We created a new Director Blog that’s dedicated to talking about what we do at Brave Wave, separate from this blog. While this blog will be focused on news, the Director Blog will contain occasional updates on our plans and the things we do. Head over there now and read our new interview with Panzer Dragoon’s Saori Kobayashi.Read More »
After performing in front of an exciting audience at Bit Summit MMXIV, Saori Kobayashi announced her first-ever solo album with us at Brave Wave! Fans of Kobayashi-san seem to be happy with her new work with us, Shattered Moon, and we’re excited to be working with her on a full-length music album — dedicated entirely to showcase her immense talent at making gorgeous and lush soundscapes.
Shattered Moon (from our new album IN FLUX) was performed at Bit Summit MMXIV in Kyoto by Saori Kobayashi herself, and thanks to the kind folks at NicoNico we were able to upload a video of it to YouTube:
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Just a few days after releasing IN FLUX, Brave Wave Productions announced a new album at Bit Summit MMXIV called PROJECT LIGHT that features some of Japan’s most well known and beloved game composers, including Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man, Mighty No. 9) and Yoko Shimomura (of StreetFighter II, Kingdom Hearts).
PROJECT LIGHT was born from the vision of (Creative Director) Mohammed Taher wanting to resurrect the Famicom-era composers and remind the world that they’re still here with us and they can make good music. It’s a story-driven album that tells the story of a planet on the verge of destruction due to an imminent supernova (an explosion of the sun); and thus we follow Light, one of the highly-advanced humanoids built to investigate the problem and reverse the doomed sun’s fate.
In addition to Manami Matsumae and Yoko Shimomura, the album features Harumi Fujita (Mega Man 3), Junko Tamiya (Strider), Takashi Tateishi (Mega Man 2), Yasuaki “BUN BUN” Fujita (Mega Man 3), Mari Yamaguchi (Mega Man 5), and Ippo Yamada (Mega Man 9). The album is directed and supervised by Mohammed Taher of Brave Wave, with Ippo Yamada serving as the Music Director and hally as the Music Producer. The three are aiming to bring a new side of chiptunes to fans of videogames and music. The album will be released “whenever it’s ready,” as Taher said on stage, with the expectation of finishing the album at the end of the year.
Brave Wave Productions recently held three live shows at Bit Summit MMXIV, featuring live performances by Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), Chipzel (Super Hexagon), and Saori Kobayashi (Panzer Dragoon Saga). In addition to that, the label recently released IN FLUX on both iTunes and Bandcamp, featuring music from Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Keiji Yamagishi (Captain Taubasa), Jim Guthrie (Sworcery), Eirik Suhrke (Spelunky), as well as music from the Bit Summit live performers. The company is working on a number of unannounced music projects to be released later this year and the next, in the hope of delighting game-music fans everywhere in the world and especially those who favor Japan’s videogame musicians.
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IN FLUX is an East-meets-West music album that merges the two oceans together in an unprecedented way, featuring the musicians of Evanescence, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Silent Hill, Panzer Dragoon, Sworcery, Spelunky, and more. The union of Japanese artists alongside their Western friends shine through the album, sidestepping the language gap and communicating entirely through the universal understanding of music.
IN FLUX is an album that celebrates the joyous and ever-changing nature of music, not constrained by genres or languages or styles—but celebrating the history and the culture that music is able to cultivate and nurture. The album’s visual style was achieved through Zurich-based Fabian Oefner’s stunning lenses that captured the fragile luminosity of soap bubbles — an imagery that goes in hand with the album’s philosophy and approach.
A limited run of the album was available at Bit Summit MMXIV in Kyoto, selling more than a hundred signed copies by Mohammed Taher (director), Manami Matsumae (advisor), Keiji Yamagishi (composer) alongside their Western friends Eirik Suhrke (composer), Stemage (composer) and Chipzel (composer). You can buy the album on Bandcamp, digitally and physically, or you can use iTunes alternatively. We also designed a very-limited t-shirt, drawn beautifully by Simon Alander and worn on stage by Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon) and Yumiko Takahashi (of Suikoden).Read More »
JANUARY 14, 2014—Official company name to be “Brave Wave Productions Limited”
Brave Wave Productions is a music label based in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music and nostalgia. The dual-natured label produces and publishes music albums, both solo and compilations, as well as compose music for videogames. Working together with music composers from the videogame industry, Brave Wave creates music that uses games as a basis of its concept, and the label’s ultimate goal is to work with musicians and artists from all over the world to create top-class music albums for both gamers and fans of music alike to enjoy.
Originally, Brave Wave began as an individual internet project by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher under the name “Koopa Soundworks.” Taher felt that Japanese composers who had quit composing music should return to their roots and start composing once again. Since the end of 2012, Brave Wave has released two albums, “World 1-2″ and “World 1-2: Encore” before being founded as an actual company, with music from composers like Keiji Yamagishi, Akira Yamaoka, Austin Wintory and more. The label will continue to make music following its official establishment. In addition, the first game title Brave Wave was partially involved in, “Shovel Knight” by Yacht Club Games, is scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2014 in North America and Europe.
Tokyo-based Alexander Aniel will handle all management duties as Chief Executive Officer and Business Development Coordinator, as well as day-to-day company operations, while Mohammed Taher will act as the President and Creative Director of the label’s current and future projects. Together, they work with global videogame composers like Manami Matsumae and Eirik Suhrke to create multicultural music albums. The visual identity of Brave Wave is designed by Cory Schmitz, signifying the bold and unconventional job the label carries upon itself.
