Resident Evil composer revealed as a fraud

News Aaron Birch 7 Feb 2014 - 06:05

The acclaimed composer, Mamoru Samuragochi, has been exposed as a fraud...

Most gamers will be familiar with Mamoru Samuragochi's work, or at least you may think you are. The Japanese composer whose gaming accolades have included both the Resident Evil and Onimusha series, has been called a “digital-age Beethoven” by Time magazine. However, it would appear as though his work isn't exactly legitimate.

You see, Samuragochi (pictured below) has not actually been composing these works at all, but has actually been using a ghost composer. And, according to this previously hidden musician, Samuragochi isn't even deaf, which he's claimed to be for many, many years.

Talking at a live press conference (via ABC News) only a day after Samuragochi confessed to hiring someone else to write many of his best pieces, Takashi Niigaki (pictured above) came out as the man responsible for the ghost writing. Niigaki, who is a part-time school music teacher, revealed that he's been penning Samuragochi's works for 18 years.

"I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people," he said.

"I told him a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also he said he would commit suicide if I stop composing for him."

Niigaki received only 7 million yen (that's around $77,000) over the course of the 18 years. He decided to come clean after learning that figure skater, Daisuke Takahashi, was going to perform at the Winter Olympics to one of Samuragochi's supposed pieces.

"I was afraid that even Takahashi, who will perform in the Olympics for Japan, would be used to enforce the lies made by Samuragochi and me."

If all of this isn't unbelievable enough, Niigaki also revealed that Samuragochi cannot even write musical scores, and also cast doubt over Samuragochi's deafness.

"I've never felt he was deaf ever since we met," he claimed. "We carry on normal conversations. I don't think he is (handicapped). At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually. He told me, after the music for the video games was unveiled, that he would continue to play the role (of a deaf person)."

This has, understandably, left Samuragochi in a bit of a situation, and the composer has yet to comment on Niigaki's allegations.

ABC News

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