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Studio Ghibli Gets Covered Like It's 1799

Ghibli soundtracks, meet traditional Japanese instruments.

Wa-Gakki de GHIBLI
Wa-Gakki de GHIBLI
Oricon has word of a new CD on the horizon: a compilation of tunes from Studio Ghibli films. Doesn’t sound exciting? Well, fine—how about they do it on traditional Japanese instruments? That sound a little more interesting, mister picky?

The album, titled Wa-gakki de Ghibli ("Ghibli on Traditional Instruments"), will feature a number of Ghibli tracks performed on instruments such as the taiko drums and the shamisen and is being released in the hopes that the fusion of modern music with traditional instruments will help broaden people’s musical horizons.

The tracks are being performed by AUN, also known as twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue, who play taiko, shamisen, and flute—here’s a track list:

1.       Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea)

2.       Sanpo (My Neighbor Totoro)

3.       Kaze no Toori Uchi (My Neighbor Totoro)

4.       Hareta Hi Ni (Kiki’s Delivery Service)

5.       Jinsei no Marigold (Howl’s Moving Castle)

6.       Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)

7.       Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)

8.       Itsumo Nandemo (Spirited Away)

9.       Teruu no Uta (Tales from Earthsea)

10.    Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa ~Opening~ (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)

11.    Nausicaa Requiem (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)

12.    Kimi wo Nosete (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)

13.    Itsudemo Dareka ga (Pom Poko)

I’m completely intrigued and want to check it out. If you’re like me, the CD hits streets on December 17.

Kuroon Dec. 4, 2008 at 12:11 p.m.
Kinbda Want.
Joshon Dec. 5, 2008 at 8:23 a.m.
Taiko? Shamisen? Covering GHIBLI music? I'm so there.

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