YK: Selecting which instrument to use is very important but I don’t select a certain type of instrument to express a specific emotion. I select instruments based on what type of world view and tone I’d like to create.
For rain, I didn’t want to create any sense of “digital-ness,” so I decided to stick with “live” instruments. For one of the sounds for percussion, I was actually beating things that were around me to add natural sounds that we create in the real world.
I also put my efforts in using minimal number of instruments and the majority of songs are composed using 3 instruments: the piano, strings and bandoneon. I have removed all computer-generated sounds and limited the number of instruments, to be able to approach people’s heart and emotions more directly.
I am currently working on projects that have two completely different directions.
One is composing music for a Japanese traditional TV drama called [Taiga Drama]. And the one is for a brand new Sci-Fi TV drama for a younger audience. For the sci-fi one, I’m mainly using synthesizers to build the sounds for the sci-fi world, but I’m selecting more “earthy” and “raw” sounds for the traditional drama.
What I’m trying say is that, the sound and tone can become a strong icon of a content. So when considering what instruments to use, I focus on what type of world view and time period I am trying to portray in order to make the content look at its best.