short Bio

April 19, 2011

Thanit Ziasiriwattana   

Graduate Bachelor degree in Jazz Study from Silpakorn University ( university of art in Bangkok , Thailand ) . My main instrument is Bass , Played in various styles such as Rock , Funk , Fusion , Jazz . Also , Create and compose music in many styles including Electronic music . Moreover , Experienced in making music for commercial and won the competition of making music for commercial ( as a team ) in 2006 ( Bangkok , Thailand ) . Right now , I am studying at Pyramind focusing on making sound & music for video games .



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Nobuo Uematsu

April 4, 2011

Nobuo Uematsu
Composer

Nobuo Uematsu was born on March 21, 1959 in Kochi, Japan. After graduating from Kanagawa University, he composed music for commercials before joining Square Co., Ltd. (now Square Enix Co., Ltd.) in 1986. He went on to compose music for over thirty game titles, including the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series. The FINAL FANTASY franchise has developed into one of the best-selling video game series across all platforms, selling over 60 million units worldwide (as of March 2004). Uematsu’s soundtracks were a key element in the success of the series, carrying the deep storylines with sweeping emotional scores. In October 2004, Uematsu formed SMILE PLEASE Co., LTD. and continues to compose for Square Enix along with several other works.

Uematsu is a renowned composer who has been touted as increasing the appreciation and awareness to the advancements made in videogame music. A prime example is the FINAL FANTASY VIII theme song, “Eyes on Me,” composed and produced by Uematsu. The theme song featured Hong Kong pop diva Faye Wong and sold a record 400,000 copies. It then went on to win “Song of the Year (Western Music)” at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999– the first time music from a video game won the honor.

The music from the game series has grown to such notoriety, Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the “Innovators” in Time Magazine’s “Time 100: The Next Wave – Music” feature. Uematsu’s approach to FINAL FANTASY music is diverse, encompassing many styles. This diversity along with the popularity of the music has resulted in a variety of musical performances including classical symphonies, rock and acoustic.

After a string of successful concert performances in Japan including a six-city, seven-show concert series titled “Tour de Japon – music from FINAL FANTASY–,” the first stateside concert, “DEAR FRIENDS -music from FINAL FANTASY-,” followed May 10, 2004 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif. selling out in 3 days. The performance featured music from world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series, performed by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Due to the positive reception for this performance and clamor from fans for more, a concert series was recently announced for North America.

In February 2003, Uematsu formed a group called “The Black Mages,” producing a self-titled album composed of FINAL FANTASY battle music arranged in rock style. Uematsu performs as the keyboardist himself. A two-day concert was held in Tokyo, Japan, commemorating the album. In January 2005, the Black Mages are scheduled to perform another series of concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, celebrating the release of the second album.

While he is best known for his work in video games, Uematsu’s work spans a wide-range of outlets. Some of those works include composing the theme song for the animated film “Oh! My Goddess” and writing music for top Japanese vocalists such as Emiko Shiratori and Rikki.

It is not Uematsu’s musical talents that fans are drawn to. Uematsu is known for his down to earth personality and openness with his fans in diary columns online and in print. His column “Nobuo Uematsu no Minna Sounano?” has appeared in the popular Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu for over two years. Two compilations of the columns have been released.

Jamiroquai

April 4, 2011

Born: 1992

Active beginning in the early ’90s, Jamiroquai has amassed a steady stream of hits in its native U.K. and experienced chart success in just about every other area of the world, with an irresistible blend of house rhythms and ’70s-era soul/funk (the latter, especially, leading early on to claims of Stevie Wonder imitations). The band has gone though several lineup changes during their career, but through it all their leader has remained singer/songwriter Jason Kay (aka J.K.). Born on December 30, 1969, in Stretford, Manchester, Kay’s mother, Karen, was a jazz singer who regularly performed at nightclubs, and in the ’70s had her own TV show. After leaving home at the age of 15, Kay found himself homeless and in trouble with the law (by committing petty crimes to get by). After a near-death experience (where he was attacked and stabbed) and being arrested for a crime he did not commit, Kay decided to return home, where he chose to pursue a legitimate career over crime: music. Kay didn’t have a band to back up his compositions, but he quickly came up with his future project’s name, The band name is a portmanteau of Jam session and “iroquai”, based on the Iroquois, a Native American tribe. The original band was Jay Kay (vocals), Toby Smith (keyboard), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums), Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo) and Alec Moran (pipeau). These are the founding members of Jamiroquai and were involved in the writing and production of the first album. The lineup of the band has changed several times, and the longest serving and now core members of the band are lead singer and songwriter Jason “Jay” Kay and drummer Derrick McKenzie (1994). Kay was the impetus behind the formation of Jamiroquai, deciding to form the band after an unsuccessful audition to become the singer of the Brand New Heavies. Despite his self-professed attempts to treat Jamiroquai as a band, Kay has always been at the forefront of how the group is marketed, and has therefore always had the lion’s share of media attention, to the point where he is viewed as almost a solo artist.

