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Postby Wimpy » Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:40 pm

Wow, I just read in one of the posted that Vienna actually sang a chinese song.. that's so cool.. I would love to hear that, is there an mp3 out there I can listen to ?

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Postby Klaorman » Tue May 13, 2003 6:02 pm

I was at the Tower Records/Stonestown performance this past Sunday where Vienna sang the Chinese song also. It's a popular Mandarin song that I've heard before, and you've probably heard it too. She prefaced the song by saying that her Mom (who was present along with her grandmother; it was Mother's Day) taught it to her phonetically and will be listening critically for mistakes! It sounded pretty good to me, even though I don't speak Mandarin. I've got the performance on my camcorder. I'll try to convert it to mp3 audio and post it somewhere, although I've never transferred Mini-DV to my computer or created an mp3 before plus I don't really have a website...but hey, I'll get it done somehow! :lol:

I've also got some nice documentary photos of the event that I'll be posting on a photo site in the next day or two.

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Postby Wimpy » Wed May 14, 2003 2:53 pm

Klaorman;

Thanks so much. Maybe I get to hear it after all. Let me know when you have the MP3. you can post it here or send it to my email address.

Thanks

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Postby Klaorman » Fri May 16, 2003 11:22 am

Wimpy and Everyone,

I don't have the mp3 yet (my camcorder has RCA audio outs but my soundcard only has line in; hmmm...I guess I need some kind of converter; anyone?) but I've posted photos from Vienna's performance at:

<a href='http://www.pbase.com/klaorman/viennatower' target='_blank'>http://www.pbase.com/klaorman/viennatower</a>

Check 'em out, and if Vienna doesn't visit here often, someone (Eric? Either one will do!) please let her know.

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Postby Eric » Tue May 20, 2003 4:44 am

Thanks, Klaorman. :) Nice pics! (Hey, Vienna's grandma is famous now!) I'll mention it to Vienna next time I see her ... er, though I dunno when that'll be. World traveller and all ...

You can probably get a little RCA-to-mini adapter at Radio Shack that'll let you record your camcorder's output into your audio card. About $2.
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Postby Klaorman » Tue May 20, 2003 9:25 am

Thanks, Eric! Vienna's mother was also there, but I didn't get a shot of her; back home, I thought, "Darn, I should've asked all 3 of them to pose for a photo!" Oh well, next time, whenever that may be.

Yeah, I was thinking Radio Shack will have what I want, but I haven't dropped by there yet. Soon...

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Postby Klaorman » Fri May 23, 2003 10:31 am

Ok Wimpy, you can stop searching now! Listen to Green Island Serenade here:

<a href='http://home.attbi.com/~klaorman1/Green_Island_Serenade_-_Vienna_Teng.mp3' target='_blank'>Green Island Serenade</a> (4.83 MB)

[It's recorded using a free sound recorder that I found. Windows Sound Recorder did an awful job, so I had to find something else. I did find a very nice MP3 recorder that used noise reduction and created a cleaner sound than the original tape, but it costs $30 and I didn't want to spend that much to record one song. The free recorder did a passable job, so I used it. I tried using another free program to convert the WAV to MP3, but the result was a bigger file and worse sound, so I'm posting the WAV.]

!!!Strike the stuff between the []s because I've recorded a vastly superior version with a very nice $12 recorder that I found. See later message for more details. I've altered the above link to point to the new version.!!!

Does Vienna's Mandarin sound ok to you? My wife said it sounded fairly good, though I wouldn't know. I did recognize the song immediately, though.

Enjoy!
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Postby Wimpy » Fri May 23, 2003 3:18 pm

Klaorman, excellent... you've just made my long weekend :) thanks so much for sharing..

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Postby tontamoo » Mon May 26, 2003 9:52 pm

Klaorman, thanks so much for the recording. In regard to audio converters, I highly recommend dBpowerAMP. You can find it at any of those download sites (e.g. <a href='http://zdnet.com' target='_blank'>zdnet</a>). I used that program to convert the WAV file you provided into a high-quality mp3 with normalized volume, and it sounds great (minus, the constant, faint static sound in the background, but I think it is unavoidable since the audio was taken from a video). Thanks again for sharing.

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Postby Klaorman » Tue May 27, 2003 7:00 pm

No problem, tontamoo and Wimpy. Tontamoo, I tried out dBpowerAMP, but all I got was a brighter sound, more noticeable hiss, and more than double the file size. What settings did you use?

Do you know of any high quality free audio recorders? The original video actually sounds fairly good, much better than what I posted. If I find a better recorder, I will post a better version.

