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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Yu Suzuki on the Music of Shenmue

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日本語の記事はこちらです。

Hello Everyone!

Shenmue would not be Shenmue without the music. The right song sets the tempo and the atmosphere, immersing you in the world and the moment. 

This month, Yu-san gives an interview on the process of choosing music in the world of Shenmue, his experience and influences with music, and what music means in the creation of a game. Please enjoy! 

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As always, please keep sending us your comments and questions! Until next time!

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      Malin on December 8

      SOUNDS AMAZING!!

    2. Brandon Gibbs on December 8

      Nice job so far Suzuki!

    3. Eder on December 5

      That music is perfect, man! It sounds like a cliche to say "i couldn't help but smile", but quite frankly... I couldn't help but smile. It was instant, inescapable joy that i felt when i heard the first track. It is exactly how it should sound.

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      Romain Siloret on December 4

      'I'm so glad that these new tracks feel so like Shenmue. They are so GREAT, especially the first one. Can't wait to get my hands on the OST (and the game of course)

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      RICCI on December 4

      Ils reminds me shenmue 1 and 2, that is perfect!!! Don't change anything !! Thanks Yu Suzuki!
      Cela me rappel les musiques de shenmue 1 et 2, c'est parfait, surtout ne changez rien du tout !!! C'est magnifique comme ça, Merci Yu Suzuki !
      Arigatou gozaimasu !

    6. Descendant Cam on December 3

      excellent music

    7. Amy Clarke on December 2

      The music is beautiful!

    8. Jonatan on December 1

      Shenmue tiene la mejor banda sonora de la historia!!!

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      Santiago on December 1

      Beautiful music

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      Andrew Fairclough on December 1

      that first tune gave me goosepimples

    11. Chris on December 1

      Hearing those clips, I'm even more anxious to play!

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      Batosai on December 1

      I am so happy to hear him say how important audio is to the experience, its lost on so many games (although sometimes due to budget) over other areas. However to that end to have the original experience I would really hope to have the Japanese voice option to experience the game in its original form in addition to English voice for kicks and possibly similar hilarity of previous games.

    13. Kevin Hana on December 1

      It was an honor to hear snippets of the music for Shenmue 3. I would love to see a teaser trailer or final character designs for Ryo and Shenhua!

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      odaryo on November 30

      Never doubted the quality of Shenmue's music.

    15. BlackGauntlet
      Superbacker
      on November 30

      Strangely, I didn't even care about the music. I was more concerned about earning money and punching the ever-loving sh!t out of people.

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      The Dewd on November 30

      Damn I was hoping for Kanye West to be doing the music. Oh well maybe for Shenmue 4.

    17. cube_b3 on November 30

      While on the subject of audio design. How can someone so mindful of music be so clueless towards vocals. Shenmue has some of the worst acting English or Japanese. The cast members have accredited their acting to horrible sound direction.

      I would love a response from Team Yu assuring us that we will have quality VA this time.

    18. iPLAY SEGA!! on November 30

      The Music is BEAUTIFUL!! Please use it!! PLEASE!!

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      Max Ingram on November 30

      Very good update. The music sounds excellent. Thank you for all the hard work being put into this.

    20. Adam on November 30

      Loving the music!

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      looking for sailors on November 30

      Like Yu I am also quite fond of the Chinese fiddle. It's sound is so enchanting and evokes so many emotions in me that start to well up as I listen. Somber but joyful, exotic yet homely, I really can't describe why it speaks to me so soulfully. I find it interesting that Yu says it's range is close to that of a human voice. Perhaps that's why it speaks to me.

    22. Leonard Decena on November 30

      Loving the sound track!!!

    23. KazeNoBlast on November 30

      Sure, the audio part of a game is essential to appreciate it... so, what about japanese voices option in western countries PLEASE?!?!

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      Jesse Darnell on November 30

      The music presented certainly feels like it fits in with the previous two games, which I greatly appreciate.

      One concern of mine has been whether, after all these years, a continuation game would feel like the previous two. There are no real differences in the look and feel (and sound for that matter) between the first two games. They felt like one long game you simply needed to switch discs for. They were seamless, in essence.

      With such a large span of time between Shenmue II and Shenmue III I've been concerned that, whether due to advancements in available technology or potential changes in personnel, Shenmue III may not feel like such a seamless continuation.

      However, after hearing the music played in this video, which is such a huge part of the experience of Shenmue, I'm very optimistic! We haven't been able to really see any parts of the game graphically yet, but after hearing how well the music seemed to fit the series my mind is put much more at ease.

