Ryu Umemoto

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Ryu Umemoto
Also known as MIZINCO
Born (1974-02-18)18 February 1974
Origin Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died 16 August 2011(2011-08-16) (aged 37)
Genres Video game
Chiptune
Electronic
Occupation(s) Composer
Arranger
Sound director
Instruments Sound chip
Synthesizer
Years active 1992–2011
Associated acts Yuzo Koshiro
Website http://ryu-umemoto.com

Ryu Umemoto (梅本 竜 Umemoto Ryū?, February 18, 1974 – August 16, 2011) was a Japanese video game music composer, born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.[1] He is known for composing soundtracks to various visual novel and shoot 'em up video games since the 1990s, for several companies including FamilySoft, C's Ware, ELF Corporation, D4 Enterprise, and CAVE. He is considered to be one of the greatest FM-synth chiptune composers, and has often been compared to Yuzo Koshiro.[2]

Biography[edit]

He was born on February 18, 1974, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.[1] He was a descendent of the 16th-century daimyo Takeda Shingen. He was also a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, which had a strong influence on his melodic music, much of which had spiritual undertones. The first video game he ever played was Taito's Elevator Action (1983).[2]

He never had any formal education in music, but was entirely self-taught, and had often experimented with synthesizers since he was young. His musical influences included electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra and video game composer Yuzo Koshiro. During high school, Umemoto began doing freelance projects for personal computer game soundtracks. His first assignment was for the company FamilySoft, after sending them some demo works.[2]

During the 1990s, he composed the soundtracks for various personal computer games, establishing himself as a commercial musician. From 1992 to 1993, he worked for FamilySoft, producing soundtracks for mostly anime-based games, including several based on the mecha anime franchises Gundam and Macross.[2] He also composed some of the compositions in Princess Maker 2 during this time.[1]

The title theme "Xenon" from the 1994 visual novel adventure game Xenon by C's Ware.

"Room (Marina)" from the 1995 visual novel adventure game Eve Burst Error by C's Ware.


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He then worked as a freelance musician on various projects for other companies such as C's Ware and ELF Corporation. His first major projects were for several C's Ware visual novels, beginning with the 1994 title Xenon, an eroge space station adventure game. He had to meet tight deadlines for C's Ware, often under two months while working on simultaneous projects.[2] He also composed the soundtracks for other C's Ware visual novels such as Desire (1994) and EVE Burst Error (1995).[3] The EVE Burst Error soundtrack in particular was praised for its "pairing between audio and visuals" and its high "degree of emotional involvement."[4] He then worked with ELF, for which he composed the soundtrack for their most famous visual novel, YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world (1996).[3]

In later years, he expanded his range of activity as an arranger, conductor and sound director. From 2007 to 2008, he began working for D4 Enterprise, establishing the ARTDINK sound department with former employees of ThinkRidge. He began gaining more international attention for his work with the company CAVE in the last few years of his life, producing soundtracks for bullet hell shooters such as Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi (2003), Mushihime-sama Futari: Black Label (2009), Espgaluda II: Black Label (2010), Akai Katana (2010), and NIN2-JUMP (2011).[3] On August 16, 2011, he died of illness at the age of 37.[3][5][6]

Soundtracks[edit]

Soundtracks composed by Umemoto include the following:[1][2][3]

1992:

1993:

1994:

1995:

1996:

2000:

2002:

2003:

2004:

2005:

2006:

  • CrymeRhymeParadox (Windows)
  • Ano Machi no Koi no Uta (Windows)
  • StoneAge2 (Windows)

2007:

2009:

2010:

2011:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ryu Umemoto". VGMdb. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Audun Sorlie. "A Dragon's Journey: Ryu Umemoto in Europe". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Ryu Umemoto (1974 - 2011)". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  4. ^ Zigfried (28 February 2004). "EVE Burst Error - Staff Review". HonestGamers. 
  5. ^ Twitter / @ryu_umemoto: 訃報。梅本竜氏が、8/17に他界しました。これまでた ...:
  6. ^ お伝えしなければならない事があります。: 開発日誌 (INSTANT BRAIN公式ブログ)

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