Akira

Akira

symphonic suite

Music CD - 2017
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Publisher: [United States] : Milan Filmworks, [2017]
Branch Call Number: CD SOUNDTRA AKIRA
Characteristics: 1 audio disc : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Yamashirogumi, Geinoh
Alternative Title: Akira (Motion picture)

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LPL_KevinC Nov 17, 2017

The score to the epic, anime classic about biker gangs, psychokinetic powers, political corruption, and human experimentation, set in the near future, dystopian Neo-Tokyo, is as unique and energetic as the movie it accompanies. The Japanese musical collective, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, combines tradi... Read More »


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LPL_KevinC Nov 17, 2017

The score to the epic, anime classic about biker gangs, psychokinetic powers, political corruption, and human experimentation, set in the near future, dystopian Neo-Tokyo, is as unique and energetic as the movie it accompanies. The Japanese musical collective, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, combines traditional musical elements of Southeast Asia such as the chromatic bamboo percussion of Indonesian Gamelan, and the intense, rhythmic chanting of Japanese Noh theater, with the pulsating synthesizers of 80s techno and hints of prog rock to create a texturally unique soundscape. The score can be enjoyed as a solo piece without seeing the movie, but the pair complement each other so much that it’s best to be able to conjure up the striking imagery of Neo-Tokyo while listening.

On a side note, if this score isn’t featured in some way in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics (quite astutely predicted by the film, even if we didn’t have to suffer added World Wars and nuclear fallouts), I will be sorely disappointed.

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