Ho Wai-On 何蕙安 aka Ann-Kay Lin

Videos 視频

19 July New Page 7月19日新頁

If you love birds and those that fly...

如果你愛鳥和那些會飛的

CONTENTS 本頁內容

The following music videos, their stories and comments

包括以下音樂視頻及其故事和評語


Fly Wild《野飛》

SWAN BEAUTY《天鵝之美》

WAVES《浪》



Fly Wild《野飛》

A musique concrète video of bees, hummingbird hawk-moth, beautiful demoiselle, bearded tits, sanderlings, Northlanding & Bempton Cliff sea birds, and with a message at the end. Vivian Choi piano. Electro-acoustics. Imagery modified from Martin Singleton video footage.

《野飛》是一具象音樂視頻。素材包括蔡慧雯彈鋼琴;我彈鍵盤控制聲音合成器;昆蟲、鳥和水聲;和馬田辛格頓影的蜂、小豆長喙天蛾、丽色蟌、文須雀、三趾濱鷸、北登陸和本普頓懸岸海鳥。結尾信息因想起香港人有感而發。

Use the following links if streaming of the above video is slow

若視頻卡慢可用以下鏈接看

YouTube: https://youtu.be/4T1OmdX0Iug

   Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/726289435

Martin Singleton gave me many videos. I have chosen some short footage as raw material and removed the sound. Sound on raw footage is usually unusable due to camera mic quality and unwanted noise/sound.

馬田辛格頓喜愛野生動植物,給了我很多遊覽時影到的,我選用了一些做素材,因相機麥克風質素差和有太多現埸雜聲和噪音,我把片上的録音都刪掉。

Musique concrète is literally 'concrete music'. My composition utilized recorded sounds as raw material. This includes excerpts of Vivian Choi playing my piano piece Pygmalion & Galatea; my playing a keyboard-controlled synthesizer as inspired by the footage (e.g., what I heard in my head when watching a bee wiggling its bottom); and sound files of insects, birds and water. These were further selected and modified with software and other means, and assembled into montage, co-ordinating with my visual plan for the video. I was particularly careful when treating the water sound to create the impression of the beach and the sea, or it might end up sounding more like flushing the toilet!

“具象音樂”一如混凝土,是用電聲學處理各種錄音素材合成的音樂。我用的録音素材包括蔡慧雯彈我的鋼琴曲《帕與嘉》;我看片時即興地在鍵盤控制電聲合成器彈的(例如見到蜜蜂搖擺肥胖腹部有感而彈的音響);蟲、鳥和水声。這些通過電声學、軟件和其他方式作進一步選擇、修改、處理和合成,創做能與我想像的形象相協調的蒙太奇。我在處理水聲時特別小心,譬如合成各種水聲想造成似海灘或大海的印象時,若處理不當,聽起來會像沖厠所!

Imagery: To co-ordinate with the musique concrète, I much enlarged selected footage, such as focusing on the movement of a few birds or just one chosen bird. I further modified the focused sections according to my music ‒ e.g., slowing down the much enlarged beautiful demoiselles and larvae so that the speed of their movements in the water fit well with the tempo of Vivian's piano playing, and used my synthesizer playing and treated water sound to create atmosphere. I adjusted dynamics to add drama to movements. I modified/accentuated movements of visual images corresponding with the "musique concrète". I used software to add movements, and direction of movement. I slowed down the zooms and added frames to smooth some footage. The message at the end ‒ Fly Wild...Fly Free ‒ reflects my thought for Hongkongers.

形象:我把“具體音樂”的手法應用在形象結構上使二者合而為一。我放大選出的片段,再剪出想專注的部分,譬如剪出一組的鳥或一隻鳥的動態。我根據音樂再進一步修改形象,例如放大在水中活動的丽色蟌和幼虫,再放慢其速度來配合蔡慧雯的彈奏,再加入我彈的聲響和處理過的水聲來製造氣氛。我調整音響的大細聲來增加動作的戲劇性。我修改或強調片中的動作,用軟件改變片速和加添影格率使䭗頭看來㳘𣈱些,和更配合我創造的“具體音樂”。結尾信息"野飛...飛向自由",是想起香港人,有感而發。

