Akira Yamaoka

Akira Yamaoka

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Akira Yamaoka 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 for which he composed the music and sound effects for. His use of non-traditional instruments, atonal minimalism, and sudden changes in volume and tempo were highly influential in the development of the original game and lead to him becoming the main producer on the series with Silent Hill 3. Despite his enhanced role in Silent Hill 3, as well as Silent Hill 4: The Room, he continued to compose the musical score and design the audio for the series. Akira Yamaoka continues developing the remaining Origins, Homecoming and Shattered Memories games.

Yamaoka’s sound commonly contains strong melancholy undertones and generally identifies with the dark ambient, industrial, trip-hop and rock genres. Since Silent Hill 3, he also started working in collaboration with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa for vocal compositions.

Much of his work from previous titles has been compiled for the 2006 Silent Hill movie adaptation, directed by Christophe Gans. His music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany. Yamaoka also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony on , 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric seven-string guitar. He also composed songs for KONAMI’s Bemani series, which has also featured tracks from Silent Hill.

His first original album, iFUTURELIST, was released in January 2006. He also wrote the theme of 101%, the main show of the French TV channel Nolife. His later works expanded outside the gaming world, such as the TV Drama “Meitantei-no-Okite”, Silent Hill live action film and other Hollywood films.

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