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Motohiro Kawashima

is a Japanese video game composer and techno producer. He is best known for his collaborations with composer Yuzo Koshiro on various games, including Streets of Rage 2 and 3. He graduated from Kunitachi College of Music.

Biography

Kawashima was born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He grew up listening to classical music, such as music by George Gershwin. He also listened to artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono. He later moved to Tokyo and got interested in techno culture. During his time at Kunitachi College of Music he created his own techno music and was introduced to Yuzo Koshiro, who was looking for staff at his company, Ancient. He would go on to join his company in 1992, where he composed for Shinobi II: The Silent Fury and the Game Gear and Master System versions of Batman Returns, with Koshiro assisting him on both projects. The two would work together again for Streets of Rage 2 and 3, with him composing approximately half of the latter's soundtrack. During this time they would also frequently go to nightclubs together for musical inspiration.

In 2010, he used the pen name Kylie & Kashii while working as a commissioned composer for the music label D-topia Entertainment. He would also compose for the indie game Oh, Deer!, as developer Brandon Sheffield was impressed by his work on Streets of Rage 3. He also returned to compose for Streets of Rage 4, along with Koshiro, Yoko Shimomura, Hideki Naganuma, and Keiji Yamagishi.

Works

Video games

  • Batman Returns (Sega 8-bit versions) (1992) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Shinobi II: The Silent Fury (1992) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Streets of Rage 2 (1992) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Streets of Rage 3 (1994) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder (Mega CD version) (1994) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Manji Psy Yuuki (1995) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (PlayStation and Saturn versions) (1996) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Vatlva (1996) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Fox Junction (1998) - with Yuzo Koshiro and Ryuji Iuchi
  • Group S Challenge (2003) - with TJD, Takeshi Yanagawa and C‑Robots
  • Amazing Island (2004) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Ueki no Housoku (2006) - with Yuzo Koshiro and Takeshi Yanagawa
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Dream Hyper Battle! (2007) - with Yuzo Koshiro and Takeshi Yanagawa
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena (2008) - with Takeshi Yanagawa
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena 2 (2009) - with Takeshi Yanagawa
  • Dead Heat (2010) - with Yuzo Koshiro
  • Oh, Deer! (2013)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (2020) - with various others

    Other

  • "NANBA" (2010), a song by KOR=GIRL - as Kylie & Kashii
  • "Human Future" (2010), a song by electro-pop artist Aira Mitsuki - as Kylie & Kashii
  • "GATE or EXIT" (2011), a song by artists Aira Mitsuki and Saori@destiny - as Kylie & Kashii