Hirohiko Takayama

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Hirohiko Takayama
Local 高山 博彦 (たかやま ひろひこ)
Born 1966-05-05
Birth Place Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Takayama, Hirohiko T., Hiro Takayama, Takayama, Steinberger Hiro, たかやまさん (Takayamasan), Takkachan, ひろりん (Hirorin)

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 (King of Kings and Erika to Satoru no Yume Bouken). Later, Takayama started composing music for HAL Laboratory's Game Boy games, likely still as a freelancer. He had also worked with Kenji Eno's EIM on games like Panic Restaurant.

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. For the games he did at EIM, he used a sound driver by Michiya Hirasawa.


Released Title Sample Notes
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) With Tsukasa Masuko.
1987-11-?? The Karate Kid (NES)
With Tsukasa Masuko.
Megumi Rescue (ARC) Composer? (Game shares songs with Erika to Satoru no Yume Bouken (FC).)
1988-08-26 Xexyz (NES) (亀の恩返し ウラシマ伝説)
1988-09-27 Erika to Satoru no Yume Bouken (FC) (えりかとさとるの夢冒険)
1988-12-09 King of Kings (FC) (キングオブキングス)
1989-02-?? Friday the 13th (NES)
1989-09-?? NFL Football (NES)
1989-12-15 Bonk's Adventure (TG16) (PC原人)
1990-04-27 Death Bringer: The Knight of Darkness (PCCD) (デスブリンガー)
1990-07-27 Bikkuriman World: Gekitou Sei Senshi (FC) (ビックリマン・ワード 激闘 聖戦士)
1990-08-10 Parallel World (FC) (ぱられるワールド)
1990-10-16 Ghostbusters II (GB) (ゴーストバスターズ2)
1990-10-19 Monster Truck (GB) (モンスタートラック)
1990-12-14 Klax: Hudson (GB) (クラックス) Japanese version only.
1990-12-21 Saint Dragon (PCE) (天聖龍 SAINT DRAGON)
1991-01-08 Trax (GB) (突撃!ポンコツタンク)
1991-07-19 Bonk's Revenge (TG16) (PC 原人2)
1991-10-25 Time Zone (FC) (たいむゾーン)
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 3 (NES) (高橋名人の冒険島III)
1992-11-20 Lemmings (GEN) (レミングス)
1992-11-27 Bonk's Adventure (GB) (GB原人)
1992-11-28 Lemmings (PCCD) (レミングス)
1993-??-?? SD Gundam: Sangokushi Rainbow Tairiku Senki (ARC) (SDガンダム三国志 レインボー大陸戦記)
1993-07-30 Bonk's Adventure (NES) (FC原人) Not listed in the game's credits, but Takayama listed the game in his works.
1993-10-29 Galaxy Keiji Gayvan (PCCD) (GALAXY刑事ガイバン)
1994-01-28 Ishii Hisaichi no Daisekai (SCD) (いしいひさいちの大政界)
1994-08-06 Trip'd (3DO) (宇宙生物フロポン君)
Unreleased Adventure Romance (FC/NES) (どた君の冒険ロマン)
Unreleased Battle Ball (FC/NES) (バトルボール)
Unreleased Flying Hero (FC) Not to be confused with the released Famicom title of the same name.
Unreleased Gaia (FC/NES) (ガイア)
Unreleased Happily Ever After (NES) (白雪姫)
Unreleased Legend of Dinosaurs (FC/NES) (恐竜伝説)
Unreleased Monster Truck (FC/NES)
Unreleased Sunman (GB) (スーパーマン)
Unreleased Sunman (NES) (スーパーマン)

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