Masato Ishizaki

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Masato Ishizaki
Masato Ishizaki - 1.jpg
Local 石崎 正人 (いしざき まさと)
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
  • S.Clap, Masato

Masato Ishizaki is a Japanese composer and sound designer who is known for his several musical scores composed for games by Irem. Masato started out playing guitar in middle school so he could play various acoustic songs. When he was in high school, he liked listening to western blues music, and wanted to pursue music. After college, Masato applied for several jobs, all of which he did not get. However, he saw an ad for Irem looking for software developers. He was not too familiar with video games, but he applied and was subsequently called in for a job interview. During the interview, he told them that he couldn't design games. They asked him about music composition. Masato had never composed music before, but he knew how to improvise on his guitar, so the company hired him around December of 1983. While he watched the development of some of their games, he wasn't involved with the titles, and his first project was composing the audio for The Battle Road.

At the time he worked at Irem, there were only PSG chips and no special audio tools, so he would have to code the music and sound in assembly, usually for the AY-3-8910. When Masato started to master writing to the PSG, the company had implemented FM synthesis into their arcade games. Masato wasn't bothered by this though, because he liked learning about the technology.

Ishizaki appears to have composed his last game in 1990.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-??-?? The Battle Road (ARC) (ザ・バトルロード)
1984-??-?? Kung-Fu Master (ARC) (スパルタンX) Composition
1984-??-?? Lode Runner - The Bungeling Strikes Back (ARC) (ロードランナーII バンゲリング帝国の逆襲) Planning, Composition
1985-06-21 Kung Fu (NES) (スパルタンX)
Music arranged by Koji Kondo.
1985-??-?? Lode Runner - Majin No Fukkatsu (ARC) (ロードランナーIII 魔神の復活) Composition
1985-??-?? Lot Lot (ARC) (ロットロット)
1986-02-?? Spelunker (ARC) (スペランカー)
1986-10-?? Spelunker II: 23 no Kagi (ARC) (スペランカーII 23の鍵)
1986-??-?? Lode Runner - Teikoku Karano Dasshutsu (ARC) (ロードランナーIV 帝国からの脱出) Composition
1987-07-?? R-Type (ARC) (R―タイプ)
1988-06-?? Meikyuu Jima (ARC) (迷宮島)
1989-04-28 Holy Diver (FC) Composer
1990-??-?? Major Title (ARC) (メジャータイトル)
1990-01-01 Vigilante (ARC) (ビジランテ)


At the time Masato worked for Irem, the company either didn't put credits in their games or forced their staff to use aliases when they did. Masato sometimes used the name S.Clap. In an interview, Masato explained how he got the name. The letter S originates from the last letter in Blues, the style of music which Masato liked. Clap refers to the famed blues musician Eric Clapton, who was very influential to Masato.