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The best kept secret in music


"Omodaka and a Merry 8-Bit Christmas"

Cantata No. 147 and Favorite Games
Far East Recording

Being his first full length release, Omodaka'sCantata No. 147 is primarily made up of previously released material. The singles are all represented on the album, though many of them appear as different versions and remixes. This makes for a great package for long-time fans, as well as the perfect primer for the sound that is Omodaka.

Things kick off with the breaks oriented tracks, "Otemoyan•bCrLf and "Asadoya Yunta.•bCrLf The former is a funky and sassy number, full of horns and pianos, with a hint of salsa. Perfect ballroom fodder for those with a more eclectic slant. The latter couldn't be more different, something much more suited to the Warp Records catalog. It's almost Autechre-esque with its incomprehensibly twisted and stretched synth line and sub-bass. Over that runs both a thundering drum line that could have been lifted from a Led Zepplin groove, and singer Kanazawa Akiko singing in her signature traditional folk song style. It's genre mashing at its finest, producing some sort of hyper-cyber folk for a future age. "Fortunate 1 Mark (A-4 Mix)•bCrLf slams into a pure pop-house gear after that, with all cylinders firing straight into the dancefloor with no frills and a laser sharp beat. "Hanagasa Ondo•bCrLf lets the album take a breath for a bit, opening with haunting theremin-like strains before busting into another funky drummer groove and letting Akiko do her otherworldly singing.

The album's title track kicks off the second half. It's a brilliant re-working of Bach's masterful song, giving it a full-on 8-bit treatment, along with almost comical vocoded vocals and a spritely bass line. It's a true ear-worm if ever there was one, and you'll never be able to bear sitting through the original's lethargic and sappy delivery after hearing Omodaka's improvements. The album's most epic track, "Kokirikobushi (Video Mix),•bCrLf is just about the only thing that could top that, and it does so in style. It's Daft Punk's "Around the World•bCrLf run through a high-fashion whirlwind, with Akiko's vocals ring-modded almost into oblivion, giving it a strange, robotic chipmunk sound. This is the video mix, and rightfully so since it's the video that first catapulted Omodaka into the minds of the world outside Japan. Both song and video work together to bring something absolutely amazing into the world of electro dance.

The album-proper ends with a trip-hop version of "Monkey Turn (Mahoroba Mix).•bCrLf Along the lines of classic early ambient tracks, its slower looped beat, simple bassline and cut up vocals give it a feel of the jungle just after a heavy rain, humid and wet and slippery. The dubbed-out drums add a dreamlike quality that's a nice end to the otherwise high-energy album. After that there are a few instrumental tracks that are no different from the rest, except being stripped of the vocals. Are you brave enough to try some karaoke to Omodaka?

The follow-up EP Favorite Games follows very much the same formula, both in style and quality. From the R'n'B breaks of "Kyotei Daiski,•bCrLf the twisted beats of "Kyoteizinc,•bCrLf the 8-bit dancefloor bliss of "Honjou Oiwake,•bCrLf complete with a stunning performance from Akiko, Favorite Games is like a mini Cantata No. 147.It's a must-have for fans, and another good place to start for those not wanting to commit to a full album.

Any way you slice it, everything Omodaka produces is gold. While your own enjoyment may vary, all but the most hardened villains will go away with a grin.
All of Omodaka's music, including his equally great singles, are available on both iTunes and - Zac Bentz

"Sweat, screaming, and samurai at Japan Nite '09"

@ Knitting Factory Hollywood / Japan Nite US tour 2009

And I was right. A masked man in what seemed to be Edo period garb came out carrying all sorts of electronic goodies. This was none other that Omodaka, the techno wizard of tone. He performs with the help of his “band,” which includes an Apple MacBook Pro, a Nintendo DS Lite, a Sony PSP, a Gameboy Color, an awesome little touch sensitive gadget call a Korg Kaossilator, and the LCD monitor covering vocals, of course.

He started things off by playing Dig Dug on his modded DS Lite, and after losing his first life in the game, continued to create an amazing song from its theme music. The crowd just ate it up, loving every bite. But for being able to play his instruments with a simple tap of the finger, you’d think it would be boring to watch. Definitely not the case here.

He jumped around with his monitor girlfriend, strutted some dance moves with the PSP, and even let the audience play with his magical music touchscreen on more than one occasion. His performance was one of my favorites of the night, probably because is was so different compared to the others. But c’mon! The man can play the piano to perfection on a DS! How could he not be everyone’s favorite? All I know is that I really need to start putting my lazy good-for-nothing handhelds to work. - AceO Cllub5

"Omodaka and Far East Recording"

Omodaka and Far East Recording are both names used by one Soichi Terada.

