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Gensokyo Radio and the Future of Touhou Music in the West

Readers are highly encouraged to comment on this article as feedback may determine future activity at GR.

As development on GR6 continues, the staff behind Gensokyo Radio is thinking ahead to next year, and our ideas for the 2015 convention season are by far our most ambitious ever. At this time, we're at the point where we want to get feedback in order to gauge how some of our new concepts might be received by the community. Read on to catch a glimpse of what the future could be like at Gensokyo Radio.

Promoting the (Western) Touhou Music Community
Next year, we want to focus more on getting material created by Touhou music artists in the west out to fans and listeners. In short, this is easier said than done. We have a great start and a great ability to do this for western artists since we're a radio station, but this only really solves half the problem that western Touhou artists face outside of Japan.

While we are able to promote artists in this way, the channels through which artists can sell their works are more limited than what one might find in Japan. Not only is there a much larger presence of Touhou-related works in Japan (with Touhou IPs making up a significant portion of all doujin circles, as well as having the Touhou-based Reitaisai every year), but the barrier to entry for artists to get their works out in places like North America is much higher, presenting a bigger challenge.

What we want to do at Gensokyo Radio is to provide a way for these western-based Touhou artists to get their works out in a more similar manner to what occurs in Japan.

Combining Two Big Ideas
Starting in 2015, we would like to provide a custom publishing and distribution service for all western Touhou music artists as a way to help get works out in a physical format. We would offer physical distribution at conventions in North America through our own booth as Gensokyo Radio, and in this way, we may be able to sell works on the artist's behalf.

Our service would be flexible, offering two general options for artists to choose from. One would enable artists to only order CDs to be shipped to them so that they can sell their own works with their own time and effort. This would involve a higher upfront cost aimed at covering the material costs needed to produce an order, but it could potentially enable the artist to make more of a profit in the long run. The second option involves distribution through Gensokyo Radio's booth where the staff would make sales on the artist's behalf, and a percentage of the actual sale price goes back to the artist. This would require much less initial investment by the artist, but would enable them to get their work out there with less effort on their part. A combination of both could also be done.

Making the Idea a Reality
Making an idea like this actually happen takes a lot of time, money, effort, and planning. Before we can move ahead with any of the real "doing", we need to acquire knowledge first. First and foremost, we need to know how much interest there actually is from the community for such a publishing service. This doesn't just extend to artists in the US and Canada, but also to artists in Europe, South America, and beyond.

Our intent is to focus on artists who want to get out there more but don't have the means to do so on their own. Perhaps this idea might one day spread to some artists in Japan, but for now, we want to start small and make sure we can do this successfully on a more local scale.

If we feel that there is enough interest in this, we'll move forward with allocating the time, getting the necessary funding, and making sure that when the convention season comes, we'll be armed with the knowledge to help ensure that promoting the Touhou Music Universe is something we continue to do, no matter what form it may take.

Your Feedback
There are a couple ways you can provide feedback for this concept. We would like to encourage our listeners to comment below in order for us to get a better picture of if this is something we'll be able to do within the coming months. If you're an artist or if you have a comment you want to whisper in our (off-air) microphone, send us an email at staff at gensokyoradio dot net.

Stay tuned for more info on our special 3-hour event for Live #25 happening later this month, and thanks for listening!


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Latest Review

"TOHO R&B HOUSE Party Vol.3" by Halozy

Back in February I reviewed Halozy's album “TOHO R&B HOUSE Party Vol.2” which I happened to be something I just stumbled on. So in between dumping buckets of ice water on my head, getting a new job, and Comiket 86, Halozy dropped “TOHO R&B HOUSE Party Vol.3” which I was getting really excited about after I heard the crossfade. Knowing what to expect this time around, I was wondering if this album was going to just as much fun as the last one.

Now to put this whole review into context, I overslept so I was needing to get on the road as soon as I showered. So this entire review was done over one shift. Granted that I could have done it at any other time, I needed to listen to this album as soon as possible, I went to extreme lengths to make sure this album review was done.

As soon as you press play, you are confronted with “HEY DJ! PUT YOUR HANDS UP!” My first thoughts where, “Oh, this is going to be a blast already.” Sadly, as bad as I wanted to dance to this track, I was driving to work. What is nice about this track, titled “Hey DJ,” is that the sing has an audience in the background, which adds to the feeling of wanting to join in on the dance party. The drop though, that is the part that made me hate the fact I couldn't dance.

A couple tracks down is a song “Kill DJ,” which had me perplexed since we are already telling the DJ to put his hands up. It made me think, “are we now the music police? Are we arresting the DJ for throwing a jammn' party? Did they have a weapon and that is why we needed to kill the DJ?” All of that thought dropped when the song did. I was just dancing uncontrollably while inspecting car parts.

The track that was the most fun tho, was “厄神様のジレンマ.” It is a Rap track. At some points, I thought I was listening to a Japanese version of Pitbull. What is really cool about the track is that I don't think I heard something like outside this album. Which is a shame since I just now decided I really dig this style.

All I have to say about this album is HEY TOUHOU DJs! WHY ISN'T THIS IN YOUR CURRENTLY PLAYLIST! For real, this album is the first album in a long time that I wanted to dance the full length to. There is a lot of really good vocalist featured in this album too, like ℃iel and nachi. This album is so far my favorite album of C86, but then again I have yet to listen to any of the metal that has come out of it.

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