What Is Live Looping And How Is It Transforming Music?

More Glastonbury Festival, 2017. Thousands of concert-goers were left confused when Ed Sheeran turned up to close the annual festival. They thought Sheeran was using a backing track. This led the multi-talented English singer to explain on Twitter that what he was using was a loop station. Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station, not a backing track. Please google x — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 26, 2017 Here’s the kicker: Live Looping isn’t a “new” technology. It has been around since the 1960s. While...

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The Reason MPH Is Closing Down Its Bookstores Is Not What You Think It Is

More This post was published in August 2018 when MPH shuttered its 1Utama branch. It has since been updated to reflect the current state of affairs after the book retailer closed down its last two outlets in Singapore in 2019 and in 2020, 11 other outlets in Malaysia. The reason for the closures, as was it was with MPH 1Utama, possibly remains the same, only they were probably expedited because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   On 7 August, 2018 I heard the news, first reported by Amenic Film Space, that MPH’s 1 Utama branch has closed down. Some people have...

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POETRY | I Dedicate This Playlist To You by Avery De Witt

More What would I give What would I sacrifice To re-live that night We spent together Talking Touching Falling When only silence escaped my lips My heart was already wound to yours As you poured yours out Through indescribable harmony On your four-stringed, beat-up instrument My every thought Every excitement Every hour My muse One I never knew I needed in so many years *** Cover art by Mariah Ashby on Unsplash  We’re looking for more short stories, poems and essays. If you’ve got some and aren’t shy to share it with the world, please drop us an email at editors@eksentrika.com....

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ESSAY | The Lizard In My Room by Mwaffaq Alhajjar

More When I first arrived in my new house in Kuala Lumpur, I stayed up all night, watching lizards in the kitchen, the corridors, and the toilet. I was worried they might come into my room. I slept on the sofa. It was the first time I ever saw a lizard. Luckily, that moment was temporary. I have always dreamt of having a private room. A private room where I can listen to my kind of music all night. Where I can speak out loud to myself. Where I can sing to the walls, and recite poetry to the...

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SHORT STORY | Just A Halloween Party Gone Wrong by CA Yin

More The clouds parted and moonlight spilled onto the deserted road. The trees lining the road rustled in the wind, throwing shadows of branches into the pools of light. In the distance, a figure emerged. Close behind, two other figures followed the first. They ran together in the moonlight. Janie stopped and took off her high heels. Clutching them in one hand, she ran faster to catch up with the others. Siew Ching had hitched up her skirt and was already running in her stockinged feet. They ran until they reached a fork in the road. Nadia halted and...

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How Can Malaysian Arts Move Forward Post COVID-19?

More Five months on since the coronavirus pandemic went global, the focus has shifted to the disruption the virus caused on the livelihood of artists and arts organisations. The conversations have also pivoted to the type of world we would have to adapt to, with technology at the forefront driving many industries, including the arts and culture. Tan E-Jan and Ng Chor Guan of Malaysian creative incubator, Toccata Studio, both understand the concept of impermanence, having created extensive works that fuses science and technology with art. We recently spoke to Jan, who serves as the Creative Producer, and Guan,...

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POETRY | Traditions by Nuan Ning

More Editor’s Note: This poem was first performed by Malaysian poet, Nuan Ning at the International University of Malaya-Wales Slam Off on October 16, 2019 where the 14-year-old emerged as a runner-up. It was such a delightful piece that we obtained Nuan Ning’s permission to post it here for you to enjoy.     Traditions are the sons of daughters of culture I am the daughter of two cultures. My father, and his swirling teo chew, whispering to us at the crack of dawn, lulling us out of bed to have dim sum   across the street. My mother, with clicking Hokkien laced...

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SHORT STORY | Up On Spirits Mountain by Jayati Roy

More The cold breeze swept past our faces, The gravel glistening, squeaking into our walking shoes, The peak, Just a short way ahead, Lay barren, Beckoning! A landscape without the collage of swaying branches and tall trees; the scent of a myriad flowers and raw mud slapping a sienna terrain: a silhouette haunting our minds – left behind, Hung over our heads like a shadow, As we trudged along.   The highest mountain in South East Asia we had scaled, The ropes tied to our waists held us together, One tribe we had become that day, Doggedly determined to...

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93% Of Malaysian Artists Have Been Negatively Impacted By COVID-19. Here’s What You Can Do.

More The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted the lives of billions of people on earth but also sealed the fates of many arts organizations across the globe that were already bleeding financially. In 2015 the UNESCO estimated the market size of the world’s cultural and creative industry at US$2.25 trillion, with nearly 30 million people employed. This figure was larger than India’s GDP. As countries across the world began imposing travel restrictions and social distancing measures, Cirque du Soleil, emerged as among the first iconic casualties. The Montreal-based circus giant announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. Art...

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SHORT STORY | Two Of The Same Thing by Lo Sin Yee

More The deafening ringing of the school bell reverberated at every corner.  Before it trailed off into silence, a cacophony of voices and laughter rose around a yellow cat.  He lazily raised his head as hundreds of feet pattered up and down the spiral staircase above him. A girl squatted down and stroked the cat’s head.  The cat let out a big yawn, showing his sharp teeth and tongue with utter nonchalance.  The girl chuckled and petted the cat’s cheek, just behind the whiskers, her own hair, parted at the centre, dangling from both sides of her slightly pimpled face. The cat closed his...

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Singaporean Musician Shares Her Secret To Growing A Fanbase In Boston

More Being a musician today is no longer just about having the best musicality. It’s also about learning how to grow a following and nurturing it. Although being good at several different instruments is still a mark of significant talent, having an aptitude for marketing is rising to the fore as an essential skill. This is especially true for many a bedroom pop artist vying for attention on YouTube, Spotify and the various other music streaming platforms there are. The reality is that hiring a manager to take care of the “business” aspect of performing is a luxury few...

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POETRY | The Seeker’s Heart by S.Teynmoli Subramaniam

More The seeker’s heart is always silent. Soaring in her own thought of what life is becoming.   The seeker’s heart is always firm For in her silence she carries her world.   Deep down inside, she knows Life is only a matter of time and endless perseverance…   The seeker’s heart is always serene. It has eyes that no one can see, and ears that no one can whisper.   Her mind is preserved in serenity, sanctified with resilience. She knows what she wants, and she chose what she becomes.   She sees with her heart, and listen...

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