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Rhythm Encounter 58 – Female Game Composers: A Primer

Rhythm Encounter 058 - Female Game Composers

They sing, they form bands (and companies), and several of them play piano so well it will knock your socks off. And that’s just what they do in addition to writing music. In this episode, Alana, Eva, and Hilary delve into the rich and unique world of game compositions from female composers. From the incomparable Yoko Shimomura to Persona guest composer/vocalist Elisha La’Verne, get ready for a wonderful journey! We hope this episode serves as a good starting point that garners them some recognition — they’ve been contributing since the ’80s, after all — and that it inspires you to learn more about them and their work.

Featuring: Hilary Andreff, Alana Hagues, Eva Padilla; Edited by Mike Salbato

Further reading and related links:


0:05:58 – Change Your Way (Elisha La’Verne) – Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST
0:10:24 – U.B. (Yoko Shimomura) – Parasite Eve Original Soundtrack
0:30:23 – Mutant Species 1 (Saori Kobayashi) – Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack
0:33:45 – Endings and Beginnings (Yoshino Aoki) – Breath of Fire IV OST
0:49:24 – Riding (Night) -(Arranged by Manaka Kataoka) – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack
0:51:12 – Starry Moonlit Night ~Arrange Version~ (Kumi Tanioka) – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles OST
1:22:02 – Alana’s Bonus Track!

Bonus background tracks

1:12:09 – Lament of Innocence ~Leon’s Theme~ (Michiru Yamane) – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence OST
1:16:28 – The Battle for Your Soul (Yuki Kajiura) – Xenosaga III Original Sound Best Tracks
1:18:34 – Parting Ways (Yukiko Takada) – Stormblood: Final Fantasy XIV OST

Album Links

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Original Soundtrack

Parasite Eve Original Soundtrack

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Soundtrack

Breath of Fire IV Original Soundtrack

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles OST

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Hilary Andreff

Hilary Andreff

Officially, Hilary focuses on proofreading and QA here at RPGFan and has been with the team since early 2017. You can also find her on the occasional podcast, doing a music review, or helping make a news post once in a while. Unofficially, she responds immediately to any talk of a Quintet game or the Shadow Hearts series and is known for pushing RPGFan's graphic adventure coverage. She may be one of the most likely staff members to make a friendship speech.

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