Sunday, February 2, 2014

Wax Mask Megamix Vol. 01 - Spain

"La Movida Madrileña" refers to the mid-to-late 70s flowering of subcultural rebellion in post-fascism Spain. With Madrid at core, the movement inspired the creation of liberated music, cinema, comics, literature, etc. By the 80s, the music had mutated beyond punk into various zones and waves. This mix spans the decade, representing new wave and synth pop, power pop, and general upbeat weirdness and provocation. '83 seems to be the peak of creativity, considering how many tracks on this mix were released in that year. I've included some tunes which sound more old-garde classicist pop (Parchis, Jeanette), as well as some late decade, mild mainstream jams. While I stand by all the music on a sonic level, I imagine that the orchestral pop hits here provided the space to move "from" for Alaska and the other scene stars of the movement, with lush production and simple love-song themes. Landing full circle, the jams from '85 and beyond (a decade post-Franco) perhaps represent the dilution of earlier transgressive material. I encourage readers to research individual artists, as riches will surely be discovered. I don't speak Spanish, and I am by no means an expert on this music or its context, so this broad selection will likely seem odd and unfocused to the expert listener. That said, this is an incredibly thrilling 24-track survey of some brilliant music, I can promise that.

I'm very psyched to present the first in a series of Wax Mask era-specific mixes. I put a lot of work into this, so check it out! While a lot of this music I found trawling forums and Filestube, I want to specifically thank the blogs Nuevaola 80s and Toda mi Musik.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Mahjong Touhaiden/ The麻雀・闘牌伝 OST


The seminal VGM podcast, The Legacy Music Hour, has just ended. It's a great show, and has turned us on to a lot of tremendous, obscure video game music in the past year or so. Episode 122: Mahjong Games is a personal favorite, and we owe Rob and Brent big time for leading us to the haunting, experimental soundtrack for Super Famicom game The麻雀・闘牌伝/ The Mahjong Touhaiden. The first track the show played from Mahjong Touhaiden, "Mister Diviner" (or "Mr. Oracle") is an odd, transfixing blend of buried spoken-word vocals, Reichian minimalist composition--Music for 18 Musicians is referenced explicitly--Noh percussion and orchestra hits. Other standouts are "Female Pope", "Dancing Princess", "Dark Side King", "Match 2" and the sublime "To the Waves". To our ears this music recalls at times Saeko Suzuki's score for Jun Ichikawa's No Life King.

Developed by Micronics and released on April 16 in 1993 by Video System/Khaos, The Mahjong Touhaiden is one of many anonymous mahjong games which never stood a chance to be localized for any market outside of Japan. LMH lists as composers Soushi Hosoi and Pirowo. SNESmusic.org doesn't list any other credits for either composer. The SPC file, from which I've ripped these tracks, can be found here.

01. Opening (1:30)
02. Gambling Place (1:12)
03. Item Shop (0:34)
04. Great Rocker (0:57)
05. Force of the Tiger (3:52)
06. Mr. Oracle (4:56)
07. Female Pope (3:55)
08. Dancing Princess (4:43)
09. Good Luck Queen (4:33)
10. Dark Side King (3:17)
11. The Star (4:17)
12. Naniwa no Mahjong Shokunin (2:55)
13. To the Waves (5:10)
14. Path of Royalty (7:57)
15. Match 1 (2:22)
16. Match 2 (3:27)
17. Match 3 (0:47)
18. Match 4 (0:38)
19. Match 5 (1:13)
20. Match 6 (0:37)
21. Match 7 (1:57)
22. Match 8 (1:10)
23. Match 9 (0:38)
24. Fanfare 1 (0:05)
25. Fanfare 2 (0:04)
26. Fanfare 3 (0:09)
27. Ending (0:49)

(more posts soon, promise)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

TT/RS - D-H (1976)

By request. ENJOY.

A Few Things

Check out Pajjama, a good Norwegian band that takes influence from Technopop and game music. The album Starch is well worth owning. Grab the cassette here, or a digital copy.

Jeff over at Convertible to Yokohama has been doing some amazing work, check out his Dip in the Pool mega-post, which I provided some materials for. The blog's really got me beat in both design and research. It's the best.

More posts soon, I swear.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chris アーティスト - Poodle (1984)

Here's an album from Chris, with some of the Moon Riders as back-up band. Not bad. The sugary 50s-worshipping pop jams are more successful than the more rock-influenced tracks. More info here: http://diskunion.net/progre/ct/detail/IND06493

作詞:柴山俊之 作曲:PANTA 編曲:岡田徹
02.夏にLai Lai I Like You  
作詞:高橋修 作曲・編曲:岡田徹
作詞:鈴木博文 作曲・編曲:鈴木慶一
作詞・作曲:近田春夫 編曲:白井良明
作詞:高橋修 作曲:鈴木慶一 編曲:白井良明
作詞:高橋修 作曲:鈴木慶一 編曲:岡田徹
作詞:KURO 作曲:西岡恭蔵 編曲:白井良明
作詞:柴山俊之 作曲:PANTA 編曲:岡田徹
作詞:梅本洋一 作曲・編曲:鈴木慶一
作詞:KURO 作曲:西岡恭蔵 編曲:岡田徹

01. Spring Awakening
Lyrics: Shibayama, composer: PANTA, arranger: Toru Okada
02. Summer, Lai Lai I Like You
Lyrics: Takahashi Osamu composed/arranged by: Toru Okada
03. Longing for Fantasia
Lyrics: Masami Suzuki, composition, arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
04. Do Not Like the Caricature
Lyrics/music: Haruo chikada arrangement: Yoshiaki Shirai
05. Poodle
Lyrics: Takahashi Osamu music: Suzuki Keiichi arrangement: Yoshiaki Shirai
06. Chris Sunday
Lyrics: Takahashi Osamu music: arranged by Suzuki Keiichi: Toru Okada
07. Chris is Thirteen
Author: KURO composer: Nishioka, storage arrangement: Yoshiaki Shirai
08. Go Home
Lyrics: Shibayama s., composer:PANTA arranger: Toru Okada
09. Midnight Rock 'n' Roll Party
Lyrics: Y. Umemoto, composition, arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
10. Chris Lullaby
Author: KURO, composer: Nishioka, brewery arranger: Toru Okada