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Name: Akira Yamaoka  
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Date of Birth: 6th February 1968
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Profession: Composer
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Akira Yamaoka (山岡晃 Yamaoka Akira, born February 6, 1968 in Niigata, Japan) has composed music for dozens of Konami video games. Yamaoka attended Tokyo Art College, where he studied product design and interior. He joined Konami on September 21, 1993, after previously being a freelance music composer.

He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill series of video games, for which he composed all the music and sound effects in all four games (this excludes Silent Hill: Play Novel for the GBA); he is also set to compose the music for the upcoming Silent Hill movie. In the third and fourth Silent Hill games (which are available on the PlayStation 2 and PC and the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC respectively) he also played a more important role as the games' producer. Music from Silent Hill will be performed in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany.


Game Title Year Console Role Comments
a.k.a. Jerry Boy
1991 Super Famicon, Sega Mega Drive  ? Unsure of this credit.
Sparkster 1993 Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive Composer Akira Yamaoka's first project at Konami.
With Kazuhiko Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, M. Matsuhira and Y. Yamane.
International Superstar Soccer
a.k.a. Perfect Eleven
1994 Super Famicom Composer Konami requested a break beat club sound like The Prodigy.
Snatcher 1994 Sega CD, PS Sound Design  
Vandal Hearts 1996 PS  ? Did some sound design???
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 PS   Received a Special Thanks in the credits.
Road Rage
a.k.a. Speed King
1998 PS Composer Was originally assigned to port the arcade game's music, but instead composed all new original music.
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndReMIX 1999 Arcade, PS Composer Composed "Love This Feelin' (Remix)".

"Love This Feelin'" was remixed by Naoki Maeda under the pseudonym of Chang-Ma.
Silent Hill 1999 PS Sound Director
Sound Producer
Music Composer & Arranger
With Rika Muranaka (composed "Esperandote").
Gradius III & IV 2000 PS2  ? Possibly composed the "DEMO MOVIE1" and "DEMO MOVIE2" music???
Silent Hill 2 2001 PS2, Xbox, PC Sound Director
All Music & Sound Effects
Contra: Shattered Soldier 2002 PS2 Sound Director
Music Composer
Sound Effect Design
With Sota Fujimori (music composer).
Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME 2004 PS2 Composer Composed "You're Not Here" and "Your Rain (Rage Mix)".

"You're Not Here" originated from Silent Hill 3.
"Your Rain (Rage Mix)" is a remix of a song from Silent Hill 4.
DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7thMIX 2002 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "i feel...".
Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX 2003 Xbox Composer Composed "In My Eyes" (downloadable by purchasing Ultramix Song Pack #1).

Received a Special Thanks in the credits.
Silent Hill 3 2003 PS2, PC Sound Director
All Music & Sound Effects
PC version Game Producer
With Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (credited as Melissa Williamson. Vocals on "You're Not Here", "Letter - From the Lost Days" and "I Want Love") , Joe Romersa (vocals on "Hometown") and Interlace ("Rain of Brass Petals").

Game includes limited edition soundtrack CD.
Rumble Roses 2004 PS2 Composer Composed "Pluck the Roses!" and "I'm Too Vituous".
Silent Hill 4 2004 PS2, Xbox, PC Game Producer
Sound Director
With Mary Elizabeth McGylnn (vocals on "Tender Sugar", "Your Rain", "Room of Angel" and "Waiting for You ~ live at "HEAVEN'S NIGHT" ~ (unreleased tunes)") and Joe Romersa (vocals on "Cradel of Forest", music supervision and lyrics).

Pre-orders received soundtrack CD.
beatmania IIDX 4th Style 2000 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "250bpm", "Diamond Jealousy", "Love Will..." and "Minimalian".

"Love Will..." was composed under the pseudonym of riewo.
"Minimalian" was composed under the pseudonym of Detroian.
beatmania IIDX 5th Style 2001 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "In My Eyes" and "Rislim".

Both songs were sung by ric.
beatmania IIDX 7th Style 2002 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "Bring Her Down", "i feel..." and "Love Me Do".
beatmania IIDX 8th Style 2002 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "Bit Mania" and "Dancer".

"Dancer" was composed under the pseudonym of De Vol.
beatmania IIDX 9th Style 2003 Arcade, PS2 Composer Composed "昭和企業戦士荒山課長", "ライオン好き" and "Rislim -remix-".

"Rislim" was remixed by Hisashi Nawata.
beatmania IIDX 10th Style 2004 Arcade Composer Composed "Space Fight" and "システムロマンス".

"システムロマンス" was composed under the pseudonym of Hiros & Chiiko.
beatmania IIDX: RED 2004 Arcade Composer Composed "Awakening" and "Injection of Love".

"Injection of Love" was composed under the pseudonym of Akira Shintani, and featured Sanae Shintani as the vocalist.
beatmania IIDX: Happy Sky 2005 Arcade Composer Composed "Empty of the Sky" and "tant pis pour toi".

GuitarFreaks 3rdMIX / Drummania 2ndMIX   Arcade, PS Composer Composed "Love This Feelin'" and "POWER DUNKER 2000X".
Bugi   PS  ?  
Winning Eleven   PS  ?  

Studio Gear

Hardware: Roland JD-800, Roland JP-8080, Roland TB-303, Roland MKS-80, Roland DJ-70, Roland VP-9000, Sequential Circuit Prophet-5, Oberheim OB-MX, Memory Moog, Ensoniq VFX, Akai VX-600, Korg Prophecy.

Software: Emagic Logic Audio, Emagic EXS24, Emagic amt8, Phrazer Infinity.

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