YST Violist Wins Music Tech Grand Prize

YST viola major Mervin Wong’s (BMus Year 3) has been awarded the Grand Prize in an international competition organised by MusicTech Magazine and audio company Output. The Signal Showdown competition requires contestants to download the SIGNAL software and create a track with it. Mervin (under his alias ‘theemptybluesky’) won the Grand Prize for his composition ‘Dawn of the Eternal’.

YST viola major Mervin Wong

YST viola major Mervin Wong

Mervin, who views himself as both a violist and a ‘sonic alchemist’, took part in the competition when he saw it being publicised on MusicTech’s website. “I was provided a demo-set of Output's virtual instrument called ‘SIGNAL’, which I used to create a track. I utilized only the Signal demo along with other free sounds that Output provided to create the entire track.”

He was pleasantly surprised when he discovered that he had been selected for the Grand Prize. “I took part in the contest for good fun and my love for electronic music. I was ecstatic!”

To listening to Mervin’s winning track ‘Dawn of the Eternal’, please visit https://soundcloud.com/mervinwong/dawn-of-the-eternal-output-signal-showdown  

To find out more about Mervin’s work as ‘theemptybluesky’, please visit mervinwong.com

To find out more about the SIGNAL Showdown competition, please visit output.com/signalshowdown

Mervin performing with YST voice major Ng Jingyun (BMus Year 3)

Mervin performing with YST voice major Ng Jingyun (BMus Year 3)