Attention please! We are looking for a new writer!

電波の世界 started in December 2007 and while our passion for the genre has only increased over the years, it's been difficult to find time for new articles and features. That's why we (denpanosekai and mandichan) are looking for an enthusiastic new writer! Here are some typical articles and tasks:

※ album previews and reviews
※ event reports (comiket, M3, live, etc.)
※ artist spotlights and interviews
※ denpa watchlist renewal
※ a new theme would be nice!

Do you want to make a difference and contribute to the original and leading source for English denpa news worldwide? Please contact denpanosekai [at] gmail [dot] com today!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Watch でんぱ組.inc live as they prepare for maxi single launch


Despite having only a handful of songs in their repertoire, でんぱ組.inc have been playing more and more shows these days. We're still far from an album, but their second Lantis release 「ピコッピクッピカッて恋してよ」is coming up on July 6th 2011. The track listing hasn't been made public yet, however the maxi single should contain at least 2 new songs; one of which is the ending theme to anime Baby Princess 3D.

The official PV for that ending theme runs a bit short, but that doesn't matter as full versions of their new songs have been uploaded to Youtube... better yet, they're live performances! Although they were posted on May 25th, the following performance took place in late April at a Tsutaya store in trendy Roppongi. Their setlist in order:
  1. 「わっほい?お祭り.inc」
  2. 「kiss+kissで終わらない」
  3. 「ピコッピクッピカッて恋してよ」
  4. 「BEAM my BEAM」
  5.  Bonus! "Making-of", photo shoot and introduction










Good thing they had some diehard fans mixing things up, because it would have been a pretty boring crowd otherwise! That last video shows a pretty artsy-fartsy introduction (what's up with the stilts?) and some fascinating behind-the-scenes footage. The whole thing was put together by collective Saizen00, who seem to be running a gallery dedicated to the budding idols. The video quality is high enough that it could be made into a DVD, not to mention the crazy photo shoot. We'll see how this turns out!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Blip Festival returns to NYC for fifth anniversary event


Strangely enough, there was no 2010 edition of North America's premiere chiptune event, the Blip Festival. Instead, Tokyo and Scandinavia played hosts to Nullsleep, Bit Shifter and friends; as well as tons of invited artists, both local and foreign. This year, curators 8bitpeoples didn't want to skip NYC again and they sure didn't want to wait until December either. In fact, the 2011 NYC edition starts tonight, May 19th.

Can't attend? WMFU's got you covered with a full live webcast. Nowhere near being there in person but it's possibly the next best thing. Actually their Accu-Playlist promises to be updated with photos and have a realtime comments board. They will also have guest DJ XC3N hosting and playing his music between artists so it could be a great alternative experience.

In related news, there's a nice flashback article with Rainbowdragoneyes reminiscing about his 2009 set. Also if you're planning on visiting Tokyo later this year, Blip Festival will once again hold an event on October 22 and 23 2011. Full details about the 2011 NYC edition follow:

// HERE IT COMES
No stopping it now — BLIP FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2011 touches ground this THURSDAY, kicking off three nights of pulse-pounding chipmusic and dazzling motion graphics served up by 30 of the world's most talented representatives of the global chipmusic underground.

// TWO NEWLY-ANNOUNCED DAYTIME PROGRAMS
In addition to the Blip 2011 NESDEV workshop, we're pleased to announce two new programs: Dissonance and Consonance: Harmonic Analysis and Discussion of Chip Music and its Many Forms (presented by Joey Mariano a.k.a. Animal Style), and Atari 2600 Music Composition (presented by cTrix). For full details and ticket links, visit:

// THE BLIP FESTIVAL GALLERY
Taking Blip Festival’s spirit of "obsolescence as the beginning" into the realm of visual art, a nightly screening will be presented by artists who are bringing new life to the technology and aesthetics of our recent past. Curated by Lindsay Howard; includes work and premieres by Sterling Crispin, Alexandra Gorczynski and Nicolas Sassoon.

