Music Notes: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 7

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If you’ve been following the progress of these musical notes for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, you’ll notice that they’ve been slow going with my output dependent solely upon my whims. Sometimes it’s a soundtrack that catches my ear and diverts me down that road. Sometimes it’s something else entirely. And sometimes, it’s a question on my Ask.fm that nudges me back on track.

In any event, I’m skipping Episode 5 and Episode 6’s post as there’s no classical music to speak of. The character development in the two episodes was nice and I enjoyed the musical sentiments discussed, sentiments like imagining in your mind how you’d play a piece before even touching the instrument. In classical music, this is key if you want to differentiate yourself. Every good performer will put their stamp upon a work and the resulting interpretations are why it’s worth listening to different performances of the same work. You may find that you prefer one interpretation over another. Besides that, these two episodes set the course for Kousei Arima’s next step: to perform Chopin’s Etude No. 5 op. 25 at the nationally-recognized Maihou Music Competition. [Read more…]

Akatsuki no Yona Original Sound Tracks – An Eastern Fantasy Adventure

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Album Title: Akatsuki no Yona Original Sound Tracks
Anime Title: Akatsuki no Yona
Artist: Kunihiko Ryo
Catalog Number: MJSA-1153
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Podcast: Anime Music on the AIRS Ep. 4 – Space Anime Music

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On this week’s Anime Music on the AIRS, we touch on space, the final frontier, where epic stories abound across the interstellar void. Thanks again to your feedback and support, especially those of you who’ve tossed suggestions our way and for my team on the back end helping me to make sense of all this. So with that, sit back and we hope you enjoy the show!

Anime Music on the AIRS ep. 4

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Index:
0:54 – Kiddy Grade – Stars Century: 0328 – Shiro Hamaguchi
3:52 – Eureka Seven AO – Sparkplug Revolutionary – Koji Nakamura
6:08 – Planetes – Outside Atmosphere – Kotaro Nakagawa
9:20 – Odin Photon Sailer Starlight – Odin – LOUDNESS (requested by @ottocycle)
15:25 – Space Battleship Yamato 2199 – Cosmo Tiger (Wan Dah Bah) – Akira Miyagawa
18:40 – End of Evangelion – Kom Susser Tod – ARIANNE (requested by Menos)
27:22 – Cowboy Bebop – Space Lion – Yoko Kanno
35:18 – Banner of the Stars – Banner of the Stars Opening Theme – Katsuhisa Hattori
40:03 – Glass Fleet – Ooinaru Kibou – Kousuke Yamashita
44:57 – Macross Frontier – The Target – Yoko Kanno
51:24 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes – Hikari no Hashi wo Koete – Kei Ogura (requested by @sherlock_marple)

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! For those looking to do this, the next theme is: traditional Japanese. So that means any shamisen or, god forbid, enka tracks qualify!

If you have other themes you’d like me to place on the docket, feel free to throw your suggestions our way.

Finally, if you enjoy these video and would like to help us out, consider contributing to our Patreon campaign. With your support, we’ll be able to increase our output even more and expand our reach in ways that are outside our capabilities at the moment.

Explore the Surprisingly Refreshing Maritime Music in Kantai Collection!

Kantai Collection OST

Album Title: Kantai Collection -KanColle- original soundtrack Kankyou
Anime Title: Kantai Collection -KanColle-
Artist: Natsumi Kameoka
Catalog Number: VTCL-60402~3
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 25, 2015
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Tying Together Dvořák, Goin’ Home, and Shinsekai Yori

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It was a recent episode of Sound! Euphonium that made me think of Shinsekai Yori. Not because there were any plot parallels, though it would be hilarious to see Kyoto Animation do an anime as dark as Shinsekai Yori. Rather, it was the music, particularly the scene in which Euphonium‘s Reina plays the second movement of Dvořák’s From the New World Symphony. So before we go on, here’s the New World Symphony, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi:

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