Brave Wave Productions
Based in Tokyo, Japan
5 February, 2015
After two years of work, musician Keiji Yamagishi and director Mohammed Taher are ready to unveil their year-long project titled THE RETRO-ACTIVE EXPERIENCE. Keiji Yamagishi is a Famicom-era pioneer and has composed music for some of the most beloved gaming franchises, notably Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, Captain Tsubasa and Gitaroo Man. Twenty-five years later and surer of his place in life, Keiji Yamagishi is stepping into the limelight once more to present his first-ever solo project, split into three parts to be released throughout 2015, beginning with Retro-Active Pt. 1. Inspired from his Famicom days and fueled with more passion and directness, Keiji Yamagishi sends us all into a "futuristic emotional chiptunes world", as he himself has described it.
After director Taher worked with Yamagishi on one track for the label's debut album, World 1-2 (May 2013), he approached Yamagishi to work together on a solo album. In an interview with Taher, Yamagishi stated that the reason he quit the industry was because he felt his style wasn't appreciated anymore. "After the PlayStation 2, in Japan, the direction for game music has changed, and if you're not a person into making movie soundtrack-like music, then a job won't come your way. Unfortunately, that's not my style. I can't conduct an orchestra. I felt as if my music was no longer needed." With the help of Brave Wave, Yamagishi is back again to composing for games, having recently made music for Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, and is currently scoring an unannounced game for Marvelous.
- Yamagishi infuses his early Famicom roots with modern chiptune sounds and production.
- Mixing by Gold Award-winner Marco Guardia (of Flutlicht, DJ Tatana).
- Collaborations with Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man) and guitarist Stemage (of the rock group Metroid Metal).
- Remixes by Takahiro Izutani (of Bayonetta), Brave Wave newcomer Smoke Thief, and Yamagishi's longtime friend Riki Arai.
- Art by David Hellman (of the video game Braid) and Cory Schmitz (of PlayStation, Below, etc).
There are currently no trailers available for Retro-Active Pt. 1. Check back later for more or contact us for specific requests!
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About Brave Wave Productions
Brave Wave is a music label based in Japan, dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music and nostalgia. The dual-natured label produces and publishes music albums, both solo and compilations, as well as compose music for videogames. It is run by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher, with operating duties handled by Tokyo-based Alexander Aniel, plus special co-directing from Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man) and Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden).
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Retro-Active Pt. 1 Credits
Creative Director, Project and Marketing Manager
Associate Director, Mixing Engineer
Media Relations, Editor