Music plays an integral role in the Suikoden series. The series is known for its beautiful and memorable soundtracks, which are composed of a wide range of genres and influences. The music in the series is often used to convey the different cultures, settings, and moods of the world. It also helps to bring the characters and their stories to life, adding emotional depth.
One of the things that makes the music in the Suikoden series so special is its use of traditional instruments and melodies. This gives the music a unique and authentic feel, and helps to transport the player to the game world. Many fans of the series have come to appreciate the music as much as the game itself.
Higashino Miki (東野美紀, also known as MIKI-CHANG, born January 1, 1968) is a retired freelance video game composer who was the lead music director for both Suikoden and Suikoden II.
Higashino Miki grew up listening to classical music since childhood. She started to learn piano and first began written short pieces while still in kindergarten. While an elementary school student, she attended a composition school, learning the music of such composers as Chopin and Beethoven. She also attended a mission school for 6 years, and the church music learned there would be one of the foundational inspirations for her music. She also formed a band in junior high school and wrote many original pieces.
After entering Osaka University's music composition department, Higashino participated in the Yamaha Popular Song Contest where she advanced to the semi-finals. She also started working part-time at Konami and started working on Gradius and Salamander. At university, Higashino majored in composition and took a synthesizer class to learn about the Moog IIIc synthesizer. (more...)
JAGMO, an acronym for JApan Game Music Orchestra, is a professional orchestra based in Japan which has performed several concerts around the Suikoden series.
JAGMO was founded in 2014 after the bankruptcy of its predecessor, the Japanese BGM Philharmonic Orchestra. JAGMO's stated goal is "to help make video game music part of the culture of music history". To that end, JAGMO is Japan's first professional game music symphony orchestra and has held many concerts since its establishment.
Suikoden songs would first make their appearance in 2017, with several songs from the first two games being performed at the Traveler's Re-idea Suite on August 26 and 27. (more...)
Genso Suikoden Music Collection Produced by Haneda Kentarō
Genso Suikoden Music Collection Produced by Haneda Kentarō (幻想水滸伝 音楽集 Produced by 羽田健太郎, Gensōsuikoden Ongakushū Produced by Haneda Kentarō) is an arrangement album release containing songs from the first three main titles of the Suikoden series.
Haneda Kentarō was a composer and arranger for popular anime and video game soundtracks, particularly in the 1980s. This was one of his rare projects from after the early 90s. He would pass away from liver cancer on June 2, 2007 at the age of 58. (more...)