Explosive vocalists on live stages – Park Hyo Shin and Ha Hyunwoo

I was inspired to translate this article featuring two singers whom I have great admiration for – Park Hyo Shin and Guckkasten‘s vocalist Ha Hyunwoo. The informative article analysed the reasons for Park Hyo Shin and Ha Hyunwoo’s rise to popularity as the most sought-after live singers.

I came across this article courtesy of Guckkasten Global, a global fan club for Guckkasten. I was intrigued by the analysis of Ha Hyunwoo’s vocals, then found out that the article also discussed Park Hyo Shin. Hence, I decided to do a translation for the part of the article on Park Hyo Shin.
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Round-up 2017: Year in Music

In a continuation from last year, I thought I’d do a personal reflection of music and blogging about music in 2017 for my last post of the year.

There had been some exciting music adventures, and also some periods during the year when things were quiet on the music front in my life.

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Music that Americans love

Came across this intriguing article that maps the relative popularity of 50 artistes across the different states in the United States, based on YouTube’s geocoded streaming data.

With the data overlaid onto the maps, it tells which music genres are relatively more popular in the respective US states, and also provides an inference about the demographics of the fan base of the artistes. It also shows the overlap in some of the artistes’ fan bases, and also possibly the political affiliation of the fans.
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Sheet music and scores for Korean traditional songs and instruments

Scores for Korean traditional stringed instruments, Geomungo (left) and Gayageum (right), in the special exhibition, Scenery of Moments in Life: Hangeul Lyrics from Cheongguyeongeon, at the National Hangeul Museum. (Seoul, South Korea, May 2017)

Intrigued by the sheet music and scores on exhibit at the National Hangeul Museum in Seoul.

Sheet music for a classical Korean poem during the Joseon Dynasty in the permanent exhibition, The Journey that Hangeul Went Through, at the National Hangeul Museum. (Seoul, South Korea, May 2017)
Sheet music for a classical Korean poem during the Joseon Dynasty in the permanent exhibition, The Journey that Hangeul Went Through, at the National Hangeul Museum. (Seoul, South Korea, May 2017)
Sheet music for a classical Korean poem during the Joseon Dynasty in the permanent exhibition, The Journey that Hangeul Went Through, at the National Hangeul Museum. (Seoul, South Korea, May 2017)
Sheet music for a classical Korean poem during the Joseon Dynasty in the permanent exhibition, The Journey that Hangeul Went Through, at the National Hangeul Museum. (Seoul, South Korea, May 2017)

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Revisiting the Hongdae vibe (and an unexpected encounter with Lee Soo)

Buskers in Hongdae, and possibly up-and-coming singers to watch out for. (Seoul, South Korea, 6 May 2017)

It’s been a while since I last checked out the busking scene in Hongdae, so I decided to make a trip there yesterday.

As usual, it was bustling with different groups of buskers singing, dancing, rapping or performing magic tricks. Compared to the last time I was there, there was something I wish I would see more of.

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