Masafumi Takada

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Masafumi Takada
高田 雅史
Born (1970-08-02) August 2, 1970 (age 51)
Inuyama, Aichi, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsKeyboard
Years active1996–present
LabelsSound Prestige
Associated actsJun Fukuda
Websitesoundprestige.jp

Masafumi Takada (高田 雅史, Takada Masafumi, born August 2, 1970) is a Japanese composer and sound designer, best known for his work on the soundtracks for killer7, God Hand, No More Heroes, and the Earth Defense Force and Danganronpa series. Takada often collaborates with guitarist and composer Jun Fukuda, and has worked on multiple projects for Goichi Suda's studio Grasshopper Manufacture.

Career[edit]

Takada was born in Inuyama, Aichi, Japan,[1] and took interest in music since childhood after playing the Electone at Yamaha Music School and experimenting with synthesizers.[2] He learned to play the piano and tuba in high school and studied music in Tokyo for six years, earning a degree. He entered the game industry around the end of the Super Famicom, which he felt was a good time as game console sound chips were becoming more advanced.[3] In 1997, Takada composed the soundtrack of Moonlight Syndrome, directed by Goichi Suda. Takada would compose music for multiple projects by Grasshopper Manufacture, which Suda founded after leaving Human Entertainment. For killer7, Takada placed a large emphasis on ambient music and sought to retell the game's story through the music.[4] He considers the game's soundtrack to be among his favorite work. For No More Heroes, Takada took inspiration from The Chemical Brothers for the boss music.[3]

On November 5, 2008, Takada founded Sound Prestige, a music and sound production company. The company also functions as a record label where Takada publishes his own music.[5] Takada composed the soundtrack of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc which released in 2010. For the soundtrack, Takada combined a variety of tones to convey tension and claustrophobia during exploration, and a sense of momentum during trials. Takada returned to compose the soundtrack of the sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, in 2012, which sought to convey a tropical feel due to the change in setting. Takada composed for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony in 2017, aiming for a more mature composition which ended up being more jazz-oriented. The soundtrack for V3 was much larger than the previous titles, and was split into two album releases.[2]

In 2017, Takada co-founded the video game development studio Too Kyo Games, alongside former members of Spike Chunsoft.[6] Takada composed for Death Come True and was sound supervisor for World's End Club, both releasing in 2020. Takada will be composing for Enigma Archives: Rain Code with Jun Fukuda, which was announced in November 2021.[7]

