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Basiscape

Overview Game List Discography Composers

Basiscape Date of Formation: October 4, 2002
Location: Tokyo
President: Hitoshi Sakimoto
Head Composer: Hitoshi Sakimoto
Associates: Square Enix, Mistwalker, Vanillaware, Eighting, Cave
Atlus, Namco, Sega, Konami, Koei, Super Sweep

Founded by Hitoshi Sakimoto on October 4, 2002 after two years of planning, Basiscape is an independent company is dedicated to producing music for a variety of visual media, focusing especially on video games. It initially comprised just three members — Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, and Manabu Namiki — though Mitsuhiro Kaneda and Kimihiro Abe later joined. Sakimoto and his team were able to quickly build Basiscape into a reliable and prolific company after it was hired to score a myriad of major and minor projects. Among them, Cave's Arcade shooters, the BLEACH Heat the Soul series, Stella Deus, Gradius V, Children of Mana, Wizardry Gaiden: Prisoners of the Battles, and the Sega Ages 2500 series.

Following the attention generated by Final Fantasy XII, Sakimoto significantly expanded Basiscape to become the largest independent video game music production company. Noriyuki Kamikura, Yoshimi Kudo, and Azusa Chiba have joined to increase the company's productivity and versatility in the field of composition and arrangement, while former Procyon Studio manipulators Miki Ito and Masaaki Kaneko have provided Basiscape with additional capacity for sound programming, sound effects, and voice editing. In order to allow Sakimoto to focus more on composition, production managers Miki Ito (who combines roles), Kumiko Saeki, and formerly Akie Sato have administrative responsibilities.

While Sakimoto and Namiki have remained self-sustaining composers that sometimes lead major projects, its other composers tend to collaborate to enhance the Basiscape's productivity contrary to the company's original purpose. As a result, there has been an influx of 2007 and 2008 scores involving the company in which Sakimoto led but often didn't produce many compositions. These include Grim Grimoire, Odin Sphere, Deltora Quest, A.S.H. -Archaic Sealed Heat-, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, Opoona, Elminage, Coded Soul, Oboro Muramasa Youtoden, Valkyrie of the Battlefield, and L No Kisetsu 2. Having regularly appeared on remix albums and recently secured a relationship with Five Records, Basiscape has generated a large discography as well as a growing games list.