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Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

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Classical music has always been a big part of Ikuo Nakajima’s life. He never became a professional trumpeter, opting instead to become a managing engineer, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing. “There’s an excitement that only an amateur orchestra can create,” says the ...

| Jan 29, 2017

Happier times in the era of Tetsuya Komuro

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A 58-year-old Japanese man with a dyed blond mullet in a thick, woolly sweater hunches over a series of a dozen keyboards. With a casual confidence his fingers trip through a few bright, up-tempo chords. There’s something familiar about the sound — a nostalgia ...

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 ...