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Go Shiina (Masaru Shiina, 椎名豪) is a Japanese video game composer employed at Namco Bandai Games. He is best known for creating the score to Tales of Legendia.

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Masaru Shiina was taught how to play the electronic organ from his parents when he was growing up. He was at one time a member of a Megadeth cover band, who also played J-pop music. Shiina enrolled at Dokkyo Junior High School. After being rejected by 46 companies, including a jewelry company, a finance company, and a fast food company, he was hired by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games); he had little prior experience with video games.

Shiina mostly composes jazz, orchestral, fusion, and rock pieces. He has said that he can write music in any genre, as long as he is motivated. He also stated that “when I write a song, the time it takes me depends on whether I know the singer’s natural voice. The genre doesn’t matter…” Shiina feels that there are two types of composition: “some tracks can stand alone as musical pieces, and some only work when you hear them in the game.” When composing vocal songs and instrumental tracks, he sings them out loud. For the soundtrack to God Eater, Shiina stated that the “creative nature of the story pushed me to be creative with the music as well. I looked around for a variety of instruments from many countries.” Some of the styles and instruments featured in the score include Japanese traditional music, African rhythms, and the Indian sitar.

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  • HakonHolm

    Kyousou Giga OST was fucking perfect.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply

    and 100 per motherfucking cent with you on that ost mate.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply

    lol its not even funny how much kyousougiga is better than anything airing right now I mean KlK is fun and 2nd best but it's like a saturday morning cartoon compared to giga. dat recognition doe

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thejuniperbends

    The Kyousougiga OST is so good! There are some really stellar tracks in there.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • blue_surrender

    God Eater 2's clips sound so good. Need this soundtrack now. T_T

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Wicked_Sick_LOL

    Mine is japanese too lol

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • HaneumaRider

    Yes me :D

    19 Jan 2011 Reply

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