acid android is the solo project band formed by yukihiro, drummer of L'Arc~en~Ciel during that band's hiatus. They currently have one full length self-titled album, and a mini-album entitled "Faults". They also have a DVD, entitled "Acid Android Live 2003". ...more on Wikipedia about "Acid Android"
"Ai No Uta" ( Japanese: 愛のうた) was a song released in conjunction with the video game Pikmin for the Nintendo GameCube. The song was only used in commercials for the game and does not appear in the game itself, and those commercials appeared only in Japan. The lyrics are, not surprisingly, in Japanese. The song is sung by the group Strawberry Flower, who also produced the theme song for the sequel to Pikmin, Pikmin 2. The title of the song translates to "Song of Love," so named because the song expounds on the emotions the Pikmin feel in relation to their involvement in the game, and also their devotion to their given task of helping the game's protagonist, Captain Olimar. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ai No Uta"
* Nattiez, Jean-Jacques (1990). Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music (Musicologie générale et sémiologue, 1987). Translated by Carolyn Abbate (1990). ISBN 0691027145. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ainu music"
Angura Kei (アングラ系 Lit. Underground Style) is often classified as sub-genre within visual kei. However, in actuality, Angura Kei finds its roots way back during the 60's. The word 'Angura' is a Japanese abbreviation of the word 'underground'. The concept was first applied by independent Japanese theatre companies who wanted to create something uniquely Japanese. This was almost a ' counter-culture' movement, with aims to challenge the authenticity of so-called 'traditional' genres as well as the westernization that had swept across Japan since the industrial age. In similarity to EroGuro, themes are often of a sexual nature, though more in response to the free love movements of the 60's. ...more on Wikipedia about "Angura Kei"
Aube is a one-man project of Akifumi Nakajima (中嶋 昭文 Nakajima Akifumi), born 1959 and from Japan. He was interested in sound work since the 80s, but had not released anything until he was asked to create music for an art installation in the early 90s. Since then, he has created an enormous amount of work - most of which is based on one sound source. Anything is used - from glass to oscillators and even pages from the Bible. His early work is noisier, while his new direction leans toward ambient. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aube (music)"
avex trax, is the music department of the Japanese commercial giant Avex Group. It was Japan's leading dance record company during the nineties, and continues producing recordings today of some of Japan's most famous J-pop singers. Avex Trax also provides theme music soundtracks to many anime and a few video games. ...more on Wikipedia about "AVEX Records"
Bachi (枹) (also batchi or buchi) is the name for the wooden sticks used to play Japanese taiko drums, and also (written 撥) the plectrum for stringed instruments like the shamisen. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bachi"
Biwa hōshi ( Japanese: 琵琶法師), also known as "lute priests" were travelling performers in the era of Japanese history preceding the Meiji period. They earned their income by reciting vocal literature to the accompaniment of biwa music. Often blind, they adopted the shaved heads and robes common to Buddhist monks. This occupation likely had its origin in China and India, where blind Buddhist lay-priest performers were once common. ...more on Wikipedia about "Biwa hoshi"
Group Sounds is a genre of Japanese rock ( J-Rock) music that was popular in the mid to late 1960s. The most well known bands of that era were The Tigers, The Tempters, The Spiders, The Golden Cups, The Mops, The Blue Comets, The Funnies, The Wild Ones, The Happenings Four and others. ...more on Wikipedia about "Group Sounds"
Haru no Umi (春の海, The Sea in Spring) is a Meiji shinkyoku piece for koto and shakuhachi composed in 1929 by Michio Miyagi. It is Miyagi's best known piece and one of the most famous for the koto and shakuhachi instruments. ...more on Wikipedia about "Haru no Umi"
Honkyoku (本曲) are the pieces of shakuhachi or hocchiku music played by wandering Japanese Zen monks called Komuso. Komuso played honkyoku for enlightenment and alms as early as the 13th century. There are many ryu, or schools, of honkyoku, each with their style, emphasis, and teaching methods. ...more on Wikipedia about "Honkyoku"
J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. It refers to Western-influenced Japanese popular music. The term J-pop was coined by J-Wave, an FM radio station, to denote what was once called "New Music." The term is widely used in Japan to describe many different musical genres including pop, rock, dance, rap, and soul. In the Nagoya area the term Z-pop is used to describe songs popular in the region. J-Rock, Visual Kei and J-rap are generally considered to fall under the J-pop umbrella as well. Singers of J-pop include both popular musicians and seiyū. ...more on Wikipedia about "J-pop"
A book on J-Rock titled jrock, ink.: a concise report on 40 of the biggest rock acts in japan by author Josephine Yun was released in the fall of 2005. The book features profiles, discographies and illustrations of some of the most popular Jrock artists of yesterday and today. ...more on Wikipedia about "J-Rock"
Japanese Hardcore punk is often considered inaccessible to foreign audiences. The reason for this is that the scene within Japan is so large that it can support itself without many domestic bands needing to tour outside of Japan. ...more on Wikipedia about "Japanese hardcore" Made by shortopedia.
