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Olimar12345:
I swear we had one, but I can't find it. Basically, use this topic to help find composer credentials for an arrangement rather than posting a new topic for each inquiry.

Tips for finding the composer info of a game:
-Find a wiki of the game. They usually list the game’s composer(s) there.
-Search for a video of the credits of said game on YouTube.
-If the game has a sound track released, the website vgmdb.net (Video Game Music Data Bass) is an incredible resource that archives this information.


As for the topic, I actually need some help: Does anyone know who composed certain songs in Pokemon X and Y? Everywhere I check just gives me the same four names for the whole ost. I was hoping to try to narrow it down. (Hopefully JDMEK5 or Slow sees this :P )

SlowPokemon:

--- Quote from: Olimar12345 on October 26, 2013, 09:04:44 PM ---I swear we had one, but I can't find it.

As for the topic, I actually need some help: Does anyone know who composed certain songs in Pokemon X and Y? Everywhere I check just gives me the same four names for the whole ost. I was hoping to try to narrow it down. (Hopefully JDMEK5 or Slow sees this :P )

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I have no idea, but I'm assuming that Junichi Masuda wrote all the battle music as that's standard up to this point. The four composers in the credits are Shota Kageyama (as the lead composer I'm assuming he wrote most of the music), Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Sato, and Minako Adachi.

I'd guess that the official soundtrack releasing on iTunes in a couple weeks will have composer details, and if not, then the physical copy releasing in Japan definitely will. So it's just a matter of waiting a bit, I think.

Olimar12345:
Alrighty then. Thanks for the help!

JDMEK5:
Yep. Usually I just use VGMdb to find the composer listings, but those are off the soundtracks. The soundtrack for X and Y (be it iTunes or japanese copy) will have it I almost guarantee.

Although based on track record, it wouldn't be a horrible thought to assume that most battle themes were written by Junichi Masuda. Especially the most mainstream ones. (e.g. Wild Pokemon, Trainer, etc)

And if you really get skilled enough, you can tell who wrote a song by the style. That's right. The style. I've kinda learned to pick out Hitomi Sato's work. (Although tbh she's the composer who writes my least favorite songs from the Pokémon franchise for the most part)
From what I've noticed:
-Junichi Masuda's trademark seems to be lots of synths and strings. Often most battle themes and some other important pieces such as title themes, Pokémon Center themes, etc. Up till now, Junichi Masuda's been lead composer. But apparently Shota Kageyama's taken over that position. To which I say, "Great!". Shota Kageyama has been the one to consistently write my favorite pieces, and has contributed much. It would be pretty safe to assume that most songs were written by him. ("Most" meaning over 50%)
-Shota Kageyama's trademark seems to be all kinds of variety, but especially pieces with orthodox themes. Pieces/songs such as Champion Alder, Ending -To Each Future-, Route 10, and Goodbye.
-Hitomi Sato's trademark seems to be pieces without such a definite theme. Such pieces include Jubilife City (Day), Gate, and Wi-fi Connection. Instrument choice seems to be generally lighter than those used by other composers. (Marimbas, electric pianos, etc)
-Minako Adachi, as far as I've seen, doesn't really do a whole lot. (At least by looking at past records) Never long or really mainstream pieces so far, and a lot of fanfares and such.

The trouble with recognizing a composer by choice of instrument, (or even by the suggestions above) is that now in X/Y the soundfonts have been revolutionized. Just remember, these are only "maybe"s. Double-check when the soundtracks come out.

Some composers Slow didn't mention appearing in the credits that have appeared in the past Pokémon games include:
-Go Ichinose - Been around since 2nd gen. I'm absolutely shocked that he's not in X/Y. What happened?
-Morikazu Aoki - Been around since 3rd gen. Although I'm surprised that he's not listed in X/Y, I don't remember him writing anything really memorable. Or a whole lot for that matter.
-Satoshi Nohara - Arrived with HeartGold/SoulSilver. Contributed with every Pokémon game since. Although I'm not surprised he's not in X/Y because he didn't seem to write much at all..
-Teruo Taniguchi - Only appeared in B/W2. Not with GameFreak. Not surprised he's not around anymore in the least.
-Takuto Kitsuta - Arranged a handful of songs in HeartGold/SoulSilver. No original compositions, nor has he seemed to contribute to any Pokémon game since. Not surprised he's not here.


--- Quote from: Olimar12345 on October 26, 2013, 09:04:44 PM ---I swear we had one, but I can't find it.

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Were you by any chance thinking of this?

SlowPokemon:
Hitomi Sato is a woman LOL

And I think you need to give her themes a closer listen. Hers are better than most of Kageyama's.

I'm guessing that Ichinose's leave was based on something involved the Pokemon cries, since that's always been his main job. Maybe he didn't like the fact that they changed all of them or something.

BTW, Junichi Masuda hasn't been lead composer since Gold and Silver. Kageyama was lead for Black and White in addition to X and Y...but wrote nothing new for Black 2 and White 2. So maybe Ichinose is just taking a break for this game.

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