Added link to English translation of the interview. .
Anyway, a snippet. The interviewer, Emiri Miyamoto a young girl is a professional violinist and I shall repost what was posted by Mashamasha from MashaPlus Info Forums in relation to their interaction between 3.04 to 3.33 (referring to the video above)...
the girl is a professional violinist. Masha asked her what kind of songs she will sing when she goes to karaoke, she said she doesn't sing, she just goes there to practise violin! Then masha helped her to elaborate more, he joked, that means when her friend sings AKB48's song, she will take out her violin and play the back music?!Download links and English translation after Read More link.
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Thanks to Izumisano of Masha Heart for the excellent translation. A rather technical but funny sort of interview and a must read! I never knew even microphones play a huge part in his music making. He in fact explains a lot on the songwriting process. All at Masha Heart. Some interesting snippet follows. Do read the full translation.
F: This song (Hotaru), well, the melody itself was written 10 years ago. Even though I liked it a lot, I liked the melody a lot, I just couldn’t get the right opportunity or timing to present it out.
F: The echoes in the toilet have a frequency band that resounds with a “ba-an” (hollow?). I go to the toilets a lot to explore that.
F: So when you get to the karaoke, you go “pak” (demonstrates opening the violin case) and then this (demonstrate playing the violin)?... I thought you go there with your friends (Emiri laughs) and when they start singing AKB48, you’d accompany them on the violin. (Emiri laughs)
F: ... (Points to the mic) This has to be flat, without any unevenness on the surface, so it can pick up a wide range of tones from high to low. It facilitates music making. I’d hate it if we can’t get the balance of high to low tones.
F: It’s the same when I write my songs. I try not to touch my guitar at the onset. I’ll just close my eyes and listen with my ears. Even without instruments, the melody will come from inside the body, inside the head. ...Now when I start to hear the melody in my head, I’ll write it down on the score...
F: ...Once we can find a melody inside that we feel good about, that itself will guide us towards which way to take.