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  • Sachi 2:30 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Classical, Cowboy Bebop, , Fullmetal Alchemist, , Jazz, Joe Hisaishi, , Koutarou Nakagawa, Kuniaki Haishim, Michiru Ōshima, Monster, , , Satoru Kōsaki, Shiro Sagisu, Susumu Hirasawa, The Seatbelts, Yasushi Ishii,   

    Talent Trumps Discrimination: Yoko Kanno 

    Most of us can agree that music plays a large part in cinema; it creates an atmosphere, emphasizes emotions to the audience, and, most importantly, invests the audience into the story. The same holds true for anime; in fact, music probably plays a larger role in this medium, since only so much can be portrayed by animated visuals as far as atmosphere and emotions go. With such an increased expectation for music in anime, the competition must be fierce, and it must surely be a lot harder for the average composer to get noticed.

    Likewise, considering Japan’s reputation of traditional gender roles and scanty attempts at gender equality— Japan ranked 54th of 93 countries in 2008 according to the Gender Empowerment Measure, and 106th of 189 countries for the proportion of women in the House of Representatives, according to a 2009 survey— it would be especially hard for women to become successful in a competitive work force. However, one Yoko Kanno has overcome both these adversities. (More …)

    • BornIn1142 9:53 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised Yuki Kaijura didn’t pop up on that list of composers. I always thought she was quite well-regarded, but maybe I’m over-rating her popularity a bit. Her work on .hack was brilliant.

  • Sachi 9:17 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Avenged Sevenfold, , , , , , news   

    Mike Portnoy to Leave Dream Theater 

    I’m briefly interrupting Kon Month to bring this painfully upsetting news regarding one of my favorite bands of all time, and more specifically of my favorite musician of all time. After twenty-five amazing years of being Dream Theater’s drummer and all-about band leader, Mike Portnoy has decided to depart from the legendary progressive metal band to pursue other ventures. The official article can be found here.

    The reasons as to why he has decided to leave Dream Theater permanently remain unclear, but it is clear that he will continuing his various other musical projects. There have been rumors that Mike has sold out and sees more profit in staying with Avenged Sevenfold and related material than with Dream Theater, but I find these rumors baseless considering Portnoy’s character and position as a musician. As much as this upsets me, I do wish him well in his other projects and will be keeping an eye out for them. (More …)

  • Sachi 1:13 pm on July 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Kiss, , , Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush   

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Joke 

    KISS, the band spawned from the 1970’s that forever influenced the next several generations of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Heavy Metal, is easily one of the most recognizable and iconic groups of all time and arguably the greatest rock band to have ever existed; among many of us music geeks, Kiss is considered gods among rockers, and why not? They were essentially the embodiment of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” from the 1970’s forward. With countless immortal hits including God of Thunder, Detroit Rock City, and Rock and Roll All Night, as well as excellent stage shows filled with fire breathing, explosions, and Simmons’ classic bleeding tongue, who can dispute their clear impact within the world of Rock? Well, apparently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can, because even after over thirty-five years of Rock deliverance, Kiss has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Can anybody see anything wrong with this picture, or is it just me? (More …)

    • xeroko 8:13 pm on July 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rush should totally be in, Metallica even reccomended them when they got inducted, and one day I’d love it if Opeth got inducted, but sadly I doubt these people have even heard of them

    • EA OROURKE 1:20 pm on August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s only a sham if you think the people always know best. For those who use our brains, we understand that there ARE people within each industry that know more than we do, and that they have a right to recognize each other for this. Should KISS be in the Hall, most definitely. And they WILL be. But there will always be people overlooked who might take a longer time to get in than they should have. Like the Grammy’s, this is an industry based awards show, NOT the Teen Choice Awards, and as such, you have to have made an impact not only on the public, but on those who spend a lifetime working in the industry.

  • Sachi 9:02 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Iron Maiden + Dream Theater = Awesome 

    So, as most of us headbangers know, Iron Maiden recently launched the North American branch of their ‘The Final Frontier’ World Tour with Dream Theater in order to promote their upcoming new album, The Final Frontier, which will be released on August 16th of this year. What most of you headbangers don’t know is that this Geek was there June 20th at the Concord Pavilion to see the entire thing. Jealous? I am.

    As momentous as it sounds, this show certainly takes the number one spot as the best concert I’ve been to, and a great way to spend a Father’s Day without the pops– don’t worry; I gave him a call. The show was also a huge change in scenery from the usual Plea For Peace Punk Rock and Metal shows I work at; the pavilion was packed full of Iron Maiden and Dream Theater fans, spanning from the ages of six to possibly the sixties and older. However, much alike the usual crowd at the Plea For Peace Center, just about everybody attending the concert was simply looking to have a good time, listen to some good music, and show what the music is all about: bringing us together. Not that there wasn’t a few bad apples in the crowd, but we won’t talk about them. (More …)

  • Sachi 1:23 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 12 Step Suite, alcoholism, , , , ,   

    The Twelve-Step Suite — Dream Theater [Analysis] 

    In January of 2002, progressive metal band Dream Theater released their 6th studio album, “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”. The first track of this two-disc album, The Glass Prison, marked the beginning of what would soon be known as Dream Theater’s ‘Twelve-Step Suite’, a five-song compilation with twelve parts dealing with alcoholism. This suite is known for it’s unusually heavy, and aggressive nature, unusual only because it’s coming from Dream Theater, whom, up until that point, had remained a little less guitar-oriented. The ‘Twelve-Step Suite’ is actually a bit of creative therapy by Dream Theater’s drummer, song-writer, and one of the founding members, the legendary Mike Portnoy, after he dealt with a experience involving alcoholism and drug abuse up until April of 2000, after the ‘Scenes From a Memory’ Tour when he joined the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Program. Each song in the suit deals with two or three of the twelve steps, and each of the steps begins with the prefix, “Re-” as short for “Rehabilitation”. (More …)

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