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第百十五季 皐月の四

Season 115, 4th of the Planting Month (May)

新しい音を求めて

In Search of a New Sound

非自然的音の源流

Headwater of Unnatural Sound

お騒がせ演奏隊プリズムリバー三姉妹の記事を書くと必ずと言っていいほど、三女リリカ・プリズムリバー(ポルターガイスト)が奏でる不思議な音についての問い合わせが多く寄せられる。

I said I needed to write an article about the noisy family of the Prismriver Sisters, but I only recently met with the youngest sister, Lyrica Prismriver (Poltergeist) who plays mysterious sounds, after sending repeated requests.

あの自然に存在しない不思議な音はどうやって作った物なのか、そもそも何の音なのか、と興味は尽きない。

From the start I had an unwaning interest in how she makes these strange sounds so freely yet aren't supposed to exist.

今回はその疑問に答えるべく突撃インタビューと検証を行った。

Today my doubts were answered as I went to verify them through a forceful interview.

  

そもそもプリズムリバー三姉妹を知らない方の為に説明すると、長女のルナサ・プリズムリバーがヴァイオリン、次女のメルラン・プリズムリバーさんがトランペット、そして三女のリリカ・プリズムリバーさんがキーボードを使って、色々なところでライブを行う演奏隊である。

For the uninitiated, the Prismriver Sisters are comprised of the oldest sister, Lunasa Prismriver who plays violin, middle sister, Merlin Prismriver who likes the trumpet, and the youngest sister Lyrica Prismriver who uses the keyboard. They hold live concerts in many places in Gensokyo.

その三女のリリカさんだけ、鍵盤状の楽器の形状からは想像できない様な音を奏で、自然に無い幻想の音を使うのである。

But the youngest sister, Lyrica, whose keyboard-shaped instrument plays unimaginable sounds. Fantastic sounds that cannot be used naturally.

非常に純度の高いというか、音程がはっきりしている音が多く、癖のない音が多いのも特徴だ。

The sound quality is very high, and it can play many sounds at the distinct intervals. In fact these many faultless sounds are it's speciality.

殆どの者はその音を他で聴いたことがない。

Nearly everyone who listens to it cannot hear anything else.

  

「このキーボード自体は幻想みたいなものね~。外の世界から無くなった音を奏でる楽器の幽霊、とでも言うのかしら。音が出る仕組みはよく判らないけど、弾けば出るから問題ないのよ。音も楽器も、外の世界から無くなれば幻想になるし、この世から無くなれば幽霊にもなるの。私の音はは[sic]幻想の音、あの世の音。この世のみんなが聴いたことがないのは当然ね~」

"This keyboard is is like a dream come true. Many ghosts from the outside world said they haven't heard anything like it. I don't really understand how it makes the sounds, but as long as the shots come out there's no problem. If there's no sound or instruments in the outside world, there can't be any dreams. It's the same for this world, except it's for the ghosts. My sounds are the sounds of illusions, the sounds of the other world. It makes perfect sense for everyone to want to listen to them in this world, yeah?

  

彼女が言うには死を迎えた音だと言う。

She said the sounds are like greeting the dead.

そういえば幽霊達は不思議な音を奏でる事がある。

That is to say these ghosts can also play instruments.

ヒューとかドロドロといった言葉で表わされる聞いたことのない非常に不思議な音だ。

These very mysterious sounds like the blowing of horns and drum beats give expressions like spoken words but cannot be heard.

それも音の幽霊と言うべき物で、昔はこの世でも普通に聴けたが、何らかの理由で今では聴けなくなった音なのかも知れない。

But if what ghosts say is true, these sounds are like the sounds people would listen to in this world a long time ago. However, they didn't know the reason why these sounds cannot be heard today.

  

さらに言うと彼女が奏でる音は、外の世界で死を迎えた音だと言う。

In addition, the sounds the girl plays are said to greet the dead from the outside world.

外の世界で死を迎えた音だと言う。

They are said to greet the dead from the outside world.

幻想の音でありあの世の音でもある。

These fantastic sounds must also exist in that world too.

言われてみれば、最も幻想郷に住む騒霊らしい音なのだ。

So to speak, these noisy ghost-like sounds live at the highest point of Gensokyo.

そしてキーボードはあくまで音の幽霊の象徴でしかないという。

And there is nothing else that symbolizes the sounds of the ghosts like the keyboard.

射命丸文

(Aya Shameimaru)

Interview

Lyrica

偉いでしょー

It's remarkable, isn't it?

Aya

偉いのですか?

What is?

Lyrica

だって、誰も聞いたことのない音で人を感動させるんだから!

Because I can stir the emotions of those who can't hear sounds anymore.

Aya

でもどうやって音が出ているのか判らないのですよね?

But you still have no idea how those sounds are made, right?

Lyrica

そんなこと判るはず無いじゃん

That's not necessary at all.

Aya

音の偉さを認めて初めて貴方の功労が認められるのです

We will only approve of the remarkability of the sound after we approve your services.

Lyrica

音がどうやって出てるだなんてあんたに判るって言うの? たとえば稲妻が落ちる音、風が木々を揺らす音、ひぐらしが鳴く音、どれ一つ取ったって説明できないじゃん

So you're saying you want to know how sounds are made? How about the sound of thunder, the sound of the wind rustling through the trees, the sound of cicadas chirping? I bet you can't explain a single one.

