Songs

Original Songs

This category contains all songs whose tunes (and/or lyrics) were composed by us, and includes jingles and theatrical numbers.

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Han Yew Kwang
  • Vocals: Sherraine Law
  • Bass: Colin Yong
  • Recording engineer and editor: Eric Wong
  • Mixing engineer: Daniel Wong

一根烟 A Puff of Memories

Production:《女鬼爱上尸》When Ghost Meets Zombie

Scope of work: original music, arrangements, vocal production

Client: Wawa Pictures

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Han Yew Kwang
  • Translation: Pathawee Boodsayasiri
  • Vocalist: Wong Zheng Quan
  • Recording engineer: Eric Wong @ Sonic Studios
  • Mixing engineer: Daniel Wong @ Ardant Studios

Zombie Boy

Production:《女鬼爱上尸》When Ghost Meets Zombie

Scope of work: original music, arrangements, vocal production

Client: Wawa Pictures

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Music: August Lum

Dubstep Demo

Scope of work: music composition and arrangement

Client: nil

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Ervin Han
  • Vocals: Judee Tan
  • Recording engineer: Gao Yang @ Pavane Studios



The Mermaid's Song

Production: Cartoon Buddies (Episode 10)

Scope of work: original music, music arrangement, vocal production

Client: Robot Playground Media Pte Ltd for Mediacorp

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang, August Lum
  • Vocals: Vanessa Phang
  • Sound design: Kenji Zhuang
  • Final mix: Kenji Zhuang

Let's Go Save Water

Scope of work: original music and lyrics, sound design, recording of vocals, final mix

Client: Omen Studios for Public Utilities Board's Water Conservation Awareness Programme

Creative notes

Omen Studio’s concept of superheroes assisting in the water-conservation efforts by defeating the water-wasting monsters inspired the tag-line of the song “Let’s go save water”, in which “save water” not only refers to the conservation of water, but as to rescue if seen in the context of the heroes. Inspiration for the tune came from sci-fi action thrillers; coupled with a strong, throbbing electronic beat.

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Theme song "Brothers and Sisters"
  • Music and lyrics: August Lum

Brothers and Sisters

Production: Harmony Xtravaganza

Scope of work: original music and lyrics, music arrangement

Format: theatrical production with song and dance

Client: INArts Production for People's Association / National Integration Council

Location: Victoria Theatre

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"Preparing the Feast"
  • Music and lyrics: August Lum

Preparing the Feast

Production: Harmony Xtravaganza

Scope of work: original music and lyrics, music arrangement

Format: theatrical production with song and dance

Client: INArts Production for People's Association / National Integration Council

Location: Victoria Theatre

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Liaw Wee Liang, Vanessa Phang
  • Vocals: DLord, Stella Seah
  • Recording engineers: Kenji Zhuang, Daniel Wong
  • Mixing engineer: Daniel Wong @ Ardant Studio

Sing Like a Star

Scope of work: original music, music arrangement, vocal production, recording of vocals

Format: advertisement

Client: 7 Bells Productions for K.Star Karaoke

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Land Transport Authority

Thoughtful Rides are What We Like

Scope of work: music composition (excluding arrangement)

Format: corporate jingle

Client: Land Transport Authority

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Music: August Lum

They're Here!

Production:《女鬼爱上尸》When Ghost Meets Zombie

Scope of work: music composition and arrangement

Client: Wawa Pictures

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  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang, August Lum
  • Vocalist: Vanessa Phang
  • Production: Chingay 2014: Home Gardening Interest Group segment

Chingay 2014: PAssion Gardening

Production: Chingay 2014: Home Gardening Interest Group segment

Scope of work: music composition, lyrics, music arrangement, recording of vocals, editing, final mix

Format: performing item

Client: PLAY Inc for People's Association

Premiere arrangements

This category contains compositions that we were the first to create arrangements for.

