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Heaven's Night: An Interview With Akira Yamaoka

December 24, 2007 Article Start Previous Page 4 of 4

Why did Konami choose The Collective?

AY: Basically their graphical skill like I said, and also they really understand the world and concept of Silent Hill.

What do you think of it so far?

AY: They're still working on it, so I can't really comment. But they utilize the next-gen architecture, and I hope it'll be something we can all look forward to.

If you had to pick a previous Silent Hill that the feeling was closest to in Silent Hill 5, which one would you say it is like?

AY: None of them actually. It's really quite original I think.

Switching to a lighter subject, what bands do you like right now? Top five?

AY: The Cult, PJ Harvey, Massive Attack, Metallica, and HIM.

And are there any other composers in games or outside that you admire or enjoy the work of? Now or in the past?

AY: Mr. Uematsu and Mr. Kondo. I respect them both.

I'm listening to Takada Masafumi from Grasshopper Manufacture lately.

AY: Oh he's my drinking buddy! About a half year ago I did a live concert with Grasshopper.

You guys should collaborate!

On His CD, iFuturelist

When did you make iFuturelist, and what was your inspiration for doing that?

AY: It's different from Silent Hill-type music. I think it has a lot of smiley humor. Smiley? Something like that. I started work on it about three years ago.

It has a lot of humor, yeah. Some of the songs are very strange, like Lionzuki. What were you trying to say with those songs?

AY: I like '80s music very much, like electro-type music. It sounded cool and soulful. When I was a student, I thought this one song was really cool, and I checked the lyrics, and I found out they were the complete opposite of what I thought. For example, that song said something like, "If you smoke too much, you'll get lung cancer. So you should reduce tobacco." Something like that.

It was very shocking to me, to find out that the lyrics didn't have any meaning. So I like those lyrics after all, when they don't really meet with your expectation of the music, and that's what I wanted to do with my music, like with Lionzuki. It's good music, but the lyrics don't have any meaning.

So is it just for the sound of the voice, and the pronunciation of the syllables that you pick specific words?

AY: Yeah, it's really just about the sounds. So like with Lionzuki, it just sounds good.

Actually, my favorite song on there was more like trance-type sound. I think it was number two or three or four. That was the most normal one, so I feel bad that it's my favorite.

AY: But that trance-type music has some originality to it too, I hope. I wanted to add that smiley humor as well.

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