Soichi has been producing a wide variety of electro/techno music since 1989. Browsing through his extensive discography is much like taking a lesson in electro history. He started out like many others in the early 90s with bare-bone, sample filled dance tracks. He gradually shifted into jungle/drum and bass territory with his "Sumo Jungle" series of albums. Much of his music featured bossa rhythms and other more sophisticated elements, propelling his tracks slightly further than the usual stagnant underground house and jungle tracks.

He continued to evolve his sound into a much more lively house realm, pushing the vocal element to the forefront. With his "Monkey Turn" single, he fused his older jungle style with a new, vocal-centric sort of cyber-house, with its robotized traditional style Japanese vocal track. After that he jumped straight into a Daft Punk style of upbeat house tracks with more traditional Japanese folk vocals courtesy of Kanazawa Akiko (I highly recommend checking out the video diaries on her site.) He also slowly incorporated the current trend of using modern/retro 8-bit sounds, eventually creating songs made entirely of vintage video game music tracks. While these songs would be great on their own as instrumentals, the addition of Kanzawa's anachronistic traditional vocals makes for a truly unique mix.

So far Soichi has released only one album and an EP featuring his new sound under the name Omodaka. CANTATA No.147 is basically a collection of his recent singles (including his excellent version of Bach's Cantata No. 147.) The Favorite Games EP is a natural evolution, pushing the vocals to the bleeding edge and even including some acoustic guitar among the retro-bleeps. With the amount of attention his new work is getting, and more notably the excellent videos that accompanies it, and a growing number of high profile remixes for the likes of Ram Rider and YMCK, we can be sure that we'll be hearing (and seeing) a lot more from Omodaka / Far East Recording in the near future.
- ZB' S A-Z of J-Music by Zac Bentz

"What is OMODAKA?"

On the music side of things, OMODAKA’s sound, which is characterized by the seamless mixture of Minyo (Japanese traditional-flavored folk song) and Electronic music, is the creation of two people, Kanazawa Akiko, a veteran Enka singer (she started her career over 38 years ago!), and Soichi Terada, a composer, arranger, and remixer who has been musically active since 1989. Terada studied computer science at the University of Electro-Communications, and it was while still in college that he launched his music career. He is also the founder of FarEast Recording, the label which releases all of OMODAKA’s music.

On the visual side, OMODAKA is a collaborative effort between Soichi Terada and various influential visual artists. The music and accompanying videos are created in close collaboration, with the result being a piece of art whose music and visual aspects are fully unified aesthetically, with neither aspect over-emphasized as to overshadow the other. While the videos and music are created in close collaboration, the original themes of the music usually come from Terada himself. In fact, one recurring and important theme in Terada’s music is boat racing, of all things! He channeled his interest in this sport frequently associated with gambling in Japanese culture, into a 6 part musical series, each one representing a different 1 of the 6 different colored boats in a given race. Below is the cover art for CANTATA NO. 147 which shows all 6 colors. Omodaka is the name for Japanese nobility and Omodaka was started in 2000. - HearJapan


Monkey Turn (CD) Far East Recording 2001
Fortunate 1Mark (CD) Far East Recording 2002
Yosawya San (CD, Enh) Far East Recording 2004
Kyoteizinc (CD) Far East Recording 2005
Cantata No. 147 (CD) Far East Recording 2007
Favorite Games (CD) Far East Recording 2008



Omodaka is a solo project of Soichi Terada, a composer, arranger, and remixer who has been musically active since 1989. Terada studied computer science at the University of Electro-Communications, and it was while still in college that he launched his music career. He is also the founder of FarEast Recording, the label which releases all of Omodakafs music. He has produced a wide variety of music for TV and video games, in addition to remixing artists such as YMCK and Perfume. Omodakafs sound is characterized by the seamless mixture of Minyo (Japanese folk songs) and electronics, with vocals provided by veteran Enka singer Kanazawa Akiko. Omodaka's most popular song "Kokiriko Bushi", currently has over 750,000 views on Youtube. When performing live, Omodaka uses an Apple MacBook Pro, a Nintendo DS Lite, a Sony PSP, a Gameboy Color, a Korg Kaossilator, and an LCD monitor to bring his music to life on stage. Omodaka first toured the U.S. in March of 2009 as part of the Japan Nite Tour 2009 March and invited to perform at Anime Weekend Altanta 2009.