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 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I forgot a little mentioned film called "Arion". Sort of his "Conan The Barbarian".
As well as "Venus Wars". I think he did that one.


If it hasn't been mentioned, he also did some of the music for Robot Carnival.

I watched Arion some time back. Very nice score. Wish i had it.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2020 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

I forgot a little mentioned film called "Arion". Sort of his "Conan The Barbarian".
As well as "Venus Wars". I think he did that one.


If it hasn't been mentioned, he also did some of the music for Robot Carnival.

I watched Arion some time back. Very nice score. Wish i had it.


Robot Carnival has that fantastic pop-synth track for the amusement park sequence that I'm sure many people who only know Hisaishi's later work would be absolutely horrified by big grin

Arion is *wonderful* (score wise). The anime, which is on youtube in its entirely thanks to a fan done sub, is nothing special--some mixed up Greek mythology framing a lot of 1980s fighting scenes and a bit of pathos--albeit with very nice animation for its era. However, the score, written right around the time of Nausicaa, is like a sister score to that one. Gorgeous themes. Be forewarned, like Nausicaa, and to an extent the original Laputa, it also has tracks of his early style--very minimalist sequenced synths alternating with the orhcestral. I like this mix (but I discovered Miyazaki as a kid in 1990 so these were some of the first Hisaishi scores I heard) but I know a lot of people can'tget past their dated-ness or find the minimalism--so integral to the creation of Hisaishi's style--hard to take. (It's no surprise that when Disney got him to re-do Laputa, they didn't just get him to add music to the silences, but also to replace the synth tracks with orchestral ones.)

Venus Wars is... OK, but more typical 1980s anime to me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2020 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

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 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   jsmiley108   (Member)

I'm not wishing to detract from an artist who obviously has lots of fans (and I haven't seen any of the films that he has scored), but the bits of Hisaishi's music I have heard on the radio don't really do anything for me. I scratch my head and go "what is all the fuss about" but wondering if I am missing something. And please Hisaishi fans, don't roast me (or if you must, do it gently lol).

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I'm not wishing to detract from an artist who obviously has lots of fans (and I haven't seen any of the films that he has scored), but the bits of Hisaishi's music I have heard on the radio don't really do anything for me. I scratch my head and go "what is all the fuss about" but wondering if I am missing something. And please Hisaishi fans, don't roast me (or if you must, do it gently lol).

I was in your shoes, but today he magically clicked for me. I just hadn’t been listening to the right scores for me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2020 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm not wishing to detract from an artist who obviously has lots of fans (and I haven't seen any of the films that he has scored), but the bits of Hisaishi's music I have heard on the radio don't really do anything for me. I scratch my head and go "what is all the fuss about" but wondering if I am missing something. And please Hisaishi fans, don't roast me (or if you must, do it gently lol).

I'm not to familiar with his work outside of Studio Ghibli. His fusion of synth and orchestra maybe off putting for some. His music can sometimes be abstract while other times traditional all in the same film. He's written countless themes which are lyrical and beautiful.

I personally think his music perfectly complements the visuals. His score hits the beats of the animation much like classic Disney did. In fact his music greatly supports the films and elevates them.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

I much prefer his scores for live action films over Ghibli animation. Most of his live action films (mostly the dramas) have beautiful, great scores. Real symphonic works with orchestras and sometimes with choirs as well - just the way I like it!

I like when he orchestrates his Ghibli scores as symphonic works; much better in my opinion than the originals (Princess Mononoke or Laputa, for example.)

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2020 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I much prefer his scores for live action films over Ghibli animation. Most of his live action films (mostly the dramas) have beautiful, great scores. Real symphonic works with orchestras and sometimes with choirs as well - just the way I like it!

I like when he orchestrates his Ghibli scores as symphonic works; much better in my opinion than the originals (Princess Mononoke or Laputa, for example.)


I think this is exactly it for me. For years I had only ever heard the Ghibli scores, and I really didn't like the sound. The live action scores and symphonic suites are amazing. I really missed the boat on those, and have a lot of catching up to do.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2020 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I figure I will add a few that are not mentioned above.

Cloud on a Slope has 3 volumes of soundtracks that are all fantastic (except for the Sarah Brightman tracks).
Tenshi Meisatsu is a fantastic drama score.
NHK Shinkai Project: Deep Sea Creatures also very nice.
A Tale of Ululu's Wonderful Forest is a lovely lush score.
And Departures has a fantastic main theme.


These are some really great recommendations!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2020 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Phil Lipari   (Member)

Solium: Thought I bump this thread to repost his concert. It's pure joy from beginning to end. I'm frankly amazed by the whole production and how even the youngest performers were flawless with their professionalism and discipline during a live event.

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This concert is fantastic. I hadn't heard it before so thanks for posting, solium.

I'm a big fan of Joe Hisaishi, particularly Nausicaa, Laputa, Porco Rosa, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Also glad Arion and Robot Carnival were brought up. Pretty much all his scores to varying degrees.

