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Music Monday: Noblesse Oblige

August 20, 2012, by , posted in Music

The majority of you would recognize Supercell at first insistence. You know about all the popular Japanese anime singers and could probably rattle off the names of Seriyu. You may even be into Jpop and Kpop and what not.

I’m not. I don’t even pay attention to anime theme songs and endings. Let us all sip tea in the ensuring awkwardness.

If you attended Monday screenings in the Autumn 2012 semester, you might recognize this song. It’s a rare birdy – an actual western song used as an anime theme song.

It’s ‘Falling Down’ by Oasis and it was used as the theme song for ‘Eden of the East’.

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Music Monday: Rhapsodies and Blues

August 13, 2012, by , posted in Music

Classical music is often used in soundtracks. Certain songs have been engraved into the public consciousness to the extent that we are at least aware of their presence and recognize the song, even if we don’t quite know what the names are. I could take a break from anime and talk about animation. If you were fed on Disney, MGM and Warner Bros animation, then classical music has been spoon fed into you.

Let’s talk about a song that has been used in both anime and animation, but not to the point of instant recognition.

Let’s talk about Rhapsody in Blue.

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Music Monday – Shamisen

August 6, 2012, by , posted in Music

The shamisen.

Also known as ‘sangen’, the shamisen is a three-stringed musical instrument similar in design to the guitar (sometimes referred to as ‘guitah’) and the banjo (only ever referred to as ‘banjo’) native to Japan. It usually sounds like this.

Quite a traditional, Japanese-like sound, right? We have probably all heard the shamisen being played in an anime or film without knowing what it was! (I certainly did). And just because it only has three strings doesn’t mean we can’t have some fancy duels with it.

So what happens when you grab a traditional Japanese musical instrument and let two brothers mix it with a more Western style of music? Enter the Yoshida Brothers!

The Yoshida Brothers are two brothers (as the name would imply…) who mix the quick and percussive Tsugaru-jamisen style with some funky-and-rocky Western music to create some really. Amazing. Music.

What I love about the Yoshida Brothers is their willingness to throw in some drums and guitars and even a bit of piano to their songs, creating a beautiful collection of sounds that is, as far as I’m concerned, unique. With their soothing, relaxing music and fast-paced tracks, the Yoshida Brother have become one of the best musical finds I have found this year, and my go-to-musicians when in need of some inspiration.

And don’t even get me started on what happens when Monkey Majik is added to the equation.

Music Monday – Why you in English?!

July 30, 2012, by , posted in Features, Music

It can’t be done -slams hands on the table- the last Music Monday was just to good, it was just a piece of writing so good that it is impossible to write another piece to follow it (being modest as per usual). However, it must be done. Music Monday will not die, I WILL NOT LET IT DIE. So. Here I am again, going to write the unwritable, just for your amusement. Enjoy~ … wait… what? Talent for Love?

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Music Monday – One More Time

July 24, 2012, by , posted in Features, Music

Now THIS is a surprise… I am ACTUALLY writing. -sigh- I get thawed out and think that I have some type of greater purpose, only to find my single use is writing Music Monday… Well, we are all here for a reason, so mine must be to make MM the best damn anime music spiel (self-indulgent writing) it can be! Well first off I think some proper music might be in order. We’ve had too many OPs and EDs, enough jazz to make even the biggest hater a fanatic, and we’ve had all kinds of music from nearly every artist and composer (Yoko Kanno, Yoko Kanno, and Yoko Kanno). But I think it is about time we really shake things up, get to the good stuff that clearly no one else remembers. So I give you – Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem and Daft Punk’s One More Time and Aerodynamic… all in one package, talk about value.

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