Saturday, February 11, 2006
People, a true legend has passed from us:
TOKYO (AP) — Composer Akira Ifukube, who brought the giant movie lizard Godzilla to life with a trademark anthem and high-pitched roar, died Wednesday of multiple organ failure, according to a former colleague. He was 91.People, I'm devastated. My favorite lizard's voice is gone. Woe is me!
Ifukube composed more than 250 film scores over 50 years, including for the 1956 war film "The Harp of Burma." He headed the Tokyo College of Music from 1976 to 1987.
But he rose to fame with the menacing, repetitive score to the Japanese movie "Godzilla" in 1954.
The self-trained composer also devised Godzilla's high-pitched roar — for which sound engineers rubbed a leather glove against the loosened strings of a double bass — and the lizard's booming footsteps.
He was named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2003.
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