Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Junko Tamiya

Junko Tamiya

Tamiya joined Capcom’s Sound Team in 1987, where over the next three years she would be one of the leading musicians for their NES output, contributing soundtracks to Bionic Commando, Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Gun.Smoke, Street Fighter 2010, Sweet Home, and Code Name: Viper. She was also responsible for several key arcade games as well, including the score for the iconic Strider, alongside tracks on Final Fight, Tiger Road, 1943 Kai and Adventure Quiz 2: Hatena? no Daibouken. In 1990 she decided to depart the company and has spent the past few decades working as a concert/event composer/arranger/producer, but recently she has expressed an interest in getting back into the gaming scene after reuniting with several Capcom alum at 2014’s BitSummit (although as of the writing of this article this has not yet come to pass).

Notable Samples:

“Rush! (1 Stage BGM 1)” from Strider, 1989, Capcom

“Area 5 BGM” from Bionic Commando, 1988, Capcom

“Mushroom Forest” from Little Nemo: The Dream Master, 1990, Capcom


Capcom Wikia page for Tamiya –

VGMPF page for Tamiya –