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OTAKU SPIRIT SESSIONS -Future Funk Artists meet Legendary Anime Composers @Kitty Izu Studio a.k.a the "Abbey Road" of Japan.
OTAKU SPIRIT SESSIONS -Future Funk Artists meet Legendary Anime Composers @Kitty Izu Studio a.k.a the "Abbey Road" of Japan.
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#Japanese explanation follows 後半にて日本語訳もあります。

Otaku Spirit Sessions is an event and recording that combines artists from two musical worlds, Future Funk and Classic Japanese Otaku Music.

Future Funk is an electronic genre that began as an offshoot of Vaporwave. It places heavy emphasis on sampling and the manipulation of those samples in order to create a fresh energy. The music and it's visual component, "a e s t h e t i c", often draws from old-school Japanese "otaku" culture, like Anime and City Pop, but remixes and recreates it.

Night Tempo - Pure Baby Maker [Rewind]
Night Tempo - Pure Baby Maker [Rewind]

Have you ever wondered what would happen if musical samplers met their sources? The Otaku Spirit Sessions will explore just that. At this event, 4 of the worlds top Future Funk artists will meet 3 creators of classic otaku music, and create something entirely new.

The sessions are a collaborative recording between these two groups, but they are also an event hosted by Kitty Izu Studio. Kitty Izu, is a legendary recording studio in Izu Peninsula, Japan, and the site where many classic Japanese albums and anime scores were recorded.

Kitty Izu Studio, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Kitty Izu Studio, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

For example, the music for the anime series Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2 was recorded at Kitty Izu, and our 3 otaku music composers had a hand in creating it.

The Urusei Yatsura & Ranma 1/2 Soundtrack Albums.
The Urusei Yatsura & Ranma 1/2 Soundtrack Albums.

The 3 Otaku musicians appearing at the event are, Fumitaka Anzai, a J-Synth-pop pioneer and composer on the Urusei Yatsura series, Mimi Izumi Kobayashi, a jazz and CIty Pop artist, composer, and vocalist, who also worked on the Urusei Yatsura score, and Hideharu Mori, a J-pop musician, and composer of the Ranma 1/2 series.

Fumitaka Anzai
Fumitaka Anzai
Mimi Izumi Kobayashi
Mimi Izumi Kobayashi
Hideharu Mori
Hideharu Mori

These 3 Anime music legends will collaborate with 4 of the top Future Funk artists on the world wide webs. Those being: Night Tempo, Macross 82-99, Desired (the Sailor Team), and Tanuki. We have no idea what they will come up with, but we're hoping this collaboration will produce some interesting results and help share Kitty Izu Studio and it's legacy with a new generation.

Night Tempo
Night Tempo
Macross 82-99
Macross 82-99
Desired
Desired
Tanuki
Tanuki

The event and recording is set to take place very soon, on May 26, 2018, and on the night of the recording, there will be a celebration at Kitty Izu Studio. The Studio has limited space, but those with tickets can enjoy snacks and a live DJ-Set on the night of the recording.

However, we need your Pledges to make this event happen. Those who pledge will receive some great rewards, including a digital copy of the final recording, tickets to the event, and more. So, please channel your inner Otaku Spirit and pledge!

Arigato Gozaimashita.

(Music: Night Tempo, Video: Kevin)

やあ、僕の名前はケビンだ。職業はビデオ編集者だが、同時に…正直なところ… 相当なレベルの日本オタクだ!

