, some family inheritances could also be a terrible burden and a responsibility. Would you choose to accept your inheritance if you were told to become a bomoh (shaman) just like your father? First published in 1997, Dark Demon Rising tells the story of kampung-born city lawyer, Shazral, who left his home in pursuit of his dreams and life only to receive a call informing him...

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BOOK REVIEW | The Tudung Anthology

Editor               : Azalia Zaharuddin Publisher          : Matahari Books Genre               : Various (Fiction and Non-Fiction) No. of pages    :  201 In the preface for The Tudung Anthology, Azalia Zaharudin states that the book is a collection of personal reactions to the ‘never-ending questions and judgments, be it from Muslims or non-Muslims’ by ‘women from different walks of life’. Its aim is to provide a ‘bigger picture’ on the wearing of the tudung beyond choices of wearing it or not, and (perhaps as an attempt to steer accusations of challenging religious dictates away) it is emphasized to be ‘not a religious...

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