Blade Runner, the acclaimed 1982 Ridley Scott’s movie is soon gonna have its sequel, taking place 30 years after the events of the original movie. Denis Villeneuve, who directed ‘Blade Runner 2049’, asked three other filmmakers to create vignettes that take place between 2019 and 2049, and one of them ‘Blade Runner Black Out 2022’ is an anime by director Shinichiro Watanabe, which also features original music by Flying Lotus
Watanabe requested Flying Lotus to compose the score for his short, which is heavily influenced by jazz and hip-hop. According to a press release, ‘the music team at Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG), the music partnership of Alcon Entertainment and Sleeping Giant Media, worked closely with Flying Lotus to create an original score that blends his unique style with the iconic sound of the Blade Runner franchise’. Beside Flying Lotus’ music, singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle composed the end title song ‘Almost Human’, which she co-wrote with Kayla Morrison, Gerald Trottman, Ghian Wright and Michael Hodges,
Flying Lotus is a hot ticket, I saw him at Amoeba years ago, and I must admit that at the time, I only knew about his secret DJ sets with Thom Yorke at Low End Theory. For a long time, he has been LA’s beat maker and sound sculptor, although his soundscapes are complex, and often appear like a sonic collage in a maze, which can be very hard to follow at the end, while his busy knob manipulations seem to be performed with an out-of-this world dexterity. The anime is supposed to make the connection between the two Blade Runner movies and if I didn’t picture Flying Lotus’ beats in the middle of this, his style is surreal enough to be featured in a science fiction movie.
Blade Runner Black Out 2022 has the feel of the original movie, it’s dark and violent, like an apocalyptic vision of the future,… expect a lot of destructions, but very little of Flying Lotus’ legendary beats, as honestly the music is very low key and very background-like. So I am not sure why Watanabe wanted him so much!
The anime short is one of three to debut before the upcoming October 6 release of Blade Runner 2049, joining the prequels 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2049: Nowhere to Run from director Luke Scott (Morgan).
You can watch the anime on Crunchyroll,
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