Sound Horizon

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Sound Horizon (サウンドホライズン) is a group of Japanese artists who are supervised by the band's creator Revo (lyricist, composer, arranger). Often abbreviated as SH or サンホラ (SanHora), Sound Horizon’s main goal is to express fantasy stories with music. Each member is selected for whatever album or story they're needed in. There can be any number of narrators and vocalists, and they can be of any gender, sexuality, or ethnicity. By using lyrics, melodies, narration, sound effects, and visuals, Sound Horizon presents a whole new world for the listener to explore. Their job can be summed up as "story music" but their reach goes far beyond this. Each song is compiled into albums or singles, linking them together with overarching stories, themes, and concepts. The base of any SH album asks the observer various questions that relate to the human experience; Life and death, love and hatred, joy and sorrow, all concepts that become more and more deep and profound with every listen.

The reach of the stories created by Revo doesn't just end with sound. Lives, novels, mangas, and even the CD packaging play a vital role in one's interpretation of his stories. Stage performances provide a whole new way to experience the world of Sound Horizon. There are various types of concerts held by SH. "Story Concerts" are held whenever a new Story CD Album is released and are intended to reenact Revo's "Story Music" in a staged performance. Another type of concert is the "Great Territorial Expansion" live tours (See Sound Horizon Kingdom). During the concert, the entire venue (and sometimes, the entire city) is transformed into a physical addition to a fictitious "kingdom" to further bring audience members closer to the music and each other. Because of this Sound Horizon has become an all-encompassing experience; something that combines various mediums of art to provide a completely unique interaction between the listener and Revo's work. Mangas and novelizations have been created based off of Sound Horizon's stories. While these are not canonical (though all interpretations are valid), they provide different interpretations for Revo's worlds (See Media Mix). All of the CD art for Sound Horizon has been illustrated by Yokoyan, who paints a vivid and essential element in helping guide the listener through the fantastical world of SH. For more info, see Sound Horizon Glossary

History[edit | edit source]

Sound Horizon first began as a website in the mid-90’s entitled “Sound-Horizon”. Published under the pseudonym “G.Revo”. Revo released original songs and covers of JRPG and video game soundtracks with some of them containing lyrical poems to accompany them.

In 2001, Revo released 1st Story CD “Chronicle” at Yoyokan’s booth during the 61st Comic Market doujin circle. SH continued to release doujin albums until 2004 with the release of “Elysion −楽園への前奏曲−” marking their Major Debut. This album was released under Bellwood Records and contained music from their doujin albums as well as two songs to be featured later on “Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~”. When “少年は剣を…”, the band’s first Maxi Single, was released a musical shift was apparent. Fans call everything before 少年は剣を… as “The First Era”, and everything following that as “The Second Era”. This is because the band’s lead vocalist Aramary departed from the band in 2005, being replaced with KAORI, REMI, YUUKI, and RIKKI. The band continued to release Story CDs and Singles with their 2006 5th Story CD “Roman” being released under KING RECORDS. Revo continued releasing Sound Horizon CDs under KING RECORDS until 2013 with the release of “ハロウィンと夜の物語” , their fourth single, under the label Pony Canyon. In 2014, various releases were announced to celebrate Sound Horizon's 10th commercial release anniversary, including Sound Horizon Treasured Blu-ray & DVD 『The Assorted Horizons』, いずれ滅びゆく星の煌めき(ヴァニシング·スターライト), and various manga adaptations and novelizations of their works. The 10th Anniversary celebration was extended into 2015 with Nein and 9th Story Concert 『Nein』~西洋骨董屋根裏堂へようこそ~ finalizing the celebration releases. For their 15th Anniversary a special website was created and the Around 15th Anniversary project was announced. On May 22nd, 2020 the production of remastered UHQCDs was announced for all 11 studio albums releases since Elysion −楽園への前奏曲−.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Web Songs[edit | edit source]

Doujin Releases[edit | edit source]

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Chronicle
December 30th, 2001
Self-Published
Thanatos
August 11th, 2002
Self-Published
Lost
December 20th, 2002
Self-Published
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Pico Magic
May 4th, 2003
Self-Published
Pico Magic Reloaded
August 17th, 2003
Self-Published
Chronicle 2nd
March 19th, 2004
Self-Published

Major Releases[edit | edit source]

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Elysion −楽園への前奏曲−
October 27th, 2004
Bellwood Records
Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~
April 14th, 2005
Bellwood Records
少年は剣を・・・
October 4th, 2006
TEAM Entertainment
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Roman
November 22nd, 2006
KING RECORDS
聖戦のイベリア
August 1st, 2007
KING RECORDS
Moira
September 3rd, 2008
KING RECORDS
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イドへ至る森へ至るイド
June 16th, 2010
KING RECORDS
Märchen
December 15th, 2010
KING RECORDS
Chronology「2005-2010」
April 13th, 2012
KING RECORDS
Halloween to Yoru no Monogatari RE.jpg Vanishing Starlight RE.jpg Nein LE.jpg
ハロウィンと夜の物語
October 9th, 2013
PONY CANYON
いずれ滅びゆく星の煌めきヴァニシング·スターライト
October 1st, 2014
PONY CANYON
Nein
April 22nd, 2015
PONY CANYON
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マーベラス小宇宙(仮)
April 22nd, 2015
PONY CANYON
絵馬に願ひを!
January 13th, 2021
PONY CANYON
Rinne
Near Future

Videography[edit | edit source]

Sound Horizon Horizon Liveography

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LIVE DVD
『Elysion
~楽園パレードへようこそ~』

March 7th, 2006
Bellwood Records
Concert Tour 2006-2007
『Roman
~僕達が繋がる物語~』

April 25th, 2007
KING RECORDS
[Triumph]
~第二次領土拡大遠征の軌跡~

February 8th, 2008
RAP PRODUCTS
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6th Story Concert
『Moira』~其れでも、
お征きなさい仔等よ~
LIVE DVD

March 25th, 2009
KING RECORDS
第三次領土拡大遠征凱旋記念
『国王生誕祭』
2009.6.26/6.27

December 9th, 2009
KING RECORDS
5th Anniversary Movie
『Across The Horizon』

March 24th, 2010
KING RECORDS
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7th Story Concert
『Märchen』
~キミが今笑っている、
眩いその時代に・・・

July 27th, 2011
KING RECORDS
Treasured Blu-ray & DVD
『The Assorted Horizons』

June 18th, 2014
PONY CANYON
9th Story Concert
『Nein』
~西洋骨董屋根裏堂へ
ようこそ~

January 20th, 2016
PONY CANYON

Live-only Songs[edit | edit source]

Featured on[edit | edit source]

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ぱすてるキッチン
~ブルーベルへようこそっ!~
Original Soundtrack

October 3rd, 2003
GIGA
Winter Mix 2003
December 28th, 2003
TORANOANA
Self-Published
らずべりー
Original Soundtrack

August 27th, 2004
GIGA
ねとらん者 THE MOVIE #1
ネットのすみでブログと叫ぶ ED LiNK

November 24th, 2004
SOFTBANK Publishing
・・・for rest
May 17th, 2006
Bellwood Records

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Revo is the only current official member of Sound Horizon, however, many artists and musicians have made repeat appearances.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Official Websites[edit | edit source]

Exceptional Websites[edit | edit source]

Media Mix Websites[edit | edit source]

Defunct Websites[edit | edit source]

Sound Horizon Social Media[edit | edit source]