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15th June 2007, 21:14
Kenji Kawai

Kenji Kawai[1] (川井 憲次 Kawai Kenji?), born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo - Japanese composer, he composes music to movies, anime movies, computer games and for tv stations. He made music to Mamoru Oshii movies, such as Ghost in the Shell and Avalon or Hideo Nakata movies such as Ringu, Ringu 2, Dark Water and latest Kaidan. Lately Kenji Kawai was sound programmer for Silent Hill 3.

After dropping out of nuclear engineering at Tokai University, Kenji Kawai begun studying music at Shobi Music Academy, but he dropped out again after half year. With a few friends, he created the band Muse, playing fusion rock and participating at contest. After winning the contest, they were technically ready to enter the music industry but all decided to part they ways.
After disbanding of Muse Kenij Kawai begn compose music to commercials in his home studio. While recording music for radio actor Yuji Mitsuya he met music director Naoko Asari, who advised him to compose anime soundtracks. Some of his work for anime soundtracks are in movies such as Ranma ½ , Ghost in the Shell or in well known lately Death Note.[2]
After success as anime movies music composer, time has come for live action movies. Kenji Kawai made music mostly to horror movies: Ringu, Ringu 2 and The Ring 0, Dark Water, polish-japanese science-fiction movie Avalon or chinese movie Seven Swords.
He works often with director Mamoru Oshii (both Headgear members) and Hideo Nakata. Work of Kenji Kawai was prized with Annie award and Hong Kong Film Award For music to Inosensu: Kôkaku kidôtai (Ghost in The Shell 2: Innocence) in 2005 he was nominated to Annie award. For music to Chat gim and Muk gong Kenji Kawai was nominated in 2006 and 2007 to Hong Kong Film Award.

His Work in Description

Ghost in The Shell:

In 1995 was the premiere of Ghost in the Shell. Huge success of the movie and many imitate attempts (like Matrix) is also it's music effect, connection of Japanese choir singing parts os prayer Shintō (too kami emi tame) and Japanese drums taiko. Other works are mostlty instrumental, peaceful, with dominance of drums. As bonus, on cd was added pop song "See You Everyday" in cantonese laguage realization of Fang Ka Wing, which cheerfull mood definitely runs away from rest of the work.


Music to movie Avalon are all songs sung only in polish language, telling story of mystical land Avalon. Works have been made by Polish National Philharmonic Orkiestre, Choir of Philharmonic Orkiestre, and solo parts by opera singer Elizabeth Towarnicka. There are few songs definitely setting us in joyful mood, as if Log in or Voyage to Avalon, but also tradicional instrumental songs with drums and electronic music.

Ghost in the shell - Innocence:

Music to second part of the movie Ghost in the shell is using main theme from the first part in a little different arrangement. Songs are more dynamical and lively, there are more drums, making a reall good creation. Two completely new creations are added to the cd (The Doll House, The Doll House 2) and two songs sung by famous jazz singer Kimiko Ito (Follow me, River of Crystals).

Vampire Princess Miyu - TV OST

CD contains 34 amazing creations. Opening for TV series - Shinma no Kodou introduces us to its climate with the aid of flutes, feminine chorus and piano. Solo parts are sung by Kasahara Hiroko(Aitai), Nagasawa Miki(Manmaru Temari Uta - sings with children) and Suzuki Saeko (ending Miyu Yachiyo with flute and piano). Besides the few ones mentioned, there are many fight scenes themes where we can hear fiddle, piano and sometimes drums.

List of Works

Years 1985 – 1990

Year Title Genre
1986. めぞん一刻 (Maison ikkoku, Ikkoku House) TV series
1987. 地獄の番犬:赤い目がね (Akai Megane, The Red Spectacles) OAV
1987. デビルマン (Devilman - The Birth) OAV
1988. 機動警察パトレイバ— (Mobile Police Patlabor) OAV
1988. 吸血姫美夕 (Vampire Princess Miyu) OAV
1989. 機動警察パトレイバ— (Mobile Police Patlabor) TV series
1989. らんま1/2 (Ranma 1/2) TV series
1989. 機動警察パトレイバ— 劇場版 (Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie) movie
1989. らんま1/2 熱闘編 (Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle) TV series
1990. デビルマン (Devilman - The Demon Bird) OAV
1990. プロジェケトA子 (Project A-ko) OAV

