Here’s an event all you S-ROCKers out there dare not miss.
Brought to you by the Singapore Heritage Society and Post-Museum
An afternoon of conversations, images and music
by Koh Nguang How, Ivan Thomasz & Patrick Chng, and
hosted by Lim Cheng Tju.
BigO (Before I Get Old) magazine is Singapore’s first rock ‘n’ roll magazine.
Established in September 1985 by brothers Michael and Philip Cheah, the Singapore-based magazine championed the creation and promotion of made-in-Singapore music and can be said to have been the catalyst behind the “First S-Rock Explosion” or “Singapore New Wave” by organising some of the first gigs by independent local bands and releasing several tape and CD compilations and demos of “homegrown” bands and artists. Many indie/alternative S-Rock bands/artists were then inspired by BigO to release their own DIY recordings during the fertile period of the mid-80′s to mid-90′s. The magazine began as a monochrome photocopied publication and moved to full colour in 1992. It is now an online publication with a worldwide audience.
This session, hosted by former BigO writer Lim Cheng Tju, features the rock visuals of Koh Nguang How, one of Singapore’s most important archivists/historians/researchers on Singapore art and pop culture. In his talk, Koh will share with us another aspect of Singapore heritage that many have ignored – our DIY/indie/alternative pop/underground music scene since the mid-80s. Most of us have hazy memories of the gigs, the sweat and that ‘no surrender’ outlook that was only possible when you were young. While many of the demo tapes from the late 1980s have crumbled to dust, the sound and images remain in our heads and now, and they will be brought back to light (and possibly to life) by Koh in this sharing.
Digitized music culled from DIY S-Rock tapes, CDs released on local major and indie record labels, as well as a few “unreleased” recordings by local bands from those “days of wine and roses” will be featured in a set by fellow former BigO writer, Ivan Thomasz.
A special live performance by BigO alumnus, Patrick Chng (founder of the Oddfellows, and currently a member of acclaimed S-Rock band, TypeWriter) will follow the talk & discussions.
Born in Singapore in 1963, Koh Nguang How is an artist and independent researcher on Singapore art. His artistic practice started in 1988 and encompasses photography, collage, assemblage, installation, performance art, documentation, archiving, curating and research. He worked in the National Museum Art Gallery as a Museum Assistant from Oct 1985 to Dec 1991 and later as Assistant Curator (Jan – Feb 1992). He was a researcher in the pilot Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Researcher/ Curator in Residence Program 1999. He photo-documented the activities of The Artists Village since its first open studio show in 1989, to the “Post-Ulu Show” in 1999. In 2004 & 2005, he worked with a new curatorial initiative p-10 on a major project: “Errata: Page 71,”
This event is free and open to the public
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Needless to say, I will be there. Say hi!