about musical experiences™ - part III

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

Haven't took the time to write anything up on here since I came back from Taipei. I still haven't started to work on editing the magazine as well. Not sure when it will be out actually. It will eventually. 2018, plenty things to do as usual. I am just working on my illustration book as for now. The magazine will have to wait a few weeks. I don't really want to force myself on it. I got 7 rolls of film to develop more than 200 pictures to work on. It's going to be good.

 

I have been watching a lot of animes lately, mostly illustration, set & character design books to get inspiration from here and there and I thought that it would be - maybe - interesting to share 10 Original Soundtrack that I listened from time to time. Needless to say that those anime are as well masterpiece in my opinion. Hope you'll enjoy this musical experience, don't get to comfortable.

 

 
about musical experiences™ - part III
 

☞ from left to right

 

1.   Samurai Champloo Music Record "Departure| (click to listen)  ♬ .01

Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure is a soundtrack album, released on June 23, 2004, for the anime series Samurai Champloo. It is the second of four soundtrack albums released for the show. The album was produced by Japanese DJ/producer Nujabes, and American MC/producer Fat Jon, and featured Japanese rapper Shing02 and Japanese singer-songwriter MINMI on the album's first and last tracks, respectively. Departure was critically lauded, with especially high praise being reserved for "Battlecry".

 2. Samurai Champloo Music Record "Impression| (click to listen) ♬ .01

Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression is the fourth soundtrack album in the series of the anime show Samurai Champloo. It contains tracks by Nujabes, Force of Nature, Fat Jon and MINMI.Impression received broadly positive reviews from fans and critics.

3.  Cowboy Bebop "Blue | (click to listen) ♬ .01

Shinichirô Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop -- arguably the most successful anime to hit the U.S. -- is inextricably tied to its great and thematically cohesive blues- and jazz-based soundtrack. Of the more than ten discs released in conjunction with Cowboy Bebop, Blue is undoubtedly the best, representing the widest variety of genres without becoming disjointed. Beginning at the end, so to speak, the album starts off with the title track, a piece played during the credits following the series' last episode.

4.   The Seabelts "Cowboy Bebop Vitamines" | (click to listen) ♬ .01

Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless (カウボーイビバップ ビタミンレス Kaubōi Bibappu Bitaminresu) is the first mini-album recorded by The Seatbelts. It features a few of the show's songs, along with the end credits theme, "The Real Folk Blues".

5.   Kenji Kawai "Ghost In The Shell" | (click to listen) ♬ .01

Cut from the original master reels at Emil Berliner Studios (formerly the in-house recording department of renowned classical record label Deutsche Grammophon), the album comes in two versions: a limited collector’s edition (LP and bonus 7" housed in sleeve with silver gilt printing, Japanese obi, and 24-page liner notes) and a standard LP.

The haunting score is composed by Kenji Kawai, one of Japan’s most celebrated soundtrack composers alongside Joe Hisaishi and Ryūichi Sakamoto, whose work includes Hideo Nakata’s Ring (1998) and Ring 2 (1999), Death Note (2006), Hong Kong films Seven Swords by Tsui Hark (2005) and Ip Man by Wilson Yip (2008), and countless others. Kawai’s compositions see ancient harmonies and percussions uncannily mesh with synthesized sounds of the modern world to convey a sumptuous balance between folklore tradition and futuristic outlook. For its iconic main theme "Making of Cyborg", Kawai had a choir chant a wedding song in ancient Japanese following Bulgarian folk harmonies, setting the standard for a timeless and unparalleled soundtrack that admirably echoes the film’s musings on the nature of humanity in a technologically advanced world."

 

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6.  Howl's Moving Castle Soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi | (click to listen) ♬ .01 & .02

The soundtrack to the original Japanese animation film that is the third highest grossing film in Japanese history. The music is by Joe Hisaishi with songs by Yumi Kimura and Shuntaro Tanigawa.

7.  Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind by Joe Hisaishi | (click to listen) ♬ .01

One of the most groundbreaking films released during the Japanese anime boom of the 1980's, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japanese: 風の谷のナウシカ) was the first film written and directed by the now highly-acclaimed Studio Ghibli founder and director Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿). Besides it's epic, environmentally-conscious story-line, it also featured his first collaboration with film composer Jo Hisaishi (久石 譲), who would go on to be one of Japan's most prolific and well-regarded film composers.  In a way, Miyazaki and Hisaishi's accomplished collaborative history is comparable to that of Steven Spielberg and John Williams' work together.

Nausicaä is a very interesting score because it juxtaposes elements from Late Romantic orchestral styles, 80's synthesizer loops, "electro-rock" and synthesized "Indian" music.  The soundtrack is not a complete score release, but like most soundtracks of this time features highlights as well as planned but unused tracks.  Fortunately, all but one or two of the main thematic textures are on the CD (some of the "electro-rock" themes are not present - probably a plus, in my opinion).  The themes from the film have also been released in various "arrangements" (Digital Trip, Image Album, etc...), but of these the "Symphony" is probably the only one which I really find rewarding.  I believe one film sequence also uses the first track from the symphonic release. 

8.   TV Animation Fullmetal Alchemist OST Vol 1  | (click to listen) ♬ .01

 Fullmetal Alchemist Original Soundtrack 1 is a soundtrack album containing music from the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. Japanese original soundtrack scored by Michiru Oshima. Grand-scaled performance by a full orchestra.

9.   Geinoh Yamashirogumi "Akira The Japanese OST vol 1 | (click to listen) ♬ .01

The ten track Symphonic Suite Akira essentially documents the film’s sonic architecture - a magisterial blend of musics from around the world, meshing the disparate systems of Bulgarian choral music, Buddhist Temple chants and Balinese gamelan in a lushly complex alliteration of sounds which framed the film’s post-apocalyptic Tokyo backdrops and cyberpunk themes.

It took Shouji Yamashiro and the 200 musicians, engineers, scientists who comprise Geinoh Yamashirogumi over six months to make Symphonic Suite Akira, apparently recording with an effectively limitless budget, and it shows. At the time of release this was an ambitiously proggy effort in consolidating various harmonic systems, building on the technologically enhanced examples of YMO and early ‘80s 4th World styles in the grandest style.

It may not contain anything quite so immediate as, say, Kenji Kawai’s OST for Ghost In The Shell, but it’s a different thing really, with a different story to tell, and it does so beautifully.

10.   Tekkon Kinkreet OST composed by Plaid | (click to listen) ♬ .01 .02 .03

An original score by Plaid made for the the Japanese Anime film released in 2006. As ever from Plaid, the composition is flawless, combining lush electronics, instrumentation and even pop and jazz elements to weave a beautiful albums worth of material from Andy Turner and Ed Handley. Their first foray into soundtrack work, and an as of yet, relatively undiscovered gem in Plaid's illustrious discography. Highly recommended.


— Albums reviews from the interweb.