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Koichi Sugiyama

A Music Composer for Enix and Square Enix

Koichi Sugiyama

Koichi Sugiyama is a classically trained conductor who has been acknowledged as an inspiration by such game music composers as Nobuo Uematsu. With Yuji Horii and Akira Toriyama, Sugiyama co-created the Dragon Quest series and has since been a key figure in the development of the series.

A self-described "game freak," Sugiyama counts game collecting among his favorite hobbies. In fact, his first contact with Enix was through a fan letter he sent regarding a PC version of the Japanese board game shogi that was released in the early '80s. After Enix's staff overcame the shock of receiving a handwritten postcard from a celebrity of Sugiyama's stature, they were so impressed by his depth of knowledge and appreciation of games that they requested he write the music for new game called Dragon Quest.

The composer's 1986 recording of Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite with the London Philharmonic Orchestra marked the first orchestral arrangement of a game music soundtrack. Apart from the Dragon Quest series of games, he has also created game music for Enix's E.V.O.: Search for Eden, Torneko and Fuurai no Chiren series, and Square's Super Famicom sequel to Hanjuku Hero. The composer claims that he will not retire from game music but will continue writing Dragon Quest songs until the day of his ultimate demise.

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1986
Dragon Quest
Nintendo Entertainment System
Chunsoft
1987
Dragon Quest II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
1988
Dragon Quest III
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
1989
Jesus: Kyofu no Bio Monster
Nintendo Entertainment System
1990
Dragon Quest IV
Nintendo Entertainment System
Enix
E.V.O.: Search for Eden - Synthesizer Suite
PLCE-902
Platz
1992
E.V.O.: Search for Eden
Super NES
Almanic
Dragon Quest V
Super NES
Enix
E.V.O.: Search for Eden - Symphonic Suite
APCG-4030
Apollon
1993
Hanjuku Hero - Divertimento
N30D-015
NTT Publishing
Orchestral Game Concert 3
SRCL-2732
Sony Records
1994
Dragon Quest - Symphonic Suite
SRCL-2733
Sony
1995
Dragon Quest VI
Super NES
Heartbeat
2000
Dragon Quest VII
PlayStation
Enix
2003
Dragon Quest - Symphonic Suite Complete
SVWC-7150~7
SME Visual Works
2004
Dragon Quest V - Symphonic Suite - Heaven's Bride
SVWC-7201
Aniplex
Dragon Quest VIII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
Dragon Quest VIII - Original Sountrack
SVWC-7228
Sugi Label
2005
Dragon Quest VIII - Symphonic Suite
SVWC-7261/2
Aniplex
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2007
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
Wii
Genius Sonority
Dragon Quest Swords - Original Soundtrack
SVWC-7485
Aniplex
2009
Dragon Quest IX
Nintendo DS
Level-5

News & Blogs

While in the middle of a concert the other day, Dragon Quest composer Kouichi Sugiyama said "Things are going to get busy since I'll have to begin converting the compositions into data for Dragon Quest VIII, which is going to be released during the year," while talking about the progress of the game's music production. While Square Enix has officially announced that the new addition to the Dragon Quest legacy will come out sometime during the winter of 2004-2005, I think we can all put our full faith in their composer's prediction of the release date.1

Notes
  1. GameSpot

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