Friday, September 13, 2013
Anime Juke Box - Mediational Field - Paprika
Electronic music in anime is nothing new. Often the budget of a television series forces the creators to use electronic alternatives to actual orchestral scores. But every once in a while you get a score by someone who knows how to manipulate electronic music and make it work in it's own unique way. Susumu Hirasawa is one of those composers, and he may have found the perfect partner in director Satoshi Kon. Hirasawa combines techno beats, human voices (including his own) and various electronic manipulation to create his tracks. His work on Paprika is some of his best. Here is the track Mediational Field which ends up being the opening titles and the theme for our heroine, Paprika. He does some interesting things with this tune throughout the score, including adding full lyrics for the end credits. This is the tune at it's most playful and it works wonderfully with the opening credit animation.