Rika Muranaka

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Rika Muranaka
Native name 村中りか
Genres Jazz, R'n'B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Piano, keyboard
Website http://www.rikamuranaka.net/

Rika Muranaka is a Japanese composer and music producer renown for her songs in Konami’s world-famous video game series, Metal Gear Solid.

Some of her most notable works include "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Metal Gear Solid), "Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty), and "Don't Be Afraid" (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater). She also composed the song "I Am the Wind" for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the song "Esperándote" for the original Silent Hill.

Music career[edit]

During her teens, Rika Muranaka left her native Tokyo to study jazz piano with Alan Swain, a jazz pianist and author, in Chicago.[1] She started to write music at the age of 16, but at first was doing it only for herself.[2]

After graduating from Chicago’s Northeastern Illinois University, Rika Muranaka returned to Japan and was offered a deal with Columbia Records, a major record company in Japan, in 1992,[1][2] which resulted in the release of 4 albums.[3] Her debut CD Slice of Life, released in 1992, featured vocalists Dwight Dukes, Cynthia Harrell and Stephanie B and was result of collaboration with Michael Caruso, a Grammy-nominated songwriter.[1] She continued writing music and composed music for commercials, advertising, the Japanese government and demos for multimedia companies in Japan;[2] she “was on TV, doing everything from jingles to writing music for artists.”[3] Rika Muranaka had even worked developing pre-programmed beats and sounds for Casio electronic keyboards and produced music for educational textbooks and materials.[3][4]

Fascinated by the game industry, Rika Muranaka started to work for Konami in the 1990s, though at the time it was a rare occurrence for game companies to hire professional music composers.[2] Her motivation to write music for the game industry was “to change the standard for music in the industry” because “everyone thought that video game music was simple and not so good”.[5][6] Her first projects at Konami involved songs for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the classic horror game Silent Hill, where she collaborated with Akira Yamaoka, a Japanese video game composer.[3]

Her work at Konami lead to an almost 20-year working relationship with Hideo Kojima on the Metal Gear Solid game series.[3] The company was small at the time and the team creating the game was very small consisting from only about 20 people [7] and they did not expect Metal Gear Solid to become so successful.[4] Reflecting on her work dynamics on Metal Gear Solid series, Rika Muranaka states that she had to be a “mind reader” as she did not know the story line or where the music was intended to be used and had to imagine what Hideo Kojima had envisioned.[2] She was only told by Hideo Kojima that she needed to create, e.g., 5 patterns for action, 5 patterns for sneaking and 5 patterns for ambient music.[4][5][7] She also revealed that when working on Metal Gear Solid Hideo Kojima did not wish to hear any songs in English or any other language he would understand. When she suggested writing a song in Gaelic, Hideo responded: “What the hell is Gaelic?”[3][8]

While working on Metal Gear Solid 2, Rika Muranaka brought in British film composer Harry Gregson-Williams into the game industry to work on the game series.[2][4][7] She believes by doing so she has contributed to setting the trend of attracting film producers to the music composition in game industry.[2]

During the years of her work at Konami she had not only composed music and written lyrics for some of the most popular songs that featured in the games, but also produced and edited music, arranged budget, hired the musicians and orchestra needed to produce the music for Metal Gear Solid game series.[7][8] She involved jazz musicians, such as Gerald Albright, Kevin Eubanks and Hubert Laws, in creating music for the game series.[1]

Despite being fond of writing for games, Rika Muranaka gradually developed passion to writing music for films, television and animation.[2] She describes the process of creating music for game and film industry as different. She explains that “in games, the music has to fit within a game, meaning you have to make a transition every 30 seconds and it has to be loopable so they can cut or stretch the audio to sync to the game visuals. For film, you actually have a trailer or something to work with, meaning you can use a time code to fit the music perfectly within a scene so you have an advantage of having a scene front of you to write with.”[2]

After terminating her work relationship with Konami, Rika Muranaka transitioned to working on her own projects, such as a reality show Hollywood Dream and her own business RnD Entertainment, both being a collaboration with Grammy and American Music Award winning music producer Damien “E-Love” Matthias, and composing and producing music for films.[8][9]

