The other iconic motif is the "Godzilla Fury" theme (or just the "Godzilla theme"), which appears in a slightly embryonic form in "Fury of Godzilla". This slow theme has a kind of lurching quality to it, as if an ancient force from a primordial universe was pulling itself out of the depths towards mankind's modern world. This theme would rear up in its full appearance 8 years later in 1962's "Kong Kong vs Godzilla" ("Godzilla's Resurrection").
Other motifs such as the odd scalar figure in the beginning of in "Uneasiness on Odo Island" would also crop up in future films, making this a fascinating look at where it all started..
(Tracks below from the Godzilla Perfect Box 1, Disc 1)
0:00: Giant footsteps, roars.
0:36: Godzilla March (patterns beginning with descending 3-note figures.modulating and with additional high layers joining), ending on syncopated accents.
1:21: Repeat with ending variation.
Sinking of Eikou-Maru
|0:00: Sailors play music on the
deck of the Eikou-maru.
Source music - guitar/harmonica.
0:21: The boat is attacked and sinks in a flaming ruin, as an SOS is radioed out.
Low, strummed piano strings, churning string/brass figures, rising, ending in tremolo winds/strings over slow, falling brass figure.
|3||0:24||Sinking of Bingou-maru
|The Bingou-Maru explodes and
goes down in flames at the same location.
Low, strummed piano strings, tremolo winds/strings over slow falling brass figure (shortened M3).
Odo (Otojima) Island
|0:00: Newspaper headlines about
the mysterious naval disasters.
Slow, halting, atonal piano scales.
0:10: Uneasy villagers on the shore of Odo island see a raft floating in.
Falling figure in winds/tremolo strings.
|5||1:20||Ritual Music of
|Source music for Otojima Temple
Festival. A village elder tells of the
legendary creature Godzilla. Since the
villagers can no longer sacrifice a girl to the creature, they do a ritual
dance of exorcism instead.
Ethnic flutes, gongs, tom toms, harp, oboe, etc.
|During a storm, a hut begins
shaking and collapses, as the villagers run around in a panic. More huts are mysteriously destroyed.
Falling bass figure in brass over tremolo bass, giant footsteps, rising/falling scalar patterns in strings, trumpet, etc., then a low falling brass figure hinting at the Godzilla Fury motif, soon rejoined by scalar figures.
|7||0:41||Frigate March 1
(Japanese Army March I)
|A research vessel is launched to
investigate the odd disasters.
Professor Serizawa watches Emiko depart with Prof. Yamane's ship (also
used for when depth charges from a frigate squadron are employed to kill
Self Defense Force March: Brass march with intro, 2 choruses, ending cadence.
|8||0:34||Odo Island Theme
|Prof. Yamane's team surveys the damage on Odo Island.
Mournful low brass figure over sustained strings.
on Odo Island
|The villagers rush up a hill as
a sighting of Godzilla is reported.
Godzilla peeks up over the hilltop, scaring Emiko, and then retreats
back into the sea.
Giant footsteps, Godzilla roars, no music.
|10||0:42||Horror in the
|After Serizawa puts something in
his aquarium, Emiko reacts with horror at what she sees.
Sul ponticello heavy violin bowing, low sustained piano strike.
|Godzilla appears in the bay and
soldiers open fire; people panic.
Falling figure in low winds, rhythmic low piano pounding with brief Godzilla Fury motif, churning, rising figures over slow pounding footsteps, Godzilla Fury motif returning, churning trumpet figure, finally ending in a brass/timpani cadence.
|Armed forces get into position,
as Godzilla is sighted at sea heading towards Tokyo and Yokohama (also when
Godzilla attacks a second time using his atomic breath, and fire engines rush
to put out the flames).
Godzilla March with recap at 0:43 with more gong.
|13||1:55||Godzilla Comes Ashore
|As Yamane and Emiko escape up to
a hill, Godzilla comes ashore and destroys a train. He moves inland and destroys a trestle
bridge, and then leaves (also when Godzilla comes ashore a second time, this
time with artillery and a high voltage fence waiting for him).
