We first became aware of Tohyama san (Ajurika) in our user forums when he revealed that he was responsible for the Tekken series music and direction. Further investigation revealed Akitaka has worked on the Katamari Damacy franchise (a favorite here at Image-Line), Ridge Racer & Urban Reign and others. Naturally we wanted to know more, so we asked him about his music and work.
Akitaka Tohyama (Ajurika)
Tell us about your music, yourself and your video game work?
I am a producer of video game music as well as a Psychedelic Trance track creator. I started learning the piano at the age of 4, and then computer-based music at 14.
My favorite genre is trance, but I dabble in other genres, depending on the needs of the game, as well when creating video game music. I like to use a tight sounding kick (drum) and a deep base line as the core component, with some Delay and Reverb added to expand the sound while keeping a delicate tone.
There are many video game titles I have worked on in the past, but I have the longest relationship with the Tekken franchise. My role on TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 was Sound Director. I received overwhelming feedback from fans worldwide for the songs I created in that installment.
Also, I currently create Psychedelic Trance tracks under the handle 'AJURIKA'. I'm currently working on a full-length album.
Tekken Tag2 Opening Trailer
In this trailer, I used the default sounds(kick and snare). Lead Synth (0:57) is by Sawer.
I always loved video game musics and enjoyed composing as a hobby. During my fourth year of college, I started looking for a job for my future.
Then I found some video game companies wanted a sound creator, so I sent them demo tracks and, Namco hired me.
In 2013 I went freelance and have been working for a ange of companies since.
How did you come to use FL Studio & what were your first impressions?
I was using MOTU Digital Performer before FL Studio. A colleague at work recommended FL Studio 4, but my first impression wasn't very good.
Ajurika - Kick Ass
Tell us about your production environment & toys?
I like a minimalist working environment:
Mixer - Mackie 1202-VLZ3
Monitors - Fostex NF-01A
Audio interface - M-AUDIO FW410
Controller - KORG microKEY.
Do you have any links you would like to share?
My website - http://ajurika.com/
and social media
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ajurika
Soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com/ajurika
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ajurika
Akitaka relaxing with family
Registered customers can download some FL Studio demo projects made by Ajurika here.