Part of what made Spirited Away so magical was the soundtrack.
The original score, composed by Joe Hisaishi and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, captured the wonder of Miyazaki’s fantasy worlds perfectly. For those of us with fond memories of the soundtrack, we’re in luck.
The title track, “One Summer”, was recently remixed by Australian musician Andrei Eremin, who goes by the stage name Ghosting. His remix manages to capture the original score’s luster, including the somber loneliness that made the film so emotional.
Eremin explains via his Bandcamp page,
The mixtape started as a light-bulb moment to sample Spirited Away, one of my all-time favorite films. I took out my keyboard on a whim, cut up the intro to the film, and within four hours I’d finished the best track I’d ever made.
His style is inspired by ‘beatmaker’ artists, including J Dilla, Metro Boomin, and Flume. Both the original Hisaishi version and his remixed version are very reminiscent of minimalist J Dilla tracks, like this one. Almost seems like Hisaishi’s track was destined for this modern makeover.
Feeling inspired with how One Summer turned out, Eremin has decided to sample tracks from every other Miyazki film and put them together into a new album. The result is Reimagining Miyazaki, which was released May 12th.
As a fun side note, on his Facebook page he explains that he traveled to Jiufen, Taiwan to shoot the album’s cover photo. Why go to Taiwan and not Japan? Well apparently Jiufen is the “spitting image” of the town from Spirited Away, and where Miyazaki got the inspiration for the film.
He’s not wrong, it’s uncanny! I’m officially adding Jiufen to my bucket list…
The full Reimagining Miyazaki mixtape is available via his Bandcamp page. Let us know what you think of One Summer in the comments below.