Songs of the Sea

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Songs of the Sea
Songs-of-the-sea-poster-sdc.jpg
Songs of the Sea poster
Music Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne
Lyrics Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne
Book Yves Pépin
Productions 2007-2014 Songs of the Sea
Awards

ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) Award for Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction [1][2][3]

THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for Event Spectacular [1][4]

Songs of the Sea was a multimedia show located at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Designed by ECA2 founder, Yves Pépin,[1][5] Songs of the Sea started its operations on 26 March 2007, a day after the Sentosa Musical Fountain ceased operations. The fountain is a $30 million investment by Sentosa to enhance its entertainment product offerings and to attract more tourists.[6] It was the world's only permanent show set in the sea[5] — with spectacular pyrotechnics displays, water jets that could shoot up to 40 meters, laser show, flame bursts, a live 7-person cast, and an open-air viewing gallery which can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors.[1][6][7] Songs of the Sea had its final show on 4 May 2014, and was closed to make way for a brand new multi-sensory production titled Wings of Time, which was launched on 17 June 2014.

History[edit]

The Old Sentosa Musical Fountain with its signature neoclassical architecture, with the iconic Merlion statue in the background.

Sentosa Musical Fountain[edit]

Nearly 25 years earlier, the Musical Fountain opened in 1982 and was the biggest star attraction in Sentosa Island of the time, and the biggest fountain of its kind in Asia at that time. It went through three massive renovations throughout its lifespan of 25 years: one in 1972 (the construction of the fountain itself), the second in 1992 (major upgrading project), and the third and final one in 1999 (under a major restoration and upgrading project directed by ECA2).

After operating for 25 years, the Musical Fountain became an important milestone in the history of Sentosa, when its last Magical Sentosa show was staged on 25 March 2007. It was then shut down and subsequently demolished to make way for the integrated resortResorts World Sentosa, which now occupies the vicinity.

Songs of the Sea[edit]

As the 25-year-old Musical Fountain ceased operations in 26 March 2007, to make way for the development of Resorts World Sentosa,[8] a new musical fountain was introduced in view of the closure of Magical Sentosa.

The new multimedia/musical fountain was built at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, near Beach Station. Songs of the Sea is a multi-million dollar sea spectacular that showcases a lively display of pyrotechnics, lasers, water jets that could shoot up to 40 meters, flame bursts, computer animation, captivating music and performance by a 'live' 7-person cast.[9]

Production and Development[edit]

The new multimedia/musical fountain show uses giant water-projection screens. Images are projected on these water screens to create CGI animations, that are shown during the show. The show features Oscar, a colourful Pterois miles. The iconic Merlion statue no longer plays any part during the show anymore, since the Sentosa Musical Fountain, which it had played several parts in the shows that were performed there, was demolished to make way for the new integrated resort.[8]

Construction[edit]

Construction work on the Songs of the Sea show began in January 2006, and completed in February 2007. The show made its debut in 26 March 2007. In the first year of its operation between 26 March 2007 and 31 December 2007, Songs of the Sea was watched by 991,723 guests, which is noted by some to be considerably more than the number of visitors who watched Magical Sentosa in the same period. This proved the show to be a huge success and favorable amongst locals and foreigners alike.[9] A video from ECA2's website also reveals how the construction of the show progressed until the opening date.

Structure and Equipments[edit]

Songs of the Sea Kelong.
Songs of the Sea Kelong drenched in the sunset before the show.

The beach and the sea are the stage for the show. A stretch of wooden houses was built across the shoreline to create a Malay Kampung, or more commonly known as a kelong. It is actually a work of art that is 120 metres (390 ft) long, while the rest of the equipment (water jets, water screens, lasers and projectors) are being hidden at the back of the kelong.[6] There are a total of 69 water jets capable of reaching a height of 40 m (131 ft) and flames leaping up to a height of 20 m (66 ft).[1][6] The show has run twice a night at 7.40pm and 8.40pm, and lasted 25 minutes.

Production Team[edit]

  • Design and Direction: Yves Pépin
  • Scenario and Artistic Coordination: Moïra Smith
  • Music and Soundtrack: Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne
  • Cartoons and Animation: Dominique Fages and Gilbert Louët
  • Laser Design: Claude Lifante
  • Content Production: Thierry Nutchey
  • Project Manager: Carolina Jara Pinzon
  • Technical Director: Guillaume Duflot
  • Production: Jean-Christophe Canizarès and ECA2[10]

Note: None of the cast's names were revealed, as the cast members were constantly switched over the years.

