Akira Yamaoka Reveals Impressive Musical Lineup for Play For Japan: The Album

Posted by patrickklepek (6417 posts) -

A number of my close industry colleagues have spent an enormous amount of free time the last few months dedicated to raising money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief through Play For Japan. One of the earliest projects discussed was a collaborative album featuring gaming's most renowned composers. It's finally coming to fruition in June, headlined by Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.

"The encouragement I've received has energized and gives me hope," said Yamaoka in a video introducing the album. "With these artists, my goal is to channel that energy into this album and to share all the warmth and compassion I've received with videogame and music fans around the world."

The album drops sometime in early June (a specific release date is expected "soon"), and Yamaoka even managed to get Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano to spend some time and draw album art.

As for the lineup, have a look:

  • == TEASER ==Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | “Ex Animo”
  • Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | “We Are One”
  • Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | “Maverick Regeneration”
  • Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | “Rise Up”
  • Hip Tanaka.β (Mother) | “HVC-1384″
  • Inon Zur feat. The Lyris Quartet (Dragon Age) | “Remember“
  • Jason Graves (Dead Space) | “Necromancer”
  • Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | “Super Mario Medley On Two Pianos”
  • Laura Karpman (Everquest II) w/Lisbeth Scott | “Pine Wind Sound“
  • Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | “Jump“
  • Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | “Play for You”
  • Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | “Reminiscence”
  • Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | “Every New Morning“
  • Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) | “White Cloud”
  • Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | “The Temple Stone”
  • Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | “Greater Lights“
  • Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | “Moshi Moshi”
  • Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | “Dimension Break”
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6417 posts) -

A number of my close industry colleagues have spent an enormous amount of free time the last few months dedicated to raising money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief through Play For Japan. One of the earliest projects discussed was a collaborative album featuring gaming's most renowned composers. It's finally coming to fruition in June, headlined by Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.

"The encouragement I've received has energized and gives me hope," said Yamaoka in a video introducing the album. "With these artists, my goal is to channel that energy into this album and to share all the warmth and compassion I've received with videogame and music fans around the world."

The album drops sometime in early June (a specific release date is expected "soon"), and Yamaoka even managed to get Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano to spend some time and draw album art.

As for the lineup, have a look:

  • == TEASER ==Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | “Ex Animo”
  • Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | “We Are One”
  • Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | “Maverick Regeneration”
  • Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | “Rise Up”
  • Hip Tanaka.β (Mother) | “HVC-1384″
  • Inon Zur feat. The Lyris Quartet (Dragon Age) | “Remember“
  • Jason Graves (Dead Space) | “Necromancer”
  • Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | “Super Mario Medley On Two Pianos”
  • Laura Karpman (Everquest II) w/Lisbeth Scott | “Pine Wind Sound“
  • Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | “Jump“
  • Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | “Play for You”
  • Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | “Reminiscence”
  • Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | “Every New Morning“
  • Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) | “White Cloud”
  • Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | “The Temple Stone”
  • Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | “Greater Lights“
  • Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | “Moshi Moshi”
  • Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | “Dimension Break”
#2 Posted by shootermcclay (229 posts) -

Yah

#3 Posted by IronScimitar (522 posts) -

Cool line up of songs.

#4 Posted by Aus_azn (2272 posts) -

"Impressive".

#5 Posted by benjaebe (2870 posts) -

Yamaoka is brilliant. The song list is really good as well.

#6 Posted by Mandrewgora (197 posts) -

two of my favorite dudes.

#7 Posted by Yummylee (23237 posts) -

Red Dead Redemption, Mosh Moshi? Don't recognise that title from the soundtrack. Moshi Moshi sounds like the ''ahoi-hoi'' of Japan.

#8 Posted by Animasta (14820 posts) -

are these all new songs?

#9 Posted by mutha3 (5025 posts) -

No Shoji Meguro(the Shin Megami Tensei guy)? too bad, that would have made this lineup even cooler.

#10 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2037 posts) -

Fantastic! Yamaoka is fantastic, and the majority of those choices are awesome. The RDR, DA:O, Chrono Trigger, and PvZ songs are gonna be sick. 

#11 Posted by mutha3 (5025 posts) -

This lineup is still goddamn impressive, though. Can't wait to hear it.

