Victor Koo reviews SeaStars 2007

Victor (another fellow Friend of Yesterday.SG) had trouble downloading the tracks, so I emailed him the lower quality 64 kbps version. Incidentally, he was the one who connected us with Elaine.

Here’s what he thinks of SeaStars 2007, from his blog post:

First impression is that the music sounded very much like the chill-out or spa music CDs which I bought some time back – very soothing and easy-listening.

However, like most music of this type which I have listened to, some consecutive stanzas of the music sounded so much alike that it is as if they are repeating themselves like a broken record. In addition, some tracks ended rather abruptly. If there was a consistent gradual fade-out of about 10-second duration, the endings would have been smoother.

Perhaps it was to make the recordings sound instrument-like rather than synthesized (using Garageband?) but the guitar “squeaking” (right term?) on Track 3 – Starfish at 1m:15s was overdone. It sounded rather jarring and irritating to me. If not, it would have easily been my favorite track (same as Elaine’s choice).

I also particularly like Track 7 – Once Upon A Star, a beautiful piano piece.

Track 9 – Seabreeze is another very nice track that has an oriental flavour to it. It has instruments that sound to my untrained ears like er hu and cymbals in it.

The background sounds of children’s laughter, waves, seagulls and dolphins are all very cleverly well-blended with the music. They are not over-powering and do not distract the listener from the music itself. The listener is immediately “transported” to the seaside, especially when he/she closes his eyes and concentrate on the music.

His full post, here.

SeaStars 2007

Glad you liked the music, Victor.

Victor also added: “Overall, the album is worth listening to even if it is not free. It is certainly much, much better than the only CD which my colleague keeps playing in his car – Gregorian Chants.”

OK, by that you mean you’ll buy the CD? 🙂

We don’t have definite plans to sell the CD (will people even buy?!)

Anyway you’ll be getting a free CD from us. And yes, go ahead and make a copy of SeaStars 2007 to give away to your friend. We’ve adopted this particular Creative Commons license (more details at this Starfish Stories page).

~ Ivan

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~ by Ivan Chew on January 1, 2008.

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