Years 1991 – 2000

Year Title Genre
1991. バ—ンナップ (Burn up!) OAV
1991. ミカドロイド (Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla) movie
1991. らんま 1/2 中国寝崑崙大決戦! 掟やぶりの激闘編!! (Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China) OAV
1991. 人魚の森 (Mermaid Forest) OAV
1991. 地獄の番犬: ケルベロス (Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops) movie
1991. 魔獣戦士ルナ・ヴァルガ— (Demon Warrior Luna Varga) OAV
1992. ト—キング・ヘッド (Talking Head) movie
1992. 姫ちゃんのリボン (Hime-chan's Ribbon) TV series
1993. らんま1/2 OVA (Ranma OVA) OAV
1993. 無責任艦長タイラ— (Irresponsible Captain Tylor) OAV
1993. 機動警察パトレイバ—2 the Movie (Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie) movie
1994. ブル—シ—ド (Blue Seed) TV series
1994. 戦え!! イクサ—1 (Fight!! Iczer-1) OAV
1995. プリンセス ミネルバ (Princess Minerva) OAV
1995. 攻殻機動隊 (GITS, Ghost Ghost in The Shell) movie
1996. 爆れつハンタ— (Sorcerer Hunters) TV series
1996. 爆れつハンタ— (Baby and Me) TV series
1997. はいぱ—ぽりす (Hyper Police) TV series
1997. 吸血姫美夕 (Vampire Princess Miyu) TV series
1998. リング (Ringu, The Ring) movie: Hideo Nakata
1999. 逮捕しちゃうぞ the MOVIE (You're Under Arrest! The Movie) movie
1999. カオス (Chaos) movie: Hideo Nakata
1999. リング2 (Ringu 2, The Ring 2) movie: Hideo Nakata
1999. 地球防衛企業ダイ・ガ—ド (Dai-Guard) movie
2000. サディスティック&マゾヒスティック (Sadistic and Masochistic) movie: Hideo Nakata
2000. ガラスの脳 (Sleeping Bride) movie Hideo Nakata

Years 2001 – 2007

Year Title Genre
2001. ガイスタ—ズ (Geisters - Fractions of Earth) TV series
2001. アヴァロン (Avalon) movie: Mamoru Oshii
2001. UNLOVED movie: Kunitoshi Manda
2001. 新白雪姫伝説プリ—ティア (New Snow White's Legend Pretear) movie
2002. ダ—ク・ウォ—タ— (Dark Water) movie: Hideo Nakata
2002. パトレイバ— WXIII (Patlabor WXIII, Wasted 13: Patlabor the Movie 3) movie
2002. Le Samouraï (Samurai, Samuraj) movie: Giordano Gederlini
2002. Bloody Mallory movie: Julien Magnat
2003. ガンパレ—ド・マ—チ -新たなる行軍歌 (Gunparade March) TV series
2004. 跋扈妖怪传之牙吉 (Kibakichi: Bakko yokaiden) movie: Tomo-O Haraguchi
2004. 跋扈妖怪传之牙吉2 (Kibakichi: Bakko yokaiden 2) movie: Tomo-O Haraguchi
2004. イノセンス (Ghost in The Shell 2: INNOCENCE) movie
2004. ウルトラマンネクサス (Ultraman Nexus) TV series
2005. スタ—シップ・オペレ—タ—ズ (Starship Operators) TV series
2005. MAKOTO movie: Ryoichi Kimizuka
2005. めざめの方舟 (Open Your Mind) movie: Mamoru Oshii
2005. Namgeuk-ilgi (Antarctic Journal) movie: Yim Pil-sung
2005. 七劍(Qī Jian, Seven Swords) movie: Tsui Hark
2005. 輪廻 (Rinne, Reincarnation) movie: Takashi Shimizu
2005. 奇谈 (Kidan) movie: Takashi Komatsu
2006. フェイト/ステイナイト (Fate/Stay Night) TV series
2006. 立喰師列伝 - Tachiguishi-Retsuden (Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters) - music and actor movie: Mamoru Oshii
2006. デスノ—ト (Death Note) movie
2006. 龍虎門 (Dragon Tiger Gate) movie: Wilson Yip
2006. Trapped Ashes movie: Sean S. Cunningham
2006. Death Note: The Last Name movie
2006. 墨攻(Mo Gōng, A Battle of Wits) movie: Zhang Zhiliang
2007. 怪谈 (Kaidan) movie: Hideo Nakata

