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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.[1] 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,[3] 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.[2] 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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  • blue_surrender

    Waiting for GE2's OST to come out! [2]

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Ecarlate-R

    Waiting for GE2's OST to come out! About 1 mounth left!!

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mari_desu

    I would love to see him working on more soundtracks... Legendia and God Eater soundtracks were awesome.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • moonshadow0

    Best music out of all the Tales games :)

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • HaneumaRider

    i like him.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • FatalZangetsu

    The lack of "The Man in Red Armor" disturbs me.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Zhao_Yun

    very nice work in the God Eater Soundtrack!

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • PrincessOvelia

    Have you guys listened to God Eater's soundtrack? It's two discs of pure Shiina goodness!

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Serriph

    The music was most definitely the best thing about ToL... I can't even remember much else about the game, having played it years ago, but I still remember that the music was absolutely fantastic.

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Compass

    "One of the poorest Tales games"? GTFO. Legendia is better than all other Tales games put together. My question is, why in God's hell has Go Shiina not been involved in any other soundtracks? What's up with that.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ferociousdanny

    Enemy Attack w/ real instruments ftw!

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • kuwert

    One of the best in terms of story and character development if you ask me ;)

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • TheEFAF

    For being one of the poorest Tales games, Legendia's soundtrack is phenomenal.

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Shuriku

    A Cheerful Bandit Hell Yeah!

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Axersia

    Yeah, and next time, please publish the *complete* soundtrack. >_> I don't care if some tracks aren't up to par, people want the complete OST.

    18 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Sunwoo

    This guy made a refreshing soundtrack for Tales of Legendia, i wish they would choose him more often, he is damn good.

    29 Jan 2008 Reply

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