Pure3 Feel Classics ~Naoya Shimokawa~ — English Scans



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Pure3

Feel Classics: Naoya Shimokawa

 

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Pure3

Feel Classics: Naoya Shimokawa

 

  1. Feeling Heart
  2. My Heart is Always With You
  3. Thank You
  4. The Magic of Time
  5. Powder Snow
  6. Free and Dream
  7. Take You With Me
  8. On My Own
  9. On Saying Goodbye
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Closing
  12. Feeling Heart (another mix)

 

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Music that everyone can love…

 

Hello. This is Naoya Shimokawa, the producer.

 

This album, Pure3, is the first in a series of albums each spotlighting a single musician, and is made up entirely of my work. Whether there will be a second installment is unclear (haha).

 

The 11 tracks recorded here all had vocals in their original form, but for this album, I wanted to focus thoroughly on the vibrancy and charm of the instruments themselves, so I left the singing out. This is not because there is anything wrong with the singing, of course. If we consider the voice an instrument, it is an instrument with more individuality than any other, and has the power to bring everything into itself. For that specific reason, I wanted to take all the incredible instruments that always work so hard to bring the singing into maximum prominence, and allow them to shine in the lead role for a little while. More than anything, I myself wanted to hear everything they had to offer. I hardly need state what incredible results came of it, and I hope very much that those of you listening to these tracks now can feel it, too.

 

I believe that, whether small-scale or large-scale, I have constructed the pieces in a way with enough variation that they won’t get tiresome, and from the concert hall recordings to the studio recordings, I’ve used the sense of the respective fields of sound to make something diverse and varicolored. Amidst all of that, there is one specific component that served as a consistent concept, or basis: using the know-how I have gained through the Pure project, which began with Pure: Aquaplus Legend of Acoustics and Pure2: Ultimate Cool Japan Jazz, to its maximum potential! Yes, I feel that, through endeavoring for a fusion of everyone’s reactions to the previous releases and what I believed to be the best points of each, I have managed to bring the whole project together and see it through.

To put it more plainly, I have put my focus on instruments with tone qualities I like, and familiar arrangements.

 

The arrangements are similar to Pure: Aquaplus Legend of Acoustics, based in classical instruments that people will always love and never tire of hearing. For the timbres adorning the tunes, I also selected instruments that great numbers of people have loved. I also took a few pieces with the large-format sound composed of all of these instruments—that is to say, the orchestra.

And, for sheer overflowing humanity and freshness, I made use of my experience with Pure2: Ultimate Cool Japan Jazz, and it became something wonderful.

 

Through this project, I have felt anew the enormity of the influence music can have upon a person. I truly found myself thinking: How glad I am to have been involved in music production for twenty years; how glad I am to love music; and I hope I keep loving music until the day I die.

 

Finally, I want to express my deep gratitude to the users who have supported my music through to the creation of this album, to my wonderful colleagues who fought with me as we immersed ourselves in the game creation process, to all the musicians who gathered to help make this Pure series, to the many people who contributed to the circumstances in which I have found myself, and to my parents, who gave me the chance to plunge into this world.

 

P.S. Regarding the title of this commentary:

I believe I have made some growth through this project, but it seems I am still far off from finding the answer to what “music that everyone can love” is (haha).

 

Naoya Shimokawa

 

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  1. Feeling Heart

1st violin: Sayuri Yano

2nd violin: Erina Kato

Viola: Sayo Takimoto

Cello: Masutami Endo

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. My Heart is Always With You

White Album 2 anime BGM: My Heart is Always With You (Quartet Version)

1st violin: Sayuri Yano

2nd violin: Tomoko Joho

Viola: Hyojin Kim

Cello: Masutami Endo

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. Thank You

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Cello: Masutami Endo

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. The Magic of Time

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. Powder Snow

Acoustic guitar: Hideto Goto

Cello: Masutami Endo

Clarinet: Keiichi Hayase

Celesta: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Recorded at Studio Sound Dali

 

  1. Free and Dream

Cello: Masutami Endo, Taiga Kanno

Recorded at Studio Sound Dali

 

  1. Take You With Me

Violin: Sayuri Yano

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. On My Own

Arpa: Mei Kaneko

Acoustic guitar: Hideto Goto

Strings: China National Symphony Orchestra

Recorded at Middle Chorus Studio, Studio Sound Dali

 

  1. On Saying Goodbye

White Album 2 anime BGM: On Saying Goodbye (Piano Trio Version)

Violin: Sayuri Yano

Cello: Masutami Endo

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Recorded at Ebina Culture Hall

 

  1. For Your Sake

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception & Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth BGM: For Your Sake (BGM Version)

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Orchestra: China National Symphony Orchestra

Recorded at Middle Chorus Studio, Studio Sound Dali

 

  1. Closing

White Album 2 BGM: Clôture

Acoustic piano: Shuntaro Kobayashi

Snare drum: Yoshitaka Shirane

Orchestra: China National Symphony Orchestra

Recorded at Middle Chorus Studio, Studio Sound Dali

 

  1. Feeling Heart (Another Mix)

 

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Producers: Naoya Shimokawa & Masashi Hashimoto

Director: Kenichi Arimura (F.I.X. Records)

 

Composed by Naoya Shimokawa

Arranged by Shuntaro Kobayashi

 

Recording and Mixing Engineer: Masashi Hashimoto (Studio Sound Dali)

Assistant Engineers: Masayoshi Shinomiya (Studio Sound Dali)

Kenta Funayama (Studio Sound Dali)

Ryosuke Ishida (Studio Sound Dali)

Recorded at Studio Sound Dali

Ebina Culture Hall

Middle Chorus Studio

Mixed at Studio Sound Dali

 

Mastering Engineer: Koji Suzuki (Sony Music Studios Tokyo)

Mastered at Sony Music Studios Tokyo

 

Cover Art: Hisashi Kawata

Design: Hideaki Kawai

 

A&R: Ryunosuke Kusaka (F.I.X. Records)

Renta Suzuki (King Records)

Toshiaki Sato (King Records)

Promotion: Shotaro Yamashita (King Records)

Chief Promotion: Tomoko Ishioka (King Records)

Sales Promotion: Natsuko Moro (King Records)

Desk Promotion: Mariko Kobayashi (King Records)

Supervisors: Akio Mishima (King Records)

Go Nakanishi (King Records)

Yusuke Morii (King Records)

Special thanks to Junpei Ono (Studio Sound Dali)

Yuto Ijima (Studio Sound Dali)

Hitoshi Fujima (iNNY Music Company)

Ryuen

All Aquaplus staff

 

This disc is a Dual Layer Hybrid Disc, containing both CD and SACD layers. The CD layer can be played in a standard CD player, but may not be playable in certain DVD players. The SACD layer can be enjoyed in SACD Mode on a compatible SACD player.

 

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Pure3

Feel Classics: Naoya Shimokawa

 

  1. Feeling Heart
  2. My Heart is Always With You
  3. Thank You
  4. The Magic of Time
  5. Powder Snow
  6. Free and Dream
  7. Take You With Me
  8. On My Own
  9. On Saying Goodbye
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Closing

Feeling Heart (another mix)

 

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Pure3

Feel Classics: Naoya Shimokawa