Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Your Medicine Man

Previously in animation, I have learnt tweening and frame-to-frame animation. The illustrations below is another lesson in animation - Synchronization. I have not learnt 'Bone Animation' where bodies are connected to a wrist, elbow, shoulder etc just yet. This is quite tedious ... so later.

Song, Music and Lyric by Azer Mantessa
Flash Animation by Azer Mantessa
Vocal (with Helium) by Azer Mantessa

Your Medicine Man

Hello, I am your medicine man
I come to you with my master plan

Hello, I am your medicine man
I am your right choice I know that I can
Come and shake my hand
I'll make you understand
You people tend to forget
Vote for me so you won't regret

Don't you listen ... to the liars
I'm here to fulfill your desires
For more money ... lots of money
I'll build the strong economy
With me I have special remedy
Can't you see ... can't you feel
You have got nothing to lose
To vote is free
So vote for me
You'll be given ... warranty

Vote for me ...

This song (Flash, 349.5 kb) is available at Cadenza MIDI Diary



"1. Rewards shall come to those who can wait BUT not to those who hesitate.
2. Not taking any position IS A POSITION."
- Two Golden Investing Rules by The Turtles of Richard Dennis

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Theme Song

I'm testing out a .SWF file to be directly connected with Cadenza MIDI Diary. The song is only 24 seconds in length with size file of 44.2 KB.
I'm yet to see how the connection rate is handled.

Song and Music by Azer Mantessa
Flash Illustrations by Azer Mantessa

How I Write Songs - (Part 1)

Meantime, while I have some space here, I'm taking the advantage of telling you how I write songs.

To Start Things Up

So how do I get to write songs?

It can be very difficult OR it can be very easy. Never mind about doing things in a difficult way, I prefer to talk about how I do things in an easier way.

The easier way to write songs is to do it intuitively. In other words, I listen to my own heartbeat rather thinking of an idea through my brain. The main rule in applying this technique is not to plan what to write OR not to search for any idea of what to write. This is good because I don't have the luxurious time for planning or for searching anyway. There is more to life than just blogging right?

So how do I listen to my own heart beat?

I need to relax. To relax is very important because this is the way how I can stop the higher blood pressure plummeting into my cerebral cortex which can cause me to start thinking. Remember, the last thing I need is to start thinking.

I start to relax first by taking a deep breath through my nose. Hold it. Release it. Take a deep breath again but this time I close my eyes. Hold it. Release it. I do this repeatedly until I feel a bit sleepy. Feeling a bit sleepy means I am relaxing.

I then picture whatever is nice and peaceful. My favorites are Maria Ozawa, Jacylyn Smith, my village nearby Mount Jerai and of course, Anfield (during off season). I keep on picturing until I can hear a bit of my heartbeat. There are many ways to hear own heartbeat but the idea is to relax and to listen.

Next is to make my heartbeat to beat a bit harder without increasing much blood pressure. The trick is to find a humor while relaxing. I need to picture whatever is funny. My favorite is visualizing the politician faces because to me they all look funny (It is not nice to make fun of anybody because the politicians too are God's creations but this is how I do it). Once I start to smile affectionately at my silly uptightness, this is the best time to really listen. Once I start to clearly listen, I memorize the heartbeat. Usually I do record the beat because I tend to forget. The beats are yet to be developed as a song.

There! That is how I start things up :-)

This song (Flash, 44.2 KB) is available at Cadenza MIDI Diary

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Eyes In The Streets

This video is available at Tagged.

Previously, I applied tweening in animation. This one I apply a bit of Frame-to-Frame technique.

Song, Music and Lyric by Azer Mantessa
Animation and Illustrations by Azer Mantessa
Vocals by Azer Mantessa (Turn off the volume!)

