Bakemonogatari/CENCOROLL – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari – Review

Album Title: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
Anime Title: Bakemonogatari/CENCOROLL
Artist: supercell, Nagi
Catalog Number: SRCL-7081
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 12, 2009
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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sugar sweet nightmare & Bakemonogatari Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: sugar sweet nightmare & Bakemonogatari Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Bakemonogatari
Artist: Satoru Kousaki; Horie Yui; meg rock
Catalog Number: ANZB-9459 (packaged with DVD)
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: February 24, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Doujin Music: Highlighting the AnimeRemix Community

Good doujin music is hard to find. That’s the message I’ve gotten when I was unfortunate enough to have to listen to either of the Anime House albums or TAMUSIC’s godawful Haruhi arrange album. Hell, if it weren’t for kevo’s post celebrating the better Japanese doujin electronica works, I’d probably be giving up on the endeavor altogether.

My chief complaint with doujin music lies in its lack of creativity; most groups seem content with taking a well-known melody, be it an OP, ED, insert song, or, even more rarely, BGM, and slapping some UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ on top of it. Such a method feels so half-assed that I just become disenchanted by what passes for effort, and head off to better anime music pastures. I realize that such pastures are thin indeed, but the one that has stood out has been the works at

Back when videogame music dominated my listening charts, was a site that I’d check out a lot. Not only did it (and still does) offer a whole lot of video game remixes, the ones that were posted there were generally pretty good. You didn’t have lazy techno beats draped on top of an anime melody, straight up transcriptions of game scores, or anything that simple. The people whose submissions were put on the site demonstrated a good amount of effort and creativity in their works, which made listening to their compositions a very fulfilling experience.

AnimeRemix is pretty much an offshoot of OCRemix and their goals are the same, except their focus is on music from animated works (be it Western or Japanese). The scale to which they’re operating isn’t quite as large as OCR because anime music is still an underdeveloped area within the anime fandom, but that it even has more than 100 remixes housed on the site is something to celebrate.

After going through their cache of remixes, I figured I’d showcase some of my favorites in no particular order. If you want to download the track in question, I’ve linked to the track’s downloads page for your convenience. [Read more…]

Gundam Unicorn Original Sound Track – Review

Album Title: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Gundam Unicorn
Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano; Cyua; Yumiko Inoue; Yuko Kawai
Catalog Number: SMCL-20004
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: March 10, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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The Wonderful World of Doujin Electronica in Japan!

Howdy, everyone! My name is kevo, from Desu ex Machina, guest writing for zzeroparticle today. I’m going to be talking about electronica from the Japanese doujin and underground communities. People call it “techno”, which technically isn’t correct no pun intended. No matter what you call it, it’s a huge part of music all around the world. I love the stuff. I enjoy how diverse the genre is — from instrumental trance to hardcore driving beats and how adaptable it is to other forms of music. Electonica is enjoyed all over the world, from the famed nightclubs of Europe to the clubs of South America. Of course, the underground electronica scene in Japan is great, and totally underrated.

So don’t worry if you know nothing about this stuff. For this post I’ll talk about five albums that I particularly find are outstanding examples of the genre. Whether you are a techno virgin or the most hardcore junkie ever, come along I take us on an adventure though the wondrous world electronic music in Japan! Bring a nice pair of headphones and turn the bass up on your mixer!

Aura Qualic – Crystal Flow

Lets kick things off with some good progressive trance. The trick to trance (and many other kinds of electronica music) is patience. Trance tracks typically are composed of a nice build, where different melodies add and permutate with each other, eventually culminating into some kind of climax, where the bass is “dropped” and the song is driven by a combination of the beat and melody at the boldest. The interactions between the beat and the melody is crucial in good trance track. The mixing should be complex, but still natural enough for a nightclub full of people who want to have a fun time and dance to follow.

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