Sublime, ethereal minimalism: the first drawing together of Hiroyuki Onogawa’s soundtrack compositions, plotting a decade of music for films by cult filmmaker Gakuryū Ishii. Sequenced into an album by Onogawa himself, this retrospective spans a fertile period of collaboration with Ishii, through soundtracks for three remarkable films — August in the Water (1995), Labyrinth of Dreams (1997), and Mirrored Mind (2005) — where the cinema is texturally and sensually imbued with the spiritual, ambient, dreamlike quality of Onogawa’s music. Highly recommended for fans of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Music Interior, Yoshio Ojima, Kankyō Ongaku, etc. Watch Ishii’s cult classic August in the Water, “a curious mix of Japanese animism, New Age spirituality, and science fiction,” on archive.
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