今年の年始に日本に旅行に行った際、ひょんなところから、とあるレコーディングスタジオで行われていたBBQに行くことになりそこで偶然にも何人か有名なアニメ作曲者達と出会った。

そのスタジオの名前は、静岡県伊東市にある Kitty IZU STUDIO。 1977年にオープンしたキティは、日本の古典的なアルバムやアニメの数々が記録されたスタジオになりました。玉置浩二さんAll I do、高中正義のAn Insatiable Highと貴子間宮のLove Tripなどを録音するだけでなく、うる星やつらやらんま1/2のような古典的なアニメシリーズの名曲やなど歴史的な作品の数々を生み出しました。BBQの時に、スタジオディレクターである大平太一さんに色々と聞いてみたところ、キティ・スタジオをもっと世の中の幅広い層、特にオンラインのオーディエンスに対して紹介するイベントを実施したいと考えているタイミングであるとのことだった。そこで私は彼に、Kitty Studioでも録音されたである幾つかの名作から派生したFuture Funkというジャンルの音楽について説明した。これが今回のOtaku Spirit のSession のアイディアへとつながった。Otaku Spirit Sessionsは「Future Funkアーティスト」と「過去のアニメ作曲者」たちという新旧がコラボレーションする公開レコーディングイベントだ。

もしFuture Funkにあまり馴染みがないようであれば、簡単に説明しよう。Future Funkというのは、Vapowaveという2010年頃からインターネットのmemeカルチャーから派生したジャンルのさらなるサブジャンルだ。どちらのジャンルもサンプリングや音声加工に重きを置いた”Chopping and Screwing(乱雑な切り貼り)”をするタイプの音楽だ。

Vaporwaveはどちらかと言うと80年代や90年代という時代のノスタルジアを皮肉と風刺を混ぜながら表現したのに対し、Future Funkは同じ皮肉でも、「原作者への最大なる敬愛」が象徴的音楽だ。また曲調も多少アップビートだ。この敬愛(リスペクト)は日本の古いJ-Popとオタクカルチャーへと向けられている。

例にとるとすれば、Yung Bae’s のJapanese Disco Edit’s, Night Tempoの Pure Baby Maker, and TanukiのKatakana Title EPなどはノスタルジア満載の日本のCity Popと言われるジャンルのサンプルや古来の日本アニメのAesthetic(美徳感覚)に溢れんばかりだ。

Future Funkは古くからのオタクカルチャーを深いリスペクトでリミックスしたりサンプリングする。Otaku Spirit Sessionsでは更にこのジャンルを探求していく。このイベントで検証してみたいことはこれだ。「もし、現在のFuture Funkのトップアーティスト達が彼らの音楽の元ネタやAesthetic(美徳感覚)のインスピレーションを与えてくれた作曲者達本人と会ったらどうなるか」そしてもし「彼らと共同作業をしたらどうなるか」だ。みなさんも是非知りたくないだろうか。

この企みは今年5月26日にKitty IZU Studioで実施されるだ。インターネット上でも名を利かせているFuture Funk クリエーターたちであるYung Bae、Night Tempo, Macross 82-99や Tanukiなどの3人を呼ぶ。 また日本のアニメ音楽の巨匠としては次のメンバーを呼ぶ -Fumitaka Anzai, J-シンセポップのパイオニア, 「うる星やつら」シリーズの作曲者。 -Izumi "Mimi" Kobayashi, -同じく「うる星やつら」シリーズに参加した、City Popの歌手、作曲者、そしてボーカリスト。 a City-Pop diva, composer, and vocalist, who also worked on the Urusei Yatsura score. -Hideharu Mori, らんま1/2シリーズの作曲家であり、J-Popミュージシャン。

Future Funkers とOMC's (Otaku Music Composers) 達は安西さんの個人的なコレクションであるビンテージシンセサイザーやスタジオに点在する機材を駆使しながら、レコーディングセッションを行う。これは同時に公開イベントでもあるので、人数に限りがあるものの、事前チケットを購入すれば、このコラボセッションを最前列でご覧いただくこともできる。

ただし、このイベントとレコーディングセッションが実現するために、皆さんにこのアーティスト達を招聘するための渡航費、滞在費などの費用の協力をいただきたい。 我々の目標額は$7,500で、協力者に対してのリターンは次の通りだ。。。

当日お待ちしている。

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We have limited time to finish organizing the project, but we've already been preparing for months. Taichi Ohira is a very experienced studio director. He has hosted many bands and events and will be able to pull this event off without an issue.

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