Laura Shigihara

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Laura Shigihara
Nationality American, Japanese
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Known for Plants vs. Zombies and To The Moon soundtrack

Laura Shigihara is a video game composer, independent game developer, and singer-songwriter. She has created music and sound for over 25 videogames titles,[1] And is creating her own game called Rakuen[2] she is best known as the lead composer and sound designer for the tower defense video game Plants vs. Zombies.[3] She is half-Japanese,[4] and in addition to writing and performing the English version of the ending credits song, "Zombies on Your Lawn", she also wrote and performed the Japanese version, "Uraniwa ni Zombies ga." Shigihara provided vocals for the Singing Sunflower pet in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.[5] She also participated in Akira Yamaoka's Play for Japan charity album alongside other composers like Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda.[6]

Rakuen[edit]

Rakuen is an indie game that Laura Shigihara created the plot is "Rakuen is a story about a little Boy who lives in the hospital. His mother reads to him everyday from his favorite storybook, which is about a tribal child living in a fantasy world called “Morizora’s Forest.” One day the child wakes up to find that everyone in his tribe has disappeared. He soon learns that in order to escape danger, his tribe sailed away to a paradise isle called “Rakuen.”

Alone but determined, the young child sets off on a journey to reach the Guardian of the Forest, “Morizora.” After overcoming many challenges to reach him, Morizora grants the courageous child one request: a ride on his magical ship. The child sails away, finally reuniting with his tribe and all those he loved, in the beautiful world of Rakuen.Rakuen (Visiting Kisaburo)

One day, the Boy in the hospital asks his mother if she would take him to the fantasy world from his book, so that he too could go through a series of challenges in order to request one thing from Morizora. His mother agrees, and together they set off on a great adventure, searching for a path to the Forest Guardian.

The Boy also begins to learn more about the patients who live around him in the hospital… A cranky old man who guards a broken music box with his life while complaining that he never gets any visitors; a young woman in a coma whose husband hasn’t left her side in months; a little girl who laments over a friend she was never able to say goodbye to after growing ill… The Boy slowly begins to realize that his neighbors are plagued by secrets and struggles that are mysteriously tied to the strange hospital.

In helping those around him, the Boy deals with questions about empathy, hope, and what it means to leave behind a legacy by coming to terms with your own story." -Laura Shigihara [7] It has beutiful music from Lauras Bandcamp page and is currently in a closed beta

Biography[edit]

Shigihara, whose mother is French-American and father is Japanese, grew up in both the US and Japan.[8] She was classically trained on the piano for 11 years, and taught herself guitar and drums. She grew up loving video games and playing video game music on the piano by ear. During college, she was given an old version of Cakewalk which she used to start learning about mixing, arranging, and production by recreating old video game soundtracks and composing her own songs. After a friend leaked her original material to record companies in Japan, Shigihara was offered record contracts as a singer there, but ended up turning them down for personal reasons.[9]

Shortly after returning to the US, Shigihara took a job as the sound director for a company that produced an audio talk show and English learning materials through Apple Japan. She also released a studio album and composed her first video game soundtrack for a small casual game called Wobbly Bobbly. She was so excited to be working on a video game that she told them she’d work for free. The company liked her work and paid her to create music for several subsequent projects.[9] From there she built up her portfolio and has worked on over 25 published titles including Plants vs. Zombies, Ghost Harvest, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and the indie RPG To the Moon.[3] In her spare time, she has also been developing a music-based role playing game called Melolune,[10] and has recently participated in Akira Yamaoka’s charity iTunes album Play for Japan where she contributed an original song called "Jump".[11] On 16 November 2011, she released her single “Cube Land” in relation to Minecraft and Plants vs. Zombies.[12] She is also well known for her Minecraft parodies, and the original Minecraft-based song "Cube Land".

Discography[edit]

Shigihara's works include:[13]

  • "Cube Land" (Minecraft)
  • To the Moon original soundtrack (Freebird Games) with Kan Gao
  • "From the Ground Up" (Minecraft)
  • "Celestial Beings" (Celestial Mechanica)
  • Plants vs. Zombies: The Soundtrack (Plants vs. Zombies)
  • "Blood Elf Druids" (World of Warcraft)
  • Melolune: The Original Soundtrack Part 1 (Melolune, an original game made by Shigihara using the RPG Maker XP engine)
  • "My Blue Dream"
  • "Everything's Alright" (To the Moon)
  • Partnered with C418 in "Tsuki no Koibumi" (C418's, one) [14]
  • Also featured in C418's "Tsuki no Koibumi 2" (C418's 148) [15]
  • "First Day" (High School Story)
  • "Aether C" (The Basement Collection)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Play For Japan – Artists". Play For Japan. Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ https://projectrakuen.com/
  3. ^ a b "VGM « mybluedream". Shigi.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  4. ^ ""Uraniwa ni Zombies ga!" lyrics « mybluedream". Shigi.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  5. ^ McCurley, Mathew (2010-09-20). "Singing Sunflower companion voiced by Laura Shigihara". Wow.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  6. ^ "News - Interview: Yamaoka, Shigihara, And Jackson Play For Japan". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  7. ^ https://projectrakuen.com/gameinfo/story/
  8. ^ arcticpenguin (2009-05-05). "Interview with Laura Shigihara- Composer for Plants vs. Zombies". Play as Life. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  9. ^ a b Poisso, Lisa (2010-11-10). "15 Minutes of Fame: Laura Shigihara, voice of WoW's Singing Sunflower". Wow.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  10. ^ "The Weblog Music: Melolune Original Soundtrack Part One (Laura Shigihara)". IndieGames.com. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  11. ^ "The Album | Artists | Play For Japan – A Game Industry Relief Effort". Play For Japan. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  12. ^ ""Cube Land" - A Minecraft Music Video - An Original Song by Laura Shigihara (PvZ Composer)". YouTube. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Laura Shigihara". Laurashigihara.bandcamp.com. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  14. ^ ""one" by C418". 
  15. ^ ""148" by C418". 

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