A group of artists who are supervised by the sound creator 【Revo】 (lyricist, composer, arranger).
Sound Horizon’s primary goal is to express fantastical stories in music, and to that end, each selection of members is tailored to a specific tale. There can be any number of narrators and vocalists, and they can be of any gender. Though one may sum up Sound Horizon’s style as “story music”, what truly distinguishes it is its storytelling methodology of combining lyrics, melodies, narration and sound effects to paint vivid scenes. These scenes come together to form an album, which is in turn structured to be a suite of songs. At the root of these albums are questions that deeply relate to the duality of humanity--life and death, light and shadow, love and hatred, joy and sorrow--and content that becomes more profound with every listen.
The «story» woven by Sound Horizon doesn’t stop just at the sound, either. Even the CD packaging is a significant element in one’s interpretation of the story. yokoyan’s beautiful illustrations on the CD cover and the creative booklet designs also play an important role in expressing Sound Horizon’s fantastical world view.
Sound Horizon also expresses its story through stage performances as well, which holds as much weight as the music CDs. “Story Concerts” are held whenever new Story CD albums are released, with the intent of reenacting Revo’s “story music” in a staged performance. As such, the concerts aim to let the audience experience a world of fantasy through both their ears and eyes. In contrast, a great variety of songs from past works are performed in many forms during The Great Territorial Expansion
live tours. During performances, the entire venue is transformed into a stage upon which the world of fantasy descends, and audience members are able to participate in the story by merely being present. This makes Sound Horizon an all-encompassing form of entertainment that is only complete with audience participation; a unique experience you might not find anywhere else.
There is much that cannot be said within this page, so please also take a look at the "Sound Horizon glossary
", which contains plenty of hints that will further your enjoyment of Sound Horizon’s world view.