Monday, July 25, 2011

Do you think you know music?

You may laugh at what i want to say in this post here. Let me ask you, how loud do you listen to your favorite track?. 20-40% volume?.

If that's the average volume that you're so used to listen to your favourite track, chances are you've never EXPERIENCED music!. Music is not only something that you listen while commuting on your way home, it' not something that you play just to keep you companied...No no's not only that..

If you're listening to low volumes all this while, you may have missed out the details background effect that some songs had. First of all, you need something that is powerful enough to uncompress your MP3, then you need some kick ass listening device such as a speaker or earphone.

If you've got that checked, then it's time to pump it up!!!!. I've compiled some classical and trance music to start our tutorial!!!.

Biography of Yundi Li

Yundi Li was born in Chongquing in central China. As with many musicians, his penchant for music became apparent in early childhood.  One day, when he was three years old, he was so fascinated by a man playing an accordion in a shopping mall that he refused to leave the mall.
At the age of four,  he started learning to play the accordion. When he was seven, he asked his parents to let him have piano lessons. At the age of twelve, Li gave the best performance in a fiercely competitive selection process and thus earned himself a place at the top music school in Sichuan province.
About a year later, when Li's teacher decided to take up a post at the School of Arts in Shenzhen, southern China, Li's family moved in order to allow the young prodigy to continue his studies in Shenzhen. The tuition at this school was expensive, and Li's mother had already given up her job in order to supervise the boy's education. However, Li had  won numerous scholarships and awards which enabled him to afford the fees.
At thirteen, Li won the Stravinsky Competition in the United States.  He went on to take First Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in the United States and Third Prize at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in the Netherlands, as well as being a major winner in the Second China International Piano Competition in Beijing.
At just eighteen, Yundi Li won the first prize at the Frederic Chopin Competition held in Warsaw in October 2000.
He has recently announced that he will never compete again. He is currently on the roster of  Deutsche Grammophon (DG). His first recording for DG was an all-Chopin recital album, released in early 2002. Meanwhile, he continues his musical studies in Germany.
His music

Ohh dear..... tertiary education is stressing isn't it?, fret not as i have some of the best pieces to relieve off some stress. 

These pieces had been playing over and over in mind for years, and whenever i feel stressed, i just plonk my in-ear phones into my phone and crank up these tracks all the way up to 70% volume.

After all these years of listening, i believe my taste for music is quite UP THERE!!!. Personally i feel that in ear phones are best for classics and sentimental instruments, and 60%-70% volume is quite at the sweet spot of listening to these tracks. NEVER go too loud on classics as the high pitched notes made by the piano or Sax will give you headache as your eardrum vibrates violently. 

As for trance music, a closed up headphone is the best, and the sweet spot should be at 85-90% volume. Close your eyes, listen to the background music, immerse yourself into the music, and let your imaginations runs deep into whatever song you're listening to. When you're calm and relaxed you could feel your body starts to slow down, and starts to enter a subconscious realm where you're half asleep but still conscious. Might be what they called "A state of trance". Its a little bit difficult to describe what feeling or sensation, unless you experience it yourself. Try it by picking up a very nice track that you loved.

At 80% volume, i suggest you do not exceed an hour on listening as it may make you dizzy.

That's what I recommend you noobs out there, so if you already had a pair of sweet phones, you might want to pick it out and listen to some of your old forgotten track. 

I'd recommend these track if you're looking some relaxing music:

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