Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TWWK over at Beneath the Tangles and I have to say that we’re in for an ethnomusicological treat. Now, ethnomusicology has always been an interesting area of study and I’m sorry to say that I just haven’t had the opportunity to dig into it further because it’s interesting to read up on how cultural exchanges transform music. TWWK’s entry delves into a cultural infusion, namely the one that brought Irish/Celtic music to Japan. It’s enlightening to get that understanding on why the Japanese took to this new style and I hope you get a lot out of this as much as I did! So without further ado, here’s TWWK: [Read more...]
Intro by zzeroparticle: For those of you who follow this site pretty closely, you may have noticed that the Fall 2011 preview was conspicuously absent. School hammered me pretty hard and I just wasn’t able to find the time to put it together. To make amends, allow me to say this: Kousuke Yamashita’s work on Chihayafuru’s soundtrack is my most anticipated anime soundtrack from the current crop of Fall shows. Yes, I’m looking forward to it more than I’m looking forward to Yuki Kajiura’s work on Fate/Zero and more than Hiroyuki Sawano’s work on Guilty Crown. If you’ve never been exposed to Kousuke Yamashita’s work on either Glass Fleet or Shion no Ou and enjoy good music, you owe it to yourself to give both soundtracks a whirl just to see what he’s capable of.
Anyway, this niche column once again makes its return for Winter 2012. And like columns past, this one is sparse on plot elements since its focus is on the composer rolls, stuff they’ve done in the past, and wild speculation as to how well their music will mesh with the series in question. Onwards and sideways! (Note: sequels are not covered here.) [Read more...]
It’s that time of year again, and, with zzero currently busy making sure he doesn’t start WWIII and harming US-Japan relations, I have taken it upon myself to put together this preview of the music of this coming summer anime season. Those looking for frivolous trifles like “plot,” “seiyuu,” and other non-musical staffers can go somewhere else for their needs. Here, it’s all about dat muzak. Click past the jump for them composers!
While much of our staff’s focus tends to fall on the BGM/instrumental tracks, the vocal stuff isn’t forgotten since a lot of it does serve as a first impression of sorts as to what we should expect out of an anime. So with that thought in mind, we shall strive for completing the musical experience by sharing some of our favorite songs to come out of 2010. We’ve already collectively given our opinion on what we thought was the best of the best; these are the rest that we thought were pretty enjoyable and are worth checking out if you haven’t heard them already. So let’s jump in! [Read more...]