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Akira Yamaoka

Master of aural gloom and suspense, the Japanese musician and composer Akira Yamaoka is best-known for his work on the soundtrack for the Silent Hill video game series, where he used a mixture of ambient, trip-hop, rock, and industrial to chilling effect. The Niigata-born Yamaoka, who names Depeche Mode, Metallica, and Angelo Badalamenti as his influences, initially wanted to be a designer, and graduated from Tokyo Art College, but fell under the sway of artists such as Mick Karn of Japan and Steve Strange of Visage, who, in Yamaoka's words, "combined the notions of Art and Music with their own new style." He debuted in 1991 with the soundtrack to Smart Ball game, done with Yasuhiko Fukuda and Manabu Saito; in 1993, he joined Konami and continued to work on game soundtracks, keeping a relatively low profile through most of the ‘90s. His big break came in 1999, when he convinced the producers that he was the man to score the first Silent Hill game. It was a best-seller, and Yamaoka became the main composer for the whole franchise (excluding two minor spin-offs), adding duties as the producer of the game after Silent Hill 3 (2003); since the third installment of the series he also began working with vocalists Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa. Music from Silent Hill 2 was performed at the Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig in 2005, and in 2006, some compositions from the series were included in the "Play! A Video Game Symphony" live performance, Yamaoka with a seven-string guitar sharing the stage with an orchestra at its world premiere in Chicago. His music for the games was used in the 2006 movie adaptation of Silent Hill, which also included work by Jeff Danna; the same year Yamaoka released his debut album, the electronica-leaning iFUTURELIST, and then did soudntracks for the two next Silent Hill games, Origins and Homecoming, which followed in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
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By far..SH3 was the best.
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It's kind of cool how some of the later games began to explore phobias and The Room was playing on the idea of agoraphobia; everywhere was unsafe except that room if you took care not to let the world in. Plus, the sound track for this game was amazing.
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Silent hill 3 was the best can't wait for silent hills tho
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Damn i love SH4 BEST ONE OF ALL THIS SONG TAKES ME BACK,wish i could play this game again
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Lol, Silent Hill 4 didn't feel like a Silent Hill game.
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this is my favorite videogame soundtrack (silent hill 2)
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when im making my videos i listion to silent hill and let my mind run free and then film the emotions the music brings me
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iFuturelist is amazing and I think you guys should check it out. My favorite Silent Hill soundtrack is Silent Hill 4 :)
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I love Akira Yamaoka's work. The only soundtracks I don't have of this series is Shattered Memories and Downpour. All of them are awesome.
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sephiroth232 2 3
Silent Hill 2 has its own station, people. XD
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bluerockerdr a g o n g i r l
Perhaps they are unable to attain the other albums due to copyright issues? They are extremely popular, so I could see Konami being very attached to the rights.
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Where is Silent Hill 2, aka best game ever according to Yahtzee? That game had fan-f**king- t a s t i c music!
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It is a sad sight to see this sensational artist with so few works on this site.
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I agree. Pandora must at least acquire the albums of Silent Hill 2 & 3. Both feature some of the best of Yamaoka's work.
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evangelion19 7 7 1
You guys need to add at least Silent Hill 2 to this or Shattered Memories!
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Silent Hill 2 is the best soundtrack of the entire group in my mind, too bad its not around Pandora.
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All the silent hill soundtracks need to be on this site, along with a legit picture, how does one go about doing that?
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Pandora needs all 7 albums. 4 Only had a few good songs on it in my opinion. But at least Yamaoka was even on here, unlike some other sites.
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i think she composed for all those silent hill games, SH4 is just a picture for the artist
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We really need Silent Hill 2 and 3 soundtracks on here, as well as The Silent Hill: Origins soundtrack. SH4 was only mediocre.
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creepybaseme n t
If you guys want to hear more Akira you should suggest the Silent Hill 2 OST.
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Really kind of wishing Pandora would have more of his music to listen to.
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Kind of yeah.. I was hoping to hear some of his harder pieces. More metal and rust!
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All they have is SH 4 soundtrack? That sucks
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Great music artist! It's sad he was the last person to have left the production/m a k i n g s of all of the Silent Hill games.

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