Ho Wai-On 何蕙安 aka Ann-Kay Lin

COMMENT 評論 ...

"Thank you for a few minutes of quiet reflection with beautiful scenes to enjoy."

— Reverend Sue Wise

“感謝這音樂視頻給予的寧靜反思和美景欣賞。” — 蘇懷斯牧師


Updated 更新: More comments after "Introduction". 介紹之後有更多評論


INTRODUCTION 介紹

The music is a combination of five melodic ideas ‒ each centres on a certain pitch: E, G, A, D and B respectively, i.e., the guitar strings but not following their order (EBGDAE). The words indicate the moods, and each mode centred on a pitch has its own flavour. To me, E is philosophical; G, glow; A, warmth; D, liveliness and B is mysterious.


音樂靈感源自吉他的定弦和歌詞,由五個旋律組成,每個旋律各圍繞着一個定音:E、G、A、D、B。歌唱哲理,既光亮、溫暖、有活力 ,又有點神秘感。


I studied Western Classical music at the Royal Academy of Music. At the time, the ultimate was to learn Bach chorales (for harmony) and the sonata form (for compositional structure). Yet unbeknown to me, I was influenced by my childhood memory of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, which is a collection of different tunes to express the sound and the drama of words, as demonstrated in this piece.


我在英國皇家音樂學院學西方古典音樂,和聲典範是巴赫的四聲合唱冩法,作曲結構學奏鳴曲。但我卻受到小時候對香港粵劇記憶的影響,那就是組合不同的小曲來表達曲詞的聲和意,不知不覺地會寫出類似這種型式的作品。


The video: I met Juliet Chenery-Robson at an international conference for Arts PhD students held at the Royal College of Art in London. Juliet's PhD is a photographic expression of ME sufferers ‒ she's deeply affected by her daughter's long years suffering of ME (see BIBAC my chapter PDF, and my PhD thesis PDF Chapter 2, 2.3.5).  I find her photos beautiful.  My practice-led creative autobiographical PhD is a combined arts creation for multi-venue performance as an artistic expression of my 3-time cancer survival. I thought, wouldn't it be great if she and I would collaborate in realizing at least part of my PhD which is still a prototype due to no funding.  


視頻:在皇家藝術學院舉行的藝術博士研究生國際會議上,我遇到朱麗葉·陳奈尼-羅布森(很長的名字,簡稱朱麗葉)。朱麗葉的藝術創作博士學位,是以攝影藝術寫照ME患者(慢性疲勞綜合症),她女兒長期深受ME之苦。我見到她的攝影,很美麗。而我的博士學位,是以我三次癌症存活下來的經歷,創作一個綜藝曲本《歌舞慶重生》,可以用多種形式來演出,因至今仍未得到足夠的贊助,仍停留在曲本原型。我想,如果我能和朱麗葉合作,用音樂和攝影演出曲本的部分,那有多好,不過沒錢,得個想字。


Juliet kindly allows me to modify her existing photos to combine with my music. The late American soprano Judith Nelson had performed this work with the guitarist William Waters but I am not aware of any recording.  However, I have an old recording performed by Peter Crowe and William Waters that I can use to make this music video.  As Juliet's photos were not taken for this purpose, and a photo is a fixed moment while music is in motion, I looked at the large quantity of Juliet's old photos for a long time to get inspiration.  I also thought hard on how to animate chosen images to move with the music and to express the words.

朱麗葉給了我很多她舊照片的複製,任我隨意修改來配合我的音樂。我用一個舊錄音來製作這個音樂視頻。我花了很多時間看朱麗葉的大量舊照片以獲取靈感及揀選,及思考如何隨著音樂動化一張又一 張靜止的相和表達歌詞。


9 Apr - 7 May update 4月9日 - 5月7日更新 MORE COMMENTS 更多評論:


" I’ve just listened to and watched your Wisdom and Love piece of music. It was very relaxing both musically and visually. The singer had a fantastic voice. Well done, you are very talented. I hope you are well and staying clear of the virus. Maybe your next composition should reflect the times we are all going through and show there’s light at the end of the tunnel. "

— Stuart Fleming, Wickford Wildlife Society

HWO: "No problem to create such, except without a commission, even if I write the music for love, where's the money to pay for a professional recording of the music?"

"剛看了您的《智慧與愛》音樂视頻。音樂和形象都令我感到非常舒𣈱。歌手聲音美妙。幹得好,你很有才華。希望您一切都好,不受病毒感染。也許您下一個作品應該反映我們在新冠毒期的經歷,和隧道盡頭展現光明。" —史超域.弗來明,威克福德野生動植物學會

何蕙安:創作這個不是問題,只是沒人給委托費,就算我免費作曲,寫好後那來錢付音樂的專業錄音呢?


