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Hi everyone! I thought I’d share with you what music I listen to. What my favorite musical artists, bands, and composers are. So to begin, I listen to practically every type of music and am always discovering new music to listen to. So, my list probably would’ve grown by the time that this is even posted. I listen to a lot of video game and anime music as well and own many game and anime soundtracks. What I dislike thought is when songs are left off the soundtracks. There are so many great songs that I am missing because they are not on the original soundtrack and there is really no way of acquiring these songs.
I am mostly drawn to indie rock, alternative rock, hard rock, dark ambient, downtempo, new age, experimental, classical, house/trance, jazz, and occasionally hip-hop/R&B, and mostly anything that is not mainstream. Although, I still listen to popular music too. I mostly listen to female vocalists. I realized one day, “Wait a minute, there really aren’t any male vocalists I listen to.” I don’t know, I guess I find female vocals much more appealing.
At the present moment of making this video I have nearly 10,000 songs on my computer, more than half a month’s worth in duration total. I’m very particular about quality so I have it all in lossless quality straight from the CD, or even some direct rips from video games. So, this equates to about 150GB of music.
Before I begin, this video is very interactive. If you have annotations turned on, you can click on the song name and be taken to the video or song on YouTube. I linked to the official or best quality versions on YouTube I could find, if I could find it at all. Due to YouTube copyright and whatnot, if a song is no longer available, please let me know and I will do my best at finding an alternative link. I apologize if I mispronounce any of these names.
The first section is going to be my favorite artists, bands, and composers, primarily in alphabetical order.
Akira Yamaoka is a video game composer. I love his work on the “Silent Hill” series. “Silent Hill 3” was the first one I played and I really like it. Most of the music in the “Silent Hill” games is dark ambient, creepy sounds, and I love it. However, a lot of the creepiest music isn’t on the official soundtracks, so I had to resort to music extracted from the actual game to obtain it. The sad part is he is no longer doing the music for the “Silent Hill” games, so it won’t be the same without him.
It is so difficult for me to pick my favorites, but if I had to pick my top five tracks he composed without vocals and are on the original soundtracks, they would be:
- “Different Persons”
- “Cold Blood”
- “Raw Shock”
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn does voice overs for many animes, but she has worked with Akira Yamaoka in providing vocal tracks for the “Silent Hill” games. Whenever I got a new “Silent Hill” game I was eagerly awaiting to hear what tracks she sang. When I would hear them in the game, I just loved it so much. She is an absolutely amazing singer and there is not a single song I dislike. My favorites would be:
- “Love Psalm”
- “Elle Theme”
- “Hole In The Sky”
- “Tender Sugar”
Next is Azam Ali. I love practical all her work so it’s hard to pick my favorites. I first heard about her from a video game actually. The game is “Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow.” She worked on some of the music in the game. She sang a song that I really like from it called “Logan’s Shadow” which is the theme. Outside the video game, some of her solo work I like are:
- “Forty One Ways”
- “From Heaven To Dust”
- “In Other Worlds”
Azam Ali is actually in a music group called Niyaz and I love their music too. Some of my favorites are:
- “In The Shadow Of Life”
- “The Hunt 2013”
The Storm is a Danish band I first heard about through YouTube. I saw “Lost in the Fire” in the sidebar and loved it and listened to all their work. My other favorites are:
- “Are Your Shoes Too Tight?”
- “My Crown”
I first heard about Tsuki Amano, also known as Tsukiko Amano, from the video game “Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.” A song of her’s, “聲 (Koe),” or “Voice,” was in that game and remains to be my favorite. I also really love:
- “人形 (Ningyō)” or “Doll”
- “ゼロの調律 (Zero no Chōritsu)” or “Zero Tune” There is also an English version of this song titled “ZERO.” But, I prefer the Japanese version.
- “天の樹 (Ten no ki)” or “Tree of Heaven”
Yoko Kanno is an anime music composer. She’s done a wide array of soundtracks. The first I probably heard her work was in “Cowboy Bebop” and then “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.” She is actually rumored to go by a different name, Gabriela Robin, where she actually sings. Many of my favorites are sung by Gabriela Robin, which is in a made up language. So, they would be:
- “スタミナ・ローズ (Sutamina Rōzu)” or “Stamina Rose”
- “トルキア (Torukia)”
- “Green Bird”
And, if I had to pick two more that are sung by other people but composed by Yoko. They would be:
- “Inner Universe” by Origa
- “Rise” by Origa
Yuki Kajiura is another anime music composer. I first heard her music in “.hack//Sign” and loved the music and vocal tracks by Emily Bindiger. She also composed the music for a video game I love, “Xenosaga II” and “Xenosaga III.” I don’t like to pick ones that have vocals. Like I’d rather have a separate section for the vocalists. But, I’ll do it anyway:
- “The Image Theme of Xenosaga II” by Deb Lyons & the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus. This song. Listen to the vocals, it’s very interesting and a made up language.
