Akira Yamaoka Would “Be Happy” to Write Music For Silent Hills

Posted on by H.B. Duran

Will Akira Yamaoka return to Silent Hill now that it’s back in the hands of Konami Entertainment Tokyo? Like all hardcore fans, I sincerely hope so. I reached out to the master himself to find out.

I received the following message from Akira last night:

It’s still undecided about it 🙂

Sure, I’s be happy to!

Fans will remember that Yamaoka quit Konami and therefore the Silent Hill franchise back in 2009 and has been working on other video game and live projects ever since. (Update: He did work under contract for Love Psalm on Silent Hill: Book of Memories and also Silent Hill: Revelation) He has often been quoted as saying that he would gladly compose for Silent Hill again, if asked. Obviously he hasn’t changed his mind.

Yamaoka’s love for the series, as well as its fans is apparent with the forming of the Silent Hill Band and their recent appearances across the world. So what’s left to decide? We may never know the whole story behind his resignation from Konami, and to be honest, it’s none of my business. Anyone who left a job after more than 10 years has GOT to have a bad taste in their mouth but out of respect, he probably wouldn’t bad mouth Konami to the public. We also know that Yamaoka is a busy, busy man, currently working on the soundtrack for Murasaki Baby.

Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one asking if he’d be returning as composer, as he posted on Twitter:


He then added, in gratitude:


Silent Hills is tentatively scheduled to release in 2016. As of this moment, Hideo Kojima is listening to the fans and has most likely talked to Akira Yamaoka about it before now. Let’s hope that whatever needs to be decided works out in our favor.

Although I’m a fan of Daniel Licht and he did a wonderful job with the last two soundtracks, Yamaoka IS Silent Hill. Please come back to us!!

UPDATE: I’ve responded for clarification as to what “hasn’t been decided,” but due to the time zone difference, have not heard back yet. I’ll keep you all posted!

UPDATE 8/27/2014: I received the following, cryptic response from Akira:


This project not decided for me 🙂

Of course, I wsih making music for project!


It sounds like he hasn’t been approached by Hideo Kojima yet. More info as it develops!

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  1. Jessie August 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm -

    I know I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Daniel Licht did a good job, I agree, but Akira Yamaoka is part of what makes Silent Hill what it is. He’s not allowed to just leave.

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