2018/02/19

Can/Future Days (1973) *

A German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany, in 1968, Can's fifth album. The last album featuring Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. Percussive and comfortable Krautrock/progressive rock, featuring ambient-music elements, elaborate sound processing, light and fine drums and African percussion, and Damo Suzuki's delicate vocals. The single track "Moonshake" is a pop song with Jaki Liebezeit's metronome style drums. The closing "Bel Air" (about 20 minutes) in the suite form is an excellent piece with floating and ecstatic feelings.

Future Days

| Music: C |

2018/02/13

Diggin' in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music (2017/1985-1995)

A collection of rare Japanese video game music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This dig began with Red Bull Music Academy documentary series of the same name, and it was released as an album from the UK electronic music label Hyperdub. You can enjoy cheap but atmospheric chiptunes (8 bit/16 bit music) in the early days, produced by digital synthesis within the limits of data capacity and channels. Includes 34 tracks selected from video games for consoles (Famicom, Super Famicom, PC-Engine, MegaDrive and others), PCs (PC-8801, MSX and others) and arcade. IT is worth listening to, because it was compiled in purely musical terms. The artists are Konami Kukeiha Club and others. The artwork by anime director Koji Morimoto.

Diggin' in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music

2018/02/05

Guillaume Du Fay/Motets for Ceremonial and Liturgical Occasions, Plainchant for Vespers I (Pomerium, 1995)

A Flemish composer of the early Renaissance and a central figure in the Burgundian School, Guillaume Du Fay's vocal music (Archiv). Includes four motets and a plainchant. The motets, polyphonic vocal music including plainsong of Gregorian chant, are worth listening to for their clear and pure sounds, and beautiful harmony of polyphonic melodies. Most of all, a ceremonial motet performed in the consecration of Florence Cathedral, "Nuper rosarum flores" is a famous one regarded as a monumental composition in the Italian Renaissance culture. "Plainchant for Vespers I" (from "Recollectio festorum beate Marie virginis") is a chant like a recitation, which is typical of sacred music, but it includes beautiful polyphonic parts (Magnificat and Benedicamus Domino) in the postlude. Performed by the US vocal ensemble, Pomerium.

Motets for Ceremonial and Liturgical Occasions, Plainchant for Vespers I

2018/01/30

Herbie Hancock/Crossings (1972) *

An American jazz pianist, composer and arranger born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1940, Herbie Hancock's tenth album (Warner Bros.). An experimental album recorded in the transition period (Mwandishi period) between the Blue Note years in the 1960s and the funk period in the 1970s, under strong influence of Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" (1970). Features an electronic-music composer and synthesizer player Patrick Gleeson as a new member. Spacey and psychedelic avant-garde jazz/fusion featuring African percussions and electronic instruments, such as electric piano (Fender Rhodes), Mellotron and Moog synthesizer. The first track "Sleeping Giant" is a long performance of five parts (24:50) with funk grooves in the fusion style. The latter two tracks composed by Bennie Maupin are more avant-garde performances like contemporary music, with the atmospheric soundscape akin to deep sea or cosmic space.

Crossings

2018/01/22

Ramones/Rocket to Russia (1977)

An American punk rock band formed in New York City in 1974, Ramones' third studio album (#49 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of catchy and pop-oriented punk rock with simple and minimal sounds, heavily influenced by surf rock and bubblegum pop. It seems like a roots of melodic pop punk such as Hüsker Dü and Green Day. Includes singles, "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (album version), "Rockaway Beach" and "Do You Wanna Dance?". "Do You Wanna Dance?" is a cover of Bobby Freeman's hit song (covered by The Beach Boys). The expanded edition CD including 5 bonus tracks was released in 2001.

Rocket to Russia

| Music: R |

2018/01/19

Beastie Boys/Paul's Boutique (1989) *

An American hip hop group formed in New York City in 1981, Beastie Boys's second studio album (#14 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of funky alternative rap/psychedelic hip hop, featuring lots of samples, produced with the Dust Brothers, a production duo known for their sample-based music. Almost all except the vocals (rap) is composed of multilayered samples from 105 songs of funk, hip hop, rock and others, including The Beatles, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Kool & the Gang, Afrika Bambaataa, Trouble Funk, Bernard Herrmann's "The Murder" (shower scene theme from the film "Psycho"), and John Williams's "Main Title (Theme From Jaws)". Includes singles, "Hey Ladies" and "Shadrach". The Japanese edition includes two bonus tracks. The 20th anniversary remastered edition was released in 2009.

