Sunday, July 20, 2008

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira

This a unique and special album. The soundtrack for the Japanamation film Akira was commissioned to Geinoh Yamashirogumi, a vocal ensemble first organized in Japan in 1953. With this album, their classical/traditional/ experimental stylings were fused with modern electronics... and the results are quite impressive. Moreover, the album also incorporates quite a bit of a Balinese gamelan influence, thereby causing the merger of styles to become even more pronounced. For those interested in mergers of style, this album is essential.

The songs on the album cover the development of the Akira narrative, wherein the tragic hero, Tetsuo, is transformed into a diabolical monster by the use of mind-altering drugs and various previously latent powers, eventually to to destroyed out of necessity by his former allies. One need not be familiar with this narrative, however, to appreciate the music on the work.

Note: Please listen it, even when you don't like japanese animation.

Artist: Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Album: Akira Original Soundtrack
Label: Nektar
Format: CD
Country: Germany
Released: 1991
Genre: Electronic
Style: Modern Classical, Ambient
Notes: Composed and Conducted by Yamashiro Shoji

Sound Architect: Urata Keishi (EMU), Yamashiro Shoji

All Songs performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi

1 Kaneda (3:10)
2 Battle Against Clown (3:36)
3 Winds Over The Neo-Tokyo (2:45)
4 Tetsuo (10:15)
5 Dolls Polyphony (2:53)
6 Shohmyoh (10:10)
7 Mutation (4:49)
8 Exodus From The Underground Fortress (3:17)
9 Illusion (13:56)
10 Requiem (14:27)


Rapidshare Links:
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Part 1
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Part 2

Mediafire Links:
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Part 1
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Part 2


Anonymous said...

It seems to me that track 4 is a direct inspiration to 'Futurama'-s theme.

Andrea said...

'pedaaaaaaaaaazo de banda sonora, me ayudó a canalizar una parte importante de mi asfixia existencial de los 16 a los 18 años *_*


Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch. :D

Oliver said...

@1st Anon,

The Futurama theme is a remix of this song from the 60s:

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