Yuzo Koshiro

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Yuzo Koshiro
Yuzo Koshiro.jpg
Local 古代 祐三 (こしろ ゆうぞう)
Born 1967-12-12
Birth Place Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Koshiron
Website www.ancient.co.jp

Yuzo Koshiro was born on December 12, 1967 in Hino, Tokyo, Japan. At the age of three, Koshiro began to learn the piano. While still very young he received lessons from famed film composer Joe Hisaishi. His first video game composition was in 1986 when he began working for Nihon Falcom. After composing several soundtracks over the course of two years, Koshiro left Nihon Falcom to become a freelance composer. He composed several soundtracks for Sega and in 1990 he and his family founded Ancient Corp., a video game development company.

Koshiro has also composed jingles for television, arranged his music for orchestral performance, and DJed his music.

Some of Koshiro's favorite game soundtracks include Gradius, Space Harrier, and Tower of Druaga, which convinced him to try composing music for video games. He has a fondness for older 8 and 16 bit audio chips and thinks that the orchestral music of today isn't quite up to the standards of the earlier soundtracks. Of his own work, Koshiro likes Wangan Midnight, Streets of Rage 2, and ActRaiser. For more conventional music, Koshiro enjoys classical, techno, and trance.

While many of the early composers of video game music either wrote music, arranged music for audio chips, or programmed audio chips for sound, Koshiro did all of these things with his soundtracks and even created his own programming languages (a custom Music Macro Language and Music Love) for audio composition.

Music Development


Yuzo used Nintendo's MP2K sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1986-??-?? Xanadu Scenario II (PC88)
1986-??-?? Romancia (PC88)
1987-06-21 Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (PC88)
1987-07-17 Legacy of the Wizard (NES)
1987-10-?? Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (MSX)
1987-10-?? Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (MSX2)
1987-12-20 Sorcerian (PC88)
1987-??-?? Ojousama Club (PC88)
1987-??-?? Dark Storm -Demon Crystal- (SX1)
1987-??-?? The Gate of Labyrinth (SX1)
1987-??-?? Xanadu (MSX)
1988-06-24 Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished (PC88)
1988-08-09 The Scheme (PC88)
1988-08-25 Ys (FC)
Arranged by Osamu Kasai and Masaaki Harada.
1988-??-?? The Return of Ishtar (MSX2)
1988-??-?? The Curse of Mars (SX1)
1989-??-?? Algarna (SX1)
1989-12-02 The Revenge of Shinobi (GEN)
1989-??-?? Bosconian (X68)
1990-03-?? Misty Blue (PC88)
1990-05-25 Ys II (FC) (イースⅡ)
Arranged by Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada, and Shinji Nakayama.
1990-12-16 ActRaiser (SNES)
1990-??-?? Slice (X68)
1991-04-26 The G.G. Shinobi (GG)
1991-08-02 Streets of Rage (GEN)
1991-09-27 Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (FC)
Arranged by Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada, and Michiharu Hasuya.
1991-10-26 Sonic the Hedgehog (SMS)
1992-01-11 Super Adventure Island (SNES)
1992-06-18 Eye of the Beholder (PC98) (アイ・オブ・ザ・ビホルダー)
1992-??-?? Gage (PC98)
1992-12-11 The G.G. Shinobi II: The Silent Fury (GG)
1992-12-20 Streets of Rage 2 (GEN)
1993-06-11 Slap Fight MD (GEN)
1993-10-29 ActRaiser 2 (SNES)
1994-03-18 Streets of Rage 3 (GEN)
1994-06-29 Eye of the Beholder (SCD)
1994-12-12 Beyond Oasis (GEN)
1995-02-27 Miracle Casino Paradise (SFC)
1995-??-?? Manji Psy Yuuki (PC98)
1996-03-15 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (PS1)
1996-04-26 The Legend of Oasis (SS)
1996-12-06 Vatlva (SS)
1997-10-30 Culdcept (PS1)
1998-01-29 Tamagotchi Pack (SS)
1998-04-29 Fox Junction (PS1)
1999-08-05 Anime Chick Story 1: Card Captor Sakura (PS1)
1999-12-29 Shenmue (DC)
1999-??-?? Streets of Rage IV (DC) Unreleased tech demo
2001-02-02 Wangan Midnight (ARC)
2001-11-30 Car Battler Joe (GBA)
2002-06-27 Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 (GBA)
2004-01-15 Amazing Island (GC)
2004-07-06 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (ARC)
2004-11-03 Dokapon the World (PS2)
2005-04-21 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 2 (ARC)
2005-05-26 Namco × Capcom (PS2)
2006-01-24 Ueki no Housoku (PS2)
2006-11-16 Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)
2007-01-18 Etrian Odyssey (DS)
2007-07-18 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 (ARC)
2007-08-30 Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! Dream Hyper Battle! (PS2)
2007-12-10 Warriors of the Lost Empire (PSP)
2008-02-21 Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS)
2008-12-16 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX (ARC)
2009-03-05 7th Dragon (DS)
2010-02-04 Dragon Ball Online (PC)
2010-04-10 Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City (DS)
2010-05-14 Protect Me Knight (Xbox LIVE)
2011-11-23 7th Dragon 2020 (PSP)
2011-12-15 Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 (ARC)
2012-03-22 Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
2012-07-05 Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)
2012-09-21 Layton Brothers: Mystery Room (iOS)
2012-10-11 Time and Eternity (PS3)
2013-04-18 7th Dragon 2020-II (PSP)
2013-06-27 Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS)
2014-03-?? Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 (ARC)

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