I've Sound

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I've Sound, or simply called I've (アイブ, Aibu), is a Japanese techno/trance music production group based in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Led by Kazuya Takase,[1] it features the talents of seasoned "sound creators" and many different female vocalists, known as utahime (歌姫) to their fans.

They have created the theme songs for many Japanese adult games, most famously the opening "Tori no Uta" to the visual novel Air by Key. More recently, they have been creating the theme songs to anime series. Among anime fans, I've Sound is well known for providing the theme songs to such series as the Please! franchise (Please Teacher! and Please Twins!), Kanon, Air, Kannazuki no Miko, Black Lagoon, the Shakugan no Shana series, Starship Operators, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, the Hayate the Combat Butler series, Nanatsuiro Drops, A Certain Magical Index, Rideback, Sky Girls, High School DxD, Jormungand, Tokyo Ravens, To Love-Ru series, Waiting in the Summer, Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea and Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue.

History[edit]

I've was founded in 1998 by members of the six-member Takase Fight.[2] During this time they produced music for tsushin karaoke and adult game brands based in Hokkaidō. They also made two tracks for the Dancemania series, "If You Were Here" by Jennifer and "Is This The Way You Kill A Love" by Gina, both featured in Dance Dance Revolution.[2]

They first assumed the name "I've" while working on the eroge Lips: egao no yukue in the autumn of 1998. Although production for the game was later cancelled, they were able to establish ties with Visual Art's, a computer game and software maker that most of I've's subsequent works are released under.

The first game I've produced music for was Hakidame: Trash, produced by Zero (a brand of Visual Art's), released in February 1999, where they were credited as I've Sound. The game featured the songs "Fuck Me" and "Utsukushiku Ikitai".[2]

I've's big break came when the popular PC game Kanon by Key was released in 1999, featuring the theme songs "Last Regrets" and "Kaze no Tadoritsuku Basho", both arranged by I've.[2][3] This gained them a burst of fame among eroge gamers. These songs were later used as insert songs during Kanon's 2002 anime adaptation, and later as the main opening and ending themes in that anime's 2006 remake.

They released their first compilation album, Regret in December 1999.[2]

In 2002, I've was hired to produce the music for their first anime series, Please Teacher!, which helped to further spread their name among otaku, and exposed them internationally.

In April 2004, Kotoko, one of I've's vocalists who worked on Please Teacher, made her major debut with the album Hane. This was followed by Mami Kawada's major debut single "Radiance" single in February 2005, and Eiko Shimamiya's Ulysses album the same year in April. Mell and sound creator C.G mix made their major releases in 2006 (Red Fraction single and In Your Life album respectively). Most recently, Kaori Utatsuki also joined the ranks in August 2007 with the single Shining Stars Bless.

I've held their first concert on October 15, 2005 at Nippon Budokan.[4]

In the weeks before the concert approached they launched a web radio I've Talk Jam, hosted by SHIHO with Kazuya Takase and Tomoyuki Nakazawa as regulars, and had a different I've vocalist appear as guest for each show. It ended after nine shows, shortly before the Budokan concert took place.

I've Sound provided their first live-action theme for the movie Real Onigokko, with Kotoko singing the theme song of the same name. They later provided the main themes for the live-action adaptation of the visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni which was released in 2008, with Eiko Shimamiya performing the opening theme "Wheel of Fortune (Unmei no Wa)" as well as the ending theme "Diorama".

In 2009 a new singer called Airi Kirishima entered in the band, and one year later, Nami Maisaki and Rin Asami started their careers as I've singers. The three girls formed the band Larval Stage Planning, which debuted in 2011 under the record label Lantis, singing the opening theme of the second season of Baka and Test.

Eiko Shimamiya, who had been part of the group since the start, decided to leave I've in 2011. Kotoko, the singer who had been the most successful of the group, left some months later.

In 2012, Mami Kawada released her fourth album, Square the Circle including her last singles used as theme songs for the anime A Certain Magical Index and the third season of Shakugan no Shana.[5] Larval Stage Planning released their second single, which was used as the opening song for High School DxD.[6] In August 2012, a new volume of the Girls compilation series was released, and MAKO, a vocalist who had been a guest singer of the group twelve years before, made a surprising return.

In 2013 and after having suffered an unknown disease, MELL left I've Sound and released a compilation album of her most successful songs. Kaori Utatsuki released "Going on", her second mini album and also annonunced her retirement. Larval Stage Planning released "Sympathy" the opening theme song for the second season of High School DxD, and also announced that they were preparing their first album.

In 2014, Nami Maisaki and Rin Asami announced their graduation from I've Sound, leaving Larval Stage Planning only with Airi Kirishima, as a solo project. However, in the end of the year, an unexpected turnaround was announced, when Nami Maisaki returned to the group as the new Sound Creator, now stylized as NAMI. In the same year, IKU signed with I've, now as an Official I've Girl, and also three new singers called RINA, Minori Kitamura and marriage blue were presented at Comiket Market 87, with the "I've MANIA TRACKS NEW WAVE" release. Although only RINA has been confirmed as a member of the group, marriage blue remains in business with I've as a partnership.

