Resident Evil, Onimusha composer revealed as fraud

"Japanese Beethoven" Mamoru Samuragochi reveals someone else wrote his arrangements for the past decade.

Resident Evil and Onimusha composer Mamoru Samuragochi has admitted that for the past 10 years someone else wrote his arrangements, including what is considered his pinnacle achievement, a piece titled "Hiroshima Symphony" dedicated to the lives lost during the 1945 atomic explosion.

The news comes by way of Samuragochi's lawyer to Japan Times, who said Samuragochi "deeply regrets" actions he called "totally inexcusable." It has also been revealed that Samuragochi did not write a piece called "Sonatina for Violin," which will be featured at the Winter Olympics this months.

Samuragochi is deaf and is dubbed a "modern Beethoven" by Japanese media because of the hearing impairment condition he shares with the famous German composer. The 50-year-old composed the music for 1997's Resident Evil: The Director's Cut and later worked on 2001's Onimusha: Warlords.

He comes forward to admit his actions after Japanese public broadcaster NHK aired a documentary featuring Samuragochi touring the tsunami-affected Tohuku region of Japan, meeting with survivors and shown composing a requiem for a little girl who lost her mother. NHK has since come forward to offer an apology for airing the documentary.

Samuragochi's music label will stop shipping his CDs and selling his work online immediately and a tour featuring his music is now in question.

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dbr5000
dbr5000

Well can we give the real writer of the songs the recognition he deserves?

Fuzaki
Fuzaki

It's not like gamers really care for the most part. Honestly, the majority just want to hear good music and from the looks of it, it was just a marketing scheme by him and his partner.

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

did he pay someone to write it, share writing with someone, or just steal it from someone else? these writers here @ gamespot suck almost as bad as my local paper.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Did he really compose the music for Resident Evil 3??

scottw84
scottw84

Shame, I still love the music though!

Shewgenja
Shewgenja

He's the Milli Vanilli of videogames!

Redrivar
Redrivar

I'll leave the blame game to the lawyers and keep on listening to good music and playing offline

3D3
3D3

dang

bryanhudd
bryanhudd

Beethoven didn't even become deaf until late in his career.

strahd01
strahd01

I feel like posting the link to that Family Guy clip where; Peter is at the toy store playing with the piano while its on demo and the guy walks up and compliments him and when peter takes his hands off the piano the guy goes "hey, you're a phony! Look everyone! This guy is a phony! A big fat phony!"


But I won't, because I just explained the scene.


"You're a big fat phony!"

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Good on him for admitting it but this is a pretty common scenario in pretty much every creative field. 

statix666999
statix666999

I'm slightly confused.  My understanding is he didn't steal from someone, but had a ghostwriter.  His "crime" was to lying to the public for marketing purposes, pretending to be a deaf composer.  I'm not sure what the international laws are, but lying isn't illegal unless it's slander or perjury.  Am I missing something?

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

as a composer/sound designer, music and sounds are pretty much our only intellectual property, and claiming someone else's music as your own is like claiming someone else's baby as your own...it just doesn't feel right, and will kill you inside until you are honest about it. I think that's why he actually admitted this, as it was likely causing him stress with all the praise he was getting for music he didn't even write...making him likely to believe that his own work wasn't good enough. we are are own worst critics, and that can cause artists to make shitty decisions. but props to him for admitting it, and hopefully takashi niigaki gets some mad cred for keeping his mouth shut for the last 10 years! talk about a pro :P

djwaxxy
djwaxxy

One artist i know does do his own stuff is armin van burren but i cant really go into details which djs dont but what i will say is one begins with t and one begins with d both of those pay others too create tracks which they take credit for.

The big hit animals was ripped of sample cds created by a company called vengeance the guy who had the hit didnt do anything except put the samples in fruity loops and add a bit of reverb.

Vengeance are the real talent behind loads of hits over the last few years the reason people use them is they are cheap and are fast at what they do..they also get used too work on movie/tv soundtracks ive heard there stuff on batman ..csi...etc.

killmoore
killmoore

(Blame it on the rain) that was fallin' fallin'...
(Blame it on the stars) that did shine at night...
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you...
Blame it on the rain (yeah yeah)...
You can blame it on the rain...

orbit991
orbit991

Not surprised, this is common in Hollywood film. Look at Hans Zimmer, a jingle writer with no training is a composing superstar, the reality is here and there  he bangs out a jingle tune on a piano and a small army of orchestrators do all the work. Really considering the deadlines who can blame some of them.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Throw this fraudster aside then, and lets find the real genius behind the music!, he deserves real credit!

Mohjong
Mohjong

So he got caught.  Now we should ridicule him to the maximum and scare the rest of the frauds?  No, I say we praise him for honesty, title him as music producer, and lure the 3 Js (James Horner, John Williams, and Joe Hisaishi).

Bowser05
Bowser05

Oh wow. That's a slap to the face. I agree with others that I can respect him for being willing to admit his mistake. BUT...the amount of DISRESPECT I have for him cheating us fans, followers and ESPECIALLY the people that look to him for inspiration is much greater. 

BFKZ
BFKZ

I ain't even mad.

brunod_f
brunod_f

At least he got the balls to say it. I'm sure it wasn't easy.

blackace
blackace

This guy is like "Steak with A1 Sauce". DONE!!!

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

That's a good way to bringa shame to your famry.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

probably cause he find himself hitting through hall and can't do more of his art work.

ux107
ux107

This guy and Lance Armstrong should get together for a world tour

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

Damn...Onimusha had some great music in it, I wonder who actually did write it then.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well now this makes me wonder how many other famous video game composers are frauds.

PsyonicPlague
PsyonicPlague

RE6 review? I see what ya did there gamespot!

hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@Redrivar I take it further and don't play any games or music that are after 1999. 90'S FOREVER!

sidewinder_na
sidewinder_na

@statix666999If he had someone else do the actual writing and he took credit for it, then he should have mentioned he had help; Like you said, having someone help you do your work doesn't make any of you the absolute owner of the creation- you share the credit. As for lying, he IS deaf which is why he needed help in the first place. Finally, if the media- and by extension, the public- decided to publicly compare him to beethoven without fact-checking first, the blame is on them.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@orbit991 He's written jingles before, but that doesn't simply make him a jingle writer.  He's played with a lot of bands and has even gone to music school, so he does have training.  You make it sound like he just plays a few notes and someone else adapts his music for him.  He writes his own sheet music and everything, so I don't know why you're spreading this misinformation.

thingta42
thingta42

@kidflash2000  No he didn't have some great music, because he never wrote any of the songs haha, someone else did.

plug313
plug313

well, you're missing a lot of good stuff...

Bowser05
Bowser05

@thingta42 @stonewall001 @kidflash2000  I don't understand what is happening here. kidflash said he (or she) wonders who actually wrote the music for Onimusha. Nowhere did kidflash say that Samuragochi wrote the music. The music isn't fake, therefore SOMEBODY had to have written it.