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  • Music and lyrics: Han Yew Kwang
  • Arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocalists: Nathan Hartono, Shermaine Saw
  • Drums: Joachim Lim
  • Recording engineer: Eric Wong @ Sonic Studios
  • Mixing engineer: Daniel Wong @ Ardant Studios

在河边洗衣 Love by the River

Production:《女鬼爱上尸》When Ghost Meets Zombie

Scope of work: music arrangement, vocal production

Client: Wawa Pictures

当初的自己


Client:

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  • 曲 Music:林隨安 Jack Lim
  • 詞 Lyrics:祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 編曲 Arrangements:August Lum
  • 製作 Production:潮聽音綣
  • Vocalist 演唱:湯薇恩 Chriz Tong
  • Guitar: Daniel Chai
  • Violin: Selwyn Koh
  • Mixing engineer: Michael K @ Stereoimage Studios


爱情风险 Love at Risk

Production:《爱情风险》Love at Risk

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, editing, final mix

Format: song for a televised serial

Client: Red Planet Music for Mediacorp

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  • Music and lyrics: Wong Ei Ei
  • Music Arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocal producer: Acid Pang
  • Vocals: Wong Ei Ei
  • Recorded at Stereoimage Studios

答案 The Answer

Production: 《我的人生我做主》I Live My Life

Scope of work: music arrangement, vocal production, editing, final mix

Format: song for a televised documentary

Client: August Pictures for Mediacorp

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  • Music and lyrics by Renny Goh
  • Arranged by August Lum
  • Produced by Edric Hwang and August Lum
  • Mixed by Edric Hwang
  • Lead vocals: Renny Goh
  • Backing vocals: Renny Goh, Windson Liong
  • Drums: Sky Ong
  • Bass: Ang Xinhui
  • Rhythm guitar: Ernest Chua
  • Lead guitar: Adwin Lim

Right the Wrong

Scope of work: music arrangement, co-production

Format: commercial release

Client: Blackforest Band

Creative notes

Renny wrote Right the Wrong as a reaction to watching and hearing news about war. The lyrics are very visual, and I wanted the text to be portrayed in the arrangement as well as the performance. At the same time, there was an intention to prevent this song from becoming an anti-war anthem.

The first half of the song depicts such a scenario: the personae watches news about suffering. But the personae has never experienced such feelings before. There is a feeling of disgust and sadness, but it is from the point of a bystander, hence these sentiments are not as strong as one who has made it through such events. Hence the singing does not become overtly passionate nor sad. The music wraps around the vocals, much like the way news and information overwhelm us daily - or minutely, thanks to social media and portable computing devices.

The band joins in after the first chorus. Fragments of the pre-chorus of another Black Forest song (‘My Freedom’ / 《还我自由》) are quoted here. For those familiar with ‘My Freedom’, the portion of the tune chosen carries the following lyrics: 这是什么样的生活 / 每天都活在恐惧中. It translates as ‘What kind of life this is / Living in fear every day’. It is a literal description of suffering. At this point the music depicts the ravages of war: it sounds dark and almost unpleasant. The lead guitar, which plays the melodic fragments from ‘My Freedom’, rises above the chaotic arrangement like a cry for salvation.

There is much switching between 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. This signifies instability and uncertainty. Setting the second verse in 3/4 also heightens the drama, as the stronger beats comes much more quicker in 3/4 time as opposed to 4/4. You feel as if the music pushes forward.

I hope that this arrangement will be accessible to all listeners, as much of a philosophical experience it had been. And I hope that the message that war is atrocious gets around without the song turning into an anti-war anthem.

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  • Music and lyrics: Wong Ei Ei
  • Music Arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Wong Ei Ei
  • Guitar: Sebastian Ho
  • Bass: Colin Yong
  • Vocal producer: Acid Pang
  • Recorded at Stereoimage Studios

沙漠的花朵 Flower in the Desert

Production: 《我的人生我做主》I Live My Life

Scope of work: music arrangement, vocal production, editing, final mix

Format: song for a televised documentary

Client: August Pictures for Mediacorp

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  • 作词 Lyrics:吴文徳 Goh Boon Teck
  • 作曲、配唱制作 Music, production:林随安 Jack Lim
  • 编曲 Arrangement:林海贤 August Lum
  • 歌手 Vocalist:翁芝耀
  • 录音 Recording engineer:陈颖斌 Isaac Tong (Stereoimage Studios)
  • 混音、母带处理:沈文钏 Darren Sim (Mix Junction 美强声)

如梦 A Dream

Production: 舞台剧《南柯一梦》A Dream Under the Southern Bough

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals

Format: online content; performed live on the show

Client: Toy Factory Productions


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  • Music and lyrics: Nathan Hartono
  • Arrangements: August Lum, Lee Feng Heng, Shawn Kok
  • Vocalists: Nathan Hartono, Ferlyn G
  • Recording engineer: Eric Wong
  • Mixing engineer: GRYD Studios


