Ifukube, Akira

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Ifukube, Akira Gender: M
born on 31 May 1914 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Kushiro (Hokkaido), Japan, 42n58, 144e23
Timezone JST h9e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 09°05' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°56 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 05°36'

Akira Ifukube


Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, perhaps best known for his work on the soundtracks of the Godzilla movies by Toho.

Much of his childhood was spent in areas with a mixed Japanese and Ainu population, and Ifukube was strongly influenced by the traditional music of both peoples, and studied the violin and the shamisen. His first encounter with classical music occurred when attending secondary school in Hokkaidō's capital, Sapporo.

His first piece was the piano solo, Piano Suite (later the title was changed to Japan Suite, arranged for orchestra). Ifukube's big break came in 1935, when his first orchestral piece, Japanese Rhapsody, won the first prize in an international contest for young composers. In 1938 his Piano Suite obtained an honourable mention at the I.C.S.M. festival in Venice. In the late 1930s his music, especially Japanese Rhapsody, was performed in Europe on a number of occasions.

He composed his first film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which was his 1954 music for Ishirō Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla. Ifukube also created Godzilla's trademark roar – produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass – and its footsteps, created by striking an amplifier box.

He died in Tokyo of multiple organ dysfunction on February 8, 2006 at the age of 91.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes an online biography: "The third son and final child, Akira Ifukube, was born on May 31, 1914 at 6:30 PM in Kushiro, Hokkaido in the family home." [1]


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (classical music and film scores)