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“The Most Beautiful” Lyrics Video Now on YouTube

Contributors to our fundraiser just got an advance download of our song “The Most Beautiful” today. For those who haven’t contributed or pre-ordered on iTunes, you can enjoy this most beautiful lyrics video of the song on YouTube now. We know you’ll be playing it on repeat all weekend. :)

Thanks for being our most beautiful. <3

Preview All Tracks from “The Light of Day / The Darkness of Night”

Now you can preview all songs from our new album The Light of Day / The Darkness of Night.

We’ve added a 13 minute video so you can hear clips from all songs on our upcoming album. We’re currently at 20% of our fundraising goal (THANK YOU!!!) with 3 weeks to go. We still need your help!

Please pre-order our album for as little as $10 or contribute any additional amount to receive some very spicy Thank You gifts from us. If you’ve already contributed, we’d really appreciate if you could share this link to our fundraiser:

http://www.mingping.com/thelight

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The Light of Day Music Video

This video was made in honor of Christopher MacKenzie and the firefighters of The Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, 19 of whom lost their lives while heroically battling the Yarnell Fire one year ago in June 2013.

In July 2013, a friend of Chris MacKenzie’s sent us an email to say that his best friend had been lost while fighting the fire and that they shared the music of Ming & Ping throughout their friendship. This so profoundly affected, inspired, and challenged all of us as creators and as human beings.

Having written The Darkness of Night EP and some demos from The Light of Day EP coming from a pretty dark place, we immediately decided to bring these songs back to the drawing board. Ming & Ping’s The Light of Day will be released this October 21 with a focus that can be summed up with a couple lines from track 2 “The Light,”

You’ll never find peace without unrest
And you won’t see the light without darkness

Sometimes we forget “the meaning of light.” Art helps us remember. We hope you enjoy the music. We’ll make this song available for free once the album is out. Please add yourself to our mailing list to get announcements of the new music.

Thank you for 10+ years of spice.
Bao, Ming, and Ping

Free Download: Ming & Ping Dynasty Smartphone Wallpaper

Hope you like this free wallpaper for your sexy new smartphone. It looks extra spicy on your iPhone 5 lock screen and other large screens on Android or Windows phones. Spice up you phone with this colorful pic of us in our M&P Dynasty robes. You may tap and hold the image to save it to your phone or use the button below to open the pic in a new window.

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Wintersong Music Video: Five Years in the Making

Wintersong is the last song on our record Causeway Army, released in 2007. We had the idea for Wintersong video many years ago, in late 2007. We did some work on the video with our creative director, Bao Vo, but we never found the perfect place to film the video. Soon after we got busy with touring and moving to Los Angeles and the project was forgotten until February 2012. Here’s a story about how we made the video.

vermeer.weighing-pearlsWe started writing Wintersong in a small apartment in Hong Kong, by the window looking down on a busy street in early morning. In the recording, you can hear some sound from that place, which we recorded before returning to the US. Wintersong was meant to be a secret track on the album, but we decided it should be an ending track instead.

The feeling of the song and the image it paints for us is always that of contemplating in silence near the window. When we told this to Bao, he suggested that we create a very minimalist video based on Johannes Vermeer paintings, which usually include a woman doing something alone and lit by a single window. We quite liked the idea as it fit our feelings about the song perfectly, and we began to learn about Vermeer’s paintings. We found that in each painting there are so many things that are left unsaid and so many guesses that the viewer needs to make. In fact, there is a sad/funny/awkward scene in Tim Burton’s movie Beetlejuice that looks like it was very inspired by Vermeer’s work.

wintersong-sketch-by-bao-voThe idea for the video was to shoot one long, continuous shot of Ming singing the song while Ping provided the music from a tape recorder. We twins would not look at each other or speak to one another, so as to create many unanswered questions about our relationship. Near the end, Ming would leave the lyrics sheet and Ping would pick it up, to hint at one answer about our bond.

The lighting was the most important element in the video, so we planned to shoot the video with artificial lighting in order to control the light, which required us to have a large place to film and was also our largest challenge. Bao says this about the lighting:

[quote]I wanted the light to tell a lot of the story. We needed to do something with so many microscopic nuances that you could watch the video a dozen times and still find new details in the room each time something happens.[/quote]

Ugly Motel RoomNext, we worked on finding a location to shoot the video that would have a lonely room with window lighting from one side. We found a few very ugly motel rooms around Los Angeles and even looked at some beautiful apartments where our friends lived, but we were not happy with any of these places. Soon we became distracted with life and let the the idea for this video go in 2008.

In the winter of 2011, the song Wintersong became relevant to our lives again as we faced some challenges in our life and relationship. The image of the lonely window again was very powerful to us. Bao had planned a trip to New York and rented a flat to stay during the trip. When we saw images of this place, we asked if we could come for one day to film this video.

