At the age of 90, he was considered the oldest video game composer in the world.
Luckily, today many people are aware of the importance of music in the world and in any product. And it is not that great musical composers abound around the planet, but we can find several who have made a difference, and logically I am going to focus on the world of video games. We can find sagas with incredible soundtracks, but focusing on one of them, I am going to talk about Dragon Quest.
I don’t know how they do it, but the Japanese have an incredible talent for creating unforgettable songs. In Dragon Quest, we can find absolutely legendary songs that have accompanied many players since childhood. All those compositions were by one person.
Koichi Sugiyama has passed away at the age of 90, who has been a composer of the entire Dragon Quest saga
In fact, he started in the original ’86 title and the last thing he did was compose for Dragon Quest 12
He holds the Guinness record for the oldest video game composer
Although a legendary composer, he is also known for having been a very controversial person for his political and extremist opinion
In any case, that is not a reason to be happy about his death (I have already seen some who rejoice). If you are a gamer, we are going to keep the incredible legacy that he has left behind in the form of music
The cause of death was septic shock.
Born April 11, 1931, in Tokyo. Composer.
Started writing works while in high school. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he joined Fuji TV through Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, and as a director, he worked on programs such as “Adult Manga,” “The Hit Parade,” and “Shinshun Kakushigei Taikai,” and at the same time began his activities as a composer. Many hit songs such as “Amairo no Kami no Maiden”, “Flower Necklace”, “Fugue of Love”, “Coffee Shop in Student Town”, CM, animation, movie music, instrumental music, fanfare of the start of Nakayama Racecourse in Tokyo, He is involved in a wide range of genres of music such as March. He has been in charge of music for the popular game software “Dragon Quest” series since its release. In order to become an introduction to youth orchestras, concerts of the orchestra’s symphonic suite “Dragon Quest” will be held in various places. Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays at the 2018 Autumn Medal. Selected as a Person of Cultural Merit in 2020.
Award history, etc.
・ Received the 30th Japan Record Award for Special Planning for “Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest III” in 1988.
・ In 1989, won the 3rd Gold Disc Award in the planning category for “Dragon Quest III and to the Legend …”
・ 2016 Certified as Guinness World Records as “the oldest composer in the world to compose game music”
・ Received the Order of the Rising Sun in the autumn of 2018
・ Received the 2020 JASRAC Award “Silver Award”
・ Selected as Person of Cultural Merit in 2020
・ “Lotto Theme” of “Dragon Quest” will be used at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympics