Ifukube, movie composer

Ifukube, movie composer

TOKYO – Music composer Akira Ifukube, who passed away last Wednesday, brought the giant lizard Godzilla to life by composing its trademark anthem and high-pitched roar.

Born on the Japanese island of Hokkaido in 1914, the self-trained composer rose to fame for the score to the Japanese movie ‘Godzilla’ in 1954. Ifukube also devised Godzilla’s high-pitched roar, for which sound engineers rubbed a leather glove against the loosened strings of a double bass, as well as the lizard’s booming footsteps.He composed over 250 film scores, including for the 1956 war film ‘The Harp of Burma’, and headed the Tokyo College of Music between 1976-1987.He was named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2003.- Nampa-APIfukube also devised Godzilla’s high-pitched roar, for which sound engineers rubbed a leather glove against the loosened strings of a double bass, as well as the lizard’s booming footsteps.He composed over 250 film scores, including for the 1956 war film ‘The Harp of Burma’, and headed the Tokyo College of Music between 1976-1987.He was named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2003.- Nampa-AP

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