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'''Kōichi Sugiyama''' (''すぎやま こういち, Sugiyama Kō'ichi?'') (his birth name is 椙山 浩一, which is pronounced the same) (born April 11, 1931) is the controversial lead composer of the ''[[Dragon Quest (series)|Dragon Quest]]'' series, with other works done for Japanese TV shows, such as ''Space Runaway Ideon'', ''Cyborg 009'' and ''Gatchaman''. Because of the incredible length of his career, Suigyama's accomplishments have been officially recognized by the Guinness World record association.
 
'''Kōichi Sugiyama''' (''すぎやま こういち, Sugiyama Kō'ichi?'') (his birth name is 椙山 浩一, which is pronounced the same) (born April 11, 1931) is the controversial lead composer of the ''[[Dragon Quest (series)|Dragon Quest]]'' series, with other works done for Japanese TV shows, such as ''Space Runaway Ideon'', ''Cyborg 009'' and ''Gatchaman''. Because of the incredible length of his career, Suigyama's accomplishments have been officially recognized by the Guinness World record association.
  
 
==History on Dragon Quest==
 
==History on Dragon Quest==
Sugiyama started composing with a smaller Japanese home computer called the "PC-8801", and was working for [[Enix]] (now known as [[Square Enix]]). In 1986 he composed for the hit RPG video game {{DQ}} for the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]]. That game became something like an orchestral introduction to younger people in Japan. Sugiyama is the very first video game composer to record his video game music with a live orchestra. In 1986, the CD "[[Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite]]" was released, utilizing the London Philharmonic Orchestra to interpret Sugiyama's melodies.
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Sugiyama started composing with a smaller Japanese home computer called the "PC-8801", and was working for [[Enix]] (now known as [[Square Enix]]). In 1986 he composed for the hit RPG video game {{DQ}} for the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]]. That game became something like an orchestral introduction to younger people in Japan. Sugiyama is the very first video game composer to record his video game music with a live orchestra. In 1986, the CD "[[Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite]]" was released, utilizing the London Philharmonic Orchestra to interpret Sugiyama's melodies.
  
In 1987, he composed for {{DQ2}}, and then held the very first video game music concert in the world. "Family Classic Concert" was arranged and conducted by Sugiyama himself. It was performed by the Tokyo String Music Combination Playing Group on August 20, 1987 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan. "Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite" and "[[Dragon Quest II Symphonic Suite]]" were performed. The "Family Classic Concerts" have done exceptionally well with audiences every time; since then, Sugiyama has held over eighteen of them all across Japan.
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In 1987, he composed for {{DQ2}}, and then held the very first video game music concert in the world. "Family Classic Concert" was arranged and conducted by Sugiyama himself. It was performed by the Tokyo String Music Combination Playing Group on August 20, 1987 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan. "Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite" and "[[Dragon Quest II Symphonic Suite]]" were performed. The "Family Classic Concerts" have done exceptionally well with audiences every time; since then, Sugiyama has held over eighteen of them all across Japan.
  
 
Sugiyama continued to compose for video games from 1987 to 1990.  In 1991 he introduced a series of video game music concerts, five in all, called the Orchestral Game Concerts, which were performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The performances included over eighteen different video game composers such as Koji Kondo, Yoko Kanno, Kentarou Haneda, Nobuo Uematsu, Keiichi Suzuki, as well as Sugiyama himself.  These concerts were held from 1991 to 1996; during this time, Sugiyama composed for other video games and arranged some of them to be performed in the Orchestral Game Concerts.
 
Sugiyama continued to compose for video games from 1987 to 1990.  In 1991 he introduced a series of video game music concerts, five in all, called the Orchestral Game Concerts, which were performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The performances included over eighteen different video game composers such as Koji Kondo, Yoko Kanno, Kentarou Haneda, Nobuo Uematsu, Keiichi Suzuki, as well as Sugiyama himself.  These concerts were held from 1991 to 1996; during this time, Sugiyama composed for other video games and arranged some of them to be performed in the Orchestral Game Concerts.
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Latest revision as of 09:53, 23 May 2020

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Kōichi Sugiyama (すぎやま こういち, Sugiyama Kō'ichi?) (his birth name is 椙山 浩一, which is pronounced the same) (born April 11, 1931) is the controversial lead composer of the Dragon Quest series, with other works done for Japanese TV shows, such as Space Runaway Ideon, Cyborg 009 and Gatchaman. Because of the incredible length of his career, Suigyama's accomplishments have been officially recognized by the Guinness World record association.

History on Dragon Quest[edit]

Sugiyama started composing with a smaller Japanese home computer called the "PC-8801", and was working for Enix (now known as Square Enix). In 1986 he composed for the hit RPG video game Dragon Quest for the Nintendo Entertainment System. That game became something like an orchestral introduction to younger people in Japan. Sugiyama is the very first video game composer to record his video game music with a live orchestra. In 1986, the CD "Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite" was released, utilizing the London Philharmonic Orchestra to interpret Sugiyama's melodies.

