Play For Japan: The Album

Posted by Grey Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Play For Japan campaign has been relentless in its efforts to raise awareness and actual contribution to help victims of the catastrophic 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Eastern Japan back in March. Now, you can just stay tuned to their latest project to help.

Set to be released in early June on iTunes, "Play For Japan: The Album", a compilation album consolidating the collaborative effort from a stellar roster of renowned videogame composers, is the next major project coming out from the Play For Japan initiative. And the list of participating composers reads like a who's who list of the industry: From Silent Hill's Akira Yamaoka, Final Fantasy's Nobuo Uematsu, Super Mario Bros.'s Koji Kondo, to Plants vs. Zombies's Laura Shigihara, the album contained musicians from the industry across the globe.

Here's the album cover featuring the artwork of Final Fantasy's Yoshitaka Amano.

Here's the official press release:

Just as game developers, publishers, and press worked together to hold auctions for the last couple months, a collection of the game industry’s finest music composers have joined together to create a relief benefit album featuring original compositions.

Today, we are extremely happy to announce the first details for Play For Japan: The Album. Set for release in early June on the iTunes Store, PFJ: The Album features the following composers and their original songs:

Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned) | “Ex Animo”
Arthur Inasi (Harmonix) | “We Are One”
Bear McCreary (SOCOM 4) | “Maverick Regeneration”
Chance Thomas (Lord of the Rings Online) | “Rise Up”
Hip Tanaka.β (Metroid) | “HVC-1384″
Inon Zur feat. The Lyris Quartet (Dragon Age) | “Remember“
Jason Graves (Dead Space) | “Necromancer”
Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros.) | “Super Mario Medley On Two Pianos”
Laura Karpman (Everquest II) w/Lisbeth Scott | “Pine Wind Sound“
Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies) | “Jump“
Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday) | “Play for You”
Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid 4) | “Reminiscence”
Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) | “Every New Morning“
Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) | “White Cloud”
Sean Murray (Call of Duty) | “The Temple Stone”
Tommy Tallarico (Advent Rising) | “Greater Lights“
Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption) | “Moshi Moshi”
Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger) | “Dimension Break”

100% of the proceeds generated by Play For Japan: The Album will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Please take a moment to watch the above message from album coordinator Akira Yamaoka (with special thanks to Area5), and be sure to peruse the artists page for more information on our gracious and talented contributors.


And here's a message on the project from Akira Yamaoka himself.



And more details from Laura Shigihara.

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