Great happy J-Pop sound: Perfume

Apr 28, 2010 No Comments

Today we covered J-Pop in class.  I spent a long time discussing the impact of postwar American sound, tracing Martin Denny’s Firecracker to YMO’s electronic interpretation of it, and then the later remixes.  We also covered Kimi Ni Mune Kyun and Tighten Up (listening to originals and reimaged covers…I’ll post on that later!) A student […]

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Manga Review: Mushishi

Apr 27, 2010 4 Comments

Primarily, Mushishi is a manga centering around Ginko, a “Mushishi” loosely translated as a Mushi-man, or Mushi-user, who travels the Japanese countryside assisting in cases where members of local villages are plagued or haunted by “Mushi.” Japanese speakers will recognize the word, “mushi” which means “Insect” or “Bug.”  But in this case, mushi are elemental […]

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Box Men in the 21st Century

Apr 10, 2010 No Comments

One of the key questions we can ask ourselves today is regarding what it means to be human. Somehow, after the Enlightenment, many modernists lost sight of true humanity. Instead of asking how to live authentically, philosophers and literati began g questions about how to live perfectly. Instead of understanding the truth of the human […]

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