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Original soundtrack to Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s The Wandering Peddlers (Tabisuru Pao-Jiang-Hu). This poetic documentary portrays Taiwan’s disappearing culture of traveling street performers and medicine peddlers. The masterful camera and editing contribute to a dream-like feel, while Shimizu’s score to a scene featuring a sponge seller in a furious argument turns the tirade into a mesmerizing sort of Taiwanese rap.
This film was a brand new experience for me. I think both the film and the music have a fresh approach. The music, incidentally, was created entirely at Sateto studio; not your usual commercial studio in that it is made up of mainly consumer electronics equipment. Thanks to advances in digital technology, and the musical instrument industry’s eye on modern democratic consumerism (i.e. market expansion), the hierarchy of product pricing has collapsed. Yes, there’s a quality difference between commercial- and consumer-use equipment, but the gap is not as great as it used to be, and above all else, working in a private studio has simplified the production process. In a manner of speaking, it has much the same merits as cottage handicrafts.