I need 10 expatriate volunteers to try this online system. If you have family in the US, and want to send them a greeting cards without having to choose from a limited amount of cards there may be available there this is for you. You can choose from over 12K cards, type your message, add pictures, click send and the card is printed for you, placed in an envelope, stamped and mailed for you all from the US. You can try if for free including postage…If interested send me a message and I will send you the link.
I wonder how can I find furnished apartments in China? (Langfang City, 40mi SW of Beijing to be exact).
Уважаемые русскоязычные пекинцы!
Я хотела бы приоткрыть для моих хороших друзей-китайцев мир советско-российской кинематографии.
Кто знает, где в Пекине можно купить диски русских фильмов с китайскими субтитрами?
Или где это можно найти в интернете?
Спасибо за любую информацию!
Music Services Asia is thrilled to announce the release of the South-East Asian Absolute Indie Compilation, featuring many electrifying indie and alternative acts from the South-East Asian region.
Curated by 5 promoters from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, SEA Absolute Indie highlights the strengths of the region and its export potential. The compilation will be distributed in stores and on iTunes from October 18th, 2011.
Music Services Asia, along with procuring the best upcoming music in the South-East Asian region, extends their warmest welcome to two prolific international bands, Deerhoof and Dr. Dog (USA).
The compilation will be released under Valleyarm Digital Music Distribution in the lead-up to the groundbreaking debut of UpToTheSky Festival organized by Figure8 Agency and The Secret Agents/Ruangrupa, to be held in Singapore and Jakarta from December 3rd-5th, 2011.
Video teaser: http://ow.ly/6pypO
In July 2011, Shanghai local rock bands Boys Climbing Ropes, The Horde and Moon Tyrant went to Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan, Mongolia to perform for the first Rock Naadam tour. The tour, which brought China-based bands to Mongolia for the first time, followed with dates in Ningbo, Nanjing and Shanghai featuring great Mongolian rock bands A-Sound and The Lemons. That tour was unique in that it not only drew more fans to Mogolian rock music, but also served as an exchange with China's rock scene.
On July 8th, Boys Climbing Ropes and Moon Tyrant performed on "The Big Break" TV show in Mongolia's nationwide channel C1 TV that has become well known for broadcasting music performances. Here are two video clips from the show, in which Moon Tyrant and Boys Climbing Ropes were playing.
Read more at http://china.musicdish.com/
Not many people can forget March 11, 2011, when an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the east coast of Japan, creating a tsunami which caused massive devastation and loss of life. But In the worst of times, the best of humanity often makes an appearance. This was definitely the case when, during the 6th annual Music Matters conference/festival which was held in Singapore in May, 49 artists from 18 countries came together to give of themselves to raise funds for relief efforts. In just 36 hours, a song for Japan was conceptualized and completed from start to finish. All proceeds from the track, their rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You," featuring an all-star ensemble, has now been released globally, directly benefiting the Japanese Red Cross & Peace Boat.
The video is a strong reminder to us all than man is at his best when nature is at its worst, and that hope, love, and goodwill cannot be shattered. Individuals can donate directly at http://www.jrc.or.jp/eq-japan2011/
MusicDish*China announced the launch of a new music video competition for independent Chinese artists and bands. Open to bands from the mainland, Hong Kong/Macau as well as Taiwan and Singapore, the competition will offer them the opportunity to have their videos promoted on the MusicDishTV platform as well as by Chinese music portal Sohu (http://tv.sohu.com/music/). Bands can enter the competition at http://china.musicdish.com/musicdishtv/
"I originally launched MusicDish*China after having been exposed to the vibrant indie music scene in China, particularly Beijing," said MusicDish*CHina founder Eric de Fontenay. "Now we have an opportunity to share the best of that talent with music fans across the world with this competition."
Running between August 2-24, four winning music videos will be selected for online promotion campaign through MusicDishTV, which has promoted over 300 music videos through video sharing platforms, social networks, web communities and blogs, as well as featured and promoted on Sohu's music video portal.