" It is a while since you sent the mail and recording but I had not forgotten it! I have just been waiting for the right time, feeling relaxed and not in a hurry, as well as having my laptop out. As I am now in a week's self-isolation, the time has been granted me and I have just been enjoying Wisdom and Love but after reading the notes, I think I will need to listen again! Lovely photos and you are so clever at making these videos! I loved the rippling water under the bough of leaves, and the guitar accompaniment, although (perhaps due to not very good sound on my laptop) the guitar has a different tone, sounding more like an oriental stringed instrument; it is a sharper, cleaner sound than a normal guitar, not as warm and "fuzzy" ! "  

— Margaret Morley, RAM alumna and sister of David Morley

HWO: " I applied instructions of certain guitar playing techniques to achieve those effects. "

"您發來音樂視頻已有一段時候了,我並沒有忘記!我在等一個適當的,感到放鬆和空閒的時間才看。我現正需要一週的自我隔離,正好用來看這個,我很享受《智慧與愛》,但在閱讀了你寫的介紹後,我覺得需要再聽聽!圖片漂亮,您的視頻製作巧妙!我很喜歡枝葉下蕩漾的水,和吉他伴奏,儘管(也許電腦擴音器不太好)吉他聽起來更像東方弦樂器,似比一般吉他的音高尖銳些和更清晰,而不是溫暖和“模糊”!"

—瑪嘉烈.摩利,皇家音樂學院校友,大偉的姊姊

何蕙安:那是因為我在樂譜注明使用某些演奏技巧。


" A really amazing collaboration... very compelling. The images, the melodic ideas and the vocals all worked so well to create a haunting whole. What a great piece — and Juliet's images are so well platformed by your arrangement. Great that your paths crossed. Peter Crowe's haunting tenor caught my dog's attention — and she came to sit under my desk as I was listening to it. "  

— Vivien Finch, Suffolk and Essex coastal dweller, music amateur, teacher, memoir writer and London JP... charities: Canine Partners, Medical Detection Dogs (making huge strides in cancer detection) and Dogs Trust (biggest rescue and re-home charity in UK)

"很了不起的合作…非常引人注目。圖像,旋律構思和歌聲的組合令人難忘,了不起的作品,你為朱麗葉的攝影安排美好平台。彼得·卡魯的縈繞歌聲引起了我狗狗的注意,牠走來坐在我書枱下與我一齊聽。"

維維安·芬奇,薩福克和埃塞克斯郡海岸居民,音樂愛好者,教師,回憶錄的作家和倫敦地方執法官...慈善機構工作包括:以犬幫助癌症醫療檢察,和英國最大的狗救援和安置的慈善機構。


"Thank you for the link to Wisdom and Love. It was good to listen to and watch with some very lovely images, and very interesting to hear about the ME connection." — Paul Haines, peace activist and architect/designer

“謝謝《智慧與愛》的鏈接,很好聽和看到非常可愛的圖像,這個與慢性疲勞綜合症 (ME) 有關連令我很感興趣。”  —  保羅·海恩斯,和平主義者和建築師/設計師


"I really enjoyed the piece they performed. The singer has a beautiful tenor voice, and congratulations for writing so well for the guitar! The images were very evocative."  — Philip Edwards, clarinetist

“我真的很喜歡他們的演奏,歌手是優美的男高音,恭喜您把吉他寫得如此出色!這些圖像令人回味無窮。”  —  單簧管演奏家菲臘·愛德華斯

Videos 视频

Miscellaneous

A Festive Puzzle – Can you get all 9 carols within one minute?

MINUTE-CAROLS  聖誕歌什錦

你能在一分鐘內認出這九首聖誕歌嗎?

THE WAVES : Melody waltzing with waterfowl

《浪》旋律舞水禽  鋼琴: 鄧兆楷 piano Albert Tang (Albert studied with Peter Katin)

The following two videos were taken at Hyde Hall – one of the four Royal Horticultural gardens. 以下兩個視頻在英國皇家園藝花園拍攝

I mingled fragments from the following nine Christmas carols that I have sung – some more obvious but some more subtly hidden in the middle part – resulting in this synthesized Minute-Carol. Spot them all while enjoying Essex's Hyde Hall with occasional mini Christmas Trees!


