Posts Tagged ‘J-Pop’

Five songs I always have to listen to more than once

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Hot Rain – Edith Bliss

 

TV Eye – The Stooges

 

Security – Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons (cover of the Otis Redding song, via Thane Russal)

(only the live version’s on YT now 😐 )

 

Modern Love – David Bowie

 

トキメキがいたくて – Chieri Ito

The rest of J-pop

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Every now and then I do another one of these J-Pop intro loop songs. I keep meaning to put together another album of them called Second Best of J-Pop.

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Five film clips for GUANBARE by Noriko Sakai

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRU3d-thYz4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAH6kosOz9o

Best of J-Pop

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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I am really happy with this.

I’ve been listening to a lot of 80’s J-Pop. And, apart from enjoying it a lot, find myself often frustrated that the introductions—a standard ingredient in the formula—are often the best parts of the songs, and also often quite different to the rest of the melody.

I made a half-serious resolution to make an album of only J-Pop intros, thinking I might make one or two. I was really pleased to find a lot more in the results. It’s gotten me excited about the idea of making things designed to not hold a person’s attention. A stimulating place where attention drifts in and out, and gives a person a place to think and daydream. I find myself alternately keenly focused on every element of the short looped clips and having productive thinking time. I guess these clips are all of moments in songs that are particularly transitory, and dare I say the overused term: liminal. It’s pretty easy to join the dots between this album and other works of mine.

I also left a comment on the album’s Bandcamp page calling these ‘serving suggestions’. They loop perfectly, so you can listen to any one as long as you wish. I could probably listen to Dancing Hero (modern version) all day, maybe all day every day.

As an interesting piece of trivia: this release is exactly seven years after my last album (which has been tidied up a bit and it also on Bandcamp).