First show: February 08


Original score performed live by The Firmament

Using synthesizers, acid basslines, drum machines and audio samples from the film, San Francisco based electronic musical score design duo The Firmament has created a live electronic score to the 1988 cyberpunk anime classic Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Akira defined the cutting edge of Anime around the world. By today’s standards, Akira remains the pinnacle of cel animation and retains the explosive impact of its highly detailed animation and its intensely violent saga of power and corruption.

Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains a token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo’s darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo’s powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him! Nothing can stop the destructive forces that Tetsuo wields except possibly the last boy to destroy Tokyo.

Both presentation will be WITH SUBTITLES.

When they aren’t performing live electronic movie rescores The Firmament’s Renzo is a Sound Composer and Sound Designer on NPR’s Snap Judgement podcast which features a new episode every week and Marky is hosting, booking and DJing the weekly virtual reality rave, Echo Space on Wednesday Nights.

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. 1988. Japan. 124 min. Live Soundtrack Performance.


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