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nearlynoteworthy  asked:

Hey, I hope this isn't too annoying or anything... But I've loved soundtrack music from when I was very small, film/tv/video game scores and all the like. (Absolutely love your stuff for Steven Universe, btw) However, in this field dominated by older white men, I'd really love to see some more female inspiration! If you know of any female artists in the composing business right now that I could give a listen to, I'd love to hear about them!

Hi there! This something that I feel passionately about, so I’m glad that you asked. Music composition is a male-dominated field, and there’s no real reason for it other than a lack of visible examples demonstrating that it’s a viable career path for women.

Here’s a short list of active composers and some of the soundtracks that they worked on, to get you started. A heads up–I’m mostly familiar with game composers!

Shiho Fujii - collaborated with Toru Minegishi on the Splatoon soundtrack. Her style is fresh and quirky.

Michiru Oshima - composed the Legend of Legaia soundtrack, a huge musical influence for me growing up. She also did some of the amazing orchestral arrangements in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and scored the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist.

Yoko Shimomura - composes the music for the Kingdom Hearts series, and classic games like Super Mario RPG and Street Fighter II. She’s super versatile and her melodies are unforgettable.

Asuka Ota - collaborated on the soundtrack for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and composed my favorite track from Mario Kart Wii, Rainbow Road! She’s also worked on Mario Kart 8 and contributed to Smash Bros. 4.

Winnifred Philips - composed the Assassin’s Creed III soundtrack and collaborated on the music for God of War. She published a book called A Composer’s Guide to Game Music, which just arrived in my mail, and I plan to read it.

Laura Shigihara - lead composer and sound designer for Plants VS Zombies. She also has a lovely voice, and she’ll be working with Yasunori Mitsuda on the official 20th anniversary Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross album. (I’m so happy for her!)

Michiko Naruke - composed music for the Wild Arms series and did some of my favorite guitar-strummin’ arrangements from the Smash Bros. games.

Manami Matsumae - composed the Mega Man soundtrack, and she’s currently working on Mighty No. 9. She contributes music to a lot of indie projects, like Shovel Knight and Starr Mazer.

Kinuyo Yamashita - composed the Castlevania soundtrack. She was one of the early composers at Konami.

Michiru Yamane - composed the soundtrack for Castlevania IV: Symphony of the Night and Skullgirls. Her gothic rock/classical sound has come to define modern Castlevania games, and she’s now working on Bloodstained, a spiritual sequel to the series.

Pongball - composed the music for Sapphire Skies and Bloom Defender. Her songs are so catchy and charismatic, and she has a knack for chiptunes and SNES music. (I got to work with her on the Soul Saga soundtrack last year, an RPG currently in development.)

chibi-tech - if you haven’t heard Moe Moe Kyunstep, go listen now! This is a masterfully crafted piece of chiptune music. She knows basically everything about the NES sound chip and currently works for a game company called M2.

Jessica Curry - composed the soundtrack for Dear Esther, and is currently working on the soundtrack for the PS4 game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Her music is eerie, melancholic, and ambient.

Niamh Houston (chipzel) - composed the Interstellaria soundtrack. She makes awesome dance music with her Gameboys!

Yoko Kanno - I’m going to start talking about Yoko Kanno by screaming for a little bit (AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!) She composed the music for Cowboy Bebop and is one of the most talented and prolific composers I can think of. Yoko has such a unique style of production, and the way she juxtaposes what’s happening onscreen with her music is a bizarre, religious experience. (This interview is great, too.)

Rachel Portman - composed the soundtracks for two films I love, Chocolat and Never Let Me Go. Her music is gorgeous, with a lot of sweeping strings and piano.

Wendy & Lisa - composed the soundtrack for the TV series Heroes. They started in the 80′s as a part of Prince’s band, The Revolution, and also do a lot of soundtrack work.

Aivi Tran - meee, do I count?


Edit 8/2/15: A lot of you have been messaging me enthusiastically about this list!

I have a correction: Kinuyo Yamashita only worked on the original Castlevania, not the others. (The composer of surasshu’s favorite song to pull out during parties, “Bloody Tears”, is Kenichi Matsubara.)

A few of you are upset with me for not including Yuki Kajiura, and rightfully so! Yuki is a prolific composer who scored the music for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online, and a handful of other anime, films, and games. She also started the group Kalafina. She is one of surasshu’s all-time favorite composers, and her music is a relentless voyage of sweeping chord progressions and modulations.

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