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Akiko Shikata time!

Hello.. Long time no see fellas! ^.^

Hmm.. have you ever play "Ar Tonelico"? or may be have you ever heard about it?
you know? i love this game because its soundtrack.

and it's Akiko Shikata the one who composed most of Ar Tonelico's soundtrack.

Akiko Shikat was born in tokyo, january 7.
She is the japanese singer-songwriter and composser. She is well known for her contribution to the Ar Tonelico, Shadows Heart, and Umineko no Naku Koro ni Game. Shikata's songs commonly takes a darkwave genre, ethnic, and new age with complex of vocal chorus work and complex of lyrics language.
in one sample her song there might be as many as 200 seperate vocal tracks recorded.

She likes a music when she were very little. One of many songs in Minna no Uta successfully got hers attention.

In 2001 she formed the independent label named as Vagrancy and associated with dōjin music scene that makes independent music game releases.
at the first time she had no intention to sing, but she felt dissatisfied with creating song only from synthesizer.

after years passed, she released her debut EP called Midori no Mori de Nemuru Tori through her website and in the next few years she released many works through her site. Music Box is so dominating in her sounds.
She got top of the charts at Japanese independent music download site Muzie for 24 months because hers first full-length album Haikyo to Rakuen.
in the same year, she worked for the independent game "Hanakiso", her first major game related.

She held her first tour in 2004 and in 2005 she debuted as major label artist under the Hats Unlimited label.
Her association with the label led to Shikata working on many game soundtracks, such as Shadow Hearts: From the New World and Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia.

In 2006 her major second album, raka was released. single "Utau Oka (Harvest Tasya) successfully got Oricon album chart at ranking #34.

In 2007, Shikata became associated with the dōjin soft game Umineko no Naku Koro ni, releasing an EP featuring music from the game (including the eponymous theme song). This was her first top 30 release. In 2009, her third album Harmonia broke the top 20.

In 2009, Shikata made her first moves into singing for anime, with her first single "Katayoku no Tori" being used as the opening theme song for the anime adaptation of Umineko no Naku Koro ni. In 2010, her second single "Inori no Kanata" was used as the ending theme song for Tales of Symphonia (Tethe'alla Version).


Main article: Akiko Shikata discography
[edit]Studio albums
2001: Midori no Mori de Nemuru Tori (EP)
2003: Haikyo to Rakuen
2005: Navigatoria
2006: Raka
2009: Harmonia
[edit]Soundtrack albums
2003: Hanakisō Sound Tracks
2008: Umineko no Naku Koro ni (EP)
[edit]Compilation albums
2007: Istoria: Musa
2008: Kara*Cola: Hymmnos Orgel Collection
2010: Utau Oka: Ar=ciel Ar=dor
2011: Byakumu no Mayu ~Ricordando il Passato~
[edit]Instrumental albums
2002: Petit Fours (music box)
2003: Horizon Blue (music box)
2003: Kurenai (music box)
2004: Viridian (music box)
2005: Wisteria (music box)
2007: Kalliope: Piano Concert (piano)
2007: Hanakisō Koukyoukyoku (orchestra)
2009: Fluff: Orgel Arrange Mini Album (EP) (music box)
2010: Nijiiro Crayon: Orgel Arrange Mini Album (EP) (music box)
2009: Katayoku no Tori
2010: Inori no Kanata

refrence from: wikipedia.org
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