Yasuko Yamada

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Yasuko Yamada
Yasuko Yamada - 01.jpg
Local 山田 靖子 (やまだ やすこ)
Born 1965-09-02
Birth Place Gifu, Gifu, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Y. Yamada, Yasu, Devil Yamada

Yasuko Yamada (better known as Yasko Yamada) is a Japanese composer and sound designer. While attending college, she played keyboards in a band. Around 1988, she started working for Taito and became a part of their in-house sound team Zuntata. Her first game there was New Zealand Story. She usually worked with Norihiro Furukawa, who she was also classmates with. She is best known for gems such as Bubble Symphony and Don Doko Don. She also worked on the manual to the OTIS sound system by Ensoniq, which was used in many Taito arcade titles.

Around 1996, Yasuko left Taito to start her own sound group, Reeb, with Dota Ando. Regarding her work with Reeb, she is best known for her involvement with the Choro Q series, but also continues to work with Taito.

Yamada remains active in the world of video game music. Her favorite game soundtrack is Namco's Marchen Maze (ARC).

Audio Development

Game Boy Color

Someone at Reeb with the surname Matsushita created the sound engine and Yamada wrote it in Music Macro Language.

Though George Tokoro is credited for composing the music to Jagainu-kun, Yamada explained that she composed most of the music, and for the music by Tokoro, she received videotapes of him performing it and transcribed it by ear.


Yasuko used a sequencer.


Yasuko used a sequencer programmed by someone named Omake KZM.


Released Title Sample Notes
19??-??-?? Gamba Star (ARC)
1988-??-?? The New Zealand Story (ARC) Sound Effects
1988-??-?? Operation Thunderbolt (ARC)
1989-??-?? Battle Shark (ARC)
1989-??-?? Don Doko Don (ARC)
1989-??-?? Night Striker (ARC) Sound Effects
1989-??-?? Rambo III (ARC)
1989-??-?? Violence Fight (ARC)
1991-12-?? The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy (NES) (フリントストーン) With Naoto Yagishita.
1992-??-?? Dino Rex (ARC)
1992-??-?? Quiz Jinsei Gekijoh (ARC)
1993-??-?? Crayon Shin-Chan Orato Asobo (ARC)
1993-??-?? Quiz Crayon Shin-Chan (ARC)
1994-??-?? Bubble Symphony (ARC)
1994-12-21 Bust-A-Move (ARC) April Forest (Vs. BGM)
1995-??-?? Bubble Memories (ARC)
1996-??-?? Bust-A-Move Again (ARC)
1997-03-20 Deep Sea Adventure: Kaitei Kyuu Panthalassa no Nazo (PS1)
2000-03-24 Jagainu-kun (GBC) (じゃがいぬくん) Sound with Dota Ando.
Arranged George Tokoro's music.
2001-11-29 Abarenbou Princess (PS2)
2005-03-24 Space Invaders Revolution (NDS)
2005-11-24 Bubble Bobble Revolution (NDS)
2005-11-29 Rainbow Islands Revolution (NDS)
2007-05-19 Death Smile (ARC) Sound Effects
2008-05-22 DoDonpachi Daifukkatsu (ARC) Sound Effects

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