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Postby Wimpy » Tue May 27, 2003 10:02 pm

Klaorman, thanks for going through all of the trouble in creating this. Hear the song over the weekend, it sounded pretty good to me. I remember the song, it was an old folk song. Vienna's Mandarin sounded good to me, I wouldn't know the difference since I don't know Mandarin. She sang it like the original, Vienna is talented :) Wish my mom can sing to me like that when I was a toddler :) .... then again I'll probably be up all nite asking for more lol

Thank you so much

Postby Thank you so much » Sat Jun 07, 2003 5:29 pm

Fantastic. I've been looking for a recording of this ever since I heard her play it in Seattle. I can't wait to play it for my mom.

Cheers.

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Postby andrys » Mon Jun 09, 2003 3:51 am

Klaorman wrote: Wimpy and Everyone,

I don't have the mp3 yet (my camcorder has RCA audio outs but my soundcard only has line in; hmmm...I guess I need some kind of converter; anyone?) but I've posted photos from Vienna's performance at:

<a href='http://www.pbase.com/klaorman/viennatower' target='_blank'>http://www.pbase.com/klaorman/viennatower</a>

Check 'em out, and if Vienna doesn't visit here often, someone (Eric? Either one will do!) please let her know.

Klaorman

Charming audio! Thank you. I'm glad Eric/Webmaster gave it a go.

And those are really nice photos you took!

At 1Sound.com forums, Alan Light announced she will be on CNN tonight about 10:50pm but I couldn't find it on this website. On the other hand, I don't have CNN anyway but I wanted to add to the site's thread.

I see that Vienna is on mp3.com, Iuma and a few other sample sites, and I wish her folks would put her on on <a href='http://1sound.com' target='_blank'>http://1sound.com</a> too, so we could get even more buzz going. Every bit helps and it's a pretty good crowd there. The main guy co-founded mp3.com

Vienna's musings from a hotel in May were more of that unusual honesty and directness. I wish I'd been keeping up with the site's news since I live in Berkeley area and she was doing her thing here today at 2pm but I didn't know.

Anyway, the 1sound announcement is at <a href='http://tinyurl.com/dt1i' target='_blank'>http://tinyurl.com/dt1i</a>
and I will add to the thread later. I hope people report back about the CNN spot, since I can't watch it.

By the way, you can go to <a href='http://musicmatch.com' target='_blank'>http://musicmatch.com</a> as they have a very good mp3 maker that's free if you want another one. You did a good job with this though.
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Postby andrys » Mon Jun 09, 2003 3:57 am

Well, that CNN announcement I was talking about was made Friday !

Am I missing an announcement of that here? Does anyone know what that involved and how it went?

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Postby Klaorman » Mon Jun 09, 2003 8:01 pm

Andrys,

The announcement was posted to a Vienna mailing list. The website should've mentioned it too, but that didn't happen. You can sign up for the list here: <a href='http://viennateng.com/high/contact/mailinglist.html' target='_blank'>http://viennateng.com/high/contact/mailinglist.html</a>.

The CNN feature was a part of their "On the Rise" series which showcases people following their dreams. They showed Vienna performing in February in a Palo Alto Borders, singing on Letterman (only a few tantalizing seconds; will someone please post the whole thing here?!), writing new music at her piano, and taking care of business matters on her laptop. The whole 5 minute or so feature was very interesting to see since this was the first time that I've seen Vienna on TV. I hope it increased her exposure, although I don't really know how many people watch CNN. You can find a transcript of the feature here: <a href='http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0306/06/asb.00.html' target='_blank'>http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0306/06/asb.00.html</a>. Search for "been more" to get to it.

Speaking of buzz, the first time I heard Vienna's music (just recently after her appearance in the SF Chronicle article), I instantly drew comparisons to Norah Jones, a bit based on their music but more based on their success levels. Norah's "Don't Know Why" and "Come Away With Me" were huge hits and I do enjoy them, but the rest of her album just doesn't do it for me. And yet she sold at least 8 million copies and won 4 Grammies! Is it her music, is it luck, or does she have a high-powered promotion machine? How do we (yes, we; I've been telling everyone I know about Vienna; some get it, some don't) get Vienna to this level? On the other hand, does she even want to reach this level?

Thanks for the compliments about my photos. I really enjoy taking people shots, capturing unique moments and facial expressions. If I follow my dreams I'd be taking photos for a living (guess what? I'm also a software engineer). But success in the photo industry demands excellent customer relations and business acumen, and I'm the farthest thing from personable and business-savvy (well ok, maybe not -that- far :D).

Thanks for pointing me to musicmatch. It looks like only their paid version lets me record from line-in; the free version only records from CDs. However, the price is $10 cheaper at $19.95. Hmmm...

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