Resident Evil Composer Mamoru Samuragochi Could Be A Double Fraud
The “Japanese Beethoven,” according to the Japan Times, fed his “ideas and images” for songs to one Tagashi Niigaki, who then composed the music as a ghostwriter. ABC News AU says Niigaki was paid roughly USD $68,000 to write 20 pieces over the last 18 years. With the ghostwriting starting in 1996, Niigaki would have worked on Resident Evil/Biohazard as well as Onimusha for Samuragochi.
Niigaki decided to come forward as the ghostwriter after one of Samuragochi pieces was chosen by a Japanese figure skater for use in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The deception stems from Samuragochi going deaf in the mid-90s, but he continued to write music after losing his hearing thanks to his “absolute pitch,” hence the Beethoven comparisons.
However, even Samuragochi’s handicap is under scrutiny now, as Niigaki claims his hearing loss is a fabrication.
“I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met,” [Niigaki] said. “We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think [Samuragochi] is (handicapped). At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually. He told me, after the music for the video games was unveiled, that he would continue to play the role (of a deaf person).”
Samuragochi has yet to make a public statement himself, and all communications have been through his lawyer. “Samuragochi says it is totally inexcusable and he deeply regrets (what happened). He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts.”