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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Photographs by © MCTL and IL

During Christmas and New Year, I relaxed in sunny Noosa, Queensland. Now, the time has arrived to joyfully represent my memories from one of my favourite places in the world.

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These photographs reflect a beautiful holiday in paradise. I can definitely say that Noosa feels like my home away from home in Australia. There is so much to love about Noosa and its surrounding areas in the Sunshine Coast. The lifestyle, the people, the weather, the beaches, the nature, the food, the style, the vibes. I would love others to adore this place as much as I do, thus I have compiled my favourite places and activities for anyone to explore.

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To eat: 10 Hastings Street, Cafe Le Monde, Berarado’s Bistro on the Beach, El Capitano, Betty’s Burgers, Blended Health BarNoosa Boathouse, Noosa Juicer, Miss Moneypenny’s

To shop: Alterior Motif, Goddess, Lamington, Askew Noosa, Chloe and Grace, Bow And Arrow, Eumundi Markets (every Wednesday + Saturday), Berkelouw Books, Noosa Marina Markets (every Sunday), George X Betty, Belmondos Organic Market, Noosa Farmers’ Markets (every Sunday)

To go: Noosa Main Beach, Little Cove Beach, Boiling Pot, Granite Bay, Noosa National Park, Noosaville River, Montville Village, Woodford Folk Festival, Noosa Festival of Surfing

To do: Breathe, Relax, Ocean swims, Soak the sunshine, Long walks by the beach, Enjoy

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Ciao xx

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Asos white denim jacket, Asos turtle neck top (similar), Asos black jeans (similar), Nike roshe run black sneakers, Supre western belt, Quay Australia marble mirror sunglasses, Rimmel kate moss lipstick (shade 107).

Hello there and hello 2016! 2015 was a wonderful year for me; commencing my first year of university (so exciting!) which entailed making new friendships and memories, embracing change and lots of great opportunities.

Without getting too contemplative, here is an outfit post of a look I wore recently. Although we are in the Summer season, this outfit elucidates my attire for more cooler, rainy days. Of course, the colder weather calls for an essential turtle neck, skinny jeans and denim jacket. Channelling Warhol’s minimalist uniform and artistic philosophy – as detailed in his autobiography – this simple, yet classic and edgy monochrome ensemble is so easy to style. If you’re feeling a bit sporty, add some comfortable sneakers and mirror shades, and you’re good to go! I’m lucky enough to be featured on the Asos street style #AsSeenOnMe edit on their website (my favourite online store), so you can check out my look here + here for more inspiration!

Even though my Summer holidays have been tranquil and filled blue skies and lazy days at the beach, I must admit that I’m anticipating my new #ootd creations for uni days this year. And I’ll definitely have this campus-look on hand. Here’s to another incredible year with even more opportunities! Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Ciao + bonne chance/Happy 2016 xx

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One of the highlights of this incredible year, would have to be my trip to Uluru, Northern Territory in Spring. The magical landscape and culture of the Red Centre were inspirational. Imagine this: dry, barren, humid thick air, bright sun rays, and orange-coloured desert sand – not to mention the sparse foliage, gigantic rock formations, and Dreamtime myths.

Refined activities of bush-walking through national parks, sunset tours, camel riding, star-gazing, cultural activities, and sunset dining, generated beautiful memories shared with my loved ones, that I will never forget.

Undoubtedly, this is a spiritual travel destination; a sacred site to be protected, conserved, respected, and appreciated by all.

This ethereal place encapsulates the Australian identity: a deep affiliation to the land, nature, the past, and to each other.

Here is some chilled-out music in my Soundcloud playlist to inspire you to be wanderlust and to travel to the magical locations you desire to explore. Ciao!

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Salut! I know it’s been an exceedingly long time since I last posted, however, despite this disappointing inconsistency, a lot has happened recently. Most significantly, I commenced my studies at university in March. This major leap into tertiary education signified a clear shift but it has proved to be a very positive experience so far. New faces, new friends, new places, new tutors/lecturers, new classes, and a new routine.

Studying one’s passions more directly at university is invigorating and intellectually stimulating, especially whilst being surrounded by like-minded creative people. Meeting a diverse range of people is also amazing. I have never received so many compliments and greetings which always brighten my day.

