Wangan: Maximum Tune 3 – more dance magic by Yuzo

dance-pleasure palaceBeen trancing out lately to the master, Yuzo Koshiro. One of his really excellent soundtracks, in which he dominates yet another genre of techno-dance music is Wangan: Midnight Maximum Tune 3. The Streets of Rage (Bare Knuckle in Japan/Europe) games had ingenious soundtracks which built upon and developed a sound in the niche of early-90s Detroit house techno and then (in Streets of Rage 3) progressive house/glitch.

If you haven’t heard of them, the Wangan: Midnight games are an intense arcade-racing series from Japan. They’re originally based upon a manga of the same name. The term Wangan refers to the Bayshore hi-way route in Tokyo, noted for its illegal street racing (via Wikipedia). The games themselves are renown for having super-killer techno music composed by the aforementioned Koshiro.

Seriously, even if you don’t like hard trance or club techno, listen to this stuff! The guy really is so clutch — using his academically informed, western-classical wizardry to write gorgeous melancholy inspiring dance music. Yuzo was actually a child-prodigy training under the venerable Joe Hisaishi (the maestro behind all the Miyazaki anime soundtracks!).

Unfortunately, for the moment, it sells on sites like Amazon as an import and costs a pretty penny. So if any of you know of a place I can pay for a legal download or a cheaper hard copy, I’d be much obliged.

Yuzo Koshiro – Phantom Blue – Wangan: Midnight Maximum Tune 3

You’re beautiful, brah.

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~ by chaosrexmachinae on September 17, 2009.

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