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  • LIFESTYLE

    The old becoming new

    Life, Published on 04/09/2018

    » You know you're at a Scrubb concert when the majority of the audience shows up in striped tops with khaki or olive-green cargo pants. This look is part of the package of the faces of the band, Ball and Muay, along with the addition of old-age jokes that they now crack willingly. But it's not just the 40-something duo who feel the gravity of ageing, as throughout Saturday evening you also hear the audience themselves muttering under their breath: "I'm getting too old for this" or "I don't think my body is cut out for this anymore" after a string of pumping hits.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The music of James Bond

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 02/11/2017

    » If you want to win a sure-fire bet, just ask any moviegoer, any fan of the James Bond films: "Who composed the theme that goes through every single James Bond movie? The one that goes dum di-di dum dum dum?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Melodies made to move us

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/12/2016

    » For the 11 years that film director Jira "Keng" Maligool has been part of the studio GMM Tai Hub (now known as GDH559), he has wanted to make a film about King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But it wasn't until last year that the project took flight and finally manifested itself into Pohn Jak Fah (A Gift), now showing in cinemas nationwide.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Top 20 Singles of 2016

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 25/12/2016

    » Whew! What an overwhelmingly eventful year 2016 has been. Much like Bob Dylan's ambivalence towards his Nobel Prize win, we too can't fully wrap our head around what went down these past 12 months -- what with all the monumental changes in politics worldwide and a number of musical greats we've lost from David Bowie and Prince, to Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones. Despite everything that transpired, this year has seen some great, sonically diverse releases. Here, we present to you this year's top 20 singles, a good handful of which are brimming with a political urgency that brilliantly reflects the tumultuous times we're all living in. (Note that these are not in any particular order).

  • LIFESTYLE

    Third Time's a Charm

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 18/12/2016

    » On her latest EP as Stoondio, indie-folk darling Chotika Kamwongpin trades her usual airy acoustics for a punchier production.

  • LEARNING

    Classical music in Thailand & Narong Prangcharoen

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 26/07/2012

    » Up-and-coming Thai composer based in US organizes contest and educational event to spark interest musical composition in young people.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A song of kings

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 28/06/2016

    » Much like the National Anthem, Thailand's Royal Anthem, known as Pleng Sansoen Phra Barami, is an iconic tune that every Thai person knows by heart. Most commonly heard before the beginning of state occasions, movies, theatre or music performances, the cultural and musical significance of the Royal Anthem, which celebrates the monarch's glory, can't be understated.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The man who put the funk into Congolese music

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 07/07/2015

    » Congolese music is one of the cornerstones of African popular music. This irresistible dance music is loved across the African continent, and its biggest stars, like the late great icons Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, were mobbed wherever they played. Musically, the genres that have emerged from the Congo region, including Congolese rumba and all the various dance style from soukous to ndambolo, have been hugely influential on the popular styles in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and many other African countries.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Tremendous trombone

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 30/01/2018

    » 'Never look directly at a trombone player," said the great composer Richard Strauss. "It only encourages them." Then again, the German composer was hardly being honest about an instrument which Felix Mendelssohn called "the most sacred and noble instrument in the orchestra".

  • LEARNING

    Classical music event in Bangkok

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 25/01/2011

    » With violinist Jonathon Glonek (Chulalongkorn) and pianist Eri Nakagawa (Mahidol).

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