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Old Dec 2, 2009, 10:44 AM
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Aliases of Masayuki Nagao (confirmed through credits from Sonic games): M. Nagao, Nagao N.Gee, N.Gee
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 01:47 PM
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Interesting theory of Nagao being Naofumi Hataya I found.
http://info.sonicretro.org/Naofumi_Hataya

EDIT: (03/06)

Listening to Death Egg from Sonic Drift 2 (M. Nagao, S. [Saori] Kobayashi [SE?]) and comparing it to Underground Zone (Gatao, Nao Chan, Dawasa [SE?]), I'd have to agree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm9f9WFibcE - Death Egg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCRUX07oRIc - Underground Zone

There's also the reuse of Title Screen from Sonic 2 [8-bit] [unedited] and familiar sections between Scrambled Egg Zone/Introduction and Boss (Game Gear), and Life Lost from Sonic 2 [8-bit] and Electric Egg Zone's Last Act, Final Boss, and Life Lost in Sonic Chaos (Mix [Kojiro Mikusa], Nagao N. Gee), respectively.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqQg-LiEk0 - Scrambled Egg Zone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN36EIJjWNc - Electric Egg Zone Act 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTkrus3xhSc - Boss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A93lKPb62eU - Final Boss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3NP6WxfoR4 - Life Lost [Sonic 2]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4YpvifK728 - Life Lost [Sonic Chaos]

Then, of course, there's those tracks from Sonic Drift (N. Gee) and Sonic 2 [8-bit] (Gatao). Sound familiar?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9FCRb64zMU - Invincibility (Sonic Drift)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDvJNpBEu0E - Green Hills Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [8-bit]) -->Definitely Gatao


Also, those tracks from Sonic Drift 2 that suggest that Nagao was a BGM composer for Sonic 3. Again, sound familiar?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=[insert rest here] - Invincibility (Sonic Drift 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROFjFKPZwtU - Final Road (Sonic Drift 2)


Actually, this makes it look like Masayuki Nagao is either Masafumi Ogata [composer of Sonic - You Can Do Anything] or, better yet, a combination of both Masafumi and Naofumi into one entity. It's certainly not a new or uncommon idea.

ex. Ashirogi Muto from the manga Bakuman.

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just wanted to add this as further evidence that Hataya at least composed Scrambled Egg Zone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wPSKHMUj-M

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just wanted to add this as further evidence that Hataya at least composed Scrambled Egg Zone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wPSKHMUj-M

I think you mean this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUQlbwRIf8Q (Moon & Mars ~Sukarabe Fight BGM 2~)

But yeah, this game is good Game Gear comparison material, especially this set of 3

Moon & Mars ~Sukarabe Fight BGM 2~ is similar to:
-Opening/Scrambled Egg Zone [Sonic 2 (8-bit)] --> Therefore it's Hataya's
-Title Screen [Sonic 2 (8-bit) and Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos] --> Therefore it's Hataya's
-Electric Egg Zone Act 3 [Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos]
-Underground Zone [Sonic 2 (8-bit)] --> Therefore it's Hataya's
-Sky High Zone [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Crystal Egg Zone [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Invincibility [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Bad Ending [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Mecha Green Hill Zone [Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos]
-Staff Roll [Sonic Drift]

Moon & Mars ~Sukarabe Fight BGM 1~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhyNeT38A_U) is similar to:
-A fair amount of Sonic 3 [from beginning drumbeat]
-Act Introduction (Sonic 2 [8-bit])
-Aqua Lake Zone (Sonic 2 [8-bit])
-Gimmick Mountain Zone [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Boss [Sonic 2 (8-bit)] [BOTH SMS and GG]
-Good Ending [Sonic 2 (8-bit)]
-Final Boss [Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos]
-Scrap Brain [Sonic Drift]

Moon & Mars ~Sukarabe Fight BGM 3~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wPSKHMUj-M) is similar to:
-Death Egg [Sonic Drift 2]