Paul's Boutique

| Music: B |

2018/01/11

Common/Like Water for Chocolate (2000)

An American hip hop artist, rapper and actor born in Chicago, Illinois in 1972, Common's fourth studio album (#16 on the US album charts). Soul/jazz-inflected, accessible and comfortable alternative hip hop album featuring Common's smooth rhyming and sophisticated back tracks by Soulquarians, a neo soul and alternative hip hop-oriented musical collective led by Questlove (The Roots drummer). Includes singles, "The 6th Sense" and "The Light" (samples Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes").

Like Water for Chocolate

| Music: C |

2018/01/06

OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980 (various artists, 2005/1948-1980) *

A compilation (3CD + DVD) of historical recordings in early electronic music (Ellipsis Arts). The reissued edition of the 2000 3CD box set "OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980", with the addition of a DVD (over two hours of rare performances, interviews, animations, and experimental video). You can enjoy a variety of electroacoustic music styles, including not only the sound sources of classical electronic instruments, but also musique concrète, sound collage, free improvisation, noise, drone and ambient. "Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale" features Clara Rockmore's theremin performing in around 1976. Olivier Messiaen's "Oraison" features ondes martenot. Pierre Schaeffer's "Etude aux Chemins de Fer" is the early musique concrète work and a noise collage including the sounds of trains. John Cage's "Williams Mix" is an eight-channel electroacoustic piece by tape editing. Edgard Varèse's "Poeme Électronique" is an electronic music piece for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Kontakte (Contacts)" (6:20, edit) is a four-channel electroacoustic piece for electronic sound tape, piano and percussion. Joji Yuasa's "Projection Esemplastic For White Noise" is a an electroacoustic piece with the processing of white noise. Iannis Xenakis's "Hibiki-Hana-Ma" (4:39, edit), an electronic-music composition for 12 channels and 800 speakers, composed for the Iron and Steel Federation's Pavilion at Expo '70. Also includes tracks from the popular music field, such as Holger Czukay, Klaus Schulze, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno.

OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980

2017/12/29

Kyohei Tsutsumi/Kyohei Tsutsumi Hitstory Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 2013Edition (2013/1967-2011) *

A hit song collection (9 CDs, 173 songs) of Kyohei Tsutsumi, a composer and arranger who had merged Western popular music and Japanese melodies, produced lots of catchy hit songs in GS, Kayokyou, idol pop and J-pop fields mainly from the late 1960 to the 1980s, and had a huge influence on Japanese popular music. The reissued edition which consists of the remastered edition of the 8 CDs relesed in 1997 with the addition of the disc of the hits in 1999-2011. Ayumi Ishida/"Blue Light Yokohama" (1968) and Kiyohiko Ozaki/"Mata Au Hi Made (Until We Meet Again)" (1971) are his early masterpieces. Sachiko Nishida/"Kurenai Hotel (A Crimson Hotel)" (1969) is a waltz with the arrangement influenced by Burt Bacharach. Yuuko Uno/"Sazae-san" (1969) is the opening theme for thew TV anime series "Sazae-san". Hiromi Iwasaki/"Sentimental" (1975) is an idol pop in the Philly soul style. Hiromi Ohta/"Momen no Handkerchief (A Cotton Handkerchief)" (1975) is an excellent song in the country pop. Hiromi Iwasaki/"Cinderella Honeymoon" (1978) is an idol pop with the disco sound. Judy Ongg/"Miserarete (Enchanted)" (1979) is an exotic song with the orchestration like Paul Mauriat. Ikue Sakakibara/"Robot" (1980) is an idol pop in techno/synth pop style. Shonentai/"ABC" (1987) is an Eurobeat pop.

Kyohei Tsutsumi Hitstory Ultimate Collection 1967-1997 2013Edition

2017/12/22

Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack (2017)

The original soundtrack of "Rez Infinite" (published by Enhance Games in 2016) for PlayStation 4/PlayStation VR/Microsoft Windows, the remastered edition (playable in VR mode) of the synesthesia shooter game "Rez" (published by Sega in 2001) for PlayStation 2/Dreamcast. This album packs not the sound sources with the game, but the remixes of the original tracks used in the game. A double CD. The disc 1 (10 tracks) is the same as "Rez: Gamer's Guide to..." (released in 2002), the official mix collection of the original tracks. It can be listened to as a techno compilation album featuring the original tracks by Japanese/German/English artists including Ken Ishii, Oval, Coldcut and Adam Freeland, and including the elements of intelligent techno, trance, breakbeat, glitch and ambient. The disc 2 (7 tracks) packs new, emotional and melodic tracks for "area X", the new stage of the VR edition, created by Hydelic (a group of sound creators in the developer "Resonair", Takako Ishida and Noboru Mutoh), including songs with female vocals.

Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack