Chee Wei TAY receives Top Local Soundtrack at the 21st COMPASS Music Awards Presentation

Oct 14, 2016 - 2:28am

Chee Wei received one of the top awards at the prestigious 21st COMPASS (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore) awards presentation. The Singapore-born film score composer received the “Top Soundtrack” award for his score on Animal Planet’s “Mekong – Soul of a River”, a four-part documentary series that explores the people and wildlife that depend upon Asia's most enigmatic river for their survival.

This is not the first time Chee Wei has received the COMPASS awards. In 2013, he received the COMPASS – “Wings of Excellence” award for his outstanding overseas achievements in music. In 2010, He received the “COMPASS Young Composer of the Year” and “Top soundtrack” awards for his work on PBS’ (American television) documentary, “NOVA : Ocean Animal Emergency”.

The annual COMPASS Awards recognizes achievements in the Singapore music industry. Awards are given to outstanding individuals who have excelled in the various music genres.

"Zero Calling (Season 2)" receives nomination for Best Music Score (long form) at the Apollo Awards

May 18, 2016 - 10:57pm

Chee Wei's Score for the thriller series "Zero Calling (Season 2)" has been nominated for "Best Original Score" at the 2016 Apollo Awards. This series has also been nominated in the category of “Best Sound Design”.

The Apollo Awards honours the best in production and post-production across Asia Pacific, with a strong focus on the creative and technical mastery behind the scenes.

The winners will be revealed at the Apollo Awards Ceremony on 1st June 2016. Stay tuned!



Chee Wei TAY awarded at the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival

Mar 29, 2016 - 7:42pm

Chee Wei TAY was awarded the Gold Remi Award for the “Best Music Score” for his work on the feature film, “Bring Back the Dead”, making him the sole winner for that category at the Worldfest Houston yesterday.

This is the second consecutive year in which Chee Wei received a Remi award for his music scores.

“Bring Back the Dead” also won the Platinum Remi Award in the “Best Fantasy / Horror Film”

Additionally, Chee Wei represented several other titles that were awarded at Worldfest Houston, having composed the music score and headed the sound post-production for the following winning titles:

Platinum Remi Award(Informational/Cultural/Historical program - Series) - Singapore Archipelago
Gold Remi Award(Informational / Cultural / Historical program - Series) - Route Awakening
Gold Remi Award(TV series) - Zero Calling Season 2

Chee Wei would like to extend his thanks and appreciation to the production teams of the above award-winning titles for the opportunities to compose the music score for the programs.

The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is one of the three original international film festivals in North America and is the oldest independent film festival in the USA. There was a record number of over 4500 entries from over 70 countries in this year’s edition of Worldfest.

WorldFest gave first honors to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, John Lee Hancock, John Frankenheimer,, Daniele Gangemi, Francis Ford Coppola, and many more.

Speaking after the awards Chee Wei said: “I know it’s been said before but events like this show again just how music transcends language, people, places and other divisions between us. When I saw the people at Worldfest Houston found the films so obviously enjoyable and thought provoking, even when it is not presented in their native language, it just reinforced for me how important a good music really score is to all of us so I really have to salute the efforts of our crew of talented musicians and sound engineers."



"Bring Back the Dead" Receives nomination for Best Music at the 49th Worldfest Houston

Mar 20, 2016 - 5:31am

Chee Wei's Score for the the Asian Horror Film "Bring Back the Dead" has been nominated for "Best Original Score' at the 49th Worldfest Houston (International Film Festival).  This film has also been nominated in the category of “Best Horror / Fantasy Film”.

The 49th Worldfest Houston will be held in Houston, Texas in mid April 2016, so keep an eye out for the results!

Here’s a short featurette of the making of the music score and sound design for "Bring Back the Dead":


Behind the Music - Bring Back The Dead
from Chee Wei Tay on Vimeo.





CheeWei TAY appearing on "Behind The Words" on Monday, 23rd November.

Nov 22, 2015 - 11:47pm

Special presentation on "Behind the Words" on Monday 23rd November 2015 from 7pm (AEST) on C31 Melbourne - Award winning film composer Chee Wei TAY and team discuss the thought process behind composing the score and production of the soundscape for the Asian horror film 'Bring Back the Dead'.  

