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Japanese Story
Japanese Story (Move Records MD3279)
SKU: 02569
AU $23.65

Label: Move Records Cat. No.: MD3279 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Elizabeth Drake knew as soon as she read the script of "Japanese Story" that this was a gift to the composer. Apart from the inherent strengths and fascination of the script itself, there was the opportunity for the inter-weaving and layering of elements of Japanese culture (Japanese instruments, modes, folksong and ritual) with western orchestral instruments, tonality and harmonic composition. The themes of cultural displacement, tragedy and transformation were as relevant to composition as they were to story-telling.

This collectable CD soundtrack comes complete with two bonus tracks not featured in the film, plus an attractive and detailed 16 page booklet, with full movie synopsis, production and composer notes, as well as stills from the location shoot in Western Australia. And, as has become the custom with Move soundtracks, there is a full widescreen version of the movie trailer included, compatible with both Macintosh and PC-compatibles.

Elizabeth Drake is an award-winning composer and sound artist for theatre, film, dance and radio. Elizabeth first worked with the Brooks-Maslin-Tilson team on their 1997 feature "Road To Nhill", for which she received AFI and Film Critics Circle nominations for Best Original Music Score in a Feature Film. Other film credits include "The Way Back"; "Lost"; "Breathing Underwater" (Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for Special Achievement in Sound); and "My Life Without Steve" (AFI nomination for Best Sound in an Experimental Film).

With music playing such a powerful role in the drama of "Japanese Story", Drake has composed original music and re-orchestrated a traditional Japanese song previously recorded by noted Japanese composer Ryuchi Sakamoto, for the film's unforgettable emotional climax, which runs a mammoth 14 minutes 32 seconds in all. More details.

Composers: Elizabeth Drake.
Tracks: Chinsagu No Hana
Opening Titles
"I hate Karaoke"
Debris in a Desert
"No more map"
"Who are you?"
"Very old rock"
At the Waterhole
Driving at Night
In the Mirror
"I'd like to be involved" [Chinsagu No Hana]
Japanese Story [closing credits]

"Hiromitsu" [alternate At the Waterhole]
Night Drive [unused]
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 02569
Label: Move Records
Catalog #: MD3279
Price: AU $23.65   

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