Another good comparison is Earth ~PETO Fight BGM 1~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcuv3M5L8kk)
-A fair amount of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Also,
Gigapolis Zone [Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos] is similar to Spring Yard [Sonic Drift] & Course Select [Sonic Drift]
Aqua Planet Zone [Sonic & Tails/Sonic Chaos] is similar to Green Hill [Sonic Drift]

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Old Dec 1, 2010, 12:39 AM
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I think you mean this one
that one shares similarities too, now you mention it. but the one I linked was the one I intended to link (the harmonies at the start are similar to the second section in scrambled egg zone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqQg-LiEk0#t=0m13s)
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 01:09 AM
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Masayuki Nagao was apparently an employee of Santos (previously Whiteboard) before it was acquired by Sega and renamed Megasoft. This explains his collaborations with Hirofumi Murasaki and Morihiko Akiyama, who also worked there, on games like Battle Golfer Yui and Toki. They weren't acquired until December 1991, and Naofumi Hataya started working at Sega in 1990, so I really doubt that Nagao is Hataya.

There isn't a whole lot of information about Masafumi/Masashi Ogata, but after he left Sega, he worked on a few games by C's ware like DIVI-DEAD (1998, PC). At some point he joined AMS CO., Ltd., where he worked on Gaia Master (2000, PSX) and Rez (2001, PS2/DC), among other games.

Nagao's Japanese Wikipedia article indicates he's also had a post-Sega career as a composer and lyricist, but a lot of the article is unsourced stuff I couldn't verify. It even has a birth year (1964) and references a few specific game tracks (Battle Golfer Yui's ending, Shinobi III's opening, and Space Invaders Evolution's ending), but that's all unsourced.

The article lists four games that he worked on after leaving Sega: Utautau: Seirei-Songs (PSX, 2000), Space Invaders Evolution (PSP, 2005), Bubble Bobble Evolution (PSP, 2006), and Rainbow Islands Evolution (PSP, 2007). I couldn't find credits for Space Invaders Evolution, but Bubble Bobble Evolution lists him as a director, Rainbow Islands Evolution lists him as providing story and music, and Utautau lists his name in three different places:

Utautau sound credits dump:
http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8374422, starting at about 20:00

The roles are listed in the credits mostly in hiragana and in a more roundabout way than I'm used to, so take my translations like "music director" with a grain of salt.


おんがくをしきしたひと [Music Director]
ながお まさゆき [Masayuki Nagao]


きょくをつくったひと [Tune Creators]
ながお まさゆき [Masayuki Nagao]
やまぐち かずたか [Kazutaka Yamaguchi]

しをかいたひと [Lyric Writers]
あみの よしか [Yoshika Amino]
ながお まさゆき [Masayuki Nagao]
AKO
アレックス・サン・ブエノベンチュラ? [Alex San Buenoventura?]

こうかおんをつくったひと [Sound Effects Creator]
えのき じゅん [Jun Enoki]

おんがくのきじゅつしゃ [Music Magician]
かわい ゆういち [Yuuichi Kawai]


きょくをアレンジしたひと [Tune Arranger]
なんぶ まさえ [Masae Nanbu]

うたをうたったひと [Song Singers]
さいとう ようじ [Youji Saitou]
おおた JIRO [Jiro Ohta]
たかい もえ [Moe Takai]
アレックス・サン・ブエノベンチュラ? [Alex San Buenoventura?]

コーラスのひと [Chorus Members]
マイク・ダン [Mike Dunn?]
しげずみ ひろこ [Hiroko Shigezumi]
おかむら まこと [Makoto Okamura]
なんぶ まさえ [Masae Nanbu]


おんがくをえんそうしたひと [Music Performers]
トランペット すずき まさのり [Trumpet: Masanori Suzuki]
トロンボーン さの さとし [Trombone: Satoshi Sano]
サックス はるな まさはる [Sax: Masaharu Haruna, probably a misreading of Shouji Haruna/春名 正治]
エレキギター まつばら まさき [Electric Guitar: Masaki Matsubara]
ベース あおき ともひと [Bass: Tomohito Aoki]
ドラムス しまむら えいじ [Drums: Eiji Shimamura]
キーボード なんぶ まさえ [Keyboard: Masae Nanbu]
パーカッシュン またろう [Percussion: MATARO]
アコースティックギター おおた JIRO [Acoustic Guitar: Jiro Ohta]


