Akira Ifukube=1st Metal Musician? 伊福部昭の音楽=メタル(composer of Godzilla’s theme ゴジラのテーマを作った作曲家)

Akira Ifukube=1st Metal Musician? 伊福部昭の音楽=メタル(composer of Godzilla’s theme ゴジラのテーマを作った作曲家)

what if I told you that I believe this
man Akira Ifukube, born in 1914 in Japan, is the first metal musician. Stick around
and let me make my case. Before you downvote this video hear me out
I’m not saying Ifukube created metal creating the first metal riff is not
equivalent to being the first metal There are countless other
composers that came before him who had their own metal riffs for example like
Mussorgsky Holst Stravinsky and I’m sure there’s a bunch of others
too. The band Black Sabbath is unequivocally considered the godfathers
of heavy metal in the metal community but they didn’t create the first metal
riff listen to these two pre Black Sabbath metal riffs by Bitter Creek and
Led Zeppelin Bitter Creek and Led Zepplin created
metal riffs before Black Sabbath but are not considered metal so why is Black
Sabbath considered the godfathers metal? it comes down to quantity of course not all
of Black Sabbath’s riffs are metal they have some jazz and blues thrown in there
as well but the great majority of their music is metal. Ratio-wise Ifukube
doesn’t have as many metal motifs as Sabbath but has enough metal riffs that
it is one of his defining characteristics of his style like Black
Sabbath. Those other composers I mentioned have some sporadic metal
riffing here and there but it’s not enough to define their style so for this
project I went through all of my 136 Ifukube CDs and judiciously took notes and
what I thought was metal and that’s what this video is for the next 30 minutes or
so you’re going to hear a collection of themes and passages of Ifukube’s music
with metal tropes in them. The criteria I used for deciding which motifs are metal
well they had to have at least two of the following factors of the next four.
Orchestration is a composers selection of instruments to voice and melody. When
a composer first creates a melody they have to think about what kind of
instrument is going to accurately convey their musical idea. Many composers will
compose everything on a piano and you’ll have this melody go here and one go here
and then they have to start to think well maybe I’ll have part of the brass
section take over the first melody and have some of the woodwinds do the second
melody and so on. There could be dozens of different instruments and assigning
certain instruments of certain melodies will completely change what emotions the
listener will feel. Case in point: listen to this musician play Metallica’s
Master of Puppets on a marimba along with the song Same notes, same rhythm, same tempo but
the timbre of the instruments are so different
the renditions almost sound like two different songs. And as you may have
guessed, Ifukube’s orchestration tends to pick instruments that have a dark and
grim tonality to them when compared to those of his peers A strong brass
section a lot of bass and deep deep subterranean sounds. Rhythm is not a
dominating factor here but more of a supporting one; the way he sometimes
accents notes is a kind of a pattern that you’ll find in metal. It’s pretty
common and when is string sections play staccato, it sounds very similar to when guitars
play a series of palm-muted single notes. Modes are a little bit difficult to
describe. Essentially they are scales Each mode is a set pattern of intervals
between a series of notes and those patterns create different emotions
depending on that specific mode ranging from very happy to evil. Even if you’re
not musically inclined, you probably have heard of major and minor scales. Major is
associated with happy, minor is associated with sad. Let’s look at the seven modes
in Western music ranging from happy to the darkest. The music you’re going to
hear shortly reflects this lower-tier here and so does metal also as you
listen to these passages in the video sometimes they are accompanied by the
movies they appeared in and you’ll notice that of a lot of themes in these
movies deal with stuff like death, violence, sacrifice, famine, torture and
other similar themes of a morbid nature. Do you think it’s a coincidence that
these directors used Ifukube to score their films? They knew exactly what they
were getting when they hired him. Okay the last one I admit it’s a bit of a
cop-out here. Without trying to analyze the music sometimes you just know
something is metal or not. That means in some cases I just cut off the passage as
soon as I thought it was no longer metal. And I realized that the definition
of metal will differ from individual to individual, but I’m sure I’ll get
something in the comment section like “why didn’t you include Ifukube’s
Fire of Prometheus” or something like that. and even look at my first three factors
it fits. But it just doesn’t feel like metal to me so there are some that I did
include that you may feel is contrary to that I’m sure I’ll get some people who
say “that’s not metal” because when people hear the term metal they think of a
thick chuggy chunky palm-muted rift yeah like that! but there are a lot of
subgenres of metal that sound different when compared to each other. Ifukube’s
metal motifs run the gamut from something like Iron Maiden all the way
at the Suffocation but a huge part of a sound is from the genre Doom which
sounds like this: it’s not chuggy chuggy like the last one
was but it’s just as legitimate as any other genre of metal so I hope you enjoy
what you’re about to hear. Down in the description I’ll list the catalog
number for each CD just in case you want to go and try to find them and the
titles of each passage in the video will have either a white or yellow text. The
white text means the passages music from a movie the yellow text means it’s his
own music, usually symphonies which were composed for the purpose of enjoying the
music on its own…like at a concert hall and if you want to find out more about
the man himself I highly recommend the official english-language version of his
website which I’ll put in the link below In my free time when I was doing
research for this video I came across other people who kind of came to the
same conclusion I did about Ifukube metal and rock. It’s nice to know I’m not
the only one… you Oh Oh you you you

Comments (14)

  1. A quality production and a passionate delivery !!!

  2. Very good video ! It was very informative.
    I'm also a big Akira Ifukube enthusiastic. I'm currently covering some of his lesser-known movies on my channel.

  3. 16:17 What is the movie that the footage come from?

  4. Technically speaking, you can't exactly call Ifukube "metal," but a lot of these examples demonstrate that they flow from the same spring. He tapped into something that few other classical composers ever dared approach, certainly not to the same extent that he did, and that something is what drives a lot of metal music, as you demonstrate quite well here. For example, no one would classify "Sea of Okhotsk" as metal per se, but in every meaningful sense it's just about the most "metal" thing there is.

  5. killer! Japanese suite for strings, the cellist!!

  6. He's definitely the equivalent of classical heavy metal music. Stravinsky would have been the 1st "metal" composer in classical circles (the Rite of Spring after all, caused a riot when 1st played in the early 1900s). Ifukube took the Stravinsky influence and made it his own in a unique, Japanese style. The Toho films and classic Toho monsters would not be the same without his incredible music. Ifukube is definitely one of the "heaviest" composers because of the heaviness of his orchestrations, low parts of the instruments, giant-plodding tempi, booming low bass drums, etc. He always wanted the orchestras to play to picture when recording as he wanted them to play heavier to personify the monsters better and not be so gentle/classical in the playing. And lets not forget, he created Godzilla's Roar!

  7. Ok. I have a few questions…
    How did you get a copy of "Skyscraper Akebono" ? I wouldn't mind getting it for a future video, if you don't mind.
    Also, what about the one "Buddha" track you included ? I'm really curious.
    And when your video's on "Love and Faith'', I don't recognize the cue from the album. Can you tell me where you got it ?
    Thank you.

  8. Outstanding music and absolutely fantastic video, thank You!

  9. すごく良かった。これからも 楽しみにしてます。

  10. ヘリックスさんの動画を見て思い出しました。

  11. 伊福部さん作曲の「校歌」が発見されたという北海道新聞の記事を見かけました。
    伊福部昭「幻の校歌」発見 釧路女子高等学校 1948年作曲の写譜

  12. なんでオジーの歌がないのかと思ったら伊福部先生だった。


  13. I am a great fan of Ifukube music. Thank you for the interesting analysis of his work.

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