Salut! We’re definitely in need of a lil’ catch-up sesh… so here’s what I’ve been up to with some news and recent releases of projects.

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Firstly, I hope you are all well, and have been enjoying this whirlwind of a year. Let me know in the comments how you’ve been!

For me, my daily grind of the second semester consisted of study, practise, perform, produce, compose, repeat. However, hard work does pay off and I am so thrilled for the holiday break and travel adventures, especially the festive season! #christmassongs #LASTCHRISTMAS

Btw, I freshly updated my YouTube channel and created my Facebook page, so feel free to follow/like/subscribe to me there.

The first of my new projects and tracks is entitled ‘Experiment‘. This explores the ethereal nature of sounds, by experimenting with field recordings from a contact mic and a synth patch. I am looking forward to testing cool recording techniques in future tracks.

Next, in my Sonic Arts Music major, I was able to dive into the world of producing for 360 Virtual Reality media. This involved filming videos with a 360 camera (including out of a car sunroof!), as well as editing, mixing and composing for ambisonic 4-channel, spatial audio. This was a very foreign yet stimulating process, and pushed me to produce and shape my music in a more innovative way. Moreover, I loved spending hours in the recording and mixing studios.

Specifically, my project ‘North-West‘ is an audio-visual sonic experience of driving from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Anzac Bridge at dusk. A single moving 360° shot is accompanied by a composition of ambisonic sounds to create a multi-sensory journey, traveling between two bridges. I particularly aimed to achieve a synergetic experience for the spectator in which the spatial audio and virtual image simultaneously generate an interactive journey.

I have shared the audio track on SoundCloud, and the full 360 experience video on YouTube (watch in Google Cardboard on your smartphone device or Google Chrome in HD) so please subscribe and enjoy!

Last but not least is the incredible String instrument addition of my very own Electric Violin (heart eyes).

Thus, expect some experimental sound recordings and possibly videos coming out soon! Any Electric instrument tips would be appreciated 🙂

I wish you a Happy Holidays and joyful New Year with even more opportunities!

‘Til 2018, ciao xx #sydneyandstreet

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Salut! How are you? I apologise it’s been so long since I last posted, but I return with a much-needed update. Although it’s already halfway through 2017, this year has been a fresh yet motivating start to my personal and creative musical endeavours.

Firstly, I hope you enjoy the new look of the website which I recently re-designed and organised to showcase my Music and artistic perspective as a producer/composer and record label. You can even listen to my tracks whilst you’re browsing! [PRESS PLAY NOW ♡] I’m pretty proud of the result 🙂

From the end of last year, my focus has been centred on planning, manifesting, and attracting my goals and visions. Above all, in addition to Uni and online audio production courses, I have continued to learn, create, experiment and explore sound in recent projects. I am also thankful for all the skills and sources of inspiration that I have gained from my studies this year.

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In particular, my new composition ‘Sunday‘ features a special collaboration with my brother on electric Guitar. With limited recording production, a chilled groove, and ambient vibes, this track was inspired by easy Sundays. ‘Sunday’ also includes experimentation of many pre- and post-production and recording techniques. Have a listen here + below! ↡

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I have also been busy performing on the Violin in orchestras and ensembles for events around Sydney, and on live television including The Voice Australia 2017. Of course, I have had a blast learning, creating, and collaborating with many talented artists and directors. I will always love to share my passion with others, and I am forever grateful for incredible opportunities.

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Regarding dreams and goals, I have consistently reflected on gratitude and my desired manifestations. I strongly suggest a regular process for this, especially on the night of each full moon, as the spiritual power of the Law of Attraction is magical. Meditation and Yoga have been additionally formidable tools to practise inner peace and attract success. Particularly as a creative person, it is paramount that you put yourself and your art first, and always BELIEVE.

So here I am, in the groove, inspired and motivated as ever. I hope you are focused to work hard and make your dreams reality, everyday. Stay tuned for upcoming projects!

Believe in yourself, you can do it xx #sydneyandstreet

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Salut! Long time no see… Hope y’all are well, it’s been a while!

I’m back after another hectic year of uni and music. I’m also bringing some overdue blog posts of cool experiences (I was on TV!!), concerts, fashion, and places that I’ve travelled to this year #staytuned!

Firstly, this is an inspired update post introducing sydneyandstreet as a sonic composer and producer! I have found my passion of music in sonic arts, electronic music composition and audio production. Consequently, I have been recently occupied by projects and compositions, including ‘Le Début’ (in progress) and ‘Wave’ which are published on Soundcloud. I would love for you to have a listen so click this link and enjoy!

“sydneyandstreet aka Isabella Loong is an emerging sound design composer and producer from Australia. With a diverse musical background, her eclectic taste inspires exploration of various sounds, production techniques, and genres including electronic, alternative, Classical instrumental, and cinematic music. Think Flume meets Philip Glass with a healthy dose of Classical chill to express a unique listening experience.”

From a lot of great opportunities, self-discovery, crystals, yoga, personal achievements, artistic direction, and creative inspiration from everywhere, I feel hopeful and motivated for what’s to come…

If you follow me online (mainly Instagram + Twitter), you might be aware of my recent experiences, thoughts, and activities, but this is a brief life update of my new sound and direction. Also, check out my music platforms Soundcloud and Spotify @sydneyandstreet for my playlists and music faves. I’ll feature some special playlists and tracks in future posts.