In March 2014, Brave Wave will participate in “Bit Summit MMXIV,” showing off albums that are currently in development, and is delighted to announce that three artists will be performing at the event live. The label plans to release its third full-length music album “In Flux” in March 4th, 2014 with limited copies available at the event. The album’s central theme is the collaborations between the composers of the East and West, featuring original music from Manami Matsumae, Tim McCord (of Grammy award-winning Evanescence), Keiji Yamagishi, Akira Yamaoka, Saori Kobayashi, Chipzel, Stemage, Eirik Suhrke, and more.
“Giving the world good music” and “Bringing together the videogame industries of Japan, the West and the Middle East” are the slogans in which Brave Wave is being established upon.
January 14, 2014
Brave Wave Productions Limited
Mohammed Taher — President, Creative Director
Email: mohammed (at) bravewave.net
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Email: alexander.aniel (at) bravewave.net
November 15th marks our 1st anniversary as a music label, so we decided to release a name-your-price EP to thank the fans and show our gratitude. There’s no catch: head over to Bandcamp, set the price to $0 and you’ll get it. However! *drumrolls* Any amount we get from you will be donated to UNICEF, in order to help the victims of the awful typhoon Haiyan that struck our brothers and sisters in Philippines.
If you bought an album from us before, you’ll recognize the list of musicians in this track list:
- Court Date, a beautiful song by ABSRDST
- Carus, a carnival-ish tune from Eirik Suhrke
- Sunrise Montage, a minimalistic number from halc
- Insert Rupee, Get Music, a funky-fun piece by Insert Rupee, which is a two-guys band of halc & Benjamin Briggs
- Dj Cutman & ABSRDST’s amazing remix of Benjamin Briggs’ Driving Upwards (which appeared in our 1st album)
- Manami Matsumae’s sombre remix of the 1st track, Court Date
The beautiful art was drawn and illustrated by German artist Dominik Johann, who will also be designing one of our t-shirts, as well as painting our cats and possibly more.
Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support. You are enabling us to make good music and let our favorite artists do the work they enjoy the most in life. Consider donating some money when buying the album — let’s try to make something humanitarian and good to the people of the Philippines who were unfortunate to experience an awful typhoon.
One last thing: all our albums are on sale for 50%, including the super-limited CD. Use the code yearone when you checkout!
Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl) and Eirik Suhrke (of Spelunky, Ridiculous Fishing) are working together on a new song for our next album, In Flux. Yamagishi-san composed this sketch for Eirik to take and transform into a new song with more parts and a fleshed out sound. This way, we accomplish the merging of Japanese and Western styles while escaping the language wall between them. Hope you like this sneak preview! More to come.Read More »
We announced two new albums in Tokyo, Shinjuku at 8-bit Cafe. Let’s go:
The first album is In Flux, a compilation album coming around January. While World 1-2: Encore was all remixes, this one is nothing but new & original tracks. The album’s style is similar to World 1-2, in that it’ll be a juicy blend of many different genres: chiptunes, electronic, piano, guitars, and so on.
The list of the artists include Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man) with a brand-new piano-centric track; a collaboration between Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden) and Eirik Suhrke (of Spelunky); another collaboration between Jake ‘virt’ Kaufman (of Shovel Knight) and Stemage (of Metroid Metal); a new heart-warming track by Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon); a punching chiptunes track from Chipzel (of Super Hexagon) — and many more, including Marius Masalar, Monomirror and PolarBirds.
We’re working with Fabian Oefner for the visual design of the album, a talented photographer from Switzerland. For the photo set of In Flux, Fabian used high-speed cameras that were able to capture the luminous beauty of soap bubbles before exploding, something we thought meshes well with the flow and rhythm of the album.
We expect to finish In Flux around January, so please look forward to that.
We also announced a new project, an album that’s still under planning and constant development — but the prospects of it were so exciting that we just wanted to let the news out.
We teamed up with Ippo Yamada to make a chiptunes album inspired from our loved memories of the 80′s. Yamada-san worked on many fantastic games, including the Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man 9 and 10 — he composed Tornado Man’s Stage! — as well as Mighty No. 9 and others. Project Light (working title) will be co-directed between both Yamada-san and me, Mohammed Taher, while the production is handled by Yamada-san and hally. Even though we’re still working on the list of composers to appear on the album, we wanted to give a sample of what to expect:
- Manami Matsumae (Mega Man 1, Mega Man 10, Mighty No. 9)
- Takashi Tateishi (Mega Man 2)
- Yasuaki ‘Bun Bun’ Fujita & Harumi Fujita (Mega Man 3)
As well as new compositions by Yamada-san himself and hally.
As is the case with new projects, there’s not much we can reveal at this point because we’re still developing a lot of concepts — but rest assured that we’re all working hard to make Project Light as good as it sounds. We had a 6-hours meeting a few days ago and what we nailed down is absolutely exciting.
Thank you for reading this and for the overwhelming support during our entire 1st year. We’re excited and happy with what we have in the pipes, and extremely proud of the enormous love we have gained from all music-lovers around the world. I hope this news excites you as much as it does to us.
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Mohammed, Manami, Keiji, Ippo
World 1-2: Encore is our 2nd music album and it’s finally out! Get your copy from your preferred shop using the links above and spread the love!
“World 1-2: Encore” is the followup to “World 1-2″ that featured top-class videogame composers & arrangers, including Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden), Austin Wintory (Journey) and many more. “Encore” is one more ride with 14 remixes of some of our favorite games — from Mega Man and Zelda to Sonic and Super Hexagon and plenty others. It’s a celebration of the art & craft of videogames.
Unlike the previous album “World 1-2″, this one is all remixes — so it’s easier to digest and enjoy. It retains the same nature of World 1-2: a multitude of genres and styles, mixed together in a playful way.
We also made a must-have physical edition, consisting of 3 CDs and encompassing the entire World 1-2 saga — both albums in one neat package. World 1-2: The Complete Collection is the definitive edition!Read More »