Staff Roll: Manabu Saito – PA101

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We begin a new chapter of Pixelated Audio with our first solo show, and our first tribute episode, this time honoring Manabu Saito. Saito was a prolific composer for System Sacom from 1987 to 1991, composing and arranging the music for over 15 games.

You may have heard his music in Yuurei-kun on Episode 91, but this time we take a deeper dive over his entire career. Listen to Saito’s growth as a composer over four years and 25 songs in a wide range of styles.

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“Yuurei-kun” key production staff. Manabu Saito (left)


Episode Track List:

  • 00:00:06 Opening – Euphory (Sharp X1 – OPM)
  • 00:04:36 Vertes – Euphory (Sharp X1 – PSG)
  • 00:07:13 Track 2 – Fire Rock (Famicom Disk System)
  • 00:09:58 The Dome – Dome (X68000 – OPM)
  • 00:14:52 RPG Theme – Soft and Hard Stories (X68000 – OPM)
  • 00:17:27 Bar – Chatty (PC88 – OPNA)
  • 00:22:43 Stage 1 – Evolution (FM Towns)
  • 00:29:12 Cave of Plateau – Providence (PC88 – OPNA)
  • 00:32:18 Hell Hole – Yuurei-kun (MSX2 – PSG)
  • 00:35:15 Grassland – Valna (PC88 – OPNA)
  • 00:39:48 Driving Before Dawn – Soft and Hard Stories 2 (X68000 – OPM)
  • 380,000km of Emptiness / 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu
  • 00:43:55 A Pack of Cigarettes (X68000 – MT-32)
  • 00:47:02 Snappy Time  (X68000 – OPM)
    • Manabu Saito and Sumeya Kunihiro
  • The Darkness of Kin / Yami no Ketsuzoku
  • 00:50:44 Masayuki Izawa (X68000 – OPM)
  • 00:53:22 Ending (X68000 – OPM)
  • The Darkness of Kin: The Final Chapter / Yami no Ketsuzoku: Kanketsu-hen
  • 00:57:12 Kumaha’s Attack (X68000 – OPM)
  • 00:59:27 Lean Burned (X68000 – OPM)
  • The Darkness of Kin: Special / Yami no Ketsuzoku Special
  • 01:02:53 Opening (FM Towns)
    • All Darkness of Kin music composed by Manabu Saito and Haruo Hosoya
  • Gemini Wing
  • 01:05:33 Stage 6 (Arcade – OPL2)
    • Composed by Mikio Saito
  • 01:06:20 Stage 6 (X68000 – CM-64)
    • Arranged by Manabu Saito
  •  01:09:14 Darkness – Jerry Boy (Super Famicom)
    • Akira Yamaoka, Hirohiko Fukuda and Manabu Saito
  • 01:12:49 Big Boss Attacks – Yuurei-kun (MSX2 – PSG)
  • 01:13:42 Big Boss Attacks (Unused) – Valna (PC88 – OPNA)
  • 01:14:58 Vertes Waterway – Euphory (Sharp X1 – OPM)
  • 01:16:17 Vertes Waterway (Unused) – Soft and Hard Stories  (X68000 – OPM)
  • 01:22:53 Ending (Unused 3) – The Darkness of Kin: The Final Chapter (X68000 – OPM)
    • Manabu Saito and Haruo Hosoya

 


LINKS GALORE!

Purchase Manabu Saito’s music at Egg Music (JP)

Manabu Saito Memorial Website (JP)Additional memorial site (JP)

Research sites: VGMRipsZophar’s DomainVGMPF, VGMDB, GDRI, Mobygames

Other great podcasts mentioned: Game Music Gaiden, The Diad Presents, Forever Sound Version

 

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