Kay’s home demos caught the attention of the record label Acid Jazz, which issued Jamiroquai’s debut single “When You Gonna Learn?” in late 1992. The single was a success and was soon followed by a long-term and lucrative recording contract with Sony. Jamiroquai’s full-length debut, Emergency on Planet Earth, followed in 1993 and became a major hit in their native England (peaking at number one on the charts), spawning such Top Ten hit singles as “Too Young to Die” and “Blow Your Mind.” The band’s second release, The Return of the Space Cowboy in 1995, managed to steer Jamiroquai clear of the sophomore jinx that affects so many up-and-coming bands by out-selling its predecessor in Europe and was a sizeable hit in Japan, as well.

With most of the world dancing to Jamiroquai’s beat, America was next in line for the band’s third effort, 1996’s Traveling Without Moving. The album spawned the worldwide hit “Virtual Insanity,” for which an award-winning video was filmed and helped the album achieve platinum status in the States by the year’s end (as well as a highlighted performance at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards). After that, Jamiroquai contributed a brand-new track, “Deeper Underground,” to the soundtrack for the 1998 movie Godzilla.

Victor Wooten

April 2, 2011

Victor Wooten Biography

Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American electric bass guitar player. He is sometimes referred to as “the Michael Jordan of bass”.

The youngest of five brothers, he was taught by his older brother Regi to play bass at age three, and by age five Victor could hold simple bass lines and play gigs. The Wooten Brothers band (Regi, Rudy, Roy, Joseph and Victor) played for many years in the 1970s around Williamsburg, Virginia in the Busch Gardens theme park, as well as opening up for Curtis Mayfield and War. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988 Victor was immediately recruited by blues and soul singer Jonell Mosser. A year later he was hired by banjo maestro Béla Fleck, along with keyboardist and harmonica player Howard Levy and Victor’s brother Roy Wooten (a.k.a. Future Man). Their group, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, became famous first by playing a mixture of jazz, funk, and bluegrass, then later becoming one of the most stylistically free-swinging bands of the modern era. (Levy eventually left the group and was replaced by saxophonist and horn player Jeff Coffin.)

Wooten has also been a member of several fusion and progressive supergroups, including Bass Extremes (with Steve Bailey, Derico Watson and Oteil Burbridge), the Vital Tech Tones (with Scott Henderson and Steve Smith), the indian jazz fusion band PRASANNA, and the “Extraction” trio (with Greg Howe and Dennis Chambers). Victor has also been on tour with many other bands including the Dave Matthews Band. He currently tours with his solo group, and still with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

The evolution of a higher standard in electric bass guitar construction methods, such as a lower action (the distance from the string to the neck) more akin to that of a six-string electric guitar, allowed Wooten to develop many new fingering techniques that were essentially undiscovered before his time. As a child, his older brother Regi Wooten helped Victor develop his double-thumbing technique as a way to more accurately reproduce the basslines of such greats as Larry Graham. This technique, which has been independently utilized by other bassists (notably Marcus Miller) uses the thumb to strike both downwards and upwards on a string in a manner similar to a guitar pick. Victor is also famous for his Stanley Jordan-like two-handed tapping and trademark open-hammer-pluck technique.

Wooten is most often seen playing Fodera basses, of which he has a signature model. His most famous Fodera, a 1983 Monarch Deluxe which he refers to as “number 1”, sports a Kahler Tremolo System model 2400 bridge. Fodera’s “Yin Yang” basses (designed/created for Wooten) incorporate the Yin Yang symbol – which Wooten often uses in various media – as a main focal point of the top’s design and construction. It is often mistakenly thought that the Yin Yang symbol is painted onto the bass, but in reality, the symbol is created from two pieces of naturally finished wood (Ebony and Holly, for example), seamlessly fitted together to create the Yin-Yang pattern.

Though Wooten’s beautiful and impressive basses receive much attention, his most frequent and consistent response when asked by his fans about which bass is best, etc. …, is that “the bass makes no music … you do”. He’ll often go on to state that the most important feature to look for in a bass is comfort of playability. This seems closely related to another fundamental truth about Wooten’s stated approach to, and experience of bass and music in general, which is that music is a language. According to Wooten, when speaking or listening, we don’t focus on the mouth as it is forming words; similarly, when a musician is playing or performing, the focus shouldn’t be on the instrument.

 

My favorite album : Yin Yang

 

Game Trailer (Monday)

March 28, 2011

 

 

Ace Combat : Assault Horizon

Game Trailer (Sunday)

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Knights Contract

 

Lost Planet 2

Music (Saturday)

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Mondo Grosso

 

Something about Us

Music (Friday)

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny & Richard Bona

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Victor Wooten

Dave Matthews Band & Victor Wooten

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