YMO or T-SQUARE, which do you prefer?
Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:38 PM
ymo - the end of asia (live at budokhan 1980)
anybody wanna try and help me search out with some production budgets from solid state survivor or some of the more mid-super-popular era albums had for some of these records? i remember the back cover of one of the cd's was receipts for all the stuff they used for the album and lists of all the stuff. i donno how i'd search for that particular piece of artwork however
Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:40 AM
Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:44 AM
OMENS OF RYDEEN
CHOW YUN SQADRON!
first of all, funky fm music just really does it for me. Even if it's something corny like early mariah carey I can get way into the music with the fm bass and keys going on. Then, there's everything else in this song. The enigmatic title. The synth programming brings out all the right emotional responses in me: leads that remind me of thunderforce (even if the portamento isn't quite as exaggerated), chording synths that remind me of very old and charming genesis osts like super monaco (except somehow they don't sound as flimsy here), and of course a solid bass. Great original motifs, interesting harmonies, good melody, rhythm.. everything that can make a song great is here!
Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:35 PM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:57 PM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:28 PM
Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:18 AM
YMO have always struck me as a bit more "heady," like a tad more leaning toward proggy and experimental, whereas T-Square seem to be just about good vibes and riding a golden triumph. That's not a slight against YMO (and they definitely have the better live show), though, so I think I might have to refrain from voting, here.
definitely YMO is more 'heady' and I think that's why I like em a lot more too. Also, I feel like I can hear a lot more direct influence from their songs in VG music. the Robowarrior soundtrack would not exist as it is w/out Technopolis, for instance.
and, the concept behind YMO is just such a super well-informed, cutting and insightful one, which would still be hard to find in contemporary Japan, much less in Japan in the late 1970s only a year or so after Said had written Orientalism in the first place... it's just crazy smart shit that's stilll waaay ahead of it's time in 2018, especially within the confines of Japanese culture.
The band was initially conceived as a one-off studio project by Hosono, the other two members being recruited session musicians—the idea was to produce an album fusing orientalist exotica with modern electronics, as a subversion of Orientalism and exoticization.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:49 PM
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