Things I Am Excited About 【Fall 2009 M3(24)】

Click to go to the M3 Homepage.

M3 is a one-day, biannual, music-only convention held in Yokohama, Japan, and its name stands for “Music + Media-Mix Market”. It’s kind of like Tokyo’s Comiket but for doujin music artists only. The Fall M3 event for 2009 will be held on October 11th, and is the 24th iteration of the event. This post will briefly highlight only the circle releases I am watching for (22 releases in total are profiled here). Click on the banners for a link to the site, all of which include demos unless otherwise stated. Info is listed BELOW the banner.

Entries are loosely ordered by genre:
1. Original, xx-based (ie. Story-based, Light Novel-based, etc)
2. Original, Pop / Original, Pop-rock
3. Original
4. Touhou Arrange
5. Cover
★★ entries are the ones I am most excited about.

Copy and paste the stars or genre titles into CTRL+F to find them.

I know the doujin music scene is a pretty uncommon/obscure subject in most anime-related blogs, but if you have an interest in finding out more and discovering new artists and such, M3 is seriously the best place to start foraying into this niche-ish sector. Hopefully this post will be helpful for doing that too.

Official M3 Circle List:
M3 Circle Releases List at BLACK ANGEL:

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【Music】 TheLine by FICUSEL/VaLSe


Came across this incredible set of music from a friend on Twitter. I really cannot believe that this was composed by non-professionals.

This is an album of instumental music composed by VaLSe at FICUSEL, and the theme is “wandering traveller”, so all the songs evoke imagery of different scenery a la RPG music, but with a much more relaxed and ambient tone, and at times with a slight ethnic influence. I am unable to pick one favourite because every track is impeccable and magnificent.

You can listen to the samples in the middle part of the website (click on a track name and it will start playing), or listen to a sample medley consisting of 9 tracks lasting about 20 minutes on nicovideo. You can also support the creator and buy their album for 1,200 yen on muzie (linked on their website)

Sample Medley: (nicosound mirror)