Friday, March 12, 2010

Dokaka review on Egotripping

"My first encounter with Dokaka was several years ago, thanks to the amazing video game We Love Katamari. A human beatbox cover of the Katamari theme called Katamari on the Rocks was easily one of the highlights of the amazing game soundtrack – and it’s a theme that will get stuck in your head for DAYS. His other credits involve becoming a viral internet sensation via the blogosphere with his all-vocal covers of songs like Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, as well as collaborating with Björk on her 2004 album Médulla – particularly on the well-known track Triumph of a Heart.
Dokaka’s debut album Human Interface is a hyperactive treat. Constructed from Dokaka’s signature style of recording layer upon layer of vocal insanity, which includes every musical element of a song including rhythm and bass, the 67 minute album is actually seventeen hours of sound, mixed into 88 tracks. Whilst the majority of tracks are less than a minute and the shortest jingles barely hit five seconds, it is the longer tracks that illustrate the true scope of Dokaka’s talent.
A broad range of musical influence is apparent throughout the album, with songs touching on genres that range from Baroque (Yamada – an interpretation of Pachelbel’s Canon in D) to surf rock (Obara is an incredible version of Miserlou). Other highlights include Neko Shakitori, a track built around Dokaka’s cat meow and Minato Kaze, an eerie almost-torch song.
All in all, the album would have benefitted from longer and more developed tracks, but listening to Dokaka’s Human Interface is the musical equivalent of the anime FLCL, or perhaps wandering through a Japanese arcade and catching an aural glimpse of every game you pass. It’s a schizophrenic delight that will leave you marvelling at the variety of noises that can be created by a single man."

Written by Jess Fogarty

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