In 1987, he composed for Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and then held the very first video game music concert in the world. "Family Classic Concert" was arranged and conducted by Sugiyama himself. It was performed by the Tokyo String Music Combination Playing Group on August 20, 1987 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan. "Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite" and "Dragon Quest II Symphonic Suite" were performed. The "Family Classic Concerts" have done exceptionally well with audiences every time; since then, Sugiyama has held over eighteen of them all across Japan.

Sugiyama continued to compose for video games from 1987 to 1990. In 1991 he introduced a series of video game music concerts, five in all, called the Orchestral Game Concerts, which were performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. The performances included over eighteen different video game composers such as Koji Kondo, Yoko Kanno, Kentarou Haneda, Nobuo Uematsu, Keiichi Suzuki, as well as Sugiyama himself. These concerts were held from 1991 to 1996; during this time, Sugiyama composed for other video games and arranged some of them to be performed in the Orchestral Game Concerts.

In September 1995, Sugiyama composed the Dragon Quest Ballet, which was choreographed by Minoru Suzuki. It premiered in 1996, and came back in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002. During those years, Kōichi also released the Symphonic Suites for the Dragon Quest games he had worked on thus far. As this was the very first ballet inspired by a video game in the world, Sugiyama was awarded a place in the Guinness World Records book for his accomplishment.

In late 2004, he finished and released the Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Original soundtrack, and the "Dragon Quest VIII Symphonic Suite" as well.

In 2005, he was holding a series of concerts in Japan with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, as well as his classic compositions from the past. In August 2005, his music from Dragon Quest was performed live at the European Symphonic Game Music Concert. There, for the first time, his music was presented in a live symphonic concert outside Japan.

From 2006, he also worked on diverse projects, one of them being the music for Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. On August 19, 2006 Sugiyama announced Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies's production in Japanese video game magazine Famitsu as saying "I'm not sure when Dragon Quest IX will be released, but it seems that progress is continually being made. I'm personally excited."

On January 26th, 2016, Sugiyama received his second award from Guinness World Records, celebrating his status as the world's oldest video game composer at age 85.

Dragon Quest Discography[edit]

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Non-Dragon Quest Works[edit]

Sugiyama has a lengthy career of composition spanning several decades. Some of the highlights of his work include:

Political jingles[edit]

  • Nippon no Kokoro (Heart of Japan), official party anthem

Film and Animation[edit]

  • The Return of Ultraman (1971), television series
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: the movie (1978), animated film
  • Cyborg 009 (1979), anime
  • Space Runaway Ideon (1980), anime
  • The Sea Prince and the Fire Child (1981), animated film
  • The Yearling (1983), animated film
  • Godzilla vs Biollante (1989), voted by Japanese fans as the best Godzilla film in a 2014 poll.
  • Magical Knight Rayearth 1 & 2 (1994~1995), anime
Sugiyama's cameo as a playable and enemy species in 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron

Other Video Games[edit]

  • World Golf (1985~1990), various
  • Jesus (1987), Famicom
  • Angelus: the Gospel of Evil (1987), NEC PC-8801
  • 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron (1990), NEC PC-9801
  • Jesus 2 (1991), various
  • Tetris 2 & Bombliss (1991), Famicom
  • Master of Monsters (1991), Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
  • E.V.O. the search for Eden (1992), Super Nintendo
  • Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer (1995), Super Famicom
    • Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer Special Arrange Version (1995), album arrangement, with Hayato Matsuo
    • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS (2006), Nintendo DS, with Hayato Matsuo
    • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (2019), iOS/Android, with Hayato Matsuo
  • Shiren the Wanderer GB: Moonlight-Village Monster (1997), Game Boy
  • Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle! (2000), Nintendo 64
  • Derby Stallion 64 (2001), Nintendo 64
  • Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert (2001), Game Boy Color
    • Shiren the Wanderer DS2: Magic Castle of the Desert (2008), Nintendo DS, with Hayato Matsuo
  • Shiren the Wanderer 3: The Sleeping Princess of the Karakuri Mansion (2008), Nintendo Wii, with Hayato Matsuo
    • Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable (2010), PlayStation Portable, with Hayato Matsuo
  • Shiren the Wanderer 4: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel (2010), Nintendo DS, with Hayato Matsuo
    • Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel (2012), PlayStation Portable, with Hayato Matsuo

Compositional Style and Inspirations[edit]

Sugiyama has stated that Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and George Frideric Handel are his main sources of inspiration. His style varies between games and other media, but maintains a strong thematic quality reminiscent of Baroque and early-Classical work.

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