我把以下九首我和很多人都曾唱過的聖誕歌的片段合成為一首長約一分鐘的

《聖誕歌什錦》,想邊看這英國名園和其中應節的迷你聖誕樹,邊聽這些若隱若現的旋律也頗有樂趣的。


1. Ding Dong Merrily on High 叮噹!來自天上的喜悅


2. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen 天賜喜樂


3. Silent Night and its alto part 平安夜


4. Joy to the World 普世歡騰


5. O Little Town of Bethlehem (by L H Redner – I include the opening lyrics as there is another carol with similar name)

     O little town of Bethlehem

     How still we see thee lie

     Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

     The silent stars go by…


6. O Come All Ye Faithful 齊來崇拜


7. A Great and Mighty Wonder 救主降生


8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 聽啊!天使高聲歌唱


9. Good Christian Men Rejoice 信徒歡唱

To see the video "The Story of Inter Artes "

please click Inter Artes

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Scroll down to see BLESSED  score & 11 June new article :

The curious case of making the "Blessed" music video

6月11日新文製作《有福》音樂視頻的奇情檔案,樂譜在頁尾


4 March NEW video "WISDOM & LOVE"  updated 7 May

3月4日新視頻《智慧与愛》在頁尾5月7日更新)


Other videos on this page include "THE WAVES"

"MINUTE-CAROLS" and 3 versions of "BLESSED"

其他:《浪》,《聖誕歌什錦》和《有福》 三個不同版本

BLESSED with Season's Greetings《有福》原版

BLESSED AMENDED《有福 修正版》

Binah Elvan sings the Beatitudes, with images taken at St Andrew's — BLESSED the music video is to thank God's blessing, and as Canon Jane Freeman's retirement gift from me. However, due to health, circumstances and Xmas deadline, there are blemishes in the original. I made BLESSES AMENDED for the New Year. Then I made BLESSED AMENDED FINAL.

這是兩位身體都不很好的皇家音樂學院校友以音樂敘舊,她唱七福我伴奏,配上我拍攝聖安德鲁教堂的型像,是手術後的感恩,亦作為我送给教會牧師她退休的礼物。希望修正版和再俢正版比原版少些瑕疵。

BLESSED AMENDED FINAL

《有福 修正版》

This can also be viewed on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/383497980

Scroll down further for 11 Jun new article  再向下滾動看6月11日新文

CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCES?

Blessed, Blessed Amended and Blessed Amended Final

These three versions sound and look slightly different to each other.

你能看到和聽到以下有福三個版本不同的地方嗎?

WISDOM AND LOVE 《智慧与愛》

Peter Crowe tenor, William Waters guitar 彼得卡魯唱  水威廉古典結他  動化靓相

Images modified from Juliet Chenery-Robson photography  Score available 樂譜

11 June new article   向下滾動看6月11日新文

The curious case of making the "Blessed" music video

Last year when I was to have an operation scheduled at 7:30 am at Guy's Hospital, I stayed with a singer who lives near an underground station the night before so that I could catch the first train to get to the hospital in time. While I was there, she sang something, and I asked whether she would like to sing a piece by me and she was keen. I was thinking about the music video I was to create, as a retirement gift for the local priest and also as my appreciation of the singer.

After the operation, for quite some time I was not able to eat and suffered from pain. I felt tired and unwell. With no funding, this would have to be a home recording. To my dismay, I found many equipment not functioning. When the singer came for a preliminary rehearsal, she was also tired and unwell. I showed her the melody I have jotted down as inspired by the Beatitude text which I called Blessed, to be sung unaccompanied in the rhythm of how she would recite the words, and demonstrated on the piano (I can't sing anymore). She tried recording her singing with her iPad and to my surprise, the recording quality was acceptable. I suggested ways to record Blessed with her iPad, and she was to email the sound files to me to edit into a song for the music video.

For quite some time the singer was either unwell or busy. It was not easy to edit and assemble various phrases sung at different times, and over a period of time with no fixed tempo, some phrases needed splicing, and there was some noise here and there. The assembled song could not be presented as a plainchant and needed some accompaniment.

I have a dummy keyboard that is linked to a synthesizer. I thought I could use this to play a viol drone and that could go well with the assembled song. The synthesizer manual was undecipherable; instruments are not listed according to wind, brass, string, percussion, and many listed instruments I have no idea of what they are, e.g., 'clouds', 'coffee beans'... I was not able to find any of the viol family. Somehow I found a list of organs. When I tried to improvise to accompany the assembled song, I found some keys would go down but not get up again, and this cost money and time to repair. Persevering with software and equipment I am not familiar with and despite being unwell and very tired, somehow I got it done in time for Christmas 2019.

When Blessed was uploaded, the singer was pleased with the result but was upset because of the typo of her pseudonym in the credit. I therefor made Blessed Amended correcting her pseudonym and other typos, and also made some audio and visual adjustments. After this was uploaded, some people emailed me and said they like my playing. As Blessed was meant to be my appreciation of the singer, I made Blessed Amended Final, toning down my playing and also adjusted some further visual blemishes.

