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The YOI Soundtrack is absolute genius PART ONE - Kamome

So, this is a post I’ve really wanted to make for a while. And, I know how much people seem to like my metas, so why not? I will preface this with the fact I am not a musical expert. I had vocal training, was in a few choirs etc., but I have no qualifications, I’m just a nerd who’s really into music and analysis. I would be perfectly okay with someone with experience sweeping in to tell me I’m completely wrong, these are just my personal thoughts and observations. Also, if you want to skim this, I’m bolding the main points.

I have a bone to pick with the Yuri On Ice Original Soundtrack(s), because they’re absolute bloody genius. And personally I think, represent a lot about Viktor and Yuuri’s relationship.

My main focus will be on three: Kamome, Passacaille In Barcelona, and Yuri On Ice itself. To stop it from getting to a ridiculous length, I’m going to be tackling this in three different parts. 

First, the appropriately named Kamome (translating to ‘seagull’ in Japanese).

One thing you have to understand is that consistently in the music, Viktor is represented by strings, and Yuuri by piano. I’m not going to claim that this is true for 100% of the anime, but honestly just listen to background in the scenes for the characters (even down to their Free Skate music! The difference between Stammi Vicino and Yuri On Ice!), you’ll see what I mean.

Personally, I think this represents their personalities. Though it’s true you can pluck strings pretty quickly if you want to, none of that really happens in the pieces we care about. In fact, Viktor’s pieces are always so steady sounding (some are waltzes, I believe? A very sturdy dance and beat). Whereas, a lot of the piano represented by Yuuri is super erratic and unpredictable. I don’t think I really need to go that deep into explaining why that represents them both, and what they brought to each other’s lives so beautifully. But oh boy, the piano and string pieces meant to represent the both of them together?

We see Kamome used in three scenes, which all represent similar events in that the scenes start with Yuuri fighting on his own, and end with a greater bond between he and Viktor. Those scenes are:

Yuuri running off to practice figures in Ice Castle (episode two)

The infamous beach conversation (episode four)

The Christmas market scene (episode ten)

And the same story is told through the music too!

Now I believe the figures scene and the market scene both use the exact same clip of the music, which happens to be the start. Honestly, just listen to how innocent it sounds. For me at least, the first part of Kamome reminds me of a music box. Which, if we take that image, makes me think of repetition (you know those spinning ballet dancers and such? – Interesting that we see Yuuri skating figures with this playing).

Now, these two scenes skip the strings sections and just keep the little piano parts. And to be fair, these are both scenes that only lead up to Yuuri bonding with Viktor, hence the solo piano; Yuuri is fighting on his own, making his own choices.

So, we’re left with one scene were the music is pretty much as it appears on the purchasable soundtrack: the beach scene. This is, in my opinion, the best symbolic use of the music. First of all, we start off with the innocent sounding piano as Yuuri recounts that story of Detroit, which again portrays him in a naïve and kind of childish/innocent light. And finally, we get the strings at this moment:

As soon as Viktor reaches out to Yuuri, the music has a different mood. The strings fill in the gaps the piano left, almost swirling around it and complimenting it in the best of ways. If you will, Viktor is literally meeting Yuuri where he is, both in animation and their figurative strings/piano representations.

The music for that scene ends there, but if you listen to the whole piece, it almost tells the story of Viktor and Yuuri all together. This is going to be a lot easier if you actually listen to it, the music is on both Spotify and Youtube.

0:00-0:28 We have the innocent music box piano, AKA Yuuri on his own

0:28-0:51 The strings have joined in, but the piano definitely seems to be leading, so this part represents where Viktor followed Yuuri’s lead, and decided to ‘meet him where he is’

0:51-1:10 This part feels more like a mutual balance, showing how Yuuri has begun to accept Viktor’s presence, and even trusts him more.

1:10-1:20 The piano is alone again, but this time much more playful. For me, this sounds like an invitation, especially with the little flourish at the end that begs to be completed. The anime literally shows this, as it’s the same moment Yuuri actually extends his hand to Viktor in invitation.

1:20-2:00 This honestly sounds more like the strings are now leading, showing how Yuuri has finally put his faith in Viktor. Now the piano sounds like the steady beat, which could perhaps represent how the tone of the anime shifts as we find more out about Viktor, and see how Yuuri created stability in his life too.

2:00-2:18 The piano and the strings are now in perfect harmony, creating a beautiful, romantic sounding duet as they’re less distinguishable from each other. To be honest, this is the exact conclusion of Viktor and Yuuri’s relationship in canon – just take a look at the Stammi Vicino Duetto

To be completely honest, I have no idea whether the Yuri On Ice creators actually intended this to be such a perfect representation of viktuuri or not, but I kind of think it is? Why? Kamome. Seagull. Through the entire series, seagulls are used consistently as a symbol for Viktor and Yuuri’s love. Sometimes it’s a mere background shot, but it is explicitly brought to our attention. Although it could just be called Kamome due to the beach scene it’s in, I have to think it’s deeper than that.  

So, long story short, some serious praise is deserved, because this is symbolic genius.

Even if you don’t buy into my analysis, please listen to it because it is a BEAUTIFUL piece of music.

