Airman Stage

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Airman Stage
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Composer Takashi Tateishi, Manami Matsumae
Arranger Takashi Tateishi
Programmer Yoshihiro Sakaguchi
Released 1988-12-24
Length 0:45
BPM 180
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Game Mega Man II (NES)
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Airman Stage begins with a relaxed sound, but migrates into an amazing electric guitar solo. Most of the song was composed by Takashi Tateishi, however, the guitar solo was composed by Manami Matsumae, and arranged for the NES by Tateishi.

To quote an Interview from Square-Enix Music Online:

Takashi Tateishi: There was one part in the Airman BGM, bars 18-26, where the melody was Matsumae's.

Manami Matsumae: I remember writing it, but I did not know that was for Airman. What I wrote is not in my memory at all. (sweat drops)

Takashi Tateishi: I just could not write the melody for that part and struggled for about two days. At dinner one night I asked Matsumae-san to write it for me. In a few hours Matsumae-san had written a really stylish melody, and I cried out of gratitude when I listened to it. However, at that time Matsumae-san was in charge of the arcade games, which had fewer data limitations. So the melody she wrote had a lot of data, and I started crying for a different reason.

The track appears on the official soundtrack album, from which the title is derived. It is track 7 in the NSF file.

Sheet Music