Nick Dwyer dives deep with the Street Fighter II composer – plus, Sony’s blockbuster console, and a dazzling take on Ghost in the Shell.
Yoko Shimomura’s soundtrack for Capcom’s Street Fighter II became one of the most influential of the early ‘90s – the soundtrack to skipping school and hanging out at your local arcade, when young people, once upon a time, did indeed “hang out” at video game arcades. Although that soundtrack alone would land her in any VGM hall-of-fame, she went on to become a celebrated composers as the generations progressed. Leaving Capcom for greener pastures at Square, she composed the music for legendary titles like Legend of Mana and Kingdom Hearts. With the recent Final Fantasy game’s soundtrack under her belt, it’s safe to say she’s one of the most accomplished composers there is, and we’re thrilled to feature her on this season of Diggin’ in the Carts. Also on this episode: some of the best soundtracks to ever to land on Sony’s blockbuster PlayStation console; a celebration of Koji Kondo; and a dig into the ‘90s techno-infused Ghost in the Shell soundtrack courtesy of, well, Courtesy, the rising Danish producer and DJ.
This week, Nick Dwyer welcomes Yoko Shimomura, the celebrated Japanese composer and pianist who lists Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel as her greatest influences.
Crystal King keyboardist Hiromi Imakiire composed the music to one video game only: the obscure Japanese role-playing game Burai II.
Here’s a mid-’80s photo of Capcom’s all-female sound team.
The gameplay for Kaze no Notam is something you must see for yourself.