Geinoh Yamashirogumi

Geinoh Yamashirogumi (Japanese: 芸能山城組, Hepburn: Geinō Yamashirogumi) is a Japanese musical collective founded on January 19, 1974 by Tsutomu Ōhashi, consisting of hundreds of people from all walks of life: journalists, doctors, engineers, students, businessmen, etc.

They are known for both their faithful re-creations of folk music from around the world, as well as their fusion of various traditional musical styles with modern instrumentation and synthesizers. For example, in the 1980s, MIDI digital synthesizers could not handle the tuning systems of traditional gamelan music, so the group had to teach themselves how to program in order to modify their equipment. The album that followed, Ecophony Rinne (1986) was a new direction for the group: they had not previously incorporated computer-generated sounds into their work. The success of this album brought them to the attention of Katsuhiro Ōtomo, who commissioned them to create the soundtrack of Akira. The soundtrack is built on the concept of recurrent themes or "modules". Texturally, the soundtrack is a mix of digital synthesizers (Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX7-II, both of which could, by then, be tuned to the Pure-Minor, slendro, and pelog tuning scales), Indonesian chromatic percussion (jegog, etc.), traditional Japanese theatrical and spiritual music (Noh), European classical, and progressive rock.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi has reproduced over eighty different styles of traditional music and performances from around the world, but despite having performed internationally to a high degree of critical acclaim, they remain relatively unknown.

The group's name uses Ōhashi's pseudonym, Shoji Yamashiro, and translates roughly to "Performing Yamashiro Collective". Ōhashi took his inspiration from a postwar 1950s group of similar characters that lived as a commune.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
芸能山城組* - 少年達への地球讃歌 1979 Vinyl, LP
芸能山城組* - 恐山/銅之剣舞 1976 Vinyl, LP, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1988 CD, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = アキラ 1988 Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
芸能山城組* - アフリカ幻唱 1982 Vinyl, LP
芸能山城組* - 芸能山城組ライブ:"開かれた合唱" 十年の展開 1979 Vinyl, LP
芸能山城組* - 地の響〜東ヨーロッパを歌う 1977 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
芸能山城組* - シルクロード幻唱 1981 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
芸能山城組* - 恐山/銅之剣舞 1976 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
芸能山城組* - 輪廻交響楽 Ecophony Rinne 1994 CD, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2001 CD, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite 2017 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Geinoh Yamashirogumi = 芸能山城組* - Symphonic Suite Akira = 交響組曲アキラ 1988 Vinyl, LP, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Original Soundtrack 2014 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira 2002 2002 DVD, DVD-Audio, Multichannel, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira 2014 Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Unofficial Release
Geinou Yamashirogumi* - Akira (The Original Japanese Soundtrack) 1994 CD, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2001 CD, Unofficial Release
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite 2020 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira 2019 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered
芸能山城組* - Akira Sound Clip 1988 Laserdisc, 8", Stereo, NTSC
芸能山城組* - アフリカ幻唱 1988 CD, Album, Reissue
芸能山城組* - 黄金鱗讃揚 (Exultent Pisces In Cantics Nostris) 1978 Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Stereo
芸能山城組* - 芸能山城組ライブ:"開かれた合唱" 十年の展開 1979 Vinyl, LP
芸能山城組* - 少年達への地球讃歌 1979 Vinyl, LP
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira 1988 CD, Album, Unofficial Release
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Gaia 1994 Cassette, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition 2019 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-Video, SECAM
芸能山城組* - 輪廻交響楽 = Ecophony Rinne 1986 Cassette, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira 2017 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Osorezan / Doh No Kembai 2015 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition 2018 Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Mono, Blu-ray, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Multichannel
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Symphonic Suite Akira CD, Album, Unofficial Release
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = アキラ 1988 Cassette, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = アキラ 1988 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = アキラ 1988 Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Gaia 1990 Cassette, Album, Stereo
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Gaia 1994 CD, Album, Reissue
芸能山城組* - やまと幻唱 1994 CD, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1993 CD, Album
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira - Original Soundtrack CD, Album, Reissue
芸能山城組* - 恐山/銅之剣舞 1994 CD, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Ecophony Gaia 2018 Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
芸能山城組* - 地の響〜東ヨーロッパを歌う 1976 Vinyl, LP
芸能山城組* - 黄金鱗讃揚 (Exultent Pisces In Cantics Nostris) 1978 Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Stereo
芸能山城組* - 芸能山城組入門 Best Selection Of Geinoh Yamashiro Gumi 1988 CD, Compilation
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - 翠星交響楽 = Ecophony Gaia 1990 CD, Album
芸能山城組* - 黄金鱗讃揚 (Exultent Pisces In Cantics Nostris) 1978 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Promo
芸能山城組* - 恐山/銅之剣舞 1986 CD, Album, Reissue
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite 2017 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered

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