In 2016, Mami Kawada, the last of the first generation of I've singers, announced her retirement from singing, and started her works as composer, outside I've. In the same year, IKU released a new single, called "Kimi no Namae". The three songs were composed by herself and arranged by Kazuya Takase and Takeshi Ozaki.

In 2017, Sound Creators Takeshi Ozaki, Maiko Iuchi and Tomoyuki Nakazawa left I've too. In the same year, I've released its 10th I've Girls Compilation, entitled "ALIVE". Also, YUZUNO, RINA and marriage blue made their debuts with the singles "Light and dark", "Shine your light" and "§-section-", respectively.

In 2018, after nine years, IKU announced her second album (this time produced by I've), called "TERMINAL" and to be released on March, 30.

Members[edit]

Sound creators[edit]

Member Joined Left
Kazuya Takase (高瀬一矢) - the founder of I've Sound
1999
Current member
Tomoyuki Nakazawa (中沢伴行)
1999
2017
Atsuhiko Nakatsubo (中坪淳彦) - better known as FISH TONE
2000
2005
C.G mix - works as Sound Creator and singer
2001
Current member
wata (also known as NueroSocietia, worked in I've as an outsource)
2002
2004
Maiko Iuchi (井内舞子) - also known as Miu Uetsu
2002
2017
Takeshi Ozaki (尾崎武士)
2005
2017
NAMI (Nami Maisaki / 舞崎なみ) - started as singer in 2010 and became Sound Creator in 2014
2010
Current member

Singers[edit]

I've Official Singers Joined Left
MELL
1999
2013
AKI
1999
2001
Eiko Shimamiya (島みやえい子)
1999
2011
SHIHO
2000
2006
KOTOKO
2000
2011
MOMO (Hitomi Momoi / モモイヒトミ)
2001
2006
Mami Kawada (川田まみ)
2001
2016
Kaori Utatsuki (詩月カオリ)
2002
2013
Reina (怜奈)
2004
2006
Airi Kirishima (桐島愛里) - Larval Stage Planning sole member.
2009
Current member
Rin Asami (朝見琳)
2010
2014
YUZUNO (柚子乃)
2013
Current member
IKU
2014
Current member
RINA
2014
Current member
Long-term Guests & Partnerships Joined Left
Ayana (彩菜)
1999
2004
Lia
2000
2005
MAKO
2000
2011
2004
2015
Maon Kurosaki
2010
Still working with I've
marriage blue
2014
Still working with I've
Ray
2011
2017

Minor guest singers[edit]

Other staff[edit]

  • Fukuko Tsujiuchi (辻内富久子) - artist manager
  • Haruhiko "Harry" Yoshida (吉田春彦) - live band member for I've concerts, drums
  • Hiroyuki Kobayashi (小林拡幸) - tour driver/at large
  • Michihito Terayama (寺山亨史) - artist manager
  • Naoki Itagaki (板垣直基)
  • Yasutaka Ipposhi (一法師康孝) Executive Producer of I've Sound.

Discography[edit]

Girls Compilation albums[edit]

Concept albums[edit]

Comic Market releases[edit]

Other CDs[edit]

  • I've Hard Stuff - Luding Out
  • I've Cure Trance Vol.1 - Psychedelic
  • I've Cure Trance Vol.2 - Psychedelic GOA
  • I've Trance Magic Vol.1
  • I've Trance Magic Vol.2
  • I've Trance Magic Vol.3
  • I've verve - circle001 - Beyond the underground groove (?)
  • I've verve - circle002 - beat spellbound-agitation mix (?)
  • I've verve - circle003 - electronica-mayhem (?)
  • I've verve - circle004 - Psychedelic Trance Edition (?)
  • I've verve - circle005 - Psychedelic Trance Edition - Journey of Space Exploration -
  • I've Cure Trance Vol.3 - Psychedelic IBIZA
  • Master Groove Circle (2008)
  • I've Sound 10th Anniversary: Departed to the future Special CD Box (2009)
  • Master Groove Circle 2 (2009)
  • I've Sound 10th Anniversary Departed to the Future (2009)

Videos[edit]

  • I've in Budokan 2005: Open the Birth Gate (2006)
  • Short Circuit II Premium Show in Tokyo (2007)
  • I've in Budokan 2009: Departed to the future (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "高瀬一矢|I've OFFICIAL PORTAL SITE". I've Sound. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "I'veについて|I've Sound Explorer". I've Sound. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Key Sounds Label albums with contributions by Jun Maeda" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dream Theater - Live at Budokan - Reviews - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "4th ALBUM「SQUARE THE CIRCLE」発売決定!" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Trip (Innocent of D)" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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