Shaun’s Home Parties: A Photo Essay, with Introduction by Lim Cheng Tju

Lim Cheng Tju


Shaun Sankaran used to be known as Mindfuckingboy. But he doesn’t go by that moniker anymore. He is a reformed man these days. No more hardcore drinking, no more extreme noise that assault your senses. (just listen to MFB II, the 2009 CD he released – even my cats get disturbed)

Released online in June, Dream State Vision is Shaun dreaming ahead of the PM of what the state should be. Singapore Conversations?Dream State Vision is the perfect soundtrack for that. At 2 hour 17 minute and 21 seconds, it is ambient music to filter out the buzz.

What a difference a year makes. One year ago, Shaun released his longest track yet. If you think I am just playing a broken record, you will regret it is 1 hour 57 minutes and 46 seconds long of some of the most tortured music you will ever hear. But the signs were there even back in 2009. The last track of MFB II, Immaculate, preludes Dream State Vision.

To launch the release of Dream State Vision, Shaun played at home gigs hosted by friends at different parts of Singapore. Four were held in June and July. These are the pictures taken at the home gigs.

Wish you were here.

NB: to download Dream State Vision, go to http://ujikaji.net

Lim Cheng Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture in Singapore. His articles have appeared in Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is also the country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art. (Jun 2009)