In An Autumn Garden
"I always want to write erotic music... Not only about the love between men and women, but in a much more universal sense - about the sensuality of the mechanism of the universe... about life."
I close my eyes for this (you don't have to).
posted by lucerita
on Jan 19, 2014 -
is a composer who’s been likened to Zappa for his ambition, talent, madness, and virtuosity, but his music is considerably easier to get into. Get ready, because his large-scale orchestra project, Kiyohiko Senba and the Haniwa All-Stars, is about to blow your goddamn mind.
Let's start simple and ramp up. Hohai Bushi
sounds a bit like an Ennio Morricone composition but with more electric guitar. Taiikusai
is so heartfelt, yearning, and soaring that I cried when it got to the climax. They cover both Franz Schubert’s “Standchen" and Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t To Say You Love Me”
in ways that are all kinds of awesome. But the real treasure for me is this one
, which begins with them playing the Village People’s “YMCA” but then transitions into Daimeiwaku, a freaking phenomenal good original piece that sounds – I don’t know how else to describe it – like James Brown and John Philip Sousa decided to play Katamari Damacy together and had a really good time
. (With some klezmer and Leonard Bernstein thrown in there too, for good measure.) But wait! There’s [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Oct 25, 2013 -
is sort of like what you'd get if you crossed Kate Bush and Mike Patton. Togawa, who became known in Japanese culture after appearing in a bidet commercial
, was half of the electro-cabaret band Guernica
, which sometimes sounded very classical
and sometimes sounded very new wave
and sometimes much stranger
. Somewhat more straightforward is her rock outfit Yapoos
, which similarly varies quite a bit
. Her solo work, unsurprisingly, is quite melodramatic
, with some very interesting arrangements
, both parodically poppy
. I particularly like her covers of All Tomorrow's Parties
by the Velvet Underground, Brigitte Fontaine's Comme à la Radio
, and – weirdly – Pachelbel's Canon
posted by Rory Marinich
on Apr 21, 2013 -
"Formed by Rocket Matsu in 1995, Pascals
is a fourteen piece acoustic orchestra that makes very unique and original tunes with the pianica, many kinds of toy instruments, violin, cello, banjo, guitar, winds, accordion, and more. The sounds is always seasoned with spirit, wit and humor. And it gives people a feeling of freedom." [more inside]
posted by Rube R. Nekker
on Mar 3, 2011 -
Unlike many cinematic exports, the Disney canon of films
distinguishes itself with an impressive dedication to dubbing
Through an in-house service called Disney Character Voices International
, not just dialogue but songs, too, are skillfully
re-recorded, echoing the voice acting, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the original work to an uncanny degree
(while still leaving plenty of room for lyrical reinvention
The breadth of the effort is surprising, as well -- everything from Arabic
gets its own dub, and their latest project, The Princess and the Frog
, debuted in more than forty tongues
Luckily for polyglots everywhere, the exhaustiveness of Disney's translations is thoroughly documented online in multilanguage mixes
and one-line comparisons
, linguistic kaleidoscopes that cast new light on old standards. Highlights:
"One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali,"
and "A Whole New World"
) - "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata,"
(The Lion King
) - "Under the Sea"
and "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
(The Little Mermaid
) - "Belle"
and "Be Our Guest"
(Beauty and the Beast
) - "Just Around the Riverbend"
) - "One Song"
) - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"
) - Medley
) - "When She Loved Me"
(Toy Story 2
) - Intro
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 12, 2010 -
29 year old Hiromi Uehara
first mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind. 4 albums later she continues to astonish and inspire. On February 3rd, she released the album Duet
, a collaboration with Chick Corea, having first played with Corea at age 17. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music
, Hiromi tours relentlessly
with her crack band. I defy your jaw not to drop at their performances here
, and here
. [more inside]
posted by Roach
on Feb 24, 2009 -