Yunyu anime inspired musician talks to Dark Matter
I caught up with Yunyu to find out what has been happening since the interview in 2011 (text only).
On 6 June 2012 I posted Yunyu’s recent news.
This interview is available in MP3 (podcast) only, at the bottom of this page.
Yunyu’s information on Facebook includes the following:
Yunyu makes music that sounds like the musical extract of Kate Bush, Isaac Asimov and Edgar Allan Poe — if they plonked their DNA in a particle accelerator.
Her musical career started when her mom named her Yunyu (beautiful rhythms) and auditioned her into a classical music concentration camp when she was 3. Like all misfits, she found the classical environment a little lacking in humour. After countless, merciless tortures she finally tunnelled to freedom using nothing but a very blunt, leadless, eye pencil at aged 9. The trauma of the near death experience caused Yunyu to connect with Zombies and the Spirit world on a deep, personal level.
Yunyu’s weapons of choice are keyboards and piano and also the Gu Zheng — An age old oriental instrument. Yunyu won Australia’s Triple J Unearthed with ‘You Are Expendable’ and subsequently made the 4 minute wonder music video. ‘You are expendable’ topped the Canadian college Charts for a month peaking at No.6.
Lenore’s Song is Yunyu’s most requested song at gigs. It is a reply letter to Edgar Allen Poe’s – ‘The Raven’. Writing dead people love letters is Yunyu’s idea of romance.
Together with award winning producer, Matt Carter, and borrowing crew talents from Lord of the Rings and Superman Returns, a music video of Lenore’s Song was made. An ambitious stop motion film, consisting of 17000 digital stills, Lenore’s Song video achieved over 42000 views and counting on youtube.com
Yunyu likes her anime. Resoundingly influenced by Neon Genesis – Evangelion, Rurouni Kenshin and a steady diet of Hayao Miyazaki films (see Fireflies) mean that songs come off as sounding a little cute and J Pop influenced. She, however, worships literature from the dark side. So the music industry says she makes cute, morbid pop.
Since her escape from the classical realms, Yunyu has lived in mortal fear that her classical past might come a-hunting. As a result, she’s always armed, overly paranoid and hears voices which she calls the muses.
“Whatever,” say the muses. “Play our music, or face our wrath from beyond….”
Twisted Tales – Yunyu’s 2nd album comes out in 2012.