Kinuyo Yamashita (山下 絹代) was born December 31st 1965 in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan. She started playing the piano at age 4 and took lessons as a child. After graduating from Osaka Electro-Communication University in 1986 where she studied electronic engineering, she joined Konami
and became a member of the legendary Konami Kukeiha Club.
During her three years at Konami, Kinuyo composed a number of soundtracks mostly for Japanese-only games, with her debut composition Vampire Killer
which she composed with Satoe Terashima
becoming a cult video game classic, as would its NES counterpart Castlevania
. But stress and the pressures of work would catch up to her, and in 1989 she left Konami.
Kinuyo then became a freelance video game composer, mostly composing for Natsume
, but also handling the soundtrack for Mega Man X3
. She also performed for the pop/jazz cover band Honey Honey for four years beginning in 1991.
In 1998 Kinuyo suffered a brain hemorrhage while playing tennis and another one a week after. She was hospitalized for many months and had no recollection of her experience, but eventually she recovered and resumed her career.
Kinuyo lives in Wayne, NJ, where she moved in 2010, with her husband, and continues to write video game soundtracks, as well as branching out into other music genres.
Also Known As
- K. Yamashita
- Kinuyo Ueda
- James Banana
- Onigiri Yamako
- Stickvania (2010),
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (2003), THQ Inc.
- MedaBots: Metabee (2003), Natsume, Inc.
- Croc 2 (2001), THQ France
- Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. (2001), THQ Inc.
- WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (1999), THQ Inc.
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1995), Bandai America, Inc.
- Pocky & Rocky 2 (1994), Natsume, Inc.
- GS Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body (1993), Bandai Co., Ltd.
- Power Blade II (1992), Taito Corporation
- Power Blazer (1990), Taito Corporation
- King's Valley II (1988), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Snatcher (1988), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Esper Dream (1987), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Hinotori (1987), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious (1987), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Stinger (1987), Konami, Inc.
- The Treasure of Usas (1987), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Castlevania (1986), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch (1986), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
- Vampire Killer (1986), Konami Industry Co. Ltd.