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Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

Jan 29, 2017

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

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Unlike a lot of kids growing up in the 1990s, Toru Koda didn’t have much hands-on experience with video games. “My big brother always hogged the system,” the 32-year-old, who records electronic music as Quarta330, says with a chuckle at a cafe in Tokyo’s ...

Real-time concert videos at the touch of a button

Jan 27, 2017

Real-time concert videos at the touch of a button

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Live Earth (officially written LiVEARTH), a trio of IT workers who invented an application that helps bands turn their live performances into music videos, was awarded the grand prize at Billboard Japan’s first Live Music Hackasong on Jan. 26. The competition rewards groups and ...

Jan 17, 2017

K-pop star Rain to ring modest wedding bells

South Korean pop icon Rain announced his engagement to top actress Kim Tae-hee in a handwritten letter to fans Tuesday — but said their wedding would be low key given the country’s economic and political woes. “I am going to be a good husband ...

Paellas aim to redefine the sound of 'now'

Jan 15, 2017

Paellas aim to redefine the sound of 'now'

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Fitting into the sound of the moment while still standing apart from it can be a tricky thing to do. Paellas guitarist Satoshi Anan says he wanted the feeling of “now” to come out on his band’s newest album, “Pressure.” “But I didn’t want ...

Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

| Jan 8, 2017

Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

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Last month, I was invited to speak at the inaugural Tokyo Dance Music Event — a conference consisting of workshops and talks, loosely modeled on long-running international equivalents like the Amsterdam Dance Event. On the first morning of the two-day program, I was asked ...