The Japanese were responsible for creating some of the most popular melodies in the world of video games, and composed approximately 500 songs for Square Enix Games. Koichi Sugiyama (Japan, 90 years old) has passed away.
Sugiyama is world-renowned for creating songs and melodies in the video game industry, especially for the popular Dragon Quest legend.
According to a press release posted on the JRPG franchise website, the composer passed away on September 30. In doing so, they mentioned that Sugiyama’s farewell ceremony had already been held there. In addition to hosting private events for family and friends, they also mentioned that Square Enix had the opportunity to host a special event to welcome and pay tribute to the musician.
In fact, Sugiyama’s work has gained great popularity. Given the success of Dragon Quest Legend in Japan, this is not surprising: for example, you can hear the legendary title song from its music score.
He composed approximately 500 songs for the Square Enix JRPG franchise and continued to compose music until his death. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Sugiyama is the first video game composer. “I want to express my condolences to Koji Sugiyama’s friends and relatives,” Enix President Yosuke Matsuda said in a statement. “From the birth of Dragon Quest to the present, what Sugiyama Koichi has done cannot be explained in words.”
Sugiyama’s song was heard at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in July, and the video game soundtrack took over the ceremony. Although known for his Dragon Quest, the musician has also participated in the creation of several other video games, TV series and movies.