等 Waiting

Production:《女鬼爱上尸》When Ghost Meets Zombie

Scope of work: music arrangement

Client: Wawa Pictures, Warner Music

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  • Music and lyrics: Renny Goh
  • Arrangement: Renny Goh, Elijah Kai, August Lum
  • Vocals: Emma Negrete, Everett Gabriel
  • Guitars: Elijah Kai
  • Final mix: Kenji Zhuang


Don't Hold Back

Production: Dance with Me

Scope of work: co-arrangement, final mix

Client: BOS Pictures for Mediacorp

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  • 词曲 Music, Lyrics: 田华 Tian Hua
  • 编 Arrangement: August Lum
  • 唱 Vocals: 张杰 Zhang Jie
  • 中胡 Zhong Hu: Rozie Hoong


搁浅 Stranded

Production: 《潘多拉的宝剑》Pandora's Sword

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of erhu, mixing of music

Client: 田华

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  • 作曲 Music: Jack Lim 随安
  • 作词 Lyrics : Colin Qi 祁哲泉
  • 编曲 Arrangement: August Lum
  • 制作人 Producer: Jack Lim 随安
  • 演唱 Vocalist: Chrïz Tong 汤薇恩

啡情歌 Coffee Love Song

Production:《96degC 咖啡》96degC Cafe

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of string quartet, editing, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group for Mediacorp

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  • 曲 Music:林隨安 Jack Lim
  • 詞 Lyrics:祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 編曲 Arrangements:August Lum
  • 製作 Production:潮聽音綣
  • Vocalist 演唱:湯薇恩 Chriz Tong
  • Violin: Selwyn Koh
  • Guitar: Daniel Chai
  • Mixing engineer: Michael K


一首没唱完的情歌 An Unfinished Love Song

Production:《爱情风险》Love at Risk

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of instrumentalists, editing of vocals, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group for Mediacorp

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  • 作曲 Music: 林随安 Jack Lim
  • 作词 Lyrics: 祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 编曲 Arrangement: August Lum
  • 演唱 Vocals: 陈彼得, 汤薇恩 Peter Tan, Chriz Tong

爱你 Loving You

Production:《猪仔馆人家Claypot Bak Kut Teh

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of string quartet, editing of vocals, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group

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  • 作曲 Music: 林随安 Jack Lim
  • 作词 Lyrics: 祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 编曲 Arrangement: August Lum
  • 演唱 Vocals: 汤薇恩 Chriz Tong


保佑保佑 Blessings

Production:《祖先保佑》Blessings

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of session musicians, editing of vocals, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group for Mediacorp

Accolades: Nominated Best Theme Song, Star Awards, 2015

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  • 演唱 Vocals: 汤薇恩 Chriz Tong
  • 作曲 Music: 林随安 Jack Lim
  • 作词 Lyrics: 祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 编曲 Arrangement: August Lum


留声 Phonograph

Production:《岁月留声》Radio Rhapsody

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of session musicians, editing of vocals, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group


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  • 作曲 Music: 汤薇恩 Chriz Tong
  • 作词 Lyrics: 祁哲泉 Colin Qi
  • 编曲 Arrangement: August Lum
  • 演唱 Vocals: 汤薇恩 Chriz Tong

爱蔓延

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, recording of session musicians, editing of vocals, final mix

Client: Red Planet Group for Mediacorp


Creative Notes

To achieve the intimacy of the personae's state of mind, the accompaniment to this song is led majorly by the piano, with a bit of strings and pads in the background.


Translation of the song's lyrics:

How much love is perfect, selfish or sharing
Love must be complete, not cut, just watch for me
Dream close to heaven, reality ends in admiration
Looking at the past through tears is a different sight

Love is spinning, infecting heart
Love will continue into new life and lead the way forward
Love will spread and weave new hope
Open your heart and let love share again

Re-arrangements

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  • 词曲 Music, lyrics: 李子恒 Li Zi Heng
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Joi Chua

牵手 Holding Hands

Production: Care and Share Thank-you Concert (2016)

Scope of work: music re-arrangement

Format: concert item

Client: Music and Movement for the Community Chest of Singapore

Location: Max Pavilion, Singapore EXPO

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  • 曲 Music: 陈志远 Chen Zhi Yuan
  • 词 Lyrics: 陈幸蕙 Chen Xin Hui
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Lawrence Chen
  • Recording and Mixing Engineer: Darren Sim