#12 Posted by Gerhabio (1992 posts) -

Sweeeeeet

#13 Posted by blake_brown (137 posts) -

Yamoaka is a genius composer.  this lineup is very impressive.

#14 Posted by RecSpec (4611 posts) -

Pretty cool lineup. 

#15 Posted by DrJota (722 posts) -

A wild Tallarico has appeared!

#16 Posted by AngelN7 (2999 posts) -
@mutha3 said:
No Shoji Meguro(the Shin Megami Tensei guy)? too bad, that would have made this lineup even cooler.
Totally with you also the lack of Takeharu Ishimoto (The world Ends with You) makes me sad
#17 Posted by shinluis (484 posts) -
@DrJota said:
A wild Tallarico has appeared!
LOL hell yeah!
#18 Posted by kollay (1991 posts) -

Ko Otani? :(

#19 Posted by umdesch4 (787 posts) -

I will buy this. Hell, I'd buy it even if it wasn't for such a good cause!

#20 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1783 posts) -

Awesome.

#21 Posted by lockwoodx (2532 posts) -

I think I need this now.

#22 Posted by XenoNick (1516 posts) -

Will totally purchase this. Awesome lineup of songs.

#23 Posted by TheHT (12341 posts) -

Oh Advent Rising, your music was so great.

#24 Posted by Jeust (11464 posts) -

I must be really ignorant, because apart from the games, those songs don't anything to me. 


I wish the best luck for the initiative though.
#25 Posted by EliminatoR (313 posts) -

interesting,good cause to

#26 Posted by greenygrey (173 posts) -

That's an impressive line-up of excellent video game songs. I'm so glad Akira Yamoaka is listed there, he's one of the finest and unique video game music composers ever.

#27 Posted by Ryoman (11 posts) -

Do want. Badly. 

#28 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2527 posts) -

I believe they meant to call it "Japan? Thee Album"

#29 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2454 posts) -

I wish the Kow Otani was on there but you can't have everything. It's a great list and a wonderful idea.

#30 Posted by Brodehouse (10508 posts) -

Yamaoka is a Goddamn genius, and his contribution to Shadows of the Damned may actually surpass my excitement towards Mikami's and Suda's.

The song cuts themselves I can't speak for, but much like Brad and Wolf Blitzer, I'll involve myself in anything with Akira Yamaoka's name on it.

#31 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5094 posts) -

I'm sure the songs are good, but that album art is awful.
#32 Posted by Cybexx (1298 posts) -

Pretty good line-up with a good mix of Japanese and Western musicians.

#33 Edited by Underachiever007 (2471 posts) -

Shoji Meguro would have been a pretty good fit for this line-up.

#34 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (509 posts) -

Can't wait. The album art is just icing on the cake. =D

#35 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Impressive line-up. I'm digging the album art, too.


Hope that this goes great for those involved and they get lots of support for Japan.
#36 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1066 posts) -

Besides some obvious, small, issues - serious, who gives a crap about Call of Duty's composer/generic action movie music? You couldn't talk Martin O'Donnell to contribute a epic Halo medley? -, this sounds (mostly) fantastic. And if it's all for Japan, I'll definitely purchase:) Way to go Mr. Yamaoka.

#37 Posted by FCKSNAP (2337 posts) -

Tommy Tallarico

Sold. 
#38 Posted by Tebbit (4571 posts) -
@Snapstacle said:

Tommy Tallarico

Sold. 

 Nobuo Uematsu 

Double-sold.
#39 Posted by Little_Socrates (5834 posts) -
@mutha3 said:
No Shoji Meguro(the Shin Megami Tensei guy)? too bad, that would have made this lineup even cooler.
My thought exactly, though this is still a great list.
#40 Posted by Enigma777 (6228 posts) -
@TheHT said:
Oh Advent Rising, your music was so great.

I had no idea Tommy Tallarico was the composer.
#41 Posted by EthanML (482 posts) -

Bear Mcreary, fuck yeah.

#42 Posted by DanK_ (67 posts) -

Mitsuda? Sold.

#43 Posted by dawnclover (139 posts) -

I know I'm reviving an old thread but... Any other news on this?

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