And here comes the translation of the Shinichiro Watanabe interview about the Terror in Resonance O.S.T.
Entitled In search of Iceland’s fantasy, this interview mentions the reason they recorded the music in Iceland and how was the collaboration with Yoko Kanno, and we learn that this O.S.T. is meant to be the album the protagonist Nine is listening to in the Terror in Resonance anime.
— I learned you’ve been to Iceland at the beginning of April to record your project music. Why was it Iceland this time?
Shinichiro Watanabe: Terror in Resonance is a totally original work, but at the production very beginning when I do the conception from scratch, I always wonder what kind of music will make a good starting point because there are plenty cases where the images come out of the music. This time also at the start, a concept inspired by Iceland music emerged. When we speak of Iceland music we may think of some kind of indigenous music, but compared to today’s musicians music, it’s somehow unique and it feels like it comes from another world. That’s why this time I wanted to have some music resonating from this freezing land as if it was the end of the world. Iceland doesn’t concretely come out in the original story but one of the protagonists, Nine, is constantly listening to music, and he speaks of “the music of a northern country”. For this soundtrack, I wanted to make the album he listens to.
— Then Yoko Kanno went to Iceland to record the music, right?
Shinichiro Watanabe: That’s right. Yoko Kanno understood the kind of feeling I was looking for and she writes good music. Also, with Yoko Kanno, I didn’t want to order the same kind of things we did before. This way of proceeding may not sound serious but I wanted not to do reproduction but to have more a creative approach. In the end like every time, to first put things together we used a new theme, amongst other things, that worked as a catalyst through which we created an original feel.
— ? (original question unknown due to a copy/paste mistake on the homepage)
Shinichiro Watanabe: That’s right. Before starting gathering material or even recording, in other words before starting working, a lot of things influenced us like the inspiration given by the vibes carried by the scenery, the atmosphere and the people from this place. I thought it could be good also for the music to get influenced by this inspiration. Another thing is this place scenery is like fantastic by default, it seems normal for the musicians there, but for me it’s obvious it’s fantastic (laughs).
— How was the music you created?
Shinichiro Watanabe: I think although it was not exactly the music I initially ordered, Yoko Kanno’s music somehow inspired me again and influenced my work on the production too. Being able to do that is the best thing in the world. Concerning the music itself, of course it sounds like Yoko Kanno’s music but there’s also an all new atmosphere there about some kind of new situation which makes it fresh.
You can definitely expect something great!