A fair amount of fuss was made regarding Music Copyright Society of China's (MCSC) announcement that it had reached an licensing agreement with Baidu, China's top online infringer of copyrights. MCSC even announced that they had received their first royalty payment from China's largest search engine (Yes, Baidu is like merging Google with the old Napster). Finally, a major breakthrough that should please everyone, especially Chinese songwriters, right?
Not quite. On the same day MCSC made their announcement, famous chinese songwriter and producer Xiaosong Gao posted an open letter on his sina blog titled "A letter to my colleagues of the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance." He was joined by several songwriters such as Xiao Ke and Yadong Zhang in launching the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance (CSCA) a couple of days earlier to fight the egregious copyright infringement by Baidu and negotiate on behalf of songwriters not represented by MCSC. Within days, CSCA soon attracted hundreds of new members.
Xiaosong Gao established MaiTian Music, which used to be China's largest record label, and now lives in the Los Angeles where he works in film and music sector. He also served as Director of Entertainment for SOHU.com, one of the most popular portals in China. So Gao certainly has a stake in what happens in China on the copyright front, the credibility to speak out and understanding of China's online market.
By Eric de Fontenay
this article was co-written with Xingyue Peng
Read more at http://mi2nmusicpr.livejournal.com/50565.html
The media was abuzz last week with news of Radiohead's entry into China's social media universe on the very popular Twitter-like site weibo. But they are not the only band making the plunge into Chinese SMS. Houston-based rock band Pale recently started building their brand in China through MusicDish*China.
"As a result of the Chinese government blocking most western social media sites, often referred to as the Great Firewall, western bands have absolutely no presence in China, no way to build a fanbase in the world's largest music market," said MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay. "You literally need to go to them and, for independent bands not fortunate enough to share in Radiohead's fame, start from scratch building that fanbase. And just as in the West, DIY music marketing starts with social media."
MusicDish launched Pale's digital entry into China with a premiere of their extended music video "Catastrophic Skies" on Mogo, the largest original music video platform in China. MusicDish started by focusing on douban, China's main music sites where they have a label page, and weibo which they use to interact with their growing fanbase. In addition to their douban artist page where fans can read their bio and updates in Chinese as well as songs and videos from their album, MusicDish also recently set them up with on Taiwan and Hong Kong's major platforms for indie music, Indievox and Alive Not Dead respectively.
I just moved to China.
Living in Guangzhou, specifically the Tianhe district, in Guangdong Province with my girlfriend.
I am going to study Mandarin full time at a university nearby and hopefully have the time and focus to get up to a high level with it.
I know it will take time but I love this country and my girlfriend will give me a lot of assistance.
I am just looking to network a little bit because I haven't really made any friends in China yet.
Check out my journal if you'd like.
I had the opportunity to sit down with the members of IO, a Taiwan indie band originally formed in Vancouver, Canada. The band relocated to Taiwan because it is "the launchpad for music in China and central focus of Chinese media."
IO admits that, "Musically speaking, the culture in Taiwan is very different. The way we speak, the content that we speak of, and the way we express ourselves onstage is very different than the way we'd do it in Vancouver. But our music is a merging of the Canadian and Taiwanese styles. When you perform in Vancouver, they clap for you no matter what - it's all about how well you sing and play. The way Chinese people look at music is less about the sound and more about how the content affects that body and emotions. You must connect with them with your message. The fans are much more demanding in Taiwan, which keeps us thinking and strategizing more for the crowd."
"We used to write songs that we thought was cool, but now we write more things that our fans can identify with, and then begin incorporating other elements that we like. Our goal is to bring more of the Vancouver sound to the people here in Taiwan, and we hope that it will one day be cool here too." IO is also keeping an eye on the pop scene in Malaysia, which is still playing mostly 90's pop.
By Eric De Fontenay
Read More at http://china.musicdish.com/
We are delighted to announce that these FIVE bands are now in the finals of Planetrox China:
Noughts and Exes
ONE of these five bands will win this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to fly to Quebec, Canada in September 2011 to participate in Envol et Macadam Alternative Music festival. This festival has been running for over 15 years and in 2011, some of the headlining acts including Rise Against and Flogging Molly.
