Vietnamese experimental filmmaker Trihn Mi-Ha says, “national identity is not given but construed according to circumstances and contexts (here in its gender politics) – and the more you look into what you think is unique to your culture, the wider it gets.” The reassembling of sounds from different places and times into a soundscape of the future is evocative of the wideness of culture that Trihn Mi-Ha raises. The sounds in Akira, which were the sounds of the future, blurred the boundaries of time and space by weaving ancestral and folkloric sounds into futurity. Future expressed aurally does not only come from technological innovation and looking ahead; it emerges from reaching towards the past and adapting these sounds to speculate the soundscape of the future.
Further Reading/ Sources
BALSOM, ERIKA. “‘There Is No Such Thing as Documentary’: An Interview with Trinh T. Minh-Ha | Frieze.” Frieze, 1 Nov. 2018, http://www.frieze.com/article/there-no-such-thing-documentary-interview-trinh-t-minh-ha.
“BlueBlade AKIRA.” Web.archive.org, 5 Mar. 2016, web.archive.org/web/20160305075024/www.bbakira.co.uk/prodreport/prodrep.htm#sound. Accessed 17 Feb. 2021.
Milan Records USA. “AKIRA Soundtrack – Geinoh Yamashirogumi – ‘Tetsuo.'” YouTube, 15 Sept. 2017, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De3cWcjZ0Q0&list=PLfzW_wEeYxk7IbUshBz-23-NHQ_KYB5vE&index=4&ab_channel=MilanRecordsUSA. Accessed 17 Feb. 2021.
Phillips, Yoh. “Silence Is Peace: Instrumental Music Just Feels Different.” DJBooth, 21 July 2020, djbooth.net/features/2020-07-01-instrumental-music-feels-different-igor-blonde-akira. Accessed 17 Feb. 2021.
Radio, N. T. S. “Akira Influences W/ Dr Yamashiro 12th June 2018.” NTS Radio, http://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/akira-influences-w-dr-yamashiro-11th-june-2018. Accessed 17 Feb. 2021.
Schley, Matt. “‘Akira’ Soundtrack Featured Music Worthy of a Visual Masterpiece.” The Japan Times, 13 July 2018, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=culture&p=1446386. Accessed 17 Feb. 2021.