My wife and I were having a diner in a Japanese restaurant in Ottawa, Ontario some years ago and they were playing music we eventually realized were instrumental versions of songs and themes from Miyazaki movies, mostly Hisaishi.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 10:03 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

I much prefer his scores for live action films over Ghibli animation. Most of his live action films (mostly the dramas) have beautiful, great scores. Real symphonic works with orchestras and sometimes with choirs as well - just the way I like it!

I like when he orchestrates his Ghibli scores as symphonic works; much better in my opinion than the originals (Princess Mononoke or Laputa, for example.)


The cues in the Miyazaki works often are quite short--is that what you mean (by preferring when he arranges them into long suites?)

Funny you say that about his live action films. The main director he's connected with for most Japanese people is "Beat" Takeshi with whom he did 6 live action films. I love the scores, but none of them are particularly symphonic by any means--less so than most of his Ghibli films. But I get that you must mean other works like his TV drama, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

Yes, I meant the symphinic suites of his Miyazaki films. Princess Mononoke is absolutely stunning as a symphonic suite and the US symphonic version of Laputa is much better than the original with all those dated electronic sounds. Nausicaa is also wonderful on the Nausicaa Symphony album.

I love his scores for the Kitano movies as well but scores like Clouds on the Slope, Four Gods, In This Corner of the World, I Want to be a Shellfish, etc. are the ones where he can show us his expertise with a symphony orchestra.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm not a fan of those symphonic suites. Ive tried many. I guess there just to different. I also don't care for the Disneyfied Laputa score. I don't have an issue with synth when done well by a master composer like Hisaishi.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   karlrebi   (Member)

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 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

Yes, I meant the symphinic suites of his Miyazaki films. Princess Mononoke is absolutely stunning as a symphonic suite and the US symphonic version of Laputa is much better than the original with all those dated electronic sounds. Nausicaa is also wonderful on the Nausicaa Symphony album.

I love his scores for the Kitano movies as well but scores like Clouds on the Slope, Four Gods, In This Corner of the World, I Want to be a Shellfish, etc. are the ones where he can show us his expertise with a symphony orchestra.


I particularly love, for a variety of reasons, I Want to be a Shellfish. Anyway, thanks for your clarification! While I don't personally feel the same way, I can completely understand why you'd prefer the suites (I happen to like the dated 80s synths he used LOL).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

I'm not a fan of those symphonic suites. Ive tried many. I guess there just to different. I also don't care for the Disneyfied Laputa score. I don't have an issue with synth when done well by a master composer like Hisaishi.

I tend to agree (though I do play the new Laputa sometimes--it came in the Miyazaki CD box set I saved for ages to get lol). I think of course they're great for concert experiences (I guess I'll get to hear one when I finally see Hisaishi in Vancouver--postponed to next year--since he seems to be rotating which concert suite he includes). And maybe I'm just too familiar with the actual soundtracks, but they're by far my preference.

And yeah--even the 1980s minimalist synth work--which is afterall the style Hisaishi started in--in Nausicaa and Laputa appeals to me. But his more subtle use of synths in the Miyazaki scores from the 90s on is also effective and missed in the symphony versions--ie the synth accents in parts of Mononoke. Or one of his greatest brief pieces, Madness from Porco Rosso always is missing something to me when done in concert and that's the slightly eerie accompanying synths during parts of it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   pete   (Member)


I love his scores for the Kitano movies as well but scores like Clouds on the Slope, Four Gods, In This Corner of the World


I hadn't heard of In This Corner of the World. I just looked it up, and the Wikipedia page says music was by Kotringo.
I saw earlier announcements that Hisaishi was set to score - maybe that fell through? Are you sure Hisaishi scored it?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I figure I will add a few that are not mentioned above.

Cloud on a Slope has 3 volumes of soundtracks that are all fantastic (except for the Sarah Brightman tracks).
Tenshi Meisatsu is a fantastic drama score.
NHK Shinkai Project: Deep Sea Creatures also very nice.
A Tale of Ululu's Wonderful Forest is a lovely lush score.
And Departures has a fantastic main theme.


These are some really great recommendations!


I'm glad you appreciate these. Still some of my favorites.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2020 - 11:23 PM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

I hadn't heard of In This Corner of the World. I just looked it up, and the Wikipedia page says music was by Kotringo.
I saw earlier announcements that Hisaishi was set to score - maybe that fell through? Are you sure Hisaishi scored it?


It's the live action version of the anime of the same title:

https://arksquare.net/detail.php?cdno=UMCK-1606

And yes, it's unmistakably Hisaishi smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2020 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)


It's the live action version of the anime of the same title:

https://arksquare.net/detail.php?cdno=UMCK-1606

And yes, it's unmistakably Hisaishi smile


Thank you! Good to know.

 
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