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16:08 CST :: 1/30/2006

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Banya is the in-house group which produces music exclusively for Pump It Up games.  They do a wide variety of music spanning many genres, and the total number of people in the group is still largely unknown.  We do know that Banya is led by a guy named Yahpp who posts some of his musical creations on http://yahpp.millim.com .  Yahpp is responsible for composing or remixing most, if not all, of the instrumental Banya compositions you will hear in the game.  Compositions such as the full 8-min version of Final Audition, Naissance, and Solitary come to mind.  He also puts a spin on classical music with the number of classical remixes he has made, such as the popular Beethoven Virus, Winter, Canon-D, Point Break, and Dr.M.

Finally, where does the name Banya come from?  The best answer for this comes from Arturo's interview with Yahpp which you can find here.

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I asked Yahpp about the origin of the band name, BanYa. It has been widely reported in the past that the name means “anonymous” or “unknown,” which is logical for a studio band assembled by Andamiro to create music specifically for Pump. The Chinese origins of the word also say it stands for wisdom, among eastern religions. But none of this is how the name evolved for them, corrected Yahpp. The much more interesting truth to the matter lies in Yahpp’s love of 1980s American rock. As a big Nirvana fan, Yahpp derived “BanYa,” using a little wordplay, from “Nirvana.” Looking at the last syllable, “vana,” and pronouncing it “bana,” he then slapped on the beginning of his name, “Ya,” creating “BanYa.” The letter “Y” is capitalized, as in his name, out of habit, he said. Yahpp also said that since “Nirvana” means something akin to “another realm,” he likens “BanYa” to a gateway into this realm.


Isn't Yahpp cool? :)  The Yahpp interview has a lot more information on Yahpp himself, and I recommend reading it to find out a lot more on the enigma that is Banya.


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17:07 CST :: 1/17/2007

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New information:

As of the NX mix, Yahpp is no longer a part of Banya but works independently of Banya.  He has become more involved with the actual PIU game, beginning with his contributions to the NX mix.


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