Silent Hill Music Man Akira Yamaoka's Favourite Songs

Composer Akira Yamaoka, perhaps best known for his moody musical contributions to Konami's Silent Hill series, wants his own funeral to be scored by Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold", one of the game composer's five favourite songs.

Yamaoka, now at No More Heroes developer Grasshopper Manufacture, tells Nintendo Life that the memorable tune from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is his number one choice for his funeral soundtrack. "While there's sorrow in the song, there's also a certain resolve that offers the listener the strength to shake off that sadness," he says.

The remaining four songs on Yamaoka's list range from the dancey electronic of D.A.F.'s "Der Mussolini" to the more obviously influential, like Craig Armstrong's "Amber". It's all worth a listen if you enjoy the musical stylings of the man who made Silent Hill's soundtracks so memorable.

Playlist: Grasshopper Manufacture's Akira Yamaoka [NintendoLife via Nobuooo, GameSetWatch]


    The Ecstasy of Gold is what Metallica (used to?) use to open a lot of their shows. Sounded great on the S&M album, it is a very cool song.

    Ennio Morricone is the master. The soundtrack from Cinema Paradiso is as emotive as you'll hear. Also the track L'Arena used by Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill 2 (when she busts out of the coffin) is just epic.

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