A Little Cloud’s Liebster Curiosities

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New year. Old tunes. And some questions to start things off.

So there’s an event circulating around the anime blogosphere called the Liebster Awards that’s designed to get people exposed to new blogs or blogs with a smaller number of readers by tagging other blogs and asking the writers a series of questions. Cloudy over at Cloudy’s Blog nominated not Anime Instrumentality (technically), but the Anime Music Tourney. In the interest of keeping things separate since the AniMusicTourney site should generally be used for all contest-related things, I’ll go ahead and answer Cloudy’s questions here. Without further ado: [Read more...]

2012′s Anime Music in Review – Soundtrack Edition

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Introduction:
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

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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

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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

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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...]

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