Why did I bother working on a project with so many problems? I was so unwell and tired at the time, perhaps it would be better for me not to do anything. Perhaps this was much ado about nothing, as not many will watch, and those who watch probably would not spot the differences. I cannot explain why I have the drive and urge to create and get the creation performed, and keep seeing imperfection...  

The Blessed score in PDF format simply shows the melodic line jotted down - pitch only - of what I heard when I read the Beatitude (incomplete because I wanted it to end with the "peacemakers"), with no indication of rhythm. The performer is to read the text of each phrase then sing the text with the pitches as affected by how he/she read it.

This can be transposed to any key and sung unaccompanied like a plainchant; or accompanied by a drone-line sound; or like I did in the music video accompanied with organ sound (I am no organist). I notated my opening ad lib section and some harmonic suggestions – for reference only. A suggestion for the three "peacemakers" phrases at the end is to use the "Three Blind Mice". Basically you can make free use of and modify what I have written.


製作《有福》音樂視頻的奇情檔案


去年,醫院編排我在早上七時接受手術,有位住近地鐵站的歌手在手術前一晚招呼我在她家過夜,好譲我能乘撘第一班車及時到達醫院。那天晚上我聽到她唱歌,便問她有沒有興趣唱一首我作的,她熱衷地說有。那時我正預備做個音樂視頻作為教會牧師的退休禮物,這位歌手是基督徒,很適合為這音樂視頻唱,這亦表示我對她的感謝和欣賞。


手術後頗長一段時間,我進食困難和常覺疼痛,身體不好和感到疲倦,又沒有製作費,唯有在家錄音吧,卻發現很多録音器材已無法運作,正不知如何是好。歌手來我家排練,我見她也是身體不好,比我還疲倦。我讓她看看我以《天國八福》經文為靈感寫成的無伴奏《有福》歌,用朗誦節奏來唱的,並在鋼琴上示範怎樣唱(我不能唱了),她試試用iPad錄自己唱,令我驚訝的是,錄音質素居然還可以。我建議一些用iPad錄《有福》歌的方法,請她錄成聲音文件後發送給我修輯。


之後頗長的一段時間,這歌手要麽不舒服,要麼忙著,時不時發送一兩句的錄音,要組合這些在不同時間唱的,沒有固定節奏的短句成為一首一氣呵成的歌,真不容易,而且有些短句還需要拼接,又有些雜音,不可能作為一首清唱曲了,需要加上伴奏。


我有鏈接電子樂器合成器的琴,本以為可以用它來彈古提琴來伴奏《有福》歌,怎知這合成器的說明書好像天書一樣,不知所云,樂器並不依一般分類來列出,許多列出的樂器我卻不知道它們是什麼東東,例如那些叫做'雲'(暈!)、'咖啡豆'的樂器,找不古提琴,無意中卻找到風琴類,當我嘗試用風琴來即興伴奏時,發現有些琴鍵我按下去後不會起來,這就需要花錢和時間來修理了!儘管又生病又非常累和困難重重,我執著地學習和使用不熟悉的軟件和器材,終於在二零一九年聖誕節前完成了《有福》音樂視頻。


《有福》音樂視頻上載後,歌手對結果感到滿意,但因發現她的藝名拼錯了而感到沮喪,為此,我做了《有福修正版》,更正她的藝名和其他錯字,還進行了一些音樂和形象方面的調整。《有福修正版》上傳後,有些人和我說喜歡我彈的風琴,由於這本來是為了表示我對歌手的欣賞,所以我製作了《有福再修正版》,壓低風琴提高歌聲,也調整了一些形象方面的瑕疵。


《有福》音樂視頻的製作那樣煩,當時我又身體不好和那樣疲倦,其實不如放棄項目什麼都不做不是更好嗎?至於修正和再修正,是不是多此一舉呢?也沒有多少人會看,看了也可能不會發現有什麼不同,只有我自己知道吧。但是我無法解釋為什麼我會那樣執著,有動力和衝動去創作和完成,和不斷地看到瑕疵……



左上的PDF格式的《有福》樂譜僅顯示旋律的音高,那是當我閱讀《八福》經文時腦子裡聽到的。其實只有七福,以“締造和平的人”結尾,表演者應從朗讀經文得到的節奏感來唱這些音。可以隨意轉調,或無伴奏清唱,或伴以延續的長低音,或像我在音樂視頻那樣用風琴即興伴奏。我寫下開頭的部分,和一些和聲建議以供參考。結尾那三句“締造和平的人”樂句,可參考“三盲小鼠”的音樂來做即興伴奏的參考。可自由使用和修改我所寫的。  

  


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BLESSED score in DDF format.

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《有福》樂譜