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Hawaiian Music

The Hawaiian music by steel guitar which is said to be Hawaiian music is made by the Caucasus of the mainland of the United States, and is said to be “papa · haore · music”. Papa is a half English dull word, Haore is a white person, if literally translating it is semi – whites music. There is also a style unique to Hawaii. For example, there is a local boy wearing an Aloha shirt and playing an ukulele. Ukulele is a prototype small guitar (Bragini) brought in by Portuguese immigrants at the end of the 19th century, the theory that the Aloha shirt was made by Chinese immigrants in the 1930s is powerful.

 

 

New distribution store “YouTube Music” was added.

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◆ New distribution store “YouTube Music” was added.
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Thank you very much for using songs all of the time.

From today, according to the video service “YouTube” operated by Google Inc.
We started delivering music to the new music streaming service “YouTube Music”.

 

What is “YouTube Music”?

It is a streaming service specialized for music contents by YouTube operated by Google. YouTube version of sound recording “art track” is automatically generated, it will be distributed in the area where “YouTube Music” is deployed. Music content and official music videos on YouTube along with art tracks, it can be used with various terminals (PC, smart phone, tablet, and etc…). With paid members, advertisements are not displayed, and offline playback, background playback, playback during the screen lock is also possible.

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Store name: YouTube Music
Distribution area: domestic and overseas
Delivery form: streaming (including synchronized delivery with video)
Subjects to be registered: Single Album
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If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact.

Contact :
https://yasuharunagura.bandcamp.com

Continue, thank you.

Japanese Classical Music “Gagaku”

Gagaku has a history of over 1200 years and has been highly appreciated as Japanese classical music and also as a world classical music in foreign countries.

Gagaku is a traditional Japanese ceremonial music and dance, and music and dance transmitted from the continent of  China and the Korean Peninsula during the 400 years from the Asuka  to the beginning of the Heian period, Music that is arranged in style.

Since the Nara period and the Heian period, the performance of Gagaku was performed vigorously in temples and shrines as well as court. And for more than 1000 years, it continued being handed down by professional musicians in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. During the Meiji era, The Board of the Ceremonies of Imperial Household Agency was founded and handed down Gagaku. Recently, private group Gagaku music performance organizations are on the rise.

 

Poplar Music in East Asia

The article is about popular music in East Asia including J-pop, K-pop, and C-pop.

First, J-pop ( abbreviation of Japanese pop) is a word that refers to popular music produced in Japan, since about 1993 after the word and concept were born around 1989. It becomes one of genres of songs sung by young people.

Next, K-pop is a concept called “Korean pops” at the end of the 1980s, mass music of Korea. From the late 1980s, it was affected by the fact that the word “J-pop” began to be used in popular music in Japan. From around the late 1990’s, the term “K-pop” was used by Japanese media to refer to Korean popular music as a comparative term in Japan.

Lastly, generally speaking, the popular music of Grater China is called C-pop. Many are sung in Mandarin and Cantonese. Many of Mandarin (Taiwanese) are from Taiwan, and in Singapore and Malaysia it is not as much as English or Malay but it is sung. Many of Cantonese originate from Hong Kong. (Hong Kong Pops) In recent years, Hong Kong artists who are conscious of the continent (People’s Republic of China, PRC) market and sing even in Mandarin is increasing.

Intoroductory notes on the modes

In the theory of western music, a mode is a type of musical scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviors.  For example, the gregorian mode (greek mode) is a mode used for classification of Gregorian chant.

Ionian
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian
Locrian

In Jazz, from around the 1960’s, modern modes has been used. The first method is to use as an available note scale in certain code. The second method is to use mode as a tone, and to phrasing and harmony on it. In the second  method, emphasis is placed on the dominant tones and characteristic sounds.

In modern times, mode is used for the purpose of escaping from music by traditional narrow sense of tonality, that is, major and minor. For this reason, Ionian is not used because it makes it feel like a major tonality which is too much conventional tonality.

The definition of Ambient Music

Ambient music is a genre of music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of slow instumental music, it uses repetitive, but gentle, soothing sound patterns that can be described as a sonic wallpaper to complement or alter one’s space and to generate a sense of calmness. Intended to relax, the genre is said to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual”, or “unobtrusive” quality.

Ambient music focuses on creating a mood or atmosphere through synthesizers and timbral qualities, often lacking the presence of any net composition, beat, or structured melody. It uses textural layers of sound without prevalent musical tropes, rewarding both passive and active listening. Nature soundscapes are usually included, and the sounds of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings, and flute, among others, may be emulated through a synthesizer.

 As a genre, it originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, when new sound-making devices were being introduced to a wider market, such as the synthesizer.  Ambient music may have elements of new-age music due to usage of (synthesized) instruments, and drone music, as some works may use sustained or repeated notes. 

