For many years, Japan has enjoyed the music of ancient China along with the native Japanese music of the no and kabuki dramas, but never before has Japan developed their own style of music until today. Three young musicians, who call themselves the Yellow Magic Orchestra, strive to develop original tunes of music. The group's music has become the musical expression of Japan's computer generation, a trend known as "Technopop". The music, drum, and keyboard synthesizer, lighting equipment, and miles of complicated electronic wiring needed to make everything work, sends out eerie sounds that seem to rise from deep inside a "strangely human computer." Yellow Magic has given Japan its first original pieces of music that is prized by all of its fans.
Seated alone while listening to the traditional words of a piece of Chinese poetry, a Chinese scholar absorbs the words that create personal sentiments within the soul. As the poetry ends, the scholar picks up his lute and puts his feelings into music instead of words. Every song portrays a scene or tells a human story. However, the music itself does not describe a scene or a story but rather the composer's feelings after hearing the story or viewing a scene. The scholar's music needs no interpretation because it reaches out to the people of his culture who share the same ancient beliefs and customs. Just as the scholar's song was inspired by someone else's poetry, his song will inspire another in a never-ending cycle of musical inspiration.