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Interview With Legendary Sound Designer And Thereminist – Nori Ubukata

Nori Ubukata has a relentless passion for music. His undying love for the art of melody has given birth to a rich career and the invention of a theremin-based synthesizer. Ubakata has also composed music for TV-CM. Recently I had the honor of communicating with Ubakata after learning about his work and remix of Spiritual Machinery’s upcoming single Fade Away, which I will be reviewing shortly.

Warlock Asylum: It is a great honor to be able to conversate with you. I would like to thank you for your time  before we begin. However, please introduce yourself for our readers. Who is Nori Ubukata?

Nori Ubukata: Music composer, producer, keyboardist (mainly synth), thereminist, sound designer, and musical instrument designer.

Warlock Asylum: How did you get started in music?

Nori Ubukata: I started to learn piano when I was 6 or 7 years old and was greatly inspired by the American film “The Sound of Music”.

Warlock Asylum: In what capacity do you best express your musical expertise today?

Nori Ubukata: Hmmm, my experiences and experiments are my expertise in music, meaning, it is equivalent to my full capacity.

Warlock Asylum: You are the creator of the keyboard-based Theremin. Can you share with us what inspired this unique work?

Nori Ubukata: It’s not a keyboard-based theremin, but a theremin-based synthesizer with an integrated acoustic sound system. The idea is from my frustration with normal theremin and keyboard synth.

Warlock Asylum: I was informed that you’ve worked with some very popular acts like Lady Gaga and other noted musical personas. What was it like to work with Lady Gaga?

Nori Ubukata: That’s not really accurate. I’ve just provided many of synth sound programs for Lady Gaga”s band.

Warlock Asylum: Recently, you performed a brilliant remix for Spiritual Machinery’s Fade Away. How did this collaboration with Spiritual Machinery come about?

Nori Ubukata: Hakan has sent me an email which was a proposal for collaborating for his new project with the audio sample. He knows me as a sound designer and some musicality in my sound design work. That’s what he said to me.

Warlock Asylum: What approach did you take in making the remix for Fade Away in retrospect to the original version?

Nori Ubukata: After I listen to the original track well, I imagined as to what kind of arrangement I would do If am the producer of this song. And the inspiration is the ’80s and 90’s music, Phil Collins kind of style fits the song very well.

Warlock Asylum: I can imagine that with every project that you take on there is something new that you gain from the experience.  In what ways did you find the remix for Fade Away a gratifying experience?

Nori Ubukata: Any music production is gratifying for me to experience. This was one of them. I’m happy with the result.

Warlock Asylum: What can our readers expect to hear from Nori Ubukata in the near future?

Nori Ubukata: A commercial series of Theresyn will be announced next year!!

*On behalf of Warlock Asylum International News, we would like to wish you all the best in your artistic and earthly endeavors.

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