The intrigue is palpable and electric in this Act I closer. I am obsessed with the constant self narration/use of third person in this show. Moments like “Waiting at the door” and “You press my arm” make this timeless novel come to life. We feel the urgency and confusion of Natasha. Stunning too, is the use of wine-glasses to achieve the sound of a glass armonica. It’s simply beyond words to hear these voices, electronica, and classical instrumentals effectively combine. Thank you for this show. Thank you for War and Peace.
Sheena Ringo (椎名林檎, often seen as “Shiina Ringo”, born 25 November, 1978) is by far one of the most powerful names and distinctive voices in Japanese music industry.
The singer with “the removed angel wings” (due to the large scars left on her shoulder blades because of the surgeries against esophageal atresia) started her career in 1999 with her debut album 無罪モラトリアム (Muzai Moratorium), a blend of J-Rock, Alternative Rock and Grunge. Ringo managed to captivate the audience’s attention from the very beginning of her career. Not a fan of huge and distinctive stardom, she decided that her third album would be her last solo one and formed her own band Tokyo Jihen (東京事変) in 2004 and made six albums with them, from 2004 to 2012.
Alongside with Tokyo Jihen, Ringo finally returned to her solo career, also as a songwriter for other musicians and a music director. She made four more albums with musical styles ranging from Pop, Punk, Rock and Jazz to Electronica, Classical and Funk.
Due to her unique vocal style and songwriting, she caught Courtney Love’s attention on her visit to Japan in 2001 amongst other artists from the west.
Rising producers NGHTMRE and SLANDER team up on a killer update to classic Marky Mark hit Good Vibrations. Ah, that song brings back some young memories. Named Gud Vibrations, the Los Angeles based producers’ new version of the timeless classic house tune is a caffeinated future bass and dirty trap version full of frothy bubbles and soulful vibes. Melodic and filthy, the track has never vibrated as much as it does now, on NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s track.
The maudlin tune was written by Giorgio Moroder, who was known more for the pulsing electronica beats of classic drugsploitation films like Scarface and Midnight Express than sappy love ballads, and recorded by California new-wave band Berlin. To say everyone in the band hated it would be a stretch. Lead singer Terri Nunn, who appears in the music video in a skunked ‘do and inexplicably shredded and soiled coveralls, was a fan of the track.
However, bassist and songwriter John Crawford loathed it. Berlin had already found some success with new-wave classics like “The Metro” and “No More Words”, so the sentimental "Take My Breath Away” was a pretty big departure from their signature sound, and Crawford let his objections be known. Signature sound or not, it was by far the band’s biggest hit, so a rift was inevitable. The rest of the group agreed with Crawford that the song totally sucks, and the ensuing infighting led to Berlin’s breakup less than a year after its release.
Porter Robinson has revealed a second epic anthem under his new alter-ego Virtual Self after dazzling us with his trance and techno leaning single Eon Break. Song number two is named Ghost Voices, and it’s a dynamic sprawling track which he describes as “neo-trance”. I, for one, am supremely glad Porter has taken on this new project to experiment with his new sound, which melds classic electronica with contemporary elements. If this is the impetus for a new rise in trance in the scene, I’m all for it, being the ex-trancehead I once was. There’s something about vocal trance/epic trance’s crisp synths and fluorescent melodies that I still find incredibly uplifting and euphoric. Ghost Voices definitely brings me back to my System F loving days (aka Ferry Corsten, for the younger ones who weren’t around yet when he was releasing songs like Out Of The Blue and such).
my ensemble stars ocs; they’re in separate units i made with my friends
sinfonia (シンフォニア) - a classical electronica unit composed of a 4 member stringed quartet (2 violins, 1 viola, and 1 cello). the unit is inspired by vivaldi’s orchestral piece ‘four seasons’, and each boy is based on a season (akito is the ‘autumn’ member)
city boys (シティーボーイズ) - a street styled unit that mixes hip hop with pop. romanized as “shitībōizu“ or “shitty boys”. the name is stylized as “shiti b0iz”. the unit originally started as a joke but here we are. (azusa is
ironically a country boy)
hi! can you please explain the differences between Sony Syco and Columbia and how they all fit together but are also three separate things? I'm not very sure about how the music industry works. And also does Harry have a 360 deal with Columbia or will someone else do his PR and management and such when he releases music?
Sony Music Entertainment is the music corporation that is a parent company for multiple record labels. There are well over 100 labels in the Sony family. The three biggest Sony labels are Columbia (in fact, Sony was originally founded as Columbia Records back in the ‘30s I think), Epic and RCA. Syco is a distributed label - part of Sony but not wholly owned by them. It is owned 50/50 by Simon Cowell and Sony.
Each record label has its own completely separate teams and roster of artists. Many are speciality labels specialising for example in classical, electronica, jazz, hip hop etc.
So the labels operate independently of each other, but as part of the Sony family there are countless business relationships and distribution deals across all the labels. Often an artist will have their ‘main label’ - generally in their home country - and then be signed with other labels within the same family in other countries. For example One Direction were signed to Syco in the UK (their main label) and Columbia in the USA.
Harry signing with Columbia in the US does not mean he has any connection to Syco, other than that they’re all under the same parent company. All part of the Sony family if you want to get cutesy about it :)
“360 deals” are a bit of an outdated term. I see Larries have been throwing this around but really it’s a bit antiquated in the music and film business now. It relates to branding; e.g. Columbia releasing the Harry Styles album and the Harry Styles live DVD and the Harry Styles audiobook series (joke!)…1D had a ‘360 deal’ with Syco because Syco are an entertainment company, not just a record label - Syco have TV production companies and publishing companies etc. 1D were signed to them for everything.
But no, Columbia will not do Harry’s personal PR and management. He is signed to Full Stop for management and, as far as we know, Dawbell for PR. But Columbia will promote all of Harry’s music and any other releases from Columbia and will of course work closely with Full Stop and Dawbell on that.
Hope that helps! And I wish I could figure out my tagging system so I could link you back to other posts I’ve written about this kind of stuff that might be clearer. I’ll do some tag tidying tomorrow.