Shortly before last Christmas, one morning, trying to get out of bed triggered excruciating pain that froze me. As this happened almost daily, I became afraid to lie down in bed. For months, I tried to sleep in a Queen Anne style armchair which was not ideal. After consulting GPs, I was prescribed medication to ease the pain and help me sleep. From then, I have been able to sleep at night, but also sleep easily during daytime! Due to health and other problems, I was not productive. After not producing a new music video for nine months, I put my foot down and set myself a deadline to upload Fly Wild. When time's up, I stopped working on passages of Vivian and my synth playing and further visual enhancement. After uploading, I find it looks/sounds a bit different to what I saw and hear on my workstation due to the platform's processing. Ideally Fly Wild should be played on a computer linked to a pair of good loudspeakers, or at least with headphones.

去年接近聖誕節的一個早晨,我起床的動作引起劇痛,痛到我整個人僵住了,之後幾乎每天都會如此,我變得害怕躺在床上,因為起床會劇痛,因此好幾個月我都坐在扶手椅上睡,但這樣睡覺並不理想,諮詢了幾位醫生後,給我開了藥來緩解疼痛和幫助我入睡,服藥後,我不僅晚上睡,白天也照樣睡!健康和其他問題影響了我的工作效率,九個月沒出過新的音樂視頻,我於是給自己定下上傳《野飛》音樂視頻的期限,到期,我不再花時間去加入還需加入的蔡慧雯和我彈的錄音,和不再修改形象便上傳了。上傳後,發覺看起來和聽起來和我在未上傳前在自己工作室聽到和看到的有點不一樣,可能是由於經過放影平台的設置處理吧。《野飛》理想地應該在連接了優質擴音器的電腦上播放,或至少看時頭戴耳機來聽吧。

Very likely, I will work on a pure Musique Concrète version of this so as to add in what's missing due to meeting my self-imposed deadline.

很可能,我會製作一個《野飛純具體音樂》,即是只有音樂的版本,加入那些因自定的期限而沒有加上的錄音部分。


What have people said so far...

以下是一些觀後感:

"Fry Free Ann-Kay, thank you for the interpretation of wild flight, it adds to the experience beautifully." — Mick Smith, retired accountant & birdwatcher.

"飛向自由,感謝您這對野飛的詮釋,為這體驗增添美好。" ―‒愛好觀鳥的退休會計師米克·史密斯


"Thanks for all the time and effort you have put into this – I loved it and was smiling the whole way through. " — Martin Singleton who gave me the raw footage

"感謝您為野飛付出的時間和工夫,我喜歡這視頻,在看的時候不停地微笑。"

―‒野飛》素材給予者馬田·辛格頓


"...lovely video. Really loved how the insect and bird sounds mingled with the piano and electronic sounds, very atmospheric."  — Vivian Choi, pianist

"...可愛的視頻。 很喜歡昆蟲和鳥的聲音與鋼琴和電子聲音的混合,很有氣氛。"

―‒鋼琴家蔡慧雯


"Fly Wild is beautiful and restful, celebrating some of our unsung creatures."  

— Prof Stephen Matthews, academic & bird photographer

"《野飛美而安逸地給一些罕有所聞的生物喝彩。" ―‒愛影鳥的馬詩帆敎授


What a lovely film! A lovely thing to have to cheer one’s day... your music is so beautiful.   — Sally Groves, RPS Leslie Boosey Award recipient

"多可愛的視頻!令人一天開心的可愛物。…你的音樂很美。

―‒新音樂推進得奬人莎莉·格羅夫斯



Updated 11 Jan 1月11日更新

SWAN BEAUTY《天鵝之美》

Swans, beautiful, graceful... yet with surprises towards the end of the video

天鵝美麗又高貴...但視頻近結尾有點意想不到的

Images modified from ANDREW's photography ❀ pianos: Julian Jacobson & Eri Yamamoto

梅元皎攝影,朱利安·雅各信和山本绘理彈鋼琴二重奏

Use the following links if streaming of the above video is slow

若以上視頻卡慢可用以下鏈接看

YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/d8eNKvA8AlQ

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/658110176

Julian Jacobson & Eri Yamamoto plays Pentatonic Study for two pianos.

