Asei Kobayashi

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Asei Kobayashi
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Local 小林 亜星 (こばやし あせい)
Gender Male
Born August 11, 1932
Birth Place Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Died May 30, 2021 (Aged 88)

Asei Kobayashi was a Japanese composer. He wrote for all types of media including film, television, and even video games from time to time. He was also the director of the Japan Songwriters Association. In addition, he also served as the President of the Dai Nihon Piman-sha Renmei.

While Kobayashi was not a video game music composer, his music was used in many games. In particular, his song Turn A Turn has been used in quite a few video games. However, the exception to this was for the Famicom RPG Niji no Silkroad, in which Kobayashi was hired to compose the game's soundtrack. Because of this, Kobayashi is still counted on this site as a video game music composer.

On May 30, 2021, Kobayashi passed away from heart failure.

Audio Development

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Kobayashi most likely wrote his music on a piano, and copied it down to sheet music. The music was then arranged by Ryoko Kihara to compensate for the limited polyphony offered by the Famicom's sound hardware, the 2A03. These arrangements (presumably also written as sheet music) were handed to Advance Communication Company's sound team to implement into their sound driver.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1987-06-05 Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey (FC) (高橋名人Bugってハニー) Stage 1.4 and Ending
1991-02-22 Niji no Silkroad: Zigzag Boukenki (FC) (虹のシルクロード 〜ジグザグ冒険記〜) Music arranged by Ryoko Kihara, Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada, and Michiharu Hasuya.
1993-07-23 Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen (SFC) (第3次 スーパーロボット大戦)
Combattler V Theme
2003-03-27 Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha (PS2) (第2次スーパーロボット大戦α) Con Battler V Theme, Voltes V Song
2003-08-?? Pop'n Music 10 (ARC) 3 songs
2005-08-02 Taiko no Tatsujin: Tobikkiri! Anime Special (PS2) (太鼓の達人 とびっきり!アニメスペシャル) Mahoutsukai Sally
2015-02-05 Lost Heroes 2 (3DS) (ロストヒーローズ2) Turn A Turn; Arranged by Tadashi Yatabe.
2016-03-09 Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS Maxi Boost ON (ARC) (機動戦士ガンダム EXTREME VS. MAXI BOOST ON) Turn A Turn; Arranged by Tadashi Yatabe.
2017-07-06 Gundam Versus (PS4) Turn A Turn; Arranged by Tadashi Yatabe.
2021-10-28 Super Robot Taisen 30 (SW) (スーパーロボット大戦30) Con Battler V Theme; Arranged by Hiroshi Tsutsui.

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