Akira Yamaoka

Japanese composer

Akira Yamaoka (山岡 晃, Yamaoka Akira, born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese video game composer, sound designer, guitarist, and producer. He is best known for composing music for the Silent Hill video game series and Silent Hill movies. He has also composed music for many other Konami games.

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Akira Yamaoka at the Game Developers Conference in 2010
Akira Yamaoka at the Game Developers Conference in 2010
Background information
Born (1968-02-06) February 6, 1968 (age 56)
Niigata, Japan
GenresHard rock, alternative rock, ambient, dark ambient, industrial, trip hop
Occupation(s)Composer, guitarist, sound designer, game producer
InstrumentsElectric guitar
Years active1991–present

Yamaoka studied product design and interior design at Tokyo Art College. He said that he first wanted to follow a career in design.[1] He first joined Konami on September 21, 1993. On December 2, 2009, he announced that he was leaving Konami after 16 years with the company.[2] He joined Grasshopper Manufacture on February 3, 2010.[3]


  1. "Interview with Akira Yamaoka". Spelmusik.net. Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  2. "Silent Hill Composer Departs Konami". GameSpot. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  3. "Silent Hill director leaps to Grasshopper". GameSpot. Retrieved March 8, 2016.

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