Aya

説明は……難しいですね

Explaining those is... difficult.

Lyrica

でしょう? だから、音は出ることより使う人の方が偉いの

Right? That's why the user making the sounds is more remarkable than the object making the sounds.

Aya

偉いのですか

Remarkable?

Lyrica

ただ、さっき上げたような音は、自然が作り出す音でしょう? だから自然が偉い。そういう音を使っても私は全然偉くない

It was common for sounds from some time ago to be made naturally, correct? That's why natural is remarkable. If I were to use those kinds of sounds it wouldn't be remarkable at all.

Aya

貴方の音は、偉さの問題なんですか

So the question is if your sounds are remarkable?

Lyrica

自然に無い音、幻想の音。この世にない音、死を迎えた音。こういった音は使える者が誰も居ないじゃん。つまり私は偉いのよ

Unnatural sounds, illusionary sounds. Sounds not of this world, sounds that welcome the dead. There's no one else who can use those kinds of sounds. That's why I'm remarkable.

Aya

偉いのですね。ところで、その幻想の音についてなんですが、どうして貴方がそれを使えるようになったのでしょうか?

Remarkable indeed. By the way, about these illusionary sounds, how did you come to be able to use them?

Lyrica

どうしてって、私は騒霊よ? ポルターガイストよ? 使えて当然、使えなければ不自然

You mean how I became a noisy ghost? A Poltergeist? It's only natural I can use them. If I didn't use them it would be unnatural.

Aya

そういうもんなんですかねぇ……いまいち釈然としないのですが

So that's just how it is, huh? I don't think I'm satisfied with that answer.

Lyrica

私達騒霊は、ただ騒がしい霊って訳じゃないのよ。むしろ騒がしさの霊なんだからね

There's more to us than simply being noisy ghosts. It's more like we are ghosts of noisiness.

Aya

騒がしさも死ぬ?

So death is noisiness too?

Lyrica

騒がしさは生き物の音。それは想い、感情、躁鬱の音。その生き物が想いを爆発させるときに出るのが騒がしさね。その騒がしさだけが独立するとポルターガイストになるのよ。偉いでしょう?

The noisiness is the sound of living things. It's the sound of feelings, emotions, and mood swings. The noisiness comes from an explosion of emotions from the living. By this noisiness alone, we able to support ourselves as poltergeists. Isn't that remarkable?

Aya

残念ながら、それほど偉そうではありません

I'm sorry, but that's not really remarkable.

Lyrica

姉さん達は感情の起伏を表現するから、私は残りの想いを曲にする。想いは幻想に繋がり、姉さん達と私が合わさった騒がしさは生き物を創るの。その生き物とは、私達を生んだ音楽の霊、曲霊の事ね。偉いでしょ?

From my sisters' changing moods I can combine that with my own remaining emotions and express it as a song. The emotions are linked through dreams, and me and my sisters can create the noisiness of living things. The living call the music we create the music of ghosts, ghost songs. Remarkable, isn't it?

Aya

音楽をやっている人って、音の事になると難しい事を言い始めるのは良く判りました。お姉さんの言葉に負けず劣らず難解です

When people who play music talk about difficult concepts every word starts to blur. Your sisters have nothing on you when it comes to talking about difficult subjects.

Lyrica

音こそが、私たちの命だからね。でも難しい事なんか何にも無いじゃん

That's because sound is our life. It really isn't that hard to understand.

Aya

貴方には簡単に理解できても、私は理解に苦しんでいるのです

It may be easy for you, but I have a much harder time with it.

Lyrica

あんたは音楽を理解しないと音楽が楽しめない? 聞こえる音が何の音だか判らないと気持ちが盛り上がらない? 演奏の技術が優れているか判断しないと曲が語れない? そんな心の入り口が狭いだなんて……それじゃまるで人間みたいじゃん

So you can't enjoy music unless you can understand it? If you don't understand the sounds you're hearing it doesn't lift your spirits? You can't decide if the skill of a musical group is great or not and you never talk about songs? I can't imagine how small the entrance into a heart like that must be... That's almost like a human's.

Aya

そうですね。心が動く音楽が、例え騒音でも一番良い音楽なのですね

Oh, you're absolutely correct. Hearts can be moved by music, and noise is the best kind of music.

Lyrica

そうそう

You got that right.


リリカ・プリズムリバー

Lyrica Prismriver

姉妹の中では一番下の妹。

The youngest of the sisters.

狡猾で調子が良い。

Cunning and slick.

どの楽器も得意だが、普段は鍵盤楽器やパーカッションを担当する。

Good at every instrument, but she usually plays keyboard instruments and percussion.

出演作:『東方妖々夢』『東方花映塚

Appearances: Perfect Cherry Blossom, Phantasmagoria of Flower View

紙面から
5 氷の妖精、大ガマに喰われる
32 芋煮会の参加者募集
32 蜆が豊漁 今年は小粒で高品質
33 恐怖のトリモチ 鳥の密猟相次ぐ

From page:
5 Fairy of ice, eaten by a large toad
32 Accepting applications for the Baked Potato Club
32 Good haul of clams, high quality of grains this year
33 Fear of birdlime, bird poaching soon to follow

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