Hello Japan! definitely got me swinging into 2010. January’s topic was ‘Music to my ears’. And because I found it hard to decide on just one musical subject I tried to entertain you with some ‘Music Lessons’ on Fridays. I wish I’d called them music sessions though ;)
You’ve heard several genres:
- J-Pop (some Shibuya-kei represented by Pizzicato Five and J-Rock by Sheena Ringo),
- maho☆thaidisco’s (zunppa) techno,
- film music from Ryuichi Sakamoto,
- and contemporary classical music.
Now what’s missing? Next to popular artists Ken Ishii, Cornelius, Puffy, Hideki Kaji etc. (for those of you who want to learn more about Japanese pop music, check out Nippop), I would have loved to find out more about gagaku; traditional Japanese court music that has been an inspiration to many musicians like Ishii and Takemitsu. Well, something to wish for the future. And without a post about that ancient, 100% Japanese music, there’s a recurring aspect you might have noticed in the past lessons… There was always some connection with other nations, either western or Asian. What can I say? I’m a world citizen ;)
[4’10” David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto]
I really had an awesome JAPANUARY!
I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did?