Jul 192014
 


Current version: 1.0

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Overview: SoundOnline is a doujin circle founded in 2002 by Tsukasa Yatoki. The circle has deep connections with Alstroemeria Records, ALiCE’s EMOTiON and Misawa Aki, and of course it’s centred around electronic music and touhou arranges. Tsukasa mostly creates trance and drum’n'bass arranges, but you can also found house and happy hardcore sometimes. Most of the albums get female vocals by well-known doujin vocalists such as (already mentioned) Misawa Aki, Misato, nomico, Michiru Kaori and 3L. Aside from touhou arranges, you can also find two Ragnarok Online albums created as the first works of the circle, kancolle album and several originally composed works.
SoundOnline official site

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Jul 132014
 


Current version: 1.0

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Overview:  Akiko Shikata is an avant-garde folk artist. She has a very personal music style, basically a mix of ethnic folk and neoclassical darkwave, in which she likes to use her multi-faceted soprano voice as an instrument, among other oddities. Known for her eclecticism that can be confusing at times, she has covered many styles that go from experimental rock to jazz, symphonic metal, ambient, progressive pop, industrial and classical music, as well as many subgenres of folk, just to name a few. However, most of her songs have in common an ethnic vibe, a non-linear, progressive structure with stylistic, tone and rhythm changes, quirky dissociated choirs and/or layered vocals at some point or another, simultaneous use of low and high vocals, and a lot of them could be labeled as neoclassical ©last.fm. She’s well-known for her Hymmnos chorus songs that made wide appearance on GUST games (Ar Tonelico, Ciel nosurge) together with Shimotsuki Haruka. She’s also owning doujin circle called VAGRANCY that has a long history starting from 2001. Akiko Shikata releases her orgel music on the circle, but not only.
Akiko Shikata’s Official site, VAGRANCY official site.

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Jun 222014
 


Current version: 2.0

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Overview: Aki no Sora is a doujin circle by Aki Misawa established in 2008. She’s singing and writing lyrics for all of her songs. She has connections with many circles such as Sound Online, Alstroemeria Records, ALiCE’s EMOTiON, WAVE and axsword. Thus, you can find that many songs were composed by onoken, morrigan, Tsukasa and other well-known composers such as bermei.inazawa or naotyu-. Aki Misawa has gentle voice that fits very well not only with piano and instrumental music, but with electronic music too. Four Seasons series is my favourite part of this discography, notable with its amazing instrumental tracks and touching lyrics.
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Jun 222014
 

Current version: 2.0

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Overview: Halozy is a touhou circle borned in 2009. Electro house, trance, EDM + female vocals is the core of the circle. Many well known doujin singers made appearance on the circle’s works, such as Misato, Nanahira, Hotaru, Tsubaki, ℃iel et al. You can also find many connections with LiLA’c Records, EastNewSound, DiGiTAL WiNG, A-One and other circles. Sumijun is a leader of the circle, who’s doing arranges, writing lyrics and sings sometimes.
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Jun 222014
 

Current version: 2.0

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Overview: If I’d have to describe ENS in two words, I’d say electronic dance music + vocals. Yes, it is precisely the thing. From electro house to hardcore (artists: 黒鳥, すみじゅん, きりん, crouka, spiced with amazing doujin vocalists like Tsubaki, Chata, Hotaru et al.) If you like toho arranges, that would be another great reason to check it out, since it is the main activity of the circle. But recently, they started releasing original albums too.

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Mar 302014
 

Current version: 2.0

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Overview: Sound Horizon is a Japanese musical group with composer Revo as the leader. They call themselves the “fantasy band”, their works resemble opera but it’s focused mostly on music. All Sound Horizon albums have a story with many narrators (including famous seiyuus) and vocalists (eg Haruka Shimotsuki), you can even say that they created its own SanHora’s music world. The music varies very much from european folk to progressive rock and metal. It is lively, dramatic, catchy and artistic. In 2012, Revo began a new project called Linked Horizon, where he focuses more on music, and performed the famous Shingeki no Kyojin openings.
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