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Poll: t-square vs ymo. (24 member(s) have cast votes)

who do you think is better and such, t-square or yellow magic orchestra?

  1. Yellow Magic Orchestra (12 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. T-Square (12 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

...but who is more elegant ?

  1. Yellow Magic Orchestra (10 votes [41.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  2. The Square (10 votes [41.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  3. *wildcard* The Members of Them Crooked Vultures performs Casiopea (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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#16 ShawnPhase

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:38 PM

its like, if t square is drive like jehu, then ymo is like the poor mans rftc or rich man's hot snakes. ymo uses a lot of sequential circuits stuff, and a bit of oberheim and maybe even some crumar weird pad synthes, wheres the square went for more warm 'synth' polysynth sounds.
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 :(
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 11:53 PM

OMENS OF RYDEEN

CHOW YUN SQADRON!
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:05 AM

TIGHTEN UP TAKAHASHI!
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:09 AM

ahhhohooooooooonohe di int.
asayake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!travelers
galactic funk space road dooba wooba
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:13 AM

Asayake is amazing, as is Travelers and so is Tong Poo.

They should all 3 meld into some super voltron super group of smooth jazz and synth pop.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:40 AM

its a hard tossup. though the main reason i made the poll/thread and counterpoint in the thread is so that others can question whether they could even pick one or the other of such regal bands. ive been picking up some ymo live stuff lately and i gotta say, they really kept their shit straight having all that gear and still utilizing all of it, and i guess that having that kind of respect for you know, a prophet 5 or whatever that costs x squillion yen hardens your as a musician. i love both bands, i'll vote eventually.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:42 AM

ok.....
i voted t-square to try to equalize it
i have the vid of omens of love on my desktop.
never gonna move it.
always there when i need it.
so inspirational.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 03:11 AM

its like, if ymo is the trans am of their time, then t-square is totally the archers of loaf of their day.
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:44 AM

OMENS OF RYDEEN

CHOW YUN SQADRON!

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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!

 

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:35 PM

t-square medley - prime, crisis, arcadia, knights song
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:57 PM

ymo live at budokhan 83 *rare edrumz* (turn off before tong poo starts)

so killer!
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:24 PM

Oh man Propaganda is a great movie. I definitely want to watch it again soon.
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:28 PM

YMO - TECHNOPOLIS/RYDEEN LAST SHOW FINALE DEC 22 83 @ BUDOKHAN

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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.

 

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:49 PM

Last summer I saw T-Square's "Natural" live dvd concert from Hokkaido in 1990. I retract my phrasing that YMO "definitely" have the better live show. As a synth head, a YMO show is naturally ( ;) ) more engaging to me, but that Hokkaido T-Square show is masterful.
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