Saturday, January 4, 2014

File 1: Music to be Murdered By

Welcome to the first post in the Music to be Murdered By corner, a corner where I'll post music from various detective TV series/movies/games. I try to discuss detective fiction in all kinds of media (I should work a bit on that musical tag though...), but it is sometimes hard to discuss everything from a certain medium in a review. I especially find it hard to discuss music in reviews, even though I really enjoy soundtracks.

Thus this corner was born, where I'll just introduce one piece of background music a time. Rule: it must come from a mystery related production. And could there be a better way than start with a track from the album that lends its name to this corner?

Title: Shissou - Main Theme ("The Wild Run - Main Theme") 
Composer: Wada Kaoru
Album: Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Original Soundtrack - File 1: Music to be Murdered By

Shissou is one of the two main themes for the anime adaptation of the Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo series. The track is thrilling, fast-paced and definitely one of the better tracks of the series. It is usually used just when a new murder is discovered. The Standard Use of this track is as follows: 1) a scream, 2) [Shissou starts] everybody runs to the place where the scream came from, 3) they discover the door is locked and 4) discovery of the victim. And visually:

Given that every other victim in Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo is killed in a locked room set far away from the main party, you can imagine how often you'll hear this theme. A variation is used in the preview of the next episode, maintaining that same sense of thrill. If you have seen enough Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo episodes, you'll automatically start to run to... anywhere as soon as you'll hear this theme.

And that concludes this first post of Music to be Murdered By. This is an irregular corner, so the next post in this series will come whenever I feel like posting music.

Original Japanese title(s): 「疾走 (メインテーマ)」 (和田薫) 『金田一少年の事件簿 オリジナルサウンドトラック File 1: Music to be Murdered By』  

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