Chu Ishikawa

September 26, 2006

Tetsuo – The Iron Man Soundtrack
Japan Overseas

Music from Shinya Tsukamoto’s synapse bursting Tetsuo movies. The bulk of the songs are from the second flick, The Body Hammer and most appear to be adaptations of themes and motifs from the movies themselves, rather than the songs actually used in the films, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Megatron is a grand reworking of The Iron Man’s theme, featuring Ishikawa’s precise industrial percussion and martial rhythms. The faux-Arabic keyboard sounds on Mausoleum are a lot more restrained here, but the song is expanded out to a regular length – something Tsukamoto’s unconventional cinematic narrative style and brain-fry editing don’t allow. Jerked out of their surreal celluloid context, it’s easier to scrutinize Ishikawa’s musical style, even if his sounds and his director’s images seem inextricably linked.
Nice. I’m really glad I found this.

(re-upped 12-10)



  1. sounds interesting , but what happens at least to me its that movies songs dont use to do good usual life songs.

  2. i tought iron man was super underground??
    but goes into a other level.
    i mean this movie from the late 80 ties i have s a copie somewhere
    what was impresive was he inserted the iron tubes in his legs
    burned in my brain.
    to good chard man.

  3. Chardman what is the password?

  4. THANK YOU!!!!!!! If you find any more of his soundtracks for Tsukamoto films, please share!!

  5. There’s no password, Korpus.
    Try it again.
    Perhaps it’s another one of those weird problematic files…
    Sorry, pal!
    See comments here.

  6. Wow. I never thought I’d find this, EVER. Awesome.

  7. WOW!
    I’m amazed this file’s still active after all these months!

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