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Yoko Shimomura (下村 陽子 Shimomura Yōko, born October 19, 1967) is a Japanese video game composer. She has been described as “the most famous female video game music composer in the world”. She has worked in the video game industry ever since graduating from the Osaka College of Music in 1988. From then until 1993, she worked for Capcom, where she composed wholly or in part the scores for 16 games, including Final Fight and Street Fighter II.

While working for Capcom, Shimomura contributed to the soundtracks of over 16 games, including the successful Street Fighter II, which she composed all but three pieces for. The first soundtrack she worked on at the company was for Samurai Sword in 1988. Final Fight, in 1989, was her first work to receive a separate soundtrack album release, on an album of music from several Capcom games. The first soundtrack album to exclusively feature her work came a year later for the soundtrack to Street Fighter II. While she began her tenure at Capcom working on games for video game consoles, by 1990 she had moved to the arcade game division. She was a member of the company’s in-house band Alph Lyla, which played various Capcom game music, including pieces written by Shimomura. She performed live with the group on a few occasions, including playing piano during Alph Lyla’s appearance at the 1992 Game Music Festival.

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  • Andre127

    This woman is a genius. [18]

    2 Mar 1:12am Reply
  • kineticwaves

    Deep Jungle (Kingdom Hearts OST) is one of the greatest instrumental tracks from any video game. Then again, I love songs that sound like a forest/jungle.

    23 Jan 3:13am Reply
  • Metality

    ...It's like she's taking over my life. Just now I was watching an episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd, in which he briefly showed a clip of (but did not name) a game, and its music caught my attention. After some Googling I finally found it (Adventures in The Magic Kingdom), checked its Wikipedia page, and BAM! Yoko listed as composer! I reiterate: love her!

    12 Jan 2:47am Reply
  • Charles-Morbid

    Xenoblade FTW

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sander1991

    holy freakin' cow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkAeU9fXd2c

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MkTetsujin

    Can't wait for her FFXV soundtrack.

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Metality

    Where The Wind and Feathers Return (from Radiant Historia) and Xenoblade Chronicles' main theme are my two favorite video game tracks right now.... and I had absolutely no idea they were composed by the same person until a few minutes ago. Love her!

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Elintasokas

    Lazy Afternoons. One of the best tracks EVER if you ask me! No other song gives me the feels like that one.

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Clioud

    PARASITE EVE!

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MarcMaquiavel

    legend of mana forever <3

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • DJ-Lycanthropus

    legend of mana <3 [2]

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • ArkadiusRauresu

    She's without a doubt the only real replacement for Uematsu on Final Fantasy. I hope she sticks with the series after XV. It's so far shaping up to be the best soundtrack since IX. [2] lol, i don't even know, what i'm more waiting for - the game itself or OST :), can't wait! along with GG Xrd OST definitely most anticipated Videogame soundtracks for me)

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Coffee_Robot

    <3

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Kuregu

    She's without a doubt the only real replacement for Uematsu on Final Fantasy. I hope she sticks with the series after XV. It's so far shaping up to be the best soundtrack since IX.

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DEATHINFIREX

    that is one excellent track record

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • VGMKing

    This woman is a genius [17] Legend of Mana OST is the best

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MooniePwns

    legend of mana <3

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kamikamikami

    I'm surprised Somnus is not a Top track.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MarcMaquiavel

    This woman is a genius [16] Legend of Mana OST is the best

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AnisaVonRuin

    This woman is a genius. [15]

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
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