// OFFICIAL AFTERPARTIES + CLOSING PARTY
If 24 sets of live chipmusic aren't enough for you, three nightly afterparties (courtesy of our friends Babycastles) and a not-to-be-missed closing party (courtesy of our friends Cheese'N'Beer and Noise Channel) round out the official Blip Festival event program. For specifics, visit:

// FESTIVAL PASSES SOLD OUT
Admission is still available for individual nights, whether via advance tickets or at the door. But be advised that Blip Festival events have been known to hit capacity in the past, so delay at your own risk.

// CAN'T BE THERE IN PERSON?
We're happy once again to be partnering with WFMU, who will be webcasting the event's audio live via WFMU.org. Nothing's quite like hearing chipmusic live, loud & in person, but if you can't make it, WFMU's got you covered.

// WANT TO HELP?
If you're interested in being part of our volunteer staff, we'd love to have you — let us know at contact@blipfestival.org.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

例大祭8 roundup: Innocent Key, IOSYS, 天然ジェミニ, Siestail


We've done roundups for M3-2011春, M3-2010秋, M3-2010春 Comiket 79 and hell, even 東方紅楼夢6. But nothing on Reitaisai, the grande messe of Touhou? Originally, we were planning on helping you build your shopping list back in early March, but the event was postponed to May 8th 2011 because of y'all-know-what. Of course you could always visit doujinongaku for the complete list of participating circles, but we've hand-picked some of the best (denpa-related DUH) albums which are coming out this weekend.

Note that many of these may already be available in stores, but they still deserve coverage nonetheless!



Let's start this round-up with Innocent Key... how often does that happen? Well, this is actually the first time in four years that we're taking a good long look at an Innocent Key album! We did select a song from 2010's superb「ココボク」as a "top denpa song of the year 2010" but of course the main draw was ココ and her awesome voice. Still, thanks to that album and now 「東方スクール」 (a full-on denpa album), it's finally time to give Innocent Key credit where credit is due.

The titular track dictates the pace and tone, playful and cheery tunes abound! Only "transmigration" takes a more serious turn, but it still somehow fits in just well. ココ is featured on most songs of course but dare we say this is yohine's most focused album? 溝口ゆうま also did a fantastic job arranging timeless Touhou themes with flair and panache. Somehow Lord ARM makes a welcome guest composer appearance. It also helps that most of the male vocals are downright hilarious! While 「リリーの花粉最前線!」 may just be the strongest song on the album on all accounts, you just have to LOVE Innocent Key parodying ULTRA-PRISM with 「収穫イモ娘」... really clever cover which we're sure put a smile on aniki's stern face!



Can somebody please tell ForestPireo that 「Party Pochecan mean "boring party" in French? In certain parts of the world, at least. Regardless, this is not a boring party by any stretch of the imagination... especially when it has girls like ななひら, なゆ and ココ!!! This wild trio will light up any social gathering, but the other girls aren't exactly Debbie Downers either. Not to mention we have a couple of ikemen in さつき が てんこもり and Innocent Key's 溝口ゆうま. For once, we have a ForestPireo album that is mostly upbeat so... pretty awesome shindig after all!



Comiket 79 saw the release of the IOSYS mega-denpa-album "Touhou Unfufufu" which, among other highlights, had Queen とろ美 singing the opening track composed by Lord ARM. The dream duo is back for more, just as IOSYS have gone back to a more variety-oriented album format. Regardless, 「東方メレンゲ少女夜行」 is another worthy offering and still features tons of crazy denpa songs to sink your teeth in. Next to 「エンドレス・てゐマパーク」, miko's 「少女さとりのさとりったー」 is the album's other heavyweight. あゆ and her friends t+pazolite and Coda contributed a new ACT track which frankly is not as memorable as the material from their first single, but still highly entertaining. Speaking of ACT, they will release a full album at C80!



