Revo was interviewed on the June 2010 issue of NEWTYPE (korean edition), matching with the opening event of the Korean official fanclub (Salon de Horizon Korea), the release of Ido e itaru Mori e itaru Ido, and the release of many Korea-licensed Sound Horizon albums.
In that interview, Revo was asked many interesting things about his work, and he stated that the bonus track of Seisen no Iberia actually does exist, even if nobody has been able to solve the riddle.
A million thanks to HIS MASK, who translated the article!
“A fantasy band that sings stories”
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A new horizon of Music
Sound Horizon (SH) is a group which has a musicality totally different from J-POP. They call themselves by the name Fantasy Band (‘Gensou Gakudan’), call their albums ‘Horizons’ and refer to their concerts as an imaginary country called ‘The Moving Kingdom Sound Horizon Kingdom (SHK)’. In this imaginary kingdom, Revo ―the main member― is called ‘His Majesty’ and the fans are called ‘Laurants‘, meaning the populace. This unique performance spreads as a legend to make more Laurants (fans). Though SH is unfamiliar because it doesn’t belong to J-POP nor anime songs, and it is fascinating for the same reason.
SH’s music, which doesn’t belong to a special genre, could be expressed as ‘story music (STORY CD)’. Literally, its main aim is to deliver ‘stories’. Each album, called Horizon, has different stories yet they all connect with each other to form a single weltanschauung. Usually it has a fantasy world as the background, deals with human dramas and the two faces of human kinds, such as death and destiny, the history of the world and legends about Gods, and has original characters who lead the story. Thanks to the characters who are unrealistic like the main characters of a cartoon and have strong personalities, the concerts of SH have many spectacular things to see. Not only do the vocals appear on stage dressed up as characters, but also the various performances are just like a musical, so the performance itself is ‘a stage of a fantasy world’.
As guest members, vocals familiar to fans of anime songs, such as KAORI, who has sung songs such as tsubasa, dream scape of the animation ‘Tsubasa Chronicles’ under the name FictionJunction KAORI and owns a strong voice, and Haruka Shimotsuki, who sung Toumei Shelter, the ending theme of the animation Rozen Maiden, and popular seiyuus such as Hikaru Midorikawa, Yuichi Nakamura, Norio Wakamoto and Minami Kuribayashi have participated.
Individually, Revo has worked on animations or game OSTs such as GUNSLINGER GIRL and Leviathan. Especially in Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido, the single which came out after 2 years, has many new attempts such as having VOCALOID ‘Miku Hatsune’ participating as a vocal.
Meeting ‘His Majesty’ of Sound Horizon!
The most fascinating thing of SH is the addictive and unique melody created under the very fingertips of Revo. To deliver stories effectively, sound creator Revo produces diverse melodies that cross genres like rock, pop, jazz and classical music. He, who is called ‘His Majesty’ by his fans and gets infinite love from them, is in charge almost everything of SH-composing the songs, writing the lyrics and playing the instruments and so on. In other words, he is the center core of SH! We met Revo who had come to Korea for the inauguration ceremony of the official Korean fan club.
NT.― I heard it was the first overseas trip of SH. Have you been to Korea personally before?
NT.― You said that you had often eaten Korean foods even in Japan. What was the most impressive dish you have eaten in Korea?
NT.― What made you release albums & establish the first overseas official fan club in Korea?
NT.― When did you start composing?
NT.― The name ‘Sound Horizon’ seems special. What is the meaning of it?
NT.― SH is an unusual form of band that many guest musicians participate in with you in the center of it. Sometimes the vocals are changed in each album, and many seiyuus participate, too. Do you have a special standard for choosing members?
NT.― The story-like lyrics with languages and histories from diverse countries are impressive. Where do you get the materials for your songs?
NT.― The album jacket illustrations of YOKOYAN plays a big role in SH’s world view. How are the jacket illustrations and character designs made?
NT.― SH’s music has strong individuality. Did any other works influence your works?
NT.― What songs or albums do you suggest for ‘NEWTYPE’ readers?
NT.― You finally release a maxi single after 2 years. Please introduce ‘IdoIdo’ which is going to be released in Japan.
NT.― Tell us about your recent schedules and what you’re planning to do in Korea later on.
NT.― Last, please give a message to the readers of NT.
I’m curious, His Majesty!
NT.― You speak various languages. How many languages do you speak exactly, His Majesty?
Revo.― There are not many languages I am good at, but there are several languages I can read. Currently I am studying Korean, and I’m able to do simple conversations. Among the words I’ve learned recently, I like 맛있어요 (masisseoyo, ‘It’s delicious’) the best (laugh). It’s a good word.
NT.― Among all the horizons that have been released, which one is your favorite?
Revo.― I cannot decide.
NT.― What’s the most impressive episode with Laurants or the most impressive present from them?
Revo.― There are so many episodes. All kinds of presents are appreciated, but I’m the happiest when I get presents which has bright ideas and many people participating in it, such as writing messages in handkerchiefs and connecting them.
NT.― What do you do on holidays?
Revo.― I read books, watch movies, or just plainly walk on the street….
NT.― What kind of books do you usually read? Do you have an animation or cartoon you like?
Revo.― About half of what I read I read to study. Many of the books are related to history and culture, I read books on architecture if I want to study it…whether I understand the book is a different matter, though (laugh). I read books of diverse fields. I don’t really watch animations but I do read comic magazines like sometimes.
NT.― Is there a special reason Jimang always plays characters who have beards?
Revo.― It’s not like that I always insist beards, but don’t they suit Jimang, since he’s middle-aged?
NT.― Does the secret track of Seisen no Iberia really exist? Couldn’t you give us a hint?
Revo.― It exists. However, I cannot give you a hint. Solve it on your own, please.