Falling figure in low winds as in T11, rhythmic low piano pounding with slowly rising Godzilla Fury motif in low brass/winds, and then joined by more brass and timpani in "B" section.
|14||2:27||Fury of Godzilla
|After destroying the electric
fence on his second raid, Godzilla uses his atomic breath to lay waste to the
Godzilla Fury theme on low brass over pounding piano/gong, soon joined by trumpets in its "B" section, with recap/coda starting from 1:36.
|Reporters broadcast from a tower
and take flash photos, attracting Godzilla's attention. Godzilla knocks down the tower.
Rhythmic strings with accents on brass and low hammered piano.
to Tokyo Bay
|Godzilla heads back towards
Tokyo Bay, still destroying bridges.
Plodding, low falling piano/bass clarinet figure, soon joined by 2nd wind figure, some Godzilla theme motif elements (rising tail).
|Planes attack Godzilla with
missiles; he returns to the sea.
Godzilla March from Main Title.
|The city lies in ruins,
devastated, and many people are seen in hospitals. Emiko decides to tell her boyfriend Ogata
about Serizawa's terrible secret weapon.
Devastation theme: elegiac theme on sad strings/muted brass/winds, somewhat similar to Prayer for Peace; at 0:53, B theme with high winds and crying sounds, with recap from 1:31.
|Emiko has a flashback to when
Serizawa demonstrated the Oxygen Destroyer, and all of the aquarium fish
turned to skeletons. Serizawa tells
Emiko to keep it a secret until he can find a good use for its awful power.
Sul ponticello heavy violin bowing, low sustained piano strike, low piano pulses joined by sad cello solo, basically M13 extended with a cello solo.
|20||3:03||Prayer for Peace||Serizawa tells Ogata that the
secret of the Oxygen Destroyer is too dangerous as long as he lives. Meanwhile a "Prayer for Peace" is
broadcast on the radio. The camera
pans over the ruined buildings and injured people, as well as a girls choir
Dialogue, then fade in of girls choir Prayer for Peace theme over solemn strings/brass.
|21||0:22||Frigate March II
(Japanese Army March II)
|Another ship is sent out to
locate Godzilla under the sea.
Self Defense Force March reprise: 1 chorus.
|22||6:24||Godzilla Under the Sea
|Serizawa and Ogata are lowered
into the water with the Oxygen Destroyer.
Godzilla stirs. Ogata returns
to the surface as Serizawa detonates the Oxygen Destroyer. Serizawa wishes Emiko and Ogata well before
he cuts off his own lifeline. Godzilla
0:00: Devastation theme: elegiac harmony on sad strings, muted brass/winds
0:57: B theme
1:57: B theme with high winds added
2:44: brief noble variation with tremolo strings
4:06: recap with low piano joining
4:26: low, pounding piano rhythm featured over sad strings, eventually incorporating hint of Godzilla Fury motif
|Emiko and Ogata mourn Serizawa's
sacrifice. Yamane theorizes that
another Godzilla may appear if nuclear testing continues. The crew salute.
Prayer for Peace on sad strings, winds, muted brass, with female choir joining in.
Main Title Footsteps & Roars
|M2 EFX without music.|
|25||1:51||Storm on Odo Island||M7·T1 with Efx and dialogue.|
|26||1:13||Pleasure Boat Music||Source music: A pleasure cruise runs into Godzilla after the depth charges fail to kill him.|
|27||0:53||Radio Music||Source music: Dr. Serizawa listens to the radio after getting rid of a reporter. Emiko asks him what he's really working on.|
In 1963, Ifukube would return to Godzilla with "King Kong vs. Godzilla"...
Other Akira Ifukube Godzilla Films Analysed:
King Kong vs Godzilla
Mothra vs Godzilla
Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster
Invasion of Astro Monster
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla Perfect Box 1 at Screen Archives
Akira Ifukube Wiki
Akira Ifukube Museum
Godzilla Monster Music
Toho Kingdom Soundtracks
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