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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Behind the Drums: Yoshinori Kawamoto


Born on December 27th, 1965, Yoshinori Kawamoto (川元 義徳) is a music composer affiliated with Namco since the 80ies. His contribution to the franchise have roots sprouting from before the Taiko franchise's very existence, as he was involved in the advertising portion for the distribution of the very first arcade machine. His many aquaintances in the musical field have been the starting point for different kinds of perks along the years, such as the CreoFUGA song contests' inception and the appearance of selected singers and voice actresses in the franchise (most notably unmo and mother/daughter couple Kikuko and Honoka Inoue). Yoshinori Kawamoto is also known in the Team to be a huge Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, as he often applies for charting her songs that appear in the series.

As a music producer in Taiko no Tatsujin games, his role mainly concerns the creation of notecharts, with his first one being for the Vocaloid track Ninjin Nin. For his charting methods, Kawagen Collagen became notorious for making his works without forcing any inclusion/exclusion of notes due to focusing on the creation of special combo-numbered songs, although some of his Oni notecharts may still sprung some unintended number-plays. One of his most popular ones -the 797 ('Na-ku-na', or "Don't Cry") from Sotsu Omeshiki- is often used as a symbol and a t-shirt motif for most of his Taiko-related public cameos. As of February 2017, his work portfolio includes about 40 songs charted.

In recent years, Kawagen Collagen has become one of the most recurring main hosts of the Taiko Team's livestream sessions, together with Daifuku and the seasoned Etou-Takemoto duo. He doesn't flinch when it comes to talking about notechart creation mentality, let alone being the un-official guest star interviewer most of the times!

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