Post by Pixel_Crusher on Oct 31, 2011 6:19:27 GMT -5
Apologies if there was already a thread for this, but the search engine doesn't seem to like me as I haven't found it. :-[
Anyway, I decided to create this mostly because of Emi Shimizu. She worked as a composer at Data East, helping with the creation of soundtracks for games such as Glory of Heracles IV and Side Pocket.
My favorite work of hers though? High Seas Havoc. The soundtrack is simply gorgerous for a platformer, and it has lot of songs that are so sad they're beautiful, and this in a Mega Drive game no less. Shimizu is definitely, to me, an overlooked genius of videogame music.
I recommend (and beg) everyone to give it a listen (Project 2612 has a nice VGM rip of it).
I would love to hear the arcade version of this soundtrack as well, but the game isn't working on MAME yet, and the MAME devs seem to be too busy emulating/preserving crappy pachinko and casino games.
Kris Hatlelid. Most of their work has been on Commodore 64, and a lot of that is Commodore ports of NES games like Metal Gear and Castlevania, but there is also the NES version of Pipe Dream which has probably one of my favorite puzzle game tracks of all time.
After looking up Norio Nakagata over Zombie Nation, I'd like to shed the spotlight on three of Namco's finer musicians: Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, and Takayuki Aihara. They've mostly worked with Namco on games such as Ordyne, Rolling Thunder 2, and several games in the Ridge Racer series. Most recently, Hosoe worked on the game 999, and I REALLY like what I've heard on that game's OST. However, the reason I best know them is actually for a Capcom game, the much maligned Street Fighter EX. Even if not the best of the SF series, I... will confess that I've always thought it has the best soundtrack out of any of the SF games. This likely makes me look like some sort of hipster, but dagnabit, tell me this isn't awesome: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfHefT7F7MQ
The original arcade composition are good enough, but the arrangements for SFEX Plus Alpha, the PS1 version, are just super. I digress, however; if you want to know more about either three, check out the VGMdb:
After looking up Norio Nakagata over Zombie Nation, I'd like to shed the spotlight on three of Namco's finer musicians: Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, and Takayuki Aihara.
I always thought Shinji Hosoe was well know. Either way, he also happens to be one of my favorites just for what he did in Xenosaga II and Mega Man Network Transmission, their soundtracks are simply awesome!
From Namco, another name that doesn't seem to rise much recognition is Go Shiina, which is really a shame considering he made fantastic soundtracks for games such as Klonoa, Klonoa 2 and Tales of Legendia.
Stefan Hartwig is probably best known for the intro tunes he contributed to the two Turrican soundtracks on the C64 - although neither track was originally composed for these games. That's pretty much all the world knows about him though as the rest of his work is hidden away in obscure games (and apps) that were published on disk mags in the early 90s.
Kōhei Tanaka : It probably comes as no surprise that I would mention him, as he composed the soundtrack for Lennus / Paladin's Quest. And some tracks are definitely better than others, but there's some fantastic tracks and some very unique tracks as well -- Underground Building comes to mind as an example. He's composed music for a few other games and various film and anime soundtracks, but he isn't really well-known outside of Japan.
Jun Kusaka : As far as I know he's only composed music for one game, 7th Saga, but it's a phenomenal work as far as I'm concerned.
Yukihide Takekawa : The Wikipedia article on him says he's composed music for film, anime and a few different video games, but it only mentions one and it's the one I know him for, Soul Blazer
Tomomi Ootani & Toshiharu Yamanishi : They both have very few credits to their name, but they composed the music for Thunder Force III and its SNES port, Thunder Spirits. Both aren't very widely-known these days, and generally speaking the former is considered superior to the latter, and while I do think the Sega Genesis soundtrack is great I think the SNES soundtrack is critically underrated.
I'm sure I'll have more to add to this thread shortly!
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Dec 13, 2017 3:40:28 GMT -5
Tsukasa Tawada went on to make some Pokemon osts that are probably good, but I'd like to highlight E.D.F.'s great FM synth-based funk rock/synth pop tracks and his basically mastering of the SNES sound chip with Thoroughbred Breeder 2.
Keroppi Inoue (Parodius, Pop 'n Twinbee) and Nobuyuki Akena (Goemon 2 N64, Pop 'n Twinbee) got some great old school rock/heavy metal out of the SNES with Biker Mice from Mars, on par with Rock 'n Roll Racing, Uniracers and Battletoads & DD but not as well known.
Kenny Chou made some of the best synthpop/euro disco music in games of the time for One Must Fall 2097, but I don't know anything else he composed for, one hit wonder I guess?
Frédéric Motte made some of my fav Amiga and PC music for Fury of the Furries and some impressive house-inspired music for Fascination (AMI). The former has really strong and soothing melodies as well as great sound for the time. Maybe his most known work is for Nightmare Creatures 1-2 though.
The funny thing is that Yoko Kanno is highly-regarded among anime fans around the world. Her soundtrack work for Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Please Save My Earth, The Vision of Escaflowne, Earth Maiden Arjuna and several other series is widely considered excellent, and the variety of styles that she can competently compose music for is remarkable. It's a real shame she hasn't picked-up as much traction among video game fans.
Post by 1983parrothead on Dec 22, 2017 14:24:36 GMT -5
Hideki Suzuki - Known for Genocide, Lagoon, Power Athlete and Ragnagard.
Tatsuya Watanabe - Known for various Kaneko games. From Kageki and DJ Boy to Air Buster and The Kung-Fu Master Jackie Chan.
Yasuhito Saito - Known for various Data West games. From RayXanbeR trilogy and two T.D.F. games to the Psychic Detective series and the Pioneer Laserdisc game Vajra. Not sure if Kenji Kojima (Vajra 2) and Ken Kojima (Red Alarm) are the same composer.
Shinoda Nobuhisa (I.C. KaZe) - Known for Illumination Laser, Zugya, Souhou Blue Phoenix, Flame Zapper Kotsujin and Akazukin Cha Cha Cha X68000 game.
Yoshitatsu Sakai - Known for Batsugun, Sailor Moon beat 'em up arcade and Air Gallet.
Manabu Saito - Known for various System Sacom games such as Euphory (Sharp X1), Evolution (FM-TOWNS) and with other composers, Jerry Boy/Smart Ball (SFC/SNES).
Hikoshi Hashimoto - Known for A. B. Cop, Racing Hero, Shura no Mon, some Power Rangers games and Cyber Brawl/Cosmic Carnage.