Special Message from David Howell



Special message
David Howell


Twenty-six years ago, I first met Mr. Sugiyama at the “Dragon Quest” concert I conducted in Suita. After a while, I was asked, “Would you like to do the orchestration?” At first, I thought it was just a piano sheet music helper, so I was surprised when I learned that it was movie music. I had no experience composing film music until then.


I remember it like it was yesterday when I was on the train in the early morning when inspiration and ideas came to me and I frantically took notes on the string score of “Dragon Quest.” Sensei did not make any orders and left everything to me. Also, I am happy to remember that I was praised for the completed score.


For me, whose hobby is astronomy, creating this music was like playing around in space. I sincerely thank all of you for continuing to love my music.



Recording scenery at Sound In. Mr. Howell checks for clicks on the podium to indicate recording tempo


Born in 1945 in Manchester, England. He studied composition and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and music theory at the University of London. He came to Japan in 1988 to study Japanese music. Since then, he has been active as a Kansai Philharmonic conductor and a professor at Osaka College of Music.

Source: ゴジラvsビオランテコンプリーション (Hobby Japan, p 135)

Unlike the previous film, Godzilla vs. Biollante incorporates themes from Akira Ifukube’s original Godzilla theme, though the majority of the soundtrack was composed of original themes by Koichi Sugiyama. The score was orchestrated by conductor David Howell through the Kansai Philharmonic, though Howell himself had never viewed the movie, and thus was left to interpret what the scenes would consist of when conducting the orchestra. (Source: Wikipedia)