13 Facts About Akira Yamaoka


Akira Yamaoka is a Japanese composer and music producer.


Akira Yamaoka is best known for composing music for several video games in the Silent Hill series by Konami, among other games.


Akira Yamaoka attended Tokyo Art College, where he studied product design and interior design.


Akira Yamaoka originally planned to follow a career in design.


Akira Yamaoka immediately began to work on the games Contra: Hard Corps, Sparkster, and Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.


When Konami began searching for a musician to compose Silent Hill's score, Akira Yamaoka volunteered because he thought he was the only one capable of making the soundtrack.


On December 2,2009, it was announced that Akira Yamaoka was leaving his long term employer Konami.


On February 3,2010, it was announced that Akira Yamaoka has joined Grasshopper Manufacture and was working with Goichi Suda and Shinji Mikami on their action game, Shadows of the Damned.


Akira Yamaoka was first appointed to the role of chief sound officer at Grasshopper, but became involved in aspects of game production as well.


In July 2016, Akira Yamaoka performed live at the BitSummit 4th indie game festival in Kyoto, Japan.


Akira Yamaoka stated in a 2009 interview that his favorite game creator is Suda51 and his favorite video game is No More Heroes.


In March 2011, Akira Yamaoka auctioned some of his musical instruments for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami Play for Japan flood relief.


Akira Yamaoka is married to Ai "Tamu" Murata, who is the drummer of the heavy metal band Nemophila.