Scary/eery shamisen pieces?


Not really sure how to describe what I’m looking for, but I suppose sort of melancholic, old/scary/eery atmospheric songs… Something that evokes a sort of empty, desolate feeling, or maybe a yokai/yuurei sort of vibe.

Already tried researching some, but wasn’t really able to find anything of note except for this:

And this:


How about the first part of this (before the 2:00 minute mark)?


Yeah, that’s the kind of stuff I’m looking for! Thanks!


This one seems borderline “dark”, but YMMV


The Yoshida Brothers did a version of “Nabbed” from the “Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack on an album called “Nightmare Revisited”.


And I just happened to listen to this on the way into work this morning. A little on the eery side. Not so scary, though.


I feel like the soundtrack to this might be helpful, but I cannot find the movie anywhere. :cry:


I did some digging but couldn’t find it either… :sob:


YES IT’S KOTO, NOT SHAMISEN but this piece was the first thing that came to my mind and I still wanted to share it…


A Ghost Story-themed CD & book (score) for the koto will be released in July 2019.

So close… :sweat_smile:


I can recommend these:

this one sounds almost like a death metal cover on shamisen to me, really nice dark sounding:
Connor Helms - Lament of a midnight bog for futozao shamisen

This other one mixes shakuhachi, taiko and shamisen and has some dark sound too:
Cyril Baranov - Old City

I am doing myself some dark music with shamisen, koto, shakuhachi and taiko, maybe you like it as well :slight_smile:


I’m not sure it’s a Shamisen. It has a slightly more metallic sound to it, but I think it would translate well to our chosen instrument. Yes, I know it’s from a game. But I think the OST is pretty solid.


Do not speak ill of game music, I LOVE game music. :grinning:


I think that’s a biwa!!



This piece isn’t the least bit dark IMHO

however the soundtrack has 22 tracks. Maybe there’s at least one dark one in there? This page has the CD info:

ETA: This is the movie that’s in the Bachido store! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: (Scroll to the bottom.)