International viewers can also catch it via the live stream on the C31 webpage.

Chee Wei Scores for "Singapore Archipelago"

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:50pm

Chee Wei recently completed scoring for Historical Documentary Series called "Singapore Archipelago".

We've uploaded a selection of scores of that series to our website.

Listen to Chee Wei's score for "Singapore Archipelago" right here on his official website.
http://www.cheeweitay.com/music

Meanwhile, don't forget to catch "Singapore Archipelago", Tuesdays at 10pm (SG) on OKTO or on Catch Up TV online at
http://tv.toggle.sg/en/okto/shows/singapore-archipelago-tif/info



Chee Wei Scores for NOVA's "Life's Rocky Start"

Aug 17, 2015 - 1:33am

Chee Wei recently completed scoring for an episode of the NOVA Series called "Life's Rocky Start". 

This Episode is slated to air in Spring 2015 on PBS (USA) nationwide.. 

While we are currently unable to show you the trailer for this episode, Here is a compilation of some spectacularly shot images of some of the minerals and rocks accompanied with some of Chee Wei's score for this episode. 

There are no 3D graphics in this film - everything is a real shot of naturally occurring minerals. Even the fluorescent rock is real. It's shot under a UV light.

Isn't Nature is a spectacular artist?




Daughters of Singapore - Channel NewsAsia

Aug 7, 2015 - 6:11pm

We've uploaded some new music to our website.

Listen to Chee Wei's score for "Daughers of Singapore" right here on his official website.
http://www.cheeweitay.com/music

Meanwhile, don't forget to catch Daughters of Singapore at 8pm (SG) on Channel Newsasia.




"Zero Calling" Receives nomination for Best Music at the Apollo Awards

May 22, 2015 - 10:38pm

Chee Wei's score for thriller drama mini-series, Zero Calling, has been nominated for Best Music Score at the upcoming Apollo Awards

The Apollo Awards will be held in Singapore in early June so keep an eye out for the results!

Here’s a short clip of Zero Calling:



Composer Chee Wei Tay wins up big at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival - Herald Sun / Leader

May 9, 2015 - 1:40am

News Article on Herald Sun / Leader West on Chee Wei's awards at the 48th Worldfest - Houston International Film Festival:

Read the full article here:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/point-cook-composer-chee-wei-tay-wins-up-big-at-worldfest-houston-international-film-festival/story-fngnvmj7-1227330387133

Small Screen, Big Rewards - StarWeekly

May 5, 2015 - 11:53pm

Here's a News article on a local papers called Star weekly about the 48th Houston Worldfest awards.

We'd like to thank Starweekly for the interview and coverage!

Here's the link to the digital edition of the newspaper:

http://issuu.com/starweekly/docs/wsw-20150506/c/su2rhik



Zero Calling Season 2 Premiere

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:51pm

If you are in Singapore, be sure to catch the premiere of Zero Calling (Season 2)
CheeWei's been busy crafting the score and supervising the Post Production Sound for this series!

Here's an excerpt of the premiere episode:



Chee Wei receives 5 awards at the 48th Houston World Fest

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:08pm

Chee Wei picked up five awards at the Worldfest Houston earlier today.

He was awarded the Platinum Remi Award for outstanding music in Channel NewsAsia’s 4-part documentary series, “Footprints”.

Chee Wei also composed the music score for four other award winning titles which he represented at the Awards Gala:

Gold Remi Award (Medical/Health/Fitness/Procedures) - Children of Leprosy
Silver Remi Award (TV mini-series) - Zero Calling
Silver Remi Award (TV series - Informational) - Artisans Reboot
Bronze Remi Award (Informational/Cultural/Historical program - Series) - Kungfu Motion

 

Chee Wei would like to extend his thanks and appreciation to the production teams of the above award-winning titles for the wonderful opportunities to compose the music for the programs.



Guest Lecture at Georgia College

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:13pm

Cheewei will be giving a guest lecture at the on Thursday, 29th Jan at the Georgia College’s Music department from 3pm EST on “Music Scoring - from storyboard to broadcast”.

