Hideki Kanazashi

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Hideki Kanazashi
Hideki Kanazashi - 01.jpg
Local 金指 英樹 (かなざし ひでき)
Born 1963-09-18
Birth Place Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Escaper Kanagushi, Zap Rodeo, Zap Ajisai, Rodeo Kanagushi, Nige no Kanazashi, Nigeta Zap, Jumper Kanagushi, H. Kanazasi, Rodeo
Website Unknown

Hideki Kanazashi is a Japanese composer and sound designer who worked for HAL Laboratory. It appears he started working for HAL Laboratory around 1984 and left sometime around 1990. He is probably best known for composing the Adventures of Lolo soundtracks, in which he also contributed level designs, as well as the music for Mach Rider. In most of the games he composed, he worked with Hiroaki Suga.

Hideki continues to play piano.

Audio Development

Most of the music he composed was jazz but he also composed rock and Latin tunes as well. Most of the music he composed consisted of notes coming together as chords making the music much more enjoyable to listen to. Hideki's most notable works are probably the Adventures of Lolo games on NES. Hideki's musical style sounds similar to David Wise.

Kanazashi also occasionally wrote in odd time signatures. A couple examples include Air Fortress Interior from Air Fortress and the title music for Famicom Grand Prix: 3D Hot Rally.


According to Hideki, he started out handing his compositions to the programmers, who would implement his music into the game (most likely by Hiroaki Suga). Later, due to the criticism from other employees about his work, they created Music Maker around the Famicom Disk System era, so he could create music easier. In the program, the user would input music in a custom Music Macro Language. First, the note pitch, followed by the length. The program most likely ran on an MSX computer.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-11-02 F1 Race (FC) (F1 レース)
1985-??-?? Eggerland Mystery (MSX) (エッガーランドミステリー)
1985-??-?? Mach Rider (VS)
1985-10-18 Mach Rider (NES) (マッハライダー)
1986-??-?? Eggerland 2 (MSX2) (迷宮神話)
1986-??-?? Gall Force: Defence of Chaos (MSX) Composer?
1986-04-25 Keisan Game: Sansuu 1 Nen (FC) (けいさんゲーム さんすう1年)
1986-04-25 Keisan Game: Sansuu 2 Nen (FC) (けいさんゲーム さんすう2年)
1986-04-25 Keisan Game: Sansuu 3 Nen (FC) (けいさんゲーム さんすう3年)
1986-10-13 Othello (FDS) (オセロ)
1986-10-30 Keisan Game: Sansuu 4 Nen (FC) (けいさんゲーム さんすう4年)
1986-10-30 Keisan Game: Sansuu 5+6 Nen (FC) (けいさんゲーム さんすう5+6年)
1986-11-13 Othello (NES)
1986-12-10 Gall Force: Eternal Story (FDS) (ガルフォース ETERNAL STORY)
1987-01-89 Eggerland (FDS) (エッガーランド)
1987-08-17 Air Fortress (NES) (エアー・フォートレス 空中要塞)
1988-01-07 Satsui no Kaisou: Power Soft Satsujin Jiken (FC) (殺意の改装 殺人事件) Music Data Arrangement
1988-02-01 Fire Bam (FDS) (ファイヤー バム)
1988-02-01 Jumbo Ozaki no Hole in One Professional (FC) (ジャンボ尾崎のホールインワンプロフェッショナル)
1988-04-14 Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally (FDS) (ファミコングランプリⅡ ホットラリー)
1988-08-09 Eggerland: Meikyuu no Fukkatsu (FC) (エッガーランド 迷宮の復活)
1988-08-20 Eggerland: Journey to the Creation (FDS) (エッガーランド 創造への旅立ち)
1988-12-20 Rollerball (NES) (ローラーボール)
1989-04-?? Adventures of Lolo (NES)
1989-07-28 Shanghai (GB) (上海)
1989-10-18 Revenge of the 'Gator (GB) (ピンボール66匹のワニ大行進)
1989-11-17 Gozonji Yajikita Chin Douchuu (FC) (御存知 弥次喜多珍道中) Music Tone
1990-01-06 Adventures of Lolo 2 (NES) (アドベンチャーズ オブ ロロ)
1990-12-26 Adventures of Lolo 3 (NES) (ADVENTURES OF LOLO Ⅱ)
1990-09-07 Uchuu Keibitai SDF (FC) (宇宙 警備隊 SDF)
1990-??-?? Othello (GB) (オセロ) Uses music from Othello (NES).
1991-02-23 HAL's Hole in One Golf (SNES) (ジャンボ尾崎の ホールインワン) Jingles used from Jumbo Ozaki no Hole in One Professional (FC).
1994-09-30 Othello World (GB) (オセロワールド) Uses music from Othello (NES).
Unreleased Air Fortress (FDS) (空中要塞)


Hideki used many aliases in his career. Some of the aliases he used included the words Rodeo, Nigeta, and Zap. Some games also credit his surname as Kanagushi. Nigeta means "to run away", and he has also gone by the alias Escaper Kanagushi. It is unknown what the etymology of this alias is. However, Japanese Twitter user @camelletgo explained its possible origins:

Hideki Kanazashi, one of the key figures in the early HALKEN sound, is a man of many mysteries, but in an interview with Jun Ishikawa in Keyboard Magazine, there was an amazing story about him, who seemed to disappear every payday. I wondered if Mr. Kanazashi's alias credits, "NIGETA ZAP" and "JUMPER KANAGUSHI," might be derived from that.

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