Attack on Titan · music · nerdy

Hiroyuki Sawano’s score for Attack on Titan

from Google images.
from Google images.

Hello, dear readers!

Lately, I’ve developed an honest-to-colossus obsession with the Attack on Titan score by Hiroyuki Sawano. The two opening songs by Linked Horizon are also equally amazing.

This school year, I’ve re-acquainted myself with anime through my boyfriend. His love of anime has reminded me of how much I love the different drawing styles, plots, characters, and music featured in the films and TV shows we watch together.

Sawano’s music grabbed my attention from the opening scene in the first episode.

Warning: violence. The song in this scene is called “Attack on Titan.”

Here’s the full song: “Attack on Titan”

As each episode progressed, the music only got better. Personally, I love it when scores for music incorporate different genres or mediums into the soundtrack. (Hans Zimmer did this with Angels & Demons, where he used both a traditional orchestra, a violinist, and a choir. An example of this is “160 BPM”:

Sawano uses a choir, an orchestra, featured soloists, electric guitar, violins, and EDM (electronic dance music) for this particular score. The result is a unique sound with memorable themes. I seriously cannot get enough of this soundtrack, which is one of the reasons I listened to it on Spotify first before purchasing it on iTunes. There’s also the incorporation of three different languages in the vocal portions of the score: English, Japanese, and German. As an American, where I sadly only get to hear English on the radio–with the exception of a few artists like Lady Gaga’s occasional phrases in, for example, Russian–I am pleased to hear a well-rounded vocal diversity. I see nothing wrong with using or introducing other languages into soundtrack scores, especially when English is the default or the norm.

Even if you buy the music without seeing the anime, the score is still a treat. You get spoiled with Attack on TitanI can’t describe it any other way. Having a soundtrack spoil you–at least in my opinion–is exactly what you want from the listening experience.

One of my personal favorites from the score is “Rittaikidou.” (If you’ve watched the show, this is the scene where Eren and his friends are learning how to work the 3D Maneuvering Gear. With the animation, this scene tacks on the sense of accomplishment and wonder I feel when listening to this song. It also makes me wish I could use 3D Maneuvering Gear in my spare time, because this song captures of how cool this technology is.)

“Rittaikidou.”

“Vogel im Kafig.” (Or, “Bird in a Cage”, according to Google Translate.)

If you’re at all interesting in either the anime or Hiroyuki Sawano’s work, consider them checking out! You won’t be disappointed.

Meghan

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