The difference between New Wave, New-Age, and New Music.

 New wave is a genre of rock music  popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s with ties to mid-1970s punk rock.  New wave moved away from blues and rock and roll sounds to create rock music (early new wave) or pop music (later) that incorporated disco, mod, and electronic music. Initially new wave was similar to punk rock, before becoming a distinct genre. It subsequently engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth-pop.

 New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality. New-age music includes both acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and a wide variety of non-Western acoustic instruments, and electronic forms, frequently relying on sustained synth pads or long sequencer-based runs. Vocal arrangements were initially rare in the genre, but as it has evolved vocals have become more common, especially those featuring Native American-, Sanskrit-, or Tibetan-influenced chants, or lyrics based on mythology such as Celtic legends.

 New music is one of the genres of Japanese popular music that became popular from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. In composing aspect, we added elements such as rock to the folk song, and in the lyrics side it was a new music that excluded the political and lifestyle feeling that was characteristic of the previous folk songs. However, there are deviations in definitions, etc.

 

What is Crossover?

 Crossover is a musical term that refers to a style that fuses musicality by overcoming genres of genres. It is a type of performance style of jazz that incorporates electric musical instruments and electronic musical instruments popular in the early 1970’s. From the late 1960s, it is a new style of music that incorporates electric instruments and rock style rendition style. Jazz rock and electric jazz were born, and some musicians such as Miles Davies and others tried to expand the possibilities of the style of performance. And, with the advent of electronic musical instruments such as synthesizers, performance expressions such as tone color became rich. In addition to jazz performance as a work, it also influenced mutual influence through pop music and rock. From the studio musicians in New York and Los Angeles, “crossover” music that overcomes the genre’s fence. It has been created in a more mixed form.

What is Mod (subculutre)?

 Mod is a subculture that began in London in 1958 and spread throughout Great Britain and elsewhere, eventually influencing fashions and trends in other countries,  and continues today on a smaller scale. Focused on music and fashion, the subculture has its roots in a small group of stylish London-based young men in the late 1950s who were termed modernists because they listened to modern jazz. Significant elements of the mod subculture include fashion (often tailor-made suits); music (including soul, ska, and R&B); and motor scooters (usually Lambretta or Vespa).

 

 

What is LINE MUSIC?

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Yasuharu Nagura on LINE MUSIC

 Line Music (stylized as LINE MUSIC) is a subscription-based music streaming service by Line Corporation that combines existing Line Messenger app with the entertainment system that users not only can stream the music on-demand, but users can share the music directly to Line messenger. The chairman for the Line Music division is Lim-Suk Jun.

 Line Music was initially launched in Thailand where Thailand is the second largest Line messenger market share in the world after Japan, with 33 million registered users using this service, compared to the Japanese market with 58 million registered users. Line has signed deals with major labels in Thailand such as RS Music BEC-TERO, SpicyDisc, and What The Duck to allow their works to be streamed in this service.

 On June 11th,  2015, Line Corporation launched the Line Music in Japan, with new deals with major labels has been signed such as Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and King Records.

Reference

Yasuharu Nagura on LINE MUSIC

https://music.line.me/artist/mi000000000aea2b6a/album

What is the difference between SoundCloud and Mixcloud?

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Yasuharu Nagura on SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio.

 

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Yasuharu Nagura on Mixcloud 

 Mixcloud is a British online music streaming service that allows for the listening and distribution of radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts , which are crowdsourced by its registered users.

In April 2018, Mixcloud announced that it closed $11.5 million from WndrCo LLC, a holding company based in Los Angeles and San Francisco that invests in media and technology businesses for the long term. The financing will fund Mixcloud’s expansion globally. Jeffrey Katzenberg, former CEO of DreamWorks Animation, is a founding partner at WndrCo.

Reference

Yasuharu Nagura on SoundCloud

http://www.soundcloud.com/yasuharu-nagura

Yasuharu Nagura on Mixcloud

http://www.mixcloud.com/yasuharunagura

 

 

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

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

 

 

Yasuharu Nagura「Lake Biwa Rowing Song」

 Using the performance of OpenGL, we are moving a large number of billboards with images pasted. Yasuharu Nagura has released new interpretation,『Lake Biwa Rowing Song』that is released October 1, 2018. From now on, free viewing started on bandcamp’s official site. We are disclosing part of the production process until the song『Lake Biwa Rowing Song』is completed.

Yasuharu Nagura – “Phuket Night” (from “Tranquil Restration in Thailand”)

I displayed the waveform of the sound input to the computer. At the same time, the strength of the averaged sound is calculated and displayed. “Phuket Night” was written and performed by Yasuharu Nagura in Phuket, Thailand on December 30, 2017.

Reference

Tranquil Restration in Thailand – EP

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/beyond-the-squall-in-patong/1345736505?i=1345736768