PlanetRox China Final 2011
Saturday 9th July 2011
Backstage, 1/F., 52-54 Wellington st. Central
10pm – 1am
HK$120 (including one beer)
Special guests: F.B.I.
More information, please view the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111308065620217&view=wall
MOGO, the largest original music video platform in China, has partnered with MusicDish*China for the exclusively premiere of PALE's powerful music video "Catastrophic Skies" in China. Starting on June 16th, MOGO will be featuring the extended 9 minute video and "The Making of..." on its video platform as well as its branded channel on popular sharing sites Tudou and Youku.
PALE music videos on MOGO
* Extended Catastrophic Skies - PALE
* The Making of Catastrophic Skies - PALE
PALE enlisted the aid of director Sean Duke and Chase Rees of Think Big Productions, as well as producer Remy Carter and countless friends and local volunteers, to create what turned out to be a lavish video. The result is an extraordinary cinematic feast with the futuristic look of a Mad Max film coupled with a contemporary story line. The video premiered in the U.S. at Houston's famed River Oaks Movie Theatre.
Digital marketing company MusicDish has started managing PALE's career in east Asia, including a possible tour this fall. Through its asia brand MusicDish*China, the company has been working with MOGO to feature independent western music videos from its MusicDishTV catalogue. They are also collaborating on a hosted one-hour music video program for China.
Digital music distributor 88tc88 (88tc88.com) announced the addition of China Unicom to the list of mobile outlets it services in China. With the agreement, 88tc88 now delivers independent music to all of China's 950+ million mobile subscribers. The company also announced the first statements from China Mobile and China Telekom, providing its customers accurate and transparent figures for ringtone, caller ringback tone, mastertone and full track sales, individually and bundled as a subscription.
"Our agreement with China Unicom enables us to not only provide our customers full coverage of China's mobile carriers, but importantly, China's growing iPhone subscriber base, now estimated at over 4 million," noted 88tc88 co-founder Thomas Reemer. "Being able to add China to the global digital distribution map is an achievement we at 88 are very proud of accomplishing." China Unicom is the only carrier in China offering the iPhone with a service contract.
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Eric de Fontenay
Formed in 1999, the Taiwan indie band Tizzy Bac has gained lots of attention for their unique music style. The three young and ambitious music lovers decided to start their "piano rock" style despite the fact that guitarists were ruling the indie scene at the time.
Fast forward to 2011 and Tizzy Bac recently returned from performing at the SXSW festival in the US. SXSW was a great experience for Tizzy Bac as they met and mixed it up with indie bands from various countries and backgrounds. But it merely whet their appetite for something even bigger in the future - their first US tour, calling the possibility "a unique and precious opportunity."
Although most audiences coming for their show were Chinese, some westerners were also there, which was quite noticeable. Unlike the Chinese audiences who had already known their music before the show, the westerners were purely drawn there by curiosity or what little buzz there was for "Taiwan Rocks SXSW." Tizzy Bac believes that their appeal for American fans lies in their merging of music and cultures. They feel that music is an international language that everyone can speak, and it doesn't matter whether it's in Mandarin or English, as long as it's good. "I remember at the SXSW festival, there were several foreigners watching our show. We can tell that the were captivated by our music from the expression and smile on their faces."
Interviewed by Eric de Fontenay
The first instance of an industry-coordinating organization of online music operators and online music content providers – The Alliance of the Digital Music Industry (ADMI) – was established in Beijing. China Records Corporation, Shanghai Synergy Group, Ocean Butterflies International, Yuehua Music, Rock Mobile, Chia Tai Music Group and other content providers, QQ.com, Top100, A8, Baidu and other online and related businesses, and China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom operators became launch member organizations. Mr. Li Xiong, Director of the Cultural Market Division for the Ministry of Culture of the PRC, attended and gave a speech.
At the inaugural meeting, the first batch of more than 20 member organizations issued the "Digital Music Industry Declaration" and jointly signed the "Alliance of the Digital Music Industry Convention" committing jointly to comply with the basic principles of "abiding by the laws and regulations, implementation of genuine, insistence on original, and orderly operations." The purpose of this would be to establish mechanisms for the healthy development of the online music industry, specify industry business behaviors, and together promote and protect the healthy development of the digital music industry in accordance with the law. Also in the Convention, the production of legal industry products, regulation of the industry’s competitive system, encouragement of more original works, and the handling of internal industry disputes, and many other issues were agreed to.