- “Forest” by Emily Bindiger
- “Open Your Heart” by Emily Bindiger
- “Inca Rose” by Yuriko Kaida
- “Godsibb” by Eri Itō
The next section is going to be other favorite artists, bands, and composers, primarily in alphabetical order. I still love these artists.
I first heard of Alpine through YouTube. I saw “Villages” in the sidebar. Others I like are:
- “Seeing Red”
Alpines I also heard about through YouTube because their song “Cocoon” was in the sidebar of an Alpine video. Others I enjoy are:
- “Got Me Wrong”
Next is Annie Lennox. I think she is an absolutely amazing singer. She was in a music group called Eurythmics and they had a popular song called “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” I also like “Here Comes the Rain Again.” Regarding her solo work, I like:
- “Walking On Broken Glass”
- “Dark Road”
The first song I heard by Bat for Lashes was “Pearl’s Dream.” I saw the video on television and it was really nice. Others I like are:
- “Sleep Alone”
Camille Jones is a Danish singer. The first song I heard was the “Fedde le Grand Remix” of “The Creeps.” Other ones I like are:
- “Stay Gold”
- “Now You Know”
- “I Am (What You Want Me To Be)”
- “The Streets”
I believe I first heard the song “Bruises” by Chairlift on a commercial. I figured out what it was and I really liked it. Other ones I like are:
- “Met Before”
Chelsea Wolfe is another one I found through YouTube by looking in the sidebar. I saw “Mer” and I love the song and video. Some other ones I really like are:
- “Feral Love”
Next is Chrysta Bell. I first heard about her because she sang “Polish Poem” in the movie, “Inland Empire.” I love this movie. Anyway, other tracks I like are:
- “Real Love”
- “Friday Night Fly”
- “Swing With Me”
Next is Fever Ray. She was actually in a musical group, The Knife. My favorite song by The Knife is “Silent Shout.” Songs I like by Fever Ray are:
- “Stranger Than Kindness”
- “Triangle Walks”
- “When I Grow Up”
I saw the video for “Heavy Cross” by Gossip on TV and I love it. That is my favorite song by them. Other favorites are:
- “Get a Job”
- “Men in Love”
I first heard of Grimes through YouTube. I saw her video “Vanessa” in the sidebar and it is my favorite one by her. Others are:
- “≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈” / “Omega”
Yes, that’s how the actual tracks are named. Such weird names, but that’s why I love it.
Ida Corr is another Danish singer. I heard her popular song, “Let Me Think About It” on the radio. My other favorite tracks are:
- “Musen Efter Katten” which was the first Danish song I heard from her that means “Mouse After Cat.”
- “What Goes Around Comes Around”
- “Ride My Tempo”
Next is Keyshia Cole. I heard a variety of her songs on the radio. The one I really liked that I heard on the radio was “I Remember.” The other ones I like are:
- “Heaven Sent”
- “Shoulda Let You Go”
Koji Kondo is a video game composer, primarily for Nintendo games. He did a lot of work on the “Mario” and “Legend of Zelda” series. I like a lot of the tracks, but a few of the ones that stand out for me are all from “Legend of Zelda,” and they are:
- “Gerudo Valley”
- “Potion Shop”
- “Song of Storms”
- “Zora’s Domain”
- “Forest Temple”
Another artist I really like is Mai Yamane. I first heard about her because she has worked with one of my favorite anime music composers, Yoko Kanno. I really like the vocals in the “Cowboy Bebop” anime. My favorites are:
- “The Real Folk Blues”
- “Don’t Bother None”
Massive Attack has some very weird music videos. And, that is how I became interested in them. The songs I really like are:
- “Special Cases”
- “Safe From Harm”
- “Live With Me”
I first heard of Missy Elliott back in like 2001 with her song, “Get Ur Freak On.” I was only 11 but I loved it. Her videos are so weird and I love them. My other favorites are:
- “Pass That Dutch”
- “Lose Control”
Norihiko Hibino is a video game composer. He has worked on the “Metal Gear Solid” series and I really like the music he does for those game, specifically “Metal Gear Solid 2.” I can’t really pick my favorite since I like a lot of them equally, but the ones that stand out are:
- “Arsenal’s Guts”
- “Countdown to Disaster”
- “Yell “Dead Cell””
On the topic of “Metal Gear Solid,” my all time favorite theme from the series is “Heavens Divide” by Donna Burke from “Peace Walker.” I love this song so much and it’s one of my top favorite songs.
Additionally, there is another game from the same producer of “Metal Gear Solid,” called “Zone of the Enders.” Personally, I’ve never played the game, but I love the song by K Á R Y Y N, “Beyond the Bounds (Eshericks Remix).” I know it’s off topic, but thought I’d bring it up here since there was no other place for it since I really like the song.
