Hirohiko Takayama

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Hirohiko Takayama
Born 1966-05-05 (Age 53)
Birth Place Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Takayama
Hiro Takayama
Steinberger Hiro
たかやまさん (Takayamasan)
Website www.aonmusic.com

Hirohiko Takayama is a Japanese composer and sound designer. He was born on May 5, 1966 in Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama was hired by Atlus as a freelance composer to work on the soundtracks to several of their video games. Some of which are known in the video game community such as Friday the 13th, The Karate Kid and Xexyz. He also had the honor of composing the only two games that used all eight channels in Namco's Japan-exclusive N163 chip for the Famicom. In 1998, he founded AON-DO where people could listen to samples of his latest work and buy them. Hiro also teaches at a college in Japan and writes books on music composing, software, etc. He currently runs his own website and sells his current music on iTunes.

While Takayama hasn't composed video game music in a long time, he says he would like to do it again sometime.

Music Composition


I've written several NES songs on MS-DOS assembly language as HEX code. But before that, I composed with the piano and synthesizer.

While working at Atlus, Hirohiko used a sound driver by Tsukasa Masuko, in which he wrote the music in hexadecimal on MS-DOS.


Released Title Sample
1987-09-11 Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei (FC) (デジタルデビル物語 女神転生)
1987-11-?? Gotcha! The Sport (NES)
1987-11-?? The Karate Kid (NES)
1988-08-26 Xexyz (FC) (亀の恩返し ウラシマ伝説)
1988-09-?? NFL Football (NES)
1988-09-12 King of Kings (FC) (キング・オブ・キングス)
1988-09-27 Erica to Satoru no Yume Bouken (FC) (えりかとさとるの夢冒険)
1989-02-?? Friday the 13th (NES)
1990-01-02 Ghostbusters II (GB)
1990-08-10 Parallel World (FC) (ぱられるワールド)
1990-??-?? Bikkuriman World (FC) (ビックリマンワールド 激闘聖闘士)
1991-10-25 Time Zone (FC) (たいむゾーン)
1991-??-?? Trax (GB) (突撃!ポンコツタンク)
1992-04-24 Panic Restaurant (NES) (わんぱくコックンのグルメワールド)
1992-07-31 Adventure Island III (NES) (高橋名人の冒険島III)
1992-11-20 Lemmings (GEN)
1992-11-28 Lemmings (TGCD)
1993-07-30 Bonk's Adventure (NES) (FC原人)
Unreleased Adventure Romance (FC/NES)
Unreleased Battle Ball (FC/NES)
Unreleased Gaia (FC/NES)
Unreleased Happily Ever After (NES)
Unreleased Legend of Dinosaurs (FC/NES)
Unreleased Monster Truck (FC/NES)
Unreleased The Snow Princess (FC/NES)
Unreleased Sunman (GB)
Unreleased Sunman (NES)

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