Talk session held with KAMIJO-san and the staff of「LET IT DIE」during the in-store event for the release of KAMIJO’s new single 「Castrato」
An in-store event to celebrate the release of KAMIJO’s new single 「Castrato」was held on may 20th 2017 at Tower Records Shibuya store. Shinko Hideyuki-san, the director of the game for PlayStation 4 「LET IT DIE」 released by GunHo Online Entertainment, and Akira Yamaoka-san, the sound director of the game, appeared and took part to the talk session.
KAMIJO-san composed the track「Battle of the Tower -16-」for 「LET IT DIE」. This song has been recorded as coupling of 「Castrato」.
「Castrato」is the new KAMIJO solo single for the first time after 2 years and 10 months. 「EPIC ROCK ORCHESTRA」born putting emphasis on 「EPIC」(Majestic ・ Lyrical). 「Since It’s a perfect expression for movie music and game music genres, it was the right timing for collaboration with games」（KAMIJO-san）。
The track「Battle of the Tower -16-」is used in the battle scene of 「JIN-DIE」, the strong enemy who appears in the game. 「Since it is the sound that flows when the strong boss appears, when you listen to this song you may think『 Maybe I will die』. I’m impressed by the feeling that the game play, which shakes my feelings, is boosted further」（Smile）
About KAMIJO’s participation in 「LET IT DIE」, Yamaoka-san said: 「I knew KAMIJO-san since Versailles’ era、and I realized how KAMIJO-san’s music would have sounded in the game」. At first 『LET IT DIE』had to be written in the jukebox because many bands joined it, 「I refused to be with other people」(KAMIJO-san). So it was decided that the boss song theme would be made separately.
「Actually when I created the music, KAMIJO-san inflated the image while listening to the songs as if they were played in a movie 」. So, Yamaoka-san said that KAMIJO-san’s technical skill is amazing.
「I’m struck about the technical skills and the knowledge of software and hardware, and all these kind of production things, they are amazing」 (Yamaoka-shi). On the other hand, KAMIJO-san said「There aren’t many people who are able to communicate pleasant keywords while talking. But Yamaoka-san and Shin-san are great in the backstage……」. KAMIJO-san was making the game with 「RPG maker」, and Shin-san was interested in that.
Furthermore, KAMIJO-san said that, when he was a child, he was making a game book for a limited period of time, writing notes for making all the choices, thereby advancing the game
By the way, in 「LET IT DIE」there is a character called Kiwako Seto* whose voice was in charge by Kanda Sayaka-san, she will appear as life-insurer when the player dies. The “insurance shop that sells eternal life” setting was the same as for the Versailles short film 「ASCENDEAD MASTER 」.「When we talk about this in the current status in which we don’t know each other, we can become good friends」KAMIJO-san thought
*KI note: Kiwako Seto gives you the option to revive upon death and is also responsible for Storage upgrades and the Direct Hell Express passes.
Regarding 「Battle of the Tower -16-」, it’s a song written down for「LET IT DIE」. 「I thought about the height of the tower and I created the music by imagining the wind blowing through it」 KAMIJO said.
To the question about what was the most enjoyable thing about composing music for a game, KAMIJO said: 「Before getting in the main melody, there was things to be settled, but I enjoyed to fill that atmosphere. I thought that I could only listen to the sound effects of the game, so I looked forward to the thrill of it.」
Yamaoka, hearing this said: 「It’s always KAMIJO’s music, but it’s made with sound effects and an amazing consideration about the game.」「It’s really creative, not only music, but also the way how to show it and we are considering the value of music under various aspects」（Yamaoka-shi)「Cool music and good songs may not be correct as game music. It’s important to think about what the user wants while playing。KAMIJO-san was thinking about sound effect and I was excited about what I listened to」
KAMIJO-san said:「I often say/speak about science or liberal arts, but I think that everything is a matter of calculation. Also my movements on the stage are calculated from the beginning. Moreover, it is really fun to calculate how my movements in that particular moment will affect those of the others. If this mutual communication with everyone during the live makes us pull through safely, that is all according to my calculation. In a sense, even if it’s a live where nothing rises up, I’m able to make a show that goes according to my plan. But, it’s fun thinking that by having some kind of planning, a world that goes beyond all imagination awaits us.」.
Also 「Battle of the Tower -16-」wasn’t created with a band, so it hasn’t any live musical instruments.「It’s fresh because it’s totally made with computer」（KAMIJO-san）. Even if It’s an orchestration that doesn’t use live musical instruments, KAMIJO-san is playing with all his heart. 「As I said before, the know-how and technology around it is amazing」Yamaoka-san said. The answer to the question 「What kind of software should I buy?」is 「『Cubase Pro 9』anything is better than this as audio interface」.
KAMIJO-san was asked:「Are there any secrets to make beautiful music?」and the reply was「If the music is beautiful, I think it’s beautiful」
Yamaoka-san said:「I think music is time. There is an intro and there is a main part, but it’s not always like this. It becomes beautiful when there is a “difference” that is a beautiful thing after that」. And KAMIJO-san said: 「As the human psychology, the time axis of cleaning dirty things is a kind of pleasant experience」
About to be conscious of entertaining users, Shin-san said「Although it isn’t my motto, I think that if you can’t entertain the person next to you, you can’t entertain through the game. I always try to entertain people who are close to me」. And Yamaoka-san「What I think is interesting, what I think is important, is to try to make things with sense of values」
KAMIJO-san said「Do you have any means? What I want to do is music, but I would like you to be impressed by the original message. There are messages in any songs and games」
Lastly, Yamaoka-san said 「Many people aren’t playing with『LET IT DIE』, but 3 million of people around the world are playing it, and we are receiving messages from different countries. I was able to create a game world together with KAMIJO, enjoying what was created.」
Shin-shi said 「I think that after this KAMIJO-san will be able to play 『LET IT DIE』very good, now we should start it together with KAMIJO-san…。A game that climbs up a long tower, but sharing the fact that 『I climbed up to here』, it allows to create a quite sense of solidarity. It’s online, so it will be always updated. Please, by all means, climb up the tower with KAMIJO-san」
KAMIJO-san said 「Please, lend me the power to spread my music」
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Translation: KAMIJO Italia
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