Sisse Marie is yet another Danish artist. There are quite a few on my list. I first saw “Every Time (You Look At Me)” by Morten Breum on YouTube. Then I looked up her other work and I also really like:
- “Dirty Hands”
- “Back to Life”
- “Black Cat”
Next is Sylvia Tosun. I love her song “Underlying Feeling” the “Adam K. & Soha Remix.” But, my favorite track is “World Keeps Turning” the “Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Chriss Ortega Remix.” Others I like are:
- “An Angel’s Love” by Alex M.O.R.P.H.
- “Push N’ Pull” by Noferini & Marini
As with any music like this, it is best to listen to the full length club mix of it. Generally over 8 minutes long. But, I have only linked the official videos of these, so you will have to search for yourself if you’re interested.
Yoko Shimomura is a video game composer. I first heard about her through “Kingdom Hearts.” I really enjoy the music in that game. Some of my favorites are:
- “Hollow Bastion”
- “Night of Fate”
- “Hand in Hand”
- “Sinister Sundown”
And lastly, some tracks I like by Underworld are:
- “Dinosaur Adventure 3D”
- “Mo Move”
- “Little Speaker”
Weird Music & Videos
So, the final section here is going to be some weird music videos I have discovered over time. Minus the ones that I have already included in this video since some of them are quite weird already. There are some really strange ones.
First off, before talking about music videos in particular, despite the fact that they are all weird. I wonder if anyone knows about Sherry Vine. She is a drag queen and does parodies, including some music videos of popular songs. So, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears. Her songs have a very disgusting sense of humor. But, that is why I love it. She is so disgusting, but hilarious. What is amusing is that she actually performed at a drag show at my sister’s college. My sister actually got her autograph for me. It’s so funny. Definitely look her up if you are interested. But, be warned that it’s very disgusting.
In artist alphabetical order, the first is: “Brothersport” by Animal Collective. What can I say about this? Words cannot express the weirdness and awesomeness of this song and video.
The next is “Yung Rapunxel” by Azealia Banks. Oh my gosh, what is that? I love this. Just the very first second of the video is like, “What?!”
Next is “I Seen Beyoncé” by Cazwell. Where did he see Beyoncé? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not a place you would expect to see her.
Up next is “Voyageur” by Enigma. It’s about dancing, eccentric dancing.
I actually saw “Am I Wrong” by Etienne de Crécy on TV believe it or not. MTV to be exact. Quite astonishing right? Of course this was back in the early 2000’s. But, this video is awesome.
Next is “Why Go” by Faithless. This video is hilarious. It is yet another video all about dancing. A woman dances at a club. She goes home dancing. She wakes up dancing. She goes to work dancing. She meets a dancing guy and gets married dancing. Later she goes into dancing labor and gives birth to dancing kids. A nice happy dancing family.
The next is “Lights” by Interpol. I love this song and I love this video. I first saw the video on TV and was just mesmerized by how awesome it was.
Another I saw on MTV back in the early 2000’s was “Circular Motion” by Ken Ishii. There is something about this video and song with it that just creeps me out. It’s just…it’s so creepy to me. I like it, but it’s just creepy.
Another by Ken Ishii is “Extra.” I really like this video. It’s an anime style music video. It is quite violent though if that’s not your thing.
Another I saw on TV was “Keep It Goin’ Louder” by Major Lazer. It is directed by Eric Wareheim. If you know who he is, then you know how weird this one is going to be. It is so weird and I love it.
Up next is “Karmacoma” by Massive Attack. All of the Massive Attack videos are quite strange, but this one, in my opinion, is the strangest.
The second strangest by Massive Attack is “Protection.” Everything’s all upside down and sideways and all over the place.
Next is “Konichiwa Bitches” by Robyn. This video and song are so funny.
Lastly is “Big Mouth” by Santigold. Awesome video! What else can I say?
Alright, so that is my music. I’m sure there is even more I have found since posting this video. So, thanks for watching!
Music is a big part of my life. I’ve loved video game music in particular since I was a child. I remember creating lyrics to music in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and recording it to cassette tape. When I was nine years old, what really changed my interest in music was when I found a radio station that was live from a nightclub and had remixes of songs and they were mixed. I recorded music from 1999-2003 and have 140 cassette tapes that I have transferred to my computer. While the best music was in 1999 (which I unfortunately only started recording in November of that year) was the best music and I have MANY songs that I have no idea what they are. I cannot identify them or even know the songs since they are rare. I love it so much!! Most are house music tracks, including hard house, tribal house, and even trance. I even remember when I was in fifth grade I loved the song, “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott so much that I performed it with a group of kids for a music show or something. We were singing it and dancing…hilarious!
Since this video, I have found new artists and songs. Shortly after making it I found the artist Phildel which instantly became one of my favorites. Regarding the video, it was quite the task since I had to find images of all the artists or games (oh that creepy Azealia Banks face), but not only that but I found most of all the songs on YouTube and linked them with an annotation. It was quite the task, but allowed for extra interactivity. The main problem with this was that I didn’t know when songs would become unavailable. And in late 2015, due to a new service YouTube introduced, many of the Japanese tracks became inaccessible to people in the United States. This greatly upset me since I no longer can easily find music from anime and games that I really loved.