Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Noriko Matsueda

Noriko Matsueda Matsueda joined Square in 1994 and began her career assisting recent hire Yoko Shimomura on the original Front Mission for the Super Famicom. Her first exposure to International audiences came with 1995’s Chrono Trigger, where she stepped in to assist the ill Yasunori Mitsuda with one track, “Boss Battle 1”, which Nabuo Uematsu…

Music: Mirah’s “Information” (and “Hot Hot”)

I’m super on the tip of newness this week, as Mirah put up this brand new track from her upcoming album Understanding earlier this week, and I kinda love it? It embodies a lot of cutting commentary on the current state of America in its lyrics, and it highlights how amazing her voice is. The…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yuko Takehara

Yuko Takehara Takehara joined Capcom around 1993, where she was first tasked to provide support for the arcade version of The Punisher. She was later selected to lead the composition on Marvel crossover titles X-Men Vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel Vs. Capcom, arguably her best-known work for the company. Other…

Music – Our Lady Peace’s “Head Down”

I’ve been a fan of Our Lady Peace for quite some time now…getting close to 20 years! And I’ve been waiting for an album that approaches the best of their material from the 90s, and I believe Somethingness is the one that gets closest. There’s an energy, a passion and a depth to the songs…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Maki Kirioka

Maki Kirioka Kirioka began her video gaming career with Graphic Research, working on SNES titles like Mickey’s Tokyo Disneyland Adventure and Derby Jockey 2. It was when she chose to work at Konami that her star began to rise, producing music for Tokimeki Memorial as her first major role at the company. She was quickly…

Music – Top VGM STKs #14 – 16 – Castlevania (NES), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Castlevania‘s musical legend began right at the start, with Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima putting together a demonically delight of a soundtrack that might stand as the first perfect OST in gaming to me. From “Wicked Child” to “Vampire Killer”, from “Out of Time” to “Voyager”, from “Stalker” to “Walking on the Edge”, every song…

Music: Kimya Dawson’s “Loose Lips”

Whew, this week was a shitshow wasn’t it? Holy fuck. Well, here’s a song that shows its age a little but swap out the presidents and it’s still very apropos. I should sample more of Kimya’s work; I liked what they used in Juno. Anyway, from Remember That I Love You.

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman Karpman composes for a multitude of media, and has received wide acclaim for her work in movies and TV, including the films Step and Paris Can Wait, and TV shows Odyssey 5 and Black Nativity. She has also composed for several video games, best known for her work on Sony Online Entertainment’s EverQuest series,…

Music – Land of Talk’s “Heartcore”

You know, Land of Talk has become such a huge band for me the past couple years. I don’t remember why I even checked out their Cloak and Cipher CD before I moved, but I can’t imagine my life in its current form without their music. Today I’m sharing another great song from Life After…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shinobu Tanaka

Shinobu Nagata (nee Tanaka) Nagata was hired by Nintendo EAD around 2001, beginning her musical career working on Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion. The Super Mario franchise would continue to offer her opportunities to expand her musical craft; she co-composed Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and took solo duty for Mario Kart DS. When…