I frequently get asked about my outfits which is very special for me considering my passion for fashion. I also enjoy the range of fashion styles at university. I have been meaning to share this post for what seems like an eternity, so here it finally is. I present to you my Uniform: consisting of affordable, stylish, chic, casual and comfortable versatile staples. I usually dress according to the weather, comfort, and personal choice. Jeans, pants or trousers are particularly easy to wear for travel and racing to classes. I also realised layering with blouses, coats and jackets is beneficial for changing temperatures and unpredictable Sydney weather. Simple make-up is essential with a thin cat-winged eyeliner and bold lipstick to enhance your features. Minimal jewellery accessories include studs or hooped earrings, paired with some gold rings. As for my hair, I opt for simple, no-fuss hairstyles which can slightly tame my frizz during high humidity levels. Recently I’ve been styling a half-up top-knot which looks a bit boho and casual whilst conveniently gathering some of my thick locks into a bun away from my shoulders and face. My favourite tutorials for this hairstyle and others can be found here, here, here, here, and here. Lastly, a light and sweet scent completes the outfit.

I hope I have inspired you to rock your own personal, street-style Uniform. Remember to keep it real and true to yourself. Back to the books!!

Have a listen to my new routine Spotify playlist which I have on repeat. Don’t forget to share it around. Bisous.

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At last the humid breeze has arrived and my attire has adapted to accommodate sporadic outings to the beach. This is what happens when street meets the seaside. In Australia (especially in Sydney), there is always an underlying chilled summer heat beach vibe and culture which I witness in full operation during the summer months.

Trendy new bars and restaurants scatter the nicely-furbished public areas of Manly, while nearby you can wander along the exclusive walk to Shelly Beach to dive and snorkle. Don’t get me started on Bondi with its beautiful stroll to Bronte and superb gelato and boutiques. There is just something very special about the cool blue ocean that runs along our coastline. Don’t you wish you were eating fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset right now?

Put the car window down, feel the wind on your face and blast some tunes (cue Calvin Harris and my summer playlist). To avoid the crowds, head to a quieter area such as the ocean pool at North Steyne Beach near Manly. As for your outfit, impress others with some vintage denim bottoms, a collared cotton shirt, fancy shades, a pair of slider sandals, and a drawstring bag to finish. Ocean visits also call for minimal accessories, make-up and hairstyling, so keep it ‘au naturel’. Don’t forget to slip, slop and slap, and seriously consider trying a tinted moisturiser with spf sunscreen to help achieve a fresh, dewy glow. Oh and make sure to don a classic one-piece swimsuit or bikini. With a glass of iced tea in your hand, I say ‘Cheers’ to summertime with ‘sand in your shoes’ while ‘staring at the sun’!

For extra comfort, let my new Spotify playlist accompany your sunny times.

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Asos high neck sleeveless top (orange), New Look tailored culottes, Asos leather biker jacket (similar)Karen Walker anytime sunglasses (tan glitter) (similar), Zu Shoes patent leather heels (similar), Asos leather black belt (similar)Zandra Rhodes clutch (similar), Asos mini cross body bagBill Skinner emperor coin ring (similar), Asos gold rings (similar), Asos gold rings (similar)Vintage gold cuff bracelet (similar)Rimmel kate spring lipstick (20)Eyeko brow gelEyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (black)Eyeko fat brush mascaraChanel No. 5 eau de parfum

In times of uncertainty there are two things that remain constant: I adore French love ballads with 60s drum beats (refer to Spotify playlist), and street art. Alongside my ‘nouvelle liberté’, I have a new camera, a new outfit and haircut. My obsession with culottes and Karen Walker sunglasses has also reached a whole new level I never knew existed, and the energy of the city stimulates my imagination and desire for innovation. The colours, the textures, the lines. When combined together the unique creative expression of graffiti art aligns with my minimalist style. With graphic design and vibrant contours, fashion meets art in graffiti. This incredible contrast highlights my innate creativity and passion for aesthetics. Hidden in secret lanes in Sydney, street art inspires fashion. For me, street chic is smart, edgy and individualistic which complements the idiosyncratic, colourful nature of street culture. Grab your camera and wear a striking pair of sunglasses. You’re ready to embrace street smart. If you wish, hit play on my new Spotify playlist. Enjoy. Follow @sydneyandstreet on InstagramTwitterBloglovin’TumblrPinterest, and Spotify.

Photographs by © MCTL