If there’s one thing the Dual Shock Edition of Resident Evil: Director’s Cut is famous for, it is probably its horrific, cacophonous soundtrack consisting of some of the worst horn sounds that a Casio Rap Man keyboard can muster. However, the story behind the soundtrack is perhaps even more compelling than its fart-like bugle sounds.
Capcom has always been famous for releasing countless iterations of its successful titles, and its runaway hit, Resident Evil, was no exception. The original Director’s Cut was a fun variation on the original game, remixing some of the item locations, adding new options and adding new costumes. However, shortly after the release of the original Resident Evil: Director’s Cut, Sony introduced force feedback in its new Dual Shock Analog Controller. Capcom was sure to release yet another new version of the game in order to capitalize on this new piece of hardware.
This time around, Capcom had an offer to have the soundtrack to its new Resident Evil game composed by a rising star in the Japanese classical musical scene, Mamoru Samuragochi. Samuragochi was a composer who was being dubbed “Japan’s Beethoven.” This moniker was related not only to his level of skill, but also due to him being a deaf composer.
The truth would come out in 2014. Not only was Mamoru Samuragochi faking his deafness, but he was also having the majority of his compositions ghostwritten. In particular, a musician by the name of Takashi Niigaki wrote most of his pieces. Pieces written by Niigaki included the infamous soundtrack to Resident Evil: Director’s Cut Dual Shock Edition.
Next time you’re listening to the Resident Evil: Director’s Cut Dual Shock Edition soundtrack and saying to yourself “I can’t believe somebody was paid to write this,” remind yourself: a person paid another person for the honor of being able to pretend to have written this.
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