Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 2 – Madness

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Since our previous attempt was somewhat successful, we decided to give it a shot with episode 2. Like the previous episode, we settled upon a theme and ultimately chose madness and insanity, because what is the anime hobby if not some degree of madness and insanity, especially if you’ve been around as long as we have? As discordant as these pieces may be, we hope you enjoy them all the same!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 2

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Index:
0:55 – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Itoshiki Nozomu
3:38 – Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – love pain
6:57 – Welcome to the NHK – Inbou wa Yoake ni Warau
11:04 – Higurashi no naku koro ni – Higurashi no naku koro ni
16:17 – Yumekui Merry – Main theme
23:19 – Paprika – Parade
30:00 – Nichijou – Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi
34:58 – Ga-rei Zero – Massacre
38:06 – Death Parade – VS
41:13 – Princess Jellyfish – We are AMARS

Again, let us know what you think, whether it’s about the formatting of the show, track selections, or anything else that comes to mind. Also, please feel free to request tracks to be played in future shows and we’ll get in as many as we can!

2013′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

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Introduction:
It wasn’t the worst of times, but it wasn’t exactly the best of times either. Perhaps that’s why this writeup took a bit longer for us to do than usual. 2013 was unusual in that there weren’t a huge quantity of musical standouts that would cause long debates about whether or not to include such and such soundtrack in this writeup and which equally-deserving score would have to be removed. Instead, things fell together pretty neatly and predictably. It’s a tad disappointing since it does rob us of the fireworks in our internal chat. But you can’t have everything.

So once more, we at Anime Instrumentality step into the fray, 3D maneuvering gear and all, to cut deep in search of the best soundtracks of 2013. And here’s what we found:

All pieces are in their entirety. If you want to just sit there and be enchanted while listening to a playlist, you can do so below:

Master List

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Death Parade Original Soundtrack Digest Edition – Review

Death Parade OST

Album Title: Death Parade Original Soundtrack Digest Edition
Anime Title: Death Parade
Artist: Yuki Hayashi
Catalog Number: HISN-00887
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Purchase at: iTunes

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Anime Instrumentality Radio Show Launches

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Nearly 20 months ago, we at Anime Instrumentality made an attempt at running our first podcast. It was an interesting experiment that turned out to be a one shot deal when it became clear that everyone was too busy to actually maintain the effort. So it goes.

In spite of that non-starting failure, the dream never did die. After spending a large chunk of my time listening to a quality radio station, I was inspired to revive the idea of Anime Instrumentality audio commentaries, but decided to make it more like a traditional radio show.

So with 20 months in the making, here’s the result: the Anime Instrumentality Radio Show (AIRS) called Anime Music on the AIRS. The idea is that this show will become a regular feature on the site and will consist of me playing music and providing some commentary between tracks. It’s too early for me to do anything other than a monologue, but if this manages to take off, I’ll try to add more to it.

Without further ado, here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Choose your listening medium preference (Youtube or streaming it via Anime Instrumentality) and enjoy! Index is at the bottom if there’s something you’re particularly keen on hearing:

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 1

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Index:
0:48 – Romeo x Juliet
4:25 – Attack on Titan
11:05 – Fairy Tail
13:47 – Seirei no Moribito
16:47 – Angelic Layer
19:02 – Kara no Kyoukai
22:24 – Code Geass
24:59 – Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal
32:07 – Blood+
36:45 – Saki

Again, let us know what you think, whether it’s about the formatting of the show, track selections, or anything else that comes to mind. Also, please feel free to request tracks to be played in future shows and we’ll get in as many as we can! Either way, we hope you enjoyed this and that you look forward to more broadcasts down the line. We’ll certainly look to deliver!

Music Notes: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 4

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There wasn’t much music in the previous episode of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso aside from the Mozart lullaby, but it did preview the work that would be given its grand showcasing in episode 4: the “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saens.

Camille Saint-Saens doesn’t have the heavy hitting power of Mozart or Beethoven, but he’s got some pieces that are recognizable. Most people will know him for his “Carnival of the Animals”, parts of which are in Disney’s Fantasia, and the “Danse Macabre”. What Saint-Saens really loved composing were virtuosic solo concertos and solo showpieces. The “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” falls into the latter mold, making it an appropriate piece for our young, fiery violinist, Kaori Miyazono. Before I get into the why, to showcase this piece for us, here’s Isaac Stern, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy (and I’ll be referencing this performance throughout this post):

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