(I promise I’ll upload part two and three soon, but this third is over 1000 words and took me a while to write, so please be patient)

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i’ve been doing this for a while now, and thought it may be nice to share with you guys. i never really had trouble verbalising thoughts during discussions, but seldom have been a person able to express my emotions without shutting down completely. music, and especially the lyrics of songs, have always been my outlet, like the words spoken were either my own or the ones i wished i would get to say one day; the rhythm and beat a whole new dimension. my fear of the temporary (and fear of losing these songs) was the final push to start this journal. i began collecting lyrics from songs that either held meaning personally or conveyed emotions that fit a story, and have found that not only is this solidifying a memory but it has been therapeutic too. not sure if it would matter to any of you, but if you ever face similar difficulties then this may help.

idk ;-;

Is there any Rick Riordan fans that also listen to musicals like Heathers?

And if so, answer this to me: Do you ever like lsiten to Dead Girl Walking (Reprise) and think of Alex Fierro???? IDK WHY BUT I DO PLEASE HELP XD

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: An open letter to the anime weirdos and the cartoon weirdos and the obnoxious the general white girl population and the 12 year olds that all somehow found their way into the Broadway world (looking at you, those-who-dont-know-about-any-musical-before-1980-my-favorite-include-heathers-and-newsies-and-DEH) should not be called hamiltrash or whatever (speaking of which, YALL need to STOP) but y'all have become along the lines of horrible Hamilton/Broadway weeaboos… please reevaluate your life choices, read the definition of a weeaboo (definitely would recommend looking up weeb horror stories) and then promptly LEAVE Broadway and go back to your stupid anime and comic books OR (notice that I do not use an ‘and’- I mean or) educate yourself on the real world topics and the gravity of these situations because this is the real world, not some next level anime shit. I don’t wanna hear about the next ship that you created or the frickin FanFiction you made I just want you to appreciate and educate yourselves…I don’t want weeaboos coming in and literally ruining Broadway, it’s reputation, and the chances of those aspiring to the stage because “fandom is life” or whatever. Like I can get jokes, I can get memes, I can get fan art, because those are all appreciation of the art form and not stripping it of its beauty for some fandom shit. This isn’t supernatural, this isn’t homestuck, this isn’t an anime, this isn’t a fandom. It’s a community of appreciation and education and enlightenment to higher ideas. It’s the real world. If you can’t respect the art form as an art form, leave. You can take your fandom shit and shove it up your weeaboo ass.

I got lost in your willingness
To dream within the dream - My favourite faded fantasy

It takes a lot to breathe, to touch, to feel
The slow reveal of what another body needs - It takes a lot to know a man

You helped me learn how to forgive, didn’t you?
I wish that I could say the same,
But when you left, you left the blame, didn’t you? - The greatest bastard

And if you just want to be alone
Well, I can wait without waiting - I don’t want to change you

So come let me love you
Come let me love you
And then… Colour me in - Colour me in

I have tried but I don’t fit
Into this box I’m living with
Well I could go wild
But you might lock me up… - The Box

And if all that you are
Is not all you desire,
Then, come… - Trusty and True

‘Cause love is tough
When enough is not enough - Long long way

Damien Rice - My favourite faded fantasy

listening to music that isn’t in english

“how can you like the music if it’s in another language??”
just because it isn’t in english…doesn’t mean i cant like it???

“but you dont know what they’re saying!”
…music isn’t all about lyrics, that’s poems. second of all ur lil dilema of not understanding can be solved with something known as google

“they all look the same”
answer 1: so?? ur point is???
answer 2: no they dont…you can just learn to tell them apart,,, 
answer 3: have u seen some white people

“how can you find them attractive, they’re asian”
*3492089 screenshots later* bitCH YOU WERE SAYING

“why are they wearing makeup, they’re boys”
sorry, but you’d think after living in america for the past few years, you’d catch up on the fact that MAKEUP ISNT GENDER SPECIFIC

“what does the K stand for?”
…why are you even asking this

“but it’s not in english”
news flash: other languages exist and people can create stuff in them

“what’s the difference between japanese music and korean music?”
?????? whY ARE YOU EVEN ASKING THIS

“woah you can rap in korean/japanese!!?!?!”
look i know that you probably think the rest of the world is still in the 1700s but no, they’re in the 21st century, just like us. in fact, they’re a fuckin 12 hours ahead of us

“why are there so many”
…does it bother you? what’s the point of your question…that’s just..how it is

“what if you want to sing along”
you can look up the lyrics, there’s usually a romanization. it isn’t hard to figure out

y’all like jb’s despacito and ya aint trashin it…so why is this any different

dear people that ask these questions: before asking them, please repeat them in your head a bit before asking them, the answers are usually very obvious. if they aren’t obvious, go read a book or something about opening up your mind then come back. 

i know a lot of you dont know what im talking about or even care but music producers might be interested i guess?

anyway ripping stuff from pokemon mystery dungeon:eos is a BITCH but some dude psycommando reverse engineered the game like a fucking wizard and was able to rip midi sequences and eventually the soundfont bank.