Eyes In The Streets

You just never want to comprehend
All the things that was done by your hand
They seem have started falling down

So I wonder what had you been thinking
For all these years
I wonder did you mean what you'd said

You just never want to understand
Things are not executed as planned
We are standing on losing ground

So I wonder what had you been doing
As all these years
Our dreams still far from being reached
Eyes in the streets
Side by side they will be
Marching by holdings hands
In your own Eliteland
Should you look in their eyes
You can just realize
They will keep on demanding
For you to stop lying

Eyes in the streets
For the whole world to see
The rich are into greed
The poor are into needs
You have looked in their eyes
Still you wondering why
There are truths in their cries
Because their eyes just don't tell lies

Still you think you are a great stateman
Living up with the slogan: 'I can'
And fighting for your legacy

Don't you ever wonder to stop talking
As all these years
You'd covered the dirty works so well

You're not the item for years ago
Why don't you start to learn ... Let it go
Rather keep talking fallacies

You should wonder what had you been doing
As all these years
Our dreams still far from being reached

This song is also available (MP3, 6.9 MB) at Cadenza MIDI Diary

Monday, February 11, 2008

We Were Happy People

This is my first animation. It is simple, lousy and full of blunders but I'm glad that I did it as it gives me a picture that doing animation is hard. I tell you, those professional animators are really very good. Now I know ... hehehe.

This video is available at Tagged.

Song, music and lyric by Azer Mantessa
Animation by Azer Mantessa
Vocals by Azer Mantessa

We Were Happy People

We were happy people
before they came along
with their guns and cannons
and ruled us with blood
What they did was horror

We were happy people
until they started to rob
a lot of our
natural resources
Made us even poorer

They had the power in taking
Just a little bit in giving
They had the power to control
Threaten to destroy every soul

They did expect
For we were weak
That we would never start
to fight back

We were happy people
Before you came along
with your stupid ideas of

We were happy people
Until you socialize
the losses of the
government bodies
But the privatize the profits

You coordinated with the banks
For the loans to realize your plans
You listed all the companies
Increasing market equities

To refinance
Financial cost
Consumer prices rise up
for your cause

So tell us how to be happy
There's not much difference
Between the Imperialists and your cronies
We have no where to turn

This song is available (in MP3, 6.2 MB) at Cadenza MIDI Diary.

Read this: A spammer was conned. Hilarious!

Some of my favorite guitar playing:

Glenn Branca Solo 1978
Johnny Marr of The Smiths
Carlos Montoya - Farucca

Special thanks to Noushy Shah for the award below:

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Gentlemen's Agreement


I wrote this song based on Classical Fugue Progression but the rock sound is my personal preference.

This video is also available at Tagged.

Song, Music and Lyric by Azer Mantessa
Illustrations by Azer Leadership Unfounded
Vocals (with Helium) by Azer Mantessa

The Gentlemen's Agreement

Please stay only for one term
We had our agreement
Now my son is ready
to be promoted for his turn

I realize the mistake
For all the risks I did take
I thought you were the one
I can easily manipulate

My son has been working for charity
He has donated a lot of money
He is the right choice for candidacy
Obviously he is clean, efficient and trustworthy

This song is also available at Cadenza MIDI Diary (5.5 MB)

Some of my favorite guitar playing:

Le Freak by Chic (Nile Rodgers)
To Hell with Poverty by Gang of Four (Andy Gill)
Day is Done by Nick Drake

Friday, February 01, 2008

Eu Nunca Saberei

I have left blogging for a while and I did this entry in a hurry. This song was previously posted but I changed the lyric into Portuguese.
I learn to translate English to Portuguese here.
I learn to pronounce Portuguese here.

Portuguese is a sweet romantic language :-) I personally find the Portuguese speaking people speak this language in a very humble way. It is spoken by over 200 million people mainly in Portugal, Brazil, Goa (India), Macao (China), Equatorial Guinea, Timor-Leste and of course ... Anfield ... yep, we do have Brazilian scousers there, thank you very much ... hehe

This video is also available at Tagged

Song, Music and Lyric by Azer Mantessa
Illustrations by Azer Mantessa
Vocals by Azer Mantessa

Eu Nunca Saberei

Onde está o amor
Nos dias de hoje
Eu estou assim frio
E onde se escondeu?

Aquele é algo
Ninguém saberá

Eu nunca saberei
Quem virá me amar
Por amor do amor do amor
Eu nunca saberei

Ao amor você é-me uma surpresa
Ao amor mim você mais que surpresa

This song is also available in MP3 ( 4.4 MB) at Cadenza MIDI Diary.

Special thanks to Su for the award below :-) :