In an effort to rebuild my music library, I went searching through old hard drives and files for the random albums I used to listen to. Unfortunately, that did not yield much except the four disc soundtrack for Final Fantasy VII. That is when I remembered what got me hooked on certain sounds in the first place: anime.
War, death, love, and music are the main themes of the anime genre, but the music part always struck me as odd. Why focus on music? I am positive there are theories and theses abound on this subject, but at the end of the day, I realize how much more effort anime producers put into their music as compared to any other shows. Famous and eclectic artists, full orchestras, and weird instrumental combos just went above and beyond anything you hear in regular programming.
The best example I can think of is Cowboy Bebop, soundtrack created by Yoko Kanno. (I hope to speak a little more about her in future posts.) There is random singing, big band orchestra, banjo, and even a kazoo (seriously). It is a shame that even pirated versions of the soundtrack are fast fading from online servers. iTunes no longer carries it either. Generations to come will be deprived of those wonderful albums.
But… what do I know…?