Archive for the ‘Music’ category

Pandora’s Consumer Experience

September 24, 2014

http://blog.pandora.com/2014/09/21/what-if-a-thumb-could-instantly-bring-you-face-to-face-with-your-favorite-artist/

It isn’t that the internet dehumanizes people via anonymity, it’s just that human communication requires more than just words on paper. Anonymity puts up a super dense mask to protect oneself in society, but it is also a barrier at times that if removed, can produce interesting moments.

This Cruel yet Beautiful World

July 18, 2014

Fitting isn’t it. That’s the product of a fan(atic) in the truest sense of the term.

Japanese version with English song translations.

Song translations don’t really work for me as I read and listen, unless I just translate the words from Japanese to English in my head (but that’s not reading the subtitles). So the first video truly is a work of hard, they re translated it and fitted the English words to the lyrics and melody, individually on a custom track.

To see the true genius, press play on both videos at once, so they synch together. Then adjust the volume sliders up and down, and see if you can detect which language you are hearing. Talk about some psych ops. If we had people as passionate and hard working as this working in the United States government, most problems would get dissolved.

Vube random music video

July 4, 2014

This is probably the only kind of pop up ad I actually enjoy or like.

http://vube.com/Tantrumjas/i-see-fire-ed-sheeran-the-hobbit-cover-by-jasmine-thompson/tIKGajr2G0?t=s

Chloe Moretz

Some random happenstance resulted in this topic.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2678081/Chloe-Moretz-flanked-VERY-tall-brothers-Ethan-Trevor-grabbing-deli-lunch-LA.html

http://vube.com/ThePortraitArt/drawing-chloe-moretz-full-color-realistic-pastel-p/X8mtRTGlo2?t=s

Warrior type songs from Japan

June 26, 2014

http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/santa-monicas-new-theme-song/

This is a continuation off of the above.

The theme is essentially about why a person might be motivated to fight. The video is spliced in from the Touhou series, shrine maidens in battle from another genre or trademark.

未来への咆哮 Roar Toward Tomorrow
Muv-Luv Alternative Opening Theme

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny.
千の覚悟 身にまとい 君よ 雄おしく 羽ばたけ
sen no kakugo mi ni matoi, kimi yo, ooshiku habatake
Wrap yourselves with infinite resolve, and spread your wings valiantly.

闇の時代を告げる 鐘が遠く鳴り響く 戦う友よ 今 君は 死も恐れず
yami no jidai wo tsugeru, kane ga tooku narihibiku, tatakau tomo yo, ima kimi wa, shi mo osorezu
A far-off bell tells of an age of darkness. Oh comrade-in-arms, you no longer fear death.

瓦礫の街を染めて 沈む夕日は紅 愛する地球(ほし)の未来を守るため
gareki no machi wo somete, shizumu yuuhi wa kurenai, ai suru hoshi no mirai wo mamoru tame
The town of rubble is dyed crimson by the evening sun. To protect the future of the planet I love…

おお 神の刃は 人類(ひと)の愛 祈りを 込めて つらぬけ
oooo, kami no yaiba wa, hito no ai inori wo komete, tsuranuke
Oooh, the blade of god holds the prayers of humanity as it cuts the enemy.

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny.

明日の平和への 礎となれ
ashita no heiwa e no ishizue to nare
Become the cornerstones for tomorrow’s peace.

熱くなれ 大きく咲け 天に捧げし命よ 弱き者の盾となれ そして 世界を 導け
atsuku nare, ookiku sake, ten ni sasageshi inochi yo, yowaki mono no tate to nare, soshite sekai wo michibike
Burn with fury, bloom profusely, oh lives offered up to the heavens, shield the weak and guide the world.

きらめく星の海に 浮かぶ おまえの面影 二度と逢えない愛ゆえに なお いとしい
kirameku hoshi no umi ni ukabu omae no omokage, nido to aenai ai yue ni, nao itoshii
Your face appears within the sea of shining stars, all the more lovely because I’ll never see you again.

背中合わせの世界 重ね合えない現実 涙とともに捨て去れ なにもかも
senaka awase no sekai, kasaneaenai genjitsu, namida to tomo ni sutesare, nanimokamo
The world at your back, the conflicting reality, throw it all away along with your tears.

さぁ 振り返らずに 風になれ 痛みを越えて 駆け出せ!
saa, furikaerazu ni, kaze ni nare, itami wo koete, kakedase!
Now, don’t turn back, be as the wind, overcome pain and rush onward!

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny,

たとえ傷ついて 力尽きても
tatoe kizutsuite, chikara tsukitemo
even if you’re in pain and your strength is spent.

赤く燃え 見事に散って 星になった命よ
akaku moe, migoto ni chitte, hoshi ni natta inochi yo
Oh the lives of those who died in glory, burning bright red as stars.

時を越え その名前を 胸に刻もう Just Forever
toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny,

たとえ傷ついて 力尽きても
tatoe kizutsuite, chikara tsukitemo
even if you’re in pain and your strength is spent.

熱くなれ 大きく咲け 天に捧げし命よ 明日の平和への 礎となれ
atsuku nare, ookiku sake, ten ni sasageshi inochi yo, asu no heiwa e no ishizue to nare
Burn with fury, bloom profusely, oh lives offered up to the heavens, become the cornerstones for tomorrow’s peace.

