Musical poet from fantasy land

  For decades, under the strong national cohesion, there have been many outstanding celebrities in the Japanese cultural circle, such as Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Haruki Murakami, etc. They experience life in their own unique way and bring the influence of Japanese culture to life. Pushing to the world, Japanese modern music artist Joe Hisaishi is one of them. Because of Hisaishi’s superb soundtrack, Japanese animation has become more famous around the world. On the artistic path of soundtrack, Hisaishi has won numerous awards. In 2001, he composed the soundtrack for Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, for which he won the “Tokyo International Animation Awards Music Award” and the “Best Original Music” of the American International Film and Animation Society. In 2003, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” won the 75th Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In 2004, Hisaishi won the Tokyo “International Animation Best Music Award” and the “Best Original Music Award” selected by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Under the bald head, a pair of piercing eyes glowed with music. When he smiled and said nothing, he seemed childish, and when he meditated, he felt a little melancholy. This is the outstanding Japanese soundtrack master—— Hisaishi Joe, an old man who can make music full of magic.
  An open cultural atmosphere created Hisaishi. In Japan in the 1970s, pop music, electronic music and new century music began to rise. In 1978, Sakamoto Ryuichi founded a Japanese electronic band “Yellow Magic Orchestra”, which influenced the entire music industry. Under the influence, Hisaishi developed a strong interest in the orchestra. In Hisaishi’s music world, the concept of Western modern music is rooted in the bottom layer, and the profound traditional Japanese music elements emerge from the upper layer. The style that spans classical, jazz, and popular folk music, and integrates Eastern and Western music, so that we not only see the shadow of American minimalist composer Philip Glass, but also clearly see the unique things belonging to Hisaishi. . Hisaishi’s reference to art has no national boundaries, no regional prejudice, such a tolerant mind, destined that the soundtracks he produced are worldwide. Hisaishi is good at using the grandeur of the symphony to enhance the expressive power of the theme, and even a delicate theme makes it full of breathtaking and holy beauty. For example, in the cartoon “City in the Sky”, he used many elements of Irish folk songs. Hisaishi strives to perfectly integrate the music and the picture, allowing the music to fluctuate freely and indulgently with the inner world of the anime protagonist. When you are sad, the low and depressing melody will make the situation more depressing; when you are laughing, the playful and lovely melody will make the situation more joyful. If it is said that in Hayao Miyazaki’s animation world, animation without music is incomplete, then Hisaishi fully blends various forms such as symphonic music, children’s chorus, female solo, piano and violin ensemble, and percussion. , using rich and colorful melody materials, put on a gorgeous coat for Miyazaki’s magical realism style, showing the power of shocking people.
  Hayao Miyazaki’s cartoon “My Neighbor Totoro” adds a lot of fun to the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi. The younger sister, Xiaomei, and the older sister moved to the country with their father. The two sisters were very surprised by the charming scenery of the country. In order to express his excitement and curiosity, Hisaishi uses a light and jumping melody, first of all, the oboe, clarinet, flute and other instruments are used in ensemble, and the rural atmosphere is blowing. Then, drawing on the rhythm processing method of African black music, and adding tambourine percussion, it brings a brisk rhythm, as if to make people hear the heartbeat of the two sisters. My sister, Xiaomei, was playing near her home and accidentally discovered the whereabouts of Chinchillas. When Chinchillas escaped quickly, a brisk theme music played on the screen, accompanied by the rhythm of the human voice. Let’s go”, to imitate the rapid footsteps of Totoro. The faster the chinchilla goes, the faster the rhythm of the vocals. Hisaishi Ryo makes full use of the sound skills to bring out the clumsiness and cuteness of Chinchillas to life, full of childishness.
