Lullatone: the Artists Who Create Music out of Everything

A combination of imaginative and minimalist approach, Lullatone’s music masters the playful melody — their style of producing and recording music is just as interesting and forward thinking as the results.

With their latest release “Acorns” out today and now available for music licensing on the Marmoset catalog, we proudly present a special spotlight short film on Lullatone. Directed by filmmaker Josh Brine, Lullatone members, Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida welcome viewers (and listeners) into their charming creative space located in Nagoya, Japan.

Watch to learn more about their story — from what inspires them, their unique and inspiring approach to music production and the a behind the scenes look at the making of “Acorns.”


In case you missed our special interview with Lullatone, click here to learn more about Lullatone.

The Whimsically Inventive World of Lullatone's Music

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Lullatone is Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida, they’re two musical experimentalists who don’t just think outside the box — they’re using everything from boxes and other household items to create melodic ingenuity.

The creative collaborative lives in Nagoya, Japan, an environment that’s equally their compass for inspiration as it is their home. To capture their musical creations at work Marmoset flew all the way around the world to capture Lullatone’s story on film. There, they warmly invited us into their home and creative haven/ music production studio to walk us through their creative process, their approach to music licensing and who they’d love to work with on the next big project.


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Marmoset: How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard of Lullatone? 

Lullatone: Miniature melodies for everyday adventures.

M: We admire how your studio is essentially part of your home, it sort of just accentuates the warm & fuzzy creative energy that permeates throughout your music. Curious what your dream creative environment might look like?

Lullatone: We alway like to joke that we make Home Music, as opposed to House Music.

For a long time we created everything in our real home. But, now that we have two kids, it became pretty difficult space-wise — and noise-wise! At the moment I’m renting an apartment down the street from our house to use as a studio. I like it because it still has the domestic vibes (everyone else in the building really lives there, only we are using it for work) which we need to make something feel home-made.

And most importantly it is really close to our house. I can hear the bells from our kids school to know when it is lunch time, there is a park next door and the view from the window is alway full of old people tending to their small community gardens. For me, it is perfect.

Sometimes I wish it was more soundproof though for when a soccer coach blows his whistle in the park a million times and I’m trying to record a quiet instrument… but I guess that is just a sign to hold up for an hour and go outside while it is sunny and re-record in the nighttime.

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M: How would you describe the direction you took with your new album? Is there something you've always wanted to try musically but haven't had a chance to dabble in yet? 

Lullatone: Our new album was a really exciting experiment. I wanted to revisit songs from our old albums — we’ve been around for almost 20 years, so there are a ton to choose from — and turn them into piano track. We did one a week for a year so the album is a big 52 track double CD massive collection.

We like trying out lots of experiments with music and that is one of the things I love about working with Marmoset. Actually most of our songs with Marmoset are unreleased things that aren’t from our albums. If we have an idea for a beat, or a super ambient track, or something over the top poppy we can try it out and not have to worry about creating a whole album for it to live  in.

We can make the one song and it has a home there in your catalog — and then hopefully out in the world as a supporting actor in some video.

M: We’d love to know what artists you’re listening to at the moment!

Lullatone: We listen to Jonathan Richman pretty much all of the time. He is my favorite musician ever. I like to listen a lot of Japanese ambient music while I’m cleaning up and stuff in the studio. Hiroshi Yoshimura and Meitei and super nice.

There is a show on Beats1 radio called Time Crisis which might be our number one favorite thing to listen to though. It soundtracks so many of our road trips and long runs.

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M: Do you think living in such a special place like Nagoya influences your work?

Lullatone: Nagoya was recently voted the most boring city in Japan and I think that rules. It is a huge city, but it seems like not as much is going on here compared to other towns… until you live here. It is just that the pace is different. Things are slower here. Stuff isn’t famous. People don’t seem to care. I love that. 

Our neighborhood is on the edge of the city, so it is even slower. But there our elderly people in the park in front of the studio every morning playing gate ball (a game like croquet) and people eating ramen and just living normal life. I’m all in!

M: What would a dream project of yours be? Who’s a filmmaker you’d love to score or create a soundtrack for?

Lullatone: I think everyone around my age might say the same thing… but it has to be Wes Anderson. The attention to detail in every project he does is incredible.

Working with museums or libraries to make sound installations sounds really interesting too. To be honest there are so many people making amazing things now — and it is easier to see them too — that I just want to meet and talk about art and stuff with everyone.


Follow us here and on social for the official release of our new, short film all about Lullatone — coming out Thursday, March 28th!

Also stay tuned for the release of a brand new Lullatone song, available for music licensing on Marmoset’s catalog this Thursday.

The countdown begins.

Music Festival Frenzy: Don't Miss These Three Festivals

Music festival season is underway, which means it can be easy to let great lineups slip through the cracks.

We’re calling out three festivals that are either newly burgeoning, breaking into the mainstream scene or have been around for years but we’re just excited to attend. Check out our three picks below:

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Women Sound Off

Kicking off with Women Sound Off Festival — 2019 is only the second year for this bufzzworthy and widely turned out event. A weekend long fest, WSO is an inclusive, empowering space for women to network, connect and collaborate. It’s the kind of festival that truthfully feels as though it should have already been in existence for decades — yet WSO being so successful in its first year and now highly anticipated, it’s proof that events like this are actually rare for womxn music industry professionals. We’re here for this kind of thriving and game-changing.

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Treefort Music Fest

With a huge lineup of Marmoset artists performing at Treefort Music Festival this year, there’s no doubt where we’ll be during this week of March. As a certified B Corporation, Treefort also happens to represent a ton of great values, upholding and executing positive social and environmental impact, all while still proving it’s possible to have an epically fun time. Learn more about how Treefort i s setting the bar high for responsible festival-going etiquette here.

