Audition video for Hp Space :

HP SPACE is an original reality series that celebrates the spirit of creative innovation.
Recognizing the growing number of aspiring artistic individuals in Asia, HP SPACE now gives them an avenue to express themselves freely.

Here’s my audition video:

Completed in a day :
A simple 4 track arrangement,
1: Filtered the mids.
2: Auto Tune vst
3: EQ, limitor, compression.
Oops: I know the audio needs some De-essing 😉
~fiazio

Nintendo Wii for $199 / ( Rs. 9950 ) Officially ! ?

I had posted one earlier on my “Hunt for the nintendo wii” here India and I just forgot about it all being busy in other stuff.

Recently I came across a website that talks only about nintendo since 1996 which confirms the price of wii to be reduced to $199 on the sunday, September 27th, I know this is very exciting but I am not really sure about this until I see it everywhere.

One of the staff of “Nintendojo” was attending a retailer conference call where Nintendo confirmed the new $199 Wii price.
I am hoping this is the real deal, and if it is. I’m getting one then and there.

This can’t be guaranteed, so don’t go jumping all over, wait till the 27th and go get your wii On !

Twestival Pune : We met, we went, we had the best time of our life

As decided earlier, I confirmed with our leader Abhi and reached 3d Destination.
Somehow, all the people who had confirmed to come didn’t show up and it was really disappointing for me to stand there calling up and listening to the random excuses most of the people gave us.
Finally we came to a decision, there were 6 of us … Abhi, Ashwini, Prasad, Ketan, Rohan and me.
We left 3d, a detour in city to get gifts for the kids there, got them biscuits, chocolates, some stationary and will soon after a discussion with the person in charge there get something for them that will be useful in daily life.
So, 6 of us introduced each other, well i knew Ket and Roh since college, and we left for Ishwarpuram, a little disappointed but still excited.
The journey was about an hour or so which went very fast for me as a friend of Abhi, Prasad was a very entertaining person and we had a good laugh throughout our journey on the bikes.

Entering Ishwarpuram

Finally we reached Ishwarpuram and met the person in-charge there who explained what and how things worked there, the history, the plans for the future etc.
My first impression when I saw Ishwarpuram painted on a cement pole was “yeah, that’s good, Hey shoot that now ” .
So we took the left turn and through the dirt track type road which had one hard to cross patch was fun. On entering, I saw peace, greenery and the freshest air in Pune.
They had some function today in the hall and I though “Why not shoot these people and claim them as the twestival attendees”, yes I’m evil haha.
In we went and had a talk with the in-charge people and learned more from them.

 
Prasad with Pradeep 

Just then a smart looking boy came to us and served us water with a smile, “Pradeep” he said after I asked what his name was. I really saw potential in this guy when he showed us around, told us stuff and Oh, he’s a Pune champion football player too! and we were making jokes on how unfit all of us were.
Some more of talking done by our leader “Abhi”, he’s a person with a lot of patience and interest. You can keep on telling him stuff and he will listen with the same interest from the first word to last. Anyways, then Pradeep took us to show us around Ishwarpuram.

 
Painting made by one of a kid in Ishwarpuram

We went down the main hall or I hadn’t read what it was but they had detailed instructions on every room. The timetable started at 5:30 am which was awwed at by most of us. Further ahead we came at the bath section and saw 2-3 kids washing clothes and I tried to remember when was the last time I was washed something, I hit my head with a click and walked ahead. We then came to the rooms of the kids, as we were getting more acquainted with Pradeep, we were clicking away snaps in a speed sequence setting, and that’s the reason the pics haven’t been here in this post yet. Too many and scattered !

 
This is how Ishwarpuram will look from the skies !

The bed rooms were kept very clean, by the kids themselves. When grown, these will be the independent men with lot of talent and success I’m sure.
One room had a vase with a really creative arrangement of flowers in it which we found out was made by Pradeep. Later we asked a kid who was on a upper bed in the room say he made it.
We loled and took pictures of both of them together as it happened to be that one got flowers and the other arranged.