Works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2015 Board to Death, Short Film Soundtrack Music by Rika Muranaka and Dammie Akinmola
2014 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Original Soundtrack Music produced by Rika Muranaka
2013 Polypore, Official Film Soundtrack Assistant location scout, translation assistant for Japanese
Property Wars: Season 2, Episode 17 "The Roof Is on Fire" “Cosmic Mudra”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

2012 America's Next Top Model: Season 18, Episode 9 "Barney Cheng" “Cosmic Mudra”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

NFL In Their Own Words: Junior Seau “Cosmic Mudra”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

2009 Blunts and Stunts: Class of ’94 Produced and edited by Rika Muranaka

Music by Rika Muranaka

2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Original Soundtrack Music produced by Rika Muranaka
Super Smash Bros. Brawl “Snake Eater”

Produced and arranged by Rika Muranaka

2007 Metal Gear Saga “The Best Is Yet To Come”

Music and lyrics by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Broken English Original Film Soundtrack “Cosmic Mudra”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

LA Ink: Season 1, Episode 1 "Welcome Home, Kat" "LA Ink-Cues"

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

MTV Rob and Big: Season 2, Episode 4: "New Assistant" “Cosmic Mudra”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

2006 Dreamers, MTV Japan Music and content produced by Rika Muranaka
2004 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Original Soundtrack “Snake Eater”

Music by Norihiko Hibino

Produced and arranged by Rika Muranaka

“Don't Be Afraid”

Music and lyrics by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Vocals by Elise Fiorillo

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes “The Best Is Yet to Come”

Music and lyrics by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Vocals by Aoife

2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Original Soundtrack “Can’t Say Goodbye to Yesterday”

Music and lyrics by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

1999 Silent Hill Original Soundtrack “Esperándote (¿Qué Quieres De Mí?)”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

1997 Metal Gear Solid Original Game Soundtrack “The Best Is Yet to Come”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Vocals by Aoife

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Soundtrack “I Am the Wind”

Music by Rika Muranaka and Jeff Lorber

Lyrics by Tony Haynes

Vocals by Cynthia Harrell

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Master Mosquiton: Anime Soundtrack “Reminisce a While”

Music by Rika Muranaka

Lyrics by Tony Haynes

Produced by Rika Muranaka

Let’s play U can chat too! Interactive CD-ROM software

Music and script directed and produced by Rika Muranaka

My first day of school! Interactive CD-ROM software

Music and script directed and produced by Rika Muranaka

My first trip to NY city! Interactive CD-ROM software

Music and script directed and produced by Rika Muranaka

1996 Love Letters to Heaven Piano solo album

Piano - Rika Muranaka

Saxophone - Gerald Albright

Guitar - Paul Jackson Jr.

Summer of ’79 Piano solo album

Piano - Rika Muranaka

Saxophone - Gerald Albright

Guitar - Paul Jackson Jr.

Enchante Piano solo album

Piano - Rika Muranaka

Saxophone - Gerald Albright

Guitar - Paul Jackson Jr.

1995 Furano Multimedia CD-ROM interactive software

Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

1992 Slice of Life Music by Rika Muranaka

Produced by Rika Muranaka

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Escow, G. (December 17, 2002). "Rika Muranaka". BMI. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Summers, M. (November 22, 2012). "Setting The Score With Metal Gear Solid Composer Rika Muranaka". Game Career Guide. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bejar, C. (September 11, 2015). "An interview with Metal Gear Solid composer Rika Muranaka". Geek News Network. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d AYBOnline (October 31, 2015). "Live @ BaseLAN 29 - Interview with Rika Muranaka". YouTube. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Rhiannon, K. (October 8, 2015). "Metal Gear Solid Composer Rika Muranaka – AYB Exclusive Interview". AYBOnline. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rika Muranaka Interview". YouTube. October 8, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Yea, Y. (August 5, 2015). "The Codec - Rika Muranaka Interview: Work with Metal Gear Music Discussed!". YouTube. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "An interview with Rika Muranaka". YouTube. September 11, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Profile of Producers". RnDEntertainment USA. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 

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