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My Tech Video Music

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I was asked by some readers where I get the intro and outro music for my tech videos.

I composed and recorded them.

Geek Rock (“The Cowbell Song”) was recorded around 2008/2009 and was used for the Windows 7 Deployment Series Videos. And for those of you asking if the Saturday Night Live skit has something to do with this song, the answer is No. In fact, I only got to look up that SNL skit when someone commented “We need more cowbell” in the Deployment Series Part 1 video!

Here is the Windows 7 Deployment Series where Geek Rock was used.

External Sync was recorded around 2011 while I was experimenting with the arpeggiators of the Motif synthesizer. After I came across the arpeggiator pattern that we hear in the song, and cooked up the instruments in my head, my next problem was how to configure an external synchronization source. This is for me to sync up the Motif arpeggiator with the MIDI drum programming. I never got to solve that issue during recording.

Here it is!

Both songs were recorded in my home studio, which I guess some techies who produce tech videos have to accommodate vocal recordings for the tech videos.

jay paloma | 28 nov 2015 | bangkok


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November 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM

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Assignment 4: Demonstrating the Effects of Compression on Drums

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A demonstration on how the compressor affects the overall sound of a drum groove.

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November 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Assignment 3: Submixing

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This video explains how to create submixes on Cubase 7.

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November 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

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Similar Music Passages in Movies

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Sometimes when I’m watching movies, I can’t help but notice some similar music passages across different films, and interestingly used in the same situations. Here are a couple that I came across.

This horn passage is typical of fast-paced scenes that have to slow down. The interesting thing is that there is a 12-year difference between these two movies, and I only noticed it when, due to the recent demise of Tom Clancy, I watched his submarine thriller.

The Hunt for Red October (Basil Poledouris, 1990)
During the opening credits, the Red October is shown on the surface, the scene pans to the sub’s sail then blacks out, revealing the name “Red October” in red Cyrillic script. It is at this point where we hear the brass section passage I’m referring to.

Star Trek: Nemesis (Jerry Goldsmith, 2002)
Captain Picard and Data escaping the Scimitar inside a 2-man craft in the blasting away in confined hallways. You will hear the brass section passage the moment the small craft breaks through the Scimitar’s window into outer space and, speeding off towards the USS Enterprise.

Usually associated with battle mobilization involving Japanese. Ok, both examples are from Hans Zimmer and he has his signature in these works.

Pearl Harbor (Hans Zimmer, 2001)
Scene where Japanese pilots prepare for the attack on Pearl. The drum passage starts when the scene shifts to the aircraft carrier deck.

The Last Samurai (Hans Zimmer, 2003)
Katsumoto working up his troops, then the shifts to the Samurai cavalry and infantry heading off to battle

And speaking of The Last Samurai and Pearl Harbor, there’s a similar scene in both movies that amuses me: the pre-battle “class picture.”

Class Picture - The Last Samurai

Class Picture - Pearl Harbor

Disclaimer: all pictures, videos and music are not mine

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October 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

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My YouTube Channel Welcome Video

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Made a new welcome video in my YouTube channel! Clips included here are from Dec 2011 to the present.

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September 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

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Presenting, The Top 10 Posts for 2012!!!

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December 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

My First Music Video Production

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This is the first music video I directed and produced. The band is called Pulse! from Singapore. This song won for them the top prize in the Yamaha Asian Beat 2010 Grand Finals in Bangkok, and they also bagged the Best Vocalist (Liza) and Best Bass Guitar Player (Izzudin) as well! So glad to have worked with this group of young, energetic musicians!

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September 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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