Episode #34: Manabu Saito

Manabu Saito was a Japanese musical prodigy, who started his career at System Sacom when he was just 18 years old. His music, often a blend of classical and jazz influences with a great sense of melody, were an important component of System Sacom’s genre-defining Novel Ware games. During his time with the company he also composed the first Japanese soundtrack with MT-32 support, 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu, and was an early adopter of CD audio on the FM Towns. Sadly, he passed away from kidney failure in 1992 at the age of 22.

Download Episode #34: Manabu Saito (71 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Opening 2” – Chatty (1988, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
02 “Lyn’s Disappearance” – Yami no Ketsuzoku (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
03 “In the Aroma of Tea” – 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
04 “BGM 5” – Valna (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
05 “Ending Theme from Euphory” – Firecracker Music Collection Vol.28 (PC-8801) by Shio
06 “Stage 7” – Gemini Wing (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Mikio Saito
07 “Epilogue” – Yami no Ketsuzoku Special (1991, FM Towns) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
08 “Juanelia -East- Theme” – Providence (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
09 “Overtime” – Soft de Hard na Monogatari 2 (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
10 “Nice to Meet You” – Yami no Ketsuzoku (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
11 “Town Theme 1 from Valna” – Firecracker Music Collection Vol.28 (PC-8801) by M. S
12 “Unused Track” – Yami no Ketsuzoku: Kanketsu-hen (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
13 “Juanelia Country – Spacecraft” – Providence (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
14 “In the Morning Light” – 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
15 “End Title” – Soft de Hard na Monogatari (1988, X68000) by Manabu Saito
16 “Ending” – Yami no Ketsuzoku: Harukanaru Kioku (1993, PC Engine CD) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya

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