Toshiya Yamanaka

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Toshiya Yamanaka
Local 山中季哉 (やまなか としや)
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases STberger Yamanaka

Toshiya Yamanaka is a Japanese composer and sound designer.

Yamanaka started out listening to classical music that his father listened to growing up. He particularly remembers The Ventures' version of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. When he was older, around his high-school years, he started listening to other bands including Santana, Kazumi Watanabe, and Casiopea. Guitarists that inspired him included Larry Carlton, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, and Steve Vai. When Yamanaka bought a multitrack recorder, he started to write his own music.

Toshiya started out at Cyberhead (under their Arsys name), with his first game being Reviver for the PC-88 computer. However, he wasn't a full-time employee for them until he was hired during the development of their SNES adaptation of Prince of Persia. He later worked at Rakugaku Software, after one of their staff who was also a former Arsys employee contacted him offering him a job there. Yamanaka then worked on games for Treasure, but wasn't hired officially until working on Dragon Drive.

Toshiya composed his last game in 2003 and no longer works on video game music. However, he says he would take the opportunity if it arises again.

Music Development


Toshiya's only SNES game was Prince of Persia. He had this to say:

The music had to be PCM for the Super Famicom, so I decided to take a completely different approach in order to make songs that would match a PCM, rather than FM sound. The stage layout on the SFC is different from the PC too, after all. By the way, Tetsuya Nakano also contributed songs to Prince of Persia. Crafting sounds for the Super Famicom was very difficult process. You had to work in this special UNIX environment, it was really annoying. Once I had created the sounds there, I transferred them back to my original music editor software and worked there. I used an in-circuit emulator to playback the data I had created, then finally burned it onto a SFC ROM.


Released Title Sample Notes
1987-??-?? Reviver (PC88)
1988-05-?? Star Cruiser (PC88) (スタークルーザー)
1988-??-?? Star Cruiser (PC98) (スタークルーザー)
1989-04-14 Star Cruiser (X68) (スタークルーザー)
1989-08-?? Wibarn (DOS) (ウイバーン) With Osamu Nagano.
1989-12-08 Knight Arms: The Hyblid Framer (X68) (ナイトアームズ)
1990-05-18 Tenka Touitsu (X68) (天下統一) With Makiyo Asatomi.
1990-07-20 Prince of Persia (PC98) (プリンスオブペルシャ)
1990-12-21 Star Cruiser (SMD) (スタークルーザー)
1991-09-27 Spindizzy II (PC98) (スピンディジーII) With Tetsuya Nakano.
1991-12-20 Daisenryaku III '90 (X68) (大戦略Ⅲ’90)
1992-04-10 Spindizzy II (X68) (スピンディジーII) With Tetsuya Nakano.
1992-07-03 Prince of Persia (SNES) (プリンスオブペルシャ) With Tetsuya Nakano.
1993-06-18 Star Cruiser II: The Odysseus Project (PC98) With Tetsuya Nakano and Kenichi Yaguchi.
1999-07-29 Rakugaki Showtime (PS1) (ラクガキショータイム) With Norio Hanzawa.
1999-09-03 Bakuretsu Muteki Bangai-O (N64) (爆裂無敵 バンガイオー) With Norio Hanzawa, Aki Hata and Mr. Namiki.
1999-12-09 Bangai-O (DC) (爆裂無敵 バンガイオー) With Norio Hanzawa, Aki Hata and Mr. Namiki.
2000-11-21 Sin & Punishment (N64) (罪と罰・地球の継承者)
2003-08-08 Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot (GC) (ドラゴンドライブ ディマスターズショット)