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

All proceeds for the album are funneled right back into earthquake and tsunami relief.

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”
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Posted by patrickklepek

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”
Posted by shootermcclay

Yah

Posted by IronScimitar

Cool line up of songs.

Posted by Aus_azn

"Impressive".

Posted by benjaebe

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

Posted by Mandrewgora

two of my favorite dudes.

Posted by Yummylee

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

Posted by Animasta

are these all new songs?

Posted by mutha3

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

Posted by SirOptimusPrime

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. 

Posted by mutha3

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

Posted by Gerhabio

Sweeeeeet

Posted by blake_brown

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

Posted by RecSpec

Pretty cool lineup. 

Posted by DrJota

A wild Tallarico has appeared!

Posted by AngelN7
@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
Posted by shinluis
@DrJota said:
A wild Tallarico has appeared!
LOL hell yeah!
Posted by kollay

Ko Otani? :(

Posted by umdesch4

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

Posted by Rudeboy217

Awesome.

Posted by lockwoodx

I think I need this now.

Posted by XenoNick

Will totally purchase this. Awesome lineup of songs.

Posted by TheHT

Oh Advent Rising, your music was so great.

Posted by Jeust

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.
Posted by EliminatoR

interesting,good cause to

Posted by greenygrey

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.

Posted by Ryoman

Do want. Badly. 

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

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

Posted by Xpgamer7

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

Posted by Brodehouse

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.

Posted by PeasantAbuse

I'm sure the songs are good, but that album art is awful.
Posted by Cybexx

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

Edited by Underachiever007

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

Posted by demonknightinuyasha

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

Posted by TheFreeMan

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.
Posted by vinsanityv22

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.

Posted by FCKSNAP

Tommy Tallarico

Sold. 
Posted by Tebbit
@Snapstacle said:

Tommy Tallarico

Sold. 

 Nobuo Uematsu 

Double-sold.
Posted by Little_Socrates
@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.
Posted by Enigma777
@TheHT said:
Oh Advent Rising, your music was so great.

I had no idea Tommy Tallarico was the composer.
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Posted by EthanML

Bear Mcreary, fuck yeah.

Posted by DanK_

Mitsuda? Sold.

Posted by dawnclover

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