Tag Archives: Game Music

Infiltrating A Store Making A Big Push For Game Music: TOWERanime Shinjuku

Toweranime Shinjuku - Ryuuji Kaneko Shinjuku, where tons of people are constantly coming and going. And in Shinjuku lies a CD shop that puts its efforts into game music: TOWERanime Shinjuku. We bring you a glimpse into a department overflowing with enthusiasm from the game music loving staff.

Asking Someone That Sells Game Music: The Secret To Creating A Department

TOWERanime Shinuku, a department within Tower Records Shinjuku that was opened in 2014. It previously was centered mostly around anime, but after some recent changes it's now focusing heavily on game music. We've asked long time employee and game lover Ryuuji Kaneko about what it's like to sell game music CDs, and the advantages of doing so in an actual store. Continue Reading

Sound Creators That Pushed Hardware Limits: Yuzo Koshiro and Yasunori Mitsuda

Koshiro and Mitsuda 1In this interview, Yuzo Koshiro not only talks with us about music during the Super Famicom era, but also about working on the indispensable ActRaiser. Yasunori Mitsuda also talks about working on Chrono Trigger, a game that Koshiro said smashed his confidence to pieces. What have their journeys as creators been like, evolving along with the hardware? We've got the answers here. Yuzo Koshiro - The president of Ancient, and also a composer. He previously composed music for the Ys series with Nihon Falcom. Having gone freelance after that, he established Ancient in 1990 and got involved in games such as ActRaiser. In recent years he's composed music for the Etrian Odyssey series, and more. Yasunori Mitsuda - The president of Procyon Studio. After working at Wolf Team as a sound programmer, he joined Square (currently Square Enix), and made his debut as a composer with Chrono Trigger in 1995. He later went independent and formed his own company, Procyon Studio. In recent years he's worked on music for games such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Inazuma Eleven series, and more.

The Industry Shaking ActRaiser

Around when did the two of you first meet? (Koshiro) It was during the development of Kid Icarus: Uprising, which was released in 2012. Other composers were involved apart from me, but Mitsuda brought us all together. Procyon Studio even took care of all the recording. Continue Reading

Mr. Video Games – Eric Martin and Game/Japanese Music

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Mr. Vocalist - Eric Martin with Guitar before To Be With You
Almost anyone that knows Eric Martin undoubtedly knows him as the singer for the rock band Mr. Big, that enjoyed such popularity in the early 90s for their mega hit "To Be With You". Though they largely disappeared from the consciousness of the American music scene afterward, their popularity in Japan hasn't really diminished. They still exist as a band today, and on the occasion that they do play in the US, you'll usually find them at clubs. When they go to Japan, they sell out the Budokan. I could argue all day long about how "To Be With You" is not very representative of the band's signature sound, and how they deserved to be far more popular in the US than they were, but I'm not here to talk about Mr. Big. I'm here to talk specifically about Eric Martin, and how he's become a small but stand-out part of not only video game music, but Japanese music in general. Continue Reading