Koichi Sugiyama is a Japanese music composer, council member of JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers), board member of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, and honorary chairman of the Japanese Backgammon League, and composed the Famicom Disk System title. He is best known for composing music for the Dragon Quest video game series, which is published by Square Enix, and several Japanese anime and TV shows, such as Space Runaway Ideon, Cyborg 009, and Gatchaman.
A classically trained conductor, he is considered a primary inspiration for other game music composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, and has been referred to as a "Big boss of game music."
Sugiyama has received two Guinness World Record awards, one for the first video game-inspired ballet, and the second for being the oldest working video game music composer.
Koichi made sheet music of his compositions and sent them to Enix and Chunsoft, where the music was arranged on the NES' Ricoh 2A03 in assembly machine code. The sound arrangers and programmers included Masumi Takimoto, Takenori Yamamori and Yasuhiro Taguchi.
- sugimania.com - Official.
- mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,574954 - MobyGames.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koichi_Sugiyama - Wikipedia.
- www16.atwiki.jp/gmclw/m/pages/28.html - Gameography (Japanese).
- crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/09/06/dragon-quest-composer-koichi-sugiyama-wins-2nd-guinness-world-record - Guinness World Record awards.