Makoto's Listening Room
updated over 5 years ago
Everyday I surround myself with all sorts of different music, so I thought that I would share some of the music that I've been listening to the most lately.
Even today there is still so much wonderful music in the world. And no doubt there is still much music that I have yet to discover. On this page, each week I will choose three records from my collection that I've been listening to a lot over the past seven days. I'm not an obsessive record collector, so I won't be providing any erudite information about these records. All I'm trying to do is share some of my favourite sounds with you all. There are times, of course, when some information about a particular musician might be necessary, but for me I'm happy just to be surrounded by their wonderful music. I've included the name of the label that released each record, so if you're interested you can try and track them down for yourself. Though some of them may be hard to get hold of.
I'll be happy if this page provides you with the chance to encounter some new music, or perhaps to rediscover an old favourite. If you've got any comments, views, or questions please post them on our bulletin board. I'll do my best to answer any questions. And if my selections spark ofsome discussion, all the better!
– Kawabata Makoto (2002/01/27)
NODY = Not On Discogs Yet
Not on Discogs:
makoto's listening room #1:
- Ensemble Volubilis/Entre Cours et Jardins [Ateliers Arc en Ciel]
this is the one of my favorite Occitan trad album. it sems this group plays also Baroque music often. this album was the CDR format! i can't imagine why such good album had to be released by CDR format...
makoto's listening room #4:
Danserye/El Cancionero Musical De Palacio [Preiser]
this is the troubadors group. but the sounds is like a little bit acid-folk atmosphere... maybe if you don't know about what troubadour is, you can start to listen from this album. and maybe you can find it at the record store easily.
makoto's listening room #5:
Kim Dae Rae/Supreme [Nices]
this is a great Korean shamanic traditional music. Nices released many great Korean traditional albums. i love Korean traditional music more than any asian music. too spritual!!
makoto's listening room #6:
Marie Rouanet/Chansons en Langue d'Oc [Sylvanes]
she is a famous French singer, so she sings only Occitan songs on this album. the sounds are very popular style not so traditional...(but i chose the most traditional atmosphere one...) if you can read French, please check it up
makoto's listening room #13:
-Cap-Negre/Passat Deman [Modal]
this is Occitan trd trio. they play very traditional style close to troubadours. maybe some people feels Occitan trad music has a little oriental atmosphere. of course they have their long history to meet other cultures... i'm very interested what different cultures cross over each others.
makoto's listening room #16:
Choeur Occitan Rosamonda/Se Canta...vol.1 [Gallo]
this group was directed by Gerard Zuchetto who leads Troubadours Art Ensemble too. i'm not sure Troubadours Art Ensemble is good or not...i have their 3 records...but i feel too much conception from their album...i cannot feel so much good spirits like the same atomosphere of Thomas Binkley... but this album is better than Troubadours Art Ensemble for me. especially they play many my favorite Occitan songs by acapella. Troubadours Art Ensemble has been many country. so maybe you can find their cds not so difficult. if you're interested in Occitan music and Troubadours, you can check it up. anyhow TAE's cds are good for the beginning to know what Occitan Music is. also if you can get Rosina de Peira's acapella album "Nadal Encara", you should compare it with this album. so you can know how great Rosina de Peira is.
these songs are from Japanese jail. all song is imitated from famous ENKA (Japanese old fashioned popular music). i love this kind atomosphere... much the same with Delta Blues. although of course the sounds are very different... i can guess Mikami Kan had many influence from this kind of music. i can say this is the real Japanese Blues!
makoto's listening room #24:
Regrelh / Chant Dels Trobadors [Ventadorn]
makoto's listening room #25:
V.A. / Musiques Et Voix Traditionnelles Aujourd'hul vol.5 [Ariane]