This week, famed Japanese musician Mamoru Samuragochi revealed he hired a ghost composer to assist him on scoring some of his work, including the soundtracks for Onimusha and Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. Samuragochi has struggled with a degenerative hearing condition that gradually worsened in the mid to late 90s, when his work was most in demand.
He continued his work even as he completely lost his hearing at age 35 while scoring Onimusha, though apparently, not without the help of another composer. How involved Samuragochi was in his work after that point is unknown.
Samuragochi was called a “digital-age Beethoven” in an interview with Time magazine back in 2001. “I listen to myself,” he said in the interview. “If you trust your inner sense of sound, you create something that is truer. It is like communicating from the heart. Losing my hearing was a gift from God.”
A statement from his lawyers reads “Samuragochi is deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others. He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done.”