January 20, 1973 Kyoto, Japan
Education: High school
Favorite Drink: Vegetable Juice
[NOTE: Probably something like V8]
Favorite Food: Natto
[Fermented soybeans], Chicken
Hobbies: Taking breath / rest, Movies
Reich, Joe Hisaishi.
Favorite Game: Mario
Favorite Movies: Awakenings, Toy
Studio Gear: Computer
Power Macintosh G4/933 Mixer: MACKIE 1604-VLZ PRO Monitor:
Audio Interface: digidesign digi001 Music Instruments:
E-MU E6400 ULTRA, AKAI S3000XL, YAMAHA SY77,
Roland JP-8000, Roland D-70, Roland U-220
Sound Tools: Digital
Performer, ProTools Software LE
RocketBaby: At what age did you become interested in music?
Soshi Hosoi(SH): When I was in elementary
school, I was often listening to game
music and also to the music of the bands my brother collected. [NOTE:
could also read "music performed by my brother's band."
I assumed the former] My
first song, which I made when I was 2 years old, was titled "Chokkin",
I have no clue to. [NOTE: This sounds like Japanese onomatopoeia
for sound of scissors
cutting something; Of course, since he himself said he has no idea,
RB: How did you get started in the game making business?
TA: I entered a game company called VIDEO
SYSTEM and worked on music composition.
[I] Worked on Sonic Wings series (Overseas title is "Aero Fighters")
its second title.
RB: How was Energy Field created?
TA: "Energy Field" denotes "Aura"
or "Ki", [NOTE: Terminology from martial arts,
meaning (something like) internal energy flow; depending on the
art, it could
have different pronounciation. The above is purely my personal conception...
probably not the best one to quote...] and I gave the unit this
name with the idea
of "creating works through gathering the energy of the artists"
In 1998 I joined with vocalist Kala and made this unit, wishing
music of new style. "Energy Field" was originally the
title of one of her past
RB: How do you overcome the limitations of the hardware
you are working on?
TA: Since it is [console] game music, naturally
it is restricted by the hardware
capability of the console. However in terms of creative processes,
I would say
that such limitations give more appeal; I like [digitally] entering
RB: What inspires your music?
TA: [My] Emotions, the things that I
see and hear, and [other] influential things.
[NOTE: He really put it in this somewhat vague, figurative
RB: Please share your experiences on the following games:
Can Can Bunny (NEC PC-FX [CCB Extra] and Sega Saturn [CCB
Premiere 1 and 2]):
For PC-FX's "Extra", I was writing
internal sounds' PSG tunes and music data
directly with assembly, but because it was time consuming I had
to make my own
MML [? No idea here...] and that
was a big pain. Music to Premiere 1 and 2 for
Sega Saturn was made in rush, but I remember enjoying working on
This required many imageries and other very demanding
factors [to the music], and
was very troublesome. It did not have the limitation of [hardware]
source, and because of that coming up with something satisfactory
Memories Off (PS/DC):
With sufficient work time I was able to smoothly
create pieces, which was exactly
what I wanted to make. The story [of the game] must have also helped
my creative imagery.
My dream project is to release
a CD under my name!
Aim for movie soundtrack! (A dream should be ambitious, right?)
-Takeshi Abo 2002
I experimented with some chords that I usually
do not include, while also making
sure to preserve the quality. The vocal piece was originally just
a BGM, so with
lyrics I remember it had become a very difficult song.
[NOTE: "The vocal piece"
is my addition. He did not clarify what the last sentence is about...
It is also possible
from the original that it could mean "All vocal pieces"
were this way...]
This was a wrap up / summary of previous releases,
so I created just a couple
of pieces. The setting [of the game] was sort of a digital world,
so I tuned
the pieces in a "digital pop" style.
First Sunny Side:
I had to make sure not to destroy the image of existing
music, while also
increasing the quality and adding arrangements to the works; was
This is actually my favorite work. I like ambient
music, so although
what I made here is not the most favored by the general public,
personally recommend this. It is sad, but unfortunately not many
end up sharing the same opinion as I...
(At the time of writing, this is not yet released)
Despite composing within
short time frame, I am very satisfied that I was able to come up
high quality pieces that I personally like. This also includes some
techno pieces, and [out of all] I enjoyed working on these pieces.
Might and Magic III:
This was my first job at StarCraft; I remember
making over 60 pieces.
Unfortunately the SNES version of the game was never officially
went on sale
and it can not be found in the market.
[Q: Was the version he worked on specifically (only) the SNES
I recall many memories from that time when I listen to the music
of this game.]
I made this toward the end of FM sound source
era, with quite interesting
composition style. Unfortunately at the time PC9821 series were
popular, so I feel that it may not have been heard by that many
[Along with the pieces from this] I recall my favorite contemporary
with complex use of FM sound source, such as "Rhyme Star"
RB: How do you think game music today compares to classic
music nowadays has greatly changed from before. Earlier it was
[consisting of] monophonic electronic tunes, but now it [game consoles]
generate very good sounds, comparable to that of regular samplers.
other hand, I somewhat feel that the sounds are used more wastefully,
maybe is my bad analysis... The game music that I was listening
to when I was
a student had very high hardware barriers, and I was attracted to
which skillfully used myriad's of techniques within such restrictions.
As a person
who has lived through the golden age of FM sound source, I guess
I have more
passion for the [music from] past.
RB: What advice would you give to those who want to create
TA: If one really loves music and actively
engage yourself, I believe that one's wish
will become real. Always have challenging spirits! (This is also
a word for
me myself, too...)
RB: Any final thoughts?
TA: I will continue to put a lot of effort
into my works; please watch my actions
closely! For close, I would like to add a little introduction of
Other than music (Description of the pieces from the works I had
hands on, to
downloadable music made with FM sound source), it includes pages
for my hobby,
the automobiles (HONDA Prelude SiVTEC) and others.
If you are interested in game music or automobiles,
please take a look at
Translation by Shinsuke
A big thank you to Mr. Abo for taking the time to chat.