Shirokane (白金) is a district of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. During the Ōei era (1394–1428), a government official of the Southern Dynasty who settled here became wealthy. His nickname was Shirokane Chōja (白金長者), which means "man who possesses much 'white gold' " (白金), a reference to silver. Thus the name of this location is the "Silver District".
Shirokane (白金) is a district of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. During the Ōei era (1394–1428), a government official of the Southern Dynasty who settled here became wealthy. His nickname was Shirokane Chōja (白金長者), which means "man who possesses much 'white gold' " (白金), a reference to silver. Thus the name of this location is the "Silver District". Shirokane is known for having the most expensive real estate fees for living in Japan and the Silver District has now taken on the name of “Platinum District” or how I like to call it “Platinum Village”.
Shirokane Bulldogs is a collection of EDM tracks created during my southeast asian travels through Bangkok, Phenom Penh, Siem Reap, Saigon, Hanoi, Okinawa and Tokyo.
Track 1 The Bulldog somewhat reminds me of Emerson, Lake and Palmers rendition of Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare For The Common Man”. The big throbbing baseline represents the Bulldog and the sawtooth melody represents the poodle running away from the bulldog. When the bassline moves away from the tonic, it sounds a bit like sports promo music.
Stereoscopic Seven is a continuation of the bulldog and poodle chase. The use of a vocoder in the track represents the bulldog shouting at the poodle and a Nile Rodgers funky guitar is sprinkled in there for good measure.
This track was most likely created in Bangkok due to the title suggests as Bangkok has the highest concentration of shops per city with over 4,556 franchises in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Due to the road layout, you will see the same shop on each side of the street. Hence the name Stereoscopic Seven.
Track 3 Tuvan Syndrome begins with a spacey sounding arpeggio which represents traveling from Kazakhstan to Japan. It is a result of some Tuvian vocal samples I stumbled across.
It represents a tourist from Kazakhstan visiting Tokyo and staying at a business hotel in Shirokane. The tourist is observing the bulldog chasing the poodle while talking on their mobile to someone from back home.
Track 4 Good To The Last Slurp begins with a George Martin like the “Theme One” instrumental, BBC RadioOne and two’s first and last broadcast of the day starting back in 1967. Many people used this instrumental as an alarm clock to wake up. I used boing sound effects to represent springing out of bed among other things. The title is derived from a synthesizer that I came a across that sounded like someone at a “Seven Eleven” having a slurpee.
Track 5 Tengu Fever is a homage to a small local DJ club in Sangengaya, Setagaya called Tengu. The proprietor Dai Chita expanded his business to include ramen and the place is usually open from Friday night to Sunday evening. This track utilizes a big kick drum, sparse female vocal chants and video game sound effects.
Track 6 Photowalk is a chillout track that represents a leisurely photowalk throughout Tokyo. This track features an obstinate upright bass, sparse vocal sounds, soothing horn parts and some unique bird sound effects culminating in the perfect shot.
Track 7 Amnesia is a track that...
Track 8 Shoelace Trip is a track that I remember creating in Naha, Okinawa. It is a chill out instrumental track in the style of Portishead that breaks into a latin feel in a faster tempo. I am not sure why the title is associated with this track as I wear slip-ons.
Poodle Doodle Doo Doo features multiple TB303’s trading fours in jazz styles, a hillbilly shooting off his rifle, and concluding with a Arron Copeland style cinematic crescendo.
The artwork is derived from the buttons of a Roland 808 drum machine and the inverted ellipses represent a bulldog that gets loose and is chasing a poodle.
The title makes lighthearted fun of the l & r pronunciation that challenges the Japanese people when they speak or write English. The same thing is true about the word Shirokane where the k & g are interchangeable.
These tracks are perfect for video editors who struggle with music edits and are in need of EDM library music. Get the CD or downloads now and enjoy !!