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Resident Evil And Onimusha Composer Admits He’s A Fraud
Mamoru Samuragochi, the deaf composer who was thought to have created the soundtracks for Resident Evil and Onimusha titles, has admitted that he’s a fraud and had someone else writing his music for almost two decades.
As reported by Japan Times, Samuragochi is known as a “modern Beethoven” due to his hearing impairment. He went deaf at the young age of 35, but continued working using “absolute pitch”.
According to his website, he’s most famous for his piece Hiroshima Symphony, a tribute to the survivors of the WWII atomic bomb attacks. He also composed the soundtrack for Resident Evil: The Director’s Cut “while hiding his severe hearing disability and living under harsh conditions.”
“In 1999, right before he started composing the music for the game Onimusha he completely lost his hearing,” the site continues. “However the piece he composed, “Symphony, Rising Sun” was highly acclaimed and was noticed by the public as a masterpiece.”
“He suffers from neurotic depression, anxiety neurosis, and chronic headaches and has a persistent ringing in his ears but composes by relying on his perfect pitch,” the site states.
It now turns out that none of these pieces were created by Smauragochi, but were the work of an individual who refuses to come forward due to personal reasons.
Smauragochi’s solicitor explained that his client is “deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others”.” He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts”.