The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has got us all stuck at home. As the days turn into weeks and lockdowns or movement controls get extended, everyone is looking for ways to keep the insanity of staying at home at bay.
Some turn to binge-watching shows on Netflix while others have turn into gamers during this period.
But if there’s one form of entertainment that all of us rely on to cope with things, it has to be music. It’s no different here for the Mashable Southeast Asia team.
Here are some of the tunes we’ve been listening to while social distancing at home.
Sukhbir Cheema – Hiroshi Yoshimura Soundscape
Sukhbir is a man of zen, and it pretty much reflects in his choice of music. He has been listening to Hiroshi Yoshimura, who’s considered to be the pioneer of ambient music in Japan. True to its genre, Yoshimura’s track have very calming ambient-like tunes to them.
Yoshimura melodies follow the minimalist genre of Kankyo Ongaku, also know as environment music. It incorporates soft electronic melodies combined with sounds of nature, like birds and rain.
Tan Sze Li – Classic Chinese songs
Our social media expert has a very prim and proper demeanor. But get on her wrong side, and she will Lucy Lu your ass ala Kill Bill. During the lockdown, she’s been getting in touch with her heritage.
She has been listening to a playlist called The Classics (Original 1930s & 40s Shanghai Jazz) on Spotify. Songs like these were played in lounges and jazz bars across Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s. They have a very old school vinyl vibe to them.
Sze Li finds these songs to be lovely background music while she is working, and she just wanted a change from her usual songs.
Mae Yen Yap – Animal Crossing and Sailor Moon OST
Our resident anime and Japanese culture expert bought a Nintendo Switch to play Animal Crossing: New Horizon during its launch day. She immediately fell in love with the game’s soundtrack and has that on loop.
Mae finds the tunes to be soothing and keeps her calm when she’s stressed out with work. She also pointed out that the songs are very different from one another, so it doesn’t feel repetitive.
But when she needs some energy, she turns to the Sailor Moon soundtrack, which should be familiar to everyone.
John PSD – Marc Rebillet
When John PSD is not working in the studio shooting a video or sharing memes with the group, he can be found listening to groovy electronic music. Recently he has been listening to a lot of Marc Rebillet.
Marc Rebillet’s tour got canceled due to the coronavirus, so he has turned to live streaming by mixing songs on the spot and raise funds for the coronavirus relief.
He also has his phone number displayed during his live streams so fans can call in and talk with him or give him a topic and he will mix a song based on that.
Danial Martinus – All We Need by ODESZA
Danial is the quiet guy in our team and he appreciates solitude. Recently he has been listening to ODESZA, an electronic music band that originates from the U.S. One song, in particular, Danial has on repeat is All We Need.
He loves that it’s an upbeat song, and gives him a sense of enlightenment. It also helps to distract him from all the death tolls and infection rates due to the coronavirus. Something I think all of us need a distraction from.
Tarvin Gill – Synthwave music
I usually have my Indie Rock playlist going on most of the day. But recently, I’ve turned to my Synthwave or Retrowave playlist. This genre of music usually takes massive inspiration from the disco era and adds a twist of modern electronic samples to it. If you need a good example, listen to the Stranger Things’ soundtrack.
I love it because it has powerful bass punches that pump me up, and it also sounds like it belongs in a video game. And I do love video games.
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