The China Enterprise Evaluation Association (CEEA) recently organized an event in Beijing for the release of its "White Paper on Intellectual Property (film and audiovisual industry)". The aim of the research was to examine the state of intellectual property and copyright protection issues, while offering recommendations to China's film and audio-visual industry, based in part on international experience of property rights. Notably, the event was attended by trade associations such as the Music Copyright Society of China, China Audio & Video Association, and the Film Copyright Society of China.
The white paper found that, despite some recent efforts by the Chinese government to address relevant IP laws and regulations, piracy rates remained a consistent problem, with rates estimated as high as 50%. While western organizations such as the IIPA and MPAA have focused much of their concerns on online piracy, the white paper noted the important role that hotels, KTVs (karaoke), schools, libraries and other institutions played in driving the infringement of audiovisual copyrighted material. Such piracy not only depress movie box office sales and television viewership, they stunt the development of the legitimate audio-visual market and hamper innovation in the sector.
While some of the white paper's recommendations are predictable (such as strengthening law enforcement), others are worth noting, such as "strengthening the basic construction and formation of an effective intellectual property management system." We in the West take our copyright system for granted, not being mindful of the fact that it has been built up and revamped over the last 100 years and is not something that can be created overnight. It may not be perfect and is subject to criticism, but it is a known commodity, with well-established procedures and rules to follow if you want to, for example, use music in a video project. The painful fact is that the same cannot be said of China.
By Eric de Fontenay
More at http://china.musicdish.com/
When I was asked to interview A-Mei, I was somewhat trepidatious at first. Anyone who's followed what I've done over the years knows that I tend to avoid anything Pop, let alone a Pop Diva. These things tend to be so removed from the lives and experiences of the average working musician that have been at the heart of what MusicDish is all about. But as the interview started, I realized that A-Mei is lightyears away from the pop queen caricature. Rather, I was facing an open, engaging and sincere person with a story at the heart of what life and music is all about.
What immediately connected us was our shared aboriginal roots (mine being Native American course), which has provided the inspiration to her music. While not professionally trained, she'd grown up surrounded by music her entire life. "I have never learnt to sing or dance, they are just ever-present parts of my native tribe, the Ami (from whence she derived her stage name)". Music is thus innate to her, not just a profession or career. "Singing is a way for me to express my feelings and emotions. Music is a critical part of my life."
Those Taiwanese aboriginal roots have also given A-Mei a truly unique and open approach to her singing and music, which is influenced by the people and experiences that have touched her. "If I was moved by something, I would choose to write a song about it. I like to observe life and learn from it. It is a constantly occurring inspiration." As such, her music is a recording of her own personal life, which draws power and energy from those close to her. "I frequently find inspiration from the people surrounding me, such as my family and friends. Their experiences always reflect distinct kinds of lives."
By Eric de Fontenay
One of my favorite musical experiences while living in Toulouse, France was la Fete de la Musique (Make Music). Held annually in June throughout France (and now the world), the day is an open platform for any band/musician to hit the streets and perform for eager crowds - all for free!
China's first edition of la Fête de la Musique was held in Shanghai to coincide with the World Expo to rave reviews from the media and fans alike. This year's second edition will run throughout Sunday June 19th, with an opening concert on Saturday the 18th. Held at 800 Show from 4-11PM in partnership with Shanghai-based label Zhu Lu He Feng, the opening concert will feature an impressive line-up of French and Chinese acts, including:
Moonrock (Folk/Jazz/Shoegaze) - 4pm to 4.30pm
An Lai Ning (Folk) - 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Joyce Jonathan (Pop-Folk / Acoustic) - 5.45pm to 6.45pm
Sonnet (Indie Rock) - 7pm to 7.40pm
Yu Guo (Pop Rock) - 8pm to 9pm
CURRY & COCO (Electro-Pop) - 9.20pm to 10.20pm
R3 (DJ) - 10.20pm to 11pm