Haruomi Hosono ‎– The Best Of Video Game Music

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Alfa ‎– 32XA-66, Namco ‎– 32XA-66
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1 Keino Yuriko Xevious
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Keino Yuriko
6:16
2 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Bosconian
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
0:15
3 Kai Toshifu Pac-Man
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Kai Toshifu
2:57
4 Keino Yuriko Phozon
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Keino Yuriko
2:12
5 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Mappy
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
3:36
6 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Libble Rabble
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
3:36
7 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Pole Position
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
2:43
8 Nobuyuki Ohnogi New Rally-X
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
3:12
9 Keino Yuriko Dig Dug
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Keino Yuriko
1:30
10 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Galaga
Arranged By – Haruomi HosonoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
4:23
11 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Fanfare From Pole Position II
Arranged By – Koji UenoComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
0:08
12 Keino Yuriko Grobda
Arranged By – Keino YurikoComposed By – Keino Yuriko
0:59
13 Keino Yuriko Dig Dug II
Arranged By – Junko Ozawa, Keino YurikoComposed By – Junko Ozawa, Keino Yuriko
2:01
14 Keino Yuriko Dragon Buster
Arranged By – Keino YurikoComposed By – Keino Yuriko
3:35
15 Nobuyuki Ohnogi Metro Cross (Part I)
Arranged By – Nobuyuki OhnogiComposed By – Nobuyuki Ohnogi
4:00
16 Junko Ozawa Gaplus
Arranged By – Junko OzawaComposed By – Junko Ozawa
2:03
17 Junko Ozawa The Tower Of Druaga
Arranged By – Junko Ozawa, Koji UenoComposed By – Junko Ozawa
3:09

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1984 project by Hosono. At that time, Hosono used to spend some time in video game arcades and he had the idea of releasing a whole album of video game music. The original first album (tracks 1 to 10) was entirely arranged and supervised by him. The second one wasn't but a few tracks were arranged by Koji Ueno (a Yen label artist and leader of Guernica). Even though it might seem as if the tracks were just like random music right out of the game, each track was layered and edited precisely by Hosono. Of course, this is a lot more evident in tracks 1 and 10 (multitracking and reverb is apparent). But Hosono is credited as arranger for tracks 1 to 10, on the vinyl. A leaflet is included in the vinyl, where two writers explain a few of Hosono's ideas that led him to this album ('sound-organisation' / 'digital BGM' / 'random noize generating' / etc). For Hosono, video game music was the young japanese generation's "bubble gum music", interfacing with their everyday life in a very normal manner. The future showed that he was right…

Original album released in 1984. Tracks 11-17 were from a second volume entitled "Return Of Video Game Music". Both were remastered and re-released separately in 1999.

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astro_cat2010

astro_cat2010

February 24, 2010

I've just spent an hour and a half translating different elements but unfortunately was unable to provide the names of the three other composers that had written some of the original "Namco" material. As you might know (or not know) translating names is VERY difficult in japanese, if you don't have the pronounciation or roman writing associated. But the texts associated to this release (in CD booklet or on vinyl leaflet) clearly indicates this album as a Hosono project and release (his name is on the Obi strip with a comment from him).