Friday, 11 March 2016

Flashlight Cover: My New Year Resolution

Sejak saya bisa main piano dan gitar, saya ingin membuat cover solo band. Sudah banyak ide dan latihan yang saya lakukan, namun tidak pernah ada yang konkrit jadi video. Namun dua minggu lalu saya dengar lagu Flashlight oleh Jessie J

It was crazy energetic and fun! Lalu saya coba cari cover yang ada di Youtube. This one is particularly, IMO, better than the original song in some dimensions.

Lalu saya jadi terinspirasi. Pingin deh make a baby step buat mewujudkan cover solo band yang sudah saya impikan dari dulu. Dan mumpung ini adalah new year resolution saya tahun ini, here I go!

Somehow setelah di encode dan di upload kualitas video dan audionya jadi jelek. Lalu dari segi skill, tentu saja, semuanya masih suks. I particularly am sad about my voice. But again, baby step! I hope I get better in the future. Paling tidak at this point saya jadi makin mengerti core weakness points yang harus saya tingkatkan untuk meningkatkan keseluruhan kualitas video saya ke depan.

Target saya adalah bikin cover solo band menggunakan semua instrumen yang saya bisa saat ini: piano, gitar, biola, drum dan bass. We'll see :)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Ame no Hanauta Cover

Tidak tahu sejak kapan saya menemukan lagu ini, tapi lagu ini menjadi salah satu lagu favorit saya. Apalagi kalau hujan. Ame no Hanauta (Humming in The Rain) adalah lagu buatan Get Wet Band. Salah satu personilnya (Doddy) adalah teman SMP saya. Kalau membaca post sebelumnya perlu dicatat bahwa dia salah satu yang tidak membuli saya.

BTW, lagu aslinya bisa didengarkan di sini.

Cover ini super cacat. Saya nebak-nebak chordnya jadi banyak yang ngasal. Suaranya juga ngasal. Metik gitarnya ngasal. Tapi saya bertekad untuk tetap mengupload ini karena beberapa alasan:
  1. Bagian dari resolusi tahun 2015 (mengupload video hasil editan).
  2. Pertama kali mencoba Adobe Pro Premier (terima kasih Facebook atas lisensi gratisnya)
  3. Pertama kali mencoba menggabungkan video dan audio dari file yang terpisah.
  4. Pertama kali merekam video pakai kamera DSLR.
  5. Pertama kali merekam audio pake proper microphone.
Banyak first time di sini. Moga-moga ini bakal menjadi dasar dari skill bermusik saya. Agar harapannya kalau saya melihat video-video saya kebelakang, saya bisa berkata "I am getting better at this."

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Lucid Dream

To have a lucid dream you need to be aware that you're dreaming. It's known to be a difficult feat to achieve since upon the slightest realization that you're dreaming, you're most likely going to wake up.

Recently, it's incredibly easy for me to have one. I dream about my father every single day. He's there, together with the family. And every single night, I'm 100% sure they are dream. Father is not here anymore and I'll never forget about that. Nevertheless, I couldn't woke up. I don't want to. Only here can I talk to him - to apologize for the promise that I could never fulfill.

And so every night I have a lucid dream.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Never Will

I was a loser back in middle school . I didn’t have many friends. I played video game so much you'd think I was possessed. I needed to play in game center since we didn’t have internet back at home. I can’t go there alone since it was far and I didn’t know how to ride a bike. You would take me there every weekend, 4AM in the morning. Your eyes were sleepy, but you didn’t complain. You would pick me up at 12, got me a nice lunch and give me a piggyback when I fell asleep in the car.

When I was in high school I was on the top 16th of Indonesian IOI national team selection. Everybody told me that I should give up - that I should pursue my study. You were the only one to give me the push. When I was in top 8 and I was announced to not be in the team, I was depressed. When the clarification was told and I was selected to be in the Indonesian IOI team I was in ecstacy. But you simply looked at me with those eyes. Those eyes which seemed to say “I never doubted you."

Back when I was an intern at Facebook the new office was just set to be made. The designer was Frank Gehry. One of the decisive point why I am here right now is that I want to take you here. Give you a walk in the building of your favorite designer. Show you around one of the best campus in Silicon Valley. Show how your good-for-nothing son is now your pride.

Yesterday out of habit, I sent you a message. A message saying that I've arrived safely at Taipei. A message that you'll never read.

There will never be a walk with you in Facebook office. I’ll never see your smile when I finally bought you a Black Jaguar of your dream. I’ll miss how you keep finding those articles about us that we never know, and boastfully share it to Facebook: “See how awesome my child has become.” I’ll miss your daily Minori photos.

Three days ago my father passed away. May his soul rest in peace, and be reunited with Eyang Poi, Eyang Bobo, Cici, Ditip, Bije, and Mumu.

We’ll live on your legacy, believing in your value: Migunaning tumraping liyan. رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِين. Being a mercy for the world.