Music originally written for Helen & Eleanor Wong ― like Ho Wai-On, they are Royal Academy of Music alumni and hailed from Hong Kong. 朱利安·雅各信和山本绘理彈鋼琴二重奏《五音練習曲》,此曲本為黃慰倫黃懿倫姊妹所寫,她們與何蕙安同為英國皇家音樂學院挍友和來自香港。

FOR SCORE, STORY & MORE INFORMATION 樂譜和更多

Photography: ANDREW

ANDREW (Mei Yuanjiao) was born in the US and currently lives in the Bay Area and Chengdu (Sichuan, China). He started photography in 1978 and has traveled all over the world on the seven continents and the North and South Pole. Mainly engaged in natural scenery and wildlife photography, in recent years he has focused on thematic photography of flamingos and penguins. He gave me some swan video clips to make SWAN BEAUTY. The following is the link to his work:

https://500px.com/p/vcg-caa09fcbb4b4ab1d6cd9eb16549aa3997?view=photos

梅元皎攝影: 梅元皎在美國出生,現居舊金山灣區和四川成都。1978年開始攝影,足蹟已遍全球七大洲和南北極。主要從事自然風光和野生動物攝影,近幾年專注於火烈鳥和企鹅專题拍攝。他給我一些天鵝視頻片段來製作《天鵝之美》,以上是他的作品鏈接:


Updated 11 Jan 1月11日更新

COMMENTS of Swan Beauty

《天鵝之美》評語  

"Anything with TWO pianos seems unwieldy, but this thing from Julian and Eri just melts together as if one player. Please tell Julian and Eri how enjoyable that piece is."

Andy Farnell, computer scientist, sound designer, author and a pioneer in the field of procedural audio.

“總覺得鋼琴二重奏的音樂聽起來會像不靈活的龐然大物,然而朱利安和绘理彈這個却彈得融合如一。請告訴朱利安和绘理我很享受聽他們彈這曲。”

安迪·法內爾,電腦科學家、音響設計師、作曲家和程序音頻領域先驅。


What does Professor Stephen Matthews say about SWAN BEAUTY :

" This is very beautiful, thank you! Modern but approachable and evocative.

I also like the way the other birds can be heard on the sound track, which reminds me of Rautavaara's 'Cantus Arcticus'. (HWO: Rautavaara did it much much better!)

I do hope there will be performance/projection opportunities. Bird organizations like the RSPB or local Wildlife Trusts might be interested."

Stephen Matthews is Co-Director of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at CUHK, a linguist and amateur musician.

馬詩帆教授對《天鵝之美》的評語:

"非常美麗,謝謝!容易接受的現代音樂,令人回味。我喜歡聽到這有鳥声的音樂,讓我想起了芬蘭作曲家勞塔瓦拉的《北極之歌》。何蕙安:真不敢當,勞塔瓦拉比我好多了!)希望這音樂視頻會有演出機會,或許英國皇家鳥類保護協會和地區野生動物栛會這樣的組織會感興趣吧。”

馬詩帆教授是香港中文大學兒童雙語研究中心聯席總監,語言學家及業餘音樂家。


Please see Stephen Matthews' comments on Blessed

請看馬詩帆評《有福》


Please see 14 Feb new webpage BIRDS IN HONG KONG which includes a Stephen Matthews' Photo Gallery.

請看2月14日新網頁《香港鳥類》其中包括馬詩帆照片庫


WAVES 《浪》Melody waltzing with waterfowl

旋律舞水禽:鄧兆楷鋼琴;何蕙安和班洛特攝影

piano: Albert Tang (Albert studied with Peter Katin)

Photography: Ho Wai-On & Ben Rector

Use the following links if streaming of the above video is slow

若視頻卡慢可用以下鏈接看

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/KVqcsevD2Iw

  Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/255789586

SCORE 樂譜

I wrote this piece at a time when I should be in despair — my dream to be a concert pianist was shattered because of a wrist injury. I went back to the Royal Academy of Music to be retrained as a composer and this was my first composition. It was written for saxophone quartet. I later wrote a version for the piano. Raw footage was taken at Hyde Hall, one of the four Royal Horticultural Gardens in the UK, where waterfowl perch.

這是我因手受傷不能弾琴而改學作曲後的第一首作品,本寫給薩斯風四重奏,彈琴者鄧兆楷父母都是粵劇老倌,卻彈得一手好鋼琴。景點是英國艾薩斯郡著的皇家園藝花園,常有水禽去棲息。