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May 09, 2016 04:01 PM

Isao Tomita (1932 – 2016)

Isao Tomita, a composer and a pioneer of synthesizer music, passed away by chronic heart failure on May 8, 2016. He was 84 years old. He is highly acclaimed for his innovative album, “Clair de Lune”, which won top classical chart of Billboard in 1974, and nominated to Grammy Awards in 4 categories. His music exerted a strong influence on the Techno music typically known with Yellow Magic Orchestra. Tomita also wrote signature tunes for a host of Japanese movies and TV programs. ...

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May 02, 2016 05:30 PM

Korg Refurnishes G-ROKS Shimotakaido, Tokyo

Music studio “G-Roks Shimotakaido”, managed by Korg, reopened on April 8, 2016 after 10 years of operation. This facility was originally used as a headquarters of Korg. In 2006, it was remodeled into a music studio for professionals and high-end amateurs. Basic feature of the studio have been maintained while changing the design of the exterior and interior for chic and luxe atmosphere.   The largest size of Studio 1 measures about 230 square meters, and four other studios are available. In...

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May 02, 2016 05:30 PM

Freedom Custom Guitar Research Neck Joint System Patented

The neck joint system named “Arimizo & One Point Joint”, invented by Freedom Custom Guitar Research (Makoto Fukano, President), has acquired a patent, No. 5879135. This system is originally invented with a collaboration of Japanese old architecture called Arimizo, literally, “ant ditch”, which makes possible to tighten with enough strength using only one single bolt, offering a high level of sound control. When the joint is tightened strongly, the sound is more solid while loosening the join...

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May 02, 2016 05:30 PM

Takemoto Piano Annex Completes

Takemoto Piano, well known as the largest used piano seller in Japan, opened Takemoto Piano Annex near their head office in Sakai City, Osaka on April 21. The opening reception was held with 500 industry guests from Japan and overseas. The company was originally established by Mr. Koichi Takemoto in Kochi in 1979. Later, the company started both buying and exporting used Japanese- made pianos. In 2004, Takemoto Music changed their name to Takemoto Piano and established Piano Bank, starting whole...

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