The Genso Suikoden Original Game Soundtrack (幻想水滸伝 オリジナル・ゲーム・サントラ, Gensōsuikoden Orijinaru Gēmu Santora) is the official soundtrack release for Suikoden.
Early into the project, Higashino Miki realized that the game could not be depicted using a single genre of music. A deliberate attempt was made to compose something completely different from the music in other RPG titles like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, due to the increased scale and diverse setting of Suikoden as compared to those titles.
The development team had originally hoped for theme music for every character, but the sheer size of the game's cast quickly rendered this impossible. In the end, only a handful of character-specific themes would be composed.
On a technical level, music for the first Suikoden allowed streaming and direct playback of the waveform data that was recorded on the CD-ROM. Although much of the game's music was streamed, some music, such as the world map theme, had to be played back through the internal sound fonts, as they required having the map data read from the CD-ROM's contents.
However, as most of the composer team had been working on Sega Mega Drive titles up until the development of Suikoden, there were very few who could work with the PlayStation's internal sound fonts. Tamawari Hiroshi ended up bringing his expertise and Suikoden ended up being one the first games to use the PlayStation's internal sound fonts for music creation (partly due to its development taking place early in the console's lifetime).
This soundtrack is the first soundtrack release and first album release of any kind for the series. It was released on April 5, 1996. The soundtrack was due to be included in the eventually cancelled Genso Suikoden Original Soundtrack Complete Box, originally due for a March 2011 release.
In August 2017, a complete digital re-release was made available to download in individual MP4 track format from Konami's Chakushin Uta online store for 1389 points (approximately ¥1222 through Chakushin Uta's point-buy service).
Case and discs
Producer: Fukutake Shigeru (KONAMI)
Sound Produce: Konami Kukeiha Club
Director: Higashino Miki (KONAMI)
A&R: Jun Otsuki (KING RECORDS)
Recording Studio: STUDIO YOU
Engineer: Shigeru Yamamoto (STUDIO YOU), Katsunori Owa (STUDIO YOU)
Mastering Studio: STUDIO YOU
Mastering Engineer: Seiji Kaneko (KING RECORDS)
Guitar: Motoaki Furukawa (KONAMI), Masanori Oouchi
Electric Bass: Masanori Adachi (KONAMI), Paco Soeda, Masanori Oouchi
Chorus: Usagi-san Gasshoudan (KONAMI), Never, Rusamariho, I Am Junchan, MIYATA♥M・I・Y・U・K・I, Junkey Tsuru, Mr., Mai A, Tokashiki Nayuta, Monkey Funcky, Kazuhito Ogikubo, Michiru Yamane, Takashi Sasugano, Sayurin, Kazumi Oikawa, Paco Soeda, M. Mashan, Noguchi Hiroe, Punk Takabō, Pancho Satou
Art Director: Citroen Matsuda (KONAMI), Sayurin (KONAMI)
Designer: Citroen Matsuda (KONAMI)
Illustration: Kawano Junko (KONAMI)
- Miki Higashino Interview: Retired Fan Favourite Speaks (vgmonline.net, July 1, 2013)
- Hiroshi Tamawari Interview: Switching from Games to Opera (vgmonline.net, May 18, 2015)