Ambient did not achieve large commercial success, being criticized as having a “boring” and “over-intellectual” sound. Nevertheless, it has attained a certain degree of acclaim throughout the years, especially in the internet age.  Due to its relatively open style, ambient music often takes influences from many other genres, ranging from classical, avant-garde music, folk, jazz, and world music, among several others.

 

The difference between EDM and IDM

Electronic dance music (also known as EDM) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals.  It is generally produced forplayback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless  selections of tracks, called a mix segueing from one recording to another. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called ‘dance music’, or simply ‘dance’.

On the otherhand, Intelligent dance music (commonly abbreviated as IDM) is a form of electronic music that emerged in the early 1990s, characterized by an abstract or “cerebral” sound better suited for home listening than dancing. Inspired by a variety of sources, including techno, acid house ambient music, and breakbeat. IDM tended to rely upon individualistic experimentation rather than adhering to characteristics associated with specific genres.

 

New Single – Lake Biwa Rowing Song

Lake Biwa Rowing Song

by Yasuharu Nagura

about

Yasuharu Nagura has performed new live recordings entitled 『Lake Biwa Rowing Song』that is released October 1, 2018.

He stayed in Otsu city, Shiga prefecture on August 13, 2018. After crossing the Biwako Bridge, he found a piece of music at the Biwako Ohashi Kome Plaza. It is called Biwako Shuko no Uta which is translated as Lake Biwa Rowing Song. Based on the score, he expressed Lake Biwa and its flow of water. He has made a few adjustments to the composition.

The photograph of the album is Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture. It was taken from the mountaintop of Mt. Uchimi (altitude 1,096m).

credits

releases October 1, 2018

Yasuharu Nagura – music and photo
Chiaki Yoshida – composition

license

all rights reserved

Filed Recording at Riverside (September 2018)

What is Filed Recording?

“Filed Recording” is the term used for an audio recording produced outside a recoding studio, and the term applies to recordings of both natural and human-produced sounds. Field recording of natural sounds, also called phonography, was originally developed as a documentary adjunct to research work in the filed, and foley work for film. “Field recordings” may also refer to simple monaural or stereo recordings taken of musicians in familiar and casual surroundings.

2018/09/17

Yasuharu Nagura has performed a new live recording entitled 『Bugs in A Silent』that is recorded September 17, 2018. First, he recorded field sounds of insects at riverside under the moonlight. Next, in accordance with the sound, the sound of water was expressed with a step/sequencer. Finally, he improvised with a synthesizer using the blue note scale.

equipment

elektron analog four mk II + iphone (dictaphone) + ipad (s/s)

credits

recorded September 17, 2018

written, performed, and recorded by Yasuharu Nagura

©2018 Hideout Records All Rights Reserved.

 

The Principle of the Analog Modular Synthesizer

What is the analog modular synthesizer?

The analog modular synthesizer is a type of synthesizer which exists in both physical and virtual forms, consisting of separate specialized modules. The specialization is usually in the module being designed to allow the modification or processing of one parameter of a signal, such as the frequency (oscillator), spectrum (filter), or amplitude (amplifier). The modules are not hardwired together but are connected together with patch cords, a matrix patching system, or switches to create a patch. The voltages from the modules may function as (audio) signals, control voltages, or logic conditions.

In general, when introducing modular synth, selection of modules for assembling the system is an important event before purchase, and it is the real pleasure of modular synth. But for beginners of analog modular synthesizer, it will be the first major hurdle. Choosing a module yourself is a very difficult problem unless you understand what you need and what you want, clear vision and knowledge. Therefore, I will explain the basic knowledge of the sound source circuit, the circuit in charge of the control signal, and the control standard.

Configuration of sound source circuit
The analog modular synthesizer is basically composed of the following circuits.

Circuit in charge of audio signal
The three functions in charge of the audio signal are as follows.

VCO
Abbreviation for voltage controlled oscillator. An oscillator that creates a basic waveform.

VCF
Abbreviation for voltage controlled filter. A circuit for processing waveforms.

VCA
Abbreviation for voltage controlled amplifiers.  A circuit for controlling volume.

Circuit in charge of control signal
The main circuits for controlling the above three functions are as follows.

Envelope Generator
A circuit that generates a voltage that varies with time by four parameters: Attack / Decay / Sustain / Release (Reverberation).

LFO
Abbreviation for low frequency oscillator. Send a low frequency as a control signal to the control circuit of the audio signal, giving a periodic change (For example, if you send it to the VCO, you can create a vibrato).

Keyboard or Sequencer
Function to input performance information.

Control Standard
An analog modular synthesizer roughly controls each function by sending and receiving two types of information as voltage.

GATE
Signal on / off information. Control the length of the sound.

CV
Abbreviation of controlled voltage. Control the value of each function, beginning with the interval.

In the case of a modular synthesizer, it is possible to more flexibly modulate the audio signal with a patch cable.