July 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Eric Caoili
Akira Yamaoka, formerly the sound director and producer of Konami's Silent Hill series before jumping to Grasshopper Manufacture last year, recently took some time to talk about his favorite songs that he didn't compose, giving fans some insight on the music that's influenced the composer's work.
He also had a special request in regards to one of his favorite tunes, Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy Of Gold" (stream it with the embedded player above), from the soundtrack of Spaghetti Western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
"Please play this song at my funeral. Seriously, please make sure this song is played. Ennio Morricone brings a very simple, yet deep and melodic orchestration into existence without wasting a single note. The stout melody line, combined with the strings’ line, creates a tenacious sound that always thrusts somewhere in my heart.
While there’s sorrow in the song, there’s also a certain resolve that offers the listener the strength to shake off that sadness. This makes it different from just a typical “tearjerker,” which is why I really enjoy it."
You can listen to Yamaoka's other four favorite songs and read his reasons for why he loves them so much at Nintendo Life.