Website delivers thrill of online karaoke
21:59′ 18/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – A new music website in Vietnam, www.sannhac.com, offers Vietnamese teenagers and young people another form of entertainment.

After registering on the site, subscribers can sing karaoke online, record themselves singing songs, and also create their own music blogs.

According to the head of the website’s design team, Ngo Phuong Thao, the website has satisfied the recreational singing needs of many young people. “After five months of operation, the website has attracted more than 60,000 subscribers,” the 24-year-old woman said.

“To record a song, you only need a microphone, which costs around VND100,000 (US$6.5). Those looking to make higher-quality recordings can invest in an amplifier and a concert-grade microphone. The website also features a music-arranging function,” said Tuan Khang. The grade 11 student said he accessed the website almost every day.

Khang said he visited the website not only to sing karaoke or record songs, but to also listen to songs that were recorded and posted by other subscribers. “I often listen online, but sometimes I burn my favourite songs onto CDs to listen when I am not online. Whenever I want, I can also create my own CD and give it to my friends as a gift,” he said.

Whenever a member posts his/her song on the website, the performance can potentially reach an audience of thousands of subscribers listening in. The listeners can also vote for their favourite songs. The songs which have the highest number of votes will be selected as the website’s theme song for one week, with the song played automatically whenever someone accesses the home page.

The website offers its members thousands of songs divided among different categories, including country, classic, jazz, rock, pop, and hip-hop.

Fans and friends

A subscriber, Le Ngan Mai, said she was very surprised when she realised a large “audience” had been listening to her songs.

Another subscriber, Nguyen Song Tu, a third-year student of the University of Business and Technology, said: “I’m a person of very few words and a little bit glacial. Since a friend of mine introduced me to the site, I have made more friends who not only share an interest in music with me, but who also share other life issues with me. I feel myself becoming more open-minded and tolerant.”

Thousands of site members have competed enthusiastically in various online singing contests in different categories such as men’s singers, women’s singers, or duets.

Trying to satisfy the members completely, the site has formed four clubs: The Disk for members who are interested in country, jazz and classical music; The Cassette for rockers, The CD for fans of pop music; and The iPod for hip-hoppers.

Tu, a member of The CD, said he and other club members met not only online, but also offline. “We sometimes go on picnics together and have a lot of fun.”

(Source: Viet Nam News)