Music / Akira Yamaoka

Akira Yamaoka (born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese rock star, video game developer and music composer who started out in the Konami Kukeiha Club (alongside the likes of Michiru Yamane) and achieved individual recognition for Silent Hill. After many Silent Hill titles, he eventually left Konami to join Suda51 at Grasshopper Manufacture. He frequently collaborates with singer Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and lyricist Joe Romersa. He cites Trent Reznor, Angelo Badalamenti, Metallica and Depeche Mode as his biggest musical influences.

He has directed or been the lead composer for the following:

He has also contributed to:


  • I Am the Band: Instead of hiring studio musicians, Akira recorded every part of every song on his Silent Hill projects himself.