First off, if anyone was wondering where I was this past weekend, I took a little vacation and visited some friends down in San Diego, kicking off the trip with a visit to see The Hush Sound with Murder By Death and a couple other bands that really don't compare. Anyway, suffice to say that The Hush Sound and Murder By Death were both amazing and my friends and I have several complete sets of signatures. I mean, come on, how often do you get to see someone plucking an electric cello in the middle of a Western-esque rock song? Plus there are lots of really good singers overall. Thanks, OverCoat, for taking care of the blog in my absence. It looks like we've made it to one week old without any major problems!
As for more unrelated news, this weekend also saw the release of both the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. My friend and I went to camp out for the Wii, but apparently we weren't hardcore enough because by the time we got there, all the lines were too huge already, and we didn't end up getting one. It sounds like overall, both launches went about as well as can be expected, which is to say that Nintendo's was a little less messy than Sony's - with supplies like that, it was bound to be trouble for PlayStation diehards. Personally, I think I'd rather have had my Wii signed, like the guy on the right. Update: Apparently the guy is a very dedicated gamer and pretty well-known on the east coast, named Isaiah Triforce Johnson. Yes, he got his middle name legally changed.
So today I have the honor of presenting you, our faithful readers, with an older anime arrangement but a good one you might not have heard. A little more than a year ago Trenthian sent in a late entry to Anime Remix's annual Halloween contest. It never did get posted to that site, so I'm posting it here instead, because as Trenthian himself says, "I forgot how pimp this mix was."
Beginning with a pretty neat piano but soon bursting into a a pulsing electronic melody, the song is incredible: it's unmistakably Rei's theme from Neon Genesis Evangelion, but the groove is completely different and a lot of fun. Several layers of synths, filtered piano, and a persistently rockin' beat make this one remix you don't wanna miss: Trenthian - Neon Genesis Evangelion - Rei i
"Passion" -Anime and Video game music jumps off the screen December 16th at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. (3pm and 7:30pm)
From the producers of the wildly popular "A Night In Fantasia", comes "Passion", a smaller more intimate concert series that also brings to life the memorable themes of Anime and Video Games. With performances scheduled in Melbourne and Singapore this summer Passion makes its Sydney stop on December, 16th for 2 performances (3pm and 7:30) in Verbrugghen Hall, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Passion features unique and innovative arrangements from classic games such as Final Fantasy XII, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and even Super Mario Bros along with music from some of the most loved Japanese and American animated movies of all time.
Passion' is performed by a small ensemble of Sydney's top young musicians and features two outstanding and award winning violinists Ayako Ishikawa and Hiroaki Yura's. They are backed by a vibrant and accomplished supporting cast, consisting of Natalia Raspopova (piano), Zane Banks (guitar) and Josh Hill (percussion). As an added bonus in attendance will be two of the most respected and renowned game composers of today, Yasunore Mitusda (Chrono Series, Xenogears) and Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy tactics and Final Fantasy XII). Mitsuda will delight the crowd by playing bouzouki on a select number of titles, and fans will be able to take part in a meet and greet with both composers after the performance.
For the last 3 years the Eminence Orchestra has been changing the perception of live symphonic music in Australia by performing material written for the gaming generation. Past shows have included "A Night in Fantasia", which involves the full orchestra, and has become the most anticipated event of the year from Eminence Orchestra. With the rapid increase of technology, gaming music no longer consists of simple bleeps and chirps, as traditionally trained composers are being used to provide the backing for today's biggest gaming titles. Like the music of Broadway and classic movies of the past, gaming and anime tunes have become the sound tracks of this generation. People young and old will enjoy this unique and entertaining experience, all while helping to support local independent musicians.
Date/Time: 16th Dec 2006, 3:00pm / 7:30pm
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie St, Sydney 2000 NSW