is the fifth studio album by Technodelic Yellow Magic Orchestra, released in 1981. The album is notable for its experimental and heavy use of samplers which were not commonly used until the mid-to-late 1980s, resulting in a more minimalist sound compared to their previous work.
It is considered the first released album to feature mostly
samples and loops, influencing the heavy use of sampling and looping in popular music. Yellow Magic Orchestra's approach to sampling music was a precursor to the contemporary approach of constructing music by cutting fragments of sounds and looping them using [2 ] computer technology. [3 ]
Production [ edit ]
Most of the
sampling was made with an LMD-649 - a hand-made sampler developed by Toshiba-EMI engineer Kenji Murata, and a much cheaper alternative to the Linn LM-1 drum machine and Fairlight CMI sampling synthesizer available at the time. Notable samples used include Indonesian kecak chanting (Neue Tanz), gamelan and short looped vocals ("paa", "fuku", "chiki") for percussion in "Seoul Music," and the final two tracks feature factory noises. The album also features use of speech through a two-way radio, a prepared piano, Prophet-5 synthesizers, and a TR-808 drum machine. In another departure from previous albums, Haruomi Hosono has a more prominent role playing the bass guitar as opposed to playing bass lines on synthesizers (this trend appears again on the album ). Service
As with many of YMO's releases, song titles are printed in both
Japanese and English. For "Seoul Music", the kanji "京城" are used, referring to Gyeongseong (경성; known as Keijou in Japan), the name of Seoul when Korea was under Japanese rule. "灯" simply translates to "Light". "Neue Tanz" is German for "New Dance", while "Taisō" is Japanese for " gymnastics" or " calesthenics".
Track listing [ edit ]
( ) ジャム; "Jam"
Peter Barakan Takahashi
( ) 新舞踊; "Shin buyou"
Yellow Magic Orchestra YMO
( ) 階段; "Kaidan" Takahashi, Barakan
( ) 京城音楽; "Keijou ongaku"
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takahashi, Barakan Sakamoto, Takahashi
"Light in Darkness"
( ) 灯; "Tomoshibi"
( ) 体操; "Taisō" YMO
( ) の段階; "Grey no dankai" 灰色 （ グレイ ）
Haruomi Hosono Hosono
( ) 手掛かり; "Tegakari" Hosono, Takahashi, Barakan
( ) 前奏; "Zensou"
( ) 後奏; "Kousou"
Personnel [ edit ]
Yellow Magic Orchestra -
Arrangements, Electronics, Sampler, Mixing engineers, Producers
References [ edit ]