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Your soundtrack for YKK

What particular artists or soundtracks would you play when reading or feeling YKK? Any specific tracks for certain scenes?

- Glen Hwang
Friday, June 24, 2005

I got a few:

Hajime Mizoguchi' simple and pleasant pieces from Jin-Roh, Texhnolyze, Escaflowne.

I bet Tenmon (Voices of a Distant Star, Beyond the Clouds) would do a fine job too.

For an American I'd choose Thomas Newman (Shawshank Redemption, Meet Joe Black).

- aiwa44
Friday, June 24, 2005

Joe Hisaishi?

- tongHoAnh
Friday, June 24, 2005

To me it was:
1. I/DEX "seqsexstend" a microwave-ambient project(his music reminds me of a record that Kokone found in the library. Very warm and subtile thing. In my case it's a perfect match!)
2. Bebel Gilberto's albums. Beautiful bossa-nova with "cat" vocals. It has unique summer mood!

- SAN^2
Friday, June 24, 2005

I'm particularly fond of a song titled Broken Threads of Light I downloaded from http://www.depthsofblue.com/salvatore (which appears to be down right now :( ) the authors has a web site at http://www.torchlightcreek.com/ but it doesn't look like it's been updated in years...

I have all of that artist's music that has ever been offered for DL and his one CD he released and I like to listen to it all on random while reading YKK. :)

- blizgerg
Friday, June 24, 2005

Got huge list I use for video games and YKK.
The key ones are all of the .hack//sign soundtracks.
Then Airwave - "When Things Go Wrong" and Shpongle - "Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness (Esionjim Remix)".

The rest is msuic from ltos of animes like Serial Experiments: Lain, Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, Angelic layer, Chobits, ect.

- Miah
Saturday, June 25, 2005

Definitely YKK OSTs. The songs are really made for YKK, so they fit the manga and anime very well.

- painsama
Sunday, June 26, 2005

The "Victorian Romance Emma" OST works pretty well for a simple and romantic feel...

- chetday
Monday, June 27, 2005

The music most emblematic of YKK for me was originally http://www.ceejbot.com/Music/Soundfiles/autoglider-mix6.mp3 (actually an earlier mix, but that's the closest available)
which I, er, imprinted on when I was trying to read it with my tiny knowledge of Japanese and some online dictionaries. My understanding of the series has changed a lot since I got hold of better translations, but it still recalls my fascination with the manga's imaginary future world.

- Smarasderagd
Monday, June 27, 2005

Cool track. Thanks for the link.

- Glen Hwang
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Nice track, that 'autoglider'. It reminds me of old Penguin Cafe Orchestra cuts, which (if I still had any) would make good YKK-reading music.
Another one that suits is a CD by Baby Mammoth called One, two...freak! Unlikely title, but nice - gentle IDM with a little wit.
Otherwise, I'm deeply hung up on the Choro Club CD for the second OAV. It's a very predictable choice, I know, but... mmm, it's saturating my life. I've been playing it for a year now... I know, sick, but I'm among friends, right?

- terry
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

One track that makes me think YKK is from Studio Ghibli's "The Cat Returns" final song.

The Cat Returns OST - 25 - Ayano Tsuji - "Kaze ni Naru"

A fun, light track played with a Ukulele for the feel of summer.

- Glen Hwang
Thursday, July 7, 2005

Oops, here's the link to the above track for your listening pleasure (128kbps mp3):


Have a great summer and stay safe, everyone! ^o^

- Glen Hwang
Thursday, July 7, 2005

You ain't sick, terry, unless I'm sick too. : ) That OST from the second OAV is simply awesome. Not only is it a great set of mellow tracks, but it also reminds me of my favorite fictional universe... so I feel great whenever I hear it.
You are also right in that it never gets old. It's very rare that a song will do that for me, let alone a whole album.


- Kempis Curious
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Glen, this song (Kaze ni Naru) is got to be the cutest one I've ever heard, thank you for showing it to us. (It also made me see the Neko no Ongaeshi movie, which is also great.)
My playlist for YKK is mostly of arranged instrumental musics from games (Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, Xenogears,...) and anime (YKK[obviously], Haibane Renmei, etc.), as well as some classical pieces.
The one that most reminds me of YKK is the Theme of Rena, for Star Ocean: The Second Story, especially the remix by Dale North at OC Remix ( http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR00735/ ).
It has such a feeling of both epic wonder and introspection, that I can't listen to it without the Yokosuka Cruise scene in Cap.22 coming to my mind.

- Nietz
Tuesday, July 26, 2005


I'm glad that you enjoy the track! It's a great movie and I use it as an "introductory anime" for friends and family.

Also, thank you for the link to the track; I enjoyed it very much and am still expanding my "YKK Feel" playlist (a few hours so far)...anything to get away from the office. :)

This thread has been great and I hope that more folks will share what musical pieces inspire them.