Japanese hip hop (nip hop or j-hip hop) is said to have begun in 1983 when Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style was shown in Tokyo. The movie focused on graffiti artists but also featured some early old school MCs like Busy Bee and Double Trouble, DJs like Grandmaster Flash and breakdancers like the Rock Steady Crew. ...more on Wikipedia about "Japanese hip hop"
Jiuchi, commonly referred to as "ji," is the base beat or underlying rhythm in traditional Japanese music. In the folk tradition, it consists of a simple, even rhythm, sung using kuchi shoka as "do ko do ko." This is often called "straight ji" in English to differentiate from other ji patterns. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jiuchi"
Kayokyoku is a genre of Japanese music that started around 1900. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kayokyoku"
Kentaro Sato (born 1981) is a Los Angeles-based composer of media music and concert symphonic and choral music. His works have been broadcasted, performed, and recorded in North America, Asia, and Europe by famous groups including the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2005, he was appointed as a resident composer of the Torrance Symphony. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kentaro Sato"
, more commonly known as simply "Kōhaku," is an annual music show televised by NHK on New Year's Eve in Japan, ending shortly before midnight (when NHK switches to a frenzy of "Happy New Year" greetings from around the nation). Literally "Red and White Song Battle," the program divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The "red" team or is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the "white" team or is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists and enka singers can perform. In addition to the actual music performances, the costumes, hairdos, makeup, dancing, and lighting are also important. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kōhaku Uta Gassen"
"Kojo no tsuki" (荒城の月, lit. "Moonlit castle ruins") is a Japanese song. The lyrics were written by Doi Bansui. The music was composed for koto by the pianist and composer Taki Rentaro in 1901. The song was inspired by the ruins of Okajyo Castle built in 1185. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kojo no tsuki"
Kuchi shōga (口唱歌), also known as 'kuchi showa' and 'kuchi shoka', is a Japanese system for 'pronouncing' the sounds of drums, especially Japanese drums ( taiko). ...more on Wikipedia about "Kuchi shoga"
(Min'yo) Minyo ( Japanese: 民謡 min'yō) is a genre of traditional Japanese music. The term is a translation of the German word "Volkslied" (folk song) and has only been in use during the twentieth century. Japanese traditional designations referring to more or less the same genre include "inaka bushi" ("country song") "inaka buri" ("country tune"), "hina uta" ("rural song") and the like, but for most of the people who sang such songs they were simply "uta" (song). Many min'yō are connected to forms of work or to specific trades and were originally sung between work or for specific jobs. Other min'yō function simply as entertainment, as dance accompaniment, or as a components of religious rituals. ...more on Wikipedia about "Min'yo"
For many outsiders, Japanese music is associated entirely with cheap, disposable bubblegum pop, of which there is plenty. However, many distinct styles of traditional music exist and countless artists play such music as well as folk and classical music. In addition the Japanese music industry provides buyers with steady flow of distinct forms of rock, electronic music, hip hop, punk rock and country music. ...more on Wikipedia about "Music of Japan"
Nagauta (長唄: literally long song from Japanese) is a kind of traditional Japanese music which accompanies the Kabuki theater. They were developed around 1740. Influences included the vocal yokyoku style used in Noh theater, and instruments including the shamisen and various kinds of drums. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nagauta"
Noh or No ( Japanese: 能, nō) is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Together with the closely-related kyogen farce, it evolved from various popular and aristocratic art forms, including Dengaku, Shirabyoshi, and Gagaku. Kan'ami and his son Zeami brought Noh to its present-day form during the Muromachi period. It would later influence other dramatic forms such as Kabuki and Butoh. During the Meiji era, although its governmental patronage was lost, Noh and kyogen received official recognition as two of the three national forms of drama. ...more on Wikipedia about "Noh"
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