Yoshinori Kawamoto

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Yoshinori Kawamoto
Local 川元 義徳 (かわもと よしのり)
Born 1965.12.27
Birth Place Yokohama
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases かわげん (Kawagen), Donald Kawagen, DX21 KAWAGEN Y8950

Yoshinori Kawamoto (known as Kawagen) is a Japanese composer and sound designer, known for his work with Namco. He continues to compose video game music to this day, continuing to use the name Kawagen.

Music Composition


Yoshinori wrote the music in Music Macro Language using a sound engine by an unknown programmer.


Yoshinori used a tracker-like program from Nintendo. The instruments were taken from a Korg M1. Super Batter Up uses a sound engine by Shinya Yamada. This driver was one of the many modifications of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1989-??-?? Burning Force (ARC)
1991-12-06 Heisei Tensai Bakabon (FC) (平成天才バカボン)
1991-12-20 Famista '92 (FC) (ファミスタ’92) Voice
1992-02-28 Heisei Tensai Bakabon (GB)
1992-03-27 Super Batter Up (SNES) (スーパー・ファミスタ)
1992-12-08 Wagyan Land 3 (FC) (ワギャンランド3)
1993-03-12 Super Famista 2 (SFC) (スーパー ファミスタ2)
1993-06-25 Smash Tennis (SNES) (スーパー・ファミリー・テニス)
1993-12-22 Yuu Yuu Hakusho (SFC) (幽☆遊☆白書)
1994-??-?? Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (GEN)
1994-03-04 Super Famista 3 (SFC) (スーパーファミスタ3)
1994-12-16 Wagyan Paradise (SFC) (ワギャン・パラダイス)
1994-12-22 Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Special Edition (SFC) (幽☆遊☆白書 特別版) Voice Edit


Donald Kawagen could be a reference to the lead musician of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen.

DX21 Kawagen Y8950 most likely refers to the Yamaha DX21. It also refers to the Y8950 FM chip released for the MSX line of computers.