About rewriting what has been written before
These collections of music could be called a virtual collaboration
between one German and many (mainly) Japanese desktop musicians. But the
workflow was uni-directional: I remixed the output of my talented
colleagues which they considered as finished compositions (in various
styles which they call themselves "Techno", "House", "Drum & Bass" or
"New Age"). Because my Japanese collaborators made the fatal "mistake" to
publish their work as Standard MIDI Files (SMF), it could easily be
analyzed, deconstructed and remixed.
Sure it was big pleasure for me to re-write what has been written
before! I felt a bit like Igor Stravinsky de-composing the music of 18th
century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (which resulted in his famous
ballet "Pulcinella"). My attitude towards the originals shifted from irony
to admiration and back.
By the way: as far as I know, none of the featured composers earns a
living with his work, all of them could be called "hobbyists". I never met
anyone of them in person, I choosed the tunes by musical criteria only,
browsing the Internet for "Original MIDI Compositions for Roland's SC-88
Pro Sound Module".
I hope the listener will have the same pleasure in listening to this New
Millennium Instrumental Pop Music as I had in working it out!
Why two collections?
Japanese Modular contains tunes that are more on the Easy
Listening side, East Asian Desktop Music shows the more excentric,
exploratory and dark side of East Asian creative spirit.
Here is some specific background information concerning the re-mixes.
More general information about the original composers and similar artists
can be found here.