Eiko Ishiwata - Winds in the Sky

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Eiko Ishiwata is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She composes in a wide range of musical genres, including classical orchestral music, rock and pop, ambient, IDM, and many others. She also writes contemporary music under the pseudonym "Ayco."

In addition to her strengths as a composer, the musician has fine-tuned her sound engineering skills by studying and teaching at the Art Institute of Vancouver, having received her Professional Recording Arts diploma in 2006. Aside from attendeding A.I, the musician has studied at Queen’s University and Simon Fraser University music schools. The musician goes about producing her own recorded orchestra by utilizing her engineering skills and recording herself performing a spectrum of musical instruments. She avoids using prerecorded MIDI sampled instrumentation, which she believes adds more of a human element to her pieces.

The musician's contribution to IWADON is an acoustic rendition of "Battle in the Sky" from Iwatsuki's first Super Nintendo title Pocky & Rocky. Eschewing the violence of the battle theme, Winds in the Sky is focused instead on the implementation of woodwind instruments in reinterpreting Iwatsuki's original melody. Game concept artist Anna Fehr created an original illustration based on the notion "Battle in the Sky," which can be seen in the slideshow associated with the track. More recently, two arrangements of music from Final Fantasy VI have been added to the Aycomusic YouTube channel.

Eiko has worked on many independent games and films since 2002. Her most widely recognized professional work has been the opening and ending themes from the television show 'Pretty Cure,' currently being broadcast on YTV. She has also been recognized by Vancouver’s Georgia Straight Magazine in the article “Ten young talents light up the silver screen” in 2006. She counts among her past musical influences Bach, Beethoven, Joe Hisaishi and Nobuo Uematsu. In recent years she has gravitated toward the work of Steve Reich, Clint Mansell and other contemporary composers.



作曲家としての才能に加え、サウンドエンジニアとしてもバンクーバーのArt Insitututeにて学び、教える事によって磨きをかけてきた。2006年にはプロフェッショナルレコーディングのアート学位を取得。Art Instituteとは別に、Queen's 大学、Simon Fraser音楽大学にても学び、現在は自身のエンジニア技術を用いまた自身での多種の楽器演奏によるオーケストラ録音をプロデュースするところである。彼女はMIDI音源を使用することを避けることで、人間的な要素を曲に加えることが出来ると信じる。

今回のIWADONへの貢献には岩月氏の最初のスーパーファミコンゲーム『奇々怪界』から"Battle in the Sky"のアコースティックバージョンを選んだ。戦いのテーマのバイオレンスさを避け、Winds in the Skyは岩月氏のオリジナルのメロディーを木管楽器で置き換える事に焦点をおいている。ゲームコンセプトアーティストのAnna Fehrは"Battle in the Sky"の概念をベースにオリジナルのイラストを作り上げた。曲と共にスライドショーにてご覧頂ける。つい最近、ファイナルファンタジーVIからの2つのアレンジ曲がAycomusic Youtubeチャンネルに加えられた。

Eikoは2002年以来多くのインディーゲームや映画に携わって来た。彼女の一番知られる仕事としては、現在YTVで放送されている番組"Pretty Cure"のオープニングとエンディングだ。また2006年にはバンクーバーのGeorgia Straight Magazineにおいて”10人の銀幕に輝く若手の才能”としてとりあげられている。自分への影響を与えた人物として、バッハ、ベートーベン、久石譲、植松伸夫をあげる。ここ何年かは、Steve ReichやClint Mansell等のコンテンポラリーの作曲家達に惹かれているという。



from IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album, released July 23, 2010
Composer: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
Arranger, Performer: Eiko Ishiwata


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