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Rodan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Behold the might of Rodan, the giant monster from the sky! In 1956, Toho unleashed their first colour kaiju picture: RODAN, directed by Ishiro Honda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, is a terrifying tale from the creators of the original Godzilla that sees a giant Pteranodon rise from a deep underground cave after being disturbed by miners. Like the Big G, Rodan has mutated to excessive size after being exposed to nuclear radiation, subsequently soaring free above Kyushu to cause as much mayhem as possible as the JSDF do their best to protect the island from his bloodthirsty rampaging. It was inevitable that the man behind the music of Godzilla would also take on scoring RODAN, and the great Akira Ifukube created a score with a solemn edge as with Godzilla, which makes the music of RODAN fit in the larger universe while allowing it to feel unique to the character. For the main theme, Ifukube introduces a malevolent low piano and brass phrase before cointerpointing it with horns to create a howling menace worthy of Rodan. In contrast, beautiful but melancholy material represents the carnage the monster has brought upon the Earth; in a more upbeat mode, the composer includes another of his jaunty and jazzy marches for the JDSF in the guise of "Get Rodan". It's another Toho triumph from the great maestro Ifukube! (Charlie Brigden)


    Side A
    1. Main Title
    2. The First Victim
    3. Tragedy In The Tunnel
    4. Meganulon Appears
    5. The Terror Of Meganulon
    6. The Meganulon Pursuit
    7. Cave-In
    8. Earthquake
    9. Amnesia
    10. Tracking Supersonic Speed
    11. The Shadow Across The Sky
    12. The Birth Of Rodan
    13. The Huge Underground Cavern

    Side B
    1. Rodan Emerges
    2. Get Rodan
    3. Rodan Flies To Sasebo
    4. Rodan And The Saikai Bridge
    5. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka I
    6. Shockwave Fury
    7. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka II
    8. The Self-Defense Force Heads To Aso
    9. The Great Nature Of Aso
    10. Ending

    Sinoia Caves

    Beyond The Black Rainbow

      Jagjaguwar and Death Waltz Recording Company are proud and excited to release a true masterpiece into the world with the soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos' 'Beyond The Black Rainbow'. Posited as a "lost film" of the 1980s, the film is inspired by classic dystopian fiction and the obscure SF movies you used to see on the shelves of the local video store when you were a kid. As such, the brilliant soundtrack by Sinoia Caves - aka composer Jeremy Schmidt - blends seamlessly amongst its influences of Tangerine Dream, Wendy Carlos, and of course John Carpenter, with the latter's mark heard on the oppressive synth percussion of the main titles and the catchy melodies heard throughout.

      Schmidt’s score is many things – haunting, uncompromising, intense – but is always a fascinating listen. While the seemingly retro-modernist sound is almost its own genre now, the music doesn’t come across as an imitation, and instead stands on its own as a genuinely original work. Using familiar elements such as the mellotron and the processed vocal samples, Schmidt puts it in that 70s-80s aesthetic and then builds a beautiful and terrifying score with those tools. Simply put, 'Beyond The Black Rainbow' is an astounding piece of work and must not be missed. Do you read me?

      The Death Waltz Recording Company version is exclusive to Europe and housed inside a super glossy Stoughton tip on (Casebound) sleeve complete with an Obi strip and sleevenotes From Jeremy Schmidt.


      Side A:
      1. Forever Dilating Eye
      2. Elena's Sound-World
      3. Run Program: Sentionauts
      4. Arboria Tapes- Award Winning Gardens
      5. 1983- Main Titles

      Side B:
      6. 1966 - Let The New Age Of Enlightenment Begin
      7. Sentionauts II

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