Then we saw the amazing Art room, having paintings each which deserved a day of observation, there were some musical instruments too and I thought “Ah, cool that. let’s prod..” that thought was disturbed by Ketan who told me its lunch time
We adored how there were seat numbers painted on the floor as A,B,C,D … pretty cool so we were Asking each other number and stuff.

Lunch was delicious, Abhi had already got lunch for us – A perfect leader and we had a fusion which tasted just good. Then was the time to meet the children ! yay, but frankly I was a little “nerv” so yeah, we sat for few minutes discussing, Look at that”ing” and laughing, mostly laughing though and finally got the boxes of chocolate and stationary and made our way to the hall.
We had our wow moment as 45 something kids chorused “Good afternoon” – If you would have been there, I can’t explain. How’s hypnotic for a description , no it was something more.

After I shouted at Roh to start the video, I started ” Hello, yaha pe hindi kisko aati hain ?
( Who among us know hindi).
Sab ko aati hain ?
(every one knows? )
I asked every one their name and what they like, the typical first day in school type introduction from them which they gave excellently.
Yes, and then I stared off in a rather typical hindi motivational speaker type tone that was stuttered when I tried to remember the hindi equivalent for the words like “computer, internet, organization and so many more” But they were so good, they listened to every word of mine and saw my smile grow wider every word I said with the worst hindi usage.

I asked whether any one among them would like to show what they do and a great singer song “Hum hoge kamayaab” Song which reverberated just perfectly in the room which deserved the applause.
The chocolates and stuff were distributed and we decided finally that we were to play football with them, we said Yes, but none of knew what was coming to get us !
A talk with the incharge people, they told us how *late Mr. Vikas Bhagwat was and we were really interested and they finally gave us a book in Marathi “Babhalichi Fule” – Vikas Bhagwat (nana) . I looked up at the sky, don’t ask why, I feel good and reminded we had just asked the kids to be at the ground and we weren’t there.

 
The Sport Ground

The ground is shared with the army school which helps Ishwarpuram, my bike could have slipped down with me on it, I didn’t realize how steep that road was. It wasn’t meant for bikes too.
I couldn’t recognize Pradeep till I called his name and there he was in his red football jersey as he shouted “Chalo khelte hain”.

Prasad tied his laces, Rohan warmed up, and I folded my jeans up and asked for a belt. I didn’t get one.
The match was awesome, we saw tricks and were now running away from the ball! Prasad tried hard and yes once or twice he could kick the ball.
I saved a few goals though, and Roh was playing pretty nice too. Few more minutes of play time and I was feeling like my heart was on fire. We all were in the same condition. These guys are real good players !
Their coach had come and we stopped the game, as I walked back to take back my stuff I had handed to camera man – Ketan, I asked who was the coach as we saw a bike and a white skoda coming in the ground.
I asked who the coach was and was amazed to know that coach was the one in the car ! Oh cool, yeah let’s get back we said and stared to walk back.
We also had a wonderful chat with the coach, and the ideas he had in mind were amazing too.
I will put up pictures and more soon, hope all of you who were not there with us got an idea of what this trip was like. Pure awesome.
Have a great day,
cares
Sidd
See more pictures here

What is twestival and my cause to help

If you’re a twitter, you must be noticing those small links twitter has on the home page. They include links to sites related to twitter like tweet-deck which is a client for twitter.
One day I came across a link to twestival
So, i clicked and came up a pretty neat, clean designed web-site with nice colors.
So what is twestival ?

Twestival is an international movement where people meet offline for one night, have fun and do some good for an important cause in the process.
Twestival Local gives cities an opportunity to select a local cause to support.
This event will be taking place in cities around the world between 10-13 September 2009.

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So, I registered my city Pune for it and forgot about it. After few days, I got many people from my city showing interest in holding a twestival for a good cause.

A leader was assigned to our team and we taking about stuff and decided to keep an event for Ishwarpuram. Ishwarpuram is a place which is 30 km from Pune. It houses around 45 children who are from the neglected and terror prone parts of Eastern Indian states like Manipur, Nagaland etc.

