When you think of the sounds of Godzilla, the first things that come to mind are likely the beast’s mighty roar and the screams of Tokyo citizens fleeing his path of destruction. But the films starring Godzilla and his Kaiju brethren actually feature some pretty epic music, too, and some devoted fans think those tunes are deserving of a grand concert.
Such concerts have already taken place in past years at G-Fest, the annual Godzilla fan convention. The first was in 2014, called “Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music,” celebrated the 100th birthday of the late composer Akira Ifukube, who scored the original Godzilla along with many of its sequels and spinoffs, such as Rodan, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, and King Kong vs. Godzilla. The concert consisted of an orchestra playing Ifukube’s iconic tunes live, and was such a success that it was followed up by another concert in 2015 called “Symphonic Fury: The Music of Japanese Monsters.”
Now, some of the people behind those concerts are aiming to bring a slightly different event to this year’s G-Fest. The new concert, “Kaiju Crescendo: An Evening of Japanese Monster Music,” would feature the music of modern Godzilla maestro Michiru Oshima, who composed the music for early 2000s Godzilla films Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. The producers are crowdfunding the concert, which is how they raised funds for the previous concerts as well, and they recently launched a Kickstarter, according to Syfy.
The concert has a funding goal of $35,000, and with 9 days to go as of this writing, its haul stood at $27,263. If the funding is successful, the concert will take place at some point during G-Fest weekend, July 12-14, in Rosemont, Illinois. If you’d like to donate, you can check out the Kickstarter for yourself.