Yoko Shimomura on her compositions + working in the Kingdom Hearts universe

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Yoko Shimomura is one of the most influential names in the VGM space. With soundtracks like Super Mario RPG, Breath of Fire and Street Fighter II to her name, you don’t have to look very far to see how big a mark she’s made on the industry.

One of the cooler things to come out of E3 this year was an extended interview with Shimomura, giving us a long overdue insight into her life and the processes involved with creating one of her most beloved soundtracks, Kingdom Hearts. Touching on her beginnings, how she got started with the franchise and what she’s doing with it 10 years on, Square Enix Music go surprisingly in depth into the back and forth of working with the game’s directors, Square of course notorious for their excellent caliber of soundtracks.

Of course if none of that is of any interest to you, there are some really fantastic piano arrangements from various Kingdom Hearts titles that alone make this video worth checking out. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Kingdom Hearts III!

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