Remembering composer Ryu Umemoto
"In August 2011, he left the world in such a hurry. He would say, 'Death is not something you lament about.' I think so, too. He left us a gift that we cannot see."
Those are the words of Takeaki Kunimoto, former audio director for Hudson Soft and composer of the score for NES cult hit Milon's Secret Castle
. He's just one of the industry professionals remembering composer Ryu Umemoto
, who passed away a year ago at the age of just 37.
While Umemoto wasn't well known in the West -- he was the composer for Japanese cult 1990s hits like EVE burst error
and, more recently, Cave shooters such as Akai Katana
-- he was looked at as a hardworking mentor to many of his colleagues in Japan, such as famed Streets of Rage
and Etrian Odyssey
composer Yuzo Koshiro.
"Umemoto-san, I am deeply shocked. When I was not well, he gave me an advice: 'Zen would be good for it.' I occasionally do it still. Please rest in peace," Koshiro says, in the memorial
-- which is a full remembrance of the composer, based on interviews with him and his family, friends, and colleagues, and which covers his professional life from the 1990s through last year.