Let out the child in you with Altiyan Childs!

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I love music and songs a lot and because I do, I just abhor artists who create covers that do not do justice to the song. I however, applaud artists who are able to do justice to the song and even take it to another level such as the one I am featuring today.

I discovered this artist after viewing parody videos from the blog http://razorbackwriteraus.wordpress.com/ and I was instantly taken by the sound of his voice so I googled him and so now I am an instant fan!

In one of his interviews, he said “the song is the boss; the song is the master” and that you have to let the song control you not the other way around. And I think that is the perfect way to approach any song, just feel it and let it take you. If you listen to the way he sings the songs, you just know he is doing the song justice! (But don’t just take my word for it, listen to his renditions…)

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Here is a Wikipedia article:

Altijan Juric[2] (born 10 June 1975), best known by his stage name Altiyan Childs, is an Australian singer-songwriter.[3] He was the winner of the second series of The X Factor (Australia) in 2010, and subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia. His debut single “Somewhere in the World” reached the top-ten in Australia and New Zealand. Childs’ self-titled debut album peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum. Childs parted ways with Sony in early 2012 and signed with independent label Oxygen Music Group. In March 2013 Oxygen Music Group announced Childs was no longer their client and he signed with Vibe Management for a short period. His second studio album Born Before the Sun is expected to be released in 2014. The first single “Girl” was released in March 2014.

Biography

1975–2008: Early life

Altiyan Childs was born Altjian Juric[4] in Mount Isa, Queensland but grew up in Sydney. His father is of Croatian descent and his mother is Serbian.[5] Childs and his sister, Altiyana, were named after their father’s sister Altijana, who was murdered at only two months of age.[6] At the age of 13, Childs had a high school band called Over the Top[4] and, less than two years after graduating from high school, he formed a band called Masonia with Daniel Rivers, Mo Bloomfield and Nathan Meryment.[4] The band had minor success in 2004 with their debut single “Simple”, which reached number 41 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[7] Masonia disbanded in 2008 and Childs decided to retire from music.

2010: The X Factor Australia

Childs auditioned for the second series of The X Factor (Australia) in 2010. Falling into the Over 25’s category, he was mentored by Irish singer Ronan Keating who selected him for the finals – a series of ten weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote. Keating had received criticism by the Australian public for sending Childs through, as he had forgotten his lyrics multiple times during the audition process.

Throughout the finals, however, Childs was praised continually from the judges, specifically for his performances of Bon Jovi‘s “Livin’ on a Prayer“, U2‘s “Beautiful Day“, “Eye of the Tiger“, “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon and also Bryan Adams‘ “Summer of ’69“. After week five’s performance show, Childs disappeared from rehearsals and visited a cave on the Sydney Northern beaches in a need to reconnect with “beautiful sadness”.[8] During a radio interview with 2Day FM, he said “It kind of hit me randomly at about 2 am that I had to reconnect with part of my sadness, it’s my secret power it’s what drives me through the song and ignites that part of me, it’s got to do with sadness, I needed to go back to somewhere where I felt an intimate romantic thing with an ancient memory and it worked”.[8]

Throughout the competition, Childs had never landed in the bottom two, and ended up progressing through to the final show with Sally Chatfield and Andrew Lawson. The grand final results show was held on 22 November 2010 and during the early stage of the show it was revealed that Lawson had received the fewest public votes and was automatically eliminated. Chatfield and Childs became the final two and after the public votes had been tallied it was announced that Childs was the winner.[9] As the winner, Childs received a recording contract with record label Sony Music Australia.[10]

Livin’ on a Prayer

It’s a Beautiful Day

Somewhere in the world

Summer of 69

Eye of the Tiger

Blaze of Glory

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Apparently, he went into a lot of controversies and had quit music because of the many run-ins with the law… If he did, it would be such a waste of talent.

Personally I guess all rock stars go through such “phases” in their lives, it can even be said that it comes with the territory! Music in itself is something like a drug to me, it takes me to my lowest lows and highest highs. If maybe you add all the trimmings of stardom and fame, it gets too much and somehow most artists are drawn to the darker side of things. (Thank goodness I am not a rockstar or famous! Hehehe)

Regardless, I think Altiyan is great and the music industry is very fortunate that X-factor discovered him!

Nmed 12/23/14 @11:35am

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Soaring high with the The Eagles on a FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is my Facebook status today:

” If bobbing your head, tapping your feet and looking high on drugs (not that I would know how that feels…)  in an  otherwise silent office with serious-looking people with their heads glued to their computer screens would qualify for crazy; then I am the craziest person in the entire 11th floor office! haha! (while listening to The Eagles songs on my headset…) ” 

But you can’t blame me… I am listening to the songs of one the greatest bands as well….(but you can blame my father for influencing me.. he happens to have great taste in music too!!!)

