FREEZINE editorial department (hereinafter, FREEZINE): OK, the second part of this piece will be questions from your fans.
The first question, "The music you both make is full of influence to me because there are various genres of music and I think no matter what kind of arrangement, you both always value melodies and harmonies, and work passionately to make emotional expressions. What role do you think melodies and harmonies play in your music?
Especially weg, you said “melodies should be easy for anyone and not easy to be influenced by the times and trends” before in a magazine interview. Is there any change your thoughts and feelings about melody or harmony throughout your career as a musician?”
world's end girlfriend (hereinafter, weg): I think tones and rhythm patterns are easily influenced by the times. I want to keep the melody and harmony simple and straightforward in my music. I think most musicians tend to avoid clich chord progressions and prefer to use complicated harmonies. But I am against such feelings and stick to making melody that music wants to go. Maybe my music sounds complicated with a lot of different sounds, but I think it's basically very simple. When I compose, I don’t think about melody, harmony and bass, etc separately. The boundaries between them are vague. All sounds including drums can be melody, or can be one as the whole. When those are combined, even if the sound deviates from the so-called Western music theory, I chose the sound that each part wants to play.
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FREEZINE: What is the role of melody in weg's music?
weg: It is also emotional expression and storytelling. I think it is because the balance of information processing performance of the human brain and the amount of information that the melody?are matched. However, the melody does not exist?itself. It?can be possible to express various expressions depending on the sounds, tones, and various elements around it.
FREEZINE: Thank you. Now I would like to ask Mr. KASHIWA the same thing.
Daisuke KASHIWA (hereinafter, KASHIWA) : I don't attach much importance to melody. In pop music and so-called songs, the melody is important because it's easy to hear the voice, but in an instrument, you can make as many passages as you want. Even it’s OK without the main melody. There are noisy parts, beat-lead parts and of course melody-lead parts. I think the melody doesn't have to be at front all the time.
FREEZINE: Thank you. Next one is a philosophical question. "As music is a very time centered medium, do you have any specific insights into the nature of time and what happens moment to moment?"
weg: I think there is a time axis for each individual in each life, music also has a time axis for each song, and when listening to music, the time axis of the human and the time axis of the music influence each other. ?For example, if you throw 100 pebbles on the surface of the water, 100 ripples will spread, and the size of the ripples will differ depending on the size of the stones, and ripples will be affected each other and change. For me, time is not just about going on one line, it’s a thing spreading in a circle, affected and changing.
FREEZINE: How about Mr. KASHIWA about “time”?
KASHIWA: Maybe I'm off the question, but I recently felt something about the word "time." Often I say, this moment is the youngest time in my life, and this moment is right now.
FREEZINE: That's right.
KASHIWA: Also “this moment" is the most experienced time in one’s life. So, thinking positively, "this moment" in the concept of time is the youngest and most experienced in my time. That's why it's not too late, and makes me want to challenge every moment I come up with. When I started DTM, it was relatively slow. But?I took a plunge to start it and paved the way. So, I want to live the moment and keep challenging myself.
FREEZINE: Thank you. I recall a little when I heard that music is time. There are various art works such as music, films, and paintings etc. You can see paintings whenever you want to, but not music and movies. The viewer must face to a screen, for example it runs 20 minutes, and faced to face each other the whole 20 minutes. What do you think about this?
KASHIWA: I heard it’s popular to skip-watch films these days. I also heard, on the music subscription, people tend to skip if there is no hook at the beginning. So, there is an atmosphere that the creators have to match that movement. The reason I wrote a 52-minute song this time is also the resistance to such thought in this era. I got a comment from an overseas listener, "this recalls to me the way how I used to listen to old vinyl." I believe there are experiences that you can get only when you are taking time. Even a novel or movie which has a moving ending, you can’t get moved only watching or reading the ending. All stories, foreshadowing, time flow, and emotional movements are parts of moving people. There are always things that you can’t get without spending time.