Ryuichi Sakamoto has composed two new songs for the new Netflix sci-fi horror anime series ‘Exception’. Titled ‘Opening for Exception’ and ‘Oxygen’, the two compositions are part of a whole soundtrack that will be released via Milan Records on October 14 — the same day that ‘Exception’ will premiere on Netflix.
The anime series is written by Hirotaka Adachi, also known by his pen name Otsuichi, who is the award-winning novelist of Goth and ZOO. Legendary Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano, who designed the art of the Final Fantasy franchise, is in charge of the character designs.
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Back to the music. Sakamoto mentions “I wanted to make the main theme a symphonic piece — the kind that has become a staple in science fiction since Star Wars.”
He continues by adding “As for the soundtrack as a whole, I worked towards keeping it darkly ambient, wanting it to feel like one piece of music rather than separated by scene. That said, I did include a degree of harsh sounds in the fighting scenes. Overall, I was able to make a soundtrack I like very much.”
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‘Exception’ the anime series will arrive Netflix on October 14, along with the entire soundtrack released via Sakamoto’s own label, Milan Records.
Ryuichi Sakamoto's ‘Opening for Exception’ and ‘Oxygen’ are available to listen to digitally; enjoy them in the videos below.
Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.