How do you breathe fresh life into a 30-year-old anime classic? To hear Micah Moses tell it, it’s all in the music.
The original soundtrack to “Akira,” the critically acclaimed 1988 sci-fi anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, is a sparse landscape of tribal gamelan percussion and twisted, unearthly voices. While minimal, it is an enduring part of the film, providing accompaniment to the plot’s constant downward spiral.
Moses is ripping that music out and starting all over. On March 31 at Local 506, “Akira” will be shown sans-soundtrack, and he’ll be playing an all-original live score to fill the void.
"AKIRA 1988: Live Synth Score" plays at Local 506 on March 31.
Moses is no stranger to this sort of thing — in the past, he has rescored several films, including "Alien," a movie with almost no original soundtrack at all.
“Micah does a very good job of keeping in mind the intensity of a particular scene and what the motives are, and building off of that,” said Ryan Holbrook, a friend and bandmate of Moses. “I could see him bringing the more casual scenes in the movie with character development going on, bringing in noise to enhance that.”