浮生千山路

Scope of work: music re-arrangement

Format: EP track

Client: Lawrence Chen

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  • 曲 Music: 陆虎 Lu Hu
  • 词 Lyrics: 于正 Yu Zheng
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Lawrence Chen
  • Recording and Mixing Engineer: Darren Sim


雪落下的声音 The Sound of Falling Snow

Scope of work: music re-arrangement

Format: EP track

Client: Lawrence Chen

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  • 曲 Music: Jerry C
  • 词 Lyrics: 徐世珍,吴辉福 Yu Shi Zhen, Wu Hui Fu
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Flute: Rit Xu
  • Keyboards: August Lum


小幸运 for flute and piano

Scope of work: music arrangement, piano

Format: online content

Collaboration between Rit Xu and August Lum

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  • Music: Rolf Løvland
  • Lyrics: Brendan Graham
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Lauren Yeo

You Raise Me Up

Production: Care and Share Thank-you Concert (2016)

Scope of work: music re-arrangement

Format: concert item

Client: Music and Movement for the Community Chest of Singapore

Location: Max Pavilion, Singapore EXPO

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  • Music, lyrics: Ken Lim
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Recording, editing, final mix: Kenji Zhuang


Together We Can

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording and editing of vocals, final mix

Format: online content

Client: Stephen Peh Organisation

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  • Music: Vincent Youmans
  • Parodied lyrics: Jo Tan
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum


OneService, Our Neighbourhood Matters

Scope of work: music arrangement

Format: online content

Client: Jo Tan for the Municipal Services Office (MSO)

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  • Music: Mrs Christine Kanagarajah
  • Lyrics: Mother Carmen Dengah
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Choral Director: Choy Siew Woon
  • Recorded by the St Anthony's Canossian Convent Choir


St Anthony's Canossian Convent School Anthem

New re-arrangement adopted by the school for official use

Scope of work: re-arrangement, co-production

Format: delivery of full mix (audio format), choral-piano score and full score for symphonic band

Client: St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School

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  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocal producer: Acid Pang


Yuying Secondary School Anthem

New re-arrangement adopted by the school for official use

Scope of work: re-arrangement, co-production, recording of vocals, final mix

Format: delivery of full mix (audio format)

Client: Yuying Secondary School

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  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Choral Director: Wilson Goh
  • Recorded by the Unity Secondary School Choir


Unity Secondary School Anthem

Specially re-arranged for Unity Secondary's 20th Anniversary and Homecoming event

Scope of work: re-arrangement

Client: Unity Secondary School

Reinecke Flute Concerto Imagined

A personal interpretation of Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto with an impressionistic-inspired touch.

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  • 曲 Music: 黄怀海 (Huang Huan Hai
  • Re-arrangement: Moses Gay, August Lum

赛马狂想曲 Horse-Riding Capriccio

Production: Our People, Our Music 2014: My Home - Singapore!

Scope of work: music arrangement

Format: concert item

Client: Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Performed at the National Stadium by a thousand-strong erhu ensemble

《雪落下的声音》The Sound of Falling Snow

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording, editing, final mix

Format: online content

Client: City Chinese Orchestra

Stay With You

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording, editing, final mix

Format: online content

Client: City Chinese Orchestra

Semoga Bahagia 愿你得到幸福

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording, editing, final mix

Format: online content

Client: City Chinese Orchestra

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  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Based on the arrangements by Li Chong Wang and Ma Sheng Long
  • Performed by members of the City Chinese Orchestra

Ti Orh Orh 天乌乌

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording, editing, final mix

Format: online content

Client: City Chinese Orchestra

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  • Soundscape design: Kenji Zhuang
  • Music arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: Ethel Yap, Dwayne Tan
  • Final mix: Kenji Zhuang

Tales of Christmas

Scope of work: music arrangement, sound design, recording of vocals, final mix

Medium: 70m×5m screen at Changi Airport Terminal 4

Client: Omen Studios for Changi Airport Group

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  • Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg
  • Lyrics: Alain Boubil, Herbert Kretzmer
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum


The Great One Day More Challenge

Production: Chestnuts 6.9: The Less Miserable White Paper

Scope of work: music arrangement

Format: item in a theatrical parody show

Client: STAGES

Location: The Drama Centre

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  • Music and lyrics: Richard Marx, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens
  • Re-arrangement: August Lum
  • Performed by the ITE Show Choir


At the Beginning

Scope of work: music arrangement

Format: performance item

Client: ITE Show Choir

Albums

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We envisioned a safari of sorts, hence selected African instruments — most notably the marimba and the flutes. The melody repeats itself in each of the verses; so, to variate, we had the bass play a solo-like figure from the third verse onwards — that you may subtly pick out. As the song had a catchy groove, we were loathe to break that and so maintained the rhythm throughout the song.


