Mighty No. 9 Composer Manami Matsumae On How She Creates Music

By Ishaan . April 3, 2014 . 3:31pm


Mighty No. 9 composer Manami Matsumae—known for composing music for a number of Capcom games (including Mega Man) in the past—recently answered questions from the game’s backers, pertaining to various subjects, such as how she goes about composing music and more.


“Songs usually come to me when I’m at my keyboard plucking away at home,” Matsumae says in reply to a question asking whether she finds inspiration while she’s out and about. “There are all sorts of instrumental timbers, right? I think to myself, ‘let’s try making a song in this timbre today,’ and when I play… it comes to me.”


“Nothing comes to me until I start playing,” she adds.


Matsumae then discusses at what point she generally feels that one can begin composing music for a game.


“That comes more or less last. The game has to be pretty much done,” Matsumae shares. “The stage’s setting and the kind of scene the theme will be used for have to be firmly set. Game music always gets put on the back burner… If you make something before everything has been decided, you’ll be asked to redo it later, and you would’ve wasted your time.”


“You don’t have to wait for the game to be 100% complete to start composing; 75% works just as well. You have to work as hard as you can, and make everything in one burst.”

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  • Razvaille

    Individual boss themes. That’s a amazing idea!!!

  • D. Collins

    Can we get a release date for Azure Striker Gunvolt??

    • Musashi234

      They just said Summer soo Maybe June-August.

  • Aoshi00

    very interesting interview.. never knew about this composer before, but the Mighty No. 9 theme is awesome, there’s alrdy 8-bit or guitar rendition on youtube too. would definitely get this soundtrack once the game came out. I love DQ 3’s Heavenly Flight too. It’s such sad and touching music when playing in the Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken anime, Makes me think of Avan-sensei.. It’s funny I didn’t know the name of the track until she said it.. then I searched it, oh it’s that one I’ve listened to forever :)

  • Musashi234

    If each boss had their own theme that would be Superb!!!!Oh man they could do it like Metal Gear Rising how each boss has their own Song and it Changed after you get their health down to a certain point!!! THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!!!

  • There’s another MN9 video that interviews her called “At Home with
    Manami Matsumae” that’s also very interesting. I play music (well, try to lol), and some of what she said made a lot of sense.
    I’m looking forward to hearing the tunes!

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