Yasuhiro Kawakami

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Yasuhiro Kawakami
Born Japan
Genres Jazz, chiptune
Occupations Composer, sound programmer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1987–present
Labels NTT Publishing
DigiCube

Yasuhiro Kawakami (川上康広 Kawakami Yasuhiro?) is a Japanese video game composer and sound programmer who was employed at Square from 1991 to 1999. Before he joined Square, he worked at Sega. Kawakami frequently collaborated with fellow composer Ryuji Sasai.

Biography[edit]

Yasuhiro Kawakami joined Sega in 1987, and was promptly given the task to create the music for the original Shinobi. He later went on to do the music to Scramble Spirits, the arcade version of Tetris, and Crack Down. Yasuhiro Kawakami left Sega and joined Square (now Square Enix) in 1991 where he was assigned to compose the 1992 title Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (known as Mystic Quest Legend in Europe) alongside Ryuji Sasai.[1] Kawakami was responsible for most of the setting themes, while Sasai contributed the rock-based tracks.[2] In 1996, he collaborated with Sasai again as the sound programmer for Rudra no Hihō; Sasai created the score.[3]

For the PlayStation game Tobal No. 1 (1996), Kawakami was part of one of the largest number of composers to have ever been featured on a Square soundtrack.[4] The other composers were Yasunori Mitsuda, Sasai, Masashi Hamauzu, Junya Nakano, Kenji Ito, Noriko Matsueda, and Yoko Shimomura.[5][6] He created three compositions for the game, and helped to ensure that the console's resources were tested fully before working on the score.[2] The track "Disused Mine" was included on the score's arranged album, Tobal No. 1 Remixes Electrical Indian.[7] Kawakami composed the soundtrack to the 1998 title Chocobo's Dungeon 2, alongside Kumi Tanioka, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Itō.[8] He created about a third of the pieces in the game, handling mostly setting themes. After working on this game, he left Square and became a freelance composer.[2]

Discography[edit]

Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker
1987 Shinobi Composition
1988 Scramble Spirits Composition Tohru Nakabayashi
1988 Tetris (Arcade) Composition
1989 Crack Down Composition
1990 North & South (NES) Arrangement Hiroyuki Masuno
1992 Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Composition Ryuji Sasai
1996 Rudra no Hihō Sound programming
1996 Tobal No. 1 Composition Yasunori Mitsuda, Ryuji Sasai, Masashi Hamauzu, Junya Nakano, Kenji Ito, Noriko Matsueda, and Yoko Shimomura
1998 Chocobo's Dungeon 2 Composition Kumi Tanioka, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Kenji Ito

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Chris. "Yasuhiro Kawakami". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Rudra no Hihou Original Sound Version". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ Chris. "Tobal No. 1 Original Soundtrack :: Review by Chris". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Tobal No. 1 Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Tobal No. 1 Original Soundtrack". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  7. ^ Harry; Dave. "Tobal No. 1 Remixes Electrical Indian :: Review by Harry and Dave". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  8. ^ "Chocobo's Dungeon 2 Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-25.