As previously reported, Kanno, along with Shinichiro Watanabe and Kenji Kamiyama attended the Japane Media Arts Festival in Hamamatsu today (November 3, 2009). Here are some reports that I understand:
- The event lasted for 2 and a half hours
- Kanno was the one who planned the event
- As expected, they discussed the music in working with the two directors. For Watanabe it seems that she really didn’t do music as directed to her. For Kamiyama, she was made to do angsty music.
- She doesn’t know anything about the Bebop live action movie
- She understands only a little French
- Robin comes up when she can’t find a suitable singer
- She will make the music to a live action film next year
- She played several pieces of music on the piano, including “i do”
- There was a question and answer portion, in which someone asked about Robin, and at the mention of the word, she visually frowned like “oh no”. The question was, “There are a lot of singers, when does Gabriela Robin appear?” to which she answered, “Aah, of course, she’s not here, but I’ll ask her…” to which everyone laughed.
The only real “news” here seem to be the one for Bebop, which is a negative, and the other live action film next year. So if these turn out to be true, then I’ll not be surprised
- The symposium had Dai Sato as the host.
- The hall was in full capacity.
- Watanabe and Kamiyama talked about Kanno at first. Watanabe met Kanno before Bebop, which is in Macross Plus, and at that time, he could not think of how this “self-professed composer” (as opposed to a “learned composer” I think) could make music. He found out that he should reserve judgement before he heard the music. Conversely, Kamiyama met Kanno when she was already popular, so he was nervous when he was asked to meet her.
- After that, Kanno introduced herself and performed some songs. If I understand it correctly, Dai Sato wanted the audience to experience first hand how music is created for scenes, and so, they showed some videos, and Kanno on the spot played music for it.
- Kanno talked about working with the two directors. Watanabe is well-versed in music, while Kamiyama mostly used words to describe what he wants.
- Kamiyama compares that for GITS:SAC, they didn’t consider the music with the storyboard at all, in contrast to his work with Eden of the East.
- Then they talked about how she dealt with the orders of the directors, to which she described Kamiyama’s as “irritable”, and Watanabe’s as “sulky”. (I got lost in the explanation to this which was in the next paragraph, sorry )
- They then ended with a Q&A session.