2012′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

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Wait, 2012? Surely we mean 2013, right?

Well, no. Sometimes, a joke made in jest in the 2011 Anime Soundtrack Roundup turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy after all.

That said, it’s better late than never, especially since it is our raison d’etre to seek out anime which dazzle us with their music and compel us to share what we thought were notable scores from a given year, regardless of how well-known an anime might have been. So once more, as per our modus operandi, we at Anime Instrumentality have gone forth into the chaos and from that soup, skimmed the tastiest bits off to present unto you all the most notable anime soundtracks of 2012.

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

Master List:

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Kin-iro Mosaic’s Soundtrack is Melodic Cuteness

Kin-iro Mosaic Soundtrack

Album Title: Kin-iro Mosaic Soundbook Hajimemashite Yoroshiku ne
Anime Title: Kin-iro Mosaic
Artist: Ruka Kawada, Asuka Nishi, Manami Tanaka, Risa Taneda,
Yumi Uchiyama, Nao Toyama
Catalog Number: VTCL-60349
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Purchase at: CDJapan

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An In-Depth Interview with Platina Jazz’s Rasmus Faber, Part 2


We recently had the pleasure to sit down and have a lengthy chat with none other than Rasmus Faber, Swedish DJ, producer, musician and the mastermind behind the fantastic Platina Jazz series of albums. In the interview, we touched on everything from Platina to deep personal philosophies on music.

In Part 1, we got an exclusive glimpse at Platina Jazz behind the scenes. In this second installment, we discuss jazz in general, the rift between niche and mainstream music, and some lighter topics as well!

Platina Jazz Volumes 123, and 4 are on sale now. Check out our reviews of them here (1234).

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Music in Context: Scene and Score Analysis from Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s 3rd OST


Album Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Original Soundtrack III
Anime Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Artist: Yuki Kajiura
Catalog Number: ANZB-9132/ANZX-9132 (Bundled with DVDs)
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Purchase at: CDJapan

When talking about anime soundtracks, it is worth considering the different ends of music in art.  A popular piece of classical music, e.g. a symphony, takes the focus of the listener’s attention.  In contrast, soundtracks are designed to complement the activity on the stage or screen.  One of the major distinctions then of anime or, more generally, miniseries’ soundtracks is that of track reusability.  While themes may be repeated over the course of a movie, each track in a movie’s soundtrack is often used only once, for a specific scene.  An anime series, by comparison, runs between 5–10 hours but still has a single, maybe a dual, CD soundtrack.  Tracks are typically composed to be thematically appropriate to the narrative without being specifically timed to a particular action on the screen.  So when a track is employed for a single scene, it is particularly noteworthy. [Read more…]

Illuminating the Depths of Rabbit Holes with MercuryLampe

If I ever become a mad scientist, there will have been warning signs . . . much like this one.

If I ever become a mad scientist, there will have been warning signs . . . much like this one.

Greetings and salutations, everyone! I’ve been following this blog for several years now, but I decided one day that I wanted to personally be a part of the awesome work the AI staff does. To my great pleasure, they welcomed me onto their team. Thanks again! Now I have to earn my keep.

I’m told I have one of the more unusual “what got me interested in anime” stories. I did not watch any Sailor Moon or Pokémon as a child, but I was an avid fan of film soundtracks and musicals. During my senior year of college, I came across the anime Le Portrait de Petite Cossette while researching “Cosette” from Les Miserables. The dark and bloody work had decidedly nothing to do with Les Miserables, but I was quite taken by the soundtrack, which quickly led to my love affair with Yuki Kajiura’s music. As I explored other anime series, I very much enjoyed the variety and complexity of series’ soundtracks. By the time I saw Kanon (2006), which has become my personal favourite, I was hooked on the medium. The way Kanon instilled deep emotional responses to musical cues to be exploited as the series progressed added a new level of enjoyment to the series. Anime: come for the girls and stay for the music. [Read more…]

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