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August 13, 2022

Keiichi Okabe (岡部 啓一, Keiichi Okabe) is a Japanese composer, best known for composing music for the Tekken and Drakengard series. He began his work at Namco in 1994, where he mainly composed music for arcade games. Outside of video games, he has composed music for anime such as Working!! and Yuki Yuna is a Hero. He established a music production studio called Monaca in 2004, which composes music for various types of media.

Biography

Okabe took lessons to learn the electric organ as a child, where he studied contemporary music and film scores. Although he did not learn much from teachers, he developed his musical skills by joining a band and recording music. He himself has said that he has been influenced by Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone and Ryuichi Sakamoto. After completing his education at Kobe Design University, he started his work at Namco in 1994, and his first work was a handful of tracks for Spiral Fall. After that he worked on games like Air Combat 22, as well as some tracks for the Playstation 1 version of Tekken 2. This led to composing the music in Tekken 3 together with another composer from Namco, Nobuyoshi Sano. Both of them chose to compose big beat music for this game, as it fit the atmosphere of the game well and that it had not been done in a video game before. Okabe and Sano then worked on Tekken Tag Tournament with several other composers. He left Namco in 2001 to work freelance, as he wanted more freedom to work outside of games. This led to Kan composing a number of songs for various artists, including Ryuichi Kawamura. Three years later he founded the music production studio Monaca. In the beginning this consisted only of himself, but later other composers who previously worked at Namco joined, including Satoru Kōsaki, who also wanted to work with music outside of games. In 2010 he was the main composer for the game Nier, and was assisted by others composers in Monaca, including Kakeru Ishihama and Keigo Hoashi, as well as Takafumi Nishimura from Cavia. For the game's action, he composed a soundtrack that he described as mysterious, delicate and fleeting. They were given a lot of freedom while working under Yoko Taro, who had attended the same university as Okabe, and had previously also worked at Namco, only in graphic design. The composers worked with the English-Japanese singer Emi Evans, who wrote and sang all the lyrics for the game music. After this, Okabe, Ishihama and Hoashi composed the music for the sequel to Nier, Nier: Automata, now also together with Kuniyuki Takahashi. This music received an award for "Best Score/Music" at The Game Awards 2017, and came second for "Best Original Music" at IGN's Best of 2017 Awards. In 2019, he composed for the battle royale game Cyber ​​Hunter together with Ryuichi Takada and violinist Yu Manabe.

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