How is the song popular worldwide even before the movie is released in other countries? This is the magic that RADWIMPS has and is shown through this song. PianiCast - 피아니캐스트 does an amazing job on their cover. We will explore the magic behind the band's success and feature an incredible cover by PianiCast - 피아니캐스트. Tune in to hear their enchanting music and discover the secret to RADWIMPS' worldwide popularity.
Suzume no tojimari: The Latest Anime Masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai - A Tale of Doors and Calamity
Directed and written by Makoto Shinkai, released on November 2022 is an anime movie called Suzume no tojimari (jap: Suzume’s Locking-Up) English titled Suzume. The movie is about a 17-year-old girl named Suzume, and a mysterious young man who is looking for the so-called ‘door’. Suzume is drawn to this enigmatic power of doors, and they must be closed in order not to let enter the calamity on the other side of this world. The story of their journey to save the world by closing doors.
From Your Name to Suzume: The Music of RADWIMPS, Japan's Versatile Rock Band
RADWIMPS is a trio Japanese band from Kanagawa, Yojiro Noda is the vocalist, guitar and piano, Akira Kuwahara on guitar and Yusuke Takeda on bass. They had another on drums Satoshi Yamaguchi who took an indefinite break due to chronic disease. They have other touring members. They debuted in 2003 and then signed with Toshiba EMI in 2005. They do rock music, including alternative rock, indie rock, rap rock and emo.
They've also received attention for contributing the music of Your Name, one of the highest-grossing Japanese animated films, as well as the soundtracks to Weathering with You in 2019 and Suzume in 2022.
Suzume Offical Lyric Video
from Single Suzume From 'Suzume no Tojimari' theme song すずめの戸締まり
- Artist: RADWIMPS
- Released: September 30, 2022
- Lyrist: Yojiro Noda
- Featured artist: Toaka 十明
- Album: Suzume (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Label: voque ting co.,ltd.
- Genre: Japanese Rock, Japanese Indie, Anime, Korean Traditional Music, Rock, J-Pop
- Key: D minor
- Length: 3'56"
Experience the Magic of Piano with PianiCast – 피아니캐스트: The Perfect Channel for Piano Lovers
PianiCast – 피아니캐스트(kor. pianicast) is a South Korean Piano channel on YouTube run by two people SJ and SY. Where SY plays the piano and SJ is in charge of visual effects. They joined YouTube on March 25, 2018. With more than 270 million total views and 880 thousand subscribers as of March 2023. They have created 111 videos and there are many more than we can expect with the channel in the future. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 has a huge variety of songs, covers and music composition, that covers many people’s likes and choices. They have classical music covered by Beethoven such as the infamous Fur Elise, Sonata No. 8; Debussy, Mozart and many more. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 also covers Game OST like Lost Ark, and Final Fantasy X. Along with KPOP and other Pop songs from BTS to Alan Walker. Animes and Dramas OSTs are one of the popular videos that are uploaded. Such as K drams Goblin OST and Hiroshi no Kaisou from the anime movie Shin Chan. Their other new age works from DJ Okawari and Jo Hisaishi, PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 has also composted their songs like Milky way and In the Forest.
PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s most popular and viewed is an anime OST from a popular anime called Demon Slayer called ‘Tanjiro no Uta (竈門炭治郎のうた) – Demon Slayer (鬼滅の刃) EP19 ED | Piano Cover’ posted on 2020 with over 22 million views.
The falling sticks are used by PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 in the video with a darker background. The falling sticks land on the keys, making it a simpler technique for folks who are new to music study and do not know how to read music sheets. After Effects is used to create the effect in which the piano keys shine. It is still preferable to learn to read music sheets since it will help you perform various types of tunes and provides you with more independence when playing an instrument. You can start from the basics of reading sheet music from this blog, here. You can build yourself and start learning more as you start understanding more.
PianiCast – 피아니캐스트's Cover of Suzume
Suzume Goes Viral: PianiCast – 피아니캐스트's Version Taking the World by Storm
The song Suzume has become really famous nowadays. And many many people are listening and re-creating the song. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 uploaded this cover on their YouTube channel on November 17th 2022. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s song and the original song has very similar song composition. With a key signature of D minor and a time signature of 4/4. The song has a tempo of 78 BPM a highly acoustic song.
