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Japanese singer and composer Eiko Ishibashi releases Fassbinder soundtrack

Eiko Ishibashi, featured in this month’s Bites section (The Wire 370), has released her album of music for the Japanese production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Der Müll, Die Stadt Und Der Tod, which was the first ever production of a Fassbinder play in Japan. The album is available on Bandcamp as of 14 November on a pay what you want price of around £4 and up. The music was made by Ishibashi and mixed by Jim O’Rourke.

The controversial play was performed in Japan for the first time in 2013. It contains over 20 pieces of music. Ishibashi said: “I decided that, although the play is set in the 1940s–50s, it would be better to arrange the music in a way that evoked Germany in the 1970s, somewhat like Fassbinder’s film The Third Generation. So I used old rhythm machines and arranged Wagner’s Tristan Und Isolde for synthesizers, leaning towards a sound that evoked construction and machinery.”

Listen below, or via Ishibashi’s Bandcamp.