      Playing through both games was literally a life-altering experience for me, so a new game for the series is a subject of immense scrutiny for me. I have to keep reminding myself that the game is in the best hands possible...it's original creator's.

      Peace to all.

    25. slot9 on November 30

      This video was great! Also, that first music track that Yu played from the Library was AMAZING!

    26. Zzhh on November 30

      Musiche fantastiche, ricreano alla perfezione l'atmosfera che solo Shenmue può avere! Keep up the good work! �

    27. Leo Jerez on November 30

      AWWW YEEESS. Loved the music of course in 1 and 2. so excited!

    28. Vaev on November 30

      We love you Yu-san!!!!!!!!!

    29. Alex Clifton on November 30

      Oh my goodness I cant wait, the music brought back memories indeed. great job :)

    30. Juan José Vélez on November 30

      Thanks for the update, Shenmue III gets even better!

    31. Mel Saint Marceaux on November 30

      I'm a huge fan of video game music, this was a treat!
      I had no idea Yu-san was in rock band when he was young! :P

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      Brandon Hill on November 30

      Wow, its like occasionally sitting in and watching a master chef select the recipe items going into his next famous dish. I feel privileged to watch a Master work.

    33. Doug Walsh on November 30

      What a nice surprise to see in my inbox today. The Shenmue music, particularly the orchestral scores, have long been one of my favorite collections of music. Not just game music, but of all music. Enjoyed hearing Yu-san's thoughts on the topic.

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      Abraham on November 30

      The Shenmue series has my favourite game music so it's great to see emphasis being placed on it here (and the two new songs we heard sounded pretty great). Here's hoping we will see Shenmue 3 at PSX

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      Fernando Lino on November 30

      Awesome! Keep going, Yu-san!

      @David Ian Harold Walker
      There's always the chance of pledging to the Slacker Backer Campaign: https://shenmue.link/order/
      I think that they really should make the PC version available. I can't see a reason why not to.

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      Edward on November 30

      Awesome,keep up the great work!

    37. Dewyne Lindsay on November 30

      Music reinforces the illusion of being immersed in those environments. Sound was the gatekeeper of emotion, especially Ryo's pitifully inquisitive voice.

      The music accompanying that dusky little reminder moment every evening at about 7pm where you saw the street lamps, empty streets and night sky, made me look beyond this as a video game and more an experience. Those moments felt so warm and real and full of adventure, like you had a hard day's work and now it was time to either go home and relax or prepare to meet some real dodgy dudes of the night in a dingy bar or warehouse!

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      Sean Abrams on November 30

      Strongly agree, music was a very important aspect of Shenmue. Seeing this update really made my week! We all await whilst praying for another great addition to the series!

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      Manuel Sanchez Romero "Manwe" on November 30

      La música de esta saga es algo que ha trascendido en el tiempo.Seguro que esta tercera entrega está a la altura :D.
      Un saludo!!!!

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      Daniel Bardsley on November 30

      Music sounds just as one would hope.

    41. John Paul Zahary on November 30

      Music was such an important aspect of Shenmue. Those gentle tunes into the Battle music were so beautiful and moving. I hope the new songs make it into the final cut, but just hearing the direction of the style definitely gets me excited for what is to come. :)

    42. David Ian Harold Walker
      Superbacker
      on November 30

      Please allow us to upgrade our pledges, I'd like to put mine up by another few hundred pounds!

    43. シェンムーのアンバサダ Bit.ly/SHENMUE_AMB_OFFICIAL on November 30

      Wondering who has got goosebumps over the battle music here? :D

      Spread the word about this update over twitter by retweeting: https://t.co/2ORjlrEs7x

      And be sure to frequently visit: Shenmue.link (simply bookmark it!)

    44. David O Gara on November 30

      The music in the first two was some of the best I've ever heard in any video game. It's a major contributor to the whole Shenmue experience. SO glad they are adapting the same level of focus to it this time around. This potentially could be the best Shenmue game ever. Go Yu Suzuki & team!

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      Noud van Harskamp on November 30

      This is the best update sofar! I love the first two games and the music is indeed one of the biggest influence for the right emotion. Listening to a few cues is reallly make my day! Thanks for the update!!

    46. Scoey
      Superbacker
      on November 30

      Great to see Yu Suzuki in such good spirits!

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      Michael on November 30

      An update to Shenmue 3 always brightens my day.

      Currently re playing through Shenmue 1 on an emulator on my phone. Can't wait to experience whatever Shenmue 3 has to offer.