In 1954, director Ishiro Honda and composer Akira Ifukube disagreed about what Godzilla represented, but their collaboration added layers of depth that helped turn a monster into an icon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by returning guests composer John DeSentis and Akira Ifukube biographer Erik Homenick to discuss and reflect on the Kaiju Crescendo concert that took place this past July at G-Fest 2019. The concert featured music by Akira Ifukube and Masaru Sato, as well as Michiro Oshima performing her own Godzilla music in her first ever live performance (including new Godzilla music written for the event). We talk about what it takes to organize an event like this, working closely with Michiru Oshima, music selection, creating the suites, and Godzilla fighting serpents in Lake Michigan, as well as insights into these three iconic composers and their creative methods. We also discuss the piano concert held at G-Fest by Patrick Godon and Ifukube student Reiko Yamada, and what went into that event. Enjoy!
Byrd and Matt dig into the life and career of famed monster music composer Akira Ifukube! To do this, they interview Ifukube's official biographer Erik Homenick (who runs AkiraIfukube.org) and film music buff John DeSentis (conductor & co-organizer of the Ifukube 100 and Symphonic Fury kaiju music concerts). As an added bonus, they've brought some SUPER rare Ifukube music cues (reconstructed and recorded by John from Ifukube's manuscripts). This is UNHEARD Ifukube music you will only hear on this podcast! We discuss how the composer got involved in film music, his preferred instrumentation, why he didn't get along with Akira Kurosawa, his political views, his relationship with Ishiro Honda, how he felt about his kaiju scores, the creation of Godzilla's roar and more! Then we take a dive into how he got involved with the original Godzilla film, and debunk some common myths about the score. This is a packed episode, so listen up!
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