Joe  Hisaishi Music Composer





Joe Hisaishi's music plays an important role in setting the atmosphere of Princess Mononoke. Hisaishi previously collaborated with Hayao Miyazaki by composing the beautiful and unforgettable music for "Nausicaa", "Laputa", "Kiki" and "Porco Rosso."

Hishaishi was born on December 6, 1950, in Nagano. He started his career as a composer of modern music when he was still a student at the Kunitachi College of Music, developing an interest in minimalist music. He released his first album, "Information," in 1982. In 1984, he was recommended by a record company to create the Image Album for "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind", which was going to be made into a movie. This Iamge Album was originally intended to be a temporary score for the film, but Miyazaki was so impressed with Hisaishi's work that he often played it during the movie production. Although the soundtrack of "Nausicaa" was already to be composed by a famous composer, Miyazaki strongly recommended that Hisaishi take on the task, beginning a relationship that has spanned five motion pictures.

Joe Hisaishi is now regarded as Japan's leading composer of motion picture scores. He received Japan's equivalent to the Academy Award for Best Musical Score three years in a row in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and then again in 1999. In addition to his work in film, Hisaishi is also a gifted and prolific composer, concert pianist and conductor with a strong individual style crafted from a relentless search for artistic perfection.

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Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture [SOUNDTRACK]    by Joe Hisaishi

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