Audio

From Twinkle Stars to Sonatina

Michael Audio, Video June 28, 2018

Yoyo has taken piano lessons for 2.5 years and here is a quick progress report. And he has matured so much. We still vividly remember the first recital, video below, when he wouldn’t step onto stage, probably out of stage fright. (We made a second attempt after more than an hour, and he made it and people were wowed.)

Now he can play something as complicated as Sonatina, although this time, I put my video fixing skills to good use to make the whole piece just slightly more perfect;)

Celebrate America and Veterans Fireworks Show 2018 on June 30

Michael Audio, TD stories, Video June 21, 2018

With a baby too young to enjoy extended, multi-hour trips, we will sadly miss this year’s TD Celebrate America Fourth of July fireworks/concert show at Eisenhower Park in Long Island on June 30. But I can still vividly remember all the fun my boy had with his buddy Brian and family on the beautiful evening and Grucci’s spectacular presentation. This year it will feature live music by 45 RPM, starting 7:30pm. (TD customers and veterans get to enter starting 4:30pm for better seating, one hour before general ticket holders.)

Below is the finale of the fireworks show from last year.

Remember to tweet your photos to #TDCA.

 

Yoyo Recital #3

Michael Audio, Photo, Video December 14, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

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Video: Yoyo Recital #2

Michael Audio, Photo, Video October 23, 2016

悠悠第二次登台演奏,这首是巴赫的小步舞曲,腾讯视频往下翻…

Here our family duo iPhones worked quietly to properly capture Yoyo’s second recital performance (sound not by Apple device) . We are really proud of how he handled the pressure, and he was the youngest, by a lot. Here below is a clip of his A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children. Click here for his first recital performance.

虽然不是第一次了,悠悠还是有点紧张,本来可以不看乐谱弹下来的,后来临上阵还是让妈妈把乐谱带着上了舞台。不管怎么说,他很顺利地演奏完了两首曲子,让人格外骄傲!【点这里看他的第一次演奏】

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Yoyo Piano: Ode to Joy

Michael Audio, Video February 26, 2016

Less than two months into learning the piano, Yoyo has made remarkable progress. Here we proudly present his “Ode to Joy”

PIECE: 2 Numbers in 1 iPhone (the next small thing)

Michael Audio, Interactive, Video February 19, 2016

This is probably the best thing coming out of Hong Kong in a long while, since my teenage years of fascination with Cantonese pop songs.

This little devices holds a sim card and connects to an iPhone and thus enables that iPhone to call/text from two numbers. This isn’t new for many Android-based smartphones in China (as many Chinese have two or more numbers), but it is a first for the Apple fans. The trick is I ordered from Kickstarter last August and only received it over the last few days. So far it works great, and will probably save a lot of hassle when I next go to China (with my local number) by not having to carry a backup iPhone and having to charge two phones every day.

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Not only powering a secondary phone number, this device also serves as an alarm for those who are afraid to lose their iPhone, nowadays the indispensable connection to their digital life. Chances are you would carry this credit card-sized gadget in your pocket or purse, if you leave a meeting or meal forgetting about your iPhone, when you walk a few steps away and the devices loses touch with the iPhone, its alarm goes off. See below for the demonstration:

Oh, there’s also a button on this thing that you can remote control your iPhone’s camera, but you need to open up the PIECE app on your iPhone first to use that function.

If you are interested in this product, you can visit their site. (This is not a paid post.)

Audio: Yoyo Sends WeChat Message to Missed Grandma/pa in China

Michael Audio December 26, 2015

During the Christmas 2015 holiday, Yoyo started to help himself using WeChat expressing his emotions and thoughts directly to his grandma and grandpa. This below was one of his first attempts to send an audio message himself, although this particularly message was misfired, and sent into a wrong WeChat group on his mom’s iPhone. Still, a fantastic linguistic and technical success for a would-be 4-year-old.

It roughly translates into:

I prepared a gift for you, do you want to check it out with me? Because I miss you, ok? Aren’t you coming here soon? Because I want to play with you, ok?

 

Audio: Yoyo Giggles with Bathroom Door

Michael Audio November 26, 2015

Yoyo likes to giggle, even when playing a silly game of shutting and opening the bathroom door at home. Here is my iPhone’s capture of that contagious laughter:

U.S.-China Forum on the Arts & Culture

Michael Audio, Film, Photo, Video July 1, 2012

A delegation of outstanding American cultural figures including Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma traveled to Beijing to take part in four days of unprecedented cultural exchange in 2011. The US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture organized performances, master classes and roundtables that showcased the best of American culture, while forging new opportunities for American artists to collaborate and converse with their Chinese peers, in fields including visual and performing arts, literature, and cuisine.

Here below is a highlight video from this trip, which I led the crew in shoot and production:

 

We also managed to place a video clip from the main performance on nytimes.com:

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nytimes.com features a jook-dancing performance of Lil’ Buck and Yo-Yo Ma, clip/tap to watch

The Economist: Out of the dorm

Michael Audio, Video January 1, 2011
  • Out of the dorm

HUANG YIXIN and Wei Wei, two students at the Guangzhou College of Fine Arts, were hanging around their dormitory last summer and decided—as one does—to turn on their webcam, put on their Houston-Rockets jerseys and lip-synch a few of their favourite songs by the Backstreet Boys. They uploaded the clips to Google Video, a free website full of such stuff. Their grimaces are over the top, self-consciously ludicrous. And they became famous almost instantly.

A fun story about an art student duo who made their fame on Chinese cybersphere by lip syncing English-language pop songs. Click/Tap to read on economist.com

A fun story about an art student duo who made their fame on Chinese cybersphere by lip syncing English-language pop songs. Click/Tap to read on economist.com


 

Here below are some of their webcam performances. Enjoy: