Kota Suzuki scores Resident Evil 5 in Los Angeles

Posted on July 7, 2008 by Dan Goldwasser

Composer Kota Suzuki recently recorded the orchestral portions of his score to Resident Evil 5 at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox. The new entry in the hit CAPCOM video game series takes place in Africa, and while there are only about 15-minutes of orchestral underscore in the game (a lot of synth will flesh out the rest of the music), the action sequences were performed by an enormous 103-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony.

The biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down player’s spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. Chris must take on the challenge of discovering the truth behind this evil plot. In Resident Evil 5, Capcom will teach players to fear the daylight as much as they have feared shadow in previous games.

Co-producer and series veterans Jun Takeuchi (Lost Planet) and Masachicka Kawata (Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles) unleash an unprecedented level of fear for the next generation in Resident Evil 5, the sequel to one of the highest-rated videogames in history, according to Metacritic.com and Gamerankings.com. Promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control, Resident Evil 5 is certain to bring new fans to the series. New technology developed specifically for the game, as well as incredible changes to both the gameplay and world of Resident Evil will make this a must-have game for gamers across the globe.

Composer Kota Suzuki looks at the score

Conducting the musicians was orchestrator/arranger Wataru Hokoyama, who also wrote additional orchestral music on the game. Contractor Peter Rotter managed to secure the "John Williams" lineup to perform on the score, and the music sounded large on the stage, with frenetic orchestral driving rhythms, and strong melodic themes.

Wataru Hokoyama conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

Conductor Wataru Hokoyama

The woodwinds

The string section

In the booth, Robert Litton was assisting Suzuki and Hokoyama, and scoring producer Tommy Kikuchi was on hand as well to give valuable feedback. CAPCOM Sound and Music Director Tetsuya Shibata and Game Producer Masachika Kawata were also present at the sessions, having come in from Japan exclusively for the scoring of the game. Recording and mixing the score was veteran scoring engineer Shawn Murphy, and ProTools recording was handled by Erik Swanson.

Scoring mixer Shawn Murphy

Sound & Music Director Tetsuya Shibata and scoring producer Tommy Kikuchi

Tommy Kikuchi, Peter Rotter and Erik Swanson

The trombones

A song was also recorded for the main title of the game, and a separate percussion session was held to record many of the traditional African instruments used in the score that complements the game’s African setting.

African percussion was used

Michael Fisher and Alan Estes play the Batas

Resident Evil 5 will be released by CAPCOM in 2009.

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