Netflix releases a new BTS video for its Cowboy Bebop remake that shows how legendary composer Yoko Konno created the series’ memorable soundtrack.
Netflix has released a new video showing Cowboy Bebop composer Yoko Kanno in action.
The new behind-the-scenes video was released through Netflix’s official YouTube channel and details the process of creating the soundtrack for the live-action series. “Her music has inspired the show, from top to bottom,” said Christopher Yost, the reboot’s writer and executive producer. Yost previously worked on Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian. John Cho, who plays Spike Spiegel in the remake, admitted that Kanno’s music was what originally attracted him to the project. “When I heard they had Yoko Kanno attached for our adaptation… that was kind of the deal sealer, for me. I just wanted to be associated with that music really,” said Cho. The video shows the international jazz ensemble, The Seatbelts, performing Kanno’s compositions for the series, as well as several new scenes from the show that illustrate how the score is incorporated into each shot.
“I hope it becomes a soundtrack that says, “Well, life is what it is. Oh well,” Kanno said of her new soundtrack, which features several new renditions of songs that were originally featured in the beloved 1998 anime, including its iconic theme song, “Tank!” Speaking of her approach to the new show, Kanno said, “I was particular, not about what I wanted to express, but about what I can do for this series, what sounds can be conveyed within the series. That was it… I’m honored that my music and my works can reach beyond my thoughts and reach the lives of others. I feel overjoyed with it.”
Early reviews for Netflix’s remake have been notably mixed, with many critics panning the new series’ writing and direction. But while opinions about the series as a whole remain divided, Kanno’s soundtrack has received near unanimous praise. Netflix will release the series’ soundtrack on all major digital music platforms on Nov. 19, the same day that the show premieres on its streaming service. Music supervisor and soundtrack album producer Thomas Golubić described the album as, “This soundtrack represents Yoko Kanno’s vision and her singular magic. It’s Seatbelts, a jazz band in top form, playing their hearts out under the guidance of a maestro.”
Fans looking to hear more of Kanno’s work should also look into Fathom Event’s upcoming theatrical re-release of Macross Plus, a 1994 anime movie that was Kanno’s first collaboration with director Shinichiro Watanabe, who would go on to direct the classic Cowboy Bebop anime series four years later. Kanno has been involved with the Macross franchise ever since, returning to the series to compose the score for the 2008 TV series Macross Frontier, and again in 2021, when she wrote a new song for the theatrical short, Macross Frontier: The Labyrinth of Time.
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