Composer / Producer
Mr. Yamaoka joined Konami on September 21, 1993, after previously being a freelance music composer. He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill series of video games, for which he composed all the music and sound effects in the whole series (excluding Silent Hill: Play Novel for the Game Boy Advance and "Esperandote" in Silent Hill, composed by Rika Muranaka). Since Silent Hill 3, he is playing a more important role as the series' producer, also continuing with his music composition working.
Yamaoka's sound commonly contains strong melancholy undertones and generally identifies with the dark ambient, industrial, trip-hop and rock genres. Since Silent Hill 3, he also started working in collaboration with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa for vocal compositions.
Much of his work from previous titles has been compiled for the 2006 Silent Hill movie adaptation, directed by Christophe Gans.
His music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany. Yamaoka also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony on , 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric seven-string guitar. He also composed songs for KONAMI's Bemani series, which has also featured tracks from Silent Hill.
His first original album, iFUTURELIST, was released in January 2006. He also wrote the theme of 101%, the main show of the French TV channel Nolife.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Saboten Con 2019 - August 30 - September 2, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ
Fan World 2017 - July 21-23, 2017 in Niagara Falls, NYCancelled Appearance
- Japan Expo USA 2014 - August 22-24, 2014 in San Mateo, CA
- San Japan 2014 - July 18-20, 2014 in San Antonio, TX
- Expo TNT 2014 - May 1-4, 2014 in Mexico City, DF, Mexico
- Saboten-Con 2012 - September 1-3, 2012 in Glendale, AZ
View Akira Yamaoka on FanCons.com for 2 additional guest appearances