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Hirasawa Susumu (Unofficial) Lyrics & Other Sundry Translations

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P-Model - "Homo Gestalt"
Hirasawa - Red
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Here's a song where you can see Mr. Hirasawa's love for classic sci-fi novels very clearly. This song could also be called "Greek Prefixes: The Musical".

Now, regarding the title: Homo is the genus of the various species of (relatively) modern humans, including us, the Homo Sapiens. Gestalt is German for "figure, shape, or form" but in English and certain fields it's come to mean a "collection of physical, biological, psychological, or symbolic entities that creates a unified concept, configuration, or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts (of a character, personality, or being)."

The concept of a "Homo Gestalt" as such apparently comes from Theodore Sturgeon's acclaimed novella "Baby is Three," which he later reworked into an award-winning novel called More Than Human. I haven't read these stories yet, but plot summaries indicate the Homo Gestalt is a new life form "formed by the symbiosis of four or more humans with paranormal abilities" that's apparently the next evolutionary step of human consciousness. Not sure if other people have taken this concept to the next level, but I could see how how this Homo Gestalt could evolve into an even bigger body with more people merged into one consciousness. Maybe even the whole planet could become a Homo Gestalt!

So the song hints at a sort of global or group consciousness. But it could also be about the joys of satellite radio. (For real. See footnote 2 in the translation notes below.)


P-Model - "Homo Gestalt"

GIGAに及ぶほどの
光 また無言のDNA
時差に震えるほどの
キミはまだ孤立のPEAK

BIG BODY BIG BODY
GIGAほどWIDE NANOまでDEEP DEEP

ルナを越えて響く
声は今とどいた BS tune
夢で呼び合うほどの
キミは今 下降のG

BIG BODY BIG BODY
NANOほどWIDE GIGAまでDEEP DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT

MEGAの都市を超えて
テラはまだ巨人のDNA
METAの街を歩けば
キミは ただひとつのPEACE

BIG BODY BIG BODY
GIGAほどWIDE NANOまでDEEP DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT



P-Model - "Homo Gestalt"

GIGA ni oyobu hodo no
Hikari mata mugon no DNA
Jisa ni furuerru hodo no
Kimi wa mada koritsu no PEAK

BIG BODY BIG BODY
GIGA hodo WIDE NANO made DEEP DEEP

Runa o koete hibiku
Koe wa ima todoita BS tune
Yume de yobiau hodo no
Kimi wa ima kakou no G

BIG BODY BIG BODY
NANO hodo WIDE GIGA made DEEP DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT

MEGA no toshi o koete
Tera wa mada kyojin no DNA
META no machi o arukeba
Kimi wa tada hitotsu no PEACE

BIG BODY BIG BODY
GIGA hodo WIDE NANO made DEEP DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT




P-Model - "Homo Gestalt"


It's big enough to be GIGA
This light, or rather silent DNA
You tremble at the time difference
As you are still at the PEAK of your helplessness1

BIG BODY BIG BODY
WIDE enough to be GIGA, DEEP down to the NANO level, DEEP

The voice resounding past Luna
Is a BS tune2 that just arrived
Calling to each other in dreams
You are now a falling G3

BIG BODY BIG BODY
WIDE enough to be NANO, DEEP down to the GIGA level, DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT

Even bigger than a MEGA city4
Terra is still the DNA of a giant
Walking through the META city
You are just a single PEACE5

BIG BODY BIG BODY
WIDE enough to be GIGA, DEEP down to the NANO level, DEEP

HOMO GESTALT
HOMO GESTALT


Lots of Translation Notes:
As always, the Wikipedia links in the translation above serve as additional translation notes. ;)

1. The word I translated as "helplessness" also can be used to mean "isolation" or "cut off from others." (It's actually the word the media has been using to describe people cut off from the outside world after the 3/11 disaster in Japan.)

2. "BS" probably means "broadcast satellite," since the abbreviation was used specifically for an older series of Japanese satellites. These satellites were used in part to broadcast digital radio programs to subscribers in Japan. Most interestingly, there was a satellite radio company called St.GIGA (GIGA again!) that started regular broadcasts in 1991 (preceding the release of the album "Homo Gestalt" is on). The broadcasts used an innovative format that made music flow without interruption like tides. They apparently become very popular among people in the relatively new "ambient, mood, and electronic scene" of Japan at the time. So a "BS tune" is probably a satellite radio broadcast. The "homo gestalt" could be the connection of all the listeners in a music-inspired consciousness. (What is going on in this song, really.)

According to Wikipedia, St.GIGA's slogan and such were also inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's novel The Sirens of Titan--a book that I've seen referenced as a possible source of inspiration for Mr. Hirasawa, too. Haven't read it yet, either.

I also found a duo of techno musicians called "BS Tune" (check out one of their tunes here). :P

3. Not sure what a "G" is. Given the "tune" in this verse it could be the musical note, with a falling intonation. But "G" is also the symbol for "Giga." And the symbol for the gravitational constant. And a bunch of other things. Maybe it's just "G" for "Gestalt." :|

4. May also be referring to a megacity.

5. Presumably "PEACE" is a play on words with "PIECE." The "you" in this song is maybe an island of peace in this setting or the only thing at peace with itself now, but just one "piece" of something bigger. MAYBE.

This entry was originally posted at http://phonon-belt.dreamwidth.org/5227.html.

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There's a lot more to this song than I would've imagine, but that's P-MODEL for you. So St.GIGA basically just broadcast songs without commercial interruption?

I wrote up this song at first because it SEEMED SO SIMPLE. And then this happened. *stares at cluttered page*

And yes, from what I read on Wikipedia (haha), it seems like there were no commercials, no DJs, no talk shows, nothing on St.GIGA--just pure music gradually shifting from one genre to another the way the tide goes from high to low. O_o (And then they started broadcasting Nintendo video games and whatnot, but I'm not even going there.)


I'm willing to bet money that this is totally an ode to satellite radio and nothing more. Hirasawa is just so delightfully nerdy sometimes.

Seriously, when I found that St.GIGA thing I cracked up. "New song? Hmm. I know! Let's sing about my favorite slightly obscure radio station! And slap on a pretentious title! It's DEEP. GIGA DEEP."

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