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This song contains a story despite the repetition of the tune throughout its verses.

It tells the story of a dog who fails to heed the warning of a cat, which results in the former falling into a drain. The dog’s barks for help are, unfortunately, misunderstood by the cat as angry cussing; as a result, their relationship is soured.

The arrangement helps to tell the story through the use of different accompanying styles and chords; for instance, when the conflict takes place, the music becomes a little darker and tense. A listener would be able to visualise the scenes without the need for visuals.


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We gave this song a pleasant and gentle accompaniment. By ourselves, we visualised a mild-mannered little gardener in a nice sunny garden, doing what he or she enjoys. As the tune of the second verse is a repeat of the first, we modified the original chords, while introducing a new instrumental countermelody, to create variety.


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We established a different musical direction so as to allow this song to distinguish itself from 动物世界. As the lyrics of this song covered the movements of selected animals, as well as the sounds they made, we had the instruments mimic these aspects. The flowing figures of the harp depict the graceful movement of a fish in water; the piccolos mimic birdsong; the marimba depicts the leaps of a frog; and the busy and insistent shaker mimics the scratching of a monkey. Towards the end of the song, we introduced a tripleted bass figure to add to the variety of the song.

童心童曲 (儿童歌曲创作比赛)

Scope of work: music arrangements, sourcing of vocalists, recording of vocals, editing of vocals, final mix, mastering

Client: Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan

Creative notes

This came about from a songwriting competition that the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan had organised; the twenty winning entries would be arranged, recorded and compiled into an album. We chose a variety of musical styles for the songs in accordance with the subject matter (we study the lyrics, along with the music, before we begin arranging); employed variations so that repeat verses would not sound monotonous; and created catchy and rhythmic motifs for the introductions and interludes.

Featured here are four tracks from the compilation.

  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang
  • Vocals: Sugie Phua, Vanessa Phang


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The song begins serenely, evoking morning mood, as it gradually eases the children into action. A beat is introduced at the first chorus to lift the mood. The hook in this song is “3… 2… 1…” which we have enlivened by having the numbers shout out by a chorus.


  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang
  • Vocals: Sugie Phua, Vanessa Phang


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This song is spirited and lively, with a stronger beat; a notch above the warm-up. The hooks in the chorus are the calls to action: “[action] it”, delivered as spontaneous hollers (as opposed to being sung strictly). We employed variations in the rhythmic groove to create interest and avoid monotony.


  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang
  • Vocals: Sugie Phua, Vanessa Phang


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This song is livelier still, much more fast-paced; another notch above “Super Kids Love to Move All Day”. The motif in the chorus is based off the letters that make up the word “active”.


  • Music: August Lum
  • Lyrics: Vanessa Phang
  • Vocals: Sugie Phua, Vanessa Phang


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As a cool-down song, it was given a calming feel.


Fun Dance CD for Pre-schoolers

Scope of work: original music, music arrangements, recording of vocals, editing of vocals, final mix, mastering

Client: PLAY Inc for Health Promotion Board Singapore


Creative notes

For this Fun Dance, we were commissioned to create five tracks which, collectively, would form a series of simple workouts for pre-schoolers, beginning with a warm-up, and ending with a cool-down. The lyrics contain key messages about healthy practices, such as maintaining an active lifestyle and

We are featuring four out of five tracks; the fifth is an adaptation from the tune “This is the Way” with the addition of original lyrics; while the rest are original compositions.


Order of tracks

  1. Warm Up, Super Kids

  2. Super Kids Love to Move All Day

  3. Sit Less, Move More, Super Kids

  4. Cool Down, Super Kids


To quote the words of Walt Disney: “I didn't treat my youngsters like frail flowers”, this has been our guiding principle whenever we create music for young listeners. The tunes, lyrics and arrangements are catchy, but never over-simplistic.

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  • Music: Renny Goh
  • Music arrangement: August Lum
  • Vocals: the singers of Amitabha Buddhist Centre
  • Recording, editing and final mix: Kenji Zhuang

Sacred Springs: Rhythms of Joy

Scope of work: music arrangement, recording of vocals, editing of vocals, final mix, mastering

Client: Amitabha Buddhist Centre

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