Ayako Saso

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Ayako Sasō
Ayako Saso 2.jpg
Local 佐宗 綾子 (さそう あやこ)
Born March 5, 19??
Birth Place Yokohama, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Aya, A. Saso (As credited in Rolling Thunder 2), SamplingMasters AYA
Website www.ayazo.net

Ayako Sasō is a Japanese composer who worked at Namco. She joined the company in 1989 and started composing for their arcade games, most notably Ridge Racer and Rolling Thunder 2. Here, she would meet Shinji Hosoe, who works closely with her to this day. She is also part of Sampling Masters alongside Hosoe, and previously Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Aihara. In 1996 she left Namco to join Arika alongside Hosoe and Aihara. Four years later, the trio left Arika as Hosoe formed SuperSweep, which Saso is currently part of although Aihara did not join.

Music Composition


Ayako said for Rolling Thunder 2, her music was composed using a piece of proprietary software Namco had on the PC.


Released Title Sample
Unreleased Puzzle Club (ARC)
1990-??-?? Boxy Boy (ARC)
1990-??-?? Rolling Thunder 2 (ARC)
1990-19-11 Rolling Thunder 2 (GEN) Composer
1990-??-?? Soukoban Deluxe (ARC)
1992-??-?? Magical Q Great Adventure Exploding Quiz (ARC)
1993-??-?? Ridge Racer (ARC)
1994-??-?? Ridge Racer 2 (ARC)
1995-??-?? Rave Racer (ARC)
1995-??-?? X-Day 2 (ARC)
1996-??-?? Xevious 3D-G (ARC)
1998-??-?? Fighting Layer (ARC)
1998-??-?? Street Fighter EX2 (ARC)
1998-??-?? Tetris: The Grand Master (ARC)
1999-??-?? Street Fighter EX2 Plus (ARC)
1999-12-?? Fighting Layer (ARC)
2005-Q2-?? Ibara (ARC)
2006-02-23 Ibara (PS2)