Category Archives: music

What is band camp?

 

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Yasuharu Nagura on Bandcamp

 A band camp typically refers to a high school, college, or university marching band sumer camp. Band camp is often mandatory for members of the band, and constitutes the majority of the preparation a marching band makes before its marching season (learning how to march, learning “sets” on the field, memorizing show songs). A high school marching band may travel to a college or university for band camp for use of its facilities (dormitories, fieldhouses, fields) and services, or it may stay at the school. The time at band camp is used for focused rehearsals and time for bonding between band members. The colorguard also learns and rehearses with the marching band.

Band camp might also be used to refer to an individual camp where participants focus on developing their own musical skill, in which case it would more likely be called a music camp.

Finally, Bandcamp is an American online music company founded in 2008 by former Oddest co-founder Ethan Diamond and programmers Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker, headquartered in Oakland, California. Reference

Reference

Yasuharu Nagura on Bandcamp https://yasuharunagura.bandcamp.com

What is Spotify and how does it work?

Yasuharu Nagura on Spotify

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.

Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address or by connecting with Facebook. If you’re not keen on monthly subscription fees for Spotify Premium, or just want to dip your toe in and test it out, it’s easy to get started and there’s no commitment.

You can find out the main differences between Spotify Free and Premium in our separate feature but as a quick summary, the free version is ad-supported much like radio stations. The free version of Spotify can be accessed on PC, laptop and mobile phone, but the full service needs a Spotify Premium subscription.

How does Spotify work?

Getting started with listening to music on Spotify is easy:

  1. Visit the Spotify website and sign-up. We’d recommend signing up with Facebook if you have an account as it’ll make it easier to find and follow friends, see what they’re listening to and share songs with them.
  2. Choose a subscription level. We’d recommend going for Spotify Premium as it gives you access to more features, is more flexible and will connect with more devices.
  3. Download and install the free Spotify application. There are versions for desktop and iPhone/iPad and Android phones.
  4. Sign into your account on those devices and get listening.

The basic setup is pretty straightforward but there’s much more to Spotify once you delve in and it gets smarter the more you listen.

Reference

Yasuharu Nagura on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/5WAjEtl6UiVm046W935Pe5

 

 

Live in Japan (Nagoya, 2019)

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flyer by Mr. Saida

 

I will appear in a music event.

I will play original songs this time.

Musical Program  for Yasuharu Nagura  (18:30~19:00) ※plans

・A Buddy from Rio

(from Portrait in A.I.)

・Blue Cave Live Edition

(from Mommentary Incursions)

・Victoria Habourside House

(from Tin Hau Trap)

・Beyond the Squall in Patong

(from Tranquil Restration in Thailand)

・Phuket Night

(from Tranquil Restration in Thailand)

Date :2019/1/13  Open 16:30〜

Place :ROCK BAR UK

Ticket:Charge ¥1,500 +1 drink ¥ 500

Info :http://rockbar-uk.com/event/soundear-vol-6-2019-1-13日-rock-bar-uk/

 

p.s. Live Set “Roland JD Xi (synthesizer) + Macintosh (computer) ”

p.s. (2) In case of coming, please tell my name at the reception. Tickets can be reserved in advance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Contact https://yasuharunagura.bandcamp.com

 

 

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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https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCz3Ex2cJW2lsL9evpQ8opjQ

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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.