Hidan no Aria – OP

Title: Scarlet Ballet

Artist: May’n

Produced by: Asakura Daisuke

This song features a strong techno beat at 155 beats per minute. This is one of the few, if not the only, work that May’n has done with techno music. Her other pieces mostly consist of classical, pop, or rock music.

The intro consists of May’n’s leading voice supported by violins.  Initially the music sounded like it belongs to a family show that gets played when the camera pans on the family home.  As for May’n, her singing contained a strong driving force that seems to forcibly drag the steady background violins along. It was only after the techno started, did everything feel upbeat and smooth.

Some instruments in the song might possibly include back-up vocal, chimes, violin, synthesizer, and glockenspiel.  The glockenspiel and violins are evident in the introduction as they keep a simple rhythm. I loved the little filler crescendos as it sounded very happy and Christmas-like. The vocals that went along with the crescendos also sounded nice.  As for the chimes and synthesizer, they are only evident later on in the song.

May’n’s singing is as pure and steady as always.  A few characteristics in her singing that keeps her vocal lines interesting, besides the rhythm, is the way she hits her notes.  In this song, she begins many of her lines with an accent and she also adds slight crescendos to the long notes.  These are small details, but try listening for them.

These are some of the things that I picked up in this song.  What do you think?


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