Play For Japan: The Album
A Letter from Akira Yamaoka
The challenge facing Japan is unprecedented and immeasurable. People around the world have already reached out, working together to help Japan rise up and rebuild.
As citizens of the same planet, we share and take strength from this bond.
In the videogame industry, composers like myself are responsible for engaging the player through music. Music, too, creates bonds, inspiring listeners to share their passion with others. In this spirit, many gifted composers, musicians and artists — from East and West — have come together to record a benefit album. For creators whose role is to inspire, it’s only fitting we come together, across borderlines, for those in need.
It’s our desire you’ll hear our hope for a brighter future, and the prayers heard from around the world given voice.
We are all united by one common bond.
You are not alone.
On March 11, 2011, countless lives were instantly, irrevocably changed. The ensuing tragedy was swift and widespread, the full impact impossible to assess. But the global response was equally immediate, and inspiring in its message: Japan is not alone.
In the days that followed, videogame composer Akira Yamaoka heard from creators, fans, and other friends across the world, sharing sympathy and concern, and pledging support.
Inspired by this outpouring, he sought to express that shared spirit through music. The result is Play for Japan: The Album, a benefit album featuring celebrated videogame musicians and composers from East and West. It is hoped this effort will in turn inspire game and music enthusiasts to show their support for those affected by the tragedy.
Japan’s contributions to art and entertainment, technology, and pop culture are immeasurable, converging in the interactive arts. Japanese artists, musicians, designers and engineers sparked the world’s love affair with videogames, and continue to elevate the craft and engage players to this day.
Games, like music, are a universal language, creating a cross-cultural camaraderie rarely seen in other industries. Though tastes and trends vary, and in spite of language barriers, the bonds between creators and fans, East and West, endure and evolve. For those whose job is to inspire, it’s only fitting we come together — across borderlines — and support those in need.
We hope you’ll join us, and press Play for Japan.
Confirmed participants to date:
- Akira Yamaoka (Shadows of the Damned, Silent Hill series)
- Jason Graves (Command & Conquer 4, Dead Space series, Prey 2)
- Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption)
- Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, additional music)
- Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, SOCOM 4, The Walking Dead)
- Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Luminous Arc, Xenoblade)
- Nobuo Uematsu (Blue Dragon, Final Fantasy series, Lost Odyssey)
- Inon Zur (Crysis, Dragon Age, Prince of Persia)
Information & Contact Us
Play For Japan: The Album is scheduled for release in May 2011 via the iTunes store. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
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