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Yasuhiro Kawakami

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Yasuhiro "Y.K" Kawakami (川上 泰広) is a former Sega sound composer who worked on some of its late 80s titles, including Shinobi, Crack Down, Tetris, Cyber Police ESWAT and Scramble Spirits. He left the company in 1990 and joined Square (now Square Enix) the following year, remaining there throughout the decade. He is best known for composing music for Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest alongside Ryuji Sasai, his coworker for most of his employment with Square.

He has since become an employee for Warner Music Japan.

Production history

  • Shinobi (Arcade version) (1987)
  • Tetris (Arcade version) (1988)
  • Scramble Spirits (Arcade version) (1988) — Sound Design (as Yatchan)
  • Crack Down (Arcade version) (1989) (as Y.K)
  • Cyber Police ESWAT (Arcade version) (1989)
  • North & South (NES version) (1990)
  • Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (1992) — Sound Composer
  • Rudra no Hihou (1996) — Sound Engineer (as Y.Kawakami)
  • Tobal No. 1 (1996) — Composer (Other Staff)
  • Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (1998) — Music Composer (Square Co., Ltd.)
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007) — A & R Director (Why) (Warner Music Japan) (Sound)

Song Credits

Shinobi (Arcade version)

  • Credit — Music & Arrangement
  • Mission Start — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 1 (Mission 1-1) — Music & Arrangement
  • Stage Clear — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 2 (Mission 1-2) — Music & Arrangement
  • Boss 1 — Music & Arrangement
  • Mission Clear — Music & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 3 (Mission 2-1) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 4 (Mission 2-2) — Music & Arrangement
  • Boss 2 — Music & Arrangement
  • Ending (Game Over) — Music & Arrangement

Tetris (Arcade version)

  • Credit — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM Speed-1 (Level 0 ~ 1) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM Speed-2 (Level 2 ~ 3) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM Speed-3 (Level 4 ~ 5, 10 ~ 11) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM Speed-4 (Level 6 ~ 7, 12 ~ 13) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM Speed-5 (Level 8 ~ 9, 14 ~ 99) — Music & Arrangement
  • Deadlock (Hurry) — Music & Arrangement
  • Out — Music & Arrangement
  • Game Over — Music & Arrangement
  • Name Entry — Music & Arrangement
  • Extra (La cinquantaine) — Music & Arrangement [NOTE: Unused]

Crack Down (Arcade version)

  • Crack of Doom [Demo BGM] — Music & Arrangement
  • Crack Down [BGM 1] — Music & Arrangement
  • Ambush [BGM 2] — Music & Arrangement
  • Oppression [BGM 3] — Music & Arrangement
  • Kill Off [BGM 4] — Music & Arrangement
  • Rush [Boss Scene] — Music & Arrangement
  • Eyecatch [Round Clear] — Music & Arrangement
  • Break Up [Ending-1P] — Music & Arrangement
  • Far Out [Ending-2P] — Music & Arrangement

Cyber Police ESWAT (Arcade version)

  • Credit — Music & Arrangement
  • Wanted — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 1 (Stage 1, 4, 7, 10, 13) — Music & Arrangement
  • Boss — Music & Arrangement
  • ESWAT — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 2 (Stage 2, 5, 8, 11, 14) — Music & Arrangement
  • BGM 3 (Stage 3, 6, 9, 12, 15) — Music & Arrangement
  • Ending — Music & Arrangement