Guest: Artists singing in improvised / invented / personal languages

 
    • tartalo said...
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    • 28 Jul 2007, 13:06

    Guest: Artists singing in improvised / invented / personal languages

    STREAMABLE

    志方あきこAkiko Shikata sings medieval/ethnic/celtic/fantasy music in several languages (japanese, italian, latin, english...) including Hymmnos, an imaginary language.

    Angélique Kidjo is fluent in Fon, French, Yoruba, and English and sings in all four languages and also her own personal language which includes words that serve as songtitles such as Batonga. Malaika is a song sung in Swahili language. She often utilizes Benin's traditional Zilin vocal technique and jazz vocalese.

    Circle has recorded some material in a made-up "language" of their own called Meronian, and accordingly their first album was called Meronia.

    Julien Jacob African music

    Sigur Rós Sing some songs in Volenska (Hopelandic in English) a meaningless constructed language based on Icelandic phonetics. The rest are sung in Icelandic

    Treble They're form the Netherlands but their music and imaginary language are clearrly based on African sounds.

    Zap Mama African Music

    NOT STREAMABLE

    Caramba Swedish duo comprised of Ted Gardestad and Michael B. Tretow, better known for producing ABBA. They produced only one album as Caramba in 1981 with all tracks in a non-existent language.

    Mikel Laboa has experimented during his whole career with an improvised meaningless language based in the phonetics of the Basque language as spoken in Lekeitio (Bizkaia). He otherwise uses Basque.


    Do you know an artist that should be in this list? Answer to the thread

    Note: Let's include only those efforts to make it sound like a real language. This would exclude pure rhythmic uses of the voice like most Scat or beatboxing.

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    Endangered Languages
    Edited by tartalo on 10 Jan 2008, 12:55
  • Research

    Did a bit of research for this, not a subject I've ever focussed on before, despite my glib comment in the shoutbox :) Didn't find that much in a short time.

    Here is a Swedish duo comprised of Ted Gardestad and Michael B. Tretow, better known for producing ABBA. They produced only one album as Caramba in 1981 with all tracks in a non-existent language.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramba

    Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot is the best known track. It is a silly novelty song with vaguely tribal vocals. Can't say I really recommend it!

    Memory

    Then I remembered someone whose music I have loved for over 20 years who is not singing in meaningless languages, but rather old Sephardic Spanish and other languages. I have even sung some of her music myself in the past, trying to work out the language just by copying the pronunciation.

    Esther Lamandier


    http://www.estherlamandier.com

    Her music is beautiful!

    • tartalo said...
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    • 1 Aug 2007, 00:40
    Caramba added here

    I added Esther Lamandier under Ladino artists. 1492 and the Catholic Monarchs in common with WELGR 03. It's said that the Queen didn't wash herself.

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    • ti-i-na said...
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    • 1 Aug 2007, 17:27
    The Finnish band Circle has recorded some material in a made-up "language" of their own called Meronian, and accordingly their first album was called Meronia.

    Some of their stuff is streamable here but I don't know if any Meronian material is represented as they also use Finnish and English in their lyrics. And due to the style the singer uses his voice it's often pretty much impossible to make out which language is used anyway.

    • tartalo said...
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    • 2 Aug 2007, 18:16
    Thanks our Tina (late, yes?) and sanaag in African music

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    Endangered Languages
  • Independant artist to check out ;)

    志方あきこ (streamable)

    Akiko Shikata sings medieval/ethnic/celtic/fantasy music in several languages (japanese, italian, latin, english...) including Hymmnos, an imaginary language. Her music is beautiful!



    Fully streamable tracks:
    晴れすぎた空の下で
    Exec_Harmonius/.

    • tartalo said...
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    • 10 Jan 2008, 13:05
    Added, thanks TheRealEvilOne.

    They sing in Hymmnos language in the soundtrack of the Playstation game Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia

    The Hymmnos language
    Although it is a synthetic language constructed solely for the game, it is translatable and not just pure gibberish. Hymmnos basic grammar consists of "feeling sound(想音)-V-O-C", and many words are taken from existing languages, mainly English, Japanese, Sanskrit and German. The game's soundtracks' booklets even feature translations of the Hymmnos parts of nearly every song in the game.

    Last.fm groups:
    Endangered Languages
  • How about Lisa Gerrard's singing with Dead Can Dance and her solo albums? (Am I on the right lines here? I'm new :-)). Great group, thanks :-)

    • tartalo said...
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    • 20 Mar 2008, 14:51
    glendarian said:
    (Am I on the right lines here? I'm new :-)). Great group, thanks :-)


    Err, I don't know. This thread is about artists that invent or improvise the language they use to sing, so you are not supposed to understand it, but fell it or something like that. If she does so in some songs, you are in the right thread (please confirm, because I don't know that).

    This thread is just for fun and doesn't belong to the main artist directory, the artists here won't be added to the radio unless they use a Natural Endangered Language too.

    Thanks to you for taking part.

    Last.fm groups:
    Endangered Languages
  • Magma: "Much of Magma’s music is written in the constructed language known as “Kobaïan” and concerns a lengthy saga about Earth and the planet Kobaïa, with spiritual and environmental themes." as the artist page says.

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