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    Posted: March 10 2010 at 14:25
Fantastic music (and one I would like to suggest for Eclectic, but haven't thought it out totally).

Oserezan is a fanatastic Avantish album.







Edit: the third part is not showing up for me in an embed so if that's the case for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAFyCXn0Ez0 Oh, now it is.





There are many more vids at youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Geinoh+Yamashirogumi+&search_type=&aq=f )

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Geinoh Yamashirogumi (Japanese: 芸能山城組, Geinō Yamashirogumi) is a Japanese musical collective founded on January 19, 1974 by Tsutomu Ōhashi, consisting of hundreds of people from all walks of life: journalists, doctors, engineers, students, businessmen, etc.

The Geinoh Yamashirogumi Logo.

They are known for both their faithful re-creations of folk music from around the world, as well as their fusion of various traditional musical styles with modern instrumentation and synthesizers. For example, in the 1980s, MIDI digital synthesizers could not handle the tuning systems of traditional gamelan music, so the group had to teach themselves how to program in order to modify their equipment. The album that followed, Ecophony Rinne (1986) was a new direction for the group : they had not previously incorporated computer-generated sounds into their work. The success of this album brought them to the attention of Katsuhiro Ōtomo, who commissioned them to create the soundtrack of Akira. The soundtrack is built on the concept of recurrent themes or "modules". Texturally, the soundtrack is a mix of digital synthesizers (Roland D-50, etc), Indonesian chromatic percussion (jegog, etc.), traditional Japanese theatrical and spiritual music (Noh), European classical, and progressive rock.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi has reproduced over eighty different styles of traditional music and performances from around the world, but despite having performed internationally to a high degree of critical acclaim, they remain relatively unknown.

The group's name uses Ōhashi's pseudonym, Shoji Yamashiro, and translates roughly to "Performing Yamashiro Collective".

It has been written that Ōhashi took his inspiration from a postwar 1950s group of similar characters that lived as a commune, but this could be apocryphal.

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[edit] Studio albums

  • Osorezan / Do No Kenbai (1976)
  • Reverberation Of Earth (1976)
  • Yamato Gensho (1977)
  • Ougonrin Sanyo (1978)
  • Shonentachi Eno Chikyu Sanka (In Praise Of Earth‚ To Boys) (1979)
  • Selections From Folk Music On Silkroad (1981)
  • Selections From African Folk Music (1982)
  • Ecophony Rinne (1986)
  • Ecophony Gaia (1990)
  • Exultant Pisces in Cantics Mostris (1992)

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[edit] Live albums

  • Geinoh Yamashirogumi Live (1978)

[edit] Compilations

  • Nyumon (1994)

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Love to see this in Eclectic.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2010 at 15:13
This is awesome too:


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2010 at 17:29
Great suggestion Greg. Cool band that is.
Do you want us (ZART) to evaluate it?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2010 at 17:44
Thanks, Gabriel. No need to.  I've taken it to the Eclectic team and we'll see what happens.  I think that Eclectic describes this act best.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2010 at 17:45
^ Me too, but there was Avant in the thread's title
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2010 at 18:07
Eclectic has to cross various kinds of music represented in the archives, and there are avant / experimental qualities to the group's music (though some of what sounds avant is in fact quite traditional Eastern music) so that's why I mentioned it and world (which in terms of PA would be part of the folk category) .  
Of course in Osorezan it starts with screaming, which is very Avant Prog, lol, and as Barbarella says. "A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming". 

It also has world (traditional Japanese/ folk), jazz, rock, classical, psych, choral and spiritual worlds elements, and some tribal?

Osorezan is their "weirdest" one might say from what I've read  I plan to get the album following that one very soon.

I discovered this because of a particular "choral music" mode I was into (and still am).

Osorezan is an album that would appeal to more avanteers than "melodic rocK' oriented listeners, that's for sure. LOL


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