Kōichi Sugiyama was a Japanese music composer, council member of JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers), board member of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, and honorary chairman of the Japanese Backgammon League, and composed a song for the Famicom Disk System title. He is best known for composing music for the Dragon Quest video game series, which is published by Square Enix, and several Japanese anime and TV shows, such as Space Runaway Ideon, Cyborg 009, and Gatchaman.
A classically trained conductor, he was considered a primary inspiration for other game music composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, and has been referred to as a "Big boss of game music."
Sugiyama had received two Guinness World Record awards, one for the first video game-inspired ballet, and the second for being the oldest working video game music composer.
On September 30, 2021, Sugiyama passed away at age 90. His music will always be remembered amongst the video game music community.
Koichi made sheet music of his compositions and sent them to Enix and Chunsoft, where the music was arranged on the NES' Ricoh 2A03 in assembly machine code. The sound arrangers and programmers included Masumi Takimoto, Takenori Yamamori and Yasuhiro Taguchi.
Backgammon uses a sound engine by Hirokazu Tanaka, so he may have arranged his music as well. Sugiyama's only contribution to the game was the song for the Demonstration and Match Play theme. It's possible that the other game's composer, Yuka Tsujiyoko did the arrangements as well.
While Sugiyama didn't really use aliases per se during his career, he was usually credited with his name in hiragana, as opposed to kanji.
- sugimania.com - Official.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,574954 - MobyGames.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koichi_Sugiyama - Wikipedia.
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- crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/09/06/dragon-quest-composer-koichi-sugiyama-wins-2nd-guinness-world-record - Guinness World Record awards.
- w.atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/34.html - Atwiki.jp (Japanese).