Works[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
1996 Tsuribaka Nisshi [8]
Ranma ½: Battle Renaissance [8]
Parking Meijin [8]
1997 2TaxGold [8]
Moonlight Syndrome [8]
1998 Air Boarder 64 [8]
Mikagura Shōjo Tanteidan [8]
Mizzurna Falls piano arrangements [8]
1999 Neko Zamurai [8]
Remote Control Dandy [8]
The Silver Case [9]
2001 Flower, Sun, and Rain [8]
2002 Robot Alchemic Drive [8]
2003 Monster Attack [8]
Shining Soul II [8]
Shin Mikagura Shōjo Tanteidan [8]
2004 Steel Battalion: Line of Contact [8]
Tetsujin 28-go [8]
Michigan: Report from Hell [8]
2005 killer7 with Jun Fukuda [10]
Global Defence Force [8]
The 25th Ward: The Silver Case [11]
2006 Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked [12]
Contact [8]
Blood+: One Night Kiss [8]
Chōsōjū Mecha MG [8]
God Hand [13]
Beatmania IIDX 12: Happy Sky "IceCube Pf.(RX-Ver.S.P.L.)" [8]
Earth Defense Force 2017 [8]
2007 Beatmania IIDX 13: Distorted "WaterCube Pf.(RX-Ver.S.P.L.)" [8]
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles with Jun Fukuda [14]
No More Heroes [13]
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl arrangements [12]
Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise [8]
Beatmania IIDX 14: Gold "PentaCube Gt.(RX-Ver.S.P.L.)" [8]
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse [8]
2009 Infinite Space [15]
Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress "ToyCube Pf.(RX-Ver.S.P.L.)" [8]
2010 Zangeki no Reginleiv [13]
Vanquish [16]
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc [8]
2012 Kid Icarus: Uprising with various others [13]
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair [8]
2013 Earth Defense Force 2025 [8]
Danganronpa: The Animation anime [8]
2014 Guardian Summoner [8]
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U arrangements [17]
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls [8]
The Evil Within [13]
2015 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams [8]
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth [18]
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair [8]
World Gimmick [8]
2016 Crypt of the NecroDancer Danganronpa arrangements [8]
Wagan Shiritori de Shōbuda! [8]
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School anime [19]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan with Naofumi Harada [20]
Beatmania IIDX 24: Sinobuz "Yellow Sketch(RX-Ver.S.P.L.)" [8]
2017 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [21]
Hana Oboro: Sengoku-den Ranki [8]
Earth Defense Force 5 [22]
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory [23]
2018 The 25th Ward: The Silver Case "Silver2018 TKD Remix" and "BLACKOUT" [24]
Jekyll vs Hyde stage play [25]
100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams anime [26]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrangements [13]
2019 Urashimasakatasen no Nichijō anime [27]
Renshin no Astral with various others [28]
2020 Death Come True [29]
World's End Club sound supervisor [30]
2022 Tribe Nine anime [31]
Earth Defense Force 6 [32]
TBA Tribe Nine [31]
Enigma Archives: Rain Code with Jun Fukuda [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "サウンドプレステージ合同会社". soundprestige.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Kotowski, Don (November 15, 2017). "Masafumi Takada and Kazutaka Kodaka: Discussion (HEAT UP!)". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
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  4. ^ Casamassina, Matt (March 4, 2005). "The Music of Killer 7". IGN. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "サウンドプレステージ合同会社". soundprestige.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Sato (September 11, 2018). "Too Kyo Games Is Led By Danganronpa Staff And Zero Escape Series Creator". Siliconera. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
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  9. ^ Fenner, Robert (November 13, 2016). "The Silver Case". RPGFan. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  10. ^ Wales, Matt (November 17, 2018). "Capcom's wonderfully weird cult classic action-adventure Killer7 is now available on PC". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Clark, Justin (March 14, 2018). "The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Review: Obstruction Of Justice". GameSpot. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Greene, Maggie (June 29, 2008). "Masafumi Takada on Music, Games, and Inspiration". Kotaku. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Sounders, Mike (October 3, 2018). "3DS gem Tomodachi Life receives a new arrangement for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". Destructoid. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Ciulla, Tommy (August 1, 2012). "Resident Evil -The Umbrella Chronicles- Original Soundtrack". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Gann, Patrick (October 25, 2009). "Infinite Space Original Soundtrack". RPGFan. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  16. ^ Leray, Joseph (March 18, 2010). "Vanquish director Shinji Mikami creates new dev house". Destructoid. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  17. ^ Ishaan (August 22, 2014). "These Famous Composers Are Working On Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS". Siliconera. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  18. ^ Fahey, Mike (February 23, 2016). "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Pineda, Rafael (December 2, 2015). "New Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  20. ^ PlatinumGames (May 24, 2016). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. Activision. Scene: Credits. Lead Music Composer: Masafumi Takada / Music Composer: Naofumi Harada
  21. ^ Hagues, Alana (September 19, 2017). "Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony". RPGFan. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  22. ^ Takada, Masafumi [@KoudenMS] (December 21, 2017). 安定の「地球防衛軍」 ついに「5」!!! 12/7 絶讃発売中!!! 音楽担当しております。 EDF EDF EDF!!!!! (Tweet) (in Japanese). Retrieved December 3, 2018 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Fahey, Mike (January 22, 2018). "The New Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Is A Lot Like The Old One". Kotaku. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  24. ^ 限定版サントラ試聴 (in Japanese). Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  25. ^ Takada, Masafumi [@KoudenMS] (March 22, 2018). 音楽朗読劇「ジキルVSハイド」オリジナルサウンドトラック配信開始!! (Tweet) (in Japanese). Retrieved November 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Ressler, Karen (June 22, 2018). "100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime Reveals Staff, Story Premise". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  27. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (August 1, 2019). "Urashimasakatasen no Nichijō Anime Shorts' Video Reveals October 2 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  28. ^ Kashiwagi, Mizuki (December 26, 2019). 落ち物デッキバトル『錬神のアストラル』配信記念インタビュー作曲家編。光田康典氏、下村陽子氏ら豪華メンバー6人が集う. automaton-media.com (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  29. ^ Romano, Sal (December 14, 2019). "Death Come True teaser trailer, music composed by Masafumi Takada". Gematsu. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  30. ^ Too Kyo Games, Grounding (September 4, 2020). World's End Club. IzanagiGames. Scene: Credits.
  31. ^ a b 「 TRIBE NINE (トライブナイン) 」公式ポータルサイト. tribenine.tokyo (in Japanese). Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  32. ^ Takada, Masafumi [@KoudenMS] (September 30, 2021). 地球防衛軍6も!EDF!EDF!EDF!#EDF6 (Tweet) (in Japanese). Retrieved September 30, 2021 – via Twitter.

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