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 Castlevania  Composer Michiru Yamane To Score Indie Fighter  Skullgirls
Castlevania Composer Michiru Yamane To Score Indie Fighter Skullgirls
April 20, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

April 20, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi
More: Console/PC, Indie, Audio

Long-time Konami music composer Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Contra: Hard Corps) will score her first Western-developed game.

Publisher Autmn Games has announced that Yamane -- a 20-year Konami employee who recently went independent -- will create the soundtrack for Skullgirls, the first game by newcomer indie studio Reverge Labs.

"When I heard about this project, I was very excited since this was my first time working with an American company," said Yamane in a video released today.

"That made me really happy, because I've had so many American fans cheering me on throughout my career."

Yamane is well known amongst video game music enthusiasts. Her career stretches all the way back to 1988's TwinBee, and has extended to Konami franchises that include Contra, Suikoden, Winning Eleven Soccer and the majority of the Castlevania games released in the past decade.

Yamane left Konami in 2008 and became an independent contractor to, in her words, "work on a broader range of music."

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Jonathan Escobedo
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Awesome news. Castlevania has always had awesome music. This game is sounding more awesome the more I hear about it.

Trenton Ng
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I'm really excited to hear what Yamane will do with her music. Her music was already distinct and different in her compositions for the Castlevania series and other games like Over Zenith, so it's going to be interesting to see what other sorts of music she can create in the near future.

Christian Nutt
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Sample track:

Robert Boyd
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Very cool. Wonder what her rates are.

Kamruz Moslemi
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Michiru Yamane, the only music composer left in the entire game industry whose music you can rock to long after the game credits have rolled past.

Unlike other music composers whose compositions lost their melodic appeal as soon as the limitations of hardware were lifted she manages to create music that is as catchy as any 8 bit soundtrack with modern composition tools.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is the soundtrack is going to be worth giving a listen to at the very least.

brandon sheffield
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oh man, there are plenty of great composers, all over the game industry! Try Ian Stocker's music on for size:

Or vincent diamante:

And of course Yuzu Koshiro, everyone at basiscape and supersweep, etc etc etc.

Lech Lozny
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Wouldn't Mushihime-sama Bug Panic be the first game she did as an independent? I remember thinking it would be awesome to hear Yamane in a Cave game, but it didn't really blow my socks off (the game nor the music). That said, it seems like this Skullgirls thing isn't pulling any punches. I wasn't really interested initially, but I might give it a look.