The Japanese Music Multimedia Database
Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is the Japanese Music Multimedia Database?
This database provides information on Japanfs traditional music for the koto (thirteen-stringed zither), shamisen (three-stringed plucked lute) or shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute).  Where possible, the scores and sound recordings of the first section of the works are included.
What is the purpose of this database and who is it for?
Recently, people who appreciate music featuring traditional Japanese instruments have increased, not only in Japan but also internationally. we believe that a comprehensive list of these compositions, within reason, would be valuable for both those who research and those who appreciate traditional Japanese music.
3 What range of music is included in this database?
This database includes both traditional and contemporary works in which the koto, shamisen or shakuhachi feature as a main instrument.  Orally transmitted compositions from various schools are included in the traditional repertoire database.  However, as there are an innumerable number of contemporary compositions for traditional Japanese instruments which have not premiered, it was necessary to set some criteria for inclusion.  Firstly, compositions broadcast on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Radio between 1956 and 1991 were included.  Works composed after this period were also added in consultation with the composer and members of The Association for International Exchange of Japanese Music.
4 What data is available on the works?

The data for each work includes information such as the title, composer, composerfs dates, instruments, performance time, publisher, sound recording source, who commissioned the work, premiere date and awards received.  For some compositions, a sound recording (approximately one to two mintues) and/or the first page of the score are included.  Only the sound recordings and scores in which copyright issues have been resolved appear in this database.  It is anticipated that the number of sound recordings and scores will increase once permission has been granted for their use.

5 How do I use this database?
In this database, the traditional repertoire is alphabetised according to the title and the contemporary works according to the surname of the composer.  By clicking on the respective title or surname, the compositionfs data will appear.  Sound recordings or scores can be heard or viewed by clicking on the icon within the workfs data.  It is necessary to have Real Player to listen to the sound recordings.
6 Has this database been subsidised?
In the initial stages, we received a subsidy from the Japan Broadcasting Corporationfs Hoso-Bunka Foundation, Inc.  We then received a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research and a Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results (Database) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  We also received a subsidy from the Roland Foundation iand the Rohm Music Foundation.  Although we have not received a direct subsidy from the National Institute of Informatics (formerly the National Centre for Science and Information Systems) who service part of this database, they have been of invaluable help.  Without the support of these foundations, this database would not exist and we wish to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
7 Who should contact regarding this database?
If you have any opinions or comments please contact :
The Associaton for International Exchange of Japanese Music
AddressF 2-23-1-1332, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0053, JAPAN