Implant 4 Synth Store, Osaka

October 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

see this post for more info/address etc:
musicofsound.co.nz/blog/implant-4-osaka-synth-shop

While the Harajuku, Tokyo based Five G Synth store is very well known, it took me two attempts to locate Implant 4 in Osaka – the first time I was pushed for time and had an erroneous google maps link and visited an interesting part of the city… but this time I doubled checked the location with the map on their website, bookmarked the location on my iPad & set off feeling more confident…. If you happen to be in Osaka, save this location to your google map and you can’t go too far wrong! This is the street it is located on, find the pink slug sign & go up the stairs…

Full story here >>

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai 七人の侍 x0xb0x Gorobei Katayama 片山五郎兵衛

September 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Despite the slight cryptic header this is a nice machine :-)

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai 七人の侍 x0xb0x special tribute edition. Here are seven x0xb0x made with full audio analog modifications. They have an outstanding sound capabilities, not only clonning the original Roland TB303 sound, even adding more powerful sound mods. Totally hand made and with the name of each samurai engraved on it. Very limited edition of very powerful analog synth.

Kanpai – on Elektron Monomachine

September 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

【Elektron 歌ものUP祭り】
Japanese pop song “Kanpai” (Prosit, Salud, Cheers) performed with Elektron Monomachine.
External FX added by Lexicon MX300.
This movie was created for an Upload festival of Elektron users’ group in Japan.

Sanshin – 涙そうそう / 夏川りみ – Electronic instrument for iOS

August 25, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://itunes.apple.com/app/sanshin/id328157378
iPhone向け楽器アプリ「Sanshin (三線)」デモ動画です。
Demo for iPhone app “Sanshin” simulating Okinawa / Japanese Traditional “Three Strings”

Electronic music: Battery Operated – Girls Only

June 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Here’s a new video featuring Japanese electro pop group Battery Operated, famous for only using instruments powered by batteries, such as the Nintendo DS:

We are having a release party for our first album “Battery Operated: Girls Only.” Come see us throwing ultimate electronic tunes with our nintendo DS!! We are a group of female music composers exclusively uses the battery operated electronic musical instruments, such as KORG DS-10, KORG M01, monotron, monotribe, kaosillator, mini-KP, microKORG, and so on, to make music.

Official Website: 
‪http://denchikudoushiki.web.fc2.com/
SoundCloud:
 ‪http://soundcloud.com/battery-operated

New ambient electronic album from the Japanese act Bears in Nippon

May 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a new amazing ambient electronic album from Bears in Nippon

Here’s how they describe their new album:

Japanese ambient electro pop act has delivered a new and exciting mix of classic synth pop tunes and ambient electronic sounds paired with many traditional Japanese sounds and voices. Vocals performed on Fuji by Victor Graphics.

Listen and purchase here:

Or you can simply listen to the entire album on Spotify, here’s a sample track:

Full album on Spotify here >>

Enjoy :-)

Tokyo Techno Girl with MadPad

November 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

APP of iPad, MadPad .
samples in the town in tokyo.

MadPad
http://www.smule.com/madpad

Photo/Movie karsin
http://karsin.net/

Get MadPad for iPhone here: http://bit.ly/MadPad-iPhones, Get MadPad for iPad here: http://bit.ly/MadPad-HD

When you download MadPad you can make your own remix of this set of video clips! It’s like magic!

MadPad for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Smule.

Shō- Japanese Mouth organ with Native

November 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:

I made a recording of a Shō (japanese Mouth Organ) playing several chords.I processed the file using Absynth’s granular engine and envelopes.

Sho and U

In the 8th century, a variety of Chinese sheng were introduced to the Japanese court. Some of these instruments, called u by the Japanese, are still preserved in the Shoso-In Imperial Treasure House in the ancient capital of Nara. The present day Japanese free-reed mouth organ, or sho, evolved from these instruments. Sho are traditionally used to produce a chordal texture in Gagaku, the music of the Japanese court.

The present day sho is much thinner than the sheng, although its design is similar, with the pipes arranged in a circular fashion extending from the top of a wooden wind chamber. It usually plays at least an octave higher in general, to the sheng. The sho is an extremely expensive instrument to purchase, as the pipes are usually constructed from blackened hundred year old (or more) bamboo that has been part of a thatched roof, directly above the kitchen in a traditional Japanese house. These houses are rare now, and as such, so are the pipes to make a sho.

Many contemporary composers, both in Japan and in the West, are writing for the sho, and sho virtuosi like Miyumi Miyata and Ko Ishikawa are performing these works internationally, on both the sho and modern reconstructions of the u.

Chip music – Minikomi at Blip

October 31, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

sweet chip tunes at Blip from Minikomi

More info here >>

KORG monomania [monotribe and KP3 plaing]

October 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

And as most of you know I am not fully skilled in Japanese so I need to rely on that Google does its job right:

Tetara tinkering, it had long been forgotten about time, Bassari off to later. Well maybe not connected;;
^ ^ Could not become a song;

Some additional info on the KP3:

The sampling side of the KP3 is easy to figure out. Four samples (or phrases, because the KP3 is really of the ‘phrase-sampler’ ilk, rather than a traditional sampler) can be stored. The sampling time is 16 beats at 74 bpm—suggesting that the maximum sample time is about 13.2 seconds for each pad at 16-bit, 48kHz stereo. You can sample at 74 bpm or higher at beat values of 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 per measure. Each sample can be a continuous loop or a one shot sample. Recording a sample is easily done by pressing “sampling” and then the pad you want to record to. It’s that easy. The only draw back for some will be the fact that it only has RCA-style jacks for all incoming and outgoing audio.

Now the for best part: the effects! This section is incredibly intuitive because of the large centrally located X/Y touch pad. Effects are selected with a knob (there are 128 programs to choose from). The types of effects offered vary widely and can be used for a range of creative possibilities. From grain shifters, slicers, LFO modulation, echo, reverb, flanger, delay, filters to various combinations. Eight memory locations are provided above the touch pad to store your favorites, along with any pad motion recording, pad hold status and position, plus values for fx depth and fx release. Also, another attractive point of the KP3 is its ability to apply effects to the input of the unit, with or without samples playing back, effectively using it as a real-time effects processor. As this device begs to be used live, it does a great job at sampling the input or re-sampling the output on the fly. Another nice extra is the ability of the KP3 to provide a tap tempo and it has auto-BPM detection to beat-sync its tempo to the input (sometimes the sync is sloppy but you can help it by tapping the tap tempo button, indicating to the KP3 where the beat is). This tempo can be output in MIDI to clock other devices, as well as any button you push or activity on the touch pad can transmit/receive MIDI for the option to record and playback your performances in a sequencer.

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