Lord ARM's remix album 「リ:キャンディッド! ARM東方リミックス」was the other big IOSYS release just a couple months ago. They've announced a few new ones since then, but this is still fresh hotness as far as we're concerned! This one remixes eight different songs from various IOSYS "eras", including some pretty old stuff. Any attempt to describe the album's genre is futile. After many coffee pots and a couple Red Bulls, Lord ARM let himself loose in his studio, kicked a bunch of computers+keyboards around and this is the result. It is not as "focused" as his own album 「ワァオ!ハイパー電波チャン -ARM商業作品集-」 in fact it's quite the opposite. "Fucked up" comes to mind but the real descriptor should be "incredible variety". This feels like a love letter to his fans so if you want to support Lord ARM, speak with your wallet.



monoROSETTA's 「GREATEST HITS(予定) Vol.1」 is one of the many albums that weren't available for the original Reitaisai 8, rather it was announced in mid-April 2011. Despite the "greatest hits", don't be fooled. It's more of a "retro" kind of joke (if that makes any sense), which honestly is in line with some of the music. These are all brand new songs, with only a few already published (?). Once again, there is a lot of variety at hand, from borderline disco (妖怪ディスコウサギのテーマ) to straight-up denpa (危ないカリスマ☆恋のスカーレット! and a couple others) and even some good-old fashioned Ramones-esque kind of anthemic punk.

This new unit consists of two DearStage girls on vocals (夢眠ねむ (also a DenpaGumi member) and レナ) as well as VOID and a couple other IOSYS dudes writing songs and lyrics. Yours truly was lucky enough to see these girls perform live at the MegaPeer event in early January 2011 and judging from the crowd reaction at such an embryonic stage of their career, they surely have a number of years ahead of them. But since all songs here are high quality arrangements of Touhou classics, the real test will come in the form of an original album.



Although 天然ジェミニ (tenjemini) consists of 愛原千尋 and 愛原佑季 at its "core", they change their voices so much and bring in so many guest vocalists that it can be kind of hard to tell them apart from other similar units. But when one of these vocalists is ゆきまめ... it's time to party! Along with yet another guest (愛空アキハ) she sings the first song 「可愛いなんて言わせない!」which does a great job of setting up the new album 「東方マジカル☆コミカル」. We love Yukimame and hope she appears on more circles, but she needs her own album like Nanahira!

Compared to the former album 「東方女乱演舞」which had a couple of snoozer tracks, this new effort is overall quite pleasing to the ear. The two tracks from KANZAKI (yes, one of the TAMUSIC dudes) are extremely well-crafted but the real standout here is Loser Kashiwagi's delightful 「にとりときゅうりと謎の技術!」 which almost sounds like it was composed with real Genesis/MegaDrive hardware. It's good to see/hear one of denpa's OGs still kicking it old-school!



Rounding out today's roundup is Siestail with「ザ・ベストちぇん」their second Best Of album in two years; the first being 2010's 「ザ・ベストてゐ」. Now you might be thinking "two best-ofs in two years? that's fucking nuts!"... well, you're right. The thing is, Siestail's circle-master Spelunker is not human; it is a Touhou Arrange Machine From Hell (TAMFH). But at least, it has the decency of selecting fantastic vocalists for its admittedly uniques remixes. We're talking リズナ, 小宮真央, ココ, ℃iel, haru*nya, papico and a bevy of other awesome girls with awesome voices. Oh, you haven't heard of papico? We secretly posted her picture in a previous post, so there's a late Easter Egg Hunt for you.

No but really, Spelunker is doing its fans a major service by doing these compilation albums on a yearly basis. You see, between the original release of 「ザ・ベストちぇん」 (early March) and today, SEVENTEEN new songs were published on four different singles which we won't discuss today, despite being packed to brim with the great singers listed above. There's always next year... until then, do give this double-CD a chance. Surely one of the 32 tracks will do it for you, and as good as she sounds with t+pazolite, it's good to hear Miss リズナ under a different producer once in a while!