Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Saori Kobayashi

Saori Kobayashi Kobayashi began her musical career at Sega around 1993, and primarily worked on Game Gear and Master System titles such as Sonic Drift 2, Sonic Triple Trouble, Sylvan Tale, Donald Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck and more. She branched out into the Saturn performing sound effects for NiGHTS Into Dreams, but her…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Manaka Kataoka

Manaka Kataoka Kataoka joined Nintendo in 2006, and her debut was the breakout Wii smash Wii Fit. However, her future projects brought her into the realms of Nintendo’s larger franchises, with Animal Crossing: City Folk in 2008 and Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks in 2009. Contributing remixes to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, she…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Jessica Curry

Jessica Curry Curry is the co-founder and lead composer for the developer The Chinese Room, and has quickly garnered a lot of accolades for her musical contributions to all of the company’s games thus far, including Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Unfortunately, the experience of working with Sony on the latter caused…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Miki Higashino

Miki Higashino Higashino was one of Konami’s long-term composers (although she is currently not working in the video game industry), starting off her storied musical career with the arcade version of Gradius. She would continue to be a part of that series’ aural legacy by composing for Salamander, Life Force, Gradius III and the Gradius…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Miyoko Takaoka

Miyoko Takaoka (Kobayashi) Takaoka originally began her career at Hot-B, working on Super Black Bass and Ancient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou Sekai before moving onto a few separate freelance roles, creating music for Wizardry I-III, Langrisser: Hikari no Matsuei, Terranigma, The Granstream Saga, and HRESVELGR before settling in with GUST to work on their Atelier series for…

Music: Harvey Danger’s “Little Round Mirrors”

I feel that some of my favorite bands deserved more than what they got. Case in point — Harvey Danger, the one-hit wonder behind “Flagpole Sitta” who put out splendidly good music on their following two albums with nary a notice from the musical world at large before folding. It’s a shame. Here’s a poignant…

Music – Top VGM STKs #23 – 25: Metroid, Freedom Planet, Sonic CD

Metroid was one of the first games that really reached beyond mere catch melody for something far more atmospheric; Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka’s alien compositions mirror the foreign tilesets and enemy sprites that comprise Zebes on the NES. They’re surreal, strange and sensationally effective at establishing each area as a unique and unsettling place. The series…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Ellen Meijers

Ellen Meijers (also known as Ellen Meijers-Gabriel) Meijers is mostly known for her sound work; having worked on several Star Wars titles for Lucasarts, among others, as well as sound design for some Apple programs. We are featuring her here however for her contributions to the Oddworld series, where she composed the first two titles…