The video starts with a black screen and PianiCast then appears on the screen. The song starts with lyrics as ‘ru ru ru’ for 26 seconds of the original song which is played in a set of four. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s cover of the song also the song starts with the same rhythm. While playing section it is softly played as mp; meaning mezzo-piano meaning ‘somewhat soft’. The song starts with PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 playing it by the single right hand and then there is a chord separating the second time it is played similarly. The final two times it is played with both hands and has a higher pitch to it. Then in the original, there is a short instrumental piece that is played for around ten seconds before starting the first verse. Similarly, PianiCast – 피아니캐스트 plays a short piece, which has good left-hand movements and chords being played by the right. Then there is a chord played before starting the next section.
It starts in the 38 seconds in the original song and 45 seconds in the PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s version. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s arrangement, a line is played and then there is a short chord first played in a higher pitch and then the line is played and the next time a chord is played by the left-hand in a lower pitch. Then the song takes up a little speed and hand movements are a bit faster and more dynamic. There are a lot of beats and chords with rapid finger as well as hand movements. It's a treat to listen to this part.
Then comes the pre-chorus, where in the original song the singer does an excellent job of singing in a higher pitch. Then the pre-chorus starts in PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s arrangement it is in a minute and seventeen seconds and again the song again takes up the speed. PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s songs, they know to control the rhythm and this is a bit difficult part to play. This part in PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s is so beautifully played. There are no major hand movements, but there are a lot of keys played and it looks like the keys are dancing on the piano. It is for five seconds; it is so beautiful; the speed also had a bit decreased and one can hear all the keys that are being played very easily. The higher and lower sides of the piano. This is also because the original song is very high-pitched and brings original flavour to this cover.
Then comes the chorus around a minute and twenty-two seconds later. This again brings the wave movements. This starts with both the hands being on the extreme sides of the piano and then they move towards the centre which gives this magical feeling. The right has many short keys that need to be played and the left hand is synchronized with the chords that are being played. Then the tempo is again decreased. There is one very beautiful arpeggio, which was so fluid and smooth played by the left hand. There are many repetitive segments in the song. Which gives the pianist to add a little of their own touch here and there. Again, the song has a faster speed. Towards the end of the chorus, speed is decreased, the hand movement is slower, there is chords are played.
Then comes a short post-chorus in a minute and fifty-three seconds of the arrangement. This part is relatively slower than the other parts. We can hear single lines being played. This is giving a hook to the song, a bit extended part of the chorus.
In the original, there is a short instrumental before the second verse lyrics start. It is slow, there are some spaces to the song, and then the song is built and again goes to the higher pitch song. This is a very part of the song. It is slow and soothing, there is also a very beautiful arpeggio.
There are a lot of chords being played as well. The left hand has many chords being played, whereas are right hand has keys. Then after the final chord played by the left hand, the time right-hand reaches to play the keys there is a very tiny gap, this adds a bit of music that is carried to the next part of the song, and shows that there is something next is coming, very beautiful and cleverly played by the pianist.
There is a short bridge at two minutes and twenty-nine seconds, into the arrangement. Here the right hand is some chords being played and the left hand is the keys, there are four lines in the lyrics of the original song. The piano is slow but there are a lot of keys being played, which gives a calming effect to the song. Which is a great build-up for the next part of the song.
There is a short instrumental in the original song and here at two forty-one. This is also a great buildup for the finale of the song. This ten-second builds the tension and it again increased its speed. This song has played with tempo and with that the emotions of the listers are also built. This song is excellently made and every note and key are so expressive in the hands of pianists. It ends slowly with a chord and the next section again takes up.
At two fifty-eight, there is a small variation that PianiCast – 피아니캐스트’s Suzume has. It is the highlight of the whole song for around thirteen seconds. There are two beautiful gliding arpeggios from left to right, that itself sounds so magical and rapid keys are being played and with this, the final chorus continues.
The final chorus at three twelve begins, which is very similar to the chorus before. The increased tempo has a similar pattern. There are a few small changes that can be heard very subtle changes. This is also bringing the effect before the outro, the buildup of energy to the song. After it reaches its peak there is post-chorus, where there is speed is decreased and the song is coming towards the end. There are many interesting elements in this part of the song as well, short arpeggios, rapid hand movements, there are few final chords in the post-chorus. The song ends in chords, where the song is played slowly, the left hand has a key playing constantly, and the right hand plays a few notes. The song ends when the right hand also plays the final keys, and the song ends.
There is a black screen in the video with the final credits of the channel.
This movie and song will defiantly give you goosebumps, there is a sense of peace as well as a bit of thrill and adventure. It was indeed, a rollercoaster of emotions with this movie and its unforgettable soundtrack. From moments of peace and tranquillity to thrilling adventures, it's a journey you won't forget. And if you're a fan of piano covers, you won't want to miss PianiCast - 피아니캐스트's stunning performance. Their arrangement of the soundtrack is simply amazing!
Until next time, Happy Music!
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