Japonisme (1)

September 29, 2008 4:47 AM

I took an old 45rpm of a Japanese folk song and started dropping the needle. Took those bits, sliced 'em up and moved 'em around a little, then added some synth and electric piano, some udu and guiro. Et voila! Le Japonisme!

posted by flapjax at midnite (14 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Hey, this is nice!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:05 PM on September 29, 2008

Well, I know what I'll be playing the next time I host a dinner/cocktail party! For as simple as you make your process sound, this is incredibly smooth and elegant. I love it man!
posted by snsranch at 4:53 PM on September 29, 2008

Ha! Dinner music, eh? Cool!

Pass the tempura! And bring another bottle of sake down!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:01 PM on September 29, 2008

Cool stuff! future folk or something.
posted by god particle at 4:21 PM on September 30, 2008

Wow, this is supercool. It sounds like the soundtrack to a stop-motion animated kabuki show.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:32 AM on October 1, 2008

really very special - a wonderful audio experience and substitute hallucinogen.
posted by February28 at 7:29 AM on October 1, 2008

nice! agreed about the smoothness-of-flow; surprised, given the description.
posted by dubold at 1:28 PM on October 1, 2008

Very cool.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:36 PM on October 1, 2008

This is fantastic flapjax. I take it you also added the percussion, no?

I'd love a complete album of stuff like this. Post more if you do it again.
posted by micayetoca at 4:40 AM on October 3, 2008

Thanks for your comments, listeners! Much appreciated.

mica: yes, the percussion is from me, too. That's the udu (clay pot drum) and guiro, that I referred to in the description. Those acoustic percussion items (as well as the synths and electric piano parts) were all played, that is, not sequenced or programmed. I just played along to the record bits that I'd chopped up and subsequently arranged into a certain order.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:50 AM on October 3, 2008

This is wonderful. Wallpaper music done well and fresh. That's a compliment.
posted by mediocre at 5:03 AM on October 3, 2008

I like it a lot.

I'd love to hear what you could do with the bits and pieces of the 'Tokyo Drifter' soundtrack. I found floating about on the web. (Think enka and 60's japanese jazz). They were recorded from the dvd, so there's bits of the movie dialogue/sound mixed in with them.

(seconding the request for more like this)
posted by bashos_frog at 10:49 AM on October 3, 2008

I already commented on this one, but I was listening to all the recent songs in the front page player, this came along, and I just had to come here to say that this is truly good and unique. Thumbs up, flap.
posted by micayetoca at 8:40 AM on October 8, 2008

Really nice. Fascinating mental soundtrack effect -- dreamy, yet twisty. Thank you for this.
posted by tomboko at 9:31 AM on October 28, 2008

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