Brave Wave Announces Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack for Digital Download, CD and Vinyl!
Brave Wave Productions is thrilled to announce its next release in the acclaimed Generation Series: Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1 (GS-003) and Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 2 (GS-004).
As one of the most comprehensive and anticipated releases in the label’s history, Brave Wave has been working closely with KOEI TECMO and the original composers to bring fans the legendary music of Ninja Gaiden in impeccable quality inside of a gatefold package for each volume release.
Both volumes will be released on vinyl, CD, and digitally. Ninja Gaiden Vol. 1 will feature the music of both the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version of Ninja Gaiden as well as the Arcade edition with the same title, Ninja Gaiden. Ninja Gaiden Vol. 2 contains the soundtracks of Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom.
These legendary soundtracks will be recorded digitally from original hardware by Brave Wave's in-house restoration engineer, and then cleaned up and remastered, ensuring the most pristine sound possible. The supervision of both volumes is spearheaded by Keiji Yamagishi, lead composer of the iconic Ninja Gaiden NES soundtrack and creator of its sound driver. Yamagishi was also involved in the creation of sound drivers for Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom, along with its sampling and effects. Aiding him in the project's supervision are Ryuichi Nitta, main composer for Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos; and Kaori Nakabai, main composer for Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom.
Both the vinyl and CD versions of each release are presented in a luxurious package. The cover and booklet will feature archival art, comprehensive composer interviews, and essays by game historian Ray Barnholt.
Note: The included music was created when each music supervisor was affiliated with TECMO LTD. and the music was composed as work for hire.
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About Generation Series
The Generation Series is directed and produced by Mohammed Taher and Marco Guardia, who recently worked together on the Billboard-charted Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack. Their past joint works include the Brave Wave albums World 1-2 (2013), In Flux (2014), the ongoing Retro-Active albums by Ninja Gaiden's Keiji Yamagishi, and more. The Generation Series name, logo, and artwork templates have been designed by Cory Schmitz, who previously branded Brave Wave, Oculus, Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica, and more. The original Ninja Gaiden series is developed and published by KOEI TECMO.
About Keiji Yamagishi
Keiji Yamagishi, a founding member of the Brave Wave label, has been composing for video games and other media since 1987. Along with his work on the original Ninja Gaiden games, he worked on Tecmo Super Bowl, Captain Tsubasa II, Dynasty Warriors, Onimusha Tactics, and Exile's End while part of TECMO, KOEI, Brave Wave, and also as a freelancer at his own company, Kajiya Productions since 2000. In 2015, he released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed Retro-Active Pt. 1, which saw Yamagishi incorporate a modern touch on his signature chiptune sound. It was followed up with Retro-Active Pt. 2 in 2016. He is currently working on Generation Series 003: Ninja Gaiden Vol. 1 and 2 with KOEI TECMO and Brave Wave to restore the audio at an unprecedented quality.