Train Melody are small melodies that are played when a train is arriving or leaving a station. In Japan there are several melodies that are played at each station, they serve to warn and wake up the sleepy, in addition to bringing a sense of relief from the departure and arrival of the train.
The first train melody in Japan was introduced by Keihan in 1971. Over the years, bells and jingles were used to announce the arrival, until with the advancement of technology, different types of classical melodies were used in different stations.
Unlike bells and jingles, the melodies that are played on today's trains in Japan don't leave people in a hurry and in a hurry. They can move around and get on the train in pleasant weather, without having to put up with the unpleasant sound of the crowd.
melodies of the trains
There are thousands of different melodies scattered throughout the stations in Japan, in Tokyo on the Yamanote Line you will find several stations that play the same song known as seseragi. The Takadanobaba station plays the opening song for the first Astro Boy anime. The Maihama station plays the classic disney song “It's a Small World”.
There are so many melodies that I get lost and don't know which ones to mention. Some are classical songs, but most are played in MIDI composed with 8-bit sounds. Reminding a lot of the sounds of Nintendinho or even simpler. Some stations like Shin-Okubo and Ueno play a simple telephone sound. Watch the video below and follow all the melodies of the yamanote line.
Visiting this link takes you to a page with song details and MIDI downloads. Is that you? What do you think of these Japanese train tunes? Listening to these little songs makes me nostalgic and miss you so much.