Growing Up German
  • Always getting a free slice of sausage at the butcher
  • Hearing stories where people violently died as bedtime stories
  • Closing your eyes when the Sandmännchen throws his sand so you don’t have to go to sleep
  • Making your own ice cream with Fruchtzwerge yoghurt
  • Benjamin Blümchen Cake
  • Singing a song about chinese people playing contrabass
  • “Fisher Fisher how deep is the water?”
  • “Don’t throw snowballs, one time a girl got a snowball with a stone in it in her eye and she went blind!”
  • “Charlie Chaplin went to Frankfurt…”
  • A depressed bread called Bernd
  • Knowing like 2 people who can pronound the English “th” properly
  • Humilating unathletic students in front of the whole school a.k.a. Bundesjugendspiele
  • “My grandma rides a motor bike in the hen house.”
  • Toggo Tour was like Coachella for German kids but you could never go cause they never came to your town
  • “cat toilet, cat toilet, yes that makes the cat happy”
  • “Space Taxi to the sky!”
  • “Now in every 7th egg!”
  • “Get [insert stupid ringtone here] in the Jamba Sparabo!”
  • Is it der, die or das Nutella?
  • Having friends in other states is difficult cause they’ve got school holidays when you’re still in school and vice versa
  • “Of course with the Mouse and the Elephant”

Few months old drawings but mmh for new followers ! hello ! n thank you :’U

I just want to introduce these children. “Orbital dance” readers will recognize Julien n Adrien, since OD is an AU of this comic project. Its provisary petname is “contrababes”. Contrababes tag

Julien is a contrabassist, Adrien is a promising tattoo artist ! Sullivan is a shoujo n Marta is a gift. It’s a big comic project and I might launch it next summer, or in a year. More under the cut !

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Japanese Music Vocabulary ・音楽についての単語

I re-watched my favorite anime, Nodame Cantabile. The feels and obsession are real, like the heaps of music-themed vocabulary I learned from it! Here you are! EVERYONE, WATCH NODAME CANTABILE, I AM SERIOUS!  (のだめカンタービレ)


The nice thing about music vocabulary is that there are some Kanji that keep appearing again and again, making the words easier to remember (the readings)

General Stuff


弾く・ひく・to play (an instrument)


楽譜・がくふ・sheet music

クラシック・classical music




奏法・そうほう・way of performing, playing


Some instruments
















作曲・さっきょく・composition (also a する verb)


器楽曲・きがくきょく・instrumental piece



協奏曲・きょうそうきょく・concerto (eg. ピアノ協奏曲 piano concerto)

狂奏曲・きょうそうきょく(yes, the same as in concerto)・rhapsody


Artists and Ensembles


奏者・そうしゃ・player, musician



室内楽・しつないがく・chamber music


Music Theory

音楽理論・おんがくりろん・music theory


長調・ちょうちょう・major key

短調・たんちょう・minor key


協和音・きょうわおん・consonant accord

不協和音・ふきょうわおん・dissonant accord



休符・きゅうふ・rest, pause (playing)

絶対音感・ぜったいおんかん・perfect pitch


作品・さくひん・opus number (e.g. 作品18 - op. 18)

楽章・がくしょう・movement (e.g. 第1楽章 - first movement)

The Signs as Music Hoe Aesthetics
  • Aries: The slight rumbling you feel on the floor when you sit in front of the percussion
  • Taurus: the sound of the orchestra tuning, and you already feel your heart beating faster from a simple concert A
  • Gemini: The low chatter of anticipation from the audience before the performance
  • Cancer: Music torn at the edges with pencil writings scrawled all over the notes, a testament to somebody's time and passion
  • Leo: The feeling of playing a piece memorized; not just thinking about the notes but letting the music and your fingers work their magic
  • Virgo: The bright reflective lights on the keys of woodwinds and brass in the shining concert lights
  • Capricorn: When a person is so into the music that they start to dance and become a fluid structure, free and unbridled and emotional
  • Sagittarius: The feeling you get when you are in concert black with all of your friends, kind of like being a blurry smoke cloud in the night that moves together, breathes together, and performs together
  • Scorpio: when the string players are so into their music that their bow hairs start to fray and unravel and it's a mess of blurry lines moving like liquid silver
  • Libra: the conductor's arms, especially in staccato/scherzo moments, where movement is light and graceful and just there, showing its presence but not forcing it on
  • Aquarius: The adrenaline rush of playing a solo in a piece and the honor of standing up after it ends, where you have those few seconds just for you and only you
  • Pisces: The last note ringing around the air and the heavy, almost tangible silence which occurs for a microsecond afterwards