Masaharu Iwata (also known as Rezon) is a Japanese composer. He was born on October 26, 1966 in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up with music, but when he tried it out for the first time, he was not good at it. During his junior high school days, he became a fan of the band Yellow Magic Orchestra, so he bought a synthesizer and joined a cover band with his friends. Later, video games became very popular in Japan, and Iwata loved video games, so he decided he wanted to try and compose music for them; he applied for a job at Bothtec in 1985 as a composer and sound designer and he got the job. He remained at the company when their name changed to Quest. He also worked for Pixel as their main composer during their NES development. During his time at Quest, he worked on the game Revolter, in which he met Hitoshi Sakimoto, and the two have worked closely together ever since. In 2017, he left from Basiscape for unknown reasons.
Iwata continues to work on video games to this day as a freelancer.
Masaharu programmed a sound engine and wrote the music in assembly. His driver was one of the better-sounding drivers; similar to Stephen Ruddy's sound driver, Iwata's driver uses the triangle channel in conjunction with the noise channel for realistic-sounding drums.
Most of these games have been verified to have been composed by Masaharu Iwata via his website. The other games have either credited him and he has not listed it on his site, or we have received verification from Masaharu.
In the game Kerropi no Keroriinu no Splash Bomb!, the only audio credit is attributed to Iwata for sound. However, he once said he only composed two thirds of the music. Iwata does not remember the other composer's name, however, he does remember the composer went under the alias of "Atlas" (not to be confused with the developer Atlus).
Masaharu with Hitoshi Sakimoto. Unknown source.
- web.archive.org/web/20150504221012/http://iwata.cocoebiz.com:80 - Official Website (archived).
- web.archive.org/web/20090107004649/https://basiscape.com/arts_iwata.html - Basiscape: Works List (archived).
- twitter.com/iwata1966 - Twitter.
- web.archive.org/web/20170320173142/http://www.basiscape.com/arts_iwata.html - Official Gameography.
- web.archive.org/web/20060813094855/http://rocketbaby.net/interviews_masaharu_iwata.html - Interview.
- web.archive.org/web/20150422211716/http://iwata.cocoebiz.com/interviews/interview06.shtml - Interview.
- originalsoundversion.com/suikoden-tierkreis-interview-masaharu-iwata-of-basiscape-shares-his-thoughts - Interview.
- famitsu.com/news/201205/12014603.html - Interview (in Japanese).
- w.atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/492.html - Atwiki.jp (Japanese).