Yamaoka Akira (山岡 晃, born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese video game music composer, sound designer, guitarist, and producer, who is working on music for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
Yamaoka attended Tokyo Art College, where he studied product design and interior design. He originally planned to follow a career in design before joining Konami on September 21, 1993.
There, he immediately began to work on the games Contra: Hard Corps, Sparkster, and Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2. He then shortly thereafter worked on the music for the PC Engine and Sega CD versions of Snatcher. When Konami began searching for a musician to compose Silent Hill's score, Yamaoka volunteered because he thought he was the only one capable of making the soundtrack.
On December 2, 2009, it was announced that Yamaoka was leaving Konami. In early 2010, Yamaoka joined Grasshopper Manufacture and was working with Suda Goichi and Mikami Shinji on their action game, Shadows of the Damned. He was first appointed to the role of chief sound officer at Grasshopper, but became involved in aspects of game production as well.
In late October and early November 2015, Yamaoka and his band performed tracks from the Silent Hill series at nine live events in cities across the United Kingdom, titled "Silent Hill Live". In July 2016, Yamaoka performed live at the BitSummit 4th indie game festival in Kyoto, Japan.
On August 29, 2020, Yamaoka was revealed to be working on Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes during the Kickstarter campaign's final stream.
Yamaoka stated in a 2009 interview that his favorite game creator is Suda51, and his favorite video game is No More Heroes. His favorite of his own soundtracks is Silent Hill 2. In March 2011, Yamaoka auctioned some of his musical instruments for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami Play for Japan flood relief. In a 2014 interview, he stated his favorite film was Dario Argento's Suspiria.
Yamaoka has also stated some of his favorite songs to be "Der Mussolini" by D.A.F., "Amber" by Craig Armstrong, "Moments In Love" by Anne Dudley, "Moon Over Moscow" by Visage, and "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone.