Electronic Music In Japan, Europe And USA
Electronic music of all sorts have a steady home in Japan, a country with big electronics industry resulting in manufacturing and development of synthesizers, drum machines and a top quality state of the art sequence remixer hardware equipment on this planet.
From the past Japanese history with its elegant dressed geisha women wearing kimono style clothing honoring the country with ancient songs for Japan, serving Japanese food and singing healing love songs for the heart broken – it’s not far to modern dance music.
The traditional relaxing music of Japan has got competition of English songs performed on Japanese instrumental music equipment forming international beats of modern club music to enjoy, dance to and relax with.
Not to forget to mention the less known realms of your subconscious level of perception the sounds bring your mind to when listening to these vibrations and hypnotic rhythms.
It’s time to dust off the shamisen, sample the taiko drums, bring in vibrant influences of Indian and African rhythms, light the room up with modern DMX-controlled synchronized laser beams and heavy duty pumping smoke machines…and you got the party started!
The song above is Ensueño (Morning Mix) by the Swedish music group Vibrasphere.
Japanese DJ Equipment And Its World Wide Influence
Here is DJ-3000 playing at the Awakenings party in Europe. They are using same type of DMX-controlled multi color laser system that I got at home. I love pulsating laser beams!
In case the previous video above is still playing then you can pause it by clicking on it.
This is the same party but seen from the DJ booth toward the dancing audience.
Progressive Psytrance Party In Shibuya In Tokyo City
Here is a party in Japan at the Club Axxcis (it’s located close to Shibuya station in central Tokyo). A lucky crowd of 600 people enjoyed DJ Rikiya playing progressive goa trance.
Perplex Playing At A Japanese Halloween Party In Tokyo
Halloween is not an original part of Japanese culture but it’s still celebrated and used as a practical excuse and reason to party allover Japan.
This is a video from when Perplex (his real name is Ronen Dahan) plays in Tokyo city. He is a world touring trance music producer and DJ – for about 15 years of time now.
Watch as he activates the Japanese dance floor crowd and interacts with his audience. He even wears a Zorro mask for a while (in case you notice?) while playing. Cool guy.
X-Dream Playing German Psy Trance – Live Set In Japan
Do you love industrical techno which has fat deep bass lines and blinking stroboscopes? If you do then the German music group X-Dream (Jan Müller and Marcus Christopher Maichel) may be something for you? I like the first part of their live performance video.
Swedish Music Group Son Kite – Live In Tokyo Japan
This is a live performance in Tokyo by the Swedish music artists Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert, also known as band name Son Kite (and Minilogue too).
Eat Static Playing Live At A Goa Party In Scandinavia
Before I moved to Japan and still lived in Sweden, I sometimes changed my work related business suit to uv-glowing illuminating psy clothing and headed out to trance parties in Sweden and also in our neighbor country Denmark – where music band groups such as Eat Static from Britain performed at. Denmark often has international hot dance parties.
I really like their howling synthesizers and pushing sharp tempo. It makes my heart beat.
Raja Ram from Shpongle Showing His Music Equipment
One of the legends in goa trance and electronic music is Raja Ram. He’s a highly skilled musician who composes his own music in his own style. At the same time he plays as a trance DJ, but looks like somebody’s retired grand father. I’m amazed by his imagination.
Convert A Human Song Voice Electronically Into A Flute
Yeah – you read correct! You just saw the video about Raja Ram in Shpongle. Now you can hear his live performance (and see him play the flute he demonstrated previously).
The cool thing here is that the singer changes her voice through a synthesizer into a flute by singing into the microphone. Witness one of the amazing wonders of electronic music.
By the way, this is one of my favorite songs. Instead of calling it No Stone Unturned, Shpongle flips it intentionally into calling it No Turn Unstoned. Beautiful music. Enjoy!
Deep Spiritual Touching Music By Raja Ram In Shpongle
You have seen Shpongle play, but have you heard his song Fruit Flute? It is touching. This is what differs modern sequence remixer producers from real traditional musicians.
Chill Out Music With Swedish Carbon Based Lifeforms
Since we by now have entered the ambient realm of chill out music, let me present you the Swedish electronic music group Carbon Based Lifeforms (Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg – from the city of Göteborg or Gothenburg as it’s called in English).
Saafi Brothers Playing Relaxing Ambient Chill Out Music
Another unique sound based ambient electronic music group are the Saafi Brothers consisting of Gabriel Le Mar, Michael Kohlbecker and Alex Azary (but Alex has quit).
Saafi actually means traveling musician according to its original ancient Sanskrit word.
Swedish Group Ticon Playing Live On Music Festivals
One of my favorite Swedish music groups Ticon played live at Tshitraka music festival. The two psychedelic trance group musicians are Fredrik Gilenholt and Filip Mårdberg.
Here you see Ticon play live at the big XXXPerience electronic music festival in Brazil.
Mittelstandskinder Ohne Strom (M.O.S.) – German Goa
When you want to blow your speakers and play progressive goa trance from Germany, then MOS or M.O.S. as they also are called is an easy given choice! Dance club music.
MOS stands for Mittelstandskinder Ohne Strom in German language, which means middle class children without electricity. Here is their psytrance bassline song Bang.
Dance All Night Long At Ozora Music Festival In Europe
One of the large underground music festivals in East Europe is the nice Ozora psytrance festival. This is an introductory video showing how it looks like. Theme is peace and love.
Japanese Audience Dancing In The Rain To Son Kite
Son Kite that you saw earlier performing in Tokyo plays also at many Japanese festivals. Not even bad weather can stop the Japanese fans from dancing. They never give up.
Swedish Female DJ Ida Engberg Playing In The USA
My favorite female DJ from my home country Sweden is Ida Engberg. Watch her play.
Here is another video of Ida Engberg opening a set. I like the groovy deep bass lines. Adam Beyer is standing in the background. He is a top DJ and producer in Sweden.
House party with Swedish Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg. Whole warehouse shakes.
Heavy Bass Grooves With Atmos Playing Mark 13
Can’t get enough of heavy bass lines? Listen to Mark 13 by Atmos for a quick cure. Tomasz Balicki plays progressive house and trance as a music artist in Sweden.
Enough! I Want To Make My Own Music! How Do I Do?
Simon Postford (Hallucinogen as artist) shows you how to make electronic music.
And here comes the cool part about using the mixer and giving sounds echo and depth!
Use Your Skills To Make Ambient Music To Begin With
When I myself began composing electronic music I started out with ambient relaxing songs because they were least tempo active and it was easier to find out how to create layers with atmosphere giving melodies. It’s addictive to compose for hours and hours.
Use your synthesizers, drum machines and sequence remixer to the max. Stay creative! I like Carbon Based Lifeforms. Here’s their song Gryning. It means dawn in Swedish.
After a while when you get more skilled composing electronic music then you can aim for alternative music styles from slower chill out based ambient tunes to more hot drum beat driven bass lines such as in house music and energic progressive trance alternatives.
I showed you quite many examples above of what it is possible to create with Japanese synthesizer electronics, no matter in which country you reside in. Everyone can make it.
Enter the amazing world of synthetic music – from your mind to anywhere in the world!
Instrumental music is something all people around the world can understand no matter what ordinary human language you use in everyday life. Our minds are prebuilt for this.
You react in a similar way to a musical sound as I do, even though we may be from total opposite sides of this planet. That is the universal magic of music. Language of feelings.
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