Non students of Georgia College who are interested in attending this guest lecture may enquire at the college's music department for admission,



Guest Lecture at Seminole State College

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:08am

Cheewei will be giving a guest lecture at the on Tuesday, 27th Jan at the Seminole State College of Florida between 6pm - 9pm EST on audio/music production for Film and Television

If you are in the area and would like to attend the session, please feel free to attend. Priority seating will be given to students of the college.

Composer's Top Honour in Singapore

Dec 23, 2014 - 2:05pm

Chee-Wei Tay won the Wings of Excellence award at the 18th Composers and Authors Society of Singapore awards for achieving outstanding music performance internationally.

The Singapore-born film score composer said the awards were the equivalent to the ARIAS.

Mr Tay said he was surprised and honoured by the award, saying it was the first time a non-pop composer had received the Wings of Excellence award.

Mr Tay moved to Australia two years ago to help further his career. He had been composing professionally for about 15 years with a dream of scoring the music for a Hollywood movie.

“When I was young and first watched movies, I was really inspired by the songs,” Mr Tay said. “I find that in some cases words can only do so much. I was trying to find a different way of expression without words.”

“The irony is that my parents opposed my music interest because I wasn’t studying enough. My mother sold my piano.”

Source: Leader Newspaper

Point Cook Resident Cheewei Tay Receives Top Singapore Music Award At The 2013 Compass Awards Presentation

Dec 23, 2014 - 1:41pm

CheeWei TAY, 37, Point Cook Resident, received one of the top awards at the prestigious 18th COMPASS (Composers and Authors society of Singapore) awards presentation.

The COMPASS Awards is the Singapore equivalent of the Australian ARIAS.

The Singapore-born film score composer received the COMPASS "Wings of Excellence" Award.

The ''Wings of Excellence" Award is given to an individual who has achieved outstanding music performance internationally.

This is not the first time Chee Wei has received awards from COMPASS.

In 2010, he received the "COMPASS Young Composed of the Year" and "Top soundtrack" awards for his work on PBS' (American Television) documentary "NOVA: Ocean Animal Emergency".

This is the first time in Singapore's history that a non-pop composer ever received the "Wing of Excellence" award.

Chee Wei's Works are extensively used and heard in films and documentaries shown on PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel NewsAsia alongside many other international channels.

He also garnered many nominations and wins at international awards such as the Cannes Film Festival, Seoul International Short Film Festival and Lyon Asian Film Festival.

The COMPASS award is held annually to recognise achievements in the Singapore music industry.

Awards are given to the outstanding individuals who have excelled in the various music genres.

Source: http://issuu.com/apc.issues/docs/apcisue46_web/4

Film composer adds another award

Dec 23, 2014 - 1:33pm

POINT COOK resident and internationally renowned film score composer Chee Wei Tay has received another award to add to his growing collection.

The Singapore-born film score composer flew back to Singapore this month to attend the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Awards, where he received the “Wings of Excellence” Award for his work.

The top award recognised Mr Tay’s achievement in producing outstanding music performance internationally.
“It’s humbling,” Mr Tay said.

Mr Tay has composed music for films and documentaries for many international channels including Discovery Chanel, National Geographic, Animal Plant and PBS.
But his successful career almost never took-off.

At 16 he applied to study music in California but his parents were against him pursuing music, preferring him to be a doctor instead.
“I thought that was the end of it so I went to the army,” Mr Tay said.

But it was only the beginning.

During his army years Mr Tay was part of a music and drama company where he continued to engage in his love of music.
After years of struggles and trying to find his niche he finally had his big break when a friend asked him to write music for a film.
Although even then Mr Tay wasn’t convinced his career would kick off.

“I thought it was going to be my last project,” he said. “I wrote the music for it, and started packing everything up.”

“A few months later it won every major award in Singapore and production companies started calling me to write music for them.”

Mr Tay has since also garnered many nominations and wins at international award ceremonies such as Cannes Film Festival, Seoul International Short Film Festival and Lyon Asian Film Festival.

Source: Star Community