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Tak Shindo


Tak Shindo, a Japanese-American soundtrack composer, studied in Miklos Rozsa. Academically educated being a musicologist, he also spent period learning traditional Asian music on the School of Tokyo. Shindo utilized this background within the Hollywood audio studios from the 1950s. Between soundtrack tasks for Hollywood orientalia, such as for example Sayonara and Stopover Tokyo, he documented some albums under his very own name. Its Shindo’s recordings as organizing bandleader which have probably the most significance for the field of pop exotica. Because of Compact disc reissue, Shindo’s orchestral dream of Africa, Mganga, is just about the most widely known of his LP exotica function. Nevertheless, Brass and Bamboo and Accent On Bamboo had been more normal of his result. Shindo got his audacious juxtaposition of stereotypical eastness and westness towards the limit on ASIA Goes Traditional western, which provided Hollywood cowboy music like “San Antonio Rose” and “I’m A VINTAGE Cowhand” tinted in Asian colours. Each one of these albums had been recognized by Shindo’s effective interweaving of traditional Japanese tools and big music group instrumentation. His refined stability of koto (thirteen string zither), samisen (three string lute), bamboo flutes and temple gongs with brass, reeds, and drumset in skilled preparations of big music group chestnuts and Hollywood theme music achieved a mix which was witty, cosmopolitan, and nearly immediately outmoded because the ascendancy of rock and roll and its youngsters market transformed American pop music into an world of generational identification politics. And also other ’50s film and tv composer-arrangers like Les Baxter, Robert Drasnin, and Esquivel, Shindo’s music obtained stature in hindsight, ranking reappraisal because of the involvement of exotica experts and an intensification appealing in classic film music. That deserved second pay attention shows that Shindo’s albums total much more compared to the kitsch of the cover graphics.

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Full Name Tak Shindo
Date Of Birth November 11, 1922
Died April 17, 2002, San Dimas, California, United States
Profession Composer
Education University of Southern California
Music Songs Mganga!, Brass and Bamboo, Mombasa Love Song, The Song of Delilah, Nyoba Festival, Bali Ha'i, Safari to Kenya, Rains of Okavango, N'Ga - The Maiden, Slave Chains of Mtumwa, Huts of Kichwamba, Port of Trinkitat, Bantu Spear Dance, Mwanza Market Place, No Place to Go, Watusi Drum Dance, Love Is a Many, The Lamp Is Low, The Moon Was Yellow, Wagon Wheels, It's So Peaceful in the Country, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Green Fire, Kiss Me Again, The Green Leaves of Summer, Lazy Afternoon, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Happy in Love, Jingle, Jangle, Jingle, On the Trail, Speak Low, I'm an Old Cowhand
Albums Far East Goes Western, Accent on Bamboo, Brass and Bamboo, Exotic Dreamers, Caravan, Brass and Bamboo (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1959), Mganga!, Mganga! - African Jazz, Ultra-Lounge, Volume 1: Mondo Exotica, Brass and Bamboo (Lounge Serie), Best Hits Collection of Tak Shindo, Brass and Bamboo Plus Accent on Bamboo, Flamingo, Far East Lounge Exotica Jazz Moods, Tak Shindo. Brass and Bamboo / Accent on Bambo. Exciting Big-Band Standards with an Oriental Flavor

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Oiroke fujin furo 1970 as Takae Shindô
Nozokareta misshitsu 1969
Chûsetsu shijutsu 1969 as Takae Shindô
Shôwa genroku: Oiroke onna chûshingura 1969
Modaeru oka: Himitsu club 1969 as Takae Shindô
Bunben 1968 as Takae Shindô
Ana o nerae 1968 as Takae Shindô
Irogoto: hichû no hi 1968 as Takae Shindô
Joshigakusei: Gokuhi nikki 1968 as Takae Shindô
Jôyoku no onna: Ayamachi 1968 as Takae Shindô
Nihon maruhi fuzokushi chibusa 1968 as Takae Shindô
Doro-darake no seifuku 1967 as Takae Shindô
Ijô taiken hôkoku hakusho: Aoi bôkô 1967 as Takae Shindô
Uwakizuma 1967 as Takae Shindô
Pinku no chôhatsu 1967 as Takae Shindô
Yoru naku onna 1967 as Takae Shindô
Hadaka no neppû 1966 as Takae Shindô
Ranko mudô sei keiyaku 1974 as Takashi Nagumo



Ana o nerae 1968 planner - as Sumitaka Arafune
Irogoto: hichû no hi 1968 planner - as Sumitaka Arafune
Yoru naku onna 1967 planner - as Sumitaka Arafune



Wagon Train 1958 TV Series 1 episode

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Stopover Tokyo 1957 music supervisor: Japanese music - as Takae Shindô

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