09.14.2015: Akira Ifukube with Erik Homenick

Learn all about Akira Ifukube, the man behind the monster music we love with Erik Homenick.

Learn all about Akira Ifukube, the man behind the monster music we love with Erik Homenick.

A long time ago I came up with an idea for the Kaijucast and it’s now seeing the light of day! I hope you enjoy this new installment and demand more like it in the future. This episode entirely focuses on the life and work of one particular person from the giant monster landscape.

I asked Erik Homenick, the webmaster of AkiraIfukube.org to speak with me about Akira Ifukube and share knowledge about the man behind the monster music. This was recorded at G-Fest so make sure to head over to Erik’s website to see the latest updates on Ifukube’s english language biography; it’s a fantastic resource filled with information about Ifukube and his musical legacy.

The interview is the only real content in this episode, so no news or catastrophic events or even really housekeeping during the episode (see below, however) but I managed to squeeze in a couple of tracks, one of which was chosen by Erik. We’ll be back with another episode before you know it, but until then, I hope you enjoy this new kind of educational entertainment…perhaps I should exclaim “ARE YOU NOT EDU-TAINED?!?”

1. Rodan Appears by Akira Ifukube from Rodan (1956)
2. Ending by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993)

(Please note, there are no news stories in this episode)

Erik Homenick enjoying the Sakura festival in Japan.

Erik Homenick enjoying Sakura in his home town of San Diego.

Akira Ifukube.org – the official English language website

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Don’t forget that our next discussion film is Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! We are expecting a lot of responses, so please keep your thoughts, questions and reviews brief this time around. And make sure you have that homework turned in before September 25th to be included in the episode.