15th June 2007, 21:18
Akira Yamaoka

Akira Yamaoka (山岡 晃 Yamaoka Akira, born February 6, 1968 in Niigata, Japan) is a musician and video game composer, having scored dozens of titles released by Konami. Yamaoka attended Tokyo Art College, where he studied product design and interior design. He joined Konami on September 21, 1993, after previously being a freelance music composer.

He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill series of video games, for which he composed all the music and sound effects in all four games (this excludes Silent Hill: Play Novel for the Game Boy Advance and "Esperandote" in Silent Hill, composed by Rika Muranaka); much of his work from previous titles has been compiled for the 2006 Silent Hill movie adaptation, directed by Christophe Gans. In the third and fourth games (which are available on the PlayStation 2 and PC and the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC respectively) he worked in collaboration with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and also played a more important role as the games' producer. His music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany. Yamaoka's sound commonly contains strong melancholy undertones and generally identifies with the dark ambient, industrial, and trip-hop genres. Yamaoka also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony on May 27, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric seven-string guitar. He also composed songs in BEMANI Series of KONAMI, also songs featured in Silent Hill were being Transplanted in BEMANI

His first original album, iFUTURELIST, was released in January 2006.

16th June 2007, 00:32
Soundtrackul la GITS Innocence e impresionant Kenji a facut treaba de nota 10.

16th June 2007, 19:19
Soundtrackul la GITS Innocence e impresionant Kenji a facut treaba de nota 10.

Shi nu numai Innocence:clever:

17th June 2007, 09:14

" He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill " - zile intregi ascultam muzica aia..acum mai rar..dar oricum...RUPEEEEE:sohappy:

21st June 2007, 17:05
Hajime Mizoguchi (溝口 肇 Mizoguchi Hajime) is a cellist and composer who was born April 23, 1960 in Tokyo, Japan.

Mizoguchi started playing piano in 1963, at the age of 3, and the cello in 1971. From 1978 to 1985 he attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he majored in violoncello. While at school, he started playing the cello with Japanese pop-singers and working as a studio musician for radio, TV, films, and albums.

In 1982, at the age of 22, he had a serious traffic accident which led to his composing.

In 1986, he released his first album, "Half inch dessert", being listed as composer, arranger, and performer. From that time on, he has released more than 20 albums including motion picture soundtracks, has performed in many concerts on his own or with ensembles, has been a producer for various musicians, and so on. By the late 1980s, he was generally recognized as one of the leading musicians in Japan.

His compositions include the soundtrack to the animated feature film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. In 2006, he composed the original soundtrack of Tokimeki Memorial Only Love along with Teruyuki Nobuchika. He is married to composer Yoko Kanno, with whom he collaborated on the soundtracks for Please Save My Earth and Vision of Escaflowne.

Jin-Roh O.S.T.

21st June 2007, 17:10
i sure hope a little self advertising isn`t punishable by death:beautiful:

21st June 2007, 23:14
i sure hope a little self advertising isn`t punishable by death:beautiful:
Nu, keep on doing the good job!

27th July 2007, 13:18
Soundtrack-ul de la Devil may cry are cineva?

29th July 2007, 23:09
GeeZee - tre de cautat. wich part ?

22nd August 2007, 14:20
Serial Experiments Lain O.S.T.


22nd August 2007, 16:12
Serial Experiments Lain O.S.T.


Cum e? merita? :?:

23rd August 2007, 02:42
Cum e? merita? :?:


23rd August 2007, 03:50
Cum e? merita? :?:

yup. esp. the opening :happy:

23rd August 2007, 14:05
yup. esp. the opening..
i used to listen to that track days`on end..
ps. "Toui Sakebi" an "Cloudy with Ocasional Rain" r also brilliant