Listen to Anamanaguchi's dummy text anthem

Joel Oliphint

There’s a standard “dummy text” that graphic designers and typesetters use when they want to preview something with temporary, placeholder text. You’ve probably seen it before. It starts with “Lorem ipsum.”

Turns out the Latin text comes from Cicero’s treatise on the theory of ethics written in 45 BC and titled de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, translated The Extremes of Good and Evil. Supposedly, this philosophical discourse has been the go-to dummy text since the 1500s. #themoreyouknow

“Lorem Ipsum (Arctic Anthem)” is also the title of the first single from Anamanaguchi album [USA], released late last month on Polyvinyl. The song’s lyrics are taken straight from Cicero’s text, but they’re sung using Vocaloid — voice synthesizing software. Anamanaguchi’s Peter Berkman has described the track this way: “This particular song deals with environmental forces so immense as to be beyond our control, but not our ability to notice and grasp the effects they bear on us. There’s a lot more in the album about these unavoidable realities — conditions, names, identities, labels — that none of us chose, but have to learn to live with.”

Anamanaguchi, a four-piece band from NYC/LA, made a name for itself about a dozen years ago as pioneers in the world of chiptune, combining traditional instrumentation with sounds from hacked Nintendo hardware to make music that feels both nostalgic and futuristic. The band has released music on NES cartridges, and a few years ago, Anamanaguchi served as the opening act for Hatsune Miku, a Japanese hologram pop star (for real).

Anamanaguchi will perform at Skully’s Music Diner on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Check out the video for “Lorem Ipsum (Arctic Anthem)” below.

Skully's Music-Diner

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6

1151 N. High St., Short North