Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Sound Of Cinema - 242. Kaijū And The Japanese Mega Monster!

BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 1st June 2019

With the release of a new Michael Dougherty film, ‘Godzilla: The King of Monsters’ this week, Matthew Sweet looks at Japanese Kaijū, which draws on ancient myths of giant monsters, and considers its impact on film and film music. As well as music for Japanese features, he also looks at the impact that the genre has had on Western film, from ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’ to ‘The Meg’.

Alexandre Desplat - Godzilla (2014) Godzilla! [WaterTower Music]
Akira Ifukube - Godzilla (1954) Main Theme [Varese Sarabande]
Akira Ifukube - Rodan (1956) The Birth Of Rodan [Toho Music]
Akira Ifukube - Destroy All Monsters (1969) Destroy All Monsters [Tokyo Shock]
Toshiyuki Watanabe - The Mothra 3 King Gidra Attacks (1998) End Titles [Toshiba EMI]
Alexandre Desplat - The Shape Of Water (2017) The Shape Of Water [Decca]
David Buttolph - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) Titles [Rhino]
John Barry - King Kong (1976) The Opening, The End Is At Hand, The End [Reprise]
Robert Ragland - Q The Winged Serpent (1982) Main Title And Winged Serpent [CAM‎]
Lee Byung-Woo - The Host (2006) Prologue [Milan]
Michael Giacchino - Cloverfield (2008) Roar [Silva Screen]
David Arnold - Godzilla (1998) Opening Titles [La-La Land]
Ramin Djawadi - Pacific Rim (2013) To Fight Monsters We Created Monsters [Sony Classical]
Bear McCreary - Godzilla - King Of Monsters (2018) Main Title [Watertower Music]

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