By Jeriaska . September 6, 2008 . 3:26pm
Last year, 5pb Records organized a concert during which prominent videogame composers performed renditions of their own compositions and remixed their favorite tunes from the history of videogame music. The free range of the selections at the Extra – Hyper Game Music Event has made a planned DVD release unlikely due to licensing issues, but a newly announced follow-up will take place the month of the Tokyo Game Show.
Last year’s concert saw Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka and Metal Gear Solid’s Norihiko Hibino team up to perform live renditions of the Theme of Laura and Snake Eater. The composers of Final Fantasy Tactics returned to their arcade shooter roots, Hitoshi Sakimoto reviving Terra Diver and Masaharu Iwata resurrecting Over Horizon, DJ style. SaGa Frontier’s Kenji Ito brought a song from Culdcept Saga to the party, joined by bassist and Shadow Hearts composer Yoshitaka Hirota and singer Kyoko Kishikawa.
This year’s Extra – Hyper Game Music concert will take place October 13 at the Studio Coast Hall in Tokyo. The event includes a number of surprises. Remember the YouTube video of Drakengard’s Nobuyoshi Sano demonstrating the versatility of the Korg DS-10? He’s not done yet. The musician will be joined by The Black Mages’ Michio Okamiya and Chrono Trigger’s Yasunori Mitsuda for a live Korg DS-10 trio. Also on stage will be Folklore’s Shinji Hosoe.
Fans of Earthbound might be glad to hear that Hip Tanaka will be making an appearance. Having contributed to the scores of such classics as Donkey Kong, Metroid and Kid Icarus, the musician lends the event some of its cachet as a retro revival. Yuzo Koshiro and Norihiko Hibino, collaborators on the Etrian Odyssey II Super Arrange album, are also scheduled to appear. More information on the event will be on Siliconera in October.