Plot[edit]

Finale of Songs of the Sea in Sentosa

The show starts off with Li and his friends appearing, from a shrub, waving and greeting the audience. One of Li's friends, a young, unnamed Indian girl, asks Li what should they do to entertain the audience, so they thought of singing. They played four different songs of the four different races, whilst Li sits on a rock and daydreams at the kelong. So his friends sing "Singapura, Sunny Island" making Li sing his "Magical Song", his song causes the image of Princess Ami to appear over the kelong, but she is shown to be asleep, before her image fades away. Shocked, Li and his friends panicked at the stunning vision of Princess Ami. Oscar's friends appear to see the commotion, but making up a comical argument as a result, singing the song "It's Me". Oscar appears and greets Li. Oscar, unlike the plot of Magical Sentosa, he tells Li how he knew his name. Oscar explains to Li about the vision of Princess Ami, of how she was put to sleep by the enchantment of the kelong. After learning about what has happened, Li sets out to seek for Princess Ami, but Oscar continues his monologue warning to him, "Who knows what strange encounters you may have along the way!". Along the way he meets the 3 Lords of the Elements. The first is The Lord of Fire, with the others being The Spirit of Light and the Lady of the Sea. Li sings for all three of them and helps regain their powers which they had lost after falling into a long sleep. After each successful song, there would be a spectacular show of flame bursts, laser displays and fountain displays respectively. Li believes he should give up after many attempts of trying, but then Oscar's friends encouraged Li with the song "You're Not in This on Your Own". After everyone joins in the singing, and their voices awaken Princess Ami, who is seen above the kelong smiling at the audience, as her image fades away, the fountains come to life, dancing away in celebration. After awakening Princess Ami with his singing powers, Oscar congratulates Li, for his deed, and waves the audience and Li and his friends goodbye, and the show ends with a final blast of fireworks.

Music[edit]

Songs of the Sea
Soundtrack album by Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne
Released March 2007 (2007-03)
Recorded 2006 – 2007, ECA2 Studios, Saint-Denis
Genre World Pop Hip hop Easy listening
Length 09:15
Label ECA2
Producer ECA2
Sentosa musicals chronology
Songs and Tunes from The Original Soundtrack of Magical Sentosa
(2002)
Songs of the Sea
(2007)
A sample of the mute version of "You're Not in This On Your Own". It is played at the beginning of the show in a similar fashion to the way, "Here Everybody Lives in Harmony" was used in the beginning of Magical Sentosa. The score is probably not listed as part of the original soundtrack.

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In late 2006, ECA2 musicians, Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne made their return to compose yet another soundtrack for a Sentosa musical, the original soundtrack of Songs of the Sea. There has been a lack of information given by ECA2 on the developmental process of the album, along with its track listing (which can be illegitimately found on the contents of the DVD recording). Thus, resulting in another dispute about the personnel and music studio crew. Despite this, it is possibly suggested that both Villar and Lengagne were attempting to create a pastiche of their own previous work. This can be evidenced by the heavy usage of the world music genre in most tracks and a pastiche of Grand Finale from the Magical Sentosa music album; the reprise of "Magical Song". Because of this, it can also probably suggest that the composers are making reference to their previous involvement with Magical Sentosa.

Uniquely, Songs of the Sea's own soundtrack is bundled along with the DVD recording of the show. Which is unlike Magical Sentosa's; where the soundtrack and DVD recording were being sold separately. This resulted in both the soundtrack and the recording of the show to share the same album art. The original soundtrack listing is rather unclear to the fan cult community. The following confirmed tracks that are listed here, are (to date) the only known tracks to appear on the soundtrack.

All songs written and composed by Philippe Villar and Pascal Lengagne. 

No. Title Length
1. "Folk song medley"   2:46
2. "Magical Song"   0:33
3. "It's Me"   0:30
4. "You're Not in This on Your Own"   2:10
5. "Magical Song (Reprise)"   1:42
6. "We Did It!"   1:34

Note: The folk song medley compromises of locally composed songs "Chan Mali Chan", a Chinese folk song, "Munnaeru Vaalibaa" and "Singapura, Sunny Island"; with the exception of "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain".

Closure[edit]

After a successful seven year run, Songs of the Sea staged its last show on 4 May 2014. During its seven year run, it was watched by more than 8.5 million viewers. The final show itself was unique, as there was an audience interaction with the cast members and a final farewell message on the central water screen, thanking viewers for its successful seven-year run. With the closure of Songs of the Sea, the entire set has upgraded for the its replacement show, Wings of Time, which was launched on 17 June 2014.

Characters[edit]

Li[edit]

Li
Created by Yves Pepin
Information
Aliases No Aliases

He is the main protagonist of the show. He is dressed in a white shirt and brown shorts. As he was singing along the beach, he was the first few to see Princess Ami who is at first shown to be asleep. Together with Oscar the Tiger Fish and his friends, he goes on a mission to awake her. The name of the cast member who portrayed Li is not revealed.

Oscar the Tiger Fish[edit]

Oscar the Tiger Fish
Created by Dominique Fages and Gilbert Louët
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Aliases Oscar, Oscar the Fish

Oscar is a colourful Pterois miles (despite being recognized as a Tigerfish, it is actually not his species), who lives in a sleeping kingdom ruled by Princess Ami under the sea. He was inspired to be created by a first series set of 50-cent coins found in Singapore. He is self-proclaimed to be the creature "who knows many things". The cast member who portrayed Oscar has never been revealed. It is now believed that Oscar is the official mascot of Sentosa, replacing Kiki the Hyperactive Monkey of Sentosa, who was the island's official mascot until 26 March 2007. Another claimant of the mascot role is Captain Palawan; which Sentosa Development Corporation used in promoting the island's popular, Palawan beach. Due to this fact, there is a current dispute over the both characters on the mascot role.

Oscar Friends[edit]

Oscar Friends
Created by Claude Lifante
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Aliases The Mischiveous Creatures

Also known as the Mischievous Fishes, they are the unnamed friends of Oscar. One of them is a female jellyfish, another a male seahorse, while the final one is a male puffer fish.

Princess Ami[edit]

Princess Ami
Created by Yves Pepin
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Aliases No Aliases

She was put into deep sleep for a very long time for an unknown reason. She is the ruler of an unnamed and unmentioned kingdom. She and her kingdom are at last awakened by Li and his friends's song. Her character was probably made to be a reference to Princess Pearl from Magical Sentosa, although she has no speaking or singing roles. The cast member who portrayed Princess Ami is not revealed.

Li's Friends[edit]

Oscar Friends
Created by Yves Pepin
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Aliases No Aliases

Li's friends followed him to the beach, where they discovered the sleeping Princess Ami. They are all unnamed. Their real names are also not revealed. It was revealed in an interview with one of the cast members, that he was a survivor of the Cable Car Tragedy in 1983. After 24 years of fear going back to the island, he agreed to perform in "Songs of the Sea". He has been one of the longest-performing members.

Lords of the Elements[edit]

The Mighty Lord of Fire[edit]

The Mighty Lord of Fire
Created by Dominique Fages and Gilbert Louët
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Aliases Lord of Fire, Fire

He is the loud and rude ruler of the element of fire. The cast member who voiced him is not revealed.

The Spirit of Light[edit]

The Spirit of Light
Created by Dominique Fages and Gilbert Louët
Information
Aliases Spirit of Light, Light

She is the kind and gentle ruler of the element of light, and she is the only one of the three rulers of the elements who thanked Li for bringing her back her powers. The cast member who voiced her is not revealed

The Lady of the Sea[edit]

The Lady of the Sea
Created by Dominique Fages and Gilbert Louët
Information
Aliases Lady of the Sea, Water

She is the wise ruler of the element of Water. The cast member who voiced her is not revealed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Information about Songs of the Sea, retrieved 7 December 2010 
  2. ^ IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award 2008, retrieved 7 December 2010 
  3. ^ Singapore Tourism Board Official Website Sentosa's Songs of the Sea was awarded the Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction at the 22nd ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism 2008.
  4. ^ "14th Annual Thea Awards; Award for Outstanding Achievement: Event Spectacular" (Press release). themeit. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b , creator of Songs of the Sea. YourSingapore, Singapore's Destination Brand
  6. ^ a b c d "Songs of the Sea Details" (Press release). Sentosa. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Songs of the Sea Official Website". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Musical Fountain replaced by Songs of the Sea". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Sentosa's multimedia beachfront experience" (Press release). Dan Ferrisi. 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Songs of the Sea Multimedia Show, Sentosa, Singapore". ECA2. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 

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