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Resident Evil and Onimusha composer admits to paying others to write his music

Wednesday, 5th February 2014 12:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Resident Evil and Onimusha composer Mamoru Samuragochi has reportedly admitted to paying other musicians to pen game scores for over almost 20 years.

It comes from a Japan Times report, which states that although Samuragochi referred to himself as “sole composer” of his game scores, he actually gave ideas and commission fees to another, unnamed composer for the work.

Speaking to the paper, the composer’s solicitor apologised for the ruse and added that Samuragochi was, “deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others,” and added, “He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts.”

Considered the “Japanese Beethoven,” Samuragochi first hired the unnamed composer to produce his work in 1996 due to his worsening hearing condition, as quoted by Japan’s NHK network.

The same network aired a documentary on Samuragochi as he visited the Tohoku region after it was ravaged by tsunamis. NHK said of the revelation in a statement, “Through his lawyer, Mamoru Samuragochi confessed that he had asked another composer to create his iconic works.

“NHK has reported on him in news and features programs but failed to realise that he had not composed the works himself, despite our research and checking.”

Among his list of compositions sits Resident Evil: The Director’s Cut and Onimusha: Warlords, two games he allegedly penned scores for while combating a worsening ear condition.

What do you make of the above? Let us know below.

Via Eurogamer.

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5 Comments

  1. Luciferous

    I’m not sure how to feel about this.

    The other guy deserves recognition for the brilliant work he has done,. Samuragochi is only feeling distressed because he has been caught… Hmm

    Thoughts guys?

    #1 8 months ago
  2. fearmonkey

    Wow!!

    Thats a big deal…Surprised there arent more comments on this. Can you imagine Jeremy Soule coming out and saying “yeah I didnt make any of the music!? This is nuts.

    The real composer or composers should be getting all the attention. I wonder if this happens more than we know? I can’t imagine that there are many that don’t actually write their own music in the west, there are so many people unknown that write such great game inspired music.

    Soundcloud, Icompositions, Reverbnation, Mixcloud, Madeloud, has a ton of great unknown musicians and composers in all style and alot of music is a free download.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. fihar

    Not to sound like a cynic, but ghostwriters are actually pretty common, especially in pop music.
    But this? This would be the equivalent of me finding out that Ishiguro didn’t write The Remains of the Day.

    “I’ve been told that there are certain circumstances that make it hard for the person (who composed the works) to come out in public, and Samuragochi has come to describe himself as the sole composer,” the lawyer said.
    Reading this seems to imply that there’s more to the story though, so I’ll try to refrain on passing any judgment on this.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. salarta

    There’s an extremely important detail about this whole story that nobody has found any information about: did Samuragochi confess of his own completely free volition when nobody was asking any questions, or was he forced to confess because people were getting wise to his actions?

    Whichever is the case, it’s true that it doesn’t make up for passing off someone else’s exceptional work as his own. Ghost-writing may be common, but there’s a point at which ghost-writing turns into just plain taking undue credit for someone else’s work. However, it IS important for figuring out how harshly to judge the man. Admitting it when he didn’t have to admit it shows both genuine regret and a certain amount of courage, since he’s risking his entire reputation, employability, and treatment by society in order to do the right thing. Coming clean only because he was about to get caught, however, would show that he’s only doing it to save whatever face he has left.

    I am also very curious about who this person is that can’t go public about the own work, and why that is. The only situations I can conceive of where that would apply are someone legally bound by a terrible and exploitative contract, someone horribly blackmailed into giving up their own creative ability, or someone trapped in a family situation where admitting to such work would lead to their being ostracized or attacked.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. salarta

    Also I think this isn’t getting as much attention because despite how popular this composer may have been, he’s not one of the greatest greats like Akira Yamaoka, Yasunori Mitsuda or Nobuo Uematsu.

    #5 8 months ago

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