but the soundfont bank. hoh. oooh boye

you just cant identify these instruments. from experimenting though i noticed that instruments ending in the hex 0x7f tended to be drum/percussion. but the rest who the fuck knows

so im wasting my time now doing this

why am i even doing this again?? the music in pmd:eos is my favorite vg soundtrack of all time and i love the instruments in it i guess

OK SO I WAS LISTENING TO MAHLER 6 AGAIN WITH HEADPHONES AND THIS TIME I ANTICIPATED THE HAMMERS BUT AT THE END IT GETS REALLY QUIET AND I WAS LIKE “HUH I CANT HEAR IT BETTER TURN IT UP” SO I TURN IT UP TO 100% AND THEN THE ENDING BIT LITERALLY BLASTED RIGHT AT THAT TIME AND I WAS IN THE CAR AND FUCKIN JUMPED AND HIT MY HEAD ON THE CAR AND SMASHED THE WINDOW AND NEARLY KILLED EVERYONE IN THE CAR THIS FUCKIN SYMPHONY IS TRYING TO KILL ME 

psa: just because you can’t afford merch doesn’t mean you aren’t a “good” or “real” fan 

Guys srsly

Like listen to The Divine Comedy. 

I mean like watch the music video I just linked and if you dont fall in love with Neil and his amazing music then I dont know what to do with you

I WRITE ESSAYS ABOUT THAT MANS MUSIC FOR FUN.

LET ME TELL YOU SOME GODDAMN FACTS ABOUT NEIL HANNON OKAY GUYS

  • DID THE FATHER TED THEME
  • DID THE IT CROWD THEME
  • DID SONGS FOR DOCTOR WHO
  • SANG MY LOVELY HORSE ( THE GOOD VERSION)
  • SANG SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH (REPRISE) FOR HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
  • HE RELEASED HIS FIRST ALBUM WHEN HE WAS LIKE 19
  • WHERE ARE YOUR ALBUMS?
  • HE WASNT HAPPY WITH HIS FIRST ALBUM SO HE LOCKED HIMSELF IN HIS ATTIC AND WROTE ANOTHER ONE
  • EDIT: ACTUALLY HE RECORDED HIS 2ND AND 3RD ALBUM TOGETHER. WOW HOW PRODUCTIVE.
  • WHICH WAS SO GOOD ITS CALLED LIBERATION. LISTEN TO IT
  • DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON PROMENADE OH NO
  • DO YOU LIKE POETRY REFS, GREEK MYTHOLOGY, NICE PIANO BITS, LITERARY REFS, FRENCH FILM REFS, HUMOR AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF? GOOD, THEN LISTEN.
  • HE ALSO HAS A BAND DEDICATED TO CRICKET. I DONT EVEN LIKE CRICKET OR KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT DAMN THOSE SONGS ARE CATCHY

THERES LOADS MORE BUT LETS START THERE OKAY GO 

1D fans having meltdowns over the impending hiatus their boys will be taking.. and kpop fans are just like…yes tell me more about this thing called hiatus..

welcome to our world cuz we are ALWAYS waiting on our faves to comeback..

i didnt know who lil peep was until today but im reading this rolling stone article about him and this is very heartbreaking as someone who has attempted to run from their depression only to just find out it will follow you everywhere. dont know much about him or his music but loosing a young artist to depression will always make me upset

Advice for all the Young/New Goths out there

Dont be discouraged. I know getting into the scene can be a little rough and no matter where you go, there will always be people who try to ruin it for the rest of us. Dont listen to them, they arent worth it. The scene is different than what it was 20, 30 years ago and you cant do anything about that. I know that there are a lot of groups and pages especially on Facebook that put down people for not being “goth enough” or for listening to bands like BVB. And i will let you in on a little secret I learned. Most of the people who run those pages are less than 25 years old and werent even around for the original scene so they really have no right to dictate how the scene should be run or how all goths should act. As a goth in my early 20′s i am still young enough to understand what its like to be a young goth without much direction and guidance but i have also been active in the adult scene long enough to tell you that most Elder goths are not assholes. Because most Elder goths are old and mature enough  to understand that things change. A lot of them are parents and wont bully you because they have kids of their own your age, so most of the elitists who will call you a poseur or bully you are probably your age or not much older, so dont take it to heart. Never force yourself to like a band or not like a band because some goth told you to. Not liking The Sisters of Mercy does not make you a poseur. Forcing yourself to like them and listen to them does. Dont do that. Listen to whatever music you want. It doent make you any more of a goth if you know the life story of every member of Bauhaus so dont feel bad if you dont. As long as you show people that you are genuinely interested in learning about the old scene and music, thats all that matters. Seriously dont feel bad about pages like Poseur Patrol. Real elder goths who were around in the original scene think Poseur Patrol is a bad joke and a poor reflection of the subculture, so i cant stress this enough, DONT LISTEN TO THEM. They arent in the position to be judging other goths. Now when it all comes down to it, it is important that you know enough about the old scene and music but dont let that stress you out. Take your time learning and make friends with older goths who are willing to teach you. There are plenty of friendly goths out there and it can be really fun to be a goth. So dont let people get you down. Take your time and enjoy yourself.