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Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres chiptune, synthpop
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Self-release (2003)
Usagi-Chang Records (Japan, 2004-2008)
Avex Group (Japan, 2008-present)
Pastel Music (Korea)
smallroom (Thailand)
Records of the Damned (USA)
Bishi Bishi (France)
Website Official Website
Members Midori Kurihara (vocals)
Takeshi Yokemura (music, lyrics, arrangement)
Tomoyuki Nakamura (composition, music video)

YMCK is a Japanese chiptune band, composed of Midori Kurihara (vocals), Takeshi Yokemura (music, lyrics, arrangement), and Tomoyuki Nakamura (composition, music video).

Their work has not been confined to Japan, having released albums in Korea, Thailand and the USA as well as appearing at various events around East Asia and Europe.

YMCK's name is derived from the CMYK subtractive color model.


YMCK was formed in May 2003 when Kurihara joined Yokemura and Nakamura. They soon released their first work; a CD-R containing 6 tracks.

In 2004, YMCK appeared at Microdisko [1] in Stockholm, Sweden. In the same year they released their first full album, Family Music.

In 2005, YMCK again appeared outside Japan, this time at the Formoz Festival [2] in Taipei, Taiwan and at the Fat Festival [3] in Bangkok, Thailand. They also released their second full album, FAMILY RACING.

In 2006, they again appeared at the Formoz Festival in Taiwan.

In January 2009, they appeared in Sweden once again, this time at UppCon [4] in Uppsala, and also played in the opening ceremonies for Katsucon 15 in Arlington, Virginia (DC).

In 2009, YMCK remixed the No. 1 hit song Days by Japanese mega-star Ayumi Hamasaki.

In 2009, YMCK released their third album "FAMILY GENESIS", made available for the first time on the iTunes Store in the U.S.A.


Note: The English is not necessarily a direct translation of the Japanese. The English titles are taken from the English version of the website. For example, track one on "FAMILY RACING" was actually titled "FAMILY RACING" instead of "Opening" on the Japanese release.

Studio albums[edit]

FAMILY MUSIC (CD-R edition) (2003, self-released)

  1. Opening
  2. Pastel Colored Candy [パステル・キャンディーは悪魔のささやき]
  3. Darling
  4. Pow * Pow
  5. Does John Coltrane Dream of a Merry-go-round? [ジョン・コルトレーンは回転木馬の夢を見るか]
  6. Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black [Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black(YMCKのテーマ)]

Family Music (2004, Usagi-Chang(JP)/Pastel(SKR)/Records of the Damned(USA))

  1. Fanfare [ファンファーレ]
  2. Magical 8bit Tour
  3. Pastel Colored Candy [パステル・キャンディーは悪魔のささやき]
  4. Darling
  5. POW * POW
  6. Interlude
  7. SOCOPOGOGO (YMCK Version)
  8. Synchronicity
  9. Tetrominon -From Russia with Blocks-
  10. Does John Coltrane Dream of a Merry-go-round? [ジョン・コルトレーンは回転木馬の夢を見るか]
  11. Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black (Theme from YMCK) [Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black (YMCKのテーマ)]
  12. Your Quest is Over

Family Racing (2005, Usagi-Chang(JP)/Pastel(SKR)/smallroom(TH)

  1. Opening [ファミリーレーシング]
  2. Panic Racer 005 [パニックレーサー005]
  3. Go YMCK, Go!
  4. Come on! Swing all stars. [カモン!スウィングオールスターズ]
  5. Rock'n Roll rendezvous feat. Takahashi Meijin [ロッケンロール・ランデブー featuring 高橋名人]
  6. Sakana no Mabataki [魚のまばたき]
  7. Milky Blue -Riddle In Wonderland- [Milky Blue ~不思議の国のリドル~]
  8. Kira * Kira [キラ*キラ]

Family Genesis (2008, avex Group(JP)/Records of the Damned(USA))

  1. Prologue [プロローグ]
  2. Sabita Tobira no Dai 8 Tengoku [錆びた扉の第8天国]
  3. Pleiades [プレアデス]
  4. Starlight
  5. Izukata no Fue [何方(いずかた)の笛]
  6. Carving the Rock
  7. Future Invasion [フューチャー・インヴェージョン]
  8. Rain
  9. System Reboot [システム・リブート]
  10. Floor 99
  11. Major Swing
  12. 8 Ban me no Niji [8番目の虹]
  13. Jidai Okure no Sora [時代遅れの空]
  14. Finale ~Welcome to the 8-bit World~ [フィナーレ ~Welcome to the 8bit world~]

YMCK SONGBOOK: songs before 8bit (2008, avex Group (JP) - Covers album; original artists listed in parentheses

  1. Yume no Naka e (Inoue Yosui)
  2. Bokutachi no Shippai (Morita Doji)
  3. Ningen Nante (Yoshida Takuro)
  4. Kasa ga Nai (Inoue Yosui)
  5. Shunkashuto (Izumiya Shigeru)
  6. Manzoku Dekirukana (Endo Kenji)
  7. Kotoba ni Dekinai (Oda Kazumasa)
  8. Jinsei o Katarazu (Yoshida Takuro)
  9. Marude Shojikimono no Yoni (Tomobe Masato)

Family Cooking (2009, Avex Group (JP)

  1. Omocha no Heitai no Ma-chi [おもちゃの兵隊のマーチ]
  2. Curry da yo! [カレーだよ!]
  3. Sarada Shabadaba [サラダ・シャバダバ]
  4. Mitsuboshi Chef no Uta [三ツ星シェフの歌]
  5. Gourmet na Aitsu [グルメなアイツ]
  6. Fuwafuwa Tamago no Omuraisu [ふわふわ卵のオムライス]
  7. Kaerimichi, Bangohan [帰り道、晩ご飯]
  8. Wonderful Chocolate [ワン!ダブル・チョコレート]
  9. Ban Ban Cooking [バンバンクッキング]

Family Days[edit]

Family Days is the upcoming album by YMCK. It will be released on October 2, 2013. The band's website says of the album: "The abiding 8bit sound presents the "days" this time. Neither fantasy nor nostalgia. Just the real life."


YMCK composed the music for the DSiWare downloadable puzzle game PiCTOBiTS, which features 8-bit music from Nintendo games.

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