  Hayao Miyazaki once said: “I hope to save the fallen souls of mankind through more in-depth works.” The animation “Howl’s Moving Castle” broadens the space for thinking due to the soundtrack of Joe Hisaishi, which appears deep and distant. The animation is based on a European town as the background, and Hisaishi let the theme music be full of contemplative temperament. Howl was attacked by the witch of the wilderness. Howl took Sophie up to the blue sky and said to Sophie, “Straighten your feet and try to walk, that’s it, don’t be afraid.” Sophie finally overcame her fear. , walking freely in the sky. In order to fit this unrestrained atmosphere of freedom, the theme music uses a large orchestral ensemble, which is grand and full of tension, rendering the joyful mood far away from the world. When Sophie visited her sister and returned to the town by car, she stared at everything in the distance from the window, and the theme music turned into a simple piano solo, melodious and elegant, and it really felt like a lifetime.
  Hisaishi not only scores for animation, but also for movies. In the movie, you can see another quiet and reserved Joe Hisaishi. The famous Japanese director Kita Takeno’s business card “Kiujiro’s Summer” is full of idyllic mood due to Hisaishi’s beautiful soundtrack. The film tells the story of the little boy Masao and his uncle Kikujiro next door on their way to Tokyo. The theme music in the film is lyrical and smooth, the clarity and brightness of the piano and the generosity of the orchestral music are integrated, occasionally adding jumping rhythm, serious and lively. dynamism. The theme music appears in different situations, and it is changed again and again through the combination of different instruments. It is joyful, melancholy, humorous, or full of hope for the future. With the help of Kikujiro, he gradually got out of loneliness and continued to grow. When Masao found his mother’s residence with the help of Kijiro, but saw that his mother had organized a new family with others, he finally knew that he was abandoned, and he couldn’t help crying at the beach. At this time, a burst of weeping and poignant violin ensemble sounded in the picture of the movie. When Masao and Kijiro were about to leave the beach, the theme music appeared again. This time, the piano is the lead and the rich orchestral music is used as a foil, which symbolizes a hazy hope and indicates that Zhengnan is about to get out of the painful emotional experience. Kikujiro went to visit his mother in the nursing home. When he looked at his mother from the window with great sadness, he found that he was also a lonely person, just like Masao. At this time, the ensemble of cello and piano sounded on the screen, and the tone of the cello appeared low and melodious. The slow, crisp piano sound also became turbid, which delicately set off Kijiro’s extremely depressed and gloomy mood. In 2000, “Summer of Kikujiro” won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music Award and many other music awards, which is the highest evaluation of Hisaishi’s soundtrack works. Hisaishi’s music is like this to create a dreamy and magnificent artistic conception for the picture. Inadvertently, it touches the heartstrings violently, occasionally bringing the comfort of a cool summer night, occasionally bringing a sense of tragic and heroic epic, and occasionally bringing a feeling like a heroic epic. Immerse yourself in the mystery of the wilderness. The audience moved the plot through the film’s music, but could not restrain their turbulent emotional waves.
  In order to extend the storyline beyond the screen, Hisaishi did not hesitate to use all musical elements to create a diverse musical style through movement rhythms, rich chord effects, elegant piano solos, or modern electronic music, and even let He is completely invisible, filtering all the impurities in the world, flying freely in the world of music, and the only thing left is the pure, innocent, dreamy music images, and the theme ideas that are constantly deepened. All this is full of human beauty and powerful personality. Hisaishi can not only integrate his music and pictures, but also allow his soundtrack to exist apart from the main body and become a work that can be appreciated independently. In November 2006, Joe Hisaishi held a concert tour in Asia, bringing open music to all corners of the world through a piece of soundtrack. When I watch cartoons such as “Nausicaa”, “Castle in the Sky”, “Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”, etc., or watching “Brothers”, “The Peaceful Sea of ​​That Summer”, “Fireworks”, etc. During the movie, the touching melody will always make me involuntarily open the door to my heart, come to the dream land full of exotic style, and pick up the pure and simple childlike innocence that was lost. Mr. Pan Yinlin, the chief violinist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, once commented: “Joo Hisaishi is a very rigorous musician, and his pursuit of music is different from everyone else. Besides, he is very ordinary.” Joe Hisaishi, who I was with, is an extraordinary person. Therefore, I remember a name that exists because of music – Joe Hisaishi, a person who gives soul to music.

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