赤く燃え 見事に散って 星になった命よ
akaku moe, migoto ni chitte, hoshi ni natta inochi yo
Oh the lives of those who died in glory, burning bright red as stars.

時を越え その名前を 胸に刻もう Just Forever

toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.

(Translation courtesy of Amaterasu; internet group)
toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.

21st Century Music

June 9, 2014

http://elitedaily.com/music/how-one-generation-was-able-to-kill-the-music-industry/593411/

While the title seems extreme, the article makes some interesting points. Although I haven’t verified most of it, except Pandora.

Santa Monica’s New Theme Song

June 2, 2014

Well, it’s probably not their theme song, but for some us, it will probably feel very fitting.

The lyrics are easy to understand. I like that over other songs which I can’t comprehend, especially rap.

The animated movie video is based off of scenes from Vampire Hunter D. The guy that rides a black horse and wears a dark hat is one bounty hunter, and the other characters are either vampires or other bounty hunters. They were both given a contract or bounty to chase down a human girl, seen in the white dress, that was kidnapped by her vampire admirer, the guy at the end dueling the longsword user.

Well, this pretty ends up as a romantic tragedy, but it was pretty touching when I watched it years ago.

Now take the lyrics and apply it to Santa Monica, with the assumption that there are warriors or killers out there a lot scarier than the Santa Rog killer. Except that just as easily as the Santa Rog killer hunted down humans that were unarmed, so the same is true higher up in the food chain when it comes to greater predators that seek out prey in the form of Santa Rog killers.

This AMV probably makes more sense if you watched the 300 movie.

Lyrics

Dry your eyes
Dry your eyes
Dry your eyes
Dry your eyes
Dry your eyes
And quietly bear this pain with pride,
For heaven shall remember the silent and the brave.
And promise me, they will never see
The fear within our eyes. (my eyes are closed)
For we will give strength to those who still remain.

So bury fear, while fate draws near
And hide the signs of pain.
With noble acts
The bravest souls endure,
The heart’s remains.

Discard regret,
That in this debt
A better world is made
And children of a newer day might remember
And avoid our fate.

I waited all day in the pouring rain,
But nobody came,
No nobody came.

(Prepare for battle)

And in the fury of this darkest hour
We will be your light
You’ve asked me for my sacrifice
And I am Winter born
Without denying, a faith is come
That I have never known
I hear the angels call my name
And I am Winter born

Hold your head up high
For there is no greater love
Think of the faces of the people you defend
And promise me, they will never see
The tears within our eyes (My eyes are closed)
Although we are men with mortal sins,
Angels never cry

So bury fear for fate draws near
And hide the signs of pain
With noble acts, the bravest souls
Endure the heart’s remains

Discard regret,
That in this debt
A better world is made
That children of a newer day might remember, and avoid our fate.

(Prepare for battle)

And in the fury of this darkest hour
We will be your light
You’ve asked me for my sacrifice
And I am Winter born
Without denying, a faith in God
That I have never known
I hear the angels call my name
And I am Winter born

And in the fury of this darkest hour
I will be your light
A lifetime for this destiny
For I am winter born
And in this moment…
I will not run, it is my place to stand
We few shall carry hope
Within our bloodied hands

And in our Dying
We’re more alive- than we have ever been
I’ve lived for these few seconds
For I am Winter born

And in the fury of this darkest hour
We will be the light
You’ve asked me for my sacrifice
And I am Winter born
Without denying, a faith in man
That I have never known
I hear the angels call my name
And I am Winter born

Within this moment
I am for you,
Though better men have failed
I will give my life for love
For I am Winter born

AKB48 Training Auditions

February 3, 2014

I mostly understood what they were saying. But it’s not in English.

The Japanese there are showing a great deal of courage. Voice training, music training, movement training, mental training, personal appeal training, miniature idols have to do them all. Very amazing, even if their physical abilities cannot match my work, their diversity and strength of heart is worthy of respect.

Additionally, having the judges be their sempai, someone who has gone through the same experience, training, and has become a pro is very important. In the West, we often accept as authority or masters, people who have no real idea what they are doing or teaching and that has destroyed much of the individual virtues amongst the youth, at least here in the US.

Back when the snow storm hit the southeast of the US, I went outside and wanted to absorb the natural energy of the darkened world. So I energized my body in doors and went out with thin silk like pajamas and a bare torso. For about 10-20 minutes of light snow drift, it felt only a little bit cold due to the internal heat generation of chi gong and martial movements. The worst hit were the extremities like my nose, which weren’t as well protected. However, the nervousness those girls face in the auditions and training interviews, are much more powerful than the energy it takes to ward off and aura-project against the snow and cold. After all, I only had to be outside for long enough until I felt satisfied, then I would go back into the building and get a hot shower (similar to a Japanese hotspring). These girls have to put one foot in front of the other for the long duration, and at the end, all that may await them is defeat. The world is an unfair place, and that is why it is beautiful. Beauty only results from hard work, effort, and a difference in abilities, performances, energies. (It was too dark to make out things at a distance, but I heard children playing in the snow. If people saw me outside, their reactions would have been interesting to see: entertaining.)

‘I wish to offer my abilities to bolster AK48′s (deployable) strength’ is what the first video candidate said at 3:30 minutes, at the very end. Senyoku is generally used to mean military strength or total military troop capability and numbers.

AKB48 is a training group for idols, more or less. Generally idols are stand alone “talents”, with their own agency, but this is more like a coalition or alliance. They produce music works like that one.


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