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 on: January 14, 2015, 03:49:11 
Started by roxfan - Last post by naddie
Hi Yyrkoon! Glad to see some people still here haha.

I did post a few days back under the same username (maybe a week ago?) but since there was no reply yet I assume either you guys are out of tickets or roxfan is busy for now. I tried adding Maaya on LINE too and hope there'll be news soon as well  Smiley

It'll be great to meet YKDB-ers and fellow Maaya fans!

 on: January 12, 2015, 02:25:22 
Started by roxfan - Last post by Yyrkoon
Hey Naddie, I'm going, and if you post in the thread roxfan linked you should be sure to have a ticket because there are still some left, so see you again on the board!

 on: January 11, 2015, 13:48:44 
Started by roxfan - Last post by naddie
Is anyone else from ykdb going?? I'm trying to figure out a way to get tickets before I can book flights, hotels etc but so far no luck  Cry It's hard for overseas fans to get tickets I guess.

 on: January 06, 2015, 01:21:14 
Started by Yyrkoon - Last post by djsilt
really nice long and interesting interview  Cheesy

 on: January 05, 2015, 00:38:21 
Started by Earendil - Last post by Aora
FLAC version:

 on: January 04, 2015, 11:24:44 
Started by Neo[Hawaii] - Last post by Crispain
Thank you Neo!


 on: January 02, 2015, 19:26:03 
Started by kbmurphy - Last post by Earendil
If I could "like" this, I would.  Grin

 on: January 02, 2015, 19:24:49 
Started by Earendil - Last post by Earendil
Thank you! Thank you!

I had them as FLAC, but this will do for now. Smiley

 on: December 30, 2014, 09:31:30 
Started by kbmurphy - Last post by kbmurphy
I am sick of all of the errors on this board. And we aren't going to attract new members with it being the way it is.

Let's move.

I've already posted an interview with YK from March 2008's Keyboard Magazine.

See you all on reddit!

 on: December 26, 2014, 23:25:26 
Started by misssakura - Last post by Vholta
I realize this isn't the most current thread and I have no rep here, but this is a topic I've heard discussed often over the years.  Well to be fair, it's a topic I've seen typed about on the internet a lot over the years as if it's extremely serious.

I relate most to Yyrkoon's take on it-- but since long before I knew who Kanno Yoko was, I've found this topic really fascinating.  When I was a kid in the '90's being taught composition for piano and organ, one of the most memorable moments in my development as a writer was the moment I tagged an organ piece with a musical phrase identical (and I mean identical note-for-note) with a musical phrase from a 10,000 Maniacs single I loved from the radio.  I proposed this addition to my song fully expecting censure from my teachers, who had heard the same single I had plenty of times.  But instead, I was given encouragement and plaudit for my instincts: it was a great way to end a song that otherwise dangled unfinished at its end.

At the time, I felt like I'd gotten away with something seedy, but over the years, I've realized that this is what great musicians (one of which I ain't, by the way!) do.  Blues, jazz, and classical music in particular isn't made up of a bunch of isolated individualistic pieces expressed by generative savants, they're Conversations over reaches of time.  Riffs.  When it doesn't work, it's a cheap knockoff-- a pale approximation of something prevenient that transcended the sum of its parts.  When it does work, like with Yoko, it takes disparate pieces of discourse started by others in the past and recombines them with an original meaning.  I don't love Yoko's music because she's reinvented the wheel (btw to be fair, she's come up with many extremely original and totally unprecedented songs and musical concepts that I love, and I'll hold them up to anyone who tells me she's riding on other peoples' ideas like some heartless commercial machine), I love her because she takes elements that inspired her and makes them BETTER.  As in deeper, more imaginative, more memorable, or sometimes even just more accessible.

I haven't spent that much time studying all the comparisons so It's not my intention to generalize, but every example I've heard of "ripoffs," while not unfounded, have seemed unfair.  I can understand purists saying that she goes to far, but I can't really agree. 

For instance, Daphnis et Chloé is one of my favorite favorite pieces of music of all time (picking just one is impossible).  Another of my favorite pieces of music of all time is The Creation.  Yoko's piece doesn't usurp Ravel's just because it references it.  She recreates a feeling that only Ravel has ever given me then sets up a melody deeply rooted in Japan.  Contextualizing the melody with that feeling makes it feel completely new and compelling, and is the reason I've listened to that song (along with the rest of the Creation songs) way more times than Daphnis et Chloé, though I might not admit that readily to classical music buffs!

As I type this, The Flood Story is playing behind me just as it references Daphnis et Chloé again.  The feeling that adds then leads to an interlude deferring all the way until the main theme picks up again.  Without that feeling, the main theme doesn't have the impact that makes me love hearing it again.  It's a conversation that is memorable not because of the individual words making it up but because of where it takes me.  Kanno's brilliant at that. 

In my humble opinion.

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