He also apparently performed keyboard at a birthday concert for the singer Saeri on December 8, 2007: http://jazz-musician.jp/yamaguchi/sc...sch200712.html and http://meme.cclub.cc/info-2007.htm give him in the lineup (search for 長尾優進). Another reference to him playing the keyboard is in the Japanese Wikipedia article for Utautau, which says he performed keyboard for the game, but I couldn't find that anywhere in the end credits.

He's a bit of a mysterious guy, but it seems pretty reasonable to me that he's a real person and not a collective pseudonym or alias of someone we already know.
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He's a bit of a mysterious guy, but it seems pretty reasonable to me that he's a real person and not a collective pseudonym or alias of someone we already know.
After seeing Hataya separately credited as Hata during that timeframe I'll admit I started to have second thoughts, and this definitely settles it.

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He also apparently performed keyboard at a birthday concert for the singer Saeri on December 8, 2007... Another reference to him playing the keyboard is... which says he performed keyboard for the game, but I couldn't find that anywhere in the end credits.
Keyboard, you say? You mean like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyoMQg3d5cs
That's good to hear, because I don't need to change anything at all for Nagao except for the now-falsified rumors.

Now there's just the Milpo-Yukifumi Makino connection to deal with. <---- (EDIT: Problem solved)

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Sorry for the bump but there's another odd thing about Masayuki Nagao that might be just a coincidence but I don't know for sure.

For Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Nagao is credited for doing the music on both the Game Gear and Genesis versions along side with Masanori Hikichi (although I think Nagao did the Gamegear with someone else specifically I forget). However, there's someone else with the last name Nagao on some of Compile's games credits list. And to make matters worse, this other Nagao's name appears on the original Megadrive Puyo Puyo game for BGM credits (from which Mean Bean Machine was based on). This person's name is Einosuke Nagao. We even have a picture of Einosuke Nagao from 1995.

http://www.mobygames.com/developer/s...rShotId,11430/

I'm sure this is just a coincidence though.
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Sorry for the bump but I think I found more information about him.

I believe at the time of Sonic 3/K he was employed at OPUS CORP. The odd thing is that while I remember seeing OPUS CORP on some other Sega games besides Sonic 3, their official website doesn't list any of the Sega games they worked on (just Famicom and up). Even going back to the past as far back as 1998, they didn't mention any Sega games in their "full list of works". Weird. If I remember correctly, I think Shinobi III had a Opus Corp credit too, but I'm not sure. However, the site does say that the company was established in 1990. Maybe around the time that Santos dissolved?

But how I came to the conclusion that Nagao was employed at Opus corp was that I found an old BBS post from Nagao on OPUS Corp's old board for Utautau from 2000.

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題名:業務連絡>チンタナさんへ
投稿者:長尾優進
投稿日:2000-03-18 08:42:57
ラジオに出演するそうですね。放送日が分かったら教えて下さい。
Another thing I found is that while the Wikipedia page is somewhat unsourced, I can clarify that at least one thing he did mention is 100% documented and sourced. From Jasrac:



He wrote the English lyrics for the song RAIN for the 4ROCKAMBOS.

This is all I have for right now. From what it appears, it looks like he's a freelancer now. I wish there was a way we could find a way to talk to him. I noticed that the person who modified his wikipedia page is a guy named Efko. I have a hunch that that's him. Maybe we can use this name to find a blog or website or something?

The search continues...
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He's on LinkedIn. That's the best I can come up with.
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He's on LinkedIn. That's the best I can come up with.
Cool.

I also checked the staff list from that Space Invaders PSP game. Nagao provided Additional Game Design, contributed to the Sound Design (he's grouped with other guys). It doesn't mention who did the music or sound, or whatever, so it's probably a safe bet that he contributed some music for the game as well.

He wrote (maybe composed?) the ending theme for the game that's called "Tears on the Planet", which is performed by Jena.

