2010年06月29日

No.140 Moments Musicaux


Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

I'll challenge to Schubert's‘Moments Musicaux'.

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Shishigahana Swamp ©Akita Prefecture/©JNTO

Now that Hall No.13 is already full, let's proceed to Hall No.14 where KenG is performing‘Galaxy Express 999' etc., the musics that gives you power to live!!


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2010年06月23日

No.139 Akai Sweetpea

Please listen to this music by YouTube.

Yumi Mattouya (1982)

This is one of the hit songs of Seiko Matsuda, but I play it's Mana-Kana version here.

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Shirahama Beach ©Wakayama Prefecture/©JNTO
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2010年06月12日

No.138 Koino Shizuku

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Masaaki Hiaro (1968)

Now I've come back to Japanese pops again, the hit song by Yukari Ito. KenG was a high school student when he used to enjoy singing this kind of song which could be covered by simple guitar chord, Am, Dm and E7 only. This song was one of them.

This time I used castanet for the first time. Also I used viola again for obbligato which I used for the first time in No.137.

As for classic guitar in the interlude I tried to play as freely as possible which does not tied down by tempo. Please pay attention to that, too!

As for ending I finally decided to end up with simple dissonance by classic guitar.

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Oze(Gumma) © Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
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2010年06月07日

No.137 Le Cygne


Charles Camille Saint-Saëns (1886)

This is the first trial for me to asign the main melody to strings. I had always asigned it to flute until today because I was so afraid of failing to create beautiful sound by strings in my machine.

I planed to asign it to cello at first, but finally did it to viola as the cello in my machine doesn't work properly. I know many people play this music by viola, too.

I have almost reached the level of the sound I imagined in my mind although it is far from the level of the beautiful sound created by professional cellist. Anyway I did a good job if I may say so myself.

The picture below is the lake Towada in Aomori, Japan. The original one had a lot of swans on the lake, but I erased all of them exept one.

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2010年05月31日

No.136 Nocturne Op.9 No.2


Frédéric Chopin (1831)

Now I present you Chopin's Nocturne Op.9 No.2 which I had long been wanting to try, and yet hesitated to do so because it seemed to me too difficult to master.

Successful performance of No.132 and No.135 gave me some confidence in my sucucess this time again.

You may notice that this music is more difficult than the one you just imagine if you really want to play it beautifully.

I managed to finish it although there are a lot of small items that could be amended.

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The Busena Terrace Okinawa
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2010年05月04日

No.135 Notturno III Olieb


Franz Liszt (1850)

I had wondered such an orthodox classical music as this one could be played by MIDI or not, but I challenged in anyway just like I did in No.132.

Converting note's data into MIDI data is not so troublesome, but it's very difficult to express such mucical instructions as‘Piu Animato con passione',‘Sempre piu rinforzando',‘Appassionato assai', etc., by computer.

As usual I refered to the model play by professional pianist on U-tube. I'm quite satisfied with my performance this time, too.

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Venus Line ©Nagano Prefecture/© JNTO
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2010年04月30日

No.134 Run Away

Please listen to this music by YouTube.

Tadao INOUE (1980)

Challenge to the‘Do-Wap' music. This was originally a CM song sang by‘Rats & Stars', and made a big break in 1980.

My favorite machine‘SC-88Pro' can produce human voice or chorus, but the range is quite limited (Aah, Lah, Tooh, and Dah). Finally I used‘Tooh' and‘Aah' only.

I wanted to create the brilliant sound of Trampet solo which Nobuyoshi KUWANO played in the interlude in their performance.

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Aqua-Line ©Chiba-Prefectural Tourist Association/©JNTO
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2010年04月24日

No.133 Chiisana Nikki

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Kazunori OCHIAI (1968)

Hit song sang by‘Four Saints' who were one of the most popular folk song singer group at that time.

KenG used to enjoy singing this song with his folk-guitar accompanied in his late teens.

Now that he's grown up to be sixty years old, he's happy to have lived long enough to enjoy this song again with his own orchestra using MIDI.

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Azusa river ©Nagano Prefecture/© JNTO
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2010年04月21日

No.132 Chopin's Étude Op.10 No.3 in E major


Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)

According to the Wekipedia this song was used as a theme song in a German film in 1934, and became very popular as‘Parting song' in Japan, and ‘Tristesse / Sadness' in France.

Now I'm grappling with this song with the score downloaded from the internet, referring to the several live performances in You-Tube. I did my best to make it sounds as vivid as possible as if it were performed not by MIDI, but by professional pianist.

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Hachimantai-Onuma area ©Akita Prefecture/©JNTO
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2010年04月04日

No.131 Getting Straight


Ronald Stein (1970)

Theme song of American movie with the same title. I hadn't seen the film, but listened to this music many times on radio at mid-night in my university days.

Student riots and campus disturbances were prevailing all over Japan at that time, just like the story of this American movie.

I found out the score of the main melody with chords on the music magazine which I bought 40 years ago. Refering to this score and modeling after the live performance in U-tube, I did it by MIDI by myself. I managed to create the beautiful harmony of the main melody, and the thrilling atomosphere underlying throught this song. Please enjoy.

Forty years have passed since that time, and these students of that time have grown up to be around 60 years old now. Some of them might be the managing directors or somebody of the companis in the following skyscrapers in Shinjuku.

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Tokyo,Shinjuku ©Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
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