Their parents are victims of terrorism that is prevailing in this region for decades together.
These children are refrained from the fundamental rights of leading a normal life.
We are going to spend one day with them, the sole aim is to make them feel happy, to add more memories in their life which they will cherish throughout their life.

We are working on things now, and I will update soon on what we did.
If you want to do something good for your city, just register here.

Visit to Cloud 9, City Pune in India. Pictures :

Cloud 9
This one was taken right on reaching, the dog gave a great pose !

Beetel on leaf
The photographer/friend spotted this really tiny sitting thing on a weed


Beautiful

After a really hard chase after the butterflies, I spotted this one resting calmly and didn’t mind me clicking 50+ takes!

touch

This one was flying all over, this was the best shot we could get.

The fresh path

On our way inside…

Fate

That is a spider having lunch.

Global Artist Collabration and the Interview with songwriter, singer : Katie Daven Thomas

I should have posted one about this long time ago, anyways I am currently working on my degrees, research and a project that i had in mind since a long time.
This project would be called the Global Artist Collaboration

Let me give you an insight on this :
The Earth is divided in political boundaries, each country has developed its art in a different way having their own special flavor. What I want to do is bring this art together, combine it together to have a piece of music, an album that will be diversified with talent from different parts of the globe.

This is possible through the internet, we have upcoming singers, musicians, producers who would be interested in getting involved in a album compilation.

This would also be helpful in research of the music therapy not only for those who need it, but also for normal people dealing from daily life problems like stress and others.

The first step is to find artists interested in this, I was lucky to meet an angelic singer, songwriter, wife and a mother living in the Dolce Vita, Italy : Katie Daven Thomas via twitter.

Katie Daven Thomas
 

Katie Daven Thomas, born in the Manning Ford Bruce UK on the 4th December, studied acting at the LAMDA London Academy of Dramatic Music and Art. She started her career in singing and songwriting in Italy some 14 years ago, unfortunately she had a brain hemorrhage and couldn’t continue singing due to her doctor’s advice.
You can listen to Katie Daven Thomas at her music page on
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Here’s an interview with her via yahoo.

Me : Hello Katie thanks for coming, so when did you get into singing and songwriting?
Katie : I always loved music, sang once in a play at college but didn’t start singing as a career till i came to Italy 14 years ago.

Me: So that was the first time you realized the love of music, other than being a singer/songwriter did you choose anything as a back up career or were you completely dedicated into music ?
Katie : I could dance before i could walk. Music was more of a hobby, plus my husband plays real good guitar so we decided to just make extra bucks doing it.

Me: Which is your first studio recorded song ?
Katie: I Was introduced to guy in a studio who liked my voice, “toast n coffee” first song i wrote came out of there.

Me: How was your first studio session ?
Katie : Brilliant, i had so much fun and learnt so much.  If u think i had never been in a recording studio before, this was kinda amazing for me. The guy who plays drums on that song is famous in Italy and i also got to meet another very famous Italian singer.

Me: What year was this released in ?
Katie: well the song was made about 5 years ago, it was never released in a record deal way, i was doing this for fun, i get some royalties from it and thats it

Me: So, what is the aim behind your songs ?
Katie: My dream was to see a dance floor fill up when one of my songs was played, i never wanted to be famous. Anyway my dream came true with “chiudi il tuoi occhi” The clubs here loved it, watching 1000 people dancing to that is one of my happiest memories

Me: That’s great, i wish i could have been there at that time. 
Katie: Me too we could have danced.

Me: Oh yes all the way to the stars. So, how interested are you in my international artist collaboration 
Katie: Well first u need to tell me bout it.

Me: The world is huge, it has different people, religions, traditions and all that Thus are the different people, different talent, different way of expression. But on my current research, I’m interested in one quality in the art of humans that is universal When such artists come together, form a piece of art in my case a music album copyrighted under a creative commons this would be great not only for listeners, but also for therapy and other healthy uses of music and sound
 
Katie: Sounds really good, so how would i be able to help you?
Me: You are so talented, with experience you could help me in my current research on audio therapy and the album.

