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Hidenori Maezawa

Also Known As

  • H. Maezawa
  • Michael Maezawa
  • Otoshi Hidenori
  • Dandy Hidenori

Game Credits


The Goonies II (1987)   (Konami Staff!! (コナミ スタッフ!!))


Granblue Fantasy: Versus (2020)   (Music)
Abobo's Big Adventure (2012)   (Original Game Music (uncredited))
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (2010)   (Composer)
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game (2007)   (Original Music Composers (uncredited))
Mitsumete Knight (1998)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Twinbee RPG (1998)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Lethal Enforcers (1992)   (Sound Effects)
Detana!! TwinBee (1991)   (Sound Design)
Orius (1991)   (Sound Design by)
Sunset Riders (1991)   (Sound Advisor)
Super Contra (1990)   (Sound Design)
Surprise Attack (1990)   (Sound Design)
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989)   (Sound)
Cosmic Wars (1989)   (Sound Designer)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)   (Music Programmer (uncredited))
Top Gun: The Second Mission (1989)   (Sound Creator)
The Adventures of Bayou Billy (1988)   (Music and Sound)
Contra (1988)   (Sound Creators )
Risa no Yōsei Densetsu (1988)   (Sound (さうんど))
Vulcan Venture (1988)   (Sound Design)
Getsufūma Den (1987)   (Music (音響))
Hi no Tori: Hōō-hen - Gaō no B... (1987)   (Music by)
Life Force (1987)   (Music By)
Majō Densetsu II: Daimashikyō Galious (1987)   (Sound design )
Castlevania (1986)   (Music by)
Crackout (1986)   (Sound)


Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989)   (Special Thanks)

Developer Biography

Hidenori Maezawa (前沢 秀憲) is the founder of the music production company Picnic and the man most hardcore video game fans wish to refer to as the creator of the distinctive "Konami sound".

Maezawa's introduction to music was when his older brother became a big fan of the Beatles. He enjoyed listening but didn't start composing his own music until he was 20. Composing became his livelihood when he decided he wasn't capable of playing instruments, and therefore couldn't play in a band.

Maezawa's big break came in 1986 when he answered a job recruitment ad for Konami, who were soliciting programmers for home development. He was hired for his technical and composing skill, and was immediately pressed into service assisting Kinuyo Yamashita on her soundtrack for Castlevania.

After that soundtrack, Maezawa continued to program music for Konami games, most notably the NES version of Contra, in which he and future Pure Sound founder Kiyohiro Sada pioneered the use of the PCM channel for drums, a device Sada, Yamashita, and many other developers would use in future NES games.

He left Konami's video game division in 1992 to join Konami's music label as a music director. After several years working on other forms of music for the label, he left Konami to start up his own company, Picnic, which he continues to run. In addition to video games, Picnic records for various media including pachinko machines, motion pictures, and traditional Japanese music.

Last updated: Dec 02, 2012

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