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Pitchfork Music Festival

This will be the 14th annual festival for Pitchfork. Operating as an independently run festival, the musical event focuses on presenting festival goers with an affordable — for festival standard anyway — and chill. Equipped with an awesome lineup, the festival feels like a community coming together with their thoughtfully assembled forts on site like their book fort and renegade craft fair.


Posted on March 21, 2019 and filed under Community, Marmoset, Music, Music Licensing.

Turn up the Volume on March’s New Music Mixtape

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On the hunt for new music? We’ve got you covered.

March’s mixtape has all the newly added music that’s now available for music licensing. From the psychedelic witchgaze vibes of Candace (think Fleetwood Mac meets Mazzy Star) to new Marmoset artist, I$$A (dishing out a fusion of Afropop and hiphop), there’s a taste for everyone. Start off with these five staff picks then dig into the rest.

If I Wanted To” by Cabri x Sub Q Taneous

Your Love's a Drug” by I$$A

Body Move” by Mofak

Midnight Blue” by Candace

Body Move” by Mofak

Dig into the rest of Marmoset’s new music mixtape below. Can’t find what you need? Get in touch with our music licensing experts, our Creative Services Team is here to help. Shoot us your questions here.

Teaming up with Music Supervisor Experts for Design Week

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There's an art in getting people to pay attention. Whether this be getting audiences captivated by your film trailer or the brand campaign you’re crossing your fingers in hopes it’ll go viral.

For music supervisors, they understand there’s a strategic technique in getting content noticed — it’s part of their jobs when it comes to placing compelling music to picture. But every wonder how they approach searching for and licensing the music they find for film, TV and other media? There’s a story or two (or three) behind it.

Join us at Marmoset headquarters for this Design Week Portland special event where three industry Supervisors take us through the intricacies of placing music and how they connect & support their music community. 

Sound Perspectives: the Art of Music Placement takes place on Wednesday, April 10th at Marmoset Headquarters. 

Doors at 5:30pm

Event begins at 6:30pm

Space is limited — RSVP below before it's too late


About the panel

Morgan Rhodes is an LA-based music supervisor who is known for her work on projects such as Selma, Queen Sugar, and Dear White People which has allowed her to collaborate with filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Simien. Since the early days of cutting her teeth as an on-air personality at influential independent radio station KCRW, Morgan has spent the last several years as a music programmer with shows on Philadelphia’s WURD 900AM and LA’s KPFK. Her blend of avant-garde R&B, left-field soul, electropop, beats, dance and world music has won listeners both domestically and globally.

Brooke Wentz is CEO and co-founder of the new international music discovery site Seven Seas Music.  As the former Music Director of ESPN she founded the music supervision and licensing firm The Rights Workshop. She has authored numerous articles about music and published the book Hey, That’s My Music!: Music Supervision, Licensing and Content Acquisition and most recently Music Rights Unveiled. She is a Billboard Award winning producer for one of the best selling world music recordings, and a former NYC radio host. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Business School, Brooke resides in her native city, San Francisco.

Megan Barbour is a music supervisor at Buddha Jones in Hollywood CA. For the past four and a half years she has worked on numerous theatrical, broadcast, and video game trailer marketing campaigns for major studios including HBO, Netflix, Paramount, Amazon, Focus, and Warner Brothers. She is honored to be a part of the amazing Buddha Jones team.

You Voted, We Donated: 3 Non-Profits to Know

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Recently Marmoset asked the community what organizations we should give a bit more to attention to and the message was heard loud and clear. Here are the three non-profits we’re doing a bit more for this year — and here’s why you should also care about each one.

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Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls empowers girls through a creative environment, where attendees can experiment with music and art, building confidence through performance and collaboration.

Marmoset has partnered with Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for a consecutive amount of years and for good reason: music is our purpose and we believe in the cultivation of a more inclusive and diversified future for the music industry.

Donating to the organization doesn’t stop at making the camp’s program even more accessible and dynamic every year, it casts a wide net over their provisions — like how donations provide tuition assistance for campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial burden. Then there’s the cost of instruments, gear, venue spaces, materials for their immersive workshops, food and provisions for volunteers and interns.

Since starting the camp 18 years ago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp has served over 3,000 girls and gender expansive youth in Portland. Zooming out to look at the bigger picture, each camper takes those lessons and experiences back with her, contributing to a better and brighter future for music and her community.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $320

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The Salvation Army does a lot and we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of them too. Since they have such a global presence and far reaching influence, we wanted to offer support on something closer to home — to their Care for Camp chapter.

Care for Camp provides assistance to the Del Oro region, covering Northern California and Norther Nevada. Subsidizing the group means supporting their team as they tackle natural disasters, while also going toward their on boarding program, food and resources, rent + utility assistance, shelter, rehabilitation, transitional housing, plus youth and senior programs. It’s a bit of everything that can help a community recover, flourish and thrive.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $340

IRCO is that kind of like that overachieving kid you knew in high school who played every sport while still acing all their AP classes. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization supports immigrants and refugees from all over the globe, providing a limitless amount of resources when coming to a new country.

From educational programming, employment and training, language to legal services, IRCO covers all facets of living. But they go beyond just the necessities, they focus on building community within their organization, facilitating a habitat for celebrating one’s culture. IRCO realizes the importance in creating a shared and safe space for individuals, allowing them to connect with others who share similar experiences and backgrounds — allowing people to proudly continue carrying their stories and cultural inheritances.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $1,260