Akira Yamaoka

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Akira Yamaoka

Akira Yamaoka

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For 15 years, Akira Yamaoka was one of the biggest composers at KONAMI. Getting his start with the company as an additional composer on KONAMI games such as Sparkster in 1994, Akira really broke out when he became the music composer for the 1999 PlayStation game Silent Hill, which received accolade at the time for its gameplay, and especially its soundtrack. Akira continued to compose for all later games in the franchise, becoming so synonymous with the franchise that he even became its producer in later years. He continued to compose for the series up to the 2009 game Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, which was released right before his departure from KONAMI. Akira also worked on the soundtracks to SHIN Contra, the third game in the Winning Eleven series, the RUMBLE ROSES series and OTOMEDIUS G.

In BEMANI Akira was best known for his work in the beatmania IIDX series, his music style ranging everywhere from techno, industrial, trance, minimal, rave, and even J-POP. He even released an album of mostly BEMANI material, iFUTURELIST in 2006. Akira was also for years active in pop'n music, and even contributed a bit to DanceDanceRevolution.

In December 2009 Akira Yamaoka left KONAMI. He currently works for Japanese video game company Grasshopper Manufacture, where he continues doing video game soundtracks to this day.

Trivia

  • From his debut in beatmania IIDX until his leave from KONAMI, beatmania IIDX 6th style was the only beatmania IIDX arcade game that Akira Yamaoka did not provide a new song for.
  • Akira Yamaoka did a remix for one of J-POP group M.O.V.E.'s songs, FREAKY PLANET. Titled FREAKY PLANET (rosy mix remixed by AKIRA YAMAOKA), it appears on their GRID album, which was released January 2006.
  • Akira's music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany.
  • Akira's music reflects that of industrial music.
  • Akira also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony on May 27th, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric guitar.
  • Akira frequently collaborates with singer Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
  • According to Akira, he choose the nickname for the vocalist riewo/ric, but he would have preferred to use the vocalist's real name.

Aliases

  • DETROIAN
  • DE VOL
  • "AQUI LA JAMAOKA"
  • 新谷あきら (member of, with Sana)
  • ガキ大将ティーム (collaboration with DJ Yoshitaka)
  • 中央値算出チーム (with riewo)
  • 秋山巴美とパパドンドン

BEMANI Songs

Song Artist Game Genre Composition Arrangement Lyrics Vocals
250bpm AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 4th style GABBA - -
DIAMOND JEALOUSY AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 4th style CYBER ROCK  ?
LOVE WILL・・・ riewo beatmania IIDX 4th style TRANCE -
minimalian DETROIAN beatmania IIDX 4th style MINIMAL - -
in my eyes ric beatmania IIDX 5th style TRANCE -
RISLIM ric beatmania IIDX 5th style NEW ROMANTIC -
BRING HER DOWN AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 7th style TRIBAL BASS - -
i feel ... AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 7th style TRANCE -
Love Me Do AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 7th style NEW WAVE -
bit mania AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 8th style TECHNO KAYO -
DANCER DE VOL beatmania IIDX 8th style NU SKOOL
ライオン好き AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 9th style BODY
昭和企業戦士荒山課長 AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 9th style TECHNO CHOP -
SPACE FIGHT AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 10th style SENKAN TECHNO -
システムロマンス ヒロシ&チー子 beatmania IIDX 10th style MUUTORA -
awakening AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED TRANCE -
INJECTION OF LOVE 新谷あきら beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED ELECTRIC CABARET -
EMPTY OF THE SKY AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY E-ROCK - -
tant pis pour toi AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY TECHNO - -
Heavenly Sun (IIDX VERSION) AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD TRANCE - -
iFUTURELIST AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD FUTURELIST TYPE
Play back hate you AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD OGURA TECHNO - -
ヨシダさん AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD TECHNO - -
SHIFT AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS TECHNO - -
マチ子の唄 AKIRA YAMAOKA beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS EDUCATION - -
山岡晃の「クイズ!家事都合!」 AKIRA YAMAOKA feat.喜屋武ちあき beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS POPS -
フェティッシュペイパー~脇の汗回転ガール~ ガキ大将ティーム beatmania IIDX 17 SIRIUS MOSH
LOVE THIS FEELIN' Chang ma DanceDanceRevolution 2ndReMIX - - - -
You're Not Here Heather DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME US CS - - -
Your Rain (RAGE MIX) Akira Yamaoka feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME US CS - - -
I will Survive AKIRA feat. Daline DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME2 - - - -
INJECTION OF LOVE (HINA MIX) AKIRA YAMAOKA DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME2 - - -
INSIDE YOUR HEART AKIRA YAMAOKA DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME2 - - -
Oops!... I Did It Again AKIRA feat. Susan Z DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME2 - - - -
iFUTURELIST (DDR VERSION) AKIRA YAMAOKA DanceDanceRevolution STR!KE -
INJECTION OF LOVE(e) AKIRA YAMAOKA DanceDanceRevolution STR!KE - -
Waverer Slide Mix AKIRA YAMAOKA DanceDanceRevolution ULTRAMIX2 Song Pack #10 - - -
不帅之歌 (DDR VERSION) 王砾鹏 DanceDanceRevolution X2 - - -
POWERDUNKER2000X AKIRA YAMAOKA GUITARFREAKS 2ndMIX APPEND MODERN HEAVY - -
LOVE THIS FEELIN' AKIRA YAMAOKA GUITARFREAKS 2ndMIX APPEND EPIC ROCK - -
Silent Scream Akira Yamaoka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn jubeat saucer - - -
エイプリルフールの唄 AKIRA YAMAOKA pop'n music 12 いろは USOTSUKI HYPER ROCK'N'ROLL -
流星☆ハニー 新谷あきら pop'n music 12 いろは RYUSEI RAVE -
ワンダーアイランド T.Sakisaka with ME pop'n music 13 カーニバル KOUSHINKYOKU
popdod AKIRA YAMAOKA pop'n music 14 FEVER! POP DESCO -
QUICK RESULT AKIRA YAMAOKA pop'n music 15 ADVENTURE GROUND TECHNO - -
BI-BUN-SEKI-BUn 中央値算出チーム pop'n music 16 PARTY♪ SUISEI RAVE -
わたしのパパはのうむだいじん 秋山巴美とパパドンドン pop'n music 17 THE MOVIE TECHNO CHILD -
踊る埴輪 響レイ奈&AKIRA YAMAOKA pop'n music 18 せんごく列伝 ZENPOUKOEN BEATS -

Discography

  1. iFUTURELIST