- Glen Hwang
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

There's a few Gravitation instrumentals that are really nice to listen to when reading YKK, slow piano peices that are really nice. Shuichi's and Yuki's piano themes in particular as well as the main Gravitation paino theme.

Another is Rey Za Burrel's Piano (Kiseki) from Gundam Seed.

- Jennifer C
Friday, September 16, 2005

I don't specifically put on any type of music, but I have heard the "Quiet Country Cafe" soundtrack (a friend loaned it to me) and I loved it. So often when I am perusing YKK I can still remember the tunes.

- Silverback
Friday, September 16, 2005

I'm so with that, Silverback. Incidentally, about the soundtrack group "Choro Club" - I always thought "choro" was a Japanese word - turns out it's a genre of Brazilian music that predates Samba & Bossa Nova. There's a film on the genre in this year's Vancouver Film Festival & (schedule permitting) I think my devotion to Choro Club will force me to see it. If so, I'll report. I doubt there'll be any getsukins in evidence, though...

- terry
Friday, September 16, 2005

Some Tenmon (Hoshi no Koe), Haibane Renmei, some of Last Exile OST.
Gontiti itself can be a bit of help in creating mood but I don't think it suits YKK well.

- Drake
Friday, September 16, 2005

I've just discovered a chamber group called The Rachel's. I picked up "Songs for Egon Schiele", which you find in the rock section of your record store, not the classical music section, even though it's chamber music. Go figure. It's piano, violin and cello, and nothing else. It's gorgeous music, and as soon as I heard it, I thought, "This is perfect YKK music."

- martialstax
Friday, September 16, 2005

BTW, forgot to put the link for Reyza Burrel's piano Kiseki. It's -


They change the music every few weeks or so, if you want to get it you better grab it quick. Their main website is:


which has a lot of other stuff for download too.

- Jennifer C
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I find much of Noir OST compatible with YKK as well. It is my own op, though.

Noir OST could be downloaded (illegally) with torrent but if any of you ask (via mail); I'll upload a direct download.

- tongHoAnh
Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Plase lend us the password for unzipping the song you've suggested? Thanks!

- Timmy Z
Wednesday, September 21, 2005

For the song I mentioned, go reread the page that you downloaded from. The password is written there.

- Jennifer C
Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tong, I have the Noir soundtracks. They're being released in the US, and I agree they're excellent to listen to and very compatible with YKK.

- martialstax
Thursday, September 22, 2005

Yep, I love the Noir music, especially the closing theme. That would be perfect for a peaceful time of YKK reading.

- Silverback
Thursday, September 22, 2005

when i read ykk or position, i have a few cd's that i like.

1) ykk soundtrack
2) all salyu songs
3) all about lily chou chou soundtrack (also salyu) ;)

- mr.aufziehvogel
Thursday, September 22, 2005

mahou tsukai ni taisetsu ost
i started reading this manga while listening to this ost.
ive developed a deep fondness for manga now: and as an extension mellow background music like that: calms the heart.
the fluttey and piano solos just blow my mind
in a pinch i added some trigun ost mp3s and some azumanga diaoh in it to make me smile.
im trying to fill my mp3 player up with all high quality mellow listing back ground music now.
so far: comple mahou tsukai ni taisetsu and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou ova soundtrack.
anyone recommed really relaxing stuff like these two?

- gene
Saturday, September 24, 2005

somehow i've accustomed to listen to Dire Straits when i'm reading ykk... i had put one of their records on (Communiqué i think) and it just fit the mood so perfectly that now when i read it i just have to have them in the background

- lepinkainen
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

and i just re-discovered my Gotan Project (http://www.gotanproject.com/) and St. Germain (http://www.stgermain.co.uk/st_germain.html) records... both of these bands are just perfect as background music for reading YKK (in addition to Dire Straits, of course : )

- lepinkainen
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I've been actually considering putting together a YKK themed Fan Soundtrack (wanted to do one to go with my story I'm writing) and the song Pilgim from Enya fits perfectly for all of volume 8. Also, I was plesently surprised that Bookends from Simon and Garfunkel fits well with Ojisan and Sensei as well as every other elderly person in the YKK world. Anything instrumental from Enya would fit well with YKK. I've been looking at past entries too and have been taking a lot of people's responses to this topic into consideration for my mix. The music all of you have mentiontioned has me visualizing scenes from the manga when I listen to it. I'm really considering how each song fits with the manga in order to make it a good FST. I evntually plan on sharing the FST I make and will stick a link to the where the information on that will be posted.

- Christine K
Saturday, November 12, 2005

wtf is "ykk"??????

- Big Man
Saturday, December 9, 2006


"Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou"



- dDave
Saturday, December 9, 2006

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