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Takashi Tateishi, Tee Lopes, Harumi Fujita - Ultramarine

from GIANTS by Brave Wave Productions

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    Featuring stunning illustrations by Matt Cummings, and designed by awards-winning British designer Caspian Whistler and ex-Bungie Andrew Elmore. This CD release includes the full GIANTS album on two discs, plus a 20-page booklet with commentary by director Mohammed Taher and the legion of participating game composers.

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    Limited Edition 1st Pressing Box Set. Each box is numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by our selected Japanese composers. Pressed on heavy-weight 3xLP 180g curaçao vinyl. An exclusive tape with demo tracks & early recordings comes with the package, giving fans a rare and coveted glimpse at our inner operations with the chance to listen to early demos before they hit the production stage. Examples include the first demo of Ultramarine by Takashi Tateishi, the follow up arrangement of Ultramarine by Harumi Fujita, an unused original track by Manami Matsumae, a Stickerbrush Symphony demo by Lena Raine, plus more.

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about

Takashi Tateishi, Composer:


Mohammed's passion truly resonated with me, so for the first time in a number of years, I came back to compose a song for this project. The track is a collaboration between myself and two other musicians, and what we've come up with is truly wonderful. The first of my collaborators was Tee Lopes, a musician I admire greatly, who I first took notice of after loving his music for Sonic Mania. The second was a teacher I greatly respect from my Capcom years, Harumi Fujita. I had such a miraculous, exciting experience working together with them on this song, and I'm truly grateful to Mohammed and everyone else involved.

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Harumi Fujita, Arranger:

Tateishi-san and I had never made a song together, not even when we worked together at Capcom. And now, more than thirty years later, we have this incredibly precious track on which I had the opportunity to arrange his work. For my part, I made some slight adjustments to the chords and other elements, taking care not to lose the core of his composition. I put everything together, and then entrusted the rest to Tee-san. His arranging work incorporated guitar and saxophone, which has made for a really metropolitan, stylish-sounding track.

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Tee Lopes, Arranger and Producer:

I grew up playing video games in the '90s, and although I didn't know their names then, I definitely knew Tateishi-san's and Fujita-san's sounds very well. Today, it is an incredible honor for me to collaborate with these two pioneers of my craft, heightened by the fact that it was Tateishi-san's first composition in decades, and possibly the last, so I really wanted to give it my all.

Fujita-san has had a very special place in my childhood memories for years. I have always loved her music, and to say it's a dream come true to work with her is an understatement. I want to thank Jonny Atma and Sam Silva for their brilliant guitar and sax performances on the track, and Mohammed for the opportunity to make this project a reality.

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Mohammed, Director:

I have chased the dream of working with Tateishi-san for a long time – years prior to working on this album – and we’re finally here. The burden of being responsible for a new track from the composer of Mega Man 2 weighed heavily on me. I wanted this one last hurrah from Tateishi-san to bring more attention to his name and his incredible talent and skill as an underappreciated video game composer. I doubt we’ll see yet another new track from Tateishi-san anytime soon, if ever, so I wanted this to be a celebration worthy of him and his collaborators.

This track represents the album very well: it’s a collaboration between two giants of video game music – the composers of Mega Man 2 and 3 – and is produced by Tee Lopes, the rising star behind Sonic Mania’s soundtrack and many other recent retro inspired hits. This mix of decades old friends working together, a contemporary producer whose retro inspired tracks nevertheless have a modern, punchy sound, plus our own dedicated mixing and mastering engineers, encapsulates everything Brave Wave is about.

credits

from GIANTS, releases April 19, 2024
Composed by Takashi Tateishi. Additional arrangement by Harumi Fujita. Production, additional writing & arrangement by Tee Lopes. Guitars by Jonny Atma. Saxophone by Sam Silva. Mixed by Marco Guardia.

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