Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Overall influences

As a somewhat-classical pianist, I draw from a lot of the European composers' stylistic and piano techniques of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Jazz, and Contemporary eras.

I am also of a Chinese-Indonesian background, where I have absorbed countless 'WuXia' films and various cultural ideas and musical tastes (from both sides of the family). Drawing from the other arts, I am substantially inspired and influenced by illustrations, predominantly from the Japanese drawing styles of their manga (comic books); and literature (in this case, children's books and sci-fi/fantasy novels).

From watching a lot of movies and animations, I am profoundly inspired by film composers with their soaring orchestral pieces such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Howard Shore (LOTR), and Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli films). There are many game composers to which I also look to for my sources of inspiration, one of them being Nobuo Uematsu, of the renowned Final Fantasy series. Other film scores and video game OST's that I would like to mention are the Assassin's Creed series, A Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Harvest Moon, Crisis Core, Team Fortress 2, and Halo.


A big factor of stylistic influence comes from the Japanese rock and pop scene, as well as anime.



(From Japanese animes )

These range from music such as "Seikan Hikou" (sung by Megumi Nakajima), from Macross Frontier:



And "Lion" (sung by May'n and Megumi Nakajima), also from Macross Frontier:



To music such as "The Merry-Go-Round of Life" (by Joe Hisaishi), from Howl's Moving Castle:



And kind of encompasses all styles, such as:
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