Heart Beat Circuit now on YouTube!

I’m happy to share that Heart Beat Circuit is now listenable (in full) on YouTube. I’m hoping that by sharing it more people will discover Brave Wave and the amazing work they do, and I’m also hoping I might garner a few new fans as it seems to be getting harder and harder to get heard online these days.

Thanks to everyone who’s bought the album so far. Streaming will also help support Brave Wave, who have been heroically supportive of me so far. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Asami’s new album ‘A’

My co-writer for our music project Rinon has released her own album ‘A’ and it’s absolutely incredible. Asami’s new album ‘A’ features her singing in Japanese, English, Spanish and Swahili, as well as playing drums and percussion.

A legendary session musician in Japan, Asami began playing drums at the age of 3 and across an illustrious career, has played with the likes of legendary Japanese singer Yuzo Kayama, idol groups Morning Musume, AAA and Momoiro Clover Z, as well as a host of American artists, such as T.M.Stevens, Lee Sklar and Chaka Khan‘s band Rufus.

Asami’s world-reknowned drumming skills have led to her endorsing drums by Soultone Cymbals, LP Percussion and even designing her own custom drum sticks for various companies.

 

Having toured with some of the biggest names in Japanese pop music and so it’s no surprise to hear some of the most influential talents in session music appearing on her latest solo CD. Lee Sklar is a veteran bassist who featured on a lot of classic recordings by the immeasurably popular singer Yumi Matsumoto and at age 71, he recently toured Japan with the prog rock legends Toto. His humble, musical wisdom flows through every groove he puts down, and it adds a wonderful flavor to several of the tracks on ‘A’. Also starring on the album, the inimitable Luis Valle on trumpet, Tony Maiden on guitar and Pedro Eustache on saxophone.

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The album is available on iTunes, Spotify and the CD can be ordered from Amazon.

The album’s opener Sonodores is a vibrant, latin-influenced song complete with blazing horns and Spanish lyrics. Asami is featured on both drums and vocals. This leads us into Kimi No Kawari Nante Nai Kara is an upbeat, driving j-pop number with a really catchy chorus and some subtly wondrous drumwork. The third track Sun And Moon features Asami’s sublime vocal nestled in a warm, traditional koto arrangement. This song feels like the best anime ED you’ve never heard and illustrates Asami’s chameleon-like ability to play in various styles with a deep sense of authenticity and artistic intent.
The fourth track Hana Shigure (Flowers and Rain) has an evocative ambience and immediately captivates. The song was recorded in a Japanese shrine, so the atmosphere of the trio’s heartfelt performance is almost tangible.
This piece is deftly followed by Tsurugi, which sweeps us up with a rolling river of congas, shakuhachi and shamisen. Next is Asami’s very personal interpretation of John Denver’s Country Roads, a colourful arrangement with a mix of both English and Japanese lyrics and backing vocals that express her fondness of and experience of the world’s different musics and cultures.
Negai (Please Give Him Wings On His Back) is a powerful, anthemic, pop-rock number that has such a strong atmosphere, it would also be a great inclusion in an anime or emotional movie.  Tamashi no hono (Soul’s Flame) is classic jazz-fusion/funk and displays Asami’s effortless virtuosity as a drummer, with some truly inimitable drum fills, it’s a song that should appeal to any fan of Tower Of Power or Marcus Miller.
The album closes with the serene アンティノウスからの手紙 (Letters From Antonis), with truly stunning Japanese lyrics and an earnest, beautiful vocal delivery, this is a warm finale to an album that really exceeds in all areas of musical enjoyment.
The album is very well mixed and in my opinion, the CD is a very worthwhile investment, as the album lyrics and photos are beautifully laid out and the high sound quality really shines through. I cannot recommend this album highly enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 studio investment fundraiser

Hiya!

I have made this in the hope of raising £600 to buy a Roland AE-10 electronic sax .

Basically since I got arthritis in 2015, practising the real sax has become a bit tough. My aim is to get one of these new electronic saxes for my studio recordings and for future live shows , as they’re easier for me to play and more sonically flexible. I love my sax but often if I play it, whatever song I’m making sounds more jazz. With the Bluetooth MIDI outs on the AE-10, I can transform the sound into anything I like – from an ambient pad, to a kind of Blade Runner-style synth lead.

l am optimistic that it would bring me closer to capturing the melodic approach I’ve developed on the sax and I have a lot of productions that really just lack an organic sounding melody, so using my breath to define phrases and vibrato to make them more vocalesque, I can do it in a way that is more intuitive to me than twiddling a joystick on a keyboard.

Please don’t feel obligated to support, I don’t want anyone to go to undue trouble, this is just for fans that feel particularly comfortable with supporting my quest to finish more music and stay creative!

If you’re able to donate or just share, it would mean a lot!

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/birthday-2018s-music-investment

Or if it’s easier, it’s also possible to support via Ko-fi .

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I am so strong, indefatigable Pokemon-level strong!

This year I am responsibly becoming a Hot Papa and so every yen I make I wish to use to help bring my family more happiness and security. I have a lot of amazing fans and a good reputation among my peers and senpai as a very capable,  very good soundtrack composer.  Next year I wanna maximize my home studio time to have productive sessions that help me complete more music and also hopefully level-up my YouTube so I can reach new fans.

At at the moment I have a lot of near-finished productions that really just lack a final melody. I have traditionally relied upon synth keyboards, but actually increasingly I find myself disappointed by the lack of intuitive, vocalesque articulation options that the traditional keyboard allows. With my arthritis as it is, I can’t always play guitar or sax as much as I’d like, so i’d like to vary the instruments I play as much as possible to minimize over-working certain joints.

Thank you for reading and for all my friends and fans for standing by me. I will keep believing in my music and keep trying to improve it and myself. I still get lovely messages about the Highway Blossoms soundtrack and the Heart Beat Circuit album, and that rocks my world! I just wanna make more stuff that means something to people, so I’ll keep on truckin’!

g xxx

 

Heart Beat Circuit is 3 years old today!

My album Heart Beat Circuit is three years old today. Yay!!! It still means so much to me and I am overjoyed that I was able to share so much of my music as well as write alongside some of Japan’s greatest game music composers.

I was super amazed to see this video of incredible dancer Can Nyugen from the dance group Poreotics dancing to my song Krystal this week! Wow!

 

Hope everyone has a lovely day! g