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Yasuhiro Kawakami (川上康広) is a Japanese video game composer and sound programmer who was employed at Square from 1991 to 1999. He created music for three games and was the sound programmer for Rudra no Hihō. Kawakami frequently collaborated with fellow composer Ryuji Sasai.

Yasuhiro Kawakami joined Square (now Square Enix) in 1991 where he was assigned to compose the 1992 title Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (known as Mystic Quest Legend in Europe) alongside Ryuji Sasai. Kawakami was responsible for most of the setting themes, while Sasai contributed the rock-based tracks. In 1996, he collaborated with Sasai again as the sound programmer for Rudra no Hihō; Sasai created the score.
For the PlayStation game Tobal No. 1 (1996), Kawakami was part of one of the largest number of composers to have ever been featured on a Square soundtrack. The other composers were Yasunori Mitsuda, Sasai, Masashi Hamauzu, Junya Nakano, Kenji Ito, Noriko Matsueda, and Yoko Shimomura. He created three compositions for the game, and helped to ensure that the console’s resources were tested fully before working on the score. The track “Disused Mine” was included on the score’s arranged album, Tobal No. 1 Remixes Electrical Indian. Kawakami composed the soundtrack to the 1998 title Chocobo’s Dungeon 2, alongside Kumi Tanioka, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Itō. He created about a third of the pieces in the game, handling mostly setting themes. After working on this game, he left Square and became a freelance composer.

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