Ciao xx

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1 2 3 The oldest of the major Hawaiian Islands, Kaua’i’s geological array of land formations provides an even more stunning backdrop to its beaches and coastline. This island is particularly famous for featuring in many films such as Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Hawaii’ (1961). My first destination on this island was Nawiliwili, with an excursion to the beautiful Waimea Canyon. This lookout of the canyon was unimaginable with vibrant colours of the red-and green-coloured mountains and a waterfall. Just before I left, a beautiful rainbow appeared which was very surreal and one of the highlights of my trip. This site is an essential tourist destination on Kaua’i. 4 After relaxing and reflecting on nature’s beauty, I later dined at a Teppanyaki restaurant on the cruise ship with a very entertaining chef. 5 6 On my second day in Kaua’i, I visited Wai’ale’ale mountain and Wailua river valley with waterfalls at Opaeka’a Falls. 7 8 9 10 11 I also took an amazing boat ride down the Wailua River to the mystical Fern Grotto and lastly visited Po’ipu and a Spouting Horn natural blow hole. 12 The cruise ship then departed the island of Kaua’i, sailing along the majestic soaring cliffs of the Na Pali coast which was a perfect finale to my exploration of Hawaii. 13 Follow @sydneyandstreet on InstagramTwitterBloglovin’TumblrPinterest, and Spotify.

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I spent two days on the Big Island with arguably the best natural wonders in Hawaii. My first destination was Hilo where I travelled to the Rainbow Falls park and visited the rainforest alongside mystical waterfalls, unlike any I have ever seen before. This was a perfect tourist destination for snapping nature photographs.

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The next stop was to the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park which included a viewing of the crater. An interesting activity was walking through a lava tube, followed by a walk through a park where natural steam vapours escaped through vents in the ground. I also visited the national park museum which provided stunning views over the volcanic landscape.

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Next stop was to the beautiful Hilo Orchid Farm, brimming with flourishing orchids on display. I’ve never seen so many pretty orchid flowers. I also journeyed to the Mauna Loa macadamia nuts company factory which was interesting and satisfying with macadamia ice-cream being a highlight.

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On the second day, I travelled to Kona where I tasted the famous Kona coffee and spent the day snorkelling in the tropical waters. I later strolled through the cute stalls of the Kona Farmers’ and Crafts Markets which are open from Wednesday to Sunday. The markets, situated adjacent to the local church, were amazing with a large variety of locally-grown produce including tropical fruits and vegetables, flowers, hand-made arts and crafts (featuring Hawaiian musical instruments), and of course Kona coffee.

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Before I departed the town, I admired the local street art and watched the sun set magically over this paradise.

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Representative of the unique Hawaiian islands, Maui consisted of diverse environments ranging from volcanic craters to sandy beaches. I first arrived in the calm waters of Maui and immediately embraced its picturesque coastline with an excursion to Wailea beach which was lined with exclusive resorts. The highlight of this visit was relaxing on the peaceful idyllic beach in addition to swimming and stand-up paddle boarding. Umbrellas and beach chairs are a must for ultimate comfort and sun-protection.

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The following day I visited the volcanic crater in Haleakalā National Park. After a long bus ride up the mountain to an elevation of 9000 feet above sea level to the Pu’u’ula’ula Summit, I experienced a magnificent view of the Haleakalā crater with its Mars-inspired landscape and an eerie desert. Remember to wear extra layers as it is surprisingly chilly and windy. The colours of the crater including red-ochre sand and grey ash blended beautifully in a surreal way. It felt like I was walking on Mars. Surrounded by unique desert flora, one learns that the volcanic landscape is naturally and spiritually linked to the Hawaiian culture. The juxtaposition of volcanic rock and sandy beaches on Maui is incredibly breathtaking and I anticipate that I will return to this magical paradise.

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My first encounter with Hawaii was experienced on O’ahu’s North Shore, an absolutely beautiful region with chilled beach and tropical vibes. Turtle Bay Resort located in Kahuku provided comfortable accommodation, delicious dining and cultural activities, as well as a stunning locale to swim at secluded beaches and to view magical sunsets. Walks around the resort and its beaches, as well as reading in the sun on an ocean-view balcony contributed to a sense of freedom and relaxation in this tropical paradise.

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En route to the Haleiwa market village, I even spotted a turtle on a small beach which was idyllic. Full of souvenir shops, surfboards, local art, cafes, and food trucks, I drank and ate a coconut and couldn’t believe how sweet and delicious it tasted.

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An organised trip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre involved sipping on more coconut water, watching a canoe dancing pageant representing the nations of the Polynesian Islands, and exploring the centre’s activities with a canoe tour ride and 4D film. Of course one must dine like a traditional Hawaiian at a luau, complete with wearing delicate leis, and eating a meal of roast pig with tropical buffet selections which enhanced the entire experience. To conclude the day, there was an amazing performance with Hawaiian hula and an impressive fire dancing performance.

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Another highlight at O’ahu was watching the final of the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters. It was fantastic watching the competition on the beach and being close to numerous international surf competitors which strode past me on their way to the surf. It was surprising how exciting the final was, including the round in which Gabriel Medina won the surfing world title. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach catered for the crowds with local food trucks. I particularly embraced tropical fruits with the help of tasty acai bowls, smoothies and papaya boats. Overall, the atmosphere was electric and I felt a part of the rich Hawaiian beach culture.

Dining by the beach watching sunsets and a last morning swim in the tropical waters of Turtle Bay Resort transitioned into a new experience – boarding a cruise. Checking in at the ship pier in Honolulu and setting sail that evening was the beginning of another fantastic adventure. Stay tuned for more travel posts that explore the Hawaiian islands.

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