Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture Soundtrack
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The sountrack consists of 32 songs, but don't let the number of songs fool you. The vast majority of the tracks found in "Princess Mononoke" are BGMs (BackGround Music), so most of the songs drift around a 1:00-3:00 length. But Joe Hisaishi manages to create a tapestry of classical sounds that seem to accompany each other perfectly.
This is where the catch comes into play. To fully enjoy this music, you have to listen to it from beginning to end. This isn't a soundtrack that you can listen to with "Random" set on your player. A few songs can be listened to independently, but these are few. But trust me, listening to the entire CD is a rewarding experience you'll not regret.
Another minor catch might be the somewhat repetitiveness of the music. Several of the smaller pieces found on this soundtrack are actually variations of a familiar part of one of the main songs. But luckily, Hisaishi manages to make each variation unique and enjoyable, so the listener won't be prompted to push the "Skip" button on his player.
While most of the music is classical, there are two vocal pieces on this soundtrack. The first, Track 12 (The Tatara Women Work Song), is in Japanese and the second, Track 31 (Princess Mononoke Theme Song), is in English. This is where I had one small gripe about the sountrack. Instead of the longer, Japanese version of the "Princess Mononoke Theme Song", a shorter English version was used for the American release.Read more ›
There is really no seperating these two works--the film would be empty without Hisaishi's beautiful score, yet without first understanding how these pieces connect with images and emotions, the soundtrack at first might seem too repetitive. Somehow this differs from soundtracks which work only within the context of the movie, instead we have a very strong and elegant score which uses several subtle themes which do not seem to take form until given an image by which to solidify in the listeners mind. Perhaps it is also a somewhat difficult score, often dark and not seemingly melodic, yet moments too beautiful for words shine through, such as the mononoke theme, the music (I believe it is track 3) which is used during the evening scene where Ashataka and Yakkle leave the villiage and Ashataka says goodbye to his sister (formerly his fiance in the original version), as well as the already mentioned Taratara work song.Read more ›
The disc starts off with "The Legend of Ashitaka". This is mostly the recurring theme in the movie and soundtrack. It's played by low, dark strings and then rises slightly and then the brass comes in. It's a dramatic opening piece that is fitting to what it happening in the movie. "The Demon God" is another recurring theme. It's even lower than Ashitaka's parts, dark and dangerous. Starting out with a long, low note it moves on to a steady heavy beat with some high, kind of creepy strings and then percussion, and then underneath all of that the low notes come back with the low strings and low brass. A creepy piece that fits the creepy part of the movie well.
"The Journey to the West" is a quieter piece. It takes advantage of woodwinds and slightly higher strings than the previous songs. With the use of flutes, it gives off a more delicate touch. "The Demon Power" is a fast, frightening sort of song. "The Land of the Impure" is less dramatic than the others. It's kind of quieter and less dark, though not without it's dark moments. It too has the themes. "The Encounter" brings to us the theme that will be recognized as a more gentle, recurring theme, with flutes and more gentle instruments. "Kodamas" is a cute little piece that fits what is happening in the movie wonderfully.Read more ›
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A master composer, Joe Hisaishi's work is simple beautiful and compelling. This OST will transport you immediately to the spirit world and the poignant "real" world of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mirana
One of my absolute favorite soundtracks to listen to. I love the variations of instruments and all of the different compositions, but also the same themes that run through them --... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Mahlee
We've tended to enjoy the soundtracks for all of Miyazaki's films and this one has proved to be very good as well.Published on January 2, 2014 by MB
I like a lot of anime and manga, but I have to say that this is the best anime (and I like all of Hayao Miyazaki) of all time. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by William Tower
The music is obviously fantastic, my only worry was that the main theme was going to be english-dubbed since some other reviewers had said it was. They were wrong! Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Claudia G.
I own over 3,000 songs from over 200 artists, ranging from classical to contemporary, from soulful to poppy, and I own around 400 movies which is only a fraction of the movies I... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by S. Marshall
Great soundtrack, stands well without the cinema to go with it! The sound is very clear and no real odd high pitches to make it unpleasant for anyone else in the room.Published on August 19, 2012 by Richard A. Perez
despite being late in the mail and become lost during shipment...this was from one of my favorite movies, and there is 2-3 vocals in the CD. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by wulfy