PlatinumGames

What is a music composer?

Music sticks with you, even after the game is over

Composers create all of the background music that plays throughout the game. At PlatinumGames, a composer’s duties don’t stop at writing, recording and mixing music – they also take direct charge of how their music will be used in the game. They’re also responsible for the overall creation of games’ soundtracks.

Quality music makes an incomparable contribution to the rhythm and feeling of a game, and accentuates the emotional highs and lows of any gaming experience. Game music often lingers in players’ memories as strongly as the gameplay itself, and holds a very special place in their hearts and minds. As a composer, you’ll have a direct hand in creating these memories.

Not just composition

At PlatinumGames, we take our composers’ suggestions and opinions heavily into account when deciding what sort of music to use at each point in the game. Our composers carefully consider everything about how their music will be used, inspiring interesting approaches and calling for a strong sense of discernment that in turn allows them to realize their musical ideas to the fullest extent.
Though this focus might appear to lead to an uncompromising, inflexible stance, we strive to respect and foster each of our composers’ unique artistic sensibilities. Focusing on these individual feelings and desires throughout composition motivates our composers, and it shows in the quality of their music. PlatinumGames provides an environment where composers are truly limited only by their own imagination.

INTERVIEW

“Bring the game to life with music”

Music Composer

Please tell us about your prior experience, and what brought you to PlatinumGames.

Before coming to PlatinumGames, I worked at mastering studios and composition firms, mostly creating music for commercials. Along the way, I’d occasionally get contract work to create music for games, or for background music for new games’ trailers. I first came across PlatinumGames’ audio team while looking for references for those contracts. I was quite taken with the quality and musicality of their work, and knew this was where I wanted to make music!

Please tell us about your work at PlatinumGames.

PlatinumGames talks about their emphasis on quality – and I assure you, it’s even stronger than I expected. Everyone on the team is extremely passionate about games. Their drive is contagious, and I’m constantly inspired by their enthusiasm.
The audio team at PlatinumGames is tasked with figuring out the best ways to match background music and sound effects to the progression and contents of the game. From the moment I joined the company, I felt deeply involved in the whole creative process.

Please tell us about the sound design environment at PlatinumGames.

Our work environment has everything you could ask for when composing, and our software and hardware setups are constantly evolving. Once you join and get your work environment set up as you like it, you can jump right in and really focus on creating. It’s been very smooth right from the start.

What’s the most fulfilling part of your job?

Above all else, I love making music. The process of creating something great through trial and error, then having others listen to it and help you make it even better, then finally getting the OK and knowing that all your hard work will go into the game is extremely fulfilling.

What makes PlatinumGames appealing to you?

Members of each team are very skilled, and very conscious about their work – it’s like being surrounded by master craftsmen. With so much talent in the air, I can’t help but be inspired myself.

What would you tell someone who’s considering applying to PlatinumGames?

As someone who jumped into the games industry from outside with both feet, take it from me – be confident in your technique and enthusiasm! Please capture that confidence and come face exciting new challenges with us.

QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for:

  • Applicants who are knowledgeable and discerning about audio work.
  • Applicants with strong communication skills, as our audio team communicates closely with our programmers and other artists.

Qualifications:

Game industry experience is preferred, but not required for applicants with art skills conducive to game creation.
PlatinumGames is an equal-opportunity employer and does not base hiring decisions on the race or citizenship of applicants.

Language Requirements:

For you to be your best at PlatinumGames, either Japanese or English is needed for communication with other members of our team.

APPLY

To apply, please prepare the documents and materials described below, and submit them either through our Online Application** or by postal mail.

**When preparing files to submit through the online application form, please ensure that your name is included in each filename. Please note that only PDF, JPG, PNG and GIF file types can be directly uploaded, and that there is a maximum size of 5 MB per file. If you need to upload files greater than 5 MB in size, or in formats other than those listed, please feel free to use external services such as Dropbox, firestorage, YouTube or Vimeo, or your own online portfolio. If you do so, please provide the URL where your materials are located with your application.

Required materials
  • Your resume, clearly specifying your desired position, and including your e-mail address and a recent photograph
  • Your curriculum vitae, describing your work experience and formatted at your discretion
  • Work samples (see below)
Please be aware that we will not be able to return submitted materials. Please submit copies of any essential documents.
Contents of applications are kept strictly confidential.
Work samples Please describe relevant experience you have in the games industry, including detailed descriptions of your duties and responsibilities in any completed projects.
Please also submit music, sound effects, MA, etc. demonstrating your audio production skills. You may submit these works in any form and in any amount you feel appropriate to give us a complete sense of your abilities. No specific content is required.
We accept work examples on CD or DVD.
Application period Unfortunately, we are not accepting applications for this position at this time.
Please check this page regularly and apply at a future date.
Address

Please address your application materials to:
PlatinumGames Inc. Attn: Hiring manager (web)
Tower West 8F, Umeda Sky Building
1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka
531-6108, Japan

Selection process

Applicants are initially screened based on the application materials outlined above.
All applicants will be notified of the results of this screening within ten business days after receipt of their application. (Please be aware that extenuating circumstances may delay this reply.)
Applicants residing in Japan who pass this initial screening will proceed to in-person interviews at our offices in Osaka. Interviews for applicants residing outside of Japan may be conducted over Skype.