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Deaf Onimusha: Warlords composer admits to using a ghostwriter

Posted on February 5, 2014 AT 06:00pm

The Japan Times reports that deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi, who is listed as the man behind the soundtracks to Resident Evil: Director’s Cut and Onimusha: Warlords, has actually used a ghostwriter for more than a decade. Samuragochi gained fame in Japan for composing game and movie soundtracks despite losing his hearing 15 years ago at age 35.

A lawyer representing Samuragochi said his client “says it is totally inexcusable, and he deeply regrets [what happened]. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts.”

According to The Japan Times, Samuragochi typically gives his unidentified ghostwriter general “ideas and images,” and then that person composes the actual music.

“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. Samuragochi has come to describe himself as the sole composer,” the lawyer said.

Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is scheduled to use Samuragochi’s “Sonatina for Violin” during his short program at the Sochi Olympics next week. While it’s likely no changes will be made to that performance given the short timeframe involved, Samuragochi’s music label, Nippon Columbia, will immediately cease shipping his albums or selling them online, and the status of his current Japanese concert tour is up in the air.

Source: The Japan Times

Andrew Fitch, Managing Editor
Andrew Fitch, a proud Japanese RPG and serial-comma enthusiast, has been attending E3 for more than a decade now. His least-proud moment? That time in 2004 when, suffering from utter exhaustion, he decided to take a break on the creepy, dilapidated—and possibly cursed—La-Z-Boy at Konami’s Silent Hill booth. Follow Andrew’s adventures in avoiding cursed furniture at his Twitter feed: @twittch. Meet the rest of the crew.

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