Cyborg 1 was first developed for the Melboune International Film
Festival in 2000. Conceptually devised by Philip Brophy, it features
6 portraits of famous anime characters compiled and edited by Cassandra
Tytler. To these portraits, Philip Brophy, Francois Tetaz & Darrin
Verhagen co-composed music which was then performed live to the projected
music is also accompanied by sound design by Philip Brophy working from
sound effects he recorded with Jennifer Sochackyj. The music and sound
design are presented in 4-channel surround and played directly through
the amplifier & speaker set-up at the Treasury Theatre.
CD has been developed from the music and mixed in Dolby Surround
by Francois Tetaz. Titled Beautiful Cyborg it is released
Sound Punch Records. The launch for the CD was presented with
a live performance at the Kino Cinema in 2002.
Cyborg 2 continues the project, this time with 6 new portraits,
again edited by Cassandra Tytler. The score this time is a solo
work by Philip Brophy. It was premiered at Japanime 02 in
Sydney, 2002, at the Dendy Circular Quay Cinema, using the same
4-channel surround sound concept as in the first Beautiful
Cyborg. It was also presented in Melbourne as part of the
Japanime 02 programme.
Cyborg 2 has since been presented at the inaugral Adelaide
International Film Festival in 2003; the Australian National
Canberra in 2004; the Powerhouse, Brisbane in 2006;
the Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth in 2007.
CD release of Beautiful
Cyborg 2 is available through Sound Punch Records.
approach to sound design for the effects and atmospheres in Beautiful
Cyborg 1 + 2 is based on Philip's writing on anime sound
design, such as his articles Sonic - Atmomic - Penumonic: Apocalyptic Echoes in Japanese Anime and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Apocalyptic The Tyranny of the English Voice in Anime.
approach to the the music themes employed for Beautiful Cyborg
2 is based on Philip's writing on music in Japanese cinema,
such as his articles Asia
Minor & Other Eastern Modes Part 1: The Skin of the Human Drum and Asia
Minor & Other Eastern Modes Part 2: Sukiyaki, Chow Mein, Minstrone.
That and his love of the glistening treacle of J-Pop idol singers.