Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yoshino Aoki

Yoshino Aoki Aoki began her composing career at Capcom, where she was tasked with creating rearrangements of Kinuyo Yamashita’s compositions for the PS1 port of Mega Man X3. She also showed off her singing voice by providing vocals to Roll’s theme from Mega Man Battle and Chase, which was subsequently reused in Marvel Vs. Capcom….

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Penka Kouneva

Penka Kouneva Kouneva is a Bulgarian composer who has worked in many mediums — film, TV, video games, and other media — who began her career in 2000 doing the score for a thesis film. This led to other opportunities, including the realm of video games, where she has been the composer or orchestral lead…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Saki Kasuga

Saki Kasuga Kasuga (maiden name Haruyama) started her composing career at Intelligent Systems, beginning on the second Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem title with the series’ lead composer Yuka Tsujiyoko. She would continue to work at the company for several years, providing music and sound to Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Fire Emblem: Sacred…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Rika Muranaka

Rika Muranaka Muranaka got her start outside of the gaming industry; she was signed to Columbia Records and released four CDs of original music, produced music for commercials, advertising, governmental films and other media, and had contributed to Casio’s electronic keyboard sounds — in short, she was quite established. In 1997 she was intrigued by…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Winifred Phillips

Winifred Phillips Phillips has been one of the leading western women composers in the 2000s to the present, contributing to several huge franchises and garnering widescreen acclaim and accolades for her work in the medium. She got her start working on God of War, Sony’s action/adventure franchise launcher back in 2005; since then, she has…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Marika Suzuki

Marika Suzuki Suzuki joined Capcom sometime in 2004, getting a special thanks credit in Under the Skin. Serving as a supporting composer over her tenure with the company, she’s had a hand in several major franchises, such as Monster Hunter, Mega Man Star Force, Dead Rising, Sengoku Basara, Lost Planet, Bionic Commando, and Street Fighter….

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Kumi Tanioka

Kumi Tanioka Tanioka joined Square-Enix in 1998, and quickly built up a name for herself by working on several Final Fantasy spin-offs, such as Chocobo’s Dungeon, Crystal Chronicles, and XI. Crystal Chronicles is where she truly left her mark, creating the soundtracks for the entire sub-franchise and defining it with her renaissance evoking instrumentation. She…

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…