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We arrived in New York City in spring of 2012 and met with Bao. Now we decided to do the video very simply and let the lighting speak. So we shot the video in one take using just the natural lighting at 7am. We just love the way the light changes in the room when Ming enters or leaves – it’s as if a spirit had come and gone. We did not have a tape recorder, so Ping played the song from a laptop and Ming sang the main parts. We shot the video on a Canon DSLR using a superwide angle lens, then Bao colored it afterward and applied the text and titles. The entire bit only took us about two hours to set up and film, then we enjoyed Central Park where we began writing another winter song called Someone Else. We would release Someone Else in The Darkness of Night EP, for which you can see behind the scenes.

More info on how we made Wintersong and our album Causeway Army in a couple of weeks. Sign up to our MAILING LIST to receive an early announcement when it’s published.

Melissa Bergen on Designing Ming & Ping

Our lovely little friend Melissa Bergen is a bright young artist and designer from Pasadena, CA. Her genuine love of creating hand-crafted, beautiful pieces is the reason we asked her to create the package design for our 2009 self-titled album. Melissa talks a bit about her inspirations and process and also shows us some sketches for our album cover. Continue reading for some spicy stuff.

Meleesa from PasadenaMy name is Melissa Bergen, and I’m an all around creative person for hire. I find inspiration from old magazines, photos shot on 110 film, exploring, researching, nature. I work in many different places, so my studio is more of a state of mind. When I want to feel creative, I will daydream or take myself back to the details of the places I’ve seen. I like to create new ideas out of old memories. My goal is to create work that my clients love, so that I can keep doing what I love.

[quote]When I want to feel creative, I will daydream or take myself back to the details of the places I’ve seen. I like to create new ideas out of old memories.[/quote]

Ming & Ping packagingI met Bao in December 2008, and he introduced me to The Twins a few months later to design their album artwork. I listened to an early rough mix of the album on repeat while creating the artwork. Every song is so listenable, and it helped to get the feeling right.
Engraving pattern drawingFor the album artwork, we agreed to base the design off of antique Chinese medicine boxes. The challenge was to making everything look authentic, but still staying true to the twins’ style. See more process photos on Melissa’s Blog
Process sketchesWe started by gathering as many samples of packaging as we could find. I carefully studied the patterns and redrew them to see which ones would work best. Since the linework needed to be perfect, it was a meticulous process. But I love a good challenge. See the finished package on MelissaBergen.com
The Twins are unlike anybody I’ve ever met; they have such a passion for learning and making people smile. Bao is amazing because he’s the perfect mix of liveliness and professionalism. They’re all really easy to work with.

Melissa loves to make beautiful things for people who appreciate great design with a human touch. Check out her website at melissabergen.com and send her a love note!

Free Download: Ming & Ping Spicy Jamz Vol. 1

We made this Spicy Jamz playlist some time ago, while preparing for our tour with Freezepop and Aerodrone. Now we’ve added here for you to download freely. We hope you enjoy this energetic music mix we put together to promote our tour with Freezepop in 2010. It was previously available on our Soundcloud account, but we exceeded the download limit – but now you can get it on mingping.com! Please sign up for our mailing list to receive early notice about more free downloads.

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TRACK LIST

1. Thought Balloon (Ming & Ping Rethink) by Freezepop

2. Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix) by Kele

3. Alone by Aerodrone

4. Home by Kelis

5. Half Asleep (Alternate Version) by School of Seven Bells

6. HK/SF/LA by Ming & Ping

Free Download: Ming & Ping Spicy Jamz Vol. 2

We’ve put together this hour-long music mix for you containing music we love, new Ming & Ping demo songs, and music by our friends. This mix comes from a couple of weeks ago, when Ming deejayed an excellent party at Lowbrau in Sacramento during Le Twist Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the set with us in person and we hope you enjoy the music on your speakers, friends! You can download the MP3 file using the button below. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive early notice about more free downloads. The files are big, so be patient while they download!

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TRACK LIST

1. Is Your Love Strong Enough – How to Destroy Angels

2. On the Radio – Donna Summer

3. It’s a Fine Day – Opus III

4. Self Control – Laura Branigan

5. Hold Me Tight – Katy Gray

6. The Most Beautiful (Demo) – Ming & Ping

7. The Bright Sunlight (Live Improvisation w/ Voicelive Touch) – Ming & Ping

8. Harlem Shake – Baauer

9. Put It In You (Demo) – Bao Vo

10. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

11. The Bird – Morris Day and The Time

12. Point of No Return – Exposé

13. New Dance (Demo) – The Heartbreak Beat

14. They’re Playing Our Song – Trineré

15. Feel U Up – Camille (Prince)

16. Pride – The New Division

17. Can You See Me (Demo) – Ming & Ping

18. Looking for Something – Ty Unwin