Katie: Like in hospitals?
Me: No,  i want to change that image sound therapy should not be used only for those who really need it,     I want to expose its uses for a normal person in getting a healthy lifestyle.

Me: So will you be writing any new songs soon ?
Katie: Here i still got a lot of medical stuff going on, i also have a problem with one of my eyes.I’ve got double vision the whole time! So i can help but its not something i can do fast. I’m still on a lot of medication that makes me very slow!

Katie: If u wanna a song i can do that, you just gotta say what u want the song to say.
Me: A song regarding global unity would be needed at this time.

Katie: ok will think on it.

Me: Would like to tell me about the medical condition you had ?
Katie: Happened on the 5th of august, out of no where, got myself to ER. Luckily there was a brilliant Doctor who saved my life. I am truly blessed and Thank God for each new day, I dont really wanna go into detail, and besides that’s the past this is the future!

Me: Have the doctors permitted you to sing yet ?

Katie: No, cant sing but can help other people get recognized for their talent and help people like u, with the project your setting up.

Me: Thank you Katie, for your valuable time in taking this interview with me, is there anything you’d like to add ?
Katie: Yes I’d like to say thank my twitter friends for the love n support.

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This is my first step my project, I have been very luck to get have a talk with her and have her in my twitter list. You can visit Katie Daven Thomas  on twitter

Music therapy

I’m just amazed how much music and the human mind is related to each other.
Look at it in this way, when a baby is in a mother’s womb, right from the start there’s a sound that the baby develops listening to, the heart beat of the mother.
The vibrations of the heart beat thus play an important role in shaping the certain characteristics of a baby. That also might be the reason why most of the music we listen to is made of loops.
This might be the reason why certain sound and music therapies help many people dealing with all kinds of problems to recover and live a healthy life.
The Turco-Persian psychologist and music theorist al-Farabi (872–950), known as “Alpharabius” in Europe, dealt with music therapy in his treatise Meanings of the Intellect, where he discussed the therapeutic effects of music on the soul.
Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia.

What’s the difference between sound and music therapy ?

Sound Therapy is a therapy which uses various frequencies to help balance the body.It stimulates the ear by presenting it with constantly alternating sounds of high and low tone.
As the ear becomes open and receptive to high frequency sounds these are then passed on to the brain. The brain is recharged by means of sound, releasing latent vitality, obliterating tiredness, lessening the need for sleep, and inducing a permanent state of peace and relaxation.
Although sound therapy also helps those with insomnia to get sleep.

Music Therapy includes the use of mostly pre-recorded music or active participation of the clients in the process.
In fact both sound and music therapy have similar effects, sound therapy goes deeper and is used more in meditation institutes.

How does the therapy work ?

Brain Waves: Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking, and a slower tempo promoting a calm, meditative state.
Also, research has found that the change in brainwave activity levels that music can bring can also enable the brain to shift speeds more easily on its own as needed, which means that music can bring lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.

Breathing and Heart Rate:
With alterations in brainwaves comes changes in other bodily functions. Those governed by the autonomic nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be altered by the changes music can bring. This can mean slower breathing, slower heart rate, and an activation of the relaxation response, among other things. This is why music and music therapy can help counteract or prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress, greatly promoting not only relaxation, but health.

So, music therapy can help us in many ways. Its you who decides which part of you you want to enhance or heal.

Just as I was about to end this post I saw another website which had something I had never seen before, Sound therapy with the use of tuning forks!

The website was called as acutonics, they claim that it is a energy-based non-invasive treatment that is similar to acupuncture.
Precision calibrated tuning forks are applied to specific acupuncture and acupressure points to access the body’s Meridian and Chakra energy systems.
The tuning fork is struck on an Acutonics® Acuvator then placed on the body or held near the ears. The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body along energy pathways, affecting human physiology and reaching places not easily accessed by traditional medicine.

These are some of the few people who have dedicated a lot of their life in the research of this therapy:
http://www.wlu.ca/soundeffects/researchlibrary/