So now we know that Nagao can write songs for artists as evident by this game's end credits.

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Source on January 1 birthday?
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Source on January 1 birthday?
This.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...www.google.com
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Here's a better link for that database: http://www.cvgm.net/demovibes/artist/227/

Anything else besides some internet radio profile saying it's so? That is literally the only site I can find giving that date. Not even his Wikipedia article which he may have himself edited gives it.

I suspect that database automatically fills in January 1 for unknown dates when only the year is known. More January 1 birthdays it's the only place that lists: Horace Wimp (1973), Volker Strübing (1971), Tim Follin (1970? I'm not sure what the initial source of this is actually), Firefox (1971), etc.
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Does anybody know who "Naka-chan 3-sai, Kenta-kun. Yada!, Maru-chan wa omotta, Kyoporiran" from Battle Golfer Yui are? One of them is Nagao, for sure. (he told knuckles500 what songs he did)
The game had the same developer (under a different name) as Shinobi III, so Hirofumi Murasaki and Morihiko Akiyama are not out of the question..

He also worked with them on Aa Harimanada and Toki, making it seem more plausible. That just leaves two left. (or one, if Kenta-kun. Yada! is just one alias)
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Nagao's Japanese Wikipedia article indicates "きょぽりらん" is an alias for him, which is "Kyoporiran." Aside from that, I don't really have any insights for you. Murasaki and Akiyama are good bets for a Santos game, but none of those aliases look like surefire locks.

A Japanese transcription of the credits lists "けんたくん.やだ!" on one line, so "Kenta-kun. Yada!" is probably just a single alias.
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I think Battle Golfer Yui pre-dates Murasaki joining Santos.
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1991, the same year as when the three did Toki.
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I think this says he joined in May. Battle Golfer Yui came out in February.
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Forgot to post this a while back, but according to Nagao, none of the other aliases are Hirofumi Murasaki or Morihiko Akiyama. He doesn't remember who the guys were.
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Forgot to post this a while back, but according to Nagao, none of the other aliases are Hirofumi Murasaki or Morihiko Akiyama. He doesn't remember who the guys were.
There's a group (Maruyama, Nakayama, Kamei) that also worked on Mahjong Cop Ryuu (Mega Drive), Sukeban Janshi Ryuuko (arcade), SG-1000 Wonder Boy, and Legend (arcade). Probably an outside group.

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A good a guess as any.
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I am inclined to believe, unless I misread this and it has been figured out already and differently, that the Bean Machine's ending only lists the additional musicians unique to that version of the game, because it and Puyo Puyo share much of the same music. Puyo Puyo also credits Masanobu Tsukamoto, who is similarly unmentioned in the Mean Bean Machine credits. Which would then mean that both Nagaos had music in the same game. That, or the American who wrote the credits got confused at some point because there were two Nagaos in Sega video game music at the same time, and then also confused a Masanobu with a Masanori. It seems like somebody would check those things, though.
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It's possible. Even I thought Akiyoshi "Einosuke" Nagao was an alias of Masayuki for a time.
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I feel the need to point out that Nagao also worked on Janshin Densetsu for the Neo Geo.

Code:
Sound Creation
Megabeat

Composed by
Hirofumi Murasaki (むらさき ひろふみ)

Directed by
Morihiko Akiyama (Ker あきやま)

Produced by
Masayuki Nagao (ながを まさゆき)
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Interesting how all three have specific roles for the game. Makes me wonder if that's how they worked on the Genesis stuff. Nagao told me one of them would come up with a basic melody and all three would add upon that. From what else Nagao has said, I believe he only did 1-2 songs a game by himself, while the rest were done by Murasaki and Akiyama (with Nagao's input in arranging).

I believe Akiyama did the majority of Shinobi III, while Murasaki did the majority of Toki, Aa Harimanada, and Party Quiz Mega Q. This part is just an assumption, but from the sounds of it I wouldn't be surprised if this really was the case.

EDIT: Murasaki actually did all of Party Quiz Mega Q. He's the only one credited for sound/music in the credits.

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