Good things come to those who wait – and sometimes, they come a little earlier than expected. Play for Japan: The Album is now available for download – a collection of all-new tunes contributed by video game composers including Akira Yamaoka, Bear McCreary, Inon Zur, Jason Graves, Laura Shigihara, Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, Tommy Tallarico and Woody Jackson.
The idea – originally conceived by Yamaoka-san – was for the games industry to pull together in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan (and shook the world) on March 11th 2011. Proceeds from the album will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
I’m so proud to share this with videogame and music fans, thanks to the hard work of friends and fellow composers from around the world. With so many diverse artists and styles featured, this truly is a global effort towards a worthwhile cause.
- Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | Ex Animo
- Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | We Are One
- Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | Maverick Regeneration
- Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | Rise Up
- Hip Tanaka.ß (Metroid) | HVC-1384
- Inon Zur (Dragon Age) feat. The Lyris Quartet | Remember
- Jason Graves (Dead Space) | Necromancer
- Laura Karpman (Everquest II) in collaboration with Lisbeth Scott | Pine Wind Sound
- Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | Jump
- Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | Super Mario Medley *
- Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | Play for You
- Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | Reminiscence
- Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | Every New Morning
- Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands) | White Cloud
- Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | The Temple Stone
- Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | Greater Lights
- Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | Moshi Moshi
- Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | Dimension Break
* only available in iTunes version
The cover art has been contributed by celebrated illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (best known for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise).
“All-star videogame composers and Amano-san’s visual design – I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect collaboration.
Play for Japan: The Album is currently available via iTunes in selected territories. If you’re not one of the lucky ones, sit tight. The album will be available worldwide via both iTunes and Amazon.com starting July 15th.