I was merely listening to their songs over Jango.com but realized I need to listen to their songs consecutively and found this great playlist…

I have my headset volume turned up really high that I feel like I am in a real live concert! (possibly something I couldn’t afford too in real life but who cares, I am high just now listening to them over my headset! You don’t get that often!  hahaha…)

But in lieu of the live concert, speakers with full volume does the trick just the same! Rockin’ and soaring really high right now… (just scared someone might see me and validate me as crazy and actually send me to the loony bin with the loony tunes…)

Oh well!! Just join me in!!! hehehe..

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nmed 12/12/14 @10:19am

We could be heroes!!!

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I have gone back to listening to the radio since yesterday because I miss listening to our typical Pinoy DJs and their funny and at times annoying callers…(I happen to be part of the former group, hopefully..hehe..)

I heard this song for the first time over Magic 92.3 (previously Killer Bee, to those who can relate) and I loved it…it had me bobbing my head and wriggling in my seat while in my lotus position in the office so you can pretty much tell that I loved it instantly!

So ofcourse, I had to google the song’s video and lyrics and sharing it here too… 🙂 Enjoy!

“Heroes”
(feat. Tove Lo)

We go hideaway in daylight
We go undercover when under sun
Got a secret side in plain sight
Where the streets are empty
That’s where we run

Everyday people do
Everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now
We are a different kind
We can do anything

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

Anybody’s got the power
They don’t see it
‘Cos they don’t understand
Spin around and round for hours
You and me we got the world in our hands

Everyday people do
Everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now
We are a different kind
We can do anything

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you
We could be

All we’re looking for is love and a little light
Love and a little light
(we could be)
All we’re looking for is love and a little light
Love and a little light

We could be heroes
We could be heroes
Me and you

We could be
we could be heros
I guess we’re all heroes in our own right.. maybe not the ones that save the world in epic proportions but just ones that help make a difference in another person’s life one day at a time… 😉
Have you ever done anything heroic or even just went out of your way to do something nice or kind to a random stranger needing your help? If you have, doesn’t it just make you feel good and warm inside?? 
nmed 12/11/14 @ 8:26am

Hanging out with Hang Massive

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Remember when I said I was on a quest to break free from mainstream music and search for great music and artists that have not reached our shores yet? I’m still at it.

And today, I got help from my hubby because when I shared my quest to him he showed me a video of this musical duo called Hang Massive making music with a non-conventional and rare instrument called hang.

They don’t have a Wikipedia but they do have their own website now because they too are working hard at spreading their type of music to everyone.

Here is a Wikipedia on the type of instrument they use:

The Hang (German pronunciation: [haŋ],[1] plural form: Hanghang[2]) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in BernSwitzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG.[3] The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.[4]

The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawnnitrided steel sheet[5][6] glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct ‘UFO shape’. The top (“Ding”) side has a center ‘note’ hammered into it and seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered around the center. The bottom (“Gu”) is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.

The Hang uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator.[7][8] The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and other instruments.[9] The inventors of the Hang have continued to refine the shape and materials and have produced several variations over the years.

The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand. It is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.[10]

Playing the Hang

The Hang is typically played resting on the player’s lap. The Hang is generally played with the hands and fingers instead of mallets. This lighter means of playing produces an overtone-rich sound that could be considered ‘softer’ and ‘warmer’ than the ‘bright’ sound of a mallet based traditional steelpan.

The top (Ding) side of the Hang, depending on how it is played, can sound like a harp, bells, or harmonically tuned steelpans. The notes are laid out in a cross pattern in the ‘tone circle’ from low to high so that with a specific orientation of the Hang, the player can ascend or descend the ‘scale’ by alternating using the left and right hands to strike the ‘tone fields’. Each tone field has multiple overtones oriented specifically in the flattened field with a dome at the center. Typically there is a fundamental tone, an overtone tuned to an octave above that fundamental, and an additional overtone a fifth above that octave (twelfth/tritave). The orientation is fairly consistent across the fields on each Hang so that the overtones can be highlighted, muted, or extracted based on how and where the player strikes the tone field.

The bottom side of the Hang has a round opening, the Gu, producing together with the air in the cavity a Helmholtz resonance similar to aghatam or an udu. In the 2nd generation, Integral Hang and Free Integral Hang adjustment of the size of the Gu (by partially blocking it with either a hand, or the legs) can generate a sympathetic D2 from the Helmholtz resonance, which introduces subtle layers of cross complexities in the resonance of the instrument as notes are played on the Ding side. In the 1st and 2nd generation models there is a single high note with a long sustain that can be generated by striking the rim of the hole on the ‘Gu’ side. In the Integral Hang there are two notes that can be generated (F and F#). The Hang can also be used as a friction idiophone. Shaker like sounds can be made by sliding a hand across the surface, and it can also ring like a singing bowl by using skin (a hand) or a bow.

Here is a picture of the instrument:

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I have only three words to describe the type of music they make – calming, mystical and surreal!

Now, who could resist such music right? Now, let’s all get calm, mystified and